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Sunday, May 13, 2012


Zac MacMath, the goalkeeper suffering from concussion-like symptoms this week, will start Sunday's match v. New York Red Bulls.

MacMath was included in the Union's starting lineup, which was announced 15 minutes ago.

The 20-year-old MacMath, who's been troubled by concussion-like symptoms since May 5, when he took a knee to the head from Seattle's David Estrada, had been listed as 'out' in a May 8 injury report, then upgraded to 'probable' May 11.

MacMath owns a 1.12 goals-against average and three clean sheets this season.

Other interesting observations from the Union's starting XI v. NYRB:
  • No Califf. Centerback Danny Califf will miss his fifth game of the season, presumably with the left hamstring strain that has saddled him since last month. 
  • Backline mixup. The Union list Michael Farfan, Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams as their starters at defender, but offered no further clarity. If Gaddis, who's most comfortable on the right, starts there, that would seem to push Williams to centerback. Assuming that's how they take the field, the Union might use Farfan as an attacking piece on the left, perhaps providing that connecting link between the defenders and midfielders that has been so lacking for the Union.
  • Two forwards. The Union saw what a three-forward formation provided May 9 in a friendly win over FC Schalke 04. So today, they will start Lionard Pajoy and Danny Mwanga up top.

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