The Union look to right the ship against a San Jose squad on a two-game skid.
The boys in blue (1-1-1) will take on a San Jose side (1-0-2) on what promises to be a chilly night in Chester. The Union will look to take all three points against a Quakes team that hasn’t gotten a result in their last two matches despite scoring three goals in that time, losing 3-2 in Kansas City and then 2-1 at home against NYCFC. For their part, the U are coming off of a 3-0 shellacking by the Rapids in Colorado, and a result here would do much to calm nerves about a potential losing streak the likes of which the boys in blue experienced last year.
This will be the first match Fafa Picault will be eligible for selection this year. Fafa (coming off of a three-game suspension things he said during a closed-door friendly against Orlando City) will bring added pace down the right side, matching the speed on the other side of David Accam in what should open up the attack some. The Union attack needs all the help it can get right now, having generated superior possession in Colorado but failing to generate quality scoring chances in the final third. They’ve gone over two hundred minutes without scoring, and haven’t scored against an eleven-man side yet this year. It’s obvious new arrival Borek Dockal and the team are still getting acquainted, however, and the production should improve as the season goes along.
The young back line of Elliott, Rosenberry, Real, and Trusty will have to keep an eye on legend Chris Wondolowski, who’s a master of playing possum and finishing on the club level. He’s sure to have a couple tricks in store for the talented but inexperienced Union defenders. Forward Danny Hoesen and midfielder Vako each have two goals to their name so far in this young season, and would be points of concern for the U as well.
Honestly, if the Union generated superior possession and ample scoring chances in this match, I’d be happy regardless of the result. This is a match they can win, however. Do they? Not quite.
Union 1, San Jose 1