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Saturday, March 31, 2012


Union manager Peter Nowak is mixing it up today in hopes that an alteration to his lineup will result in a win.

Here's the Union (0-3-0) starting XI vs. Vancouver (2-0-1):
GK Zac MacMath
RB Sheanon Williams
CB Danny Califf
CB Carlos Valdes
LB Porfirio Lopez
MF Brian Carroll
MF Gabriel Gomez
MF Keon Daniel
MF Gabriel Farfan
FW Lionard Pajoy
FW Chandler Hoffman

Some things to consider with this lineup:
1. Going with the rookie. Nowak's been known to reward good fitness and training, which might be why Hoffman - the Union's first-round SuperDraft pick - will not only make his debut, but also get his first start. There's a lot of pressure on Hoffman to perform, though, with Danny Mwanga, Jack McInerney and Josue Martinez on the bench.
2. Califf is back. The knee injury that kept Califf, the Union captain, from the last two matches appears to have lessened in severity, explaining why the veteran centerback is back in the lineup. Through three games no MLS team has been as scored upon as the Union's.
3. No sign of Torres. Nowak kept Roger Torres from the starting lineup and the 18-man gameday roster. That's perplexing, considering the midfielder was not listed in the club's injury report all week.

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