10-Day Break Helps Union Get Healthy
10 days between matches will
help any club with injury concerns, and such has been the case for the
Philadelphia Union. While injuries were by no means crippling the club, the
time off provided several key contributors with extra rest and time to rehabilitate.
The break appears to have done
rookie striker Danny Mwanga a world of good, even though the 19-year-old managed to come on in the 72nd minute against San Jose after
separating his shoulder just four days prior.
“He’s doing great,” Coach John
Hackworth told philadelphiaunion.com after training on Tuesday. “The
medical staff did an excellent job with him initially, and have continued to do
so. I think that little bit of rest is really going to help him.”
Coudet and González
Expected to Return
Two regular starters who didn’t
suit up against the Earthquakes are also progressing well and expected to
return Saturday. Defender Juan Diego González has missed the last two
matches with a right groin strain, while midfielder Eduardo Coudet has missed
the last three with a right calf strain.
“Both have been training, so we
expect them to be available for the weekend,” Hackworth said. “We’ll have
some tough roster selection choices later on in the week.”
Torres Battling for Minutes
Roger Torres is a spark plug
nearly every time he’s on the pitch, but he also has yet to play 90 minutes
this year. Torres has been used primarily off the bench after starting the
club’s first six league matches, but he wasn't even included on the 18-man
match day roster for the last two contests.
According to Hackworth, neither
a dip in performance or an injury are to blame for the decrease in minutes. It
would appear, then, that the technical staff believes others on the squad have simply earned their spot over Torres, or have been better suited for the past two
opponents than the diminutive 19-year-old midfielder.
particular reason,” Hackworth explained when asked why Torres hasn’t seen any action since
coming on in the 46th minute against Kansas City. “We felt like Roger was playing good and had played good up until the
last two games. It was nothing about him that he didn’t play. He
continues to do well in training. Hopefully he can have a strong rest of the
week and get an opportunity on Saturday."