NICK LEYDEN - Friday, August 20, 2010
Tony Taylor and Bryan Arguez will hope to regain their starting spots when Estoril visit Oliveirense in the Taça da Liga on Sunday.
After Taylor and Arguez earned starts in Estoril's first game of the season, a 1-1 tie at home to Varzim, coach Vinícius Eutrópio opted to leave both Americans out of the lineup for the team's second game, another home tie against Santa Clara.
As Os Canarinhos prepare for the final first round game of the Taça da Liga neither Florida native is guaranteed to recover their spot.
Competition for playing time has increased after Estoril's influx of new attacking talent was on display last week, with Clodoaldo performing well in his debut and fellow Brazilian Alex Afonso scoring a goal and becoming the only forward to start both games.
Adding to the competition is the recent addition of striker Paulo Sergio, whose paperwork has just been completed following a loan from Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro. Compatriots Murilo Ceará and Tiago Bernadini also join Paulo Sergio as late arrivals to Estoril, bringing the total number of Brazilians on the Traffic Sports operated team to 15.
A win in the Estádio Carlos Osório would mean that Estoril would advance in second place, one point behind Oliveirense who have already guaranteed passage to the next round. It is possible for Os Canarinhos to leave Oliveira de Azeméis without the full three points, though, and still advance if the other Group C game finishes in a tie.