Philadelphia Union Vs. Houston Dynamo Live, MLS Cup 2011: Wake Up, Union

Someone needs to wake the Philadelphia Union up. They are being smacked around right now by the Houston Dynamo and while they are down 2-1, it doesn't accurately reflect Houston's dominance. The Union have been a mess defending set pieces, but they have also been unorganized in the run of play, incompetent in the midfield and invisible up front. There's just very little good to say about Philadelphia right now.

A lot of the Union's problems can be traced to head coach Peter Nowak's strange decision to play Stefani Miglioranzi and Brian Carroll in the center of the midfield. Both are fine players, but both are defensive minded and when they are in there together, they just have no creativity or attack through the center. Both of them, especially Miglioranzi, are playing so deep that they are just conceding the center of the pitch to the Dynamo.

The Union can't get away with this for much longer. You'd have to think that Roger Torres, Freddy Adu or even Amobdi Okugo has to come in eventually to give them some attack in the center. Even Kyle Nakazawa will do. Someone needs to do it because Carroll and Miglioranzi can't.

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