So the season is over. It was a great first season in the stands, with some good games to watch at home but ultimately a rough season on the pitch. What are we thinking going into the offseason? Here is my keep/release list
Forwards : Akeem Garcia, Tomasz Skublak, Mohamed Kourouma
Mid: Elliott Simmons, Kodai Iida, Elton John, Scott Firth, Andre Rampersad
Defenders: Zoom Langwa, Chris N'sa, Andre Bona, Chac Hocine, Matthew Arnone
Keeper: Christian Oxner
Forwards: Luis Alberto Perea, Vincent Lamy, Yousef
Mid: Juan Diego Gutierrez, Kouame Ouattara
Def: Duran Lee, Zach Sukunda, Alez De Carolis
Keeper: Jan-Michael Williams.
I like a lot of the guys im saying we should release but the reality is that we finished in the basement and we need upgrades. From the forwards I'd keep I'd say only Garcia should be starting. Skublak and Kourouma are great depth options though. Perea just didn't preform. Even when healthy, he only scored 3 goals in 15 apps. Lamy and Yousef did not contribute.
Simmons paired with John or Rampersad in the midfield was a good block, but without Simmons we were poor. Im still fine with keeping those three as I think they have more to give if everyone can stay healthy. We do however, need a proper #10. I like Iida better as a winger and could see a front 3 of Iida - New 9 - Garcia with a #10 behind them being very productive as Iida can create on his own and Garcia plays well running into space between defenders. Guti just didn't have the impact we needed him to have and was more of a slow, cut in on his strong foot winger. Obviously keeping Scott Firth for development.
Defence was actually not too bad especially finishing off the year and at home.. But we still gave up too many goals considering we couldn't score. I'd love to get Schalle back but to be honest I'm not sure how that works. If we can't get him back we need a new starting CB. We also need new back up full backs because Sukunda and De Carolis were just not good enough. I really like Zoom Langwa and thought he was dominant early in the season. N'sa also had his moments. Bona was probably our best player or at least most consistent player. Hocine needs a healthy year.
At keeper, I remember at least two games Williams cost us by giving up absolutely awful goals. deffinitely had more shockers than great saves this year. He might be past his prime. Thankfully Oxner looked good in nets at this level and its nice to have a local kid earn his starting position. Wouldn't mind having Oxner as the starter going into next year and another local as backup, assuming Williams is on a big salary we can use the money elsewhere.