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Sunday, August 19, 2012

UNION's XI v. D.C.

WASHINGTON --- Remember this guy? It's Lio Pajoy, former Union striker who will tonight against his old club.

Here's who John Hackworth is going with tonight in the starting XI against host D.C. United:

GK ... MacMath
DF ... Williams, Okugo, Valdes, G Farfan
MF ... M Farfan, Carroll, Lahoud
FW ... Cruz, McInerney, Adu
Bench: Harrison, Albright, Gaddis, Daniel, Torres, Hoffman, Hoppenot

A few notes about the lineup:

  • New guy gets the nod. Midfielder Danny Cruz, who the Union acquired midweek from D.C. in exchange for Pajoy, is in the starting lineup. Conversely, Pajoy will play in United’s attack, alongside Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius.
  • Disappearing act. After starting last weekend, in his Union debut, Bakary Soumare didn’t even make the 18. Instead, Roger Torres – who had been a ghost in the gameday roster of late – is listed as a reserve. Hmm…
  • Firepower off the bench. Well, if Hackworth’s lineup doesn’t produce any goals, maybe the Union reserves will. They include the aforementioned Torres, and explosive rookies Chandler Hoffman and Antoine Hoppenot.
  • Real head-scratcher. Chris Albright made the 18. The veteran has played 10 minutes since March 31. The guy’s a good influence on the young kids, so you figure that’s Hackworth’s way of repaying him.

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