Fukushima United defeated their opponents, Fukushima University, allowing only a single dodgy PK to make the final score 4-1. They were much more efficient in yesterday's match, beating local fan favorites Bandits Iwaki by a score of 10-0. They play Shobi University in the first round of the Cup itself.
31 August 2009
Catching Up With a Few in Iwaki
On Saturday I drove to Fukushima's southernmost city for the semi-finals of that prefecture's Emperor's Cup representative tournament. I went to meet with Koji Fukasawa as well as to see former Mito players now with Fukushima United FC. Naoya Ohashi, former youth player who became a reserve, was in the stands watching. Yu Tokisaki was coaching on the sideline and Ki-Su Kim would end up playing off the bench. He came on after a very gruesome injury to another player, where the ankle bone was unnaturally visible through the skin. Kim would then be substituted before the end of the first half.