Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OKC Energy FC Releases Wright

OKC Energy FC of USL PRO Wednesday released forward Paul Wright, who started seven of 19 games this season and scored one goal -- on July 26 at the Dayton Dutch Lions.

NWSL Announces 2015 Scheduling Format

The National Women's Soccer League Wednesday announced the scheduling format for the 2015 season with all nine teams returning.

Each team will play a 20-game schedule with a two-week break taken for players to compete in group stage games for their national teams at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

Preseason training camps will open in March, with the regular season to begin in early April and end in early September.

Once again, the top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will advance to semifinal playoff games the weekend of September 12-13 with winners advancing to the championship game the weekend of September 26-27 at the home of the highest seeded semifinal winner.

NWSL Names Seattle's Harvey Coach Of The Year

The National Women's Soccer League Wednesday named Seattle Reign FC's Laura Harvey the 2014 Coach of the Year.
Harvey led the Reign to the league's 2014 Shield title as regular season champion and the team set new league single season records in points (54), wins (16), goal differential (+30), goals scored (50) and goals against average (0.83) and also set new league records for longest winning streak in a season at seven from April 13 through May 14, later matched this season by FC Kansas City, and most consecutive games without a loss at 16 before losing 1-0 at the Chicago Red Stars July 12.

The Reign will host FC Kansas City for the 2014 league title Sunday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

NASL Names Fall Season Week 7 Team Of The Week

The North American Soccer League Wednesday named their Team of the Week for Week 7 of the 2014 Fall Season.


GOALKEEPER
Akira Fitzgerald - Carolina RailHawks

DEFENDERS
Ayoze - New York Cosmos
Jonathan Borrajo - San Antonio Scorpions
Lance Laing - FC Edmonton (NASL Fall Season Week 7 Player of the Week)
Ryan Richter - Ottawa Fury FC

MIDFIELDERS
Cesar Elizondo - San Antonio Scorpions
Daniel Mendes - Minnesota United FC
Walter Restrepo - San Antonio Scorpions
Sinisa Ubiparipovic - Ottawa Fury FC

FORWARDS
Ty Shipalane - Carolina RailHawks
Chad Burt - FC Edmonton

Indy Eleven Signs Brazilian Forward Jhulliam, Will Debut September 6 At Atlanta

Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League announced the signing Tuesday of veteran Brazilian forward Jhulliam, who will debut for the club September 6 on the road against the Atlanta Silverbacks.


He last played for FC Sheriff Tiraspol, the defending champion of Moldova's first division, where he scored two goals over 16 regular season games, scored a goal over five games in UEFA Europa League play, and appeared in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series against Dinamo Zagreb.

Red Bulls Open CCL Group Play By Shutting Out, Eliminating FAS Of El Salvador

Saer Sene and Lloyd Sam scored goals as Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls made their debut in Group 3 play at the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 shutout of El Salvador's FAS, effectively eliminating the 0-3-0 team from the tournament, though the two teams meet again in El Salvador September 24.


New York, 1-0-0 in group play, returns to league play Sunday at DC United, but travels to MLS' Montreal Impact for a CCL match September 17.

Reign Loaning Another Defender To Victory In Barnes

After previously announcing Monday defender Elli Reed will be loaned to the Australian W-League's Melbourne Victory after hosting Sunday's National Women's Soccer League championship game against FC Kansas City at Moda Health Pitch at Memorial Stadium, the 2014 league Shield champion Seattle Reign FC announced Tuesday they will loan defender Lauren Barnes.
Barnes, the tenth overall pick in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft, started 22 of 23 games this season and played 1,898 minutes.
 
As with Reed's loan, Barnes will be returned in time for the start of the 2015 NWSL season.