Skip to main content

Almost

by Marissa Blackman

Tonight's match between Wilmington Hammerheads FC and New York Red Bulls II had the potential to be a high scoring one for both clubs. The game produced a total of eighteen shots.

In the beginning of the match, the Hammerheads retained possession and seemed to have the best opportunities for goals. By the one third mark of the half, the Red Bulls began getting more touches. Ten minutes later both clubs made serious attempts at goals within just seconds of each other. That sequence of events really describes the match. The Hammerheads had long passing sequences and several shots. New York was able to intermittently disrupt those passing sequences and take shots of its own.

Both teams were just shy of the goal numerous times, and both goalies were extremely vigilant. In a match where eighteen shots were attempted, there was a single goal scored. At the end of the first half, I wrote in my notes that it was the kind of match where if either team was able to sneak just one goal past the opposing club's goal keeper, that club would most likely win. That is exactly what happened. In the 70th minute, Chris Tsonis of the New York Red Bulls was finally able to do what had been impossible for everyone else.

Hammerheads forward Brian Ackley described the lead up togoal. "We made a few bad decisions going forward. We got caught 1v1, and we just didn’t track players. We didn’t track inside the 18," he said. "Another goal goes in late. Then we’re chasing the game," Ackley described a reoccurring theme for this season.

Coren Bone offered a reason for the pattern. "We have yet to really put in a full ninety minute game, so that’s come back to hunt us a little bit in some games," the midfielder noted. "Until we put in a full, solid, good performance, it’s going to be a long season, so hopefully we can change things around and start getting results."

Hammerheads goal keeper Larry Jackson made similar comments. "This season has been rough. We’re trying to grind out results. We’ve been a little close, but things happened that weren’t in our favor. More often than not, you’ve got to make the luck. You’ve got to have those chances. Right now, we just haven’t done that."

Despite the widespread disappointment, the Hammerheads express confidence that the team can improve.

"We’re not getting the results we want and as a team we’re not performing as well as we want, but I know it will get better and I trust and believe in my team," Sunny Jane expressed. "I believe in the process that we’re doing. I know that I’m not giving up on anything that we're doing, and I know they’re not going to give up on me. We just have to keep putting pieces together, learning from every game, and eventually things will get better."

"We have to keep working hard. We have to keep doing our job. It’s just about making plays. Whether we’re on the defensive end or the attacking end we have to find ways to score goals and not conceded them," said Andrae Campbell. "At some point we have to at least make it up to the fans because they still keep coming out giving us their support and the least we can do as players is give them what they came for."

Brian Anunga also expressed a desire to do more for the fans. "It’s a very difficult season. We try to get things right. We’ll work hard to get a home win because we’re happy with the fans and, looking at our performance, we’re not happy with ourselves," he said.

This result is another in a string of disappointing ones. Although the loss did not cause the Hammerheads to drop in the eastern conference table, the club remains in eleventh place.

For the next few weeks, Wilmington Hammerheads FC will be on the road. The club faces the Richmond Kickers next.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DIFERENÇAS ENTRE O FUTEBOL EUROPEU E O FUTEBOL BRASILEIRO

por Hugo Haacke

Começando na Europa e se espalhando pelo mundo, hoje, o futebol é o esporte coletivo mais praticado em todo o mundo. Tendo objetivos e regras iguais, o futebol se diferencia de lugar para lugar na sua forma de jogar, torcer e gerenciar. Entre a Europa e a América Latina, onde o futebol é mais popular, há significantes diferenças, tendo como principal referência nesse continente, o Brasil, o país do futebol. A primeira diferença e mais perceptível é a tática e a forma de jogar. No futebol europeu, a velocidade durante a partida inteira é algo natural. Há também características gerais como o costume de manter a linha de quatro no meio de campo e, a estratégia de recomposição do time inteiro, o jogo mais centrado, objetivo e calculado. Já o futebol brasileiro, conforme o tempo passa, os técnicos vêm aproximando a tática de seus times ao futebol europeu – principalmente depois da copa de 1982. Mas em sua essência, o futebol brasileiro sempre se caracterizou por lances com dri…

Kaleemullah Khan's Story

by Meesha Imran

Kaleemullah Khan is a Pakistani footballer who was born in Chaman, Pakistan on September 20th, 1992 and currently plays as a striker for Tulsa Roughnecks FC. 
His international career began when he signed a five-month contract with a club in Kyrgyzstan named FC Dordoi. His performance was so exceptional that the club offered him a two-year contract worth Rs10 million. Khan was named Player of the Year soon after he finished as the highest scorer in the league and also won the Kyrgyz Cup and Super Cup.

All of these early accolades prompted immediate interest and there were invitations for trials from China and Iceland, although his agents had something else in mind. They arranged a one-month trial with USL side Sacramento Republic FC. The USL club put forth a condition; in order for Kaleem to complete the trial, he had to rescind his contract with Dordoi. 

On the first day of his try-out, he twisted his ankle and was advised to rest for a week. Although thoughts of return…

USL 2018 Roster Moves

by Marissa Blackman

Last Updated on 3/16/18 at 6:34 PM EST

This is a running tab of all the roster additions and subtractions for USL clubs.

I will update this list periodically. An asterisk next to a player's name indicates that the player is on loan from another club.
All updates are based on official announcements from each club.

Atlanta United 2
AJ Cochran
Diego Lopez
Jack Metcalf
Yosef Samuel
Shawn Nicklaw
Gaston Cardozo
Brian Gambarte
Nicolaus Caraux
Kevin Barajas
Paul Christensen
Laurent Kissiedou
Andrew Kendall-Moulin
Bethlehem Steel FC
Matthew Mahoney
Chris Nanco
Santi Moar
James Chambers
Brandon Aubrey
Omar Holness
Brandon Allen
Olivier Mbaizo
Aidan Apodaca
AJ Paterson
Prosper Chiluya
Mika Catalano
Drew Skundrich
Charleston Battery
Taylor Mueller
Kotaro Higashi
Quinton Griffith
Skylar Thomas
Tah Brain Anunga
Joe Kuzminsky
Jarad van Schaik
Neveal Hackshaw
Ataulla Guerra
Ian Svantesson
Nico Rittmeyer
Jay Bolt
Ryan Arambula
Odisnel Cooper
Victor Mansaray
Vincenzo Candela
Charlot…