Monday, April 4, 2011

Shades of 2010 ?

Some Positives But An All Too Familiar Feel

- San Antonio

The 3rd Match Day of 2011 brought an old feeling back to Alamo City management. "Yeah, it's kind of that ugly feeling in the pit of your stomach but you just can't put your finger on what is causing it." That's how the 2010 BSL Season started for Montgomery County. This year, as Alamo City, that feeling hasn't exactly set in but it is creeping into the picture. "As we were at the start of least season, we're just kind of scratching our heads. It's almost as if the stars have decided to constantly line up against us. Surely things can't continually turn out this way."

What Alamo City management is referring too, is the dumb luck (of the bad variety) that the club seems to have with timing. So far this season O'Brian White had looked lost up top for Seattle. It just so happens he finally hits the back of the net when Alamo City comes too town. Teal Bunbury had some fitness issues (injury) to start the season but gets his first full match under his belt (and first two goals) when Alamo City comes to town. Couple that with a continued rough start for reigning MVP David Ferreira and the fact that he, Juan Pablo Angel, and Thierry Henry all couldn't find a way to score a point ... and you start to see what they brass of ACSC is getting at. But things aren't all doom and gloom in the Alamo City camp. "We had to very big positives for us in this match. We put up points without any of our four biggest players netting a point. Henry, Ferreira, and Angel were shut out and Hassli was serving his suspension. We still got on the board with a three spot. That's big. Kamara is on fire to start the season, and Folan showed exactly why we took the risk on him in the draft. Give that man time up front and he's going to be a hell of a force here." And that could be the key to Alamo City's season. The management referred to the 'big 4' in terms of players. Well, if Kamara and Folan are doing this kind of scoring at the bottom of the line up ? Yeah, we can see why management isn't ready to punch the panic button just yet. There were however, a couple of moves this week:

Alamo City released Videira (CHI) - Kasey Keller (SEA) and singed Nizar Khalfan (VAN) - Tally Hall (HOU)

Up Next for Alamo City - The BSL Classic First Leg

There isn't much time to dwell on the tough defeat to Stoners FC. The Battle now have to travel to their original rivals, CD Gunners, and contest the first leg of the BSL Classic this week. The roster looks as though it should be 'full' for the first time this week as all of the Battle's players should be available for selection. Alamo City is going to need every man ready to go in order to keep from falling into the same hole that the club did at the start of last season. While there are no easy matches in the BSL, this one has that something extra to it. The two original champions of the BSL both look to regain their proper footing in the league. For Alamo City it could be 'more of the same' in this match up. CD's line up is poised for the same kind of breakout that Stoners FC had against the Battle this week. Darlington Nagbe is looking to finally get on the pitch for Portland, Freddy Montero is due for a huge game at any time now, Saborio and Morales are back in action, and Camilo announced his arrival to the league this week. Hopefully the Battle have enough firepower to take the first leg.

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