Towards the end of the 2012 season, forward Jack McInerney was seeing increased playing time under then interim manager John Hackworth. As the 2013 season started, Jack Mac was seeing regular playing time which led to a fast start, but it didn’t last. All in all, McInerney had a somewhat up and down season that was highlighted by a USMNT call-up.
At the beginning of the season, McInerney scored seven goals in the first 10 games, and for most of the time until about June he was leading the league in goals. As a result of his fast start, USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann called the Union forward up for 2013 Gold Cup. However, the forward never saw time but experienced the senior team for the first time.
Upon returning from the call-up, the striker struggled and failed to find the net. McInerney’s play was mediocre and his confidence was very low. As a result, he failed to find a goal or an assist in July and August. This affected the Union’s ability to win games and keep up with other Eastern Conference teams. In fact, McInerney didn’t score his next goal until October 12.
Overall, Jack Mac’s season can be summed up as an up and down year highlighted by the USMNT call-up. However, the call-up ended up being more bad than good for the forward. The experience was nice, but McInerney was on a nice streak and it abruptly ended it.
Hopefully as we move closer to the 2014 season, McInerney plays like he did in the first half of the previous year rather than the second half. At this moment, the Union’s success will directly correlate to McInerney’s play.
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