Friendly Recap and Other News
The 2020 Preseason was one that was quite short for the club as there were only five matches. Due to the Liigacup final the team during the preseason was made up of Klubi-04 and Academy players. During this time the players were able to grasp Gauthier's tactic and seem to have a really good understanding of how it works.
For manager Kévin Gauthier his first preseason here in Finland was something he had never experienced before and had a thought on it. "It was a little weird having preseason matches after the cup and honestly I am still not used to it, maybe next season it will become normal for me."
One of the crazier aspects of this preseason was the amount of goals scored during the five matches. In total the squad scored twenty five goals while only letting in two. The most notable match in the preseason came from the 10-0 win over Warkaus JK. Three players Juho Hiltunen, Julien Benhaim and Ilmari Ylonen all had hat tricks.
In other club news new signing Reece Dodd recieved his first cap with the Australian National Team. He made his debut against Jordan and played really well. After returning to Helsinki he had this tto say, "It was such an honour to get my first cap with the national team and I am excited to be called up even more, being part of my countries national team is such a blessing." Since joining the club back in February he has made an instant impact on the squad and is becoming a fan favorite.
Next up for HJK is the start of the 2020 Veikkausliiga in an opening match against Lahti on the 11th. The first home match is set for 19 April against IFK Mariehamn at kickoff is set for a 6:00 PM kickoff. April also is the start of the 2020 Suomen Cup and the team HJK will face is still unknown.