So what the hell got into Kaz Iio anyhow? 2 goals and 1 assist? Kazuki Hiramoto, I expect this from on occasion but KAZ IIO? No Oguro for some odd reason as well.
I also have to question the "Veteran Wisdom" of Mr. Fukunishi. He is quietly having a good season but picking up a second yellow in a 4-0 game is really, really dumb. this means Ono probably will see some time against a rested Ogasawara and a pissed off Kashima Antlers, who dropped a bad one against JEF Chiba. Also Wada will be out so that means the reentry of Tomisawa, which means a verrrrrrrrry slow lineup on the wings.
There is also the worst kept secret around the league......without Marcio Richardes, Albirex is a really, really poor squad. On the road they do even worse so putting those two variables together. So, just like in the JEF game, Verdy went for the jugular.....which is a good trait for a squad hovering in the bottom half.
Sattelites get their revenge on Omiya
Hirayama notched the only goal of the game in leading Verdy to a 1-0 victory at NACK 5. Something about orange set them off this week.
MLS Day for Soilent Green......
I will be attending the MLS version of a Derby when Goldenballs and the rest of the LA Galaxy face off against Club Deportivo Chivas del Estados Unidos or Chivas USA in the Superclassico. This is year 4 of the derby, which has been relatively a one-sided affair in favor of the Galaxy. Chivas USA was an offshoot of the wildly popular and all Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara, which has a (mostly) strict policy of fielding only Mexican players. If Chivas USA sounds familiar, it might be becuase former Verdy players Takashi Hirano and Takuya Yamada both had small tryouts with the club a few years back. LA goes into this game without the services of Dutch icon and total egomaniac Ruud Gullit,who "resigned" after watching the squad flounder to a 7 game winless streak. Tokyo played LA in a friendly in 2000 and won 2-0.....IIRC.
Ironically, the next game I might see might be the Tokyo Classico at Kokuritsu on the 23rd. Or I might sleep.
For the record, I will be supporting Chivas in this game.
Soilent Green goes back online around the 20th. Unless they beat Kashima by 5 goals and then I'm changing this to a V Varen Nagasaki page because obviously it was me holding this team back.