Monday, May 25, 2015

Back to Winning! and Week 13

The Wild Marys played gritty soccer this past weekend winning both the league match against Burud Town and the Majors Cup Qualifier at Gold Coast. Campground stadium was abuzz with rumors that Burud town's bus had gotten waylaid on the way to the match. They literally stepped off the bus minutes before kickoff with some players ruled ineligible due to mishandling of the lineup card by the manager. Still, a riveting contest ensued as the Campers were able to find alternative sources of goals with key contributors Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez benched. With Charlie Davies, Chris Tierney, and DP Michael Bradley all contributing points late in the contest, a 3:0 victory was assured. In the Majors Cup Qualifier The Wild Marys traveled to Gold Coast and posted a 5:3 victory. Max Urruti provided added 1 and Michael Bradley tallied 2. Ellinger said, "I'm so very proud of these boys for stepping up the way they did. Tremendous grit, maybe too much  from Tierney and Nguyen [chuckling], carried us through. This is a match that builds tremendous confidence for the remainder of the season and to take into the playoffs."

Red cards for both Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney make them ineligible for week 13. Fortunately, both Keane and Gonzalez are fit and can take their place.

Roll! Wild Marys Roll!

Week 13 lineup:

Starters:
Robbie Keane (LAG) Captain
Omar Gonzalez (LAG)
Michel (FCD)
Ryan Hollingshead (FCD)
Charlie Davies (NER)
Michael Bradley (TOR)
Demar Phillips (RSL)
Luis Gil (RSL)
Andy Rose (SEA)
Max Urruti (POR)
Bill Hamid (DCU) Keeper

Subs:
Jordan Allen (RSL)
Lee Nguyen (NER)
Chris Tierney (NER)

Reserve:
Pedro Ribeiro (ORL)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winless Streak! Week 12 Lineup

With a winless streak running, Cumberland Athletic is grasping to recover early season form. Injuries have definitely become a problem with two top starters out. Robbie Keane has been out for several weeks, his offensive contributions going sorely missing. Then, this past week, Omar Gonzalez fell to a knee injury. No word on when either player will return. Newly acquired Jordan Allen has flown to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup, depleting our starting lineup even more. Andy Williams said of Allen, "Of course we knew he was being called up when we acquired him, but we wanted to lock him into contract. We expect him to return with playing experience that even a full season with the club could not give him. It is an exciting honor for him and we are proud that he is part of CAC."

Still, quality still rides with the Wild Marys with Andy Rose and Michel returning to the starting lineup. Double games for our core of players should result in good points.

Roll! Wild Marys Roll!

Starters:
Lee Nguyen (NER)
Chris Tierney (NER)
Charlie Davies (NER) Captain
Michael Bradley (TOR)
Demar Phillips (RSL)
Luis Gil (RSL)
Andy Rose (SEA)
Max Urruti (POR)
Ryan Hollingshead (FCD)
Michel (FCD)

Goalkeeper:
Bill Hamid (DCU)

Subs:
Robbie Keane (LAG)
Omar Gonzalez (LAG)
Jordan Allen (RSL)

Reserve:
Pedro Ribeiro (ORL)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Starters Week 11

Enjoying a week in the Southern California sunshine, Cumberland Athletic will be run out our newest acquisition, Jordan Allen, moving Michel to the bench. "Michel's production has dropped off dramatically. So, we feel a bit of rest and reflection may be beneficial," said Coach Ellinger. "Watching Jordan play is a real treat and we believe he will bring new energy and creativity to the attack," said Andy Williams.

Omar  Gonzalez (LAG)
Lee Nguyen (NE)
Chris Tierney (NE)
Charlie Davies (NE) Captain
Michael Bradley (TOR)
Demar Phillips (RSL)
Jordan Allen (RSL)
Luis Gil (RSL)
Max Urruti (POR)
Ryan Hollingshead (FCD)
Bill Hamid (DCU) Goalkeeper

Subs:
Andy Rose (SEA)
Michel (FCD)
Robbie Keane (LAG)

Res:
Pedro Ribeiro (ORL)

Roll Wild Marys! Roll!!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wild Marys Suffer Setback

Unable to muster much offense and the defense not showing up were the ingredients of a 5-1 drubbing on the road at Orange County. Coach Ellinger indicated that fatigue from travel was a factor, "We are still learning how to manage longer road trips than our organization has previously encountered. We were fortunate that previous travel issues did not impact on-the-field performance." Next up for CAC is at Union Southern California. The team has made arrangements to stay and train in California which is hoped to ease some of the travel issues.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Signing Jordan Allen

Cumberland Athletic Club is pleased to announce the signing of Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake). "This kid has all the tools, knows how to show up in dangerous places, and makes intelligent plays," said Director of Soccer Operations, Andy Williams. CAC is letting Donovan Ricketts go to make room on the roster and wish him well.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Done by Dempsey!

"Whenever you face Dempsey, well, he's a game changer," so said Andy Williams in the face of the draw earned at Spartans. Williams went on to add, "We are hopeful that Robbie Keane returns from his lingering injury soon. We need him back." With the lead well in hand, Dempsey scored two the bring the game even. "We had no answers for him, and another wouldn't have surprised me," said coach Ellinger.

For week 10, Cumberland will make one change in starters for the road game in California against Orange County, Luis Gil will start in place of Andy Rose and a minor change in substitution order in hopes that Keane will get some useful minutes that we can cash in.

Starters:
Omar Gonzalez (LAG) Captain
Michel (FCD)
Ryan Hollingshead (FCD)
Chris Tierney (NER)
Lee Nguyen (NER)
Charlie Davies (NER)
Michael Bradley (TOR)
Demar Phillips (RSL)
Luis Gil (RSL)
Max Urruti (POR)
Bill Hamid (DCU) Goalkeeper

Subs:
Robbie Keane (LAG)
Andy Rose (SEA)
Pedro Ribeiro (ORL)

Reserve:
Donovan Ricketts (ORL)