Who Will Step Up and Take the Throne in Henry's Absence ?
It wasn't just a second straight loss for Alamo City this past weekend. The 4-2 score line against CD Gunners represented everything that the Battle had hoped to move past this season. Instead it was another spirited effort for naught. The bane of Alamo City's existence once again reared its ugly head. The Gunners tightened up the race for the Founder's Cup while taking the early lead in the BSL Classic. The biggest blow from the match though, was to captain Thierry Henry. A hamstring injury will see the ACSC scoring leader out for 3-4 weeks. That's just a tough pill to swallow.
The club can't get down on itself though. Staring the Battle in the face is a date with the very steady Rose City Flyers FC, and the BSL Game of the Week. Nothing like adding a little grease to the fire for Alamo City. "That seems to be our M.O. around here. When it's good, it's damn good but when it's bad .... yeah" There was little comment from ACSC management as the club has closed doors for all but the mandatory media briefings and contractual obligations to appearances. It's quiet around San Antonio, but not because the club is worried. The club is simply focusing on the next several matches as the players and management have to be at their best in order to get through the absence of Henry. A positive from the weekend is that Eddie Johnson netted his first and was credited with an assist before MLS scoring changed the 2nd Seattle goal to an own goal.
One move was to swap Colorado teammates Jaime Castrillon and Kamani Hill. While Castrillon has played well he simply hasn't been able to figure in the scoring. It's a shame because the Alamo City management love the play they've gotten so far. That doesn't get results in the BSL though and Kamani Hill has shown he's worthy of a roster slot. Even as a bench option for Colorado he's found the score sheet more times than many starters across the league.
As if the two straight losses, continued failings against CD, and the Henry injury weren't enough ... this match also markes the opening of the Freedom Cup for 2012. ACSC will be taking on not only Rose City, but AIK as well. "Rains ... pours ... etc"
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