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: