Two winless teams will faceoff on Monday night when Ashkelon LC (0-2) hosts Tel Aviv LC (0-2) at New Municipal Stadium. The game starts at 7:30 PM.
Both teams have struggled to find their scoring touch, with Ashkelon finding the back of the net just 13 times in a pair of losses last week, and Tel Aviv scoring just 11 goals.
Look for a highly-intense battle as both teams wish to avoid being in the basement and hope to turn their seasons around before the midway point.
Fans are encouraged to come early (6:30pm) to watch Ashkelon and Tel Aviv’s U-15 Academy teams faceoff.
Players to Watch
Tel Aviv LC
Matthew Flapan, Israel Defense Forces – The “Farmer” has been a bright spot for Tel Aviv, leading the team with creative play, and, five goals and two assists.
Noah Knopf, Harvard – Usually a defensive player, Knopf has been filling in on both sides of the field; he’s racked up two goals and an assist in addition to his stellar play on defense.
Jon Rathauser, McGill – Rathauser has been dominating on defense, forcing takeaways and creating transition opportunities for Tel Aviv.
Mitch Goldberg, Richmond – Goldberg is tied for the league lead in scoring with seven goals and two assists.
Seth Mahler, Whittier – The veteran midfielder has been effective on both sides of the field; he’s got three goals and two assists.
Juri Elonen, LTU Finland – Elonen’s been hot and cold; his 15 saves are good for third in the league.
Goldberg and Ashkelon will show their depth on their home field to secure their first win.