Union Top 10: Conor Casey's dive or Ray Gaddis' marathon sprint? You decide.
Week No. 3 of the Union Top 10 rolls on, but not before we take a step back to thank the over 800 of you that have participated in casting a vote for which play moves on as one of the “Final Five” best moments of the 2013 season.
Last week, we pitted a pair of great plays together and when the dust settled at noon on Tuesday it was Michael Farfan’s free kick golazo against Chivas USA that trumped a trademark throw from Sheanon Williams that found fellow defender Amobi Okugo in a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy – by nearly 70 percent of votes.
We have a pair of titan moments in week three that proves to make your job a bit harder. Check out these moments, vote on your favorite and drop us a line in the comments section why you selected your choice.
Also remember that one fan will be selected at random to receive a commemorative Union jersey from the club’s inaugural season. Before you know it, the Union will kick off its fifth season, but it’s never a bad thing to stop and take a look back.
Conor Casey dives in vs. Columbus (June 5)
It was the third and final goal of the game against the Crew, but it was also the most scintillating from a Union side that set a club record for the fastest three goals scored. In a six minute span, midfielder Brian Carroll, defender Sheanon Williams and the head of forward Conor Casey all scored for the Union. Casey’s goal was perhaps the bravest however, as he laid head and shoulders on the line to ensure the Union would nab three points…
The great ball in from Le Toux was his second assist of the match and added to a count that saw him lead Major League Soccer for much of the season. Le Toux ended the season with 12 assists, one shy of the league lead at season’s end held by Portland’s Diego Valeri.
Quotable: “We were due one of these games,” said Union manager John Hackworth postgame. “Our coaching staff felt like [this] was bound to happen one way or another, sooner or later. Glad it happened in a game as important as this one.”
Ray Gaddis’ shutdown defense vs. Toronto FC (Oct. 5)
This didn’t amount to any goals – but it didn’t let any goals go by either. One of the key things few can argue when it comes to Ray Gaddis is his stellar 1v1 defense. He cemented that claim when he cleaned up his own mishap at midfield and shutdown a Toronto breakaway led by its top goal scorer Robert Earnshaw.
Gaddis doesn’t get a clear clearance on a header and gives the ball to a TFC player who switches the field to a wide open Earnshaw in stride. Gaddis, positioned on the opposite side of the field takes off towards Earnshaw. Here’s the end result…
Keep in mind this play allowed for another #UnionTop10 moment to take place as stoppage time found Kleberson sending PPL Park into hysteria with his a curling free kick that made TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik look silly.
Quotable: “Play today, live tomorrow, Gaddis said postgame. “It’s a cliché, but that’s all that was going through my head...at that moment, I just blacked out. You just run and don’t give up. You keep pushing and pushing."
So what do you think? Cast your vote below and tell us why. Voting closes Tuesday, Dec. 3.
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