Well John Hackworth certainly didn't wait to get a little controversy going this season. The starting lineups for the home opener were announced, and much to my surprise, Conor Casey, Bakary Soumare, and Jack McIrneny were not on the starting 11. Instead, Le Toux starts as the loan forward, and the Farfan brothers and Keon Daniel stake out the attacking midfield. Labour and Carroll play a defensive midfield roles and Gaddis, Parke, Okugo, and Williams man the back line from left to right.
After the high profe acquisitions of this off season, and the goal scoring prowess McIrneny chowder late last season, it's a bit of a shock not to see Casey or Jack Mac on the pitch. Especially since Conor Casey is second among active players for goals against Sporting K.C. So will this 5-2-3-1 lineup work for the Union? If LeToux can get the help he needs on the flanks, this could be a potent offense. But if the attack is weak in the first half, expect to see some combination of Casey, Mcirneney, and Hoppenot coming off the bench.