By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Union have been fun to watch so far here in 2013. They have put together a 6-5-4 record in MLS action and on Wednesday they will play D.C. United in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. One key to success has been the development of young goaltender Zac MacMath. He has started every MLS match and earned his fourth shutout of the season in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Columbus.
All that action hasn’t left much for his back-up Chris Konopka to do on gamedays. Now he did get a start in Friday’s 2-0 win over Reading in a friendly, but he hasn’t made any appearances in MLS action or in Open Cup play.
“You have to just be ready,” Konopka told KYW Newsradio after Wednesday win over the Crew. “You have to sort of mentally prepare for every game that you’re going to play and stay sharp that way through training. I think the two of us together (with MacMath) we do well with our goalkeeper coach to keep it that way.”