Monday, January 30, 2012

Another Goodbye:Goalie Edition

I feel like I have been writing a lot of goodbye editions lately. This time it is for Union starting goalie, Faryd Mondragon. Mondragon and the Union part ways after a succesful single season stint. Mondragon was the anchor behind a stellar defensive back four in the Union's second season. And he was a veteran leader, who captained the team to a playoff berth in their second season.

So where do we go from here? Zac MacMath will assume the starting role. And after what we saw last season, I'm excited for MacMath to be in net. He has a net presence, and talent in skill to be a quality goalie for the Union for years to come. The only problem is that the Union aren't the only team utilizing MacMath's skill. The U-23 team for the U.S.A. have also called him up, and if he is on the Olympic team, Macmath will miss a sizable portion of the Union season.

So that means that we have to rely on MacMath's backup. Which right now is..... No one. That's right, no one. The Union only have a single goalie currently on the roster. Which means the Union will have to pick up at least one other option in net.

So Mondragon is gone. He was a fan favorite. He was a great player, and a great leader. And Union fans will miss his presence in net. He interacted with fans, and fit well into the fabric of a Philly team. I, for one, hope that Mondragon can end his career on a high note, and end it where it began for him. At home.

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