A Season of Mixed Fortunes for Seoul E-Land
It has been a slow start for Seoul E-Land in the 2023 K League 2. After six games, Seoul have recorded four losses, one draw and only one win. They currently sit 11th in the table with a couple of tough fixtures on the horizon.
However, it hasn’t been the worse of times for the Leopards this year. Their FA Cup run has kept spirits high. A run that included a 6-0 hammering of Bucheon and a famous 2-1 win over Suwon FC. Michael Redmond takes a look at what has been happening in the capital, and what is in store over the next few weeks.
Still Waiting for SuccessThe opening day of the K League 2 left Seoul E-Land fans with a lot of promise. A brand new boss brought a new chapter to the side. Park Choong-kyun was the man in charge and he brought in a new squad in the hopes of league success. That hope was quickly dashed however as they fell 3-2 to new boys Chungbuk Cheongju in round one. A game which saw a shell-shocked E-Land go three goals down before pulling back two by full-time.
That was then met with a draw against Anyang away from home. A game remembered for a magical free kick from Brazilian Bruno. More about his free kicks later.
|Bruno scores a freekick against FC Anyang in the 2023 K League 2|
Their first win came in a 4-1 win in Mokdong against Ansan Greeners. It was a game where Seoul fans finally saw what the team could bring to the table in the league. This then motivated them to move forward in the FA Cup game against Suwon.
[LINK: Groundhopper's guide to..... Ansan Wa~ Stadium]
The Magic of the Cup
It all started with a 6-0 win against Bucheon in the second round. The highest winning margin in the club's history. That was then followed by a clash with K League 1 outfit, Suwon FC.
In a game which saw Seoul go one goal down in the first half, a revitalized squad came out in the second half. Seoul pummeled Suwon with chance after chance. The equalizer came in the 50th minute when Kwak Seong-uk put the ball in the back of the net.
|The K League 2 might not look great for Seoul E-Land, but it is still all to play for in the FA Cup|
Seoul now have a few tough games to play. Their next games are, Bucheon away, Gimcheon and Seongnam at home and finally Gyeongnam away. All four teams are expected to be in either the promotion spot or a playoff place come October this year.
A Tough Run In
Bucheon and Gyeongnam played the first playoff game in 2022, with Gyeongnam coming out on top. Gimcheon and Seongnam were the two relegated sides from the K League 1 last year.
This run-in could really be defining for Seoul E-Land this season. If they can get a healthy number of points from these four fixtures, and even climb up the table. Then hope could be restored for the fans. If they fail to make such an impression, then some questions might be asked already of this outfit.
|Do Seoul E-Land have the squad to turn it all around?|