Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Back to Back Into the Break

Boyd Leads Triple Threat as Alamo City Takes Second Straight Match

Thierry Henry got back on the field and almost put three balls into the back of the net in his first match in a month as the superstar came back from a hamstring injury.  Frustratingly, he couldn't get on the score sheet.  That number three though, proved a bit prophetic as the three 'other' big guns for Alamo City provided the scoring to give the Battle a second straight victory after losing four straight previously.  "It absolutely feels good," said Boyd.  "For a few matches myself, and the rest of the team simply didn't step up.  Eddie [Johnson] was the only guy getting off the bus.  Yeah, we had some injuries and one hell of an unfortunate scheduling quirk ... but bottom line was that we simply weren't doing enough.  We'd all gotten used to the weekly Thierry Henry show.  It felt good the last two weeks to step up for the team and for him."

It couldn't have come at a better time for the Battle.  After losing four straight the team was starting to look inward to try and find what the problem could be.  Sure, Thierry Henry went down with an injury but that didn't explain how the rest of the lineup couldn't find a way to get on the score sheet.  Last week the club looked to find themselves a bit and this week the rest of the big guns got on the board for Alamo City.  Despite having a PK attempt saved Blas Perez put one in the net along with Boyd.  Hassli notched another assist while new addition Branko Boskovic added an assist to round out the scoring.  Week 12 proved to be one heck of a lift to the team spirits rather than hammering home what was almost becoming a sobering truth.

The club started Major's Cup Qualifying this week and got off on the right foot.  More importantly, the Battle secured the 2012 Freedom Cup by beating Malmo FF 4-1.  No matter the outcome of the AIK-Malmo FF match up neither club can match Alamo City's 6pts in the competition.  "Getting that Silverware was a nice reminder of what we're capable of and what we're trying to accomplish here at Alamo City," said Hassli after the club found out that Malmo couldn't match their efforts.  "It's a good way to regain some confidence going forward."

---- In player movement news, the Battle have released Milovan Mirosevic and Michael Gspurning and brought in Justin Meram and Felipe Martins.

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