Ending With a Win
Head Coach Jim Curtin once again congratulated Brian Carroll on his 15-year career, and made it a point to make sure he could get the reception he deserved from the fans. Curtin subbed Carroll on at halftime, allowing the midfielder to play the final 45 minutes of the match. Curtin said he and the rest of the team wanted to send Carroll out with three points, and they were able to do so.
"Once again, congratulations to Brian Carroll," Curitn said. "Incredible career. Before the game started, in the pre-game talk we talked about clear, simple objectives. A 10th win at home, a clean sheet for Andre Blake, which we came short of, a goal for CJ Sapong to get him the record and three points for Brian Carroll, because he deserves to go off a winner. Incredible career for him, extremely proud."
Sending the Fans Home Happy
The Union closed out the season with a 6-1 victory against Orlando City SC, with three players scoring a brace against the Lions. Curtin said the players gave everything they could out on the field, not just in the game but also throughout the season. With the season coming to a close, Curtin praised his players and wanted to give them the thanks they deserved, along with the Union faithful.
"I think that was a big thank you to the fans that stuck around with us," Curtin said. "The effort of the players for the entire season, they give everything. They give everything to the fans, everything to the technical staff. They bring it every day in training. So I'd like to personally thank them for everything they did for us this season. And thank you to the fans. I think they were excellent, and I think the players gave them something to cheer about."