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Forest Rovers FC Hold Seas Jamaica United to a 1-1 Draw

Seas Jamaica FC were held to a 1-1 draw by an experienced Forest Rovers FC side looking for their first point of the season. With this result, Seas is already losing ground in the UPSL summit race to leaders Atletico Atlanta. But there is still a lot of soccer to play in the season.

A well-timed finish from Andrew Tanner gave the visitors the lead in the 27th minute but Seas Jamaica FC found a way back into the game when Adeola Oke leveled with a toe poke from a tight spot early in the second half. Both sides had chances to take all three points, with Seas Jamaica forward Cameron Grassmyer broke free one and one with the keeper on two occasions, while Forest Rovers striker Erasmus Freeman was thwarted by side netting. Forest Rovers substitute Mahmoud Tassiak had a last-gasp chance to win the game when he made a darting run in the box and fell to ground after a firm challenge by Seas Jamaica’s defender Kofe Yanke but his penalty appeal was waved off by the referee.

Substitute Calos Sevellion came on in the second half and immediately made his presence felt by setting up Freeman but he failed to wrap his foot around the ball to get a clean strike. Forest Rovers were heavily pressured late in the second and must thank the Alvarado in goal to walk away with a point. Forest Rover head coach Donald Schmidt said, “The boys were excited to play against Seas Jamaica they are a very strong team, however, we stuck to our game plan to offset them in the first half because we know how tough they are in the second half, luckily we got that all important goal, and we are happy with a point”.

Tyrese Powell picked out George Rodriguez with pinpoint accuracy whose towering header brought out an impeccable save by Eduado in goal who palmed it away for a corner. The resulting corner kick this time found an unmarked Rodriguez who headed wide of the gaping goal. Try as hard as they did, neither team could break the deadlock.

This seemed a game of two halves and Seas Jamaica clearly had a better second half and arguably could have pulled out the win comfortably but for some poor finishing. However, Forest Rovers net minder player\manager, Eddie Alvarado, had other plans with some acrobatic saves to keep his side in the game. “We started well but our opponents had studied us well, they put everyone behind the ball and tried to hit us on the break and it’s not a huge surprise we couldn’t win, this is usually a fixture we have handled well hence why we are a little disappointed, but we will fix it “ said Seas Jamaica head coach David Largie.

The draw now sees both team without a win since the start of the season with Seas Jamaica FC in 7th and Forest Rovers in 8th place. Although early doors, Seas Jamaica, last year’s beaten finalist, now finding life difficult without the services of last year’s golden boot winner Akinni James who now plies his trade with Atletico Atlanta. Grassmyer was brought in to fill his shoes but “those shoes are difficult to fill” bemoaned Seas head coach David Largie.

Both teams will be in action this weekend, Forest Rovers FC plays at home to Club Atletic who are yet to play a game this season while Seas Jamaica plays at home to second place LSA Limeño.

GURU@pithside

 

 

New Clubs, New Season – Georgia Divisions, 2021 Spring Season

No time is wasted after a fantastic Fall 2020 has concluded with a glorious performance by Georgia Division and now National Champion, Ginga Atlanta. We now immediately move into a new season with challenges anew. The Spring Season for 2021 officially begins this month and included in this issue of our digital magazine is a special preview issue previewing all the teams in both divisions.

No one could have foretold the unprecedented situation facing not only football but world events in this past year, but we forge ahead despite the challenges use our human spirit to overcome. And here we are again! Back and ready to go with some alterations and safety procedures inserted into our normal routines which are dictated by the events of the previous year.

Get to know our teams and enjoy and get ready for action!!!

FC Matata 3 – 3 Potros FC

[UPSL GEORGIA FEATURE MATCH OF THE WEEK]

by Kurtis Krzyzanowski

The featured match of the week in the UPSL Georgia Division saw FC Matata take on Potros FC at Silverbacks Stadium, in Doraville Georgia. FC Matata went with a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of attacking choices, whilst Potros choose a 5-3-2 formation giving them more defensive options. Potros are looking for their first points of the season as a new team in the division, but it won’t be easy against a Matata side with so much attacking emphasis.

Potros started off strongly getting their 5 defenders behind the ball to soak up early Matata pressure. Matata were on the front foot in the early going but unable to crack the solid defensive posture of the Potros back-line.

GOAL: However, Matata did open the scoring 6 minutes into the first half. Potros keeper Christopher Uranga tries to clear the ball but only landing it at the feet of Lionel Touroude who races past 3 defenders and slots it past the keeper. An ideal start for FC Matata with Potros needing to find some inspiration to get back into the game.

Potros restarted the game looking a little bit more lively. Creating chances and getting more players to attack the ball. Looks to be the response they were aiming for early on, but the question would be whether or not they can turn these chances into goals.

Evenly played and hard fought. FC Matata & Potros FC worked hard for this match.

GOAL: The breakthrough would come to Potros shortly later. Potros win a corner which swings in meeting the head of captain, Benjamin Uranga. Uranga, was given space for a free header plowing the ball into the net giving Potros the equalizer they’ve been trying so hard to get.

Both sides started to look strong as the game got back underway. Matata strike the ball well forcing the keeper to make a save landing the ball at the feet of the Matata forward who misses from just a few feet out. Shortly after that, Matata receives a free kick on the edge of the box which Lionel Touroude steps up to take but lofts the ball just over the crossbar.

GOAL: Half an hour played and Matata go 2-1 ahead. The ball gets lifted into the box, the goalkeeper comes off his line to catch the ball but misses entirely and a scramble in the 6 yard box leads to a goal from Matata’s Touroude for his 2nd of the match, despite handball shouts from Potros defenders. It’s difficult to make heads or tails of what happened, but it appears the Potros defender cleared the ball into his own net but Touroude was given credit for the Matata goal.

The half time whistle sounds as Matata go in 2-1 ahead from a brilliantly worked goal from Touroude and a defensive blunder. Both sides look to be evenly matched and Potros have had their fair share of chances to keep things close.

GOAL: Matata get the second half underway but it’s Potros who score instantaneously. Brilliantly worked play to make the goal. The ball comes in through a low cross and lands at the feet of an unmarked Amadou Kora who taps the ball into the back of the net equalizing for Potros, but it’s the build up which makes the goal such a sight to see.

Scary moment 52 minutes in as Matata goalkeeper Douglas Corvera clashes with his defender and takes to be what looks like a kick to his midriff leaving both players the floor after mis-communication in an attempt to clear the ball. Corvera gets up and looks to be okay, but his team-mate still lay on the pitch before getting up and continuing with the game.

FC Matata MOTM
FC Matata’s Man-of-the-Match was Lionel Touroude

Potros earn a free kick just under the hour mark but fail to make it past the wall, only seconds before Potros try to go ahead through a well placed header but Corvera makes a wonderful save to deny Potros a third. Matata looking in trouble here as the second half is dominated by Potros FC.

15 minutes from time, both sides look to be slowing down. Potros still pushing forward but are struggling to create dangerous chances but it’s Matata who come close to scoring next. A throw in finds its way to a Matata forward at an awkward position where he strikes the ball towards the far post, just going wide and out for a goal kick.

PENALTY: Moments later, Matata are fouled in the box which leads to the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Far from a difficult decision for the referee as Potros captain Benjamin Uranga wipes out the Matata player as he ran into the area with the ball.

Captain Touroude picks the ball up but hands it to Ade Adeniji Faud to attempt the conversion. Because of Touroude’s recent comeback from injury, he may have made the decision to give the opportunity to Ade to attempt the conversion even though Touroude was on a hattrick. Ade strikes the ball confidently to his bottom left sending the keeper the wrong way.

Potros FC MOTM
Potros FC’s Man-of-the-Match was Benjamin Uranga

Potros wins a late corner that leads to a foul and a free kick to Matata. Potros didn’t look short of ideas, but did look short of execution. Matata putting lots of pressure to try and see the game out and take all 3 points just moments from the 90th minute.

GOAL: However, there is late drama at the end of the second half. Potros receive a free kick deep in the Matata half which leads to a short ball and a strike which should land into the keepers hands, but the goalkeeper who made a great save earlier in the second half drops the ball to the feet of Potros captain, Benjamin Uranga who taps the ball into the back of the net for a late equalizer. Uranga more than making up for his mistake which lead to the Matata penalty. You have to feel for the goalkeeper here as it looked to be a comfortable save, but turned out anything but.

Potros not looking complacent with a draw as they continue to apply pressure, play the ball into the box and get behind the ball in an attempt to steal all 3 points. Potros get their chance late in injury time with a late free kick in a dangerous position just outside the penalty area. Matata fighting for their lives here with what surely must be the last kick of the game. Good effort with the free kick but just sails inches over the crossbar for a Matata goal kick.

Matata with a late chance as they find themselves in a 1 on 1 position but the referee pulls back play for offside. The final whistle would blow seconds later.

Full Time here at Silverbacks Stadium. Matata 3-3 Potros. (see full match on Mycujoo below)

Match Week 1, Spring 2020 Results

Cornerstone Top Pro 2 – 2 FC Matata


In our first match of the day, 2 new teams to the league squared off to get things rolling on a beautiful opening day for football. Cornerstone Top Pro lead by their manager, Tornubari (T-Bone) Nyonebue had prepared a young and talented squad for the UPSL going up against a more experienced but also young FC Matata squad headed by coach Hippolyte Medjibe Mekourou.

This was a high paced match which saw momentum swing back and forth all game. Quick passing but poor finishing by both sides punctuated a scoreless 1st half. The second half brought more action to each goal mouth with Matata first with a score on a fast counter-attack by Touroude Lionel, followed by a Cornerstone score from Jeffrey Anyado off a goalkeeping error.

Later Matata scored again from Lionel after another quick counter later in the half to go up 2-1. The urgency increased as the clock ticked down and it was a penalty awarded to Cornerstone that was converted by Eddie Anguiano to level the score at 2-2 before the final whistle.

Seas Jamaica FC 7 – 1 FC Stone Mountain


The next match of the day was between 2 returning teams, Seas Jamaica FC and FC Stone Mountain. Both of these teams finished the previous season below their desired expectations. Seas did secure the Community Shield trophy in post season play. But both clubs will be hungry for more this season with refreshed squads and ambitions.

Seas performed on the day while FC Stone Mountain stumbled out of the blocks as they fell hard to what looks like a resurgent Seas Jamaica FC team by the score of 7-1. Poor defense and squandered chances in attack were the problems that coach Owen Clarke will have to remedy in the BYE week for them before returning to league play.

David Largie’s Seas shoot to 1st place, even on points with LSA Limeño and a superior goal difference to start the season. But it’s early doors yet and any of these teams can still make a mark on the season.

Click Here Read More about this match on Stone Mountain’s Webpage

Yardaz FC 2 – 3 LSA Limeño


Arguably the match of the day was this beauty of a contest between veteran club FC Yardaz and new boys LSA Limeño. LSA are new to the Georgia Division but not new to the UPSL having played last season in the Central conference before a move this season to the Georgia 1st Division.

Both clubs are skillful on the ball and quick in attack and resolute in defense. LSA opened the scoring with a goal on either side of the half from Marcos Tovar. But Yardaz forward Erasmus Freeman pulled one back with a free header after good approach play by Yardaz to take the score to 2-1.

LSA answered with an opportunistic goal after a good shot was parried by the Yardaz goalkeeper into the path of LSA’s Erick Bonilla who beat his marker to the loose ball to stab it in for a then 3-1 lead.

Erasmus Freeman rounded out the scoring with a penalty conversion in the 90th minute. There was precious little time to do anything further in added time and the match ended with LSA taking all 3 points by the score of 3-2.

2019 President’s Cup – UPSL, Atlanta Caribbean Division

Both teams played hard for Cup glory! (CLICK TO ENLARGE);

The finale to the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), Atlanta Caribbean Division’s season is the President’s Cup Final in honor of league president, Wesley Graham. The competition itself involves the top 4 finishers in the league table that play semi-final games that determine the finalists for this Cup Final weekend.

The previous week’s semifinal results had CLub ATLetic break open a very tight first half with Atlanta Generals to go away 4-0 victors by full time. FC Yardaz was forced to go into extra time before edging out the 2019 league Champion’s Kalonji Pro-Profile FC by the final score of 4-3 in a thrilling semifinal match. This set up the Final between 2 teams who only 2 weeks earlier missed out on a league title by fractions so both of these clubs would be hungry for silverware on the day.

Evenly matched, both teams played entertaining football (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The weather for the start of the match was sweltering with temperatures nearing 90 degrees (F) and even hotter on the synthetic turf, but this did not deter the players from both sides. The action early on was fast and even as both sides looked to establish themselves in possession and it was Yardaz first to take that advantage.

In the 4th minute, Yardaz maneuvered forward to the left side near the final third of the pitch in attack where a square ball was sent to Kishane Perry central in attack. Perry turned on his marker and quickly launched a 25 yard looping shot over the outstretched arms of Bradley Bugg in the Club ATLetic goal where the ball ended up in the back of the net. It was an early 1-0 advantage to Yardaz even before either team had settled.

Club had their own chances in attack but the Yardaz back-line did just enough to keep them out and skillful Yardaz possession in the midfield kept danger man Ehjayson Henry from getting quality possession up front. But Club had strength in defense as well and aside from that early goal, were able to quell much of the Yardaz attack for the bulk of the 1st half.

Midfield play was just as exciting as action in front of goal.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Club immediately looked for a way to get back level and Yardaz looking to stretch the lead but it would be Club to find their success. In the 21st minute, a Javier Pace throw-in found the head of Club defender, Jack Fenley who flicked on to a leaping Eddie Robinson IV who coolly headed home the equalizer.

The match leveled out after that with both teams trading strategic blows but both defenses were holding firm and the score stayed all even at 1-1. Just as it looked like a certain for extra time, a foul in the Yardaz box after a strong run from Ehjayson Henry had the referee pointing to the spot for a penalty against Yardaz and Club has their break late in the match in the 80th minute.

Returning from a season in Spain, Ehjayson Henry provided vital play that contributed to victory (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Club ATLetic forward, Wilfred Tchoupa stepped up and coolly and calmly slotted in low and to the right just beyond the reach of the Yardaz keeper to give Club ATLetic the lead for the first time in the match very late at 2-1.

From there, Yardaz put on the pressure to try to force extra-time as the minutes ticked away but Club were up to the challenge and continued to have moments that threatened to lengthen the lead but there would be no further scoring and the game ended with Club ATLetic taking the 2019 President’s Cup by the score of 2-1.

Matchweek 8 – Atlanta Caribbean Pro Premier Division

Each week in the Atlanta Caribbean Division seems to bring a unique character not only with the results but the circumstances of the competition. It’s what makes this division special in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). This week was no different when again, the unexpected came in multiples. Let’s get started with the re-cap on the action on the weekend.

10:00am Match:
Forest Rovers FC vs Atlanta Generals FC
This was one of the most anticipated matches of the week because of the recent form of Generals and the position of Rovers who were on the verge of confirming at least a playoff place with possible victory today. But the circumstances of the match and the outcome were a terrible let down.

Rovers quite literally didn’t show up for this match and the encounter degenerated into a farce much to the chagrin of divisional officials, the fans who came to watch and surely the management staff of Rovers. Rovers only managed to start the game with 8 players with an additional late arrival giving them a total of 9 players to contest this match. Club manager, Eddie Alvarado was forced to step in as goalkeeper though late in the match he earned a red card for a challenge coming in on his goal. A couple of other Rovers players were not playing physically at a 100% so this was always going to be a long afternoon for them.

What could have been with a full strength Rovers side? (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

As expected, a resurgent Atlanta Generals squad was in no charitable mood as they took full advantage of the numerical advantage and, to make a long story short, ran away with a 10-1 victory on the day. The loss by Rovers still keeps them in 2nd at the moment, but with only one game to play and now their goal difference also in shambles. With teams close behind them in the league with games in hand, Rovers no longer have destiny in their own hands to secure a playoff spot or have a chance at the title. This was a disastrous result for Rovers.

Goal scorers for Generals were Adama Keita (2), Lamin Mohamed (2), Lamin Ceesay (1), Bosco Hakuzima (1), Alhadji Tambadu (1), Machop Chol (1), Dauda Sanoe (1) and Innocent Gayado (1). The scorer for Rovers was Martin Lugo who has been a bright spot for the Rovers all season.

Atlanta Generals FC on the other hand have an outside chance at a playoff spot with the victory and 2 games to play in the regular season. It’s still all to play for, for both clubs in their remaining games.

Honduras 5 Stars is proving difficult to contain (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

12:00pm Match:
FC Stone Mountain vs Honduras 5 Estrellas
The hottest team in the league, Honduras 5 Estrellas vaulted themselves into 1st place with a resounding 7-0 victory Sunday over FC Stone Mountain, helped by the fact that former league leaders, Forest Rovers loss with co-contenders FC Yardaz also losing and Club ATLetic dropping points in their efforts to challenge Honduras for honors.

The Granites of Stone Mountain have the foundation to become a great club but they are not there yet. Some of their naivety of play showed against a seasoned team like 5 Estrellas and mistakes were pounced on for some soft goals. For the Granites, the remaining game they have will be preparation for the Fall season as off-season prep will be critical for them.

Still, only 4 points separate the top 5 clubs in the league with several teams possessing critical games in hand. The final few weeks will show which teams have the metal to challenge for post-season play and\or gain the league title.

Goal scorers for Honduras were, Kevin López (3), Brayan Rodríguez (2) and Victor Cortez (2) Man-of-the-Match was Ángel Bonilla of Honduras 5 Stars.

VaHi ATLetic’s 1st victory comes against the league champions, FC Yardaz (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

4:00pm Match:
FC Yardaz vs VaHi ATLetic FC
FC Yardaz’s toothless early season form returned in tragic ways as they created little more than flashes of individual skill while VaHi ATLetic gave Yardaz a schooling on how to play as a team. VaHi dominated possession and looked dangerous every time they moved forward betraying their league position with an inspiring performance that sees them lifted off the floor of the league table with a 3-1 victory over Yardaz.

Goals scorers for VaHi were Igli Mina (2) and Rushit Patel (1). The scorer for FC Yardaz was Desmond Hector.

The loss for Yardaz means the recent good results that vaulted them into the title and playoff race has stalled and could have done ill-reputable damage to their hope for honors. For any hope at all, they will need to win their remaining 2 matches and hope that teams above them drop points.

VaHi ATLetic are in an improved position and while any hope for post-season play is a distant dream, they have 4 games in hand to possibly pull the club up to a respectable position in the league by the end of the Spring season.

At the end of the day, a draw seems a fair result from these 2 battling teams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

6:00pm Match:
Club ATLetic vs Seas Jamaica United FC
The final game of the day was the undisputed best match as these two teams faced each other. Seas are in a horrible run of form gaining only 1 point from the last 3 games while Club remain poised to seriously challenge for honors this season with a victory on the day.

The game started with a frenetic pace as both clubs looked to get something from the early running. An even match developed with these highly skilled teams trading chances back and forth with a high energy display. Seas were first to get on the scoreboard with a well taken goal on a mini-break midway through the 1st half and that remained the score going into the halftime break. Unlike in recent matches, the Seas defense seemed organized and solid which complemented their attacking prowess early on.

The 2nd half started much as the 1st half ended but then a turning point to the match occurred when Seas gifted VaHi a rather silly own-goal when a Seas defender made contact with the ball in an attempt to clear, but only succeeded in taking the ball from the grasp of his keeper, who was well positioned and calling for the ball, and bounced the ball into the back of his own net.

This took away the initiative for Seas and changed the complexion of the match and VaHi took full advantage subsequently scoring an addition 2 goals in the half, first by a strike from Wilfred Tchoupa then a third from Eddie Robinson Jr IV to lead 3-1 with just over 10 minutes to play.

With the match dying for Seas and VaHi looking as sure winners, the match stuttered as VaHi employed tactics to kill off the final minutes of the match but it seemed to help Seas reset and allowed for the referee to add critical minutes of stoppage time. Seas then turned on a final burst of attacks to score 2 goals in the space of 5 minutes with one goal coming deep in stoppage time.

Seas almost snagged victory and all 3 points when a last second attack forward ended with an open net for an onrushing unmarked Seas player only for the cross to be inches too far in front of him to provide the easy tap. The final whistle would blow almost immediately after that incident and the game would end all square at 3-3.

While a very entertaining and exciting game for any neutrals looking on, it would not be a result that either club would have wanted (This one is a definite “must see on MyCujoo). Seas are eliminated from post season play with this loss and Club ATLEtic have made it more difficult for their chances by snatching a draw from the jaws of victory with the result. But with 11 points and a whopping 3 games in hand, there chances are still good for post season play and an outside chance at a league title pending other league results in the balance of the season.

KSA PRO U19 and KSA Pro-Profile were both in competitions outside the UPSL. Make up dates will be announced soon.

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Matchweek 4 – Atlanta Caribbean Division – UPSL

After a couple of match weeks of runaway goal scoring and defensive frailties, we return to balanced and more dramatic football this week! The league championship race took some unexpected turns with the results on the day. Let’s take a look at a brief recap…

The torrential rain did not dampen the action on the field.

12:00pm Game:
Honduras 5 Stars 2-0 KSA Pro
The kickoff game of the day was in a downpour and between 2 teams we expect to be hot contenders for the league title this season and the action in this match did not disappoint. As usual, 5 Stars brought a large throng of supporters in the stands which added to the footballing atmosphere.

On the pitch, it was like watching two prize fighters battle it out as both sparred back and forth with effective attacks mixed with resilient defenses. These are 2 skillful teams but it was 5 Stars that got the better of KSA on the day scoring a penalty and later a close range goal to take all 3 points and a clean sheet to take the victory!

The current 2 best teams in the league played to a 2-2 tie

2:00pm Game:
Seas Jamaica FC 2-2 Forest Rovers FC
The 2nd match on the day found the clouds parting and the sun peeking through and set the scene for a hotly contested match between 2 teams looking to go top of the league with maximum points. In the previous week, Seas Jamaica United won an emphatic victory by 4-1 against Atlanta Generals while a injury hit Forest Rovers FC took a heavy defeat to KSA Pro Profile by the score of 6-1 for their first loss of the season to set up this weeks encounter.

This game was as even as they come with both teams displaying equal attacking prowess and a resolute defense. Rovers opened the scoring in the first half with Seas storming back with 2 goals to take the lead by the 2nd half. But Rovers would equalize late to cap off a thrilling match for the fans. All the drama you would want to see with 2 teams now lying in 1st and 2nd place in the league table.

The Granites seemed to have solved their early season woes

4:00pm Game:
VaHi ATLetic FC 0-3 FC Stone Mountain
Vahi ATLetic FC initiate their competitive campaign in the league with a 0-3 loss to a resurgent FC Stone Mountain. Vahi ATLEtic competed last season in the league but this is virtually a new team with a revamped roster and a fresh approach.

VaHi just finished a campaign in another competition so are prepared for the season, but the Granites are just reaching their potential as adjustments from early losses in the league paid off in this match with an emphatic win. VaHi did not help their cause with a badly taken penalty that could have brought them back in the game and giving up a soft early goal that set the tone for the match. Look for coach Felipe Lobelo to also make changes as VaHi get their challenge back on course in the coming weeks.

Both teams struggled early but provided an exciting end to the match.

6:00pm Game:
FC Yardaz 1-1 Atlanta Generals FC
A dour and dull first half was replaced by a more exciting 2nd half as defending champion’s FC Yardaz drew with Atlanta Generals in a match that failed to impress overall. FC Yardaz’s sputtering start to the season continued today failing to reach any sort of fluency and were weak in attack though still solid in defense.

Generals on the other have shown great improvement since their embarrassing opening day defeat to Club ATLetic by the score of 8-0. But to be honest to Generals, they were playing with what amounted to a youth side as many senior members were still not available for that match. Now at full strength, they match the defending champions and could have easily taken all 3 points had the ball bounced a different way at times. Both teams still have a lot to do to get their league challenge cranked up and revving.

Note: Both KSA Pro-Profile and Club ATLetic both were involved in the State Amateur Cup competition and will have their match rescheduled for later in the season.