Villa's quest to win the NextGen Series did not begin as well as we'd all have liked. After some very promising early play from the Villa attack - play that led to a 1-0 lead after 30 minutes - Lisbon took over and scored three unanswered goals. It's a bit hard to write a standard narrative for a match like this, since I'm not familiar with the Sporting Lisbon players at all, and only half-familiar with most of the Villains. In that spirit, here are some slightly elaborated notes I took during the match! If you were there or watched on AVTV, chime in with your thoughts in the comments.
Overall, not what we wanted, but there were some bright moments. Hopefully Villa can turn things around and get some points so they can advance to the knockout stages.