It was only two games after the opening, but it stood out by far. Um Won-sang (24), ‘Um Sala’ of the K-League, led Ulsan Hyundai’s two-game winning streak with excellent goal-making skills.
Eom Won-sang scored the winning goal with his left foot in the 4th minute of the second half of the 0-0 away match against Gangwon in the 2nd round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at the Songam Sports Town Main Stadium in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do on the 5th, giving the team a new 1-0 victory. led
Eom Won-sang, who led the team to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory with an equalizer in the home game against Jeonbuk Hyundai, which was held on the 25th of last month as the season opener, scored two goals in a row. In particular, he succeeded in scoring with just one shot in the game against Jeonbuk, and in the game that day, he scored a goal with one effective shot.
In the 20th minute of the first half, Um Won-sang, who stepped on the ground as a substitute for ‘U-22 Resource’ Si-young Jang, quenched the thirst of the team that seldom scored despite high ball possession. After seeing Park Yong-woo’s long ball from the rear, he dug into the space behind Gangwon’s defense and controlled the ball exquisitely. Afterwards, he quickly broke through the mark of Gangwon defender Yoon Seok-young, and after passing goalkeeper Yoo Sang-hoon, he slipped and split the goal with his left foot.
At a press conference immediately after the game, Um Won-sang said, “While preparing for the Gangwon match, coach (Hong Myung-bo) ordered a lot to dig into the space behind the opponent. (When I scored) I made eye contact with Yongwoo hyung, and I went in (behind the defense) and it led to a goal,” he laughed.
It is still in the early stages, but Um Won-sang is flying as if to regret last year that the team had no interest in winning the league after 17 years. Eom Won-sang, who joined “Hongmyeong Protection” in the 2022 season, scored the first league double-digit score (12 goals and 6 assists) in his career, playing a key role in Ulsan’s victory. However, the best player (MVP) award for the season went to ‘Captain’ Lee Chung-yong, who served as an assistant, and the best 11 was also not awarded because the position overlapped with Lee Chung-yong. In addition, he had to finish the 2022 season bitterly as he fell into the final entry for the Qatar World Cup at the end of that year. At the time, Lee Cheong-yong openly said, “Eom Won-sang should receive the MVP, but I’m sorry.” 메이저놀이터
Eom Won-sang, who has such a unique motivation, dominates the early stages of K-League 1 with a flame-like momentum. He said, “I unfortunately did not win (individual award) last year, but I think it is because I am lacking myself. I still think that Chung-yong deserves what his brother deserves. He said, “My brother doesn’t have to be sorry,” and “I am aiming for the award this year. I didn’t think about the top scorer or the MVP at all, I was the best 11,” he said.
In addition, Um Won-sang aims not only to return to the A national team, but also to participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games scheduled for this year. If you win a gold medal at the Asian Games, military service benefits are given to you, so you can draw a more diverse future as an athlete. Um Won-sang emphasized that satisfying performance in his team is the priority, saying, “If you do well enough to win (individual award), you will likely go to a good place called the national team.”
On the other hand, Gangwon fell into a 2-game losing streak after losing to Daejeon and the opening round. On the day of the home opener, the owner of the club, Kim Jin-tae, the governor of Gangwon-do, visited the stadium and grabbed a microphone and stood in front of the crowd, but booing poured out and attracted attention. In addition to the cancellation of the construction of a soccer-only stadium, which was promoted during the full-time provincial government, there were reasons such as the mysterious failure to renew the contract of former CEO Lee Young-pyo, who led the club until last year. Gangwon supporters put up banners reading ‘Thanks Lee Young-pyo, Welcome Kim Byung-ji (new CEO)’.