JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, May 7, 2010
Tony Taylor will try to continue his goal scoring exploits in the final weekend of the Portuguese season, while Bryan Arguez will hope to make a first team return.
After scoring in each of his last two appearances, both as a substitute, Florida native Tony Taylor will hope to earn his first start in the Liga Vitalis when promotion chasing Feirense visit the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota on Saturday.
Estoril, who moved out of the relegation battle in recent weeks thanks to Taylor's goals, have suffered a rash of injuries late in the season.
For the fourth week in a row Os Canarinhos will be missing their midfield engine, on-loan Corinthians youngster Lulinha, as well as fellow mainstay Erick and veteran strikers Henry Antchouet and Jéremie.
In fact, due to all the injuries, the only active Estoril player with more goals than Taylor is leading scorer Calé.
Coach Neca has preferred to pair Calé with fellow Brazilian Moacir to begin each of the previous four games in attack, but Taylor's impressive performances, in just over 120 total minutes, may earned him a start.
The Estoril defense will also be shorthanded, as Arthur will miss out through injury and Captain Marco Silva will serve a suspension due to accumulation of yellow cards.
Feirense, on the other hand, travel to Estoril with a healthy roster. The Brazilian duo of Roberto and Adilson, who have a total of 17 goals between them, will spearhead the attack in Feirense's attempt to vault into the Liga Sagres, Portugal's first division.
A late season surge, in which they have not lost in their previous 12 games, has seen Fierense move into third place. They are two points behind Beira-Mar and Portimonense, who are tied atop the standings and have a tentative grasp on the two promotion spots, so only a victory will do for the visitors.
Former US U-20 midfielder Bryan Arguez has not dressed for Estoril in almost a month, and is not likely to feature in the finale either.