San Andreas and Seafax appoint HCs

ESL Recruitment | San Andreas Spirit | Seafax Strikers

The last two ESL teams with head Coach vacancies filled them today. The San Andreas Spirit named Patrick Brady to lead them, whilst the Seafax Strikers have promoted from within- Jon Lewis, who was the assistant Head Coach has taken on the role of Full Head Coach.

With these two positions in place, the ESL is fully stocked at the management positions- just the whole matter of the transfer window merry-go-round to go through before the season starts!

Five moves on fast-start Friday!

ESL Transfers | Scott Donahoe

The window has only just opened, but here are five ESL moves to have gone down on #FaststartFriday!

1. Aron Mulder CF (Juvenese to New Jorg United)
The young Anderland international was looking for somewhere to play regularly. Should be a great asset up front to replace the departing Michael Ameche. Stood out as a super-sub for Juvenese in the past two CONCAFA Champs League rounds, now gets to be a starter.

2. Blake Solo CM (Elverpool to Rochester United)
Solo slipped out of favour in Elverpool. With his confidence hit, he (and his agent) jumped at a chance to rebuild the ‘Solo13’ brand at newly-promoted Rochester. When on form, one of the top playmakers in the ESL.

3. Saúl Blanco LW (Independiente to Angel FC)
With Carlos Suárez’s move pending, Angel have not waited. Blanco is a talented left-winger, making great runs and tracks back well, too. The Aguadorian is a good pick. Will not directly replace Suárez in terms of goals and chances, so they will need to add more.

4. Dante Reed GK (Carlton to FC Coratia)
The goalie gives Coratia some ESL experience between the sticks, both sides will be hoping that he has less shots to save than when with Carlton last year. A good, young keeper with lots of potential.

5. Alváro CF (West Hampton Athletic to Olympians)
The task of replacing Nelinho and Hernandinho (both certain to move on) begins with a low-key move for Alváro of West Hampton Athletic. Good at NLS1 level and stood out in Copa Eboria ties, but untested at ESL level. An intriguing choice, who will be to follow?

 

Martinez waves goodbye to Adelphia

Martinez waves goodbye to Adelphia

ESL Players | Adelphia Arsenal | Diego Martinez

Diego Martinez has left Adelphia Arsenal on a free transfer today. The club have poured out the respect and love of a key player in the seven seasons he was there. Martinez won two league titles, two Copa Eborias and this past season- the CONCAFA Champions League. They have had #ThankYouDiego trending on social media.

The Honduran native is said to be speaking to Nova Porto and Giapoli in the next few days. At 33, the player said he wanted a change of scenery and a new challenge. The club respected his wishes and granted him the free transfer to go wherever he likes.

On behalf of the ESL, we wish Diego Martinez well and thanks for the memories, Diego!

Transfer Talk: Suárez and Hernandinho to Real Mardis

ESL | Transfer Talk | Real Mardis

Sources close to the players state that Maridian giant Real Mardis are going to snap up Angel‘s Carlos Suárez and Olympian‘s Hernandinho in the next few days.

This is part of Head Coach Dario Dominguez‘s plant to create Fantasticos 2.0 in reference to the great Mardis side of the early 00s, with Oswaldo Gutierrez, Julio Carlos, Milláo and Juan Pablo Sisco. The funding is in place, so, are the ESL going to lose two of the most exciting forwards? And then who’s next?

Elsewhere, the future of young Andutch forwards Axel Heinz and Robin Overgaard are in the balance. Where will they end up this summer?

CONCAFA CL: Adelphia tame the Tigres!

CONCAFA CL: Adelphia tame the Tigres!

CONCAFA Champions League | Final

ccl_2017256px-transxWednesday May 24 2017 |Mardis, Marida

adelphiaarsenal2k152  ADELPHIA ARSENAL 2  [Thomas (pen) 4, Martinez 31]
Escudo_de_Tigres_2016   UANL TIGRES               1
[ Álvarez 6]

Adelphia Arsenal got revenge for last season’s cup final defeat to Juvenese, with a frantic opening to this year’s final. Left Back Ryan Givens broke free down the left and was tripped inside the box by Hugo Ayala, resulting in a penalty kick. Henry Thomas stepped up and broke the deadlock in the fourth minute. Just two minutes later, perhaps mirroring last Sunday’s switch-off against Elverpool, Adelphia dropped their intensity for a moment and Tigres capitalised. A good move involving Pizarro and Gignac set up Damián Álvarez for the equaliser, a low crafted shot past a helpless Alberto in goal.

Both teams traded chances in a very open first half; Gignac and Pizarro going close for Tigres, Thomas, Mowabé and Bartowski going close for Adelphia. The Arsenal converted a chance out of seemingly nothing after two successive over-hit crosses had opened up the Tigres penalty area. Luis Cesar popped the ball back in and Diego Martinez, playing his very last game for Adelphia, reacted first and slotted the ball past Guzmán.

Tigres pressed heavily for the equaliser in the second half, but found Adelphia’s two lines of four impossible to fully break down. Thomas and substitute Jordan Wilcox missed chances to put the tie beyond any doubt with counter-attacks. Adelphia’s Captain Jerome Mowabé kissed the turf in joy at the final whistle- Adelphia, for the second time in their 21 year history, were CONCAFA Club Champions!

Line-ups:

Adelphia (4-2-2-2): Alberto, Givens, Robinson, Ayandele, Cooper, Mowabé (c), Bartowski (sub James 73), Luis, Cesar (sub Wilcox 45). Gbaja-Muamba, Thomas, Martinez (sub Velasquez 88).

Tigres (4-4-2): Guzmán, Sergio (sub Advíncula 49), Ayala, Juninho (c), Torres Nilo, Dueñas (sub Damm 80), Pizarro, Álvarez, Sosa (sub Vargas 64), Gignac

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Olympians, Coratia and Elverpool name their new HCs

Olympians, Coratia and Elverpool name their new HCs

ESL Recruitment | Elverpool FC | FC Coratia |Olympians AC

Three vacancies filled and two more created! That is the crazy world of being a football manager these days. Who would be a General Manager? Anyway, this is the ideal time to fill positions before the real crazy time of the year- the Summer transfer window and ‘silly season’! here’s the rundown of the latest moves: Continue reading “Olympians, Coratia and Elverpool name their new HCs”

CONCAFA: Champs League Final Tonight!

CONCAFA: Champs League Final Tonight!

CONCAFA Champions League | The Final

Wednesday 24th May 2017 | 8pm on USN| Mardis, Marida

ADELPHIA ARSENAL vs UANL TIGRES

A great end to the season for ESL fans, with this mouthwatering tie for the Club Championship of CONCAFA! Tigres are perhaps the favourites, the Mexicans have easily dispatched opponents in the knock-out phases. Led by André-Pierre Gignac up front and with Juninho and Ayala at the back, this is a stern-test for last season’s runners-up. Adelphia lost the final last year to Juvenese, they followed this up with a last-day failure to capture the ESL championship this season.

Will physical and mental fatigue have set in? Can Frank Lebeau motivate his team for one last trip? With some players playing their last game for the Arsenal, it could be a tremendous way to leave- right on top. Tune in to USN to find out!

ccl_juvenese_2016(border)Juvenese and captain Massimo Galante won it last year, who will it be this year lifting the trophy- Juninho or Jerome Mowabé?

Sources: JPL in Elverpool to sign contract? Who in at Olympians?

ESL Recruitment | Elverpool | Olympians

Reports have come in this evening, suggesting that Jean-Pierre Lévesque (JPL) is in New England to sign a deal with Elverpool. There are reports of a bidding war between ‘Pool and Olympians and that JPL will be making himself at home at the NECOM Arena next season.

Olympians are said to be in discussions with three clubs as to the availability of their coaches- believed to be HallasSan Andreas and Seafax. We expect a decision to be announced by this Wednesday evening.