UNION'S XI v. NYRB
GK ... MacMath
DF ... Valdes, Williams, Okugo, G Farfan
MF ... Carroll, Lahoud, M Farfan
FW ... Pajoy, McInerney, Martinez
Bench: Konopka, Daniel, Hoppenot, Torres, Gomez, Albright, Gaddis
A few observations about the lineup:
- No Adu. Hackworth said this week that he expected Michael Farfan and Freddy Adu, who were absent from the midweek friendly against Aston Villa, to be available. Yet only Farfan made the 18. So where's Adu? He wasn't included in Friday's injury report, either. Wonder if Hackworth will lend some logic afterward.
- Lahoud over Gomez. One of the Union's leading scorers, Gabriel Gomez again begins the match on the bench, with Hackworth going in favor of Michael Lahoud. Gomez has taken on a reserve role in recent matches.
- Look who. It's Le Toux. The Red Bulls will start former Union player Sebastien Le Toux in a three-forward formation, along with Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper. If that trio doesn't account for at least a goal, something's either terribly wrong here in Harrison, N.J. ... or the Union have an underestimated backline within the MLS ranks.