Saturday will feature an incredible match as the New Orleans Jesters hit the road to face Southern States SC. This will be the Jesters’ first match of the U-19 pilot.
New Orleans’ U-19s are led by a talented and experienced technical staff.
Head coach Igor Siscov is a current Jesters player who spent time as a professional in Europe. Assistant coach Adam Toras, a longtime player for the Jesters, played at Christian Brothers University where he captained the Memphis-based NCAA team. Assistant coach Jose Santos played for Archbishop Shaw High School before joining West Virginia University where he was named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team.
New Orleans Jesters Director of Soccer Kenny Farrell has high expectations for the weekend.
“I’m personally looking for a solid team performance from the group,” Farrell said. “We have a very young team and this will be the first proper match that the full squad has played together so it will be a tough test. I am confident in their abilities however and if they play properly and work hard then they are very capable of getting a result.”
Southern States SC head Carl Reynolds just happens to be one of Farrell’s former players.
“We will treat New Orleans with the utmost respect,” Reynolds said. “I have known the organization for a long time and have no doubt they will be fully prepared. Our main focus will be to continue to improve the details in our game and concentrate on getting those right.”
Reynolds’ squad was impressive in last week’s 3-0 win over Pensacola and he is hoping to carry that positive momentum into the match against the Jesters.
“We are still very new as a group so we want to continue to keep a beginner’s mind when it comes to training and games,” Reynolds said. “Our guys are smart enough to understand that every game is different and the more games you win the more the next opponent will want to beat you. A win always provides good momentum and our hope is that we can produce the same momentum for ourselves this weekend.”
The Jesters are looking forward to taking the pitch in an official match.
“Coach Siskov has had the group together for several weeks now and the players have been training very hard,” Farrell said. “It’s been a challenging preseason in many ways because of COVID-19 but we did manage to play a couple of scrimmages which was good. I think technically the squad still has some work to do but as a group they are looking forward to kicking off the season. I am very confident in Coach Siskov and his technical staff and I know that he has built a great chemistry in the squad.”
It’s clear that this match will be one to watch for on MyCujoo this weekend.
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