Hey everyone! Im sorry I haven't written in a while, I've been working and then we had the relaunch and blah blah blah. I don't know about the rest of you people, but I'm incredibly excited for the upcoming season.
Since the end of last season, I've basically had nothing to talk about and it's been killing me. So now that we're getting closer to game time, let's talk about my favorite thing to talk about: Keon Daniel.
It's no secret that I'm the #1 fan of Keon "Predator" Daniel. If anyone wants to challenge me for that title, come to Section 138 and we'll see who can scream strong Predator/strong more times at the top of their lungs. As we all know, it's a tough time to be a supporter of Keon, because we haven't seen him in forever.
Since August, he hasn't been able to get back into the country (that we know of) and it was even rumored that he had dengue fever. Will Keon return to the Union this season? Murph isn't optimistic, but I'm still holding out. Why else would we have kept the guy on our protected list?
So what's the big deal with this guy, and why the hell is he called the Predator? The nickname Predator came from a guy behind me in 138 who yells some of the best stuff during the games, and is given to Keon because of his hair.
So why do we need him, it's not like we're short on midfielders. Keon is our strongest option for the left wing, for a great number of reasons. First, he's left footed. I don't know if anyone noticed, but we dont seem to have many of those on our team.
Second, he plays defense, and he plays it well. This season was an interesting season for the left back position. We saw Jordan Harvey, who played really well and was reliable, then we had Gabe Farfan, who played well but was clearly out of his element at times.
With a good midfielder in front of an unproven left back, the Union's defense should be solid. (I say unproven because we don't know who it is)
Third, he's tall. I dont know how many of you have stood right in front of the Predator, but he isn't a small guy. I shouted him down for an autograph once, and he was easily our tallest midfielder at about 6' 2". This is important because everyone else on the team is so short.
The Union don't really knock in the head balls, so a tall guy is necessary to give us another target up top. (Quick note: Keon's only goal last season was on a header)
Fourth, he has experience. Keon has made 49 appearances for Trinidad and Tobago's national team, scoring eight goals. The best part about that experience is that he's only 24! (Soon to be 25, wish him a happy birthday on Jan. 16th!) With all of the young players that we have, it's good to have a player in the midfield with poise, who isn't afraid to possess the ball.
Keon brings so much to the team, we need to have him back. With the team not giving up the slightest bit of information, it's difficult to tell what is going to happen. All we can do is hope that he returns before the season starts. Keep DOOPing, my friends.