Thunder Bay Chill News Release - www.thunderbaychill.com
Friday, June 5, 2015
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Thunder Bay Chill (1-0-1, 4pts) welcome the Heartland division leaders Springfield Synergy FC (2-1-2, 8pts) for back-to-back games this Friday and Saturday at tbaytel Field at the Fort William Stadium. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Since Springfield, previously known as the Demize, entered the PDL, it has never beaten the Chill, but managed to get its first point from Thunder Bay last year in a 1-1 draw in Springfield. The Chill are 18-0-1 all-time against Synergy FC and have outscored them 51-6. However, this is a team not to be taken lightly. Springfield improved significantly in 2014 and is coming into Thunder Bay after tying their last two games 1-1 against WSA Winnipeg on Wednesday night and 0-0 against the Des Moines Menace last Saturday night.
“We have been working very hard this week to prepare for Springfield,” said Chill head coach Giovanni Petraglia. “It has been two weeks since we played in St. Louis, and we need to bring the intensity to an even higher level in order to beat Springfield this weekend.”
The Chill are expecting captain Zetroy Robertson to see his first PDL action of the year after being sidelined with a groin injury and not playing in St. Louis. With injuries to goaltenders Daniel Alvarado and Michael Miller, the Chill may have 18 year old and former Canadian National U17 keeper Daniel Milton in goal this weekend. Milton is still awaiting International Clearance prior to being approved to play. Milton won a bronze medal with Canada at the CONCACAF Men’s U17 Championships in Panama in 2013 and also represented Canada at the FIFA U17 World Cup that same year in the UAE.
The Chill also welcome back midfielder Pedro Adan, who last played with the Chill when they claimed the PDL's Central Conference championship in 2013.
“Adan was a big part of our team that year that went to the PDL National Championship Game in Austin, Texas,” said general manager John Marrello. “He actually scored in the second minute and had us up 1-0.”
The Chill eventually lost that game 3-1 after going down to 10 men in the fourth minute
“These two games this weekend will be a real test for us, and give us a good feel of how competitive we will be with teams like Springfield and Des Moines,” added Marrello.
Friday night’s game will feature new local band Tourist Bureau, who will be performing the national anthems and a few of their new material at half time. Friday night is also Fort William Historical Park Night where members of the Park come to promote the World’s Largest Fur Trade Post.