Date: Saturday May 19th 2018
Location: Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601
The playoff race is on! This week’s match features two squads fighting on the edge of that playoff line, both having played seven matches. FC Golden State sits seven points above Riverside Coras FC and have been playing extremely well in their inaugural season. Riverside have won their last two matches under new coach Robert Vidrio, who seems to have found out what works best for his Coras.
Last match: FCGS win 2-0
In the last matchup between these two squads, FCGS looked to be the more dominant squad. Riverside forfeited most of the possession and when they did receive the ball were more focused on delivering a long pass rather than building up play through short passes. Riverside looked physically superior but did not handle the ball as well as FCGS. This would be the common story until Robert took over the squad.
FC Golden State Riverside Coras FC
4-1-2 // GF: 12 // GA: 10 2-4-1 // GF: 10 // GA: 13
Let’s flash forward to now: Riverside has averaged 2.75 goals per match in the last four matches, midfield has been active in transition and the team is focused on building up play rather than forcing the long ball.
Riverside’s lack of quality in attack has been changed around with the introduction of Romi Lomelli who is active when trying to receive the ball and who can stretch the defense with his pace and dribbling ability.
Finding the partnership of Eric Gonzalez and Hugo Gutierrez, G-Unit, has turned around this offense. The complimentary play styles of the two, have helped cause turnovers in the midfield that lead to meaningful counter attacks.
(Check out our post match pod from last weeks 2-1 win against Oxnard Guerreros FC for more detailed analysis on the changes in coras playstyle.
Golden State may be looking to retain possession and dictate tempo against the visiting Coras. FCGS controlled the last match by passing out from the back and focusing on finding an open channel on the wing. If Riverside cannot break up the play immediately they will have to remain patient, absorb pressure and force the Golden State attack inward, where the Coras can close down on the ball in numbers, without losing their shape.
A win for Riverside would bump them to ten points leaving them four points behind that third place spot. There is no time for this fiery Riverside squad to cool down. Riverside will need to be mentally and physically strong if they wish to go to Rio Hondo College and walk away with a result.
“Behind me is infinite power. Before me is endless possibility, around me is boundless opportunity. My strength is mental, physical and spiritual.” 50 Cent