Union's Jack McInerney calls for offseason attacking reinforcement

The 20-year-old Philadelphia striker says the team needs to add a physical presence to deal with certain situations.
Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney has echoed his club captain Carlos Valdes in calling for offseason moves to bring in more experienced heads. The forward was just one of a number of young players thrust into key positions this season for Philadelphia, which failed to make the playoffs.

"I think it will be good if we can get someone who can hold up the ball and I can run off of," said McInerney, who spearheaded the Union attack with eight goals and three assists in 25 appearances this season. "We really don't have any size on the team, and it feels like every time we get a corner kick, it's just a waste, because we don't get anything from it.

"Some size, and some speed, would be good for us. During the offseason, we can gain experience from this year, and hopefully get some veterans that can teach us new things and carry it over. We definitely need some more pieces to add."

McInerney's comment comes a day after his teammate, Union captain Carlos Valdes, told Goal.com the team needed to "bring in some good newcomers" for the 2013 campaign.

The U.S. youth international was his side's leading scorer this season, and as a third-year player with a few dozen first team appearances under his belt, became the team's main out-and-out striker barely a week after his 20th birthday when the team dealt Lionard Pajoy to D.C., leaving an attacking corps with McInerney, rookies Chandler Hoffman, Cristhian Hernandez, and Antoine Hoppenot, and raw Costa Rican talent Josue Martinez, who played just 594 minutes this season.

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