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Chicago LFC Coed (matchday 4)

Large portions of today’s blog post would normally be found in the fiction section of your local book store.  Or in the trash can.  Really depends on the book store.

Did you know that the Benjamin Franklin, or some other old balding geezer from that time period, proposed that the Turkey should be the national bird of the United States of America instead of the Bald Eagle?  Imagine that.  In that sad, alternative universe, we’d have all showed up Saturday morning for our 4th league game of the season, still sick from the ridiculous amounts of bald eagle meat we all ate Thursday night.  Luckily, Franklin’s plot to expedite the extinction of the bald eagle never panned out and it was turkey that had us feeling lethargic Saturday morning.

Some, of course, were feeling more lethargic than others.  And by ‘some,’ I mean the whole of the other team.  Like no one.  Not even some poor bastard who didn’t get the email from the team captain saying they were not going to show.  At least they seem to communicate well.  So the team got there with no one to play against, which suited us very well.  Matt gave them 45 seconds after the scheduled 1pm kickoff, and when no one showed a forfeit was declared, with CLFC gaining 3 crucial points and a 3-0 win.  It was a good thing that they gave us a 3-0 result, because if last week’s form was anything to go off of, the team would’ve scored 2 at most, even with no opposition.

We split the team in two , added Matt, some Carlos wannabe ref, the Brian McBride looking fella and that goalkeeper woman who looks a bit like a clean shaven Johnny Depp.  Well, not completely clean shaven.  The teams were all mashed up and the score could have been 12-12, who knows.  We swapped teams when subbing in and out, so no one realy kept track of anything.  All I remember was the brilliant hattrick I scored.  And when I got in goal I saved everything, even money on car insurance.  There were plenty of goals to go around and while I actually didn’t score any, I’m sure Pat, Mark, Aran, Chris, Max, Arif, Hollice, Brit, Heather, Johnny Depp, Brian McBride, Matt Rosine, little Mexican ref, Michael Jordan, the midget that used to roll with Kid Rock, Santa Clause, Anne Frank, the Soup Nazi, the real Nazi, Donny Osmond, George Muresan, the Pope, Jimmy Carter, Seal, Cristian Bale, Christian Slater, Christian people, Kim Jung Il, John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) and Thierry Henry’s hand all scored fantastic goals.  And Chris wasn’t even there!  Sorry if I missed anyone, like I mentioned, there were a lot og goals and goalscorers to go around.

(Hu)Man of the Match: Seal, no contest.  Though some would argue he is more than just a man.

Move of the Match: The other team calling in….  3 points!


Chicago LFC Men’s First Indoor game of the Winter (Kinda)

Monday the 2nd of November was the Chicago LFC Men’s team first indoor game of the Winter session. Alas it was not the winning start it was supposed to be but it wasn’t the losing start either, which I suppose is good, nor was it the drawing start… let me explain…

We turned up for our 8:30pm game a couple short but confident that we could start on a high for the season. The pitches down at the Indoor Soccer Center (3900 S Ashland) are fantastic, we play 5-a-side (plus a keeper) in a large glass enclosed area which means less stopping and starting (unless it hits the high net roof) and more lung exploding exercise! Sadly though, our opponents had mis-understood the idea of a “Mens” league as none of them had a driving license to go with their name apart from their Irish coach (and I expect mini-van driver) who had entered them to give them some match practise.

The organisers decided that it would be inappropriate and unsafe for them to play in the league meaning we would have a make up game scheduled instead. Seeing as they’d come all this way and looked so keen we decided it would be good to have a practise and play them anyway.

Great idea in theory but in practise it was bloody hard work! They were way fitter than us (as you can expect any group of young men yet to discover beer!) and quicker on the ball. That being said our finishing really let us down and we went in at half-time 1-0 down but against the run of play. Their Irish coach sat at the back superbly spraying around passes and sweeping up at the back making if difficult for us to turn our possession transfer into goals.

The second half had us start well again and Captain Bryn (me!) could have got the equaliser but for a last ditch outstretched leg of the Arctic Monkey’s look-a-like kid. But as we started to tire they kept on going and doubled their lead from the spot after a harshly given penalty was given for a ball-to-hand (and what looked to be outside the box) foul.

There was just time to Andrew to sting the palms of their slightly hands-on and pushy keeper with a shot from distance but the game ended 2-0. Handshakes all round and off home and straight to bed…

Disappointing start but at least it didn’t count!


Chicago LFC Coed (matchday 1)

Today’s post will probably be quickly replaced by the Men’s League blog post, since they obviously love to up themselves.  Let me just point out that if they skip matchday 1, it’s because they lost to 12 year olds.

The Chicago LFC coed team started things up at Mercy Soccer Center & Damp Warehouse, with a noon kickoff this Saturday.  Yes, Saturday.  It took some adjusting, let me tell you.  Then again, a lot of things took some adjusting.  Like the 10ft high ceiling, which was a bit lower than the notoriously B.I.G. atmosphere/sky thingy we had at Rauner.  Or the weird blocked off corner, where the electrical fuses are.  That’s not scary at all.  But it wasn’t necessarily a downgrade from Rauner or Windy City Fieldhouse, Mercy guarantees a fun, fast paced game.  And it delivered. 

Starting keeper Aran Quinn started the season off in typical starting keeper Aran Quinn fashion, saying he had to go see a man about a dog in South Bend, IN.  Hollice Wrobel, gladly/nervously, filled in as she had on many occasions for our scumbag of a keeper.  Though it, once again, took some adjusting.  Captain Dan showed up, and in light of all the adjustments being made, brought along Skinner Sr. instead of the usual Skinner Jr.  Remi joined Dan’s dad on the sidelines as Chicago LFC took the field against a new team to the league (actually they may have played in the outdoor one, but let’s be honest, everyone looks different inside).

There were a few chances early on, though it took Chicago LFC some time to break the deadlock.  Hollice did a great job in goal as well and Chicago LFC were clearly working well together, adjustments and all.  Soon enough, Mark Killeen put CLFC 1-0 up, although I’m not sure how he scored the goal (since he’d score a few more on the day, it’s hard to keep track) so let’s just say it was a cool finish off the counter attack.  Now that I think about it, I have no idea what order or how the 11 goals scored on Saturday came in.  Just play along.  Max then made it 2-0 with a cool finish off the counter attack.  Then came what is probably the goal of the season.  You may have seen it on ESPN’s Top Ten plays of the day, if not you can surely catch it on ESPN’s Top Ten plays of the Millenium.  Chris Liebelt picked up the ball deep within his own half, stepped it past the opposition forward, eluded two defenders around midfield, stepped it past another, then did about 17 stepovers before slotting it past the keeper.  3-0.  I’d say thats about when halftime rolled around.  Or maybe we’ll give them a goal before half time.  Yep, 3-1.  Captain Dan took the team outside for the halftime talk & smoke, so that the opposition couldn’t hear our plans in the dressing room (which is conveniently equipped with two couches and is thoroughly sprayed with Febreeze ‘Damp and Sweaty’ before every gameday). 

Second half was a blur, more good goalkeeping, more goals.  Once again, the order of it all is a bit mashed up, but CLFC always had at least a two goal advantage….. that may or may not be true.  Mark added another goal with a cool finish off the counter attack.  Heather then added one with a brilliant shot from about the halfway line that slipped under the keeper’s gloves.  Chris then doubled his tally with a booming shot from distance, or just a cool finish off the counter attack.  There were 3 goals for the opposition scattered around in there but Mark, who was on great form, settled things with his third and the teams seventh to end things at 7-4.

It wasn’t the best of performances from the defense, Kevin Achettu in particular looking awfully shit and just plain tired at times.  Captain Dan played well at the back, but his out-of-ten rating took a massive hit when he scored a brilliantly finished own goal.  But the forwards and goalkeeper picked up the slack for the team.  CLFC will need to do better when the team meets again next Saturday at we don’t know when our game is yet, thanks for keeping things interesting WCW , to take on new opposition.  Some good teams have transferred over into the indoor league, and CLFC will need to build off of the matchday 1 win if they have any hope of winning anything this season.

(Hu)man of the Match: Mark Killeen (3 goals and anywhere from 2 to 4 assists)

Move of the Match/Millenium: Chris Liebelt (1st goal)

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