This season the team has two
returning players who will add force to the squad. Norwegian
defender Stig Kallestadhas returned from his studies in Thailand.
He is joined by Serbian midfielder Marco Filipovic, and both
are expected to greatly reinforce the team.
Stig is a player with great defensive qualities,” Coach
Scott Liedtke said. “And Marco is very good at controlling
the ball in the midfield.”
Two new players, Tevis Foreman from Cincinatti, Ohio, and Oystein
Helle from Norway, have also joined the White team. The Green
team, last year’s regular season winner, lost four of its
key players—Lars Norbach, David Saadat, Sava Sasic, and
Mike Harding—and has had a rough start this season. Last
season the undefeated Green team set a new island record by only
allowing five goals during the regular season. This season, the
team tied its first game 2-2 against the Brotherhood on Feb.
3, and lost to the Dawgs 0-1 on Feb. 6. On Feb. 12, Green lost
again, to the Honolulu Bulls 2-1.
Green team’s captain, Norwegian Erik Wangen, believes that
the team will have problems repeating last season’s success.
Losing four good players and not replacing them with any new
[players]: of course it will be difficult to achieve the same
result as last season,” Wangen said. “A realistic
goal for this season would be to make it to the playoffs,” he
However, even if both HPU teams make it to the playoffs, neither
would be able to participate. The first semifinal will be played
on May 21, and by then most of the players have already left
the island for the summer. Coach Liedtke clarified the emphasis
for the season:
We have to make sure that either White or Green win the Jack
Sullivan Trophy for best overall record during the regular season,” Liedtke