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Arizona United SC: Getting to know your USL forwards

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Goals were few and far between for Arizona United in 2014. But with the return of Long Tan and FC Dallas product Jonatahn Top, 2015 could be much better.

H. Jose Bosch

We’ve finally reached the end of our "Getting to Know Your USL Team" season preview. I hope you’ve had fun and I also hope you genuinely grow to like this team. Moving forward, I’ll be reporting on the team generally and on the performance of the FCD loanees in particular. If you ever have questions about the team or FCD players on loan, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter @HJBosch21.

I want to thank Drew for welcoming me into the community and for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most: writing. Now, let’s take a look at the forwards. And let’s have a fun 2015!

Brad Stisser

Twitter: @stiss17

Fun fact: Stisser was one of the first two original signings for Arizona United back in April 2014. YouTube clip: Stisser won the USL Goal of the Month for July last season with this beauty at the 23 second mark.

Jonathan Top

Twitter: @JonathanTop93

Fun fact: You already know him! http://www.bigdsoccer.com/2012/4/20/2961893/jonathan-top-embracing-his-opportunity-with-fc-dallas Top was an FCD Academy product and made four appearances (netting one goal) for the big club from 2011-2014. Last year he was loaned out to Arizona United, where he made 21 appearances and scored five goals. That apparently wasn’t for FCD to keep him on the squad. So, in 2015, he’s a full member of the team.

YouTube clip: Here’s Top showing off his signature move (presented by United Healthcare, of course) when he was still with FCD

Long Tan

Twitter: @longtan23

Fun fact: Tan is the first Chinese player to suit up for an MLS club. He appeared in 17 matches and scored a goal with the Vancouver Whitecaps and appeared in six matches, netting one goal with D.C. United from 2011-2012.

YouTube clip: This is Tan making MLS history as the first Chinese-born player to score a goal in MLS. (Oddly enough, against the team he would eventually move to)

Goal scoring was not a strength for Arizona United in 2014. The club notched just 32 goals for the season and no goal scorer had more than five goals. But Tan is the most exciting prospect of the three forwards on the roster. His team-leading five goals came in just 12 matches. Imagine how helpful he’ll be over the course of an entire season. Top should also benefit from Tan’s presence if both are on the pitch at the same time. Having two forwards with MLS experience doesn’t hurt and with a revamped midfield that, on paper, looks talented, Arizona United may have a lot more scoring opportunities this season.