The news has been confirmed by franchise owner Diego Santos, and Alex Goldman is the newest member of the Latin Saints. For Goldman, his move to the Saints brings experience and leadership for the young roster. In six seasons with Edmonton Impact , Alex Goldman won a staggering 13 events, and made the finals 22 of the 38 events he played with Edmonton during that time and placed in the Top 5 in 33 out of 38 events. Put simply, Alex has one of the highest win rates in professional paintball history among current active players.
In terms of the Saints, the addition of Goldman brings them one of the best snake players in the history of the game. We should see Head Coach Brandon Short deploy Goldman as the main offensive threat on the snake side of the field and for good reason. Goldman has elite speed and his patience within the snake has developed his style in a way that he can often be placed on an island by himself on the snake side.
With the pickup of Ceelos Cortez recently as well, it isn’t out of the question to see the wildly aggressive Ceelos in the snake 1 attack role, with the more patient and calculated Goldman playing behind him. Much in the same way we saw Impact deploy Goldman and Kyle Spicka to great success. This would potentially give the Saints one of the most potent snakeside pairings in the NXL pro division.
One factor I particularly love about Goldmans playstyle is his timing. While many players tend to favor getting into the snake early, Alex is elite in his ability to create pressure from all levels on the snake side of the field, whether it be the snake corner, or the 50 snake and everything in between. He is essentially able to calculate the level of risk instantly and make the best decision to keep himself in the game. And, in a position that often sees much lower survivability, this advantage has made Goldman one of the best players in the World.
In my opinion, this move paired with the signing of Alex Rodriguez and Ceelos will surge the Latin Saints timeline years forward and instantly make them a threat to make a deep Sunday run this season. They still appear to be lacking a veteran presence on the back line of the field, which could prove to be their entry barrier into the elite of the pro division. But I'm sure Diego will address this prior to event one in Florida.