The offseason is over, the draft complete, and it is now time for the matches to begin. BSL First Kick 2013 is here and the Alamo City Battle open the campaign with a tall task. They've got to entertain the defending league champions. That's all well and good according to team captain Thierry Henry.
Henry is never one to shy away from things and for good reason. The superstar put up MVP level numbers last season. He won't have to do it alone though. In the 2013 BSL Draft he got plenty of help. Club legend Kenny Cooper returns home this season. Also joining the Battle were International stars Daigo Kobayashi and Andrea Pisanu. Both men bring experience from the highest levels of the game. Further strengthening the squad are arguably the two best defensive players in the league in CB Aurelien Collin and GK Jimmy Nielsen. They'll have help on the back line with Honduran Olympic Captain Johnny Leveron and Brazilian LB Michel. They key to the squad could end up being the underrated Patrice Bernier. Rounding out the squad are the returning Giles Barnes, Rafael Baca, Alex, Maicon Santos, and Lionard Pajoy. All in all the Battle will field a lineup heavy on firepower up top, but with plenty of scoring spread throughout the rest of the players.
Alamo City Lineup - First Kick 2013