Tuesday, September 2, 2014

USL PDL's Pumas Promote McDonald To Head Coach

After serving as an assistant coach to Andrew Chapman this past season and playing with the team in the 2013 season, the Kitsap Pumas of the USL Premier Development League Tuesday promoted Cameron McDonald to head coach for the 2015 season with Shaun Scobie to serve as his assistant coach.

USL PRO's Tulsa Roughnecks FC Unveil Logo, Colors, Uniforms

Tulsa Roughnecks FC, one of five expansion franchises in the 2015 USL PRO season, Tuesday unveiled their logo, colors and uniforms.

The team's primary colors will be orange and navy blue and will factor into two of their three kits.

The home kit (above, left) will feature orange jerseys, worn with either orange or white shorts.

The road kit (above, right) will feature navy blue jerseys, worn with navy or white shorts.

The alternate kit (above, center) will honor the original Roughnecks franchise that played in the North American Soccer League from the late 70's to the mid 80's.

Those jerseys and shorts will be with white with a red vertical stripe surrounding a black vertical stripe with red numbers on the front outlined in black.

The jerseys will also feature the original team logo -- a roughneck-dressed soccer player in front of an oil well.

All home and road jerseys will also have a lightly sublimated star on the back with the number 83, recognizing the year the Roughnecks won the NASL Soccer Bowl -- 1983.

NASL Names Sandoval Fall Season Week 8 Player Of The Week

The North American Soccer League Monday named Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Junior Sandoval, who scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC for the first time in Atlanta's history, their Player of the Week for Week 8 of the 2014 Fall Season.

UT State Fairpark Board Approves 8,000-Seat Stadium For RSL's Proposed USL PRO Team

The Utah State Fairpark Board of Directors Tuesday approved plans by Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake to build an 8,000-seat multi-purpose stadium to serve as home to a proposed USL PRO franchise in 2016.

The team, likely to be approved for the 2015 USL PRO season, would play at RSL's Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT until the new stadium is completed.

Scorpions Propose $38-45 Million Expansion Of Toyota Stadium

Though not specifically saying the project is being done for the franchise to be someday considered a Major League Soccer expansion site, the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League announced plans Tuesday to spend $38-$45 million to improve Toyota Stadium.

 The plans call for:

- Expanding stadium capacity from 9,000 to 19,000 seats

- Upgrading field lighting for better television broadcasts

- Adding a "high-powered beam of light" that would project into the sky during games and would change colors after every Scorpions goal

- Cover most sections of the stadium with a roof

- Major increases in concession stands and merchandising areas, luxury suites and other stadium amenities.

USL PRO Names Week 24 Player, Team Of The Week

USL PRO announced Tuesday Charleston Battery forward Dane Kelly, who scored a hat trick in a 4-0 win Saturday against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds that allowed them to clinch a playoff berth, was named the league's Player of the Week for Week 24 of the 2014 season.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Week 24 Team of the Week:

Brad Stuver - Wilmington Hammerheads FC

Matt Dallman - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Babacar Diallo - Rochester Rhinos
Brendon Griffiths - Orange County Blues FC

Mark-Anthony Kaye - Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Austin da Luz - Orlando City Soccer Club
Rodrigo Lopez - Sacramento Republic FC
Zach Prince - Charleston Battery

Jason Yeisley - Richmond Kickers

Matt Kassel - Arizona United Soccer Club
Colin Falvey - Charleston Battery
Adam Mena - Charleston Battery
Fred Sekyere - Charlotte Eagles
Yann Ekra - Harrisburg City Islanders
Andre Auras - LA Galaxy II
Charlie Rugg - LA Galaxy II
Andrew Hoxie - Orange County Blues
Seth Moses - Orange County Blues
Guiseppe Gentile - Orlando City Soccer Club
Adama Mbengue - Orlando City Soccer Club
Miroslav Cabrilo - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Michael Lisch - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
William Yomby - Richmond Kickers
Michael Callahan - Richmond Kickers
Tony Walls - Rochester Rhinos
J.C. Banks - Rochester Rhinos
Jake Gleeson - Sacramento Republic FC
Steven Evans - Sacramento Republic FC
Ashani Fairclough - Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Sunny Jane - Wilmington Hammerheads FC

MLS Announces Week 25 Goal Of The Week Nominees

Major League Soccer Tuesday announced the five nominees for the Goal of the Week award for Week 25 of the 2014 season.

Fans can view the scoring plays of the nominees by visiting www.mlssoccer.com/gotw/2014. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday with the winner to be announced Friday.

The nominees are Kelyn Rowe of the New England Revolution, Robbie Keane of LA Galaxy, Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders, Gyasi Zardes of the Galaxy and Ignacio Piatti of the Montreal Impact.