The Big Cheese: MIchael Farfan


By Alex Young

It’s been a rough start to the season for the Union. Big changes were made during the offseason and it took a few games for the team to adjust and they started the season 0-3-1. Losing players like Sebastian LeToux and Faryd Mondragon can have that effect on a team.

Coming off of their 1-0 win against Chivas USA yesterday, however, the Union are officially on their first winning streak of the season and will look to extend it to three games against the San Jose Earthquakes next weekend.

The most exciting thing about the win is that the Union finished it with nine men on the field. Keon Daniel and Gabriel Farfan were both sent off for rough tackles in the second half. Zac MacMath the Union Defense deserve a lot of credit for holding on to the narrow lead. They extended the Union’s clean sheet streak to 332 minutes, more than three and a half games.

For me, however, the man of the match was Gabriel’s brother Michael. Farfan superbly set up Freddy Adu’s game winner, making one of the league’s better defenders, Heath Pearce, look silly in the process.

That one play instantly made Farfan a standout player, it was his defense that made him MOTM and The Big Cheese. Farfan was all over the pitch, defending tirelessly before and after the red cards.

The Union are shaping up to be one of the better defensive teams in the league, but they will need more moments of attacking brilliance from Farfan if they want to win games.

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