Fall Season Kickoff 2011

The Derby League Fall session has finally kicked-off and some great games were had last friday. This session has 6 teams with both new and returning teams from the inaugural Summer session. Returning teams include Central FC, Drew Street Elite and Wellington Cup Champs: East Side Rovers. The Summer champs (Halton North End) had to unfortunately pass on the Fall and Winter sessions but will be back in full force in Summer of 2012. New teams include Galt FC, Tri-City Blues and the County Wanderers.

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The first game of the night were newcomers Galt FC v Tri-City Blues. It was an even match as the Blues controlled a lot of the game with short, concise passing, followed with some deadly strikes. However, Galt FC had some great pace and was saved a few times by Captain, Goalkeeper and Drew Street Elite Alumni Josh Wood resulting in a 3-1 victory for GFC.

The second game of the evening was Central United FC v County Wanderers and was another cracker of a game.  It was a tight game until the very end where Central gave up 2 tough goals resulting in a 4-2 win for new guys County Wanderers. Wanderers Captain Dennis Bochkov made an impressive debut tallying 2 of the Wanderers 4 goals.

Finally the last game of the night saw a repeat of the Wellington Cup Semi-final and had Drew Street Elite face off against the East Side Rovers. Drew Street was clearly out for revenge and jumped ahead with 2 early goals, including a well-timed header from striker Paul Barros. The first half also saw a game changing diving save from DSE keeper Cory Pitcher and continuous pressure from the Rovers. An early second-half goal from the Rovers made it 2-1, before Drew Street widened the gap to 3-1 shortly after. Continuous bombardment from the Rovers saw them get within one with an unlucky deflection with a minute to go, but unfortunately it was too little too late and Drew Street held on for a 3-2 victory.

All-in-all it was a great first week with lots of exciting games, which is setting the foundation for what is surely to be a great sophomore season for Derby League Soccer Club!

Metrostars vs Kansas Preview. Does Anyone Care? Will anyone Show?

Tonight at 7pm at Giants Stadium the Metrostars take on fellow strugglers Kansas. Coach Bob Gansler brings in a team almost as bad as the Metrostars. I say almost as bad, but let’s remember Kansas did beat the Metros 6-0 earlier in the season.

At least the announced crowd will not be at an all time low as it was on Wednesday. According to Marketing VP Jim Leahy, about 15,000 tickets have been distributed for this game. The real question will be, how many people will actually bother to turn up and watch the game?

According to pregame reports, all four of the Metrostars foreigners will be starting. How exciting!

Surcic is still likely to be unfit, Zambrano appears totally lost, while Hurtado’s skills and appetite for the game have completley deserted him. Only the Iranian defender,Khakpour, appearss worthy of a place on this truly awful team.

Ramos is, as usual injured, as is Kelly, Villegas, Chung and Lozzano.

Kansas, with the likes of Preki and Mo Johnston and Alexi Lalas, probably fancy their chances tonight. That may be just the spark that is needed to make this game interesting.

The only bit of interest I can see in the game is that Alex Prus, the scheduled referee, and Matt Lawlor, an assistant referee, are both from New Jersey. Looks like the VCR will be in action tonight.

Me? I’m off to Sportsfriends in Wayne NJ to watch their summer festival – three senior games of soccer – scheduled at 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9pm. Bet the crowd size will not that different from Giants Stadium!