End of Season Recap

OHP Gunners W3-1- Finally back on the pitch from the previous tie against league leaders, Longwood FC. Rogues came out of the gates slow, giving up an early goal on a simple defensive mistake. Shortly after the mistake the game changed, the Rogues held the ball with majority possession and scoring three unanswered goals. 

Inter Boston W4-2- Sloppy defending and miscommunication between the defense and goalkeeper Andres Mazo lead to two goals being scored on the Rogues. Overall it was a back and forth match ultimately resulting in the Rogues taking the W. 

SSJ Boston W3-0- Rogues grab the three to nil victory over SSJ with ease.

Coastal United W9-0- Unfortunately Coastal showed up to game day with 10 men and the Rogues took advantage scoring 9 goals and holding the shutout.

Mass Young Gunners 3-0- team dropped (forfeit)

Brandeis 3-3 AWAY at Lancaster, MA. It was quite a cold morning as we arrived at a quiet field complex.

United Nations – The original match was rescheduled twice, due to unfortunate events. Eventually the series of unfortunate events resulted in a forfeit for United Nations. 

Groton W 4-1 AWAY at Franklin, MA. The Rogues end the first season on a positive note in the BSSL D3 South and will be returning in 2017.

Fall Ball, back in action.

    The Rogues started the fall season two weeks earlier than most due to make-up games from the Spring. On August 13th the Rogues kicked off against Coastal United, with a promising start to the Fall season. The Rogues acquired the three points with a bang, not only defeating Coastal but with total domination with a wide margin of 8-1 over Coastal United. Unfortunately a week later on August 20th the match that was originally re-scheduled against SSJ Boston was now canceled due to a lack of player availability for SSJ Boston. This automatically gave Providence City FC (The Rogues) the forfeit victory, going down in the books as a 3-0 victory.

    On to the official start of the Fall season, the rematch against our one and only defeat in the Spring season as the Rogues would face Longwood FC. Looking forward with the rematch at the Rogues home, Brown University. The Rogues gathered a rather large home crowd, gaining support from the local fans of Providence, Rhode Island. Along with the homefield advantage, the Rogues trained twice a week for 12 weeks in preparartion for this very match. Longwood FC brought their very best August 27th at Brown University, they are the most organized squad that the Rogues have played. They defend as a unit and defend well, resulting in the stalemate of 0-0. A day where both teams had their fair share of dangerous opportunities yet both team unable to execute. 

    Now the Rogues sit in third place behind Longwood FC and Brandeis FC Legends, the Rogues focus on their next opponent OHP Gunners this upcoming Saturday September 10th in Waltham. Each and every game weighs with the same importance where the Rogues need 3 points every week in hopes to crack the top two for a promotion into the BSSL Division 2 next year.

The Vikings

The Vikings win the hearts of the EURO 2016 fans. 

Iceland  

    Not many experts, pundits or fans had any expectation for the team representing the country with the smallest population of all the teams competing at the 2016 European Championship.  Often confused with Greenland in a Geographical sense, Iceland is a small but proud country that was making its official debut in a major competition.  In a Qualifying group that included the likes of Czech Republic, Turkey and Netherlands, in a Soccer/Football sense, Iceland was not on anyone’s radar.  Flashback to two years ago, they nearly qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil losing to an intimidating Croatian midfield in the second leg of the second place qualifiers.  That would not sit well with the FA in Iceland. In fact it motivated them. 

    Iceland was not embarrassed or even proud to almost make it to the World Cup; they were simply motivated for the Euro qualifiers. The FA in Iceland had re-done development and upgraded facilities to be able to not let the next major competition slip through their grasp.   During the Qualifying round they completely shocked the world with defeating a poor Netherlands team (twice), defeating a respectable Czech Republic and dismantling a Turkish side that has its own issues with the fans, coaches and federation as a whole.  However the results swung or for whatever reason they made it and played out every game to their game and made teams play according to their style, not the other way around as many “small teams” do. 

    The Draw for the Euro was more favorable for Iceland.  UEFA governing body decided to add more teams to the competition thus allow for “smaller teams” to enter to a major competition.  However you want to put it, it gives everyone that qualifies a chance.   Their group was with the “giants” and old history of Portugal led by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, the Austrian dark horses and an afterthought in Hungary.  On paper it was a fight for second or third place. Many experts had Portugal winning the group and Austria a close second.  Not many voices were behind the Ice-Men.  Not many had any ideas what would be to come of these newcomers and future starts of the competition.   

    Once the game had ended against Portugal, not many people had known what hit them.  The Icelandic players were in a euphoric state while the dejected Portuguese had no answers.  All players, coaches and staff ran to the far end of the stadium and celebrated with the VIKING CLAP.  What immense joy for all involved.  The next few games appeared to be business as usual for the Icelandic players and their new found fame.  Organization. Dedication. Motivation.  That is how they were able to WIN THE GROUP albeit their next opponent was no push over. 

    England.  Mighty England and their Premier League stars.  Many players on Iceland are very big fans of the Barclays Premier League. Gylfi Sigurdsson plays for Premier League, Swansea City, so for him it was a little reunion.  Just like the previous three games, Iceland played their game to their advantage. All around standout performances from each player and coaching staff alike, allowed Iceland to get passed the underwhelming English side. Yet again, to the corner everyone went as we all clapped with them, the VIKING CLAP.  What a moment. What a scene. What joy it gave everyone.  Everyone loves the underdog until the underdog beats you. 

 

    Next up was France, but it was hard to ignore the statistics. How can a country with only 300,000 people produce this? Were they in fact world beaters? Were they going to actually upset the hosts? Could they have the courage to do it to the host country? Unfortunately, this Cinderella story came to an abrupt 5-2 defeat to the would be semi-finalists, France.  Had the spotlight become too bright for the Ice-Men or was it that France was that much better.  You could argue, had LLoris not made a point-blank range save or had the referee call a hand to ball rather than a ball to hand in the area, it could have been a much closer 5-4 possible result.  With all these speculations in place it was still hard to see our fairy tale come to an end.  It was not the Leicester City result we were hoping for yet we were satisfied, wanting more but also satisfied. 

    After seeing the Icelandic players and staff give their relentless and cheering fans a final and farewell VIKING CLAP, I believe it was an appropriate good bye. They were led by their teary eyed captain Aron Gunnarsson and their rock in the defense Ragnar Sigurdsson.  They fully demonstrated to everyone what it means to have national pride.  And just like heroes, they received a welcome back home that they fully and completely earned.  I want to take the time to thank Iceland but I will not give them one final VIKING CLAP because Russia 2018 and I hope to clap with them. 

 

Spring Season Recap

4/9/2016 Brandeis FC Legends – 2-1 W [HOME] Turf field

Only game two of the season and it was another hard fought battle until the end of the match. Brandeis is an immensely physical side with great fitness, their determination as team was felt by the Rogues for the full 90 minutes. Overall the Rogues had the upper hand with possession and positive ball movement. And in the end we prevailed with gaining the advantage with a late team goal finished off by Eder Batista. 

4/16/2016 Groton House - 3-1 W [HOME] Turf field

We the Rogues solidifying the pieces of the team together and utilizing the space in this wide open game with Groton House. We were able to utilize the wings to our advantage, specifically on counter attacks. As we opened up the opposition by utilizing the wings, we were able to play through the middle in the final third of the field. To say the least it was a fun match against a solid opposition. After the match Groton joined us at one of our local sponsors EP Yacht Club, which was much appreciated. We will make sure to return the favor when we visit their home town. 

4/30/2016 UNations FC - 0-0  T [HOME] Grass field

Unlucky to say the least, with the Rogues hitting 3 posts, missing several breakaways, and the majority of possession it was not the prettiest of days. Unable to score, according to your superstitious individuals they would say it was because it we decided to play for the first time the on small, sloppy grass field at Brown University. Regardless the Rogues dropped two points, almost three luckily our goalkeeper Andres Mazo came up big with a penalty save and a breakaway save to save that one point. In the previous week Jason Rego received a three match ban from receiving a red card in the US Open Cup.

5/7/2016 Longwood FC - 1-0 L [AWAY]

Devastating to say the least, it was our first loss on the season. With dominating possession the Rogues were once again unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Longwood FC, a well organized side with defensive shape and smart decision makers were able to take advantage of their minimal opportunities netting one to take the game 1-0. Longwood FC is great competition and we look forward to the rematch in the second half of the season at our home, Brown University. 

5/14/2016 OHP Gunner - 7-0 W [HOME] Turf field

The Rogues looking to rebound after two weeks of dropping points, it was time to step it up. Both teams were scrambling to field 11 players on a hot and humid day on the turf. With two minutes to spare the Rogues were able to get our fellow soldier Bobby to field a full squad. With Jason Rego on the side line watching his the match serving his final match in his three match ban. With a shortage of guys on both teams the ref decided to add in an extra water break in each half to keep the players hydrated. By the end of the match the Rogues were filled with joy, getting back on track fighting to reach the top of the table. 

5/21/2016 Inter Boston FC – 8-1 W [AWAY]        

Rogues 8, Inter Boston 1 – (15 Goals in 2 Games)

(May 21, 2016) - The Rogues continued their offensive onslaught with an impressive 8-1 victory over Inter Boston FC on the road in Waltham, Mass. After a 7-0 victory the week before, the boys from Providence have now blasted home (or I guess you could say toe poked, right Dre…) 15 goals in the last two games. Some much-needed offense after struggling to click in the opening weeks. Win puts Providence City FC at 5-1-1 with 16 points, 2 behind leaders Longwood FC.

A short and narrow field allowed for the quick counter attack, and while the young guns on the outside took full advantage, we also saw some highlight-reel goals from the big strikers Mo Abarak and Dre Perdomo.

Another solid performance from the back line and two or thrfee well-timed saves from keeper Dre Mazo saw us head back to RI all smiles. Thank you to our sponsor for the game, Stevie D’s in Riverside, RI!

Some quick hits for you Providence City FC faithful out there: 15 goals in two games, most goals scored (22), least against (5) in D3 South, highest goal differential in BSSL (+17), not a single player in the top-10 in scoring.  Of the 6 players on the roster that haven’t scored yet this season, 4 play center back.

The following matches will be postponed to the second half of the season:

 

Jun-11: Providence City FC - SSJ Boston (HOME @ Brown University)

Jun-18: Coastal United FC - Providence City FC (AWAY)

 

Game 1 - 4/2/2016

4/2/2016 Mass Young Gunners – 2-1 W [HOME]

    Kickoff to year two of Providence City FC started with a positive result. Without any training sessions or scrimmages, this was the first test we had with our starting eleven. The first ten minutes of the match started off rough lacking any flow or chemistry with the ball. As the game progressed the Rogues pulled it together starting to find our offensive identity playing tiki taka soccer. On the defensive end it clicked from the time the whistle was blown, with 11 guys behind the ball when the opposing team possesses the ball keeping it condense. A team full of blue collar work ethic, our transitions were the key to our success.