May 20, 2024
  • May 20, 2024
Valour FC Jordan Swibel

‘Not Too Worried’: Valour Striker Jordan Swibel Believes Results Will Come

By on April 16, 2024 0 1508 Views

Australian striker Jordan Swibel introduced himself well to the Valour faithful over the weekend, scoring the club’s first goal of the 2024 CPL season before host side Vancouver stormed back for a 4-1 win.

The hefty defeat isn’t going to weight heavily on the 25-year-old, who showed early sparks of promise after coming in from the semi-pro ranks of New South Wales.

“Football is a funny game: people will get caught up on the result today, but I think we played very well,” said Swibel after the match. The striker believes the Valour squad will regroup quickly, particularly with a match against Pacific coming up on Friday.

“We’ve got seven games on the road, and that’s one of them. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the three points, but we’ll regroup.”

His first goal for Valour came from an inch-perfect cross from ex-TFC baller Themi Antonoglou, with the Aussie forward nodding the ball home beyond a helpless Callum Irving early on in the first half.

“We worked on it in training. We knew that shifting them from one side to the other would exploit gaps in midfield and defensively, but to be honest it doesn’t matter because we lost the game, so I’m not too worried about that,” said Swibel on his goal.

It becomes just his second goal in professional ranks, with his first having come for Isreali side Hapoel Nof HaGalil in one of his five appearances for them in 2022, before the striker put forth a blistering 16 goals in 28 appearances back in the semi-pro ranks back home with the Marconi Stallions.

If he can keep potent when chances come his way, the Aussie could have a few under his belt by the time home fans can cheer him on in June. Valour will play six more straight matches on the road due to a new pitch installation at Princess Auto Stadium, suggesting the start of the campaign might be the hardest stretch of road for a roster which saw a near-total overhaul.

“I wouldn’t say it’s horrendous, I’d say it’s a good thing for us,” suggestions Jordan. “We have a very strong group.”

Valour FC Jordan Swibel
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

That’s a sentiment echoed by Valour boss Phil Dos Santos, who has urged his team to be ambitious despite finishing last a season ago. As he put it, he doesn’t want to flirt with a playoff spot – he wants to marry it and see what happens from there.

“We have to grab what was good and positive from this game, and be able to be more aggressive in the way we harass the opposition,” reflects head coach Phil Dos Santos. “I felt we gave them a bit too much time and space on the ball, and just keep growing the team.”

Support Northern Tribune On Patreon

He liked what he saw in the opening thirty minutes, but wants to see the team keep that pace for the full ninety. He believes the extended road trip is an opportunity that players can harness to grow unity as a group, but it’s up to them to take advantage of it.

Swibel says the team is looking forward to Friday’s game so they can move on from the result.

“We’re just looking to get this one behind us, park it, it’s one-and-done. It’s a long season with 27 games left, so lots of points up for grabs.”

Header Image Photo Credit: James Glezos

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *