Liedtke has recruited a good mix of young and
experienced players. Two who are likely to dominate play are
center fullbacks Björn Lidman and Anthony Giralmo.
They are already complementing each other very well on the field,” Liedtke
said.“They are two solid players that will help our team
A 26-year-old graduate business student, Lidman transferred
from Wilmington College, Ohio, where he played NCAA for four
While there he was chosen All-American one year, and All-Regional
for four consecutive years. Giralmo, is a 21-year old freshman
who comes from Green River Community College in Washington
Other players who deserve to be mentioned are Swedes Daniel
Hook and Christopher Zachrison, both center midfielders. They
freshmen and have both chosen business as their major. Although
young, 20 and 21 years old, respectively, they bring some experience
from the Swedish amateur leagues.
The Green team also has a former HPU player making a comeback,
the skilled Bulgarian, Iovo Stefanov, a 27-year-old graduate
student returning to Hawai‘i from a season as a professional
soccer player with the Wilmington Hammerheads.
HPU students are allowed professional soccer experience, since
the soccer program is not affiliated with the NCAA. The HPU
teams are competing in the MISO league (Men’s Island Soccer Organization)
here on O‘ahu. There are two divisions, and both HPU teams
play in the first division with 10 other teams.
The White team will, of course, try to repeat last season’s
results, but it is going to be hard for them, or for any other
team, to repeat a perfect season. Liedtke said: “The White
team raised the bar for the other teams to compete against.”
Both teams play each other every Friday in scrimmage at the
Loa campus. “Playing against an opponent that strong every
week will benefit both teams,” Liedtke said.
No matter who wins the scrimmage”, he added, “It
will always make both teams prepared for Sunday’s game.
Our main goal this season should be finishing first and second
in the league,” Liedtke added.