|(Times/ROBERT J GURECKI)|
Next Wednesday, Aug. 15, is one of FIFA’s preordained
international friendly days. They’re fun for soccer fans, bad news for
That being said, Union manager John Hackworth said
there’s a chance centerback Carlos Valdes (Colombia) and midfielders
Keon Daniel (Trinidad and Tobago) and Gabriel Gomez (Panama) might get call-ups for their respective nations’ senior teams.
The biggest absence to fill would be that of Valdes, the
club’s captain and one of its All-Stars. This would be Valdes' first national-team call-up since 2010, prior to joining the Union.
“We’ve got to figure that out with Carlos,” Hackworth
said. “We’re still trying to finalize his travel plans with the Colombian federation.
Hopefully, he’s available for us Sunday. If he’s not, we’ll deal with that.”
Assuming Bakary Soumare is fit --- for real, this time, as opposed to when Hackworth said a week ago that he'd be ready for selection against Montreal -- there shouldn't be an issue. But if the Union have to go with a central defense tandem of Amobi Okugo, a natural midfielder who was played well above average at centerback, and rookie Ray Gaddis, that could create problems. There's also Sheanon Williams to slide into that spot, too. So plenty of options, but having Valdes is the best one.
Labels: Amobi Okugo, Bakary Soumare, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Gomez, John Hackworth, Keon Daniel, national team call-ups, Raymon Gaddis, Robert Gurecki, Sheanon Williams