Sunday, April 20, 2014

Galaxy II Takes Over USL PRO Lead In Win Over Blues

Jack McBean assisted on goals by Chandler Hoffman and Laurent Courtois as LA Galaxy II took over the lead in the USL PRO standings following a 3-1 home win over fellow newcomer Orange County Blues FC Saturday at StubHub Center.

Charlie Rugg also scored for the Galaxy II and Edgar Santana had the lone Blues goal.

The Galaxy II now have a 3-1-1 record and ten points and plays next Saturday at Arizona United Soccer Club.

Orange County, 1-3-0 with three points and tied with Arizona (1-1-0), the Charlotte Eagles (1-1-0) and the Charleston Battery (0-1-3) for eighth place in the standings, hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders this Thursday.

Arizona United Gets First USL PRO Win At Home Versus Republic

Brandon Swartzendruber scored the game-tying goal in the 37th minute off Matt Kassel and Joseph Toby assisted on Jonathan Top's 85th minute goal as new USL PRO franchise Arizona United Soccer Club earned a 2-1 win over the Sacramento Republic Saturday at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, AZ.

Arizona United is now 1-1-0 with three points and is tied with the Charlotte Eagles (same), Orange County Blues FC (1-3-0) and the Charleston Battery (0-1-3) for eighth place and host league-leading LA Galaxy II next Saturday.

Sacramento, also an expansion franchise, is 2-2-1 with seven points and is tied with the Dayton Dutch Lions (2-1-1) for third. The Republic hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders next Saturday.

Schoenfeld Strike Leads Dutch Lions Over City Islanders

Aaron Schoenfeld's 41st minute strike was all the visiting Dayton Dutch Lions needed to shut out the host Harrisburg City Islanders, 1-0, in USL PRO action from Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

The Dutch Lions (2-1-1, seven points) share second place in the league standings with Sacramento Republic FC (2-2-1) and host the Richmond Kickers next Saturday.

Harrisburg, 0-1-1 with a point, is tied for last place with the Rochester Rhinos (same) and have road games this Thursday against Orange County Blues FC and next Saturday with the Republic.

Riverhounds, Kickers Play To Draw At City Stadium

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and host Richmond Kickers, both of USL PRO, played to a 2-2 draw Saturday at City Stadium.

Brian Ownby and Jhonny Arteaga put the Riverhounds up, 2-0, before the Kickers leveled the game on goals by Kyle Porter and Matthew Delicate.

Pittsburgh is 0-2-1 with a point and in 12th place in the league standings and will host the Charleston Battery next Saturday at Highmark Stadium, while the Kickers, 1-1-2 with five points and in sixth place, welcomes the Dayton Dutch Lions next Saturday.

Matheson Brace Leads Spirited Washington Over FC Kansas City

Diana Matheson braced and Christine Nairn also scored for the host Washington Spirit in a 3-1 victory over FC Kansas City Saturday in National Women's Soccer League play from Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex.

Amy Rodriguez scored the lone Kansas City goal.

Washington is now 1-1-0 with three points and is tied for third place in the league standings with the Western New York Flash (same) and the Chicago Red Stars (1-0-0). The Spirit head to the Seattle Reign this Wednesday, then travel to Chicago next Saturday.

FC Kansas City, 0-1-1 with a point and in seventh place, faces the defending league champion Portland Thorns FC on the road next Saturday.

Johnson Leads Red Stars In Shutout Of Flash

Julie Johnson scored the game's lone goal in the 59th minute off Vanessa DiBernardo as the Chicago Red Stars shut out the defending league Shield champion Western New York Flash, 1-0, in National Women's Soccer League season-opening play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Chicago, with their first win of the season and three points, is tied with the Flash (1-1-0) and the Seattle Reign (1-0-0) for second place in the league standings.

The Red Stars host the Washington Spirit next Saturday, while the Flash are off until they host the defending champion Portland Thorns in a championship game rematch May 3.

Sky Blue Plays Defending NWSL Champ Thorns To Draw

Host Sky Blue FC played defending National Women's Soccer League champion Portland Thorns FC to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Rutgers University's Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.


The Thorns, though, maintain the league's best record at 1-1-1 with four points and hosts FC Kansas City next Saturday.

Sky Blue is 0-0-2 with two points and is in sixth place in the standings. They travel next Sunday to face the Boston Breakers.