Philadelphia Union press clips: September 30th
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(Matt DeGeorge, Delaware County Daily Times)
WASHINGTON — Sitting on the bench isn’t easy for a competitor like Brian Brown. It’s harder still for a striker to observe his team struggle to score.
So Brown was grateful Saturday when he got a chance to play his first minutes in three weeks in the Philadelphia Union’s 1-0 loss to D.C. United Saturday.
“It feels good to be back in the squad,” the Jamaican said. “I’ve been out for three games, so just getting back in training, working harder and trying to convince coach that I’m ready to go. And I did that and I got my chance tonight, and I think I did pretty well.”
The on-loan striker has one MLS goal in five appearances, all off the bench. He last played against Toronto Sept. 3. Since, he’s been an unused sub twice and missed out on the 18 last weekend against Houston, supplanted by rookie Pedro Ribeiro.
Seeing his team stumble to a goalless draw against the Dynamo wasn’t easy, so Brown was eager to get a chance to change that fate this week.
“It does, because I’m a striker. My job is to score goals,” Brown said. “For the past three games I wasn’t in the team, I was a bit pissed. But guys have been working hard, so I just have to keep working harder and contribute to the team.”
Brown, who entered in the 63rd minute for Conor Casey, was not credited with a shot and saw touches come few and far between against a staunch D.C. defense. He did enough to make an impression on his manager, though.
“He was OK. He was busy,” Jim Curtin said. “You see that he can open his legs and find ball in the corner. He’s a guy that makes a living in the box. We didn’t get him enough looks in the box. I don’t think he really had a clear one. He’s a guy that just needs one chance, so I’m still high on Brian.”
Briefly, Sebastien Le Toux thought he could carry on.
But after several minutes on the turf, unable to put his full weight on a seriously rolled right ankle, the realization that his race was run set in. Le Toux was diagnosed with a sprained ankle, planting wrong after being struck by a ball from D.C. defender Taylor Kemp in the first half. Le Toux will have an MRI to assess the damage.
“If I could’ve played on it, I would,” he said. “But I felt it was not possible for me to push hard on my right foot, my strong foot, so I thought it was better to ask for a sub. So we’ll see. I talked with the medical staff and we’ll see what the best thing for me is.”
Le Toux was walking on the ankle after the game, but he admitted being in pain. He said he doesn’t have a long history with such injuries.
Also on the injury front, Ethan White (hamstring) made the trip to D.C. but did not play due to the injury that forced him out of last week’s draw with Houston.