A perfect Sunday sends FCB top with 3 games to go


CD Unión el Parque111Loss
FC Británico022Win

Vocal fry, board-shorts, The Wellness Industry, those stupid ginger shots you can get from Pret that cost about £5: California has a lot to answer for. It has wreaked havoc on this world with its glitz, gloss and superficial charm. And, if it wasn’t for Brian Wilson’s ahead of its time genius in creating The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds, I’d have been very happy to have ruled out the whole place entirely. 

That was the case… until Sunday, when two of its greatest exports put in inspired performances to help FCB come from 1-0 down to topple league leaders Union El Parque and head to the top of the table with three games to go. 

Yes, with 89 minutes on the clock, EQ (LA?) met Landon’s (San Diego?) cross perfectly to flick the ball past an outstretched El Parque ‘keeper, to complete the comeback and set off incredible scenes in the stands, on the pitch and on the bench, led by grandad Rami.

A goal had been coming. 

It had been a nervy, high-tempo game befitting of a top of the table clash. Despite a pretty solid half FCB went in one-nil down at half-time thanks to a fantastic 40-yard volley from the then league leaders’ striker. 

FCB had created some attacks down the flanks but nothing of any real substance, and neither team were able to build up play effectively through the thirds. 

Coach Si spoke well in the changing rooms but El Parque came out strong and it looked like it was going to be their day when FCB had a penalty awarded against them for a handball in the area. 

It was the sight of this penalty flying 20 yards over the bar that really changed the game. El Parque looked shattered and FCB had a new-found belief. 

The game was scrappy but FCB started winning the marginal battles and found themselves on top. 

El Parque had brought a strong contingent, with some extra Canillejas fans coming along for good measure, but FCB didn’t let that rattle them and went about their business professionally and continued to pile on the pressure. 

Again, it looked like it wasn’t going to be the Brits’ day when they had a shot cleared off the line excellently by the El Parque captain, but soon after this the boys in black were able to draw level when Landon cut back to captain Cal who beautifully guided the ball into the far top hand corner. 

FCB were always going to go for the second. El Parque hit the deck and wasted time, aware that the game – and top spot – might be slipping away from them. 

And then it came, from the unlikeliest of heads, from the greatest of crosses, from two men native to the greatest of all the fifty states. Landon’s (San Diego?) cross. EQ’s (LA?) header. Bedlam. 

Two FCB goals, one for each of the new FCB additions (congrats Omar & Ed).

Top of the league, three games to go.

Man of the Match: Landon Green
Goal of the Match: EQ

CD Unión el Parque

FC Británico

1Marco Luna Goalkeeper
4Arren Sutfcliffe Defender
7Mads Rasmussen 16 Forward
8Calum Cant Midfielder 79'
9Harry ‘Jax’ Newman Forward
15Gonzalo Yaya Defender
23Mats Blyth 10 Midfielder
24Yaron Bacher 19 Defender
25Josh Emerson 2 Defender 49'
26Landon Green Midfielder 79', 89'
32Will Sewell Midfielder 60'
2Ramiro Pérez Toledo 25 Defender
5Andrew McLeod Defender
10Erik ‘EQ’ Quevedo 23 Midfielder 89'
16Luigi Bosetti 7 Midfielder
18Paco Garcia Midfielder
19Rafael Perez 24 Defender
21Karlos Wysom Defender
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