Shamrocks center half Zachary Gosse on the ball. Shamrocks Images
By Ralph Chery
No. 17th, 2018
It seems like some clubs are already running away from the weather as there will only be three games played in the top flight this weekend. These three games will be more than enough to keep the league's office warm this weekend. There will be a heated fixture between NY Greek Americans and Cedar Stars Academy on Sunday night at the Metropolitan.
Central Park Rangers Whites and Zum Schneider F.C. 03 will also dress on Sunday as they will verse each other in a thrilling bottom of the table clash. Shamrocks will host NY Athletic Club at Randall’s Island Field 70 in the lone Saturday game.
Here’s an in depth preview of this weekend’s games:
Cedar Stars are ready to face NY Greeks with a load of new faces
Cedar Stars Academy will travel to the Metropolitan Oval on Sunday to take on fellow top-half club NY Greek Americans at 8:00 p.m.
Cedar Stars added eight new players to their roster earlier this week, which includes ex-Shamrocks star midfielder Giuseppe Barone and former Lansdowne player Janos Lobe. It is very like the Stars to build up their roster.
“Cedar Stars is continually trying to improve our roster,” captain and assistant coach Christopher Katona said, “which we will have a lot of great additions and more to come that we feel will maximize our potential in achieving the goals we set out in the beginning of the season.
“It's tough home or away to get our full squad together due to injuries, sickness, work, life in just general. We have had a full squad yet.”
Cedar Stars Academy captain Christopher Katona. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis
The Stars lost their first game of the season last round to NY Pancyprian Freedoms, 4-3.
Katona expressed that the club’s mentality before games never changes whether they’re coming from a win or a loss.
“It was an off day, many unfinished chances, unforced turnovers that led to giving up goals,” the striker said.
“They were able to capitalize off that and come out with the win. At the end of the day, nothing changes. We have our next game versus the Greeks. It's always one game at a time never looking back or forward.”
The Greeks are coming from a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to Shamrocks in the Manning State Cup, in which they dominated the game, hitting the woodwork three times. It was the Greeks’ second loss in three weeks to top-half clubs.
Very much like CSA, NY Greeks added a former MLS player to their roster roughly two weeks ago, ex-Houston Dynamo Joe Holland. Holland netted a brace versus Zum in his CSL debut last round.
Shamrocks will look to back up their Manning Cup win by vanquishing NY Athletic
Shamrocks welcome NY Athletic Club at Randall’s Island Field 70 on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
The Rocks are fresh off a savoring 2-0 victory over giants NY Greeks in the Manning Cup quarterfinals. The club also won their previous match, downing Central Park, 4-2.
The Irish club head coach Kevin Grogan noted that his side was disciplined in these last two outings and is hoping for the same against NYAC, whom he knows will be tough to beat.
“Our last two performances have been disciplined and we have demonstrated a great level of work ethic. We need to maintain that standard this weekend in a very difficult game against NYAC,” Grogan said.
NY Athletic forfeited their last match in the Manning Cup versus Cedar Stars due to lack of available players. The last two times they played in the league, they fell to CSA and to Lansdowne 1-0 respectively.
Shamrocks sit two spots over NYAC in the table and only three points separate them—the Rocks have a game in hand.
Zum and Central Park are set for war at Randall’s
Zum Schneider F.C. 03 and Central Park Rangers will display a fierce bottom of the table fight on Sunday night at Randall’s Island Field 75.
Zum are on a two-match losing run after winning four straight games, bowing down to powerhouses NY Greeks, 3-1, and Lansdowne, 3-2.
ZSFC head coach Alexander Berscheid is still satisfied with how his players have been performing this season, considering to how last year’s campaign went when they finished the season just three points above relegation and only won three matches. The club already racked three domestic victories not even half way through the season yet.
“Considering where we were last year and where we are at right now, I feel good about the team,” Berscheid said.
He previously stated: “No big deal [about the two straight losses]. We can't expect to win every game now, particularly not against a couple of the top teams. However, we were missing players versus the Greek Americans and played with three reserves. We still played a decent game but just weren't playing at our best.
“Against Lansdowne we actually started well and I thought it was an interesting match. With a little bit of luck this game could have been a tie.”
CPR sits in last spot in the table with a 0-5-3 record when you find Zum in seventh place with a 3-5-0 record.
Berscheid expressed that the Rangers are not where they belong in the table but shared that his side still have to beat them on Sunday to move further away from relegation.
“We are aware that CPR is probably a better team than the table suggests,” the 38-year-old coach said.
He later added: “Of course CPR are eager to win. So are we. The motivation is the same. We can solidify our position in the middle of the table and stay somewhat in touch with the top while putting more distance to a relegation spot. How sweet would that win be?”