After a busy day last Sunday, including two U.S. Open Cup qualifiers, CSL's Division 2 had a ton of action. Week 4 has already kicked off and will be going on all-day today, but let's take a quick look back at what happened last round!
Sunday, September 22
NYPD FC v. Afghan FC NY (1-2)
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Afghan FC NY won its first game of the season, 2-1, over NYPD FC on Sunday morning.
The win lifts AFCNY out of the bottom table and ties it with 2019 D2 semifinalist Polonia Gwardia NY. On the other hand, NYPD now falls to 0-2 on the season but did keep this game closer than last week’s match against Manhattan Celtic. The finest’s lone goal came from Haider Palacio but it wasn’t enough to earn the team any points.
Polonia Gwardia NY v. Stal Mielec NY (1-1)
The top two teams from last seasons South Region met once again early Sunday. This instalment of the CSL’s Polish Derby saw Stal Mielec NY draw Polonia Gwardia NY, 1-1, on the road as neither team could get the decisive finish.
Polonia was able to strike first when Dawid Ditrich found Jakub Madej for the games opening score halfway through the first. For Stal, its time came in the second half. The side totally controlled the flow of the game and allowed multiple chances to pile up. Marcin Jaworek was able to even the score in the 74th minute, assisted Grzegorz Kruk, and despite more chances both teams left the field with a point.
Stal manager Artur Kurasiewicz especially praised two of the younger players on his squad, 6-year old Alexander Lenart and 17-year old Jakub Szwakop. The two matches up well against the experienced Polonia side and with teammates like Marcin Jaworek who excelled all game.
NY Ukrainians v. Real Olé FC (1-7)
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Another high scoring day for Real Olé FC gave the team its third straight win this season, outscoring NY Ukrainians, 7-1, as the team's goal total rose to 16 through three games.
Nick VonEgypt performed on over half of Real’s goals, scoring twice and assisting on two others during the 90 minutes.The offense didn’t allow NYU to get many chances with the ball at all and nearly came up with the clean sheet. Other goals came from Patrick Alvarez (two assists), Jimmy Barrios (one assist), Kevin Davis (one assist), Omar Hibbert (one assist), and Keith Traut.
Hoboken FC 1912 v. Manhattan Celtic (1-2)
In a battle between two of the Cosmo League’s bigger names, Manhattan Celtic and Hoboken FC 1912 clashed in the Garden State for over 90 minutes. The visitors prevailed, 3-2, as Celtic remain perfect on the young season and sit atop Division 2 after three weeks.
Celtic head coach Matthew Kane explained afterwards that his team was challenged throughout but pushed through thanks to outstanding play.
“(The game) was an extremely difficult test,” Kane said. “Hoboken were organized, spirited and had a great mentality. We simply bettered them in every one of those aspects.
“What pleased me the most was that we tapped into our reserve roster with three players getting the chance to play up all three made huge contributions and highlighted the depth in our squad,” he continued. Celtic Reserve just finished a hard game prior to the match, falling in a close contest to Hoboken Reserve, 3-1.
Marco Charnas continued to impress with his team, scoring both of Celtics goals and raising his season total to five. He’s scored every week this season and scored twice in two games. His first midway in was a header he slammed in from 16 yards out. Salatiel Campos found him off a cross after a run up the wing. Later on, with the score level, Charnas struck again with a second shot from distance that crashed into the top corner of the net.
Hoboken’s Kevin Halliday scored early into the second half, assisted by James Reed, and tied the game at one each. The team had its chances controlling the ball but struggled at finishing in the final third. Missed chances allowed Celtic to say in it and finish with three points.
“A draw would have been a fair result in the end in what was a real derby between the teams,” Hoboken coach Steve Korfiatis said afterwards.
What pleased me the most was that we tapped into our reserve roster with three players getting the chance to play up all three made huge contributions and highlighted the depth in our squad.
FC Ulqini v. Kelmendi FC NY (3-1)
After three weeks of games FC Ulqini has run the gauntlet to go 1-1-1. The team finished the trifecta by beating D2 newcomer Kelmendi FC NY, 3-1, in the latter’s first loss in the second tier.
The Albanian derby held some of the better defense to start the game. Both teams held off chances as the ball was battled for in the middle of the field. Neither could get a dominant foothold, but Eduard Necaj was finally able to score for Kelmendi, assisted by Valdrin Lekocaj, to give them the lead heading into the second half.
After a brief regroup, Ulqini rebounded on offense with three unanswered goals. Gledis Nuza, Erbet Hoti, and Albert Ruci all shot into the back of the net, with Ritvan Mehmeti and Nuza earning assists as well. The team was able to control the game from the restart and keep Kelmendi from getting a foot back into the contest.
Williamsburg International FC v. FC Japan (3-2)
On a hot day in Brooklyn, Williamsburg International FC handed FC Japan its first loss of the season, 3-2. Both teams earned multiple cautions and five yellow cards were given out while the sides remained at full strength.
Ian Goodall and Oliver Harrison both scored for the home side in the first half. Goodall connected off a corner kick from Gerrit van den Berg midway through before Harrison converted a penalty kick just before the halfway whistle. Japan focused its attack on the wings of the field, which is exactly how Hideyuki Yoshikawa found Haruo Inoue on a cut into the box. The ball sliced into the corner of the netting just after Williamsburgs first goal and made sure the team was chasing heading into the final 45.
The second half opened with chances from both teams, but WIFC forward John Kaddo pushed and maneuvered around the FCJ backline and strike in his team’s third goal. Japan looked to respond and brought the game to within one when Shogo Yamamoto fed Inoue for his second of the game. A final push by the team set up a run past the WIFC backline, and a cut across the box brought up a penalty attempt. With his team’s three points on his back, Steve Flinchbaugh read the shot correctly and deflected it out before the final whistle blew.
Central Park Rangers FC v. Beyond FC (3-5)
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After earning two points in as many weeks, Beyond FC won its first game of the season against the struggling Central Park Rangers FC, 5-3. Sergio Gomez scored twice for Beyond in the win and assisted on a third goal to earn him MVP honors from his team.
Beyond’s other scorers were James Cousins, Abrahim (A.J.) Hamami, and Daniel Weisberger. For his efforts, Jesse Rose also picked up an assist during the match as his team jumped in the D2 table.
CPR’s Sam Arlington kept his team in the contest with two goals and a third from another player made it competitive, but a few yellows for aggressive play hampered any attack the team pushed on. With the loss, Rangers fall to 0-3 with a -11 goal differential.
Manhattan Kickers v. DeSportiva Sociedad NY (6-0)
The Manhattan Kickers returned to form against DeSportiva Sociedad NY in Week 3. The offense was the biggest factor as the team won decisively, 6-0.
The goalscorers for the Kickers were, in order, James Zaiden, Francois-Xavier (FX) Thiollere, Brian Morris, Martin Rodriguez, Gerson Lima, and Senan Lonergan. The team was able to control the game from the start and despite a few fast breaks by DSNY kept the clean sheet.