Thursday, January 12, 2012

And with the 32nd pick...

The Philadelphia Union selected Greg Jordan, midfielder from Creighton.  The Union lost a veteran leader in the MLS Expansion draft, Justin Mapp. Mapp play had fans and critics alike, but no one can deny he could possess the ball in the midfield, and was crucial in controlling play in the offensive third. And now he is gone.

So what remains? A young midfield. Freddy Adu, the heralded young midfield signing who failed to live up to his lofty press coverage. Roger Torres, the speedy midfield threat who has become a fan favorite. Michael Farfan, a rookie of the year candidate. Keon Daniel and Brian Carroll. There is one theme across all of these players. young talent.

And Greg Jordan is no different. He's a talented young player, much in the style of Brian Carroll. A defensive midfielder who will fit nicely between attacking players like Torres and Farfan. And if the playoffs were any indication, The Union need a midfielder who can play a defensive role, but still will be able to help push the ball forward. And Jordan can be that player.

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