2012-13 MISL Season Preview
Thursday, November 1, 2012
SYRACUSE SILVER KNIGHTS
Coach: Tommy Tanner
2011-12 Regular Season: 9-15
2012 Playoffs: N/A
The Lowdown: Syracuse shot out of the gate in its inaugural season, with the Silver Knights winning their first three contests. They were unable to maintain that level throughout the season, falling short in a battle for the final playoff place to their rival the Rochester Lancers, but have brought back a solid core and added some useful new pieces for their second season.
Key Departures: The majority of the team’s players will return, with the only major departure that of Corey Elenio after his 45-point season a year ago. Late-season addition Enrique Tovar, who boosted the Silver Knights’ offense with 18 points in six games, is also absent.
Key Returnees: 2012 MISL Rookie of the Year Slavisa Ubiparipovic leads a strong returning cast, with the Ohio native looking to build on his 61 points a season ago. All-League selection Nelson Santana also returns after representing the U.S. Futsal Team during the summer, while Andre Berenzon returns after an abbreviated first season in Syracuse that saw him score 20 points in five games before a season-ending injury.
Key Additions: The Silver Knights have added to their scoring punch with Matt Clare, who had a strong 2011-12 with the Norfolk SharX as he scored 48 points in 23 games. Neto also arrives from the Missouri Comets after scoring 41 points last season, while local product Nate Bourdeau, who finished his college career at Rutgers, also has a chance to add depth to the midfield.
Coach’s View: “In terms of the style of play that we had, I’m very excited. I think our style was the best in the league, in my opinion, in terms of excitement for fans to watch. This year I think we’ll be even better, we’ll have more of a system in place, but it will be first and foremost to attack.” – Tommy Tanner