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Thursday, September 20, 2012

UNION's XI v. D.C.

Here's John Hackworth's starting XI tonight v. visiting D.C. United:

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

A few notes about the lineups:
  • Keeping his word. Hackworth promised it. He said Wednesday he intended to play the kind of guys in the lineup who would help Jack McInerney end his seven-match scoreless streak. That explains why inventive and athletic players like Keon Daniel, Danny Cruz and Antoine Hoppenot are starting and Chandler Hoffman and Freddy Adu were selected as reserves. It's very clear the Union intend to make McInerney their target man moving forward. That's a commitment that anyone -- even those who aren't soccer savvy -- can see from a mile away. Now's the time to see if Hackworth's planning will pay off.
  • Look who's back in town. D.C. will start Lio Pajoy up top, with Chris Pontius playing off the former Union striker. It's Pajoy's first match at PPL Park since being traded to United last month.
  • An expectation from tonight: The Union need goals. More than one, to be honest. They have scored four in their last seven matches, and never more than once in that stretch. So there's a reason they haven't won since July 29. Look for McInerney to get one and -- oh, let's say -- Hoppenot for a second.

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