Thursday, June 14, 2007

River - Velez: The Preview

Tomorrow (yes.. Friday) we will be facing Velez Sarsfield, in what will thankfully be the official ending of a horrible and painful season. The match itself will be played in El Nuevo Gasometro, San Lorenzo's stadium, due to River's field being suspended. When we play as the home side elsewhere, we tend to host the games at Velez's stadium. This time, though, we cannot do that since they will be our rivals.

"Los Millonarios" are very likely to field the following squad:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Danilo Gerlo-Emmanuel Martínez-Cristian Villagra;
Diego Galván-Fernando Belluschi-René Lima-Matias Abelairas;
Radamel Falcao Garcia-Marco Ruben;

Many players will be missing tomorrow: Federico Lussenhoff, Victor Zapata, and Ernesto Farias are all suspended. Augusto Fernandez, meanwhile, isn't 100% fit and the team prefers to save him for the next semester. A big surprise could be the exclusion of Carrizo: Bernardo Leyenda has been playing as the starting keeper in the last few training sessions, due to Juan Pablo training with the National Team. Since the game has no importance and Carrizo might be exported to Europe soon, Passarella may opt to give the ex-Velez goalkeeper a chance.

Last week's game vs. Nueva Chicago was Victor Zapata's last game with River's jersey (thank god!). His contract will expire soon, and a suspension will not allow him to play an additional 90 minutes for us. Ernesto Farias may also be in a similar situation: the only difference is that if he leaves it would be because of a transfer, and not because of his contact. Despite several transfer rumours, Monterrey have backed down and there are now no official bids for the foward. His future in River remains unknown for now.

The match vs. "el Fortin" will be shown live on TyC Sports USA at 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

In other news, River legend Pipo Rossi passed away. Read more here.

1 comment:

Christian said...

I'm sure you're devastated over losing el chapa...

Anyway, I just can't wait for this to be over. The players look dead, Passarella looks lost, and there is so much in doubt over how the team will look next season. This has draw written all over it.

I posted a link to the preview on my last post, and once I figure out how, I'll put you as one of my related links. Chau.