Week 6 Preview

It’s “Pistol” Paul Callahan here with your week 6 preview.

Orange Crush have been on fire as of late, undefeated since opening night. Last week they hooked the Sharks 2-1. This was a physical affair as both squads were tied in the standings to start the day and played a very even match.  At the 11th hour, Jeff Simsons agreed to play keeper for the Orange Crush and was ‘Man of the Match’ as he held the Sharks at bay for most of the game only allowing a goal in the final seconds of play.  The Legacy will be missing midfielder Fernando Ayala as he will be scouting for talent in Argentina for the next ten days, but will have much needed help from June Fordham and Kamran Parekh back in the lineup.

Both Top Dogs and Scorpions have plenty of firepower illustrated by their wins last week 7-2(vs Bandits) and 3-1(vs Legacy) respectively.  Top Dogs vs Bandits was a high tempo affairs with lots of good passing and action at both ends. The Top Dogs had the advantage early on, but had their lead cut to 3-2 thanks to a few good finishes from the Bandits’ strikers. The turning point in the game was when a Top Dogs cross ricocheted in the net off a Bandits defender which seemed to take the wind out of their sails. Scorpions are a well-oiled machine with two of the top three goal scorers in the league Dillon Suresh and Jarry Ahmad who will no doubt be looking to add to their totals.

The Titans put up a solid effort in week 5 losing to the Rebels by only one goal that came late in the game.  Future first ballot Hall of Fame striker Tyler Zeng made his season debut for the Titans scoring a beautiful chip over the Rebel keeper.  The Bandits are a determined bunch who will be looking to their star striker and Captain Seamus Lynott to rob the Titans of a win and leap back into the middle of the standings.

The Rebels will be knocking on the door of history this week, as they can match the Baron’s 5-0-1 start from back in the 16/17 season. Rebel defensemen Zach Siewart, said he’s been having deja vu.  It’s still too early to crown Rebel’s Fall Champs but winter is coming and they’re making a strong case. The Sharks are looking to bounce back after their narrow 2-1 loss last week and have been known to score in bunches when they smell blood, with two 5-1 victories in their jaws this season.

See you on Wednesday!

Week 5 Preview

The Rebels are the only undefeated team in the league.  Even more impressive than this was last week’s 4 goal performance by Amogh Reddy.  When our reporters caught up with him after the match, he said “this is the most important thing that has ever happened, EVER!  For those wondering, yes it is indeed the first time a player named Amogh has scored 4 times in a single match.  The Titans lost last week despite a 2 goal performance from Mario Vega.  They’ve dipped into the transfer market and signed Tyler Zeng for the remainder of the season.  Tyler last played in 2014/15 when his team came within a penalty shootout of being champions.  Welcome back Tyler!

The Top Dogs are sitting somewhat surprisingly in 4th place.  This team has looked dominate at times but a depleted squad saw them lose last week.  The Bandits also had a week to forget although Nader Sabahi scored his first league goal.  On the bright side, a new month could mean new fortune.  Mohit Talwar has promised to bring a new meaning to the word Mo-vember.

Two teams coming off wins in week 3 are Scorpions and Legacy.  Jarry Ahmad scored 3 goals last week although he did it for 2 different teams.  He first played as a loan for Legacy and then scored twice in the Scorpions win.  Rumour has it that Legacy was trying to woo him away from Scorpions and since he’s known to have wandering eyes, there’s plenty of reason to worry.

Orange Crush got an important win last week with goals from Vincent Xie, Hamid Mirhashemi and Ivan Pelipenko.  They’re neck and neck with the Sharks at 7 points each.  The Sharks were the biggest victims of Halloween with only 6 of their players able to suit up last week.  Both of these teams can jump to second place with a win on Wednesday.

Halloween at the Hangar

Ghouls and ghosts will be out to haunt those brave enough to suit up on All Hallows Eve.

The Top Dogs take on Legacy FC to kick-off week 4.  Having been held to a 0-0 draw last week, the Top Dogs will be eager to fill their opponents net.  Legacy are still looking for their first points of the season but are missing some key players including Paul Callahan.  Last week Paul guaranteed victory or he’d go shirtless to work.  He made good on his promise but HR was not amused and he’ll have to miss this week.

The Titans received shocking news last week in that captain Alex Wong is out for the season.  This is a big blow not only to the Titans but to the entire league.  Alex is a top player and top person and we all wish him a speedy recovery and return in 2019/20.  John Altinian netted a hat-trick last week and the Titans will need him more than ever.  Orange Crush nearly pulled off a win against Rebels last week, only to be thwarted by a late Zain Esmail penalty which canceled out an earlier goal by Jin Tang, his first in the league.

The Bandits recorded both their first win and first goals of the season in last week’s victory.  Seamus scored twice and John Levi opened his account with his first goal in the league.  The Rebels have had one of the better starts this season with Zain scoring 5 goals in 3 games.  Last week saw the return of John Burinski to the league, as if this team wasn’t good enough already.  Welcome back John.

The Sharks face the Scorpions in a match of the top two offenses in the league.  Jarry Ahmad has turned some heads this year and with last weeks hat-trick he’s more than announced his arrival to the league.  Shahin and Dillon also scored in a 5-3 victory.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Week 3 Preview

Legacy v Bandits (6 pm)

The big question mark around this game is whether captain Seamus Lynott will make his debut or not.  The Bandits have yet to score and Seamus’ 1.52 goals per game average is just what they need right now.  Paul Callahan is trying to lift his teams spirits and has guaranteed a win.  If that doesn’t happen, he’ll go shirtless to work on Thursday.

Rebels v Orange Crush (6 pm)

A lot of people are talking about Rebels FC as being the early season favourites.  With Bad News Hughes in net, who could deny them?  When asked, Alex Salcedo said that Bad News = Fake News, he isn’t worried at all.

Top Dogs v Sharks (7 pm)

The Sharks are the other undefeated team and they’ve scored 7 goals, including a brace by Mily Chen last week.  Flora Sexton of the Top Dogs is making her debut and has said that “it won’t be all sunshine and smiles this week Mily.”

Titans v Scorpions (7 pm)

The Titans are short players this week while the Scorpions have a full roster.  Alex Wong claims that everyone on his team is a cross-fit athlete so being short won’t bother them at all.

Week 2 Preview

Legacy v Sharks (6 pm)

The Sharks will look to make it 2 in a row against Legacy FC this week.  Nico Ress has been saying the Sharks are as legitimate as the film Sharknado 6, which he considers to be a masterpiece.  That film gave Kamran of Legacy FC nightmares for weeks.  We’ll see if he’s over it come Wednesday.

Rebels v Scorpions (6 pm)

Both of these teams won last week with both Dillon and Zain scoring a brace for their respective teams.  These two teams have many similarities and this match should tell us where they both stand.

Orange Crush v Bandits (7 pm)

The OC lost their opener but ASB has brushed it off stating that it was due to the market turmoil that had been occurring . The Bandits were missing half their team last week and need a better turnout if they’re to get a better result.  Some say they may be playing possum.

Titans v Top Dogs (7 pm)

Two teams with contrasting fortunes last week will meet on Wednesday night.  In the dying minutes of both games, the Titans won while the Top Dogs lost.  This promises to be another great match to round out week 2.

Week 1 Game Reports

Rebels vs. Top Dogs

One of the early bird game featured the Top Dogs going against the Rebels. The match was off to a late start due to a tardy arrival of the game’s referee (unofficial cause: he was seen unloading his entire stock portfolio in the parking lot outside of the Hangar). Despite the late start, neither side wasted any time getting sweaty. Rebels held the early advantage by way of advanced statistics, but were held off the scoresheet by a mix of all-Swedish-poor-finish and strong defending by the Top Dogs. Whilst both sides would have settled for a scoreless half, Top Dog’s Vic Cristiano would not have any of it. After receiving a crisp pass in the Rebels zone, he connected on a laser-beam into the far corner behind Brad Hughes. Top Dogs 1:0 at the half.

H2 saw a tight battle of speed and precision. Top Dogs had their chances via counterattacks, with several prime scoring opportunities left unexploited. Rebels had their chances as well, with Amogh and Zain buzzing around the Top Dogs’ net like bees. They finally solved the wall of Jeff Simsons part way through the half when Zain redirected a long pass from Vlad into the Top Dogs net. With both teams exchanging chances, it seemed almost inevitable that one side would wrestle away the victory in the dying seconds. The Rebels’ travelling fan base would not be disappointed when Zain got his second of the game with only seconds to spare to secure the Rebels victory. 2:1.

Vlad

Scorpions vs Orange Crush

The Scorpions season started with a little bit of turmoil. Kick-off came promptly at 6 pm for most, but not for all.  Leon and Jarry were nowhere to be seen.  The Scorpions were wondering where they were but didn’t have time to figure it out.  Orange Crush on the other hand, were not curious. The opening half was what one would expect from the season opener – both teams played conservatively and didn’t give up much to the other. It was eventful but not fruitful and they went into the half tied at 0-0.

The second half saw the game open up and it was Dillon Suresh who scored the first goal of the season for the Scorpions. In the last 5 minutes, 3 things happened: 1. Shahin scored 2. Dillon scored his second 3. Leon and Jarry showed up.  They looked onto the field in stunned amazement at what they were witnessing – their team was playing but they weren’t on the field.  Obviously, their late arrival helped give the Scorpions some more sting in their attack and they scored 2 late goals to make the final 3-0.

Ivan

Bandits v Sharks

The Sharks were ferocious in this exciting encounter. Meanwhile, the Bandits entered the arena missing some key players, including their Captain Seamus Lynott. They were able to arrange a loan of Andrew Winnett, Captain of the Top Dogs, as well as borrowing Scorpions Jarry Ahmad and Leon Perelman. When the whistle sounded, the Sharks came out hungry and looking for blood. Led by Captain Theo Blanchard, they were sharp out of the gate and up a goal after half time.

In the second half, they continued to press, while the Bandits fought hard. Despite some good opportunities and excellent shots from John Di Re, they were unable to find a tying goal. New league keeper Brandon Graham stood tall for the Sharks, denying several opportunities for the Bandits. Meanwhile, the Sharks were able to find a second goal thanks to a nice 1-2 combination between Amanjol Zhangeldin and Mohammed Etleb which ended with Mohammed scoring past Prathesh.

Leon

Titans v Legacy

As temperatures were reaching record highs for October on opening night, TCL players were staying cool in the Hangar with their new threads.  Titans sporting yellow versus Legacy featuring royal blue.  This 7pm primetime matchup would not disappoint.

With two stingy keepers Bonner and Murat, you just knew goals would be few and far between.  Titans on the offensive early, a quick pass from Calum McNeil split through the Legacy defenders to John Altinian had Kevin Bonner scrambling to make a tough save.  On the other end, Vitali Tarnovski volleyed a rocket off the post. Both sides continued to battle hard but neither were playing for the draw.  The lone goal in this match came late in the 2nd half with two minutes left. Tim Liu got the ball in his own half and went end to end shooting a missile through the legs of Bonner. A late push from Legacy almost tied it, but Murat continued his voodoo magic and kept the ball out with a force field. Titan 1 – 0 Legacy final score.

Paul

Season Preview

The 2018/19 season begins on Wednesday evening. The league has grown has to 8 teams with 104 players – 13 of who will be champions come April.  With just under 40 new players this season, there’s a lot of uncertainty and only time will tell how the teams stack-up against each other.  Here’s some brief information on each team:

Bandits

  • Captain: Seamus Lynott
  • 3 former champions
  • 7 new players

Legacy

  • Captain: Paul Callahan
  • 3 former champions
  • 5 new players

Orange Crush

  • Captain: Aaron St. Bernard
  • 3 former champions
  • 5 new players

Rebels

  • Captain: Vlad Moisseykin
  • 2 former champions
  • 4 new players

Scorpions

  • Captain: Ivan Gojmerac
  • 8 former champions
  • 3 new players

Sharks

  • Captain: Theo Blanchard
  • 0 former champions
  • 6 new players

Titans

  • Captain: Alex Wong
  • 2 former champions
  • 3 new players

Top Dogs

  • Captain: Andrew Winnett
  • 1 former champion
  • 5 new players

Who will establish themselves as the early favourites?  In the lone preseason match, it was Top Dogs and Scorpions who looked the most fit.  However, conventional wisdom says that the truly big teams don’t take friendlies seriously – they only show up when it matters.

See everyone on Wednesday!

Exhibition Schedule – October 3rd

Here’s the schedule for the exhibition matches on October 3rd.

6 pm

  • Top Dogs vs Orange Crush
  • Bandits vs Scorpions

7 pm

  • Rebels vs Legacy
  • Titans vs Sharks

This will be the one and only exhibition match for all teams.  The regular season kicks off on October 10th.

2018/19 Teams are Set

The 2018/19 teams have been set and you can see where everyone landed via the individual team pages.  There will be one preseason match on October 3rd.  The season officially kicks off on October 10th.  More information to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Player of the Year

Every year the captains get together to vote on a player of the year.  There’s always a handful of nominations with many strong arguments for all of them.  We can only choose one though.

The 2017/18 TISL Player of the Year is Dillon Suresh! 

Dillon was a force everywhere on the pitch.  Although a defender by nature, he finished as top goalscorer with 25 goals in 22 matches.  The dedication he showed to his team and the league was outstanding.  He was both a great teammate and competitor.  It’s not just what he did on the pitch, but also his positive attitude in embracing the league and everyone in it.

What many people don’t know is that Dillon’s story almost never was.  The league had room for 72 players and Dillon was number 72.  In addition to that, he joined after the draft was complete and it was only because Lightning was one player short that he donned the yellow jersey.  Seven months later and that Lightning team were crowned champions.

Last season’s POTY and Dillon’s teammate Seamus Lynott had this to say:  “It’s much easier to score goals when you have a teammate like Dillon to do everything else for you.”  Praise from Caesar.

Congratulations Dillon.  Good luck in school and you’ll always have a place in this league.