|May 16th 2009, 7PM Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (Yokohama, Kanagawa)|
J1 Competition Record: Yokohama FM 6 wins, 5 draws, FC Tokyo 7 wins
Due to unavoidable circumstances over the last couple weekends, today’s match will be the first for me in about a month. While I’m not exactly the most optimistic given how our season has gone so far, that’s why the play the game and there’s still opportunity for Tokyo to come back and make a strong effort this season.
Unfortunately, we’ll be without two of our greatest assets: prolific goalscorer Naohiro Ishikawa is out with injury, as is striker Cabore. This will undoubtedly weaken our already-decimated offense, which just hasn’t played with the confidence it carried all last season. As a result, Akamine, Hirayama, and Kondo will have to step it up on offense… which they haven’t done so well with all season.
Jofuku is attempting to tweak positions even further by starting Nagatomo on the right side, with yet-to-suit-up Nakamura having displayed great poise as a left SB in practice. Hokuto will join the team lineup for the first time tonight, likely coming off the bench.