Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Philadelphia Union vs. L.A. Galaxy at the Half

Wow. What a game. And the Union manage to bring a 1-0 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. Who saw that coming? Certainly not me, especially after the 1st half the Union played. The 1st half hinged on 3 players, and we'll take a look at how each player performed this half. We'll start things off with a man who knows how to get things done.

1. Robbie Keane
Unfortunately for L.A., Keane can't seem to close the deal tonight. He should have a hat trick, and the Union should be sitting dejected in the locker room, ruing another West Coast loss. But Keane has had the uncanny ability tonight to completely miss the net. His chances have been golden, and any other night this game would have been out of reach. But how can a Mick be the hero on July 4th when you have a player on the field named...

Jack McInerney
That's right! Union Jack scores the goal that puts the Union ahead. Was it a pretty goal? No. Was it a typical Jack goal? Yes. Be in the right place, at the right time, and reap the benefits. Jack collects another goal since Nowak left, and yet more proof as to why he deserves to start every game. It's plays like Jack's goal that will help the Union pull themselves out of the hole that Nowak put them in. But the real hero tonight? I think we all know who that is.

Zack MacMath
It's hard to judge how important he's been in this match. The most important player on the field? Or the player the game hinges on? To take a page out of a hockey game, the 1st star? All of the above is the answer. MacMath has stopped Keane more than once, and punched out, grabbed, or backpedaled to save multiple shots. It's nights like tonight that make a Union fan say Mondragon who?

So what does the 2nd half have in score? Who knows. But my heart can't take too many more Robbie Keane chances. He's been all over the field, and has sliced through the Union defense like butter. Another goal from the Union would certainly make this game easier to watch. I see more scoring this half.

Final Score Union :3 Galaxy:2

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