HACKWORTH: LINEUP v. D.C. WILL REFLECT THE NEED TO SUPPORT McINERNEY
- Everybody's healthy.
- Everybody's available, except Michael Farfan.
- The desire to beat a rival hasn't faded.
- And neither has the need to set up Jack McInerney.
The Union haven't won since July 29. So they'll take a seven-match winless streak into their date Thursday night against D.C. United. And in that win-free spell, the Union have had four goals. Four.
Hackworth made a point of saying McInerney has played well, but the club's supporting players haven't put him a position to finish. That might be the explanation for McInerney's seven-match scoring drought. (If you're doing the math at home, McInerney's inability to find the back of the net coincides with the Union's winless streak.)
"We deserve (a win) within our group," Hackworth said. "We have done an excellent job in our training and our preparation and it just hasn't translated. ... We have to protect this ground. We've been on the short end of the stick, and that's unacceptable."
And specifically having to do with putting McInerney in better positions to score...
"You'll see a little bit of a (lineup) twist tomorrow night, and you'll see some guys whose sole job is to give him that support," Hackworth said.
So who do you think to whom Hackworth was referring?
Here's who, in my opinion, it won't be: Freddy Adu (who Hackworth said took a knock Saturday at Toronto), Roger Torres (who Hackworth said has not committed to playing defense and "needs to prove to everybody that he's a 90-minute player), and Farfan (who will miss the match due to yellow-card accumulation).
My best guess is you'll see a lineup that, in any sort of configuration, includes Chandler Hoffman, Antoine Hoppenot and Keon Daniel.
Leave your guesses in the comments section.