New York Athletic Club 3 NY Greek American 2 3/17/13

New York Athletic Club 3 NY Greek American  2  3/17/13

Proto-Islamist Garb

Game 36 (Game 4 Season 2)

New York Athletic Club 3
NY Greek American 2

USASA (CSL) (5th Division)
3/17/13 8:00 PM
MetOval  Maspeth, Queens, NY
Attendance: 22

NYGAA sending one in

By the time the second game kicked off I was pretty much frozen to the bone.  This was the third game of the day, and the only thing keeping me watching was willpower, and the simple fact that I was 4 hours from home.  A few more spectators trickled in for the main event, and I made my way down from the hill to the bleachers on the right hand side at the field level.  I set up shop on the back row of  the bleachers next to a guy (or a gal, I couldn’t tell!) With a blanket wrapped over his/her head.  The effect was disarming, presenting a DIY-like Birka arrangement, that had me continuously stealing glances to my right trying to decipher the “It’s Pat” like mystery.  The game kicked off in due time, and I immediately recognized quite a few of the players from my previous viewing of both teams “A” squads,  both of which were in the national cup competitions last year, Greek American’s US Open Cup Region I match against Battery Park Gunners on Randall’s Island, and New York Athletic Clubs Amateur Cup match against the same BPG team in Franklin, MA.  At this level, it seems there is very little roster turnover.  Most players have kind of semi-retired/never quite made it at the pro-level, but want to continue playing, and a spot on a one of these clubs certainly is the absolute top of the amateur heap, so it stands to reason.  Greek American’s highest profile player, Chris Megaloudis was on the field.  Mega, as he’s known, is a Puerto-Rican Greek American forward who saw MLS action for the Red Bulls in 2008, and has also played professionally in Serbia and Puerto Rico, in addition to being capped 19 times with 7 international goals for Puerto Rico, including goals against Trinidad & Tobago, and in a 2010 World Cup Qualifier against Honduras.  Not exactly a lightweight.  (the bulk of the series)  New York Athletic Club’s start striker, I’ll be honest, I don’t know his name but he looks just like a vintage Zack Morris, so until I’m informed otherwise, he will heretofore be dubbed Zack Morris, is also a beast.

The tow headed number 9 opened the scoring on 4 minutes with a tight on the ground turn and blast from just outside the six.  The pass was a beautiful long ball (there is such a thing, you tikitaka sycophants!) service from just over half, which ZM blasted right into the middle of the goal with power.  Athletic Club added another before the Greeks came storming back to tie.  One thing I noticed that was really cool, was there was a guy hanging out his kitchen window taking in the action.  I could see his red sweater for most of the game.  Imagine all the great soccer those residents have seen over the years!  At helaftime one of the old Greek guys who had been hiding up by the snack bar came down and talked to me.  I felt privileged, as they didn’t seem to care too much for outsiders taking in their action, but he was cool, and told me how he had played on this field as a kid in the 40’s and it was all rocks and dirt.  Although I am a strong proponent of grass, I think this field, with the amount of volume it gets, is best serving the community with an artificial surface.  I asked the old guy this question, and he told me absolutely it was so.  Anyway. In the second half Zack Morris struck again, this time off a scramble off a corner, and NYAC completed the two game sweep.  I bundled into my car, cold and exhausted but proud of my three game day, and headed for a long, late trip back to Massachusetts.

Peep the red sweater dude in the yellow house.  Literally the best seat in the house

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