By Kim DeRaedt
Afternoon Heat: Galveston Pirate SC and Club America Academy will square off in a match that is sure to be just as intense as the teams’ first meeting. Last time, it took a goal in the waning minutes to propel Pirate SC past Club America 1-0. USA Soccer Park will once again be the site, but what will be the story.
Dinner Date: Regals FC will graciously host Texas Lonestrikers this Saturday. Don’t let Regals FC’s generosity fool you, however. In the teams’ first two matchups, Regals FC has cooked, eaten, and spat out its opponents by a 7-0 and 6-0 score line.
Spring Chickens: The newly-founded Club America squad has hatched and spread its wings by soaring to a pair of victories in December. The Houston hotshots defeated Texas Lonestrikers 3-2 and dismantled Corpus Christi 4-1. However, a substandard start has left the Cinderella team at a disadvantage. A few more dismal performances, and Club America will see the midnight deadline pass and its hopes of contending for the league title vanish.
High Noon: Two tough cowboys are standing off for the league’s scoring title. Roy Hernandez has been making waves as Pirate SC’s go-to player. Meanwhile, Tulsa’s Abed Elkour has flown under the radar, but both talented strikers carry a respectable 10 goals on their belts.
Shut Eye: Lobos FC’s defense has rested peacefully in the absence of critics as it has sealed five shutouts in seven attempts. Not far behind, Pirate SC has racked up four clean sheets. Regals FC is the only other team to have ever escaped unscathed, having held its opponents scoreless twice thus far.
Fall Back: SPSL 2010 ended with a bang. Corpus Christi threw a monkey wrench in the league’s seemingly stable environment when the crew upset previously-undefeated Galveston 2-1. Pandemonium nearly hit the Tulsa camp as well, but the Lobos were able to escape with a 1-0 victory over the Lonestrikers and a more reassured 3-1 performance the following day.
Plan Ahead: Mark your calendar for mid-January madness. Remember Tulsa and Galveston’s 4-4 draw in December? So do the players, and each team feels as if it has unfinished business to take care of. If a 3-2 score line sounds appealing to you, this was the result last time Regals FC met the Fuel and Club America dueled the Lonestrikers. All three of these matchups will reignite in two weeks’ time.