Saturday, November 1, 2014

ESPN3's MASL Game Of The Week To Be B-52s At Sidekicks

The Major Arena Soccer League announced Friday ESPN3 will carry Saturday's game between the Wichita B-52s, playing in their 2014-15 season opener, at the Dallas Sidekicks from Allen Event Center in Allen, TX live at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Dallas lost their home and season opener last Saturday, 13-4, to the Missouri Comets in the new league's inaugural game.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sky Blue Re-Signs Cutshall

Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League Friday re-signed defender Lindsi Cutshall, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 College Draft.

After appearing in eight matches in the team's and the league's first season, she started 11 of 14 regular season games this season and scored three goals on five shot attempts.

MLS Names Final Goal Of The Week Winner For 2014 Season

Major League Soccer announced Friday Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman was named the AT&T Goal of the Week winner for Week 33 of the 2014 season in online fan voting.

Beckerman, who also won this award in Week 2 of the season, earned 24.46 percent of the vote, followed by Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls (23.13), Maximiliano Urruti of the Portland Timbers (22.53), Kendall Waston of the Vancouver Whitecaps (19.46) and Marco Di Vaio of the Montreal Impact (10.62).

MLS Disciplinary Committee Fines, Suspends FCD's Diaz, Issues Warning To Team

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee Friday fined and suspended FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz for Saturday's first match of the 2014 MLS Cup Western Conference Semifinals against the Seattle Sounders for leaving the bench five minutes after he was substituted to be part of an 84th minute fight during Wednesday's Knockout Round Match against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX and FC Dallas was issued a official warning for violating the league's mass confrontation policy for the first time this season.

Impact Chooses Not To Exercises 2015 Contract Options On Four Players

Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact, in the first of many roster moves the league's worst team this season will make, Friday chose not to exercise 2015 contract options on four players -- defenders Matteo Ferrari and Mamadou "Futty" Danso and midfielders James Bissue and Zakaria Messoudi.

Ferrari has been with the team since their inaugural MLS season in 2012 and scored a goal and an assist over 81 appearances.

Danso, who came to Montreal after three-and-a-half seasons with the Portland Timbers, appeared in three games last season.

Bissue, picked up at the league's 2014 roster freeze deadline September 15, and Messoudi, a 2013 Homegrown Player signing, did not play for the senior team.

USL PRO Champ Republic FC Exercises Contract Extensions On Nine Players

2014 USL PRO champion Sacramento Republic FC Friday announced they have exercised contract options for the 2015 season on nine members of last season's team -- goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek, defenders Emrah Klimenta, James Kiffe and Nemanja Vukovic, midfielders Max Alavrez, Agustin Cazarez, Mawolo "Gabe" Gissie and Octavio Guzman and forward Thomas Stewart.

Jakubek had a 6-5-1 record in 14 games last season, allowed 13 goals over 1,049 minutes played and had the sixth-best goals against average in the league for a minimum of 1,000 minutes played at 1.12.

Klimenta was fourth on the team in minutes (2,156) in his debut season and scored two goals over 26 regular season appearances, including a game-winner June 26 against Arizona United SC.

Kiffe started seven matches last season, including all three of their playoff matches, where he assisted on two goals, including a stoppage time goal by Stewart in the league's 2014 Championship Match.

Vukovic, named USL PRO's 2014 Defender of the Year, led the club in minutes last season at 2,380 minutes while appearing in 27 of 28 regular season matches. He has one goal and three assists in the regular season and scored their first playoff goal in team history on a header September 13 against Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

Alvarez scored two goals and was second on the team in assists with seven, including three against Orange County Blues FC August 17.

Cazarez played all 90 minutes in his only match September 6 against LA Galaxy II September 6.

Gissie appeared mostly off the bench in nine matches last season and earned his first professional assist against Orange County Blues FC August 17.

Guzman had two goals and an assist over 24 regular season games and scored the opening goal in their 2-0 USL PRO Championship Match victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders September 26.

Stewart led the team in scoring with 11 goals and recorded three assists over 19 regular season appearances. He also scored their first hat trick in team history as he tallied three goals over 29 minutes as a substitute against Orange County Blues FC August 17 and scored the second goal in their USL PRO Championship Match victory.

MLS, FC Tucson Announce Desert Friendles Schedule, Revised Desert Diamond Cup Schedule

Major League Soccer and FC Tucson of the USL Premier Development League announced Friday the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo will train during the 2015 preseason at Kino Sports Complex's North Stadium January 31 through February 28 and compete in the third annual Desert Friendlies.

Here is the schedule of games (all times in Eastern time; times and match-ups subject to change):

JANUARY 31, 2015
8 p.m. - Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City

FEBRUARY 6, 2015
8 p.m. - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

FEBRUARY 7, 2015
8 p.m. - Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

The two groups also announced Friday, due to their advancement to the quarterfinals of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, MLS' Montreal Impact will not take part in the fourth annual Desert Diamond Cup tournament, also being held at Kino Sports Complex February 18-28, and that FC Tucson will replace them in the field, joining the Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City.

Here is the updated schedule of games (all times in Eastern time; times and match-ups subject to change):

FEBRUARY 18, 2015
7:30 p.m. - Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City (Kino North Stadium)
8 p.m. - Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution (Kino North Grand Stand)
10 p.m. - Seattle Sounders vs. FC Tucson (Kino North Stadium)
FEBRUARY 21, 2015
7:30 p.m. - Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution (Kino North Stadium)
8 p.m. - Real Salt Lake vs. FC Tucson (Kino North Grand Stand)
10 p.m. - Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City (Kino North Stadium)
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
7:30 p.m. - Colorado Rapids vs. FC Tucson (Kino North Stadium)
8 p.m. - Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution (Kino North Grand Stand)
10 p.m. - Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City (Kino North Stadium)
FEBRUARY 28, 2015
TBD - Fifth place game (Kino North Stadium)
TBD - Third place game (Kino North Grand Stadium)
TBD - Championship game (Kino North Stadium)