Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fishlock Goal, Assist Carry Reign To NWSL Lead In Win Over Spirit

Jessica Fishlock assisted on a Kendall Fletcher in the third minute, then scored off a Nahomi Kawasumi feed in the 80th minute as Seattle Reign FC took over the lead in the National Women's Soccer League standings Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Washington Spirit at Moda Heath Pitch Memorial Stadium.

Keelin Winters also scored for Seattle on a Kawasumi assist in the 48th minute.

Washington's goal came on a Diana Matheson penalty kick in the 73rd minute.

Seattle, 2-0-0 with six points, host the expansion Houston Dash Sunday, while the Spirit, 1-2-0 with three points and tied for third with the Western New York Flash (1-1-0), Chicago Red Stars (1-0-0) and the Dash (1-1-0), travel to the Red Stars Saturday.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wright-Phillips Hat Trick Lead Red Bulls To Shutout Of Dynamo

Bradley Wright-Phillips became the first English player to score a hat trick in a Major League Soccer game and the first New York Red Bulls to do so since Thierry Henry did that in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Impact March 31, 2013 as the Red Bulls shut out the Houston Dynamo Wednesday, 4-0, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Henry also had a goal and two assists in the victory, which gives them a 2-2-4 record with ten points, good for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

New York next travels to the Columbus Crew Saturday.

Houston, 2-4-1 with seven points, is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings and hosts the Portland Timbers Sunday.

Aztex Add Four, Including Super-20 League Championship MVP Jobe, To Roster

The defending USL Premier Development League champion Austin Aztex Wednesday added four players to their 2014 roster, led by forward and 2013 USL Super-20 League Championship Most Valuable Player Bubacarr Jobe.
Jobe, playing for Force Football Club Academy in the Super-20 League, scored four goals in five tournament games and was named to the All-Tournament Team along with earning MVP honors.

He came to the States from Gambia with former Aztex forward Kekuta Manneh, now playing in Major League Soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and was identified by Austin during an invitational camp held in January 2014.

Also signed for 2014 are midfielder Justin Franz, defender Kalen Ryden and goalkeeper Tom McMahon.

Franz, in his third season with Austin, had three assists in five games last season.

Ryden returns to the PDL after playing the 2010 season for the Des Moines Menace.

McMahon will make his PDL debut after playing his freshman season at Stony Brook University.

Austin will play at St. Edward's University Saturday in a preseason game and open defense of their championship crown May 10 at House Park against the Houston Dutch Lions.

Pride Add Eckerstrom, Weber For 2014 Season

The Colorado Pride of the USL W-League Tuesday added former Ottawa Fury goalkeeper Brittany Eckerstrom and US U-20 Women's National Team player Mallory Weber to the 2014 roster.
Eckerstrom, who also played in the W-League for DC United Women, started 23 games in 2013 for Penn State and led them to the third round of the NCAA Women's Collegethe Cup tournament.

She is also part of the US U-20 WNT and also played of the US' U-17 and U-18 national teams.

Weber led the US U-20 team to the title at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in January with a 4-0 win over Mexico.

Weber had three goals, two of them against Guatemala, the other against Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinals, and an assist in the championship game during the tournament's run.

FC Tucson Signs Three Preseason Players For 2014 Season

FC Tucson of the USL Premier Development League Wednesday signed three players who competed for roster spots during the preseason -- midfielder Andres Acosta, forward Dan Antoniuk and midfielder Martino Rapella.

Acosta and Antoniuk recently played for the St. Louis Ambush in the now-defunct Major Indoor Soccer League; Acosta played in six matches, Antoniuk in 17 and had seven goals and seven assists.

Antoniuk scored a goal in a 3-1 Tucson loss to Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake during the 2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament.

Rapella earned his way onto the team through a January open tryout and scored a goal against MLS' Chivas USA in a 1-1 draw.

Before trying out for Tucson, he played in the Tucson Metro Soccer League and, before that, played in Italy for Calcio Lecco 1912.

Weimer To Miss Rest Of NWSL Season For Spirit With Torn ACL

The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League announced Wednesday forward Tiffany Weimer will miss the rest of the 2014 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during a training session last week.

Weimer was acquired in a mid-season 2013 trade with the defending league champion Portland Thorns in exchange for a fourth-round 2014 College Draft pick and played in ten games last season, as well as scored a goal in a league playoff semifinal game.

USL PDL And W-League Lynx To Play Home Games At Sheridan College

Due to the refurbishment of Centennial Park Stadium for the Pan-American Games, the Toronto Lynx of the USL Premier Development League will play six home games and the USL W-League's team will play two home games at Sheridan College in the 2014 season.

The Lynx's PDL team will open their season May 18 at Sheridan against K-W United FC and the W-League's first home game there will be May 25 at the Laval Comets.