Straight after the season ended the team went on tour to Vietnam for a 4 team tournament.
I’m not sure why, I’d have thought that at the end of this season the players just wanted to have a break, but would guess it is a J-League initiative to try to publicise the J-League for those teams which didn’t make the playoffs (Okayama played Myanmar for example).
Many of the more experienced players didn’t travel (Kamiyama, Naruoka, Sakata, Koga, Kazuki, Kobara, Samir), and I guess that a few of them won’t be in the plans for next season. Was good to see Jogo go, maybe he will be at Avispa again next season.
Taking a lot of the younger players they actually had a team I would like to watch, but also one with only 3 defenders so Sueyoshi would play at right-back (a position I think he should try).
The results were not great:
Game 1 : Avispa 1 : 0 SHB Da Nang
Game 2 : Avispa 0 : 2 Gremio Barueri (Brazil D2)
Game 3 : Avispa 2 : 2 Sai Gon Xuan Thanh
Which meant they finished 3rd in the 4 team group.
I was glad to see Ushinohama getting games, but confused as to why Okada played. Presumably he isn’t going to be at the club in a week, why not give Son more playing time?
Now the games are all finished, and contracts will be finishing (all contracts will have needed to last beyond the final play-off game this weekend) we will start to see how the squad looks for next season.