The first week of May marks the season opener for Stegman’s Old Boys FC, with all three teams kicking off their season that week.
This will be the first year that the Old Boys compete in the Minnesota Amateur Soccer League, the oldest and most competitive amateur league in the state. As new entrants, the Blues start in the fourth division and look to find their feet quickly with perhaps a cheeky title challenge on the cards.
Supporters will look to a mix of Blues stalwarts and exciting new signings to bring success in the MASL.
“For us, it starts with defense” said Manager Jon Bisswurm, “we’re known to be stingy, and we will rely on the muscle and nous of Sebastian Castro-Malaspina to really anchor our defensive effort.”
George Hanscom, who has looked scintillating at left back in the pre-season, brings verve and guile to the fullback position. Coupled with the pacy Al Vo, who is making the step into the side full time after splitting time with the Other Boys squad last season, and the Blues defense looks to have more quickness about them.
“Pace was something we wanted to address” said Bisswurm “and with George and Al, not to mention new signing Nathan Toldt – we have been chasing him for some time and are over the moon about locking down – we are going to be considerably quicker than we were last year. Not that we don’t need the organization and aerial ability of guys like Dan Hoedeman and Jake Keeler, but we wanted to surround them with some quickness to further improve the unit. And we have one heck of a unit – size, power, stamina. Yep, I went there.”
Player of the Year Sean Webb returns to the Old Boys after serious interest from the Minnesota Stars in the off-season, and the Blues are happy to have their leading scorer and offensive spark plug.
“I’m happy to be back” said Webb in his laconic Florida drawl “with returning guys like Paul [Diegnau] and Petey [Manning] making the runs that stretch opposition defenses, I’ll be able to drift between the lines and create and score and pick dandelions depending on my mood.”
Marquee new signing David Maier, as standout at the University of Pennsylvania, looks to slot in on the wing and should provide trickery, incision and imagination to the Blues attack.
“David is recovering from a foot injury, so we’re watching his MRI and will be getting him match fit as quickly as possible” said Bisswurm “but I am really looking for him and other wingers like Tyler Woodward to provide width and create chances. I wouldn’t have asked the Chairman to sign them otherwise, though, and with these guys we have a real chance to big time the other teams.”
The Stegman’s Old Boys FC MASL team roster for 2012: 1 – Brandon Overlie, 2 – Jake Williams, 3 – Jake Keeler, 4 – Dan Hoedeman, 5 – Al Vo, 6 – Tyler Woodward, 7 – George Hanscom, 8 – Tommy McCarthy, 9 – Sean Webb, 10 – Jon Bisswurm (C), 11 – Daniel Warner, 12 – Dan Hedstrom, 13 – Rob Peichel, 14 – Pete Manning, 16 – Nathan Toldt, 17 – Sebastian Castro-Malaspina, 18 – David Maier, 19 – Paul Diegnau, 20 – Derek Thomas, 22 – Michael Logan