Central Park Rangers players before a match versus Doxa SC on Dec. 3rd 2017. Picture by Andrew Faherty
April 20th, 2018
Seventh placed Central Park Rangers can ensure their stay in the CSL’s top division next season with a win in their next and last match of the season. Sitting one spot below CPR, with two games to go, Zum Schneider F.C is four points away from sealing their spot in D1 next season.
The two clubs will clash on Sunday night at Randall’s Island Field 75 at 8:00 p.m.
Central Park is going into the encounter without having winning a game in the league since Dec. 3rd of last year. However the club played four hard fought draws since then, drawing with fifth placed NY Shamrock SC 1-1, Manhattan Kickers 0-0, NY Athletic Club 1-1 and Doxa SC 3-3 last weekend after being down 3-1.
ZSFC on the other end has been the most successful team at the bottom half of the table in the second half of the season, racking two wins, edging NY Athletic 2-1 and blanking Doxa 2-0; and tying with amateur champions Lansdowne Bhoys 0-0.
Zum’s form in the Spring season lifted them from last place to seventh. However the club lost their last two matches with a collective score of 10-0 to powerhouses Cedar Stars Academy and NY Pancyprian Freedoms.
Last time the two sides played it ended in a 0-0 draw back on Oct. 7th. Nevertheless both clubs have two of the best goalscorers of the bottom half of the table.
Zum’s top scorer is former New York University standout Kyle Green. Green tallied five goals in the league so far this season.
As for CPR, their top scorer is ex-Quinnipiac University player James Greco. Greco registered four CSL goals thus far.
James Greco leads Central Park Rangers in scoring with four goals. Picture by Andrew Faherty
The Manhattan club’s main way of penetrating in their opponents’ box is through short passes but to their disadvantage they will be without one of their starting central midfielder on Sunday, Mouni Kabore, who’s force to sit out due to yellow card accumulation.
As for Zum, despite their previous two matches, their main strength has been their defense. The club owns the most clean sheets in the second half of the table, recording four, versus Lansdowne, NY Athletic Club, Central Park and Doxa.
Three key stats
1. The two clubs are in the top three least scoring teams in the league. Zum scored the least goals in the CSL, hitting the net 11 times in 16 games while Central Park collected the third least goals, scoring 17 times.
2. Neither team has yet to lose to a club from the second half of the table in the Spring.
3. A win will be CPR’s first victory in the league in 2018.
Players to Watch
Central Park Rangers: Gabriel de Foresta
Gabriel de Foresta has been Central Park's most consistent goal scorer in the past month. De Foresta netted in CPR's last match versus Doxa and scored against Shamrocks in Week 15. The 28-year-old is the club’s second top scorer, racking three goals.
Central Park Rangers' Gabriel de Foresta.
Zum Schneider FC: Kyle Green
Standing at 6’ 2’’, Kyle Green is the 10th top scorer in the league with five goals. Green’s last goal was the last time the team scored on April 22nd in a 2-0 win versus Doxa.
Zum Schneider F.C: L L W L W
Central Park Rangers: T L L T T
Oct. 7th, 2017: Central Park Rangers 0-0 Zum Schneider F.C at Randall’s Island Field 75