Guerrilla FC turned in the first winning record in club history this winter.
The squad was bolstered by the return of all 14 full time players this session. The consistency and growing connection between players contributed to the team's growing defensive solidity and flowing attacking play.
Guerrilla also added Werner Brito, who chipped in with 1 goal and 4 assists and dominated play from midfield. Season 3 was largely successful, as Guerrilla spread the revolution off the pitch and continued to play good football. Julian Forte led the way on the pitch with 5 goals and Magee McIlvaine continued his rich scoring form, also adding 5, despite playing much of the season out of the back.
Captain Justin Salhani went down with an injury after striking 3 times in 5 matches and missed the rest of the season. The team also missed steely defender Tareq Tahboub, poacher Ryan Symons, and silky dribbler Nason Khomassi who each missed the majority of matches.
Guerrilla looked to build on their first official season together with some blazing football this fall. The squad lost three players in crafty attacker/acrobatic reserve goalkeeper Jamal Laoudi, Inzaghi-incarnate Billy Schaeffer, and livewire Dennis Bustillo. Goalkeeper Alejandro Davila Fragoso suffered a season-long injury and defensive linchpin Andrew Chang took a sabbatical.
In their place, GFC welcomed four new players. Raymond An is a tricky attacking midfielder with a closet full of cool jerseys. Carlos Perez is a striker/midfielder with flair and strength in his wallet. Ben Anderson is a classy ball-playing defender with a strong range of passing. John Keiran is a no-nonsense defender who chips in with goals.
The football in Season 2 was a thing of beauty. Guerrilla's passing, movement, and high-press took some time to get hold but once it did results (and goals) started to flow. The club's playing identity is firmly fixed and all players will return to GFC in Season 3 (start date Dec. 7) to try and take home the Winter Cup!
Magee McIlvaine wins the Pichichi Award after scoring 5 goals (Justin Salhani also scored 5 but Magee did it one less game). Salhani takes home the Wizard of Öz trophy for racking up 8 assists. Bennett Grubbs, Travis Akiwowo, and John Keiran, Carlos Perez, and Nason Khomassi also took home http://www.guerrillafc.com/awards/.
A rough first season for Guerrilla FC. Results were mixed early on as the attacking, possession oriented, style of play in training transferred effectively into matches but a leaky defense conceded too many goals. The defense was quickly sorted though and Guerrilla went on a brief run of positive results. But progress soon halted when a number of key players missed large chunks of the season.
Goal threat Travis Akiwowo picked up a season-ending ankle injury, talisman Julian Forte went missing in Europe, master of nutmeg Adrian Kidaman booked a flight to Kenya after missing his mother's cooking, and captain Justin Salhani went on a prolonged honeymoon courtesy of his foreign wife's stolen passport. Regardless, Guerrilla played great football in its first season and looks forward to more acts of subversion in the future.
Julian Forte finished the season as top scorer with 3 goals. Justin Salhani lead the way in assists with 3. Adrian Kidaman nutmegged alotta dudes. Tareq Tahboub bruised up the opposition with a few strong challenges. And Alejandro Davila Fragoso made a ton of fingertip saves. Viva Guerrilla.