Courtesy of the Orlando SeaWolves
As November nears and the kickoff of the MASL 2019-20 season, the SeaWolves co-owner Rich Curtis breaks down players to watch in the club’s second season.
“Standing at 6’1” Tapia will be one of the tallest SeaWolves on the turf this year. He is joining fellow Mexican Osvaldo Rojas on the attack and if teamed together, could make for a brutal 1-2 punch. His record of 40 goals in 40 games in MASL is good, but when complimented with the right lines he could be dominant. I watched some video from his El Paso Coyotes days and liked what I saw. He’s a big man with a rocket for a right boot that can shoot difficult volleys and he’s quick on clean up”.
“A captain and one of last year’s top defenders, Sandoval knows that more needs to be done to keep the goals against down. A good leader and ball handler who sees the field well from the back, he notched 13 assists last year. His speed will be key in transitions, as I haven’t seen an opposing player that he can’t catch on the break. In case you missed it, Sandoval has been globetrotting and playing in high level futsal tournaments honing his skills. He told me that he’s been putting in hours of HIIT training and focusing on his one on one game. Expect Sandoval to be even better this year given his training regimen and expanded experience.”
“A crowd favorite for his strong-arm attacking, No. 77 is coming back. Last year, Rojas put up 10 assists and 23 goals in as many games. With a nearly 33 percent shooting average, I’d like to see him put even more shots on goal in 2019/20. Rojas is a threat to any defender who attempts man coverage and I’ve heard he’s gotten stronger in the off-season. With the right line balance we expect Rojas to be a top 10-point man this year. I chatted with Rojas who predicts driving the club to a playoff party in early 2020.”
“The new Colombian forward is coming off a championship season with Don Roge of LMFRP (Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido Profesional). Speaking of Rapido, Cifuentes is a fast 5’5” attacker who earned second best honors in his club’s MVP point ranking this year, playing only half of the season with them. When asked what he’s doing to prepare for the season, Cifuentes said that he’s been doing ‘a lot of strengthening’ and preparing mentally. I expect Cifuentes to provide significant scoring and rack up even more assists.”