It was the Philadelphia Union’s second preseason game in Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and it definitely was not the result Union fans were looking for.
However, today’s match for the players and the coaching staff was not about the win or loss. Even though a win would have been great, but to evaluate each of the Union’s young players. Many of them are fighting for a roster spot on the squad, and in most cases a contract as well. Roger Torres and Leo Fernandes were bright spots in an overall dismal performance for the Union as a whole.
Overall, the team looked sluggish and sloppy at times, but Torres and Fernandes showed it wasn’t all bad during yesterday’s game against the Columbus Crew.
Fernandes played a very good 75 minutes, and did great moving the ball. He attempted some good through balls up to the forwards, but at times they were out of reach. Look for Fernandes to keep improving during preseason, and could find a spot in the starting XI on March 2.
Another player to shine in the 4-0 loss was Roger Torres. It seems like he has lived up to coach John Hackworth’s off-season challenge of getting in shape. Torres looked like a speed demon compared to the pace of his team when he entered around the 60th minute. This fit Torres will sure be playing in more matches this preseason, and good find a spot into the starting XI come March.
Both Fernandes and Torres looked impressive on the pitch yesterday, and look for both to improve their games in the remaining preseason match ups.