NICK LEYDEN - Thursday, August 26, 2010
The Liga Orangina season kicks off for Estoril on Sunday when Tony Taylor and crew visit newly promoted Moreirense.
After successfully navigating the first round of the League Cup with one win and two ties, Estoril will visit the northern town of Moreira de Cónegos and put their undefeated record on the line.
The hosts, too, enter the contest undefeated, having been eliminated despite ending each of their Cup games in a tie, and will be anxious to make a positive start in their new division.
Estoril coach Vinícius Eutrópio is likely to rely on the Brazilian striking tandem of Alex Afonso and Clodoaldo, as he has in the two previous matches, with Jacksonville native Tony Taylor as a primary attacking option off the bench.
Os Canarinhos' newest Brazilian import, Paulo Sergio, may also challenge for playing time up front though after scoring in a midweek exhibition against Casa Pia.
Eutrópio's defense, which has only given up two total goals so far, will be tasked with stopping a familiar face as the Moreirense attack will be led by Gabonese veteran Henry Antchouet, who scored five times for Estoril last season.
Estoril's other American, midfielder Bryan Arguez, has not appeared on the game day roster since being substituted at halftime of the opening game.