Sunday, March 29, 2015

Two Wins in Spectacular Road Trip for CAC

On the basis of high scoring, CAC took both contests on this past weekend's road trip. In the league, the Wild Marys thumped Second City SC 7-0. Leading the scoring was Tierney's SOG and Assist for 2 points, with Nguyen's assist. That was followed by Pedro Ribeiro's assist and goal for 2 more points. Ending Saturday's run was Hamid's brilliant goalkeeping performance posting a shutout with 5 saves for another 2 points. A disheartened Second City was not able to get off the mat with their Sunday lineups to offer resistance. It was a tight affair for the Majors Cup Qualifier against Alamo City, a rematch of our league opener, but this time played in Texas. The 5-3outcome could have gone either way with the Texans having a hoard of players on Sunday after CAC had built a 5-2 lead. In the end, only 2 more points were mustered by AC and the Wild Marys boarded the train home with the win in their pocket. The Wild Marys  points came by way of Ribeiro's Goal, Tierney's SOG, Hamid's Shut-out and 5 saves, with Charlie Davies contributing an SOG, also. They were singing to the timing of the rails on the overnight trip back to Maryland!

Monday, March 23, 2015

All Aboard!!! Starting Lineup Week 4

Week 4 we travel to Chicago. Finally, the Wild Marys will be able to travel in the style to which they are accustomed, via train. Amtrak, in recognition of the railroading tradition with which the club styles itself, will decorate a cars for our transportation to and from Chicago. A car will be reserved for traveling fans, also.

Like many BSL teams, Cumberland Athletic Club is hit with international call-ups. Not available are Bradley (USA), Gil (USA-U23), and Keane (Ireland).

Goalkeeper: Bill Hamid (DCU)

Omar Gonzalez (LAG)
Demar Phillips (RSL)
Michel (FCD)
Chris Tierney (NER)
Lee Nguyen (NER) (Captain)
Andy Rose (SEA)
Charlie Davies (NER)
Ryan Hollingshead (FCD)
Pedro Ribeiro (ORL)
Max Urruti (POR)

Subs:
Michael Bradley (TOR)
Luis Gil (RSL)
Robbie Keane (LAG)

Reserve:
Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts (ORL)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Starting Lineup for Week 3

Traveling to Massachusetts (as we've learned) to Burud Town to take on another of the 'old guard' of the league. Probably feeling a little too proud after posting two wins in the opening two rounds of the season, Coach Ellinger is tempering expectations, "With several players out for CCL duty, we will be running a lot of young'uns, this week. Fortunately, they've gotten some playing time and even some points in their reserve team work, so we are confident that they can support our efforts this week." Director of Soccer Operations, Andy Williams, said, "I hear it's possible a late snow storm could come through. I'm advising long sleeves for all the players." When asked if he ever advises short sleeves Mr. Williams just walked away chuckling, apparently at the silliness of the question.

Goalkeeper:
Bill Hamid

Starters:
Omar Gonzalez
Pedro Ribeiro
Andy Rose
Michel
Chris Tierney
Ryan Hollingshead
Lee Nguyen
Charlie Davies
Max Urruti
Robbie Keane continued to wildly waving his arms, desperate to be picked captain, so he is Captain.

Substitutes:
Demar Phillips
Michael Bradley
Luis Gil

Reserve:
Donovan Ricketts

Transfer News!

In: Ryan Hollinghead (DAL)
Out: Mark Sherrod (SJE)

It is hoped that Mark Sherrod will benefit from continued rehab without the pressure to get onto the field. He will be loaned to a lower division side when his health improves to rebuild his game. Ryan Hollingshead is a bright young talent that the team has been watching for a long time and we are pleased to finally get his agent to answer our calls.

Monday, March 16, 2015

First road victory, somewhere in Canada!

The team is still unsure where it went, exactly, to play SC Canada. They do remember a cheerful Mountie checking their passports at someplace called North Portal. The stadium was eventually found and Cumberland Athletic Club won it's first away match, also the second match of the inaugural season, and sits in sole possession of first place in the league with 6 points. In the Newcomers of Aught-15 Cup race, CAC takes an early 3 points lead.

The scoring started early with a quiet shutout by new signee, Donovan Ricketts. Man of the match honors goes to Michel who notched 2 assists for 2 more points for the Wild Marys. Not to be outdone, Gonzalez continued his scoring with a shot on goal to put the match out of reach with the 4th point. The Beavers did score 2 points through Bendick's shutout and Ridgewell's assist.

Next up, CAC travels to Burud Town... yeah, we have been searching on Google Maps, too. We can't even find a bus driver who knows where they are. But, other teams in the league have played them so, can we get a little help here?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Week 2 Starters

The Wild Marys take to the road this week to face SC Canada in the Great White North. While spring has sprung in Western Maryland, we expect a cold night and cold reception against our fellow expansion side. New keeper, Donovan Rickets, will set up shop in goal while we look for improved performances from Luis Gil and Michael Bradley. It is hoped that Demar Phillips will show on the field, as well.


Goalkeeper:
Donovan Ricketts

Starters:
Omar Gonzalez
Demar Phillips
Michel
Chris Tierney
Michael Bradley
Lee Nguyen
Luis Gil
Charlie Davies
Max Urruti
Robbie Keane (Captain)

Substitutes:
Pedro Ribeiro
Andy Rose
Bill Hamid

Reserve:
Mark Sherrod

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wild Marys Win Inaugural Match!

Cumberland Athletic club won their inaugural match against the Alamo City Battle 3:2. "We take it as a point of pride to put a marker down for all the league to see that we are not to be taken lightly, particularly at Campground Field," said manager John Ellinger after the match. The match started strong with an early 2:0 lead due to contributions from Omar Gonzalez and Captain Robbie Keane. But, at halftime the owner of ACB was heard to say, "...2:0 leads are the most dangerous..." He was not out of line, because the put their Battle on and tied the score 2:2 before Bill Hamid brought home the win for the Wild Marys.

Man of the Match is Robbie Keane for scoring the first points in the history of the team. (Which comes first the goal or the assist that leads to the goal?)

Coming up next for CAC is the first road trip in the BSL, traveling to fellow expansion side SC Canada. Director of Soccer Operations, Andy Williams, said, "It is unclear where we are going in Canada, though judging from the Beaver on the badge, we believe it is in Saskatchewan. Our bus driver says he knows where to go." With Hamid out for a scheduled international tournament break, it is likely new acquisition Donovan Ricketts will set up between the pipes. The rest of the starting lineup is still under consideration.

Ricketts in Barrett Out.

Cumberland Athletic Club is pleased to welcome Donovan Ricketts to Braddock Road Training Ground. After completing the customary physical, he was seen trotting onto the field to begin warmups for his first training with the club. Dropped from the roster was Chad Barrett. Barrett was seen boarding a plane for Jamaica, unknown if it was for vacation or for opportunities in the Jamaican league. This transition also maintains the number of double-t names on the roster, a good luck talisman for the owner.

In: Donovan Ricketts
Out: Chad Barrett

Saturday, March 7, 2015

First points earned by Gonzalez and Keane

Only 9 minutes into the new season and Gonzalez and Keane combined for the first points for the expansion Wild Marys, setting a 2:0 lead over the Alamo City Battle! Keane slotted home the knocked down assist from Gonzalez confidently playing out of the back. Keane picked the ball out of the air without even a touch to control in a masterful display of skill.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Starting Lineup for Home Opener

Game 1:
Vs. Alamo City Battle
At Campground Stadium
March 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Cumberland Athletic Club's will host in their inaugural game in the Bigtime Soccer League against league powerhouse Alamo City. Temporary stands are being erected for this match to expand the capacity of Campground Stadium by 1000 patrons. These tickets go on sale immediately. Ball kids from nearby Beale Elementary will be welcoming the contestants.

The day will start with a parade down Queen City Boulevard at Noon followed by a concert in the Baltimore Street mall with local bluegrass bands. Inaugural season scarves will be passed out at the gate to the first 10,000 attendees. Supporters groups march to the stadium will begin one hour before kickoff with ceremonial first kick by Cumberland city officials 15 minutes before kickoff.

Starting lineup for the Wild Marys has been set as follows:

Goalkeeper:
Bill Hamid

Starters:
Omar Gonzalez
Demar Phillips
Michel
Chris Tierney
Michael Bradley
Lee Nguyen
Luis Gil
Charlie Davies
Max Urruti
Robbie Keane (Captain)

Substitutes:
Chad Barrett
Pedro Ribeiro
Andy Rose

Reserve:
Mark Sherrod