East London Union

An introduction. A preview. (#Day23)

As the (first ever) 2015–2016 APBA Soccer Premier League (ASPL) season begins, the East London Union begin their Inaugural Season at the Boleyn Ground with high hopes for silverware.

Photo Credit: Matthew Lau // E.L.U. logo derives from the Fugio Cent, America’s first penny.

The Union, directed by Manager Ryan Strauss, are lead by John Terry in Defense, Mesut Özil in the Midfield, and Jamie Vardy up top. These cards, of course, are replicating the statistics of players from the 2014–2015 EPL season. Will this finally be Özil’s breakout year?

With this being the last season at the Boleyn Ground for West Ham United, this season has special meaning to the Union as they look to share the pitch with their neighborhood rivals.

The league, consisting of 13 ASPL (APBA Soccer Premier League) teams, has a player pool selected from 14 hand picked EPL teams.

This is the first known APBA Soccer Draft-by-Mail keeper league in the world, and the league will feature competition for two trophies: the ASPL League Champions and the ASPL Open Cup.

If anyone is interested in competing in the first ever APBA Soccer open cup, please get at me on Twitter (@ryanstr) or just comment here and further details will be passed along.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons // Above: The Boleyn Ground

With a dynamic midfield featuring Özil, Oscar, Raheem Sterling, and Morgan Schneiderlein, the Yids seem poised for success. Lucas Leiva and Eric Dier’s support in the middle of the park behind them should also enable a stingy spine to prevent goals.

The question is, who will start at outside back? Callum Chambers, Ritchie De Laet, Kurt Zouma, and Marcin Wasilewski will vie for starts. Chamber’s, an English lad with high hopes, remains untested and lacking the killer instinct.

Can anyone score off the bench? Theo Walcott, Jordan Ibe, James Wilson, and Javier Hernandez all provide intriguing options.

Brad Guzan’s play in goal remains to be seen. The American played well in the Yank’s first ever win in Mexico last year.

Signing off. Be sure to check in tomorrow for a league preview and predictions on all 13 teams.

— RLS

#Day23, #100DaysOfBlogging

@MajorLeagueSoccer , @EPL, westhamfan.net

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