The Top Team
The top team shut out Kyoto Sanga F.C. 3-0 in Match 20, marking the second time they had three victories in a row this season. Although their winning streak ended in the following match against Ehime FC with a 1-1 draw, Omiya finished the month of June with no losses. They won Match 22 against JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Match 23 against Oita Trinita, going eight straight matches without a single loss. Omiya is tentatively ranked seventh and only 3 points away from the top in goal difference. Meanwhile, they were knocked out of the Emperor’s Cup competition, losing to Vegalta Sendai 0-1 in the third round.
FW Genki Omae was selected for the first time as the “Meiji Yasuda J.League Mastercard Priceless Japan Monthly MVP” for June. The J.League screening committee’s overall evaluation stated that Omae scored four goals in five matches, came in second in the top goal scorer rankings, and contributed to Omiya’s “no loss” record in the month of June.
DF Hiroto Hatao joined Omiya on a limited-term transfer from Nagoya Grampus. Hatao will play at Omiya until January 31, 2019. Hatao has played in 52 J1 matches, scoring one goal. This will be his first time to play in the J2 league.
The Omiya Ardija youth team overwhelmed Yamanashi Gakuin High School with a 5-0 shutout in Match 6 of the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Prince League 2018 Kanto. They had a scoreless draw with Mitsubishi Yowa SC Youth in Match 7 and lost 3-4 in Match 8 to Maebashi Ikuei High School, but bounced back with a 2-1 victory against Yokohama F. Marinos Youth in Match 9. They are in second place with 4 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws.
DF Miran Ichihara of the junior youth team was selected to the U-15 national team. He will play on the Japan U-15 national team that will participate in the “EAFF U15 Boys’ Tournament 2018” in China PR.
On June 16, before the Omiya Ardija top team played Match 19 against Mito Hollyhock, soccer school students from Omiya and Mito played a friendly match and watched the top teams play afterwards. 41 students from Ardija’s soccer school in fourth to sixth grade took part and enjoyed playing football with other school students. The Ardija students shared the excitement together as the team they support captured a win.
The “Saitama Soccer Festa 2018” will take place at NACK5 Stadium Omiya on September 24. Various events will be organized, including the “20th Anniversary OB Match supported by Takeuchi Denki” featuring former players of Omiya Ardija and Urawa Reds.
All 54 J.League clubs have come together to organize a fund-raiser titled “Team as One” to support the areas and help the people affected by the heavy rain and typhoon No. 7 in July. On the 23rd, the day of the match against Oita Trinita, nine top team members from Omiya helped out with the fund-raising activity and collected 434,490 yen. The fund-raising activity is on going at the stadium during home matches and at the club shop. The funds collected will be donated through the Red Cross “Contribution to Support the Areas Affected by the July 2018 Torrential Rain”.
Omiya Ardija signed an Official Partnership contract with new marketing partner, KODEN CO.,LTD. KODEN CO.,LTD will sponsor a “Carbon Offset Program” at seven home matches at NACK5 Stadium Omiya.