Archive for: September, 2015

Legions of Legends labor to Victory

Sep 22 2015 Published by under Legends

After last week’s disappointing forfeit win the Legends were chafing at the bit, which could be seen by the largest contingent in several years at the field.  17 dressed with El Presidente available to change from staff photographer to enforcer if needed.  The 6pm kickoff time wasn’t optimal, but not as much a factor as the large field and the chaos of having to integrate 17 players into a cohesive unit.  Hoboken had clearly added some firepower of their own and had won the previous week, so the game was not going to be a walkover.


The first few minutes showed the Legends on the attack but failing to get decent shots on target.  Meanwhile Hoboken showed a cutting edge on the counterattack, and the large space available between defence & midfield helped them launch their salvos.  Finally the Legends somewhat fortuitously took the lead as debutant Mckeown attempted a cross that turned into a tight angle lob over the diminutive keeper for the opening goal.  Hoboken took advantage of hesitation at the back to drive home the equalizer on the break.  Although the Legends were monopolizing possession in the final third Hoboken continually looked dangerous on the counterattack.  A fine breakaway of their own led the Legends to taking the lead again, Carlson passing the ball down the line and across before a dropped ball allowed Tony Vamvouris to score his debut goal for CPR with a fine run from his outside midfield position.  Soon after Hodges made a nuisance of himself allowing Nizam to come in and score.


At half time the hope was that everyone would be fresh enough on the big pitch to wear out the opposition, although they had picked up a couple of substitutes of their own.  Indeed, the Legends started like they wanted to put the match away with a flurry of corners and attacks, but some poor decision making and some fine defending refused to allow them to stretch the lead.  At least two balls were cleared off the line and another hit the post, which indeed allowed Hoboken a swift counterattack that they executed to perfection to once again bring the score close at 3-2.  Finally the Legends were able to pry open the door in a rather unorthodox manner, with Solinas launching a ball that somehow contrived to fly in to the top corner.  The game continued to be hardfought with a few Hoboken players as is their wont getting more chippy & physical.  The Aussie referee wasn’t shy in blandishing the yellow cards but somewhat surprisingly there were no sendings off, especially when Venkataraman was taken down as the last man on a breakaway.  Hoboken managed to scramble one in in injury time, and the Legends made things interesting by refusing to exhibit any common sense in passing the ball around at the back and immediately turning the ball over, fortunate in the extreme not to be punished for their stupidity.


A win on the field is always a good thing, but there is a lot of work to be done before next week’s game against Gjoa on a grass field.  The lack of connection between midfield & defence needs to be addressed as does exhibiting more common sense in game situations, i.e. don’t have 7 people attacking when you have the lead unless those midfield attackers are willing to get back on defence.

As usual the last men standing










Competition: Hoboken, League Opposition


Location: Randall’s Island #75, Randall’s Island


Conditions: A rather brisk autumn evening


Fans: Mrs Vale


Result: 4-3

Result: 4-1 (1-0 at H/T).  Not counting 2 perfectly good disallowed goals and numerous other legal one on ones called back because the paid official didn’t understand the offside rule


Goals: 1-0: Mckeown

2-1: Vamvouris, Assist Williams

3-1: Nizam, Assist Hodges

4-2: Solinas, Assist D’Andrea

Yellow Cards: Aussie referee wasn’t putting up with any nonsense, booking Hahn (Paulista like flick out), Roberts (silly push), D’Andrea (even sillier timewasting).


Red Cards: None


Mike D’s aka No Shows: None


Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None


”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: With plenty of playing time to go around, no injuries to speak of


Old Man of the Match:  Not discussed, but we should get on this next week.  Belizan was definitely an honorary mention


Old Man of the Bar: None


El Presidente (new award for Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None


Statistic of the week:  Tony Vamvouris scored his debut goal for CPR after several seasons, and an excellent goal showing a great work rate and awareness of getting in the box from outside midfield.


Team Bar Showing: 5 out of 18 (28%)


Team Bar Night: 2 out of 5. Only a few out of a large number, but stuck around to watch the whole Old Boyz game and then make it to Dive 96, one of the Dives that Becker is not banned from .


Team (No new profiles this week): Telly Vamvouris (GK), Andrew Faherty (DF), Ollie Roberts (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Jan Carlson (DF), Eduardo Mazzi (DF), Pete Hahn (DF), Andrew Faherty (DF, DNP), Paul Vale, Simon Mckeown, Tony Vamvouris, John Hodges, Ugo Solinas, Manohar Venkataraman, Willan D’andrea, Ante Simic, Chris Williams

One response so far

Old Boys Go 2-0 with Win over Manhattan Celtic

Sep 21 2015 Published by under OldBoys


The OldBoys squared off against a solid Manhattan Celtic Bhoys team on Sunday and came away with a 3-1 victory. The OldBoys enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the game but found it challenging to breakdown a very solid Celtic defense. Brandon scored the first of his three goals in the 30th minute, giving the OldBoys a 1-0 halftime lead. The halftime talk focused on continuing with what worked in the first half and coming out strong in an effort to put the game away. 10 minutes into the second half Brandon found the back of the net for the second time off a cross from Ernest. The second goal deflated the opposition and the OldBoys had total control of the game. In the 70th minute Sawyer set up Brandon in front of the net and he secured a hat trick. The defense limited Celtic to just one shot on goal but it was a well struck shot from the 18 that gave Celtic a glimmer of hope in the 75th minute. The OldBoys finished the game strong and took all 3 points.

Overall, it was a great team performance and good preparation as we face some high quality teams in the next two games.

Goals: Brandon (3)
Assists: Ernest (2), Sawyer
Man of the Match: Pfft, if you score a hat trick you’re certainly MOTM. Brandon.

Comments are off for this post

OldBoys open Season with 5-1 Win vs Gotschee

Sep 21 2015 Published by under OldBoys


The CPR OldBoys opened the season with a win against short-handed BW Gotschee. The 5-1 result was never in doubt as Gotschee didn’t field a full team.

Goals from Jens (2), Sawyer, Brandon and Creighton.

Assists from Engler (2), Diego and Rob.

Man of the Match: None, just solid performances all around as we cruised to an easy W.

Comments are off for this post

Whites Reserves lose after leading 2-0…again

Sep 21 2015 Published by under Club

Reserves faced a decent Rovers squad that just about scraped 11 guys, but had a couple of players who caused us problems. We had much more possession throughout and came close to scoring a couple of times. On the other end, Shane made a good stop in the 15th minute as the Rovers right winger was proving a handful. We broke through in the 25th minute when we found space going forward, Brent connected with Ricki, and the latter’s shot was deflected into the corner. Rovers pushed forward and created some chances but we were generally in control. We doubled the lead in the 41st when Sam’s curling ball/cross didn’t look dangerous, but Mike Boas dove for the header, and apparently the ball just grazed his head on the way in.
It should have been a smooth victory, but not for the first time in the last few years, we inexplicably collapsed in the 2nd half. A poor coaching decision to tinker with the back-4 at halftime certainly played a part, but there was no excuse for conceding goals repeatedly against a tired team. In fact we could have settled the game early in the 2nd half, but Fahad’s shot hit the bar. Rovers pulled one back after their target man got ahead of our defense, and although we made some subs, they equalized on another poor defensive play. To add insult to injury, their target man then beat his defender and gave them the lead. We piled the pressure late on but could not muster an equalizer. Final score 2-3.

Opposition: NYC Rovers Reserves
Date: 09.20.15
Randall’s Island #75
Lineup: Reid, Kilb, Doheny, Briefel, Moss, DeChristopher, Firsov, Ferguson, Friede, Boas, Norelli
Subs: Talero, Lockhart, Abubakar, Alshamsan
L 2-3 (2-0 HT)
Goals: Friede, Boas
Assists: Ferguson, Kilb

Comments are off for this post

Reds Reserves Trumped by CD Iberia

Sep 21 2015 Published by under Reds

The Central Park Rangers Reserves took on CD Iberia Reserve in their 2nd match of the season on Sunday. It took a little bit of time for the Reds to get going on offense but held strong in the back with good defensive play from Robin Ezio Delarm Neri and Kevin DeRaffele. However, when the Reds finally got settled into the game, they found themselves 1-0 down with 20 minutes to go in the 1st half.

The 2nd half brought on an energetic Reds team who started the half dominating the opponent. With some good build-up play from the back, the Reds finally got their chance from Jordan Reid who placed the ball in the bottom right corner to tie the game 1-1. Hunter Norte recorded his 2nd assist in two games for the Reds. The Reds didn’t drop back and kept the high energy throughout the half. However, with 15 minutes to go in the game, a questionable offside decision led to CD Iberia’s game winner, with a header off a set piece.

The Red Reserves currently sit mid-table and will look to bounce back and get 3 points against NY Ukrainians Reserves next Sunday.

Comments are off for this post

Week 2 Schedule – Sunday 9/20/15

Sep 18 2015 Published by under Club

Sunday Sept. 20, 2015

Women’s Red vs. NYC United, 1pm East 6th Street

Women’s White @ NY Smoking Aces, 8pm Leif Ericsson

Men’s White Reserves @ NYC Rovers, 2pm Randalls #75

Men’s White  @ NYC Rovers, 4pm Randalls #75

Men’s Red Reserves @ CD Iberia, 10am Randalls #74

Men’s Red @ CD Iberia, 12noon Randalls #74

The Old Boys vs. Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, 8pm Randalls #74

The Grays @ Hoboken FC 1912 Over-30, 11am Sinatra Park

The Legends vs. Hoboken FC 1912 Legends, 6pm Randalls #75

Comments are off for this post

Reds Firsts Fire in Hot into Division 2 – Win 8-1 vs. FC Japan

Sep 15 2015 Published by under Reds

The CPR Reds firsts began their campaign as newcomers to Division 2 looking to make a name for themselves. And that they did after beating FC Japan 8-1 who finished last place in Division 2 a year prior.

The Reds came out in a new 4-3-3 high pressure system exploiting the physical advantage they held in size, speed, and number in comparison to the FC Japan squad. They not only held possession but did a good job to hold that possession in the offensive half of the field with the defense mostly being tested down the flanks as the central backs won anything down the middle in the air. The player combinations were delectable, the team play was formidable, the defense impenetrable, and the result….simply stupefying.

Though it may have taken a bit longer than expected to get that first goal of the season, once the first one found the back of the net, the flood gates opened as the Reds poured in 5 first half goals and 3 more in the second half. Perhaps most impressive is that the Reds featured eight different scoring players on the day which if you do the math reveals the fact that the majority of the roster on Sunday put the ball in the back of net…including devoted off target winger Eric Pierot.

The starting lineup for the Reds was as follows: Defense: Blake Berg, Eddie Walter, Sam Emsell, Tim Longeran, Center Mids: Chris Valentine, Declan Heffernan, Felipe Lima Wing Forwards: Quentin Albrecht, Mack Woodruff, Central Striker: Timur Mone. Off the bench was Lance Brune who really played well to hold the ball up in the central mid, Mark Harousseau who impressed scouts in his rookie debut, Andrew Fisher who scored a goal in his rookie debut, Eric Pierot who somehow did score a goal, and Ian Nolan who came in fresh off a 36 hour shift behind the bar.

Goal scorers were:

Mack Woodruff

Blake Berg

Eric Pierot

Andrew Fisher

Quentin Albrecht

Declan Hefnernan

Mark Haroussea




Comments are off for this post

Reds Reserves Begin Season and Division 2 Campaign with 1-1 Draw vs FC Japan

Sep 15 2015 Published by under Reds

After a hard fought season in the Metro 1 division last year, the Reds finished as champions and found

themselves promoted to Division 2, where new talent and opponents await. The Reds brought in some

new players to join the 1st team and the new reserves squad, who began their season against Japan FC

Reserves on Sunday.

The Red Reserves took control of the first half, knocking the ball around and creating some good

chances in front of goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. A strong defense, held together by Aaron

Burke and Duane Pelz, were able to stop any sort of attack. Some good play in the center of the park by

Matthew Hatcher and Justin DeLuca sprung some solid attack. The Reds wanted to take this momentum

into the 2nd half.

The 2nd half started more in favor of Japan FC, as they started to gain some comfort on the ball. With

about 25 minutes to go in the match, the Reds finally had the breakthrough. With some quick ball

movement, Hunter Norte found a seam and played through to new striker, Mamadou Kone, who placed

it into the bottom left corner. With about 10 minutes to play, the Reds found themselves on the back

foot. A foul in the center of the park led to a Japan FC free kick, which was floated into the box, saved off

the bar, and deflected back in to tie the game. It was a devastating blow to the Reds who fought hard all


The final whistle blew with a 1-1 draw. The Red Reserves will look to bounce back next Sunday away

from home against CD Iberia Reserve.

Comments are off for this post

Whites Reserves start with an easy win

Sep 14 2015 Published by under Club

Reserves started the season with a comfortable win against weak opposition with all the debutants contributing right away. As expected we lacked cohesion early on and didn’t move the ball well, but Dave and Sam kept us solid in the back and Tim had little to do in goal. The typically high Pancyprian back-line was vulnerable and midway through the half, Vitaliy’s pass found Alberto “racing” ahead and although there was a hint of a handball, it wasn’t called, and he finished the chance to take the lead. With the exception of one moment where we repeatedly couldn’t clear the ball in the box, we controlled the remainder of the half.
We played much better in the 2nd half and once we got the 2nd goal, dismantled Pancyprians rather easily. After a couple of chances from Tyler and Alberto went begging, Mike Boas delivered a good corner and Fahad placed a powerful header which the keeper could only palm into his own net. Boas then got on the act himself when he blasted a rebound into the roof of the net, and Fahad completed the scoring after some crafty work from Vitaliy. Final score 4-0.

Special mention to Mike D who after playing well in the reserve game had to start the first team game at the last moment.

Opposition: NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Date: 09.13.15
Field: Ichan Stadium
Lineup: Doheny, Geswell, Kilb, Briefel, Grey, DeChristopher, Firsov, Ferguson, Boas, Sanchis, Norelli
Subs: Talero, Alshamsan, Webster
Score: W 4-0 (1-0 HT)
Goals: Sanchis, Alshamsan (2), Boas
Assists: Firsov (2), Boas


Comments are off for this post

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, Forfeit

Sep 14 2015 Published by under Legends

With a strengthened squad the Legends were very much looking forward to the start of the season on a lovely end of summer day. However, eagle eyed Legends coach had already noticed Barnstonworth had a mere 12 players registered as of Saturday (for comparison, the Legends had 29 registered). Barnstonworth also had previous history for a disorganized start to the season, requesting a postponement at the last minute for the first game last season. At that point the Legends graciously agreed to the request, Barnstonworth winning the postponed game which was the difference in finishing above CPR. With a game day postponement, the Legends were rightly not in a forgiving mood this season considering how much time they had spent recruiting & registering players over the summer.

Winning a game via forfeit is certainly not the most enjoyable way to start the season, but hopefully this proves to be an anomaly like previous seasons. At the least, CPR will use the league mandated forfeit funds to subsidize post game drinks in the future.

Hopefully next week…










Competition: Barnstonworth, League Opposition

Location: Randall’s Island #75, Randall’s Island

Conditions: A gorgeous late summer evening

Fans: None

Result: 3-0 forfeit

Comments are off for this post

« Newer posts Older posts »