Match Preview: Union at Montreal Impact, Saturday, May 12th at 3 PM

Is it too early to look forward to the Open Cup?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The Union keep doing the same thing over and over and losing. Here’s how nearly every match has gone so far this season: the Union have a lot of the ball, but mostly in their third and the middle third of the field as opponents dare the U to find a way to break them down. Unable to do so, the Union turn the ball over, and the opponent strikes on the counter. Now the Union have to chase, but they’re not built to chase, so they lose.

Something has to change, but what? For me, there’s three possible solutions: change the players in the formation, change the formation, or change the manager.

Will they change the players in the formation? There’s been a couple changes due to injury in the back, but things have largely stayed the same; even changes on the right wing were predicated on Fafa Picault’s three-match suspension before he was replaced by Ilsinho. Sapong, Accam, Bedoya, Medunjanin, Rosenberry, and Blake have all played every match, something I’d expect to continue aside from the occasional squad rotation due to frequent matches.

Will they change formation? Not according to Earnie and Jim, who have repeatedly stated that they will play a 4-2-3-1 all the way from academy through Bethlehem Steel and up into the Union.

For years fans have clamored for the team to spend money on talent, which the team has gotten a little better at doing, but the talent isn’t producing yet. We know the offense has talent; it’s just not showing. In my mind, that points at the coach, the formation, or both. Something has to change. And since they’re not going to change the formation…

Tomorrow, the moribund Union (2-2-5, 8 pts, 9th in East) meet the nearly as moribund Impact (3-0-7, 9 pts, 8th in East). The Union are finishing up a three match road trip after losing 1-0 to Columbus on Wednesday, while the Impact are coming off of a 1-0 midweek loss of their own to the Fire in Chicago. I’d expect heavy squad rotation tomorrow for both teams as it’ll be the third match in around a week for both sides. I expect an ugly match tomorrow, full of second teamers. In the end, I don’t think it matters who plays; the Union are not winning on the road.

Montreal 2, Union 0.

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