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Takeaways from Jim Curtin's media call: 2/23/17

Ilsinho shoots his shots

One of the focuses of the preseason for Ilsinho is to get the ball more and take more shots. Head Coach Jim Curtin stated he wanted Ilsinho to get more shots on net, that he had a knack for finding the net. So far this season, he’s correct. Ilsinho has two goals so far this postseason, one against Orlando City and another against the Montreal Impact.

“One of the points of emphasis has been getting Ilsinho to shoot more from distance,” Curtin said. “He’s been able to do that now in the past couple of games. He was dangerous last night.”

 

Starting spots still up for grabs

Curtin and the rest of the coaching staff still have some decisions to make before the Union’s season opener at Vancouver. There is still a starting spot open in the midfield position, with Roland Alberg, Derrick Jones and Warren Creavalle competing for open slot. Creavalle started against the Rowdies, while Jones got the nod against Montreal. Alberg came in as a sub in both matches.

“I think everyone is working toward a starting spot; we have not picked a starting group yet,” Curtin said. “It’s a good opportunity to see what Jones has. Montreal wasn’t his best game, wasn’t his worst game, it’s somewhere in the middle. He is in the discussion to be a starter on that opening day.”

Keeping Eyes on the Enemy

The goal of the preseason is to get everyone ready for the regular season, and the coaching staff is no exception. While the Union were playing the Impact in the preseason, Vancouver was playing the New York Red Bulls in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League match. Curtin watched the game this morning, using it as a scouting report and recon for the season opener.

“Vancouver has a ton of spend in live areas,” Curtin said. “They look to really break quickly on the counter. We’ll have to do a good job of eliminating counter attacks. They’ll have these two games of live action, or real games of consequence, which we won’t have in preparation, but they do play Thursday and turn around and play us on Sunday. Hopefully they’ll have some tired legs from a group that puts a lot into two difficult games.”

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