Orlando, FL – Today’s objective. Get back to our team identity of possession and pressure. During yesterday’s victories the standard of play left a lot to be desired. I don’t do excuses so the message is clear, refocus and get back to our bread and butter.
We will be playing El Temporal Azul. A team from Puerto Rico who dropped both of their games and has only pride to play for. With our 6 points and head-to-head advantage over Sunrise Elite and West Pines United FC 99/00, we are already qualified to the semifinals.
I left the hotel about an hour and half before the team was due to arrive at the fields to scout our potential semifinal opponent.
Toros vs Baltimore Bays game was going to determine who that would be. Toros was clearly the more dangerous of the two – based on what I had seen yesterday – and they took it to Baltimore. Final score: 3-0.
It was our turn; and for warm up I set up our 3 v 1 possession grids that tranlates into a 4 v 2 +1 double grid so the boys found their passing rhythm, awareness, and talking before kickoff.
It paid dividends since we played with composure and showed some quality movements. Today’s performance puts yesterday’s to shame. We were up against inferior opposition, but the fact that we were executing our patented system was what put a smile on my face. Another victory to wrap up pool play with a perfect 9 points.
Back Line: Louie, Mikey, Justin
MF: Richard, Charlie, Cesar
1-0 Richard finished off a nice cross from Cesar in the 12th minute.
1-1 Pk commited by Louie that was a very soft call by the ref. Goal in the 14th minute.
2-1 Alex collected the ball on the left, took a great first touch to his left and buried a shot far post for the lead in 24th minute.
3-1 Alex again put the finishing touches with a quality finish far post with the outside of his left foot after a great dish from Misa.
Sidenote: Little Neymar (Uly) put on a clinic in the first ten minutes of the game. He was flicking the ball over people (somberito), had a couple of jaw dropping megs and drew OOOOOOOLES from the crowd on hand. Just a little flavor provided by him at the right time when needed. Not showboating if it’s dribbling forward and effective. Some key players who had logged lots of minutes on Saturday got lots of rest to prepare for tomorrow’s semis.
The boys had a nice pasta dinner at Olive Garden with some salad and breadsticks before their 9 pm bedtime. Tomorrow is the huge semifinal vs Toros.