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With Carroll Out, Who Wears The Union Armband?

The Union's ever present captain will miss the final regular season match at PPL this weekend. In Carroll's absence, who deserves to lead the Union - and what implications does it have for the future?


Brian Carroll has been a work horse this season, playing 2969 of the possible 2970 minutes in the Union's season thus far. But due to reaching the accumulation limit by picking up a yellow card in the 40th minute against Montreal, Carroll will be a spectator for Saturday's finale against Sporting Kansas City. So in Carroll's absence, who wears the armband - and what implications does it have for the future?

Let's take a look at the candidates and some of the pros and cons of each.

  • Jeff Parke - Of all of the players on the roster, only Carroll and Chris Albright have more MLS experience than Parke. Parke also has international experience, although not as much as Albright, Carroll, or Conor Casey. He's the vice-captain and a fixture on the back line. 90% chance
  • Amobi Okugo - The Generation Adidas defensive midfielder-turned-center back has the second most minutes (2789) of any field player (goalkeeper Zac MacMath has played all 2970 minutes this season) and has been a solid fixture on the back line. He's also one of the three remaining originals from 2010 (Roger Torres and Jack McInerney are the others). His only knock is the 7 yellow cards and one red card he's picked up over the season. While he doesn't have any USMNT experience, it's widely rumored that he is on Jürgen Klinsmann's radar for a call up. One Brotherly Game staff writer believes Amobi "has the ability, poise and leadership ability to be a future USMNT captain" and while that might be a stretch at this point, it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility he could be the captain on Saturday - and beyond. 70% chance
  • Sheanon Williams - Another fixture on the back line, Williams is slightly behind Okugo in minutes played with 2777. While not an original from 2010 (he transferred in midway through the season from Harrisburg) he is the team leader in games and minutes. It will also mark his 100th game with the club, however Williams has always been a bit temperamental and that could be what keeps him from getting the armband. 50% chance
  • Chris Albright - While Albright has appeared in only 2 games picking up 4 minutes, it would be a nice tribute to the only native Philadelphian on the roster. Albright will very likely be dressing for the last time in a very distinguished career. But since there is the slightest glimmer of playoff hope, this isn't very likely. 20% chance
  • Sebastien Le Toux - Sure he's a forward. Sure he's injured. But the Union have made him the face of he team, so why not give him the captain's armband? 10% chance
  • Roger Torres - Another player whose last game in a Union shirt will most likely come on Saturday. It could be an opportunity for the fans to say goodbye to the promising young Colombian and perhaps gain some closure over the polarizing youngster. Then again, much like Kleberson, it would blow up in the face of coach Hackworth if Torres goes out and has the monster game we know he's capable of. 0.000001% chance

So who do you think gets the armband on Saturday?