Saturday, July 15, 2006


Two former Verdy warriors took the field today for J-East in the JOMO All Star game. Perennial attendee, Yuji Nakazawa took home MVP honors for the victorious eastern squad after sending a scorching free kick past a stunned Kawaguchi to open the scoring. The second half saw substitute and first time all star Daigo Kobayashi send a beautiful cross to JEF Chiba striker Seichiro Maki who headed home goal number two. Daigo also forced a free kick right outside the box and should have taken it, but hometown guy and national teamer Ogasawara waived him off and wasted the opportunity.

Inexplicably, leading scorer and last years representative for Verdy, Washington, was left off the squad this year because I guess Japan enjoys watching the decrepit Yanagisawa of Kashima and Yokohama's equally useless striker Kubo not score. Another former Verdy representative, Takahito Soma finds himself languishing in the netherworlds of Guido Buchwalds depth chart and rightfully was left off this years squad.

Very impressive performance by the two former Verdy players..........Osim was watching, so will we see Daigo in Samurai Blue?

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