No photos again for some reason but anyhow.......here goes. Montedio Yamagata is a team that finds itself in the utter depths of the second divison. The team has managed to notch only one goal in the three contests they've played this year. The defense has been fairly solid, led by Brazilian import Leanardo. One thing going against the blue stripes of Yamagata will be the absence of left back Toshihiko Uchiyama, who picked up 2 yellows early and gave Kazu Miura a gift Penalty Kick in the game against Yokohama FC. Even though the squad was a man down, they tightened up for over 54 minutes and held FC to only one goal. Tokyo Verdy comes in off a much needed bye. Some questions have popped up after last week's less than impressive win over newcomers Ehime FC. It remains to be seen whether the Grand Old Man, Hideki Nagai finds his way into the starting lineup over a suddenly ineffective Ohashi. Will Kanazawa be on the 15 man roster this week after seeing no time last week? Will Saito find his way into the starting 11? It remains to be seen!
GK 1 Shigeru Sakurai
DF 16 Kohei Usui 3 Leanardo 4 Shogo Kobara 17 Makoto Kimura
MF 6 Hayato Sasaki 8 Atsushi Nagai 18 Yuki Takabayashi 28 Nobuyuki Zaizen
FW 15 Ryoji Uehara 9 Leandro
GK 1 Mizuhara
DF 3 Fujita 2 Hagimura 4 Togawa 6 Sugawara
MF 5 Dedimar 11 Ono 8 Nagai 10 Anailson
FW 9 Basilio 25 Hiramoto
Bench: GK Takagi, MF Kina, Ohashi FW Saito DF Uemura
* I'm going with a rather unique lineup on this one........My sense is that Ramos will go with the hot hand in the midfield........Sugawara is a converted MF so why not use Dedimar as a D Mid? I think the forwards are gonna be on a short leash. I'm also predicting that Kanazawa is not with the team on the field.
ONE TO WATCH
FW 9. Leandro
Leandro made his debut last year for J1 upstart Omiya Ardija late last year after the defection of Brazilian striker Christian. It took a little while due to nerves and injuries, but in a game against Nagoya, Leandro notched his first J league goal. Small and fast, Leandro relies on quick, flashy moves to get to the goal. If Montedio wants to get out of it's scoring funk, it has to start with young Leandro.
WHEN AND WHERE:
2pm Saturday, March 25th in Yamagata..............I will not be able to watch but I'll try to piece together a report from news articles. I'll give you the space again Nick if you watch the game and care to comment.