The first team suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Stal Mielec at Bushwick Inlet Park on Sunday afternoon. Despite dominating the entire game, the Kickers lacked the last pass to get many clear chances on goal. On the chances they did create, they absolutely could not find the net, seeing rebounds and loose balls in the box get sent wide or over the goal. All it took was one opposing attacker to slip behind the defense and roll a ball into the net, allowing the Poles to kill off the rest of the game playing defense.
The ever-shining beacon of light that is the Manhattan Kickers Reserve team triumphed in a battle of wits and strength against Stal Mielec, scoring two goals to none against a team that has historically given them trouble. This time 14 players showed up, and the Kickers Reserves peppered the Stal goal with shots. The breakthrough came from a great through ball to the newly refurbished Almir Hot, which he duly finished. The second came off of a great diagonal ball to Dennis, who beat his marker before being taken down rugby-style to win a penalty. Almir Hot made it three goals in two games from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way to boot. It could have been so much more, with at least five clear-cut chances and some suspect offsides calls, but the Kickers settled comfortably with the 2-0 win.
Kickers Premier drew in a disappointing 0-0 affair against the Celtic Legends. Nick Bill missed a wide open net in the 25th minute (the Kickers best chance of the day). Mike FitzGerald made several heroic saves, including a one-on-one late in the match to preserve the clean sheet.
Kickers Legends capitulated and lost its top of table position by losing 5-2, despite being clearly the better team and dominating the game. The Kickers may have made the mistake of playing a high line against a weak team, giving up three goals from offside plays that were not called, and two more on free kicks. Overall, a bad day, though Gilad Bloom and DJ Stewart bagged the consolation goals.