So........nothing is going on in Buzzardland. I decided to pick a team of active J-leaguers who used to wear the green....11 starters and 3 subs. Talented but flawed!
Forwards- Washington (Urawa) and Kazu Miura(Yokohama FC) I picked these two to start because one is a huge tank that can't be stopped and the other is a crowd pleaser who hits once in awhile. I have 2 forwards in reserve in Naoto Sakurai (Omiya) and Marquinhos (Shimizu S-Pulse). Marquinhos can fill the Washington spot when he gets lazy and Naoto can come in and change the pace of the game with his speed.
Midfielders- This is a bit thin..................I chose Daigo Kobayashi (Omiya) because he is a one man force (4 goals 6 assists). Kentaro Hayashi (Ventforet Kofu) and Takahito Soma (Urawa) fill the wings. Hayashi has been especially impressive anchoring the middle for the new J1 squad.
Finally because the field is thin, I picked Takuya Yamada (Cherry blossom Osaka delightful terminator). I left off Toda because he is stinking up Sanfrecce and Yoshiyuki Kobayashi because I have 3 Omiya players on the squad.
Defenders- Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama FM) is the heart of this thin collection of talent. Atsuhiro Miura (Vissel Kobe), Yukio Tsuchiya (Omiya), and Atsushi Yoneyama (Kawasaki Frontale) fill out the back line. Junji Nishizawa (Consadole Sapporo) is the 5th defender and can in for short stints.
Goalkeeper- Daijiro Takakuwa (Vegalta Sendai) this Veteran keeper has only let in 3 goals in 7 games. Considering what's in net.......I would think Verdy would kill to have him back.
My coach would be Kashiwas Nobuhiro Ishizaki. You might remeber him as the skipper last year who led the team to wins over Fiorentina and Real Madrid. He also has Reysol at the top of J2 with a 6-1-1 record.
Just my 2 cents...................BTW........Nick, check the comments page below.