Seacoast United Phantoms PDL team started their seasons campaign with an unlucky 1-0 defeat. Two contrasting philosophies went head to head, with the attractive short passing game of Seacoast and the long ball power game adopted by MPS Portland Phoenix.
Phoenix took the lead in the first half after 25 mins, when a slight error in midfield allowed one of their midfield players to break loose and finish into the left hand corner of the net. The Phantoms recovered and went on to create two 1 v 1 situations with both Danny Hernandez and Steve Palumbo both rounding the goalkeeper only to lose their footing at the vital moment.
The second half saw the Phantoms assert their passing style and created several chances with Hussein and Palumbo both going close.
The Phantoms nearly leveled, when Hernandez met a cross from 4 yards out and looked certain to score only to pull his shot wide hitting the outside of the post.
Phoenix retaliated with two counter attacks of their own with goalkeeper Will Pike making two saves to keep the score at 1-0.
The Phantoms then made three substitutions with Robby Palumbo replacing Matt Glode, Marc Dejessouho replacing Hernandez and Joe Corsello replacing James Palumbo.
The Phantoms continued to push for the equalizer, but were unable to strive towards that elusive goal. Overall it was a promising start from the PDL team which consisted of seven home grown players in the starting eleven, a concept the club will continue to promote.