After a draw vs. reigning champions North Texas SC, Union Omaha will look to extend their unbeaten start to their inaugural season. Tonight, they face an FC Tucson side that struggled their last time out.
The Phoenix Rising FC affiliate returns home for a Saturday evening match against Union Omaha after getting handled by the Red Wolves in Chattanooga, losing 1-0 by way of a Greg Hurst goal. They were two to three steps behind the Red Wolves in the open field and their back line struggled against Chattanooga’s forwards.
If FC Tucson’s offensive woes continue, I fail to see how they will have an answer for Union Omaha’s high press strategy, as evident in the Owls solid performance vs. North Texas match last week.
However, putting Evan Conway’s goal aside, who will emerge as the consistent offensive threat for the Owls? I’m looking for the Union Omaha midfielders to take advantage of FC Tucson’s defense in open spaces and create scoring opportunities for their forwards and wingers. I also hope that Elma Nfor gets some playing time in the desert Saturday night. I was in awe of his speed when he made a late appearance in the North Texas match. He would be a handful for that FC Tucson.
No doubt that Omaha head coach Jay Mims has his first-year squad going in the right direction with a draw and a win to start the 2020 campaign, but there is no time to take it easy on a struggling team in a shortened USL League One season. Every single match, every corner kick, every missed pass can change a team’s fortune. It’ll be game on under the night sky and hot dry air in Tucson, Arizona with kick off set for 9:30 PM CT. Here’s hoping for another exciting Union Omaha performance.