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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


(Times staff / COLIN KERRIGAN)
Here's who the Union will start tonight against Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal:

GK MacMath
DF G Farfan
DF Valdes (C)
DF Okugo
DF Williams
MF M Farfan
MF Carroll
MF Lahoud
FW Pajoy
FW McInerney
FW Adu

Bench: Konopka, Daniel, Gomez, Hoppenot, Albright, Martinez, Gaddis.

A few notes about the starters:
  • No go for Gabriel Gomez? The Union's leading scorer, with five goals, Gomez starts the match on the bench. If he was to start, Gomez likely would have supplanted Michael Lahoud, the sparkplug midfielder who never stops running. Perhaps John Hackworth is looking to give Gomez a breather, during this tenuous stretch of games. Or perhaps he likes what Lahoud gives him at the start of the match. Not sure what else to say about this move.
  • If it ain't broke... Hackworth has made a point of saying he's unwilling to tamper with things that are working. With that in mind, we find Jack McInerney (pictured) and Lio Pajoy situated atop the attack. Hackworth knows what he's doing: Across all competitions, with those two at the forefront of the team's offense, the Union are averaging 2.5 goals per match (15 goals in 6 matches).

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