Friday, March 8, 2013

Week 2 Brings an Uphill Climb

Battle Face Gold Coast Team That Has Their Number

Fresh off an intense struggle with the defending BSL Champions, the Alamo City Soccer Club finds itself staring straight into the eyes of a team that has had their number over the course of its history.  Gold Coast comes to town owning the overall series with Alamo City (4-2-1) as well as having outscored the Battle (18-14) as well.  While Alamo City did take the last match up 4-1, the Battle are facing a stiff test in just the second week of BSL action.  The week's action should be quite interesting as Gold Coast has started the season on a string of bad luck.  First, Torsten Frings announced his retirement and cost Gold Coast their DP.  Right after that, the Sounders announced the release of Christian Tiffert which further dug into the Suns' roster.  Pair those two early season losses with other players missing this week's game (Ricardo Clark, Adam Moffet) due to a bye with their home club, and injuries to Sal Zizzo and Logan Pause and Gold Coast can't even field a full starting 11.  To make matters worse, the man tabbed to start in goal for Gold Coast may not even play this week as Matt Reis is in a position battle in New England.  All of that certainly spells disaster for the Suns, right ?

Not so fast says Alamo City.

"Higuain can win a match by himself if he gets hot.  Arnaud was all over the action for Montreal last week, and Findley is streaky ... which means he scores in bunches when he does score.  This, by no means is a gimme match.  We play like we did last week and we'll probably drop the points."  The performance last week was good enough to take a match here and there when things get dicey.  That's well and good from time to time.  However, to do what Alamo City did last year (top the table - 2nd only on APG) and be in the running for all of the hardware, they'll need to start pouring in the goals.

Week 2 Lineup:

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