Week 13 Preview

For Italians the number 13 is considered lucky. Fare tredici means “to do 13” which means to hit the jackpot. John Di Re will tap into that positive energy as he leads the Bandits against the Titans. The first match ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Top Dogs will try to maintain their first place position when they face the Scorpions. They got the 3-1 win last time these teams met but that was then and this is now. It’s going to be lights out for light blue.

Rebels and Sharks both sit at mid-table heading into their game tonight. It’s always difficult to predict a Sharks match – you never know what their lineup will be. Theo says they’ve just being luring us all into a false sense of superiority – or in his words, playing us all like a dimwit’s kazoo. Wow, just wow.

Legacy’s season enters phase 2 – the good days. Their first victim is scheduled to be Orange Crush, should they show up. New players Jarry and Metinho have changed their names to Shock & Awe. Brace yourselves.

Team Changes

The re-balance has been agreed upon by all the captains.  The biggest factor in these decisions was attendance.  We do feel that most teams are balanced from a strength perspective, but some struggle with attendance which makes it hard to play well as a team.  Some have too many similar players for one position but gaps in other positions. 

The change is effective immediately, so on Wednesday the 16th everyone will be lining up for their new team.  

  • Bandits: Chris Marroquin, Nicolas Pilorget, Rachael De Sousa, Mario Vega
  • Legacy: Jarry Ahmad, Metin Guler
  • Rebels: Jose Estrada
  • Scorpions: Miekela Singh, Faiz Moosafur
  • Sharks: Walter Viguiliouk, Emma Smith
  • Titans: Cedric Ngabonziza, Andre Chan
  • Top Dogs: Deborah Ng, Tyler Zeng, Colby Gibbons
  • Orange Crush: no additions

New teams means new connections, new friends and new rivals! Good luck to all the teams in the second half of the season.

The Season Resumes

The TISL is back for the second half of the season. Hopefully the 2 week break gave everyone a chance to hit the gym and amplify themselves to a version 2.0.

The Top Dogs won the crown of Fall Champions with their win over Legacy just before the break. That win was their 4th in a row with 3 of those being shut outs. Congrats to Andrew Winnett and all the Top Dogs for an outstanding first half of the season. They’re a well led cohesive unit in which just about everyone can score goals. Tonight they’ll face the Bandits who themselves are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. They’re unbeaten in 7 matches and in fact, their last loss came against Top Dogs. In some bad news for Top Dogs, their keeper Jeff Simsons suffered an injury in the last game which will put him out indefinitely. The Bandits will need to capitalize on this opportunity but they’ll have to do it without leading scorer Seamus who is unavailable for the match. John Levi has started hitting his stride and his 2 goal performance against the might Rebels in December is what Bandits will look for tonight.

The Sharks will be happy to have Nico Ress and Mohammed Etleb back in the lineup after their whirlwind tour of “everywhere but here”. Their teammates welcome them back with open arms and tonight should show what this team is really capable of. Their opponents are Orange Crush and we all know what they can do. The Fall Championship was almost theirs if not for that loss to Rebels in December. They don’t score a lot of goals but then they don’t concede many either.

The Rebels spent much of the first half of the season at the top of the standings but have since dropped to 4th. Their striking tandem of Zain-Amogh is no more with the former suffering a season-ending injury and the latter returning to school. That won’t deter Rebels though and they’ll look to get back to the top 3 with a win over Titans. For their part, the Titans are hoping for a little more stability in the second half of the season. It’s time to turn those 50/50 games from losses to wins and fortunes can change over night.

The Scorpions have scored the most goals this season but tonight they’ll be without their 2 strikers in Jarry and Catherine who overdid it on the squat exercises.

Dramatization, may not have happened

A new year brings new hope for Legacy. They’ve all agreed to go into full beast mode every single game starting tonight.

True story

Goodbye 2018!

Tonight the TISL bids farewell to 2018.  This has been a year of substantial growth where we’ve welcomed over 40 new players to the league.

The week before the break is always the most chaotic.  Teams have always struggled to field enough players and this year will be no different.  What it does is provide for a wide open week in which anything can happen.

The Top Dogs can be crowned Fall Champions with a win over Legacy.  While Top Dogs are the favourites, Pistol Paul Callahan was reminding Jeff Simsons that last time these team met, it was Legacy who walked away with the 3 points.  An intense stare-down followed with neither player backing down – that is until the waitress asked if they’d like another and all was well again.

The Scorpions and Rebels sit 1 point behind Top Dogs and they’ll need to win their games against Sharks and Bandits respectively, and hope that Top Dogs don’t win.  Orange Crush are a further point behind and even with a win against Titans, it’s unlikely that the other 3 all lose their games.

On a final note to close out the year, Nader Sabahi of Bandits and Amogh Reddy of Rebels are returning to school and their time in the league has come to an end.  Please take a moment to say goodbye.

The mid-season re-balance will occur in mid-January, which is a little bit later than in prior years.  With 8 teams, 8 captains and 104 players it’s a lot of work to achieve a good balance so more time is needed.

Happy Holidays!

The Road to the Fall Championship

The Fall Champions are the team who finish in first place when the league takes its December break.  Orange Crush can clinch that title one week early if they beat a depleted Rebels side tonight.  The Rebels can leapfrog the OC with a win so this promises to be a barn burner.

Both the Bandits and Legacy have hit a purple patch in recent weeks.  The Bandits are undefeated in their past 4 while Legacy in on a 2 game winning streak.  Both are only 4 points behind 5th place and it’ll be a big boost should one of them manage to win on Wednesday.

In what should be a interesting match, the Top Dogs face the Sharks.  Making a shock return to the league is Ramon Alvarado who will take on the goalkeeper duty for the Sharks.  This is Ramon’s first game back since April of 2017 and more importantly, it’s his debut between the pipes.  He’ll have a baptism by fire as the opponent is the high-flying Top Dogs. No pressure Ramon.

The Titans continue to look for their identify after the early season loss of Alex Wong.  They haven’t quite hit their stride yet but things can turn around in an instant.  They’ve been competitive in all matches, usually losing by a single goal when they could’ve easily won by a goal.  The Scorpions still have dreams of being Fall Champions and they’ll need win to even stay in the race.

Week 9 Preview

December is the busiest month of the year for a lot of people, here’s a short preview of this week’s action.

Legacy will be looking to maintain momentum from last week when they face the Sharks on Wednesday night.  Paul says he’ll wear a sharkskin suit to the party on Saturday, if Legacy wins.  The Scorpions will look to pull even on points with the Rebels.  Earlier in the season the Rebels pulled off a 2-1 win and if they do the same this week, they’ll open a 6 point lead over Scorpions.  In primetime, a rejuvenated Bandits squad will try to knock off league leading Orange Crush while the Top Dogs aim to continue their ascent at the expense of the Titans.

Week 8 Preview

This is Aaron St. Bernard with your preview this week.

This week the league’s stinginess defense the Orange Crush look to avenge their only defeat of the season in a rematch against the league’s highest scoring offense, The Scorpions. Last year’s Player of the Year picked up where he left off as Dillon Suresh once again leads the league in goals scored. Orange Crush should be familiar with Dillon’s skills as he was loaned to the Top Dogs last week in a game where both keepers Murat Cokgezen and Jeff Simsons were sensational as the two teams played to a 0-0 draw. The Scorpions, also played to a draw last week need points to keep pace with the Rebels.

In the 2nd early game of the day, the Bandits will play the Sharks. The Bandits are undefeated in their last 2 games with 2 draws after battling for a hard-earned point against the Scorpions.  Yet another keeper displayed other worldly skill as Prathesh Senthil was the savior on numerous occasions as he produced a string of superb saves to deny the Scorpions attack. Mo Talwar scored for the Bandits with a cool left footed finish after some great work from John Levi. The Sharks defeated the Bandits in the season opener and come into this game red-hot as winners of 2 straight allowing just a single goal over the last 2 contests.

In the late match ups, the Legacy and Titans look to avoid the basement in what will surely be an intense battle. Titans escaped with a 1-0 victory the first time these teams met but luck has not been on their side since Week 1. This week they call Luis Malandrim from the minors to put a halt to the skid that has seen the Titans earn only a single point in the last 4 games despite strong play. Legacy’s played with a depleted roster last week but hope to get things back on track with the return of key players Fernando Ayala, Valeria Nunez, and Julio Araujo.

Finally the Top Dogs face the Rebels in the evenings other late game.  Despite losing promising rookie Zain Esmail for the season the Rebels minor league system continues to produce solid players, as evidence by Michael Jemczyk’s debut with a two goal effort. Rebels keeper Brad Hughes stood tall in net when counted, robbing Rajesh with a cat-like lunge to snag the ball out of his legs on a breakaway and secure the clean sheet. Rebels currently sit atop the table and look to get some breathing room between themselves and the rest of the league. Top Dogs are looking to keep pace with the top 4 teams as they bring one of the league’s best goal differentials into the match up.  They have earned 7 points in the last 3 games behind the efforts of a promising rookie of their own as Cedric Ngabonziza who has notched 5 goals in 6 games.

This looks to be a big week of statement games!

Week 7 Preview

Joining us this week is Leon Perelman to give you the rundown of what’s to come.

The Titans are looking for their first win of November. Last game they showed determination when they held the Bandits to a 2-2 draw. Things looked grim for the Titans when they went down an early goal, and continued to trail 2-1 deep into the second half. A last minute goal from John Altinian saved the day. This week they will need to stay ahead, since the Sharks might not let them off the hook. The Sharks were dominant in their last match, showing their intent to re-establishing themselves as a top team with a 3-1 thrashing of the Rebels. Goals from Sam, Elsa and Hans kept the Sharks ahead the whole match, despite determined resistance from the Rebels, which was rewarded by an eventual goal from Bob Tian. Of note is that the Rebels played without their star player Zain, who was injured as a loan in the aforementioned Bandit-Titan match.

Top Dogs are fresh off of a decisive 3-1 victory against Scorpions last week. Their offense was especially dangerous, scoring 2 goals in 5 minutes at the start of the game. If they have another dream start like that, they’ll be tough to stop and could join the top spot. But Orange Crush doesn’t plan on letting it happen. They will look to continue the solid form that has brought them to the top of the table. In their game last week, they were kept goalless by Legacy throughout the first half, partly thanks to some superhuman saves by Legacy keeper Kevin Bonner. Orange Crush broke through in the second half and managed to pull off a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Aaron St. Bernard. They will hope to squeak out a similar win against the Top Dogs this week.

The Bandits almost got a win last week against the Titans. They were leading by a goal and looked sure to win when John Altinian found the net in the last minutes of play. But the Bandits will forget about that disappointment, and focus on getting their first win of the month against the Scorpions, who are coming off a tough loss. Last week the Scorpions went down by two early goals and had to fight hard for the rest of the match, eventually losing 3-1. They’ll be trying to avoid this kind of start against the Bandits and their star Seamus Lynott. If successful, they can leap to the top of the standings.

The Rebels look to bounce back from their loss last week against the Titans. They will have to do it without star player Zain, who sustained an injury last week. Not only that, but their grip on the top spot is in the balance. Captain Vlad Moisseykin will have to determine how to adjust their strategy to cope with these challenges. They’ll be playing against Legacy, who put in a strong showing last week, eventually losing by one goal to Orange Crush. Helped by some amazing superhuman saves by Kevin Bonner, and joined by John Altinian on loan in the second half, they kept the match tight. Emboldened by their strong performance, Legacy have their eyes set on making some noise with a big upset this week.

See everyone on the pitch on Wednesday!

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.