Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ontario Fury Signs Five Players From Mexican Development Team

The Ontario Fury of the Major Arena Soccer League announced Friday the signings of five players from their development team, Toros Mexico in the Premier Arena Soccer League, to the main roster -- midfielders Jesus "Chuy" Rivas and Christian Saray, defenders Gerardo "Chivita" Guerrero and Jose "Chivis" Rodriguez and forward Francisco "Shino" Covarrubias.

The Fury open their 2014-15 MASL season at home November 7 against the Monterrey Flash at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

USWNT Clinches Seventh Straight FIFA World Cup Berth With Shutout Of Mexico At CWC

Carli Lloyd braced and Christen Press tallied a goal as, for the seventh straight time, the US Women's National Team clinched a berth in the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup June 6 through July 5 in Canada with a 3-0 semifinal round victory over Mexico Friday at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at PPL Park in Chester, PA, where, on Sunday, they will face Costa Rica, also an automatic berth qualifier, for the tournament title.

Fire End Regular Season With Win Over Dynamo

Florent Sinoma-Pongolle scored the game-winning goal one minute into second-half stoppage time off a Grant Wahl assist as the Chicago Fire defeated the Houston Dynamo, 2-1, in both teams' Major League Soccer 2014 season finale Friday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Omar Cummings gave Houston their lone lead of the match in the 18th minute off a Brad Davis assist, but Jeff Larentowicz tied the game for Chicago on a 66th minute penalty kick.

Chicago closed out their 2014 season with a 6-10-16 record and 36 points to finish ninth in the Eastern Conference.

Houston ended their season in eighth place in the conference standings at 11-17-6 with 39 points.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Crew Finally Signs Finley To Contract Extension

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew Friday announced the signing of midfielder Ethan Finley to a contract extension.

Heading into the final regular season game Sunday at Crew Stadium against the Philadelphia Union, Finley shares the team lead in goals (11) and assists (seven) over 22 appearances and, in 15 of the 22 matches, he scored either a goal or an assist.

Fury Completes Trade With Legends By Sending Aterado

The Ontario Fury of the Major Arena Soccer League announced Friday the completion of an earlier trade with the Las Vegas Legends that saw Israel Sesay and Luis Piffer come to the Fury by sending midfielder Majell Aterado to Vegas.

Aterado was Ontario's first player signing and team captain last season, scoring six goals and seven assists over 12 games in an injury-shortened season.

He previously played on league championship teams with the Major Indoor Soccer League with the California Cougars (2008) and the Professional Arena Soccer League's San Diego Sockers (2009-12).

Sesay (12 goals, four assists) and Piffer (12 goals, five assists) had nearly identical combined stats between both franchises.

Ontario opens their 2014-15 regular season November 7 at Ciizens Business Bank Arena against the Monterrey Flash.

NWSL Sees Four Players, Head Coach Named To Shortlists For 2014 FIFA Awards

The National Women's Soccer League announced Friday four of their players and a head coach have been named to ten-person shortlists for the 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, to be handed out January 12, 2015 at the Ballon d'Or Awards in Zurich, Switzerland.

Named to the Player of the Year shortlist are Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Nadine Angerer (Germany) and midfielder Veronica Boquete (Spain), Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan) and Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach (USA).

Seattle head coach Laura Harvey (England) is on the Coach of the Year shortlist.

Team captains and head coaches of national teams will now select three finalists for those awards and those names will be announced December 1.

FC Dallas, Advocare Extend Jersey Partnership Through 2020 Season

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas and Advocare announced Friday an extension of their jersey partnership, which began June 27, 2012, through the 2020 season.

Among other details of the extension agreement, FC Dallas will unveil a new away kit for the 2015 season and a new home kit for the 2016 season.