The Brotherly Game held a live Q&A with its readers yesterday. The following is the transcript of the chat.
Gomez is a box-to-box midfielder and has played extremely well as one this season. Now that the Union realize that he likes to move around and wreak havoc, he'll remain in that position.
But does the combination of Gomez and Okugo make Carroll moveable? (Though, would there be a market for him?)
and I'll be poking around on that second question.
why not? that thing he does best is shoot accurately and score. he's pretty good a giving service but he is better at shooting. why not use him as a striker?
Gomez does the following:
- plays box-to-box
- tackles a lot
- is extremely aggressive when approaching opposing players
None of that is conducive to being a striker. He's also only scored once from the run of play, and it was from the top of the box after a set up from one of two strikers already on the field.
I understand why you're grasping for an answer up front, but your thoughts sound more like FC Dallas' desperation with Jackson from right back to striker, not like Sheanon Williams from striker to right back.
what do you think. this what i say. macmath, Defense: gaddis, califf, valdes, williams, Midfield: carroll, marfan, herdling, adu, Forward: gomez, mcinerney.
MacMath / Williams, Valdes, Califf, Gaddis / Okugo + Gomez, Marfan, Adu, Herdling / Mwanga, McInerney
Don't love having Califf next to Gaddis, but apparently the coaching staf wants it. That pairing didn't work out well yesterday. Herdling needs to be played over the center to be comfortable.
Nix either Adu or Herdling.
Will we ever see the Union sign a DP player this summer or in the near future (i.e Ballack)?
No point in yet another central midfielder, especially one who will cut out Okugo on playing time.
A different one? Perhaps.
I did not mean Ballack specifically. Rather I am asking is the FO williing to splash out the cash for a DP player (a striker would be nice)
There's a ton of money locked up in Mwanga, Pajoy, Martinez, McInerney and Chandler.
He could play virtually anywhere. but he's not coming, so it's a moot point.
Why does everyone hate him so much? Just because he plays for the other team and is good at soccer? I just think the reaction to him scoring was more hateful than most.
for various reasons. He has scored four goals at PPL Park (two braces), so that has to hurt his opinion with the faithful in Philly.
Lenhart, IMO, is one of those players like Suarez: when he's on your team, you love him. When he's not, you wish you could napalm him.
He's a total troll who toes the line between drawing fouls and diving, and because of that, he's a nightmare to keep tabs on in the box. Yet, despite that, he spent the most time hi-fiving the kids and signing autographs before the Real Salt Lake game 10 days ago.
My observation from the bruise-colored side: Because every defender is marking the hell out of Wondo for 70-odd minutes, Yallop brings on a big target striker and someone with some pace to take on tired legs and cross the ball into the box. Because everyone's preoccupied with Wondo, it gives a big target man like Lenhart the space he needs to sneak in. This is how SJ wrangled the away win, which surprised me, as I thought Yallop would go for a more conservative away draw against a more physical opponent in hostile terrain.
The flipside of this is also that while defenders are heavily preoccupied with Lenhart (or Gordon, or sometimes Dawkins, even if he's a tad slight for MLS), Wondo will get just the space he needs to sneak a goal in. People want to know how he manages to score so much? A lot of it is because of sleight of hand. The man has a ridiculous nose for goal.
Still, I wish the Union luck in the Eastern Conference. My dad's side of the family is around Delaware County, so I've always had a soft spot for Philly sports teams.
how did you fall in love with soccer?
I think it's better for me to explain through a longer, thought out post.
Sorry if my question is offensive to you more knowledgeable fans.
MacMath seemed to have a rough start to the season. Is that fair to say? How's he been since? Do you think he's going to be a long-term solution at GK?
Not sure if this is open-thread or true Q&A style (if so, sorry to butt in), but MacMath looks like a guy who's 2-3 years of maturing from being one of the top 2 or 3 keepers in MLS. He's got the skills to look like he's worth taking some lumps now.
agreed and all the talk of him eventually becoming USMNT keeper im begining to buy
I'll still answer on my own and react otherwise.
OK, thanks for the insight.
but then he went off on a 300+ minute long clean sheet streak. Played exceptionally well, including this weekend.
His touch was bad, his vision poor and his decision making awful.
If you were managing the U what would be your ideal starting line up with what formation?
Four backline, one anchor (Okugo or Carroll), one box-to-box (Gomez or Okugo), one wide midfielders/wingers (Marfan and Adu), a withdrawn striker (McInerney or Martinez) and a central forward (Mwanga).
who do you think will end up being our MVP forward by the end of the season? this includes midfielder/forwards (adu, herdling)
- Sheanon Williams
- Carlos Valdes
- Zac MacMath
- Gabriel Gomez
- Michael Farfan
I think Gomez, Valdes and Williams will be the finalists.
This is my understanding of the franchise so far:
Season 1 - Expansion team, experiencing the usual lack of success that comes with being an expansion team in their first year.
Season 2 - Overachieving yet decent squad, heading in the right direction. Making the playoffs but unable to make any kind of deep run for a championship.
Season 3 - Confusing off-season, not only losing key players, but being willing to part with them. Taking a step backwards.
Why the (perceived, at least) step backwards? Why not build on the success of last year?
It just so happens that the team exceeded expectations last year and now it makes his offseason choices seem rather poor. The slow start to the season certainly hasn't helped his case at all.
That being said, what are the goals for this franchise this season then? Playoffs? Player development? Who, specifically?
Don't know what they are now.
Was there ever any explanation (or even implication) as to what was up with the $193K Paperweight situation last season?
I hope to one day find out.
What players do you see Nowak would consider excess and trade for allocation money or for another player?
I think that McInerney should have been traded to Seattle in the offseason (for multiple reasons) given the fact that he's not finding much playing time and is on the salary cap next season.
Union selected him before they could.
what were the promising things you saw from last nights loss?
- Williams at left back
- Mwanga and McInerney as a striker partnership
- Okugo's development
- Hackworth's substitution decisions (sans Hernandez)
Why hasn't he found the field more? From the Union PR machine, he seemed to be the acquisition with the most "upside." Has he not impressed in training?
No one who seems to deserve a spot in the lineup has a spot in the lineup.
Can we expect to see Martinez get some real time soon? We spent a good amount of money for him and any word on the Saprissa friendly?
Haven't seen or heard anything about the Saprissa friendly yet.