Building preseason knowledge: Union draws 1-1 with Orlando

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Talented as young Philly Union forward Jack McInerney certainly is, the Union’s 1-1 draw Saturday with Orlando reminds us: he’ll have to fight and scrap for the minutes.

McInerney was Philadelphia’s leading scorer last year (8 goals) and clearly has good things ahead. But in the Union’s starting 11 Saturday in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Florida, Sebastien Le Toux and Conor Casey were the preferred forwards in coach John Hackworth’s 4-4-2.

A couple other points from Saturday’s contest:

  • Newcomer Jeff Parke paired with Amobi Okugo centrally in defense, with Sheanon Williams and Gabriel Farfan on the outside and Brian Carroll protecting from midfield. None of that sounds too bad, does it?
  • Hackworth praised the conditioning efforts of Saturday’s Union goal scorer set-up man Roger Torres; last year, Hackworth called out the young attacker for flagging fitness.
  • That 4-4-2 is interesting, considering Le Toux’s pace gives Hackworth the opportunity to deploy the Frenchman a little wider in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. McInerney could conceivably play wider, too. Michael Farfan, who had such a breakout year in 2012, would set up as the offensive string-puller in whatever formation Hackworth chooses.

The Philadelphia Union’s starting lineup: Zach MacMath, Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Sheanon Williams, Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz, Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey.