In our first blog post of the new year, we cover new signings, an alum called up to the national team, and a handful of matches in Europe! Read on below...
AKEEM WARD – OAKLAND ROOTS SC (USL CHAMPIONSHIP)
After spending last season with USL Championship club North Carolina FC, Ward signed with USL Championship newcomers Oakland Roots SC last week. Check out his comments on joining the Bay Area club. We wish Akeem the best of luck with his new squad!
HASSANI DOTSON – MINNESOTA UNITED FC (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
The versatile MNUFC midfielder was called into the US Men’s National Team Under-23 camp in Bradenton, Florida, two weeks ago. The camp, which is in preparation for qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, is a joint session with the senior men’s national team.
XIMO MIRALLES – CD NUMANCIA (SPANISH SEGUNDA B DIVISION)
CD Numancia have had a bit of a rough start to 2021. They were eliminated from the Copa del Rey on the 6thin a 2-1 loss to UD Almería, a match Miralles watched from the bench as normal reserve Roberto Jara got the call in goal.
After their January 10 encounter with CD Covadonga was postponed due to extreme snowfall, Miralles returned to the starting lineup for a 1-0 loss away to Marino de Luanco the following week. Alex Arias scored the winner in the 74th minute with a phenomenal shot before Miralles committed, and then saved, a penalty in stoppage time. The club has yet to score on the road this season, being blanked in all five matches, and manager Manix Mandiola was relieved of his duties following the defeat.
Next Up: Saturday 1/23 vs Cultural Leonesa
FRANCESCO TIOZZO – USD ADRIESE 1906 (ITALIAN SERIE D)
USD Adriese has continued its climb out of the bottom spots in the past month, drawing their final two matches of 2020 , 1-1 at home to Ambrosiana and 2-2 away to Delta Porto Tolle. The club from Northern Italy then opened the season with a pair of victories, 2-1 over Belluno and 0-2 over AC Este, before falling to Union Feltre by a score of 0-1. Adriese rebounded with a nil-nil draw against Trento this past weekend and currently sit in 8th out of 20 in the standings.
Next Up: Sunday 1/24 vs Union San Giorgio Sedico
JOEL RYDSTRAND – CD SAN ROQUE DE LEPE (SPANISH TERCERA DIVISIÓN)
Rydstrand and San Roque de Lepe kicked off their year with a 1-1 draw against CD Gerena on January 10th. The Swedish midfielder, of course, played all 90 minutes in a holding midfield role. The match scheduled for this past weekend was postponed due to a player testing positive for COVID-19.
Next Up: Sunday 1/24 at Ciudad de Lucena
ÁLEX PANTOJA – CD GUADALAJARA (SPANISH TERCERA DIVISIÓN)
Guadalajara have burst out of the gates in 2021, winning their first two matches to start the new year, 1-0 over group leaders CD Marchamalo on January 6th, and 2-1 over CD Illescas on January 20th. Unfortunately for Pantoja, he was an unused substitute in both games. Depor moved up to 2nd place in the table with the victories.
Next Up: Sunday 1/24 vs CD Toledo; Wednesday 1/27 vs CD Villacañas