Sunday, May 31, 2009

Freedom Defeat Pride At MD Soccerplex

Lisa De Vanna scored off a Sonia Bompastor assist in the 22nd minute and Cat Whitehill followed up ten minutes later with an unassisted goal as the host Washington Freedom beat FC Gold Pride, 3-1, Sunday in Women's Professional Soccer action at the Maryland Soccerplex.

The Pride helped the Freedom out in the 16th minute when Kristen Graczyk scored a goal in her own team's net.

Their only true goal came when Christine Sinclair scored on a Tiffeny Milbrett assist.

Washington is 3-2-3 with 12 points and in second place in the league while FC Gold Pride fell to 3-5-1 with 10 points and are in fourth place.

Both teams have matches next Sunday -- Washington versus the league-leading Los Angeles Sol at the The Home Depot Center; the Pride hosting the Chicago Red Stars at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Silverbacks Shut Out Destiny In Atlanta

Michelle Buskey scored two goals, Alexa Newfield had a goal and an assist and Cortni Joyner tallied a point as the host Atlanta Silverbacks shut out the Richmond Kickers Destiny, 4-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

The Silverbacks are 3-0-0 with nine points and lead the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division while the Destiny are in sixth place at 0-2-1 with one point.

Atlanta hosts the Cary Lady Clarets this Friday while the Destiny host the Hampton Roads Pirahnas.

Agu Duo Leads Tide Over Mariners

Rory Agu had a pair of goals Saturday as the Tacoma Tide beat the Abbotsford Mariners, 3-1, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Bateman Park.

Ethan Claiborne-Collins scored the Mariners' lone goal.

Tacoma is now 2-1-2 with eight points and in fourth place in the PDL's Western Conference, Northwest Division. They travel Saturday to face the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency.

Abbotsford is a point behind Tacoma in fifth in the standings at 2-2-1 with seven and host the Seattle Wolves June 12.

The Worst Team In MLS Stuns The EC's Best?!

What's that they say about on any given Sunday...?

FC Dallas, the worst team in Major League Soccer entering play Sunday, pulled off a dramatic upset in ending the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Fire's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 3-0 shutout at Toyota Park.

The loss comes days after the Fire beat Chivas USA, the best team in MLS this season and the Western Conference leader, 3-2, Thursday at The Home Depot Center.

Jeff Cunningham opened the scoring for Dallas in the 15th minute off a Dave van den Bergh assist, then got help from an unlikely source in the 35th minute as Chicago's C.J. Brown scored in his own net to put the Hoops up, 2-0.

Kenny Cooper hit an unassisted shot into the back of the net in the 80th minute to preserve the upset.

Despite the loss, Chicago remains on top of the Eastern Conference standings at 5-1-6 with 22 points. They next host the Houston Dynamo this Friday.

Dallas climbs out of the Western Conference cellar at 2-6-3 with nine points and now in seventh place in the standings. They also hand over the mantle of "Worst Team In MLS" to the San Jose Earthquakes, who Dallas hosts at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX next Sunday. San Jose is 2-7-2 with eight points.

Sol On A Roll Over Athletica

Camile Abily and Shannon Boxx scored goals as the Los Angeles Sol continue their stranglehold on the lead in the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer after a 2-0 shutout over the St. Louis Athletica Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

The Sol lead WPS at 6-1-2 with 20 points and host the Chicago Red Eleven, who are tied with the Athletica at 2-3-2 with eight points and in fifth place, Wednesday.

St. Louis next faces the worst team in the league, Sky Blue FC, Saturday.

Lady Eagles Rally For A Point With Hellenic

Hailey Beam had an unassisted goal in the 74th minute and Lourdes Quigley assisted Laura Novikoff on an 89th minute play as the Charlotte Lady Eagles rallied from being two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with the host Tampa Bay Hellenic Saturday in United Soccer Leagues W-League action at the Ed Radice Sports Complex in Tampa, FL.

Tampa Bay, who are 2-1-1 with seven points and tied with the Cary Clarets (2-0-1) for second place in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division, took the 2-0 lead on a Sonia Curvelo-to-Jasmine Johnson pass in the 26th minute and a Sarah Chapman penalty kick in the 35th minute.

Charlotte is 1-2-1 with four points and are in fifth place in the division.

Both teams play again in Charlotte this Saturday.

Clarets Get "Vera" Good Win Over Majestics

Lindsay Vera scored the lone goal with seven minutes left in the game as the Cary Lady Clarets shut out the host Northern Virginia Majestics, 1-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play at Hellwig Memorial Field Stadium.

The new Lady Clarets are 2-0-1 with seven points and are tied with the Tampa Bay Hellenic (2-1-1) for second place in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Divison. Cary hits the road Friday to face the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Northern Virginia is winless in its first three games, are in last place in the division, and host the Richmond Kickers Destiny June 7.

Renegades Score...And Also For Their Opponents

Alissa Oldenkamp had a goal and an assist and Corie Halasz assisted on two other goals as the host Boston Renegades edged the New Jersey Wildcats, 3-2, in United Soccer Leagues W-Leagie play Saturday at Framingham State College.

The Renegades, though, allowed the Wildcats into the game by scoring own goals in the 82nd and 90th minutes to go 2-1-1 with seven points and tie for the lead in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division with the Long Island Rough Riders. Boston hits the road Saturday to face the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues.

New Jersey is 1-1-0 with three points and in seventh in the division. They take on the Western Mass Lady Pioneers, the worst team in the league, on the road Sunday.

Freedom Outlast Rough Riders On The Road

Kimmie Germain, Meghan Lenczyk and Jennifer Parsons scored goals as the visiting Washington Freedom outplayed the Long Island Rough Riders, 3-1, in United Soccer Leagues W-League play Saturday at St. Anthony's High School.

The Freedom are 2-0-0 with six points and equally tied with the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues, who they face on the road Sunday, for third place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Long Island, who got their only goal from Brooke DeRosa, are 2-2-1 with seven points and tied with the Boston Renegades (2-1-1) for the lead in the division. The Rough Riders play this Saturday and welcome the Western Mass Lady Pioneers.

Passion Score Lone Goal Over Magic

Fortuna Velaj ended the first hour of play for the United Soccer Leagues W-League's Connecticut Passion with an unassisted goal to lead them over the visiting New York Magic, 1-0, Saturday at Wesleyan University Stadium Field.

Connecticut (1-1-1) and New York (1-3-1) each have four points and are tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

The Passion host the Western Mass Lady Pioneers Wednesday and the Magic welcome the New Jersey Wildcats June 13.

Pumas Outscores Wolves At Starfire

Mark Conrad and Anthony Kerr led the Kitsap Pumas to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Wolves in a battle of new United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League franchises Saturday at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Fernando Monge scored the lone Wolves goal.

Kitsap, 4-0-1 with 13 points, is tied for the Western Conference, Northwest Division lead with the new Portland Timbers U-23s (4-1-1).

Seattle falls to 3-2-1 with 10 points and are in third place.

The Pumas are at the Cascade Surge Wednesday, then host the USL First Division's Timbers June 9 in a opening round game in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Seattle next plays at the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Friday.

Aghasyan Goal Puts Fusion Over Brigade

Artur Aghasyan scored a last-minute unassisted goal to break a 1-1 tie and force the Ventura County Fusion to play to a 2-1 victory to the host Bakersfield Brigade in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High School.

After Hagop Chirishian scored a penalty kick for the Fusion in the 36th minute to take the halftime lead, Kevin Gallaugher put a pass by Marco Pulido in the back of the net in the 86th minute to tie the game for the Brigade.

The Fusion, 3-1-2 with 11 points, are in third place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division and take on the PDL's best team, the Hollywood United Hitmen, on the road Thursday.

Bakersfield, at 0-5-1 with a point and tied for last place with the Ogden Outlaws (0-3-1), host the Orange County Blue Star this Saturday,

Hitmen Still The Best In USL PDL Over Cougars

Armando Ochoa, Jamie Chavez and Nick Kohlschreiber each had a goal and an assist as the Hollywood United Hitmen, new to the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, maintained the league's best record Saturday with a 4-0 shutout of the BYU Cougars at Pacific Palisades High School.

The Hitmen lead the PDL and its Western Conference, Southwest Division at 6-1-0 with 18 points. They are at the Orange County Blue Star Sunday.

BYU is 2-2-2 with eight points and in fifth place in the division. They get a chance to lick their wounds before returning to PDL play June 9 when they host the Ogden Outlaws.

Legends Beat Seahorses At La Mirada

Kyle Nakazawa and Skyler Thuresson scored goals as the Los Angeles Legends defeated the host Southern California Seahorses, 2-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at La Mirada High School.

The Legends, 3-2-0 with nine points and in fourth place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division, are at the Lancaster Rattlers Friday, long before the Seahorses, 1-2-3 with six points and in sixth place, host them June 13.

Lions Menace Des Moines At Valley Stadium

David Mueller assisted on Mike Utley's 81st minute goal, then had a final minute unassisted play as the St. Louis Lions played to a 2-2 draw with the host Des Moines Menace in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action at West Des Moines, IA's Valley Stadium.

The Menace took the 2-0 lead on goals from Ross Moffat and Jacob Schmoker before St. Louis rallied for the draw.

Both teams share second place in the Central Conference, Heartland Division at 3-0-2 with 11 points.

St. Louis is back in action Sunday at the new Rochester Thunder while the Menace next play Thursday on the road against the Kansas City Brass.

Foxes Hand Chill Cold Reception

Chris Salvaggione had two goals and Byron Cephers assisted on both of Brad Stisser's goals as the host Real Colorado Foxes stunned the defending United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League champion Thunder Bay Chill, 4-0, Saturday at Shea Stadium.

The Foxes, an expansion team, lead the Central Conference, Heartland Division with a 5-2-1 record and 16 points.

Anderson Fernandes and Nolan Intermoia had goals for the Chill, now 0-1-1 with a point and in sixth place in the division.

The Foxes are at the St. Louis Lions this Saturday and the Chill are at the new Rochester Thunder Friday.

Sockers Take The Wind Out Of Tornados

Jose Munoz scored two goals and Victor Olivares Garcia and Carlos Guillen each added a goal as the expansion West Texas United Sockers shut out the DFW Tornados, 4-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Grande Communications Stadium Saturday.

The Sockers and the Austin Aztex U-23s are each 2-1-2 with eight points and tied for third place in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division while the Tornados are 1-4-1 with four points and in sixth place.

The Tornados host the Aztex Saturday, but West Texas doesn't play again until June 11 when they host the new Rio Grande Valley Bravos.

Loizeau Goal Only One Blackhawks Need In Win

Wilfrid Loizeau scored an unassisted goal in the 55th minute as the visiting Atlanta Blackhawks scored a 1-0 upset win over the Nashville Metros in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Nashville's Ezell Park Stadium Saturday.

The Blackhawks and Metros, both 2-3-1 with seven points, are tied with the New Orleans Jesters (1-0-4) in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division.

Atlanta is off until June 11 when they host the Panama City Pirates but the Metros are in action Friday at the Baton Rouge Capitals.

Forest City Wins Second Game Of Season Over Kings

Forest City London, a newcomer in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, improved to 2-0-0 with six points in their inaugural season Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Kings at the Town & Country Sports Complex.

Jovan Ivanovich had a goal for London in the 19th minute off Anthony DiBiase, then Cincinnati tied the game at 1-1 when Josh Albers assisted Branden Stelmak on a goal.

Forest City took control in the second half as Haris Cekic assisted Omar Apodara in the 51st minute and Kevin Zimmerman had an unassisted goal in the final minute for the win, which puts them in fourth place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division standings.

Cincinnati, at 1-4-0, is tied with the Cleveland Internationals for seventh in the division.

Both teams play again this Friday in London, Ontario, Canada, but not before London heads to the Toronto Lynx Wednesday.

Rough Riders Rattle Stingrays

John Pardini and Michael Todd each had two goals and Danny Kramer had a goal and an assist as the host Long Island Rough Riders routed the Rhode Island Stingrays, 7-1, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at St. Anthony's High School.

Long Island leads the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division with a 5-1-0 record and 15 points. They will travel to the Brooklyn Knights Tuesday, then host the New Jersey Rangers Saturday.

Rhode Island, at 1-4-1 with four points and in seventh place, host the Knights next Saturday.

Fury Wreak Havoc Over Phantoms In New Hampshire

Justin Dasah, William Beauge and Brien Chamney scored goals to lead the Ottawa Fury to a 3-1 victory over the host New Hampshire Phantoms in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University.

The Fury are 2-0-0 with six points and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division and host the Ocean City Barons Friday.

New Hampshire is winless at 0-6-1 with a point and tied for last place with the New Jersey Rangers (0-3-1). They host the Westchester Flames this Saturday.

Harris Hat Trick Leads Pirahnas Over Dynamo

Kevon Harris had a hat trick to lead the Hampton Roads Pirahnas to a 3-2 victory over the host Carolina Dynamo in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Macpherson Stadium Saturday.

It was Hampton Roads' first win of the 2009 season and, at 1-2-1 with four points, they are tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic Division with the Virginia Legacy at 0-0-4.

Cody Arnaux and Brian Harrison scored Carolina's points as they are now 2-2-2 with eight points and in second place in the division.

The Pirahnas travel to the Legacy Thursday while the Dynamo host the Northern Virginia Royals Saturday.

Lawrence Goal Gives Brilla Shutout Over Capitals

Nicholas Rich fed a pass to Jacob Lawrence at the one hour mark as the host Mississippi Brilla shut out the Baton Rouge Capitals, 1-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Longabaugh Stadium.

Mississippi is the leader in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division at 4-1-1 with 13 points while Baton Rouge is 1-2-2 with five points and in sixth place.

The Brilla host the Panama City Pirates Saturday before facing the Austin Aztex U-23s in a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup first round game June 9.

The Capitals host the Nashville Metros Friday.

Timbers U-23s Upend Surge At Kiggins Bowl

Ryan Youngblood, on an unassisted goal, and Roberto Farfan, who was assisted by Jared VanSchalk, broke a 2-2 tie to lead the host Portland Timbers U-23s to a 4-2 win over the Cascade Surge Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Kiggins Bowl.

Brent Richards opened the scoring for Portland with an 12th minute goal off Kipp Erskine before Cascade quickly tied it at 1-all five minutes later on an Aaron Patrick unassisted goal.

After halftime, Grant Knight's penalty kick in the 53rd minute gave Cascade the lead befre Youngblood struck in the 84th minute and Farfan did so in the 89th.

Portland is tied for the lead in the Western Conference, Northwest Division at 4-1-1 with 13 points with the Kitsap Pumas (4-0-1), who host the Timbers U-23s next Saturday in a league game, then play their first-ever Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament game against them June 9.

Cascade, 2-3-0 with six points and tied with the new Victoria Highlanders (1-1-3). They host the Pumas Wednesday, then are at the Spokane Spiders Saturday.

Nava Goal Gives Leones Draw With Heat

Juan Nava's unassisted goal in the final minute of the first half countered an earlier goal by Orlando Esteban Bayona as the host Houston Leones and the Laredo Heat played to a 1-1 United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League draw at Soccer World Center Saturday in Houston, TX.

The Heat are 3-1-2 with 11 points and in second place in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division, one point behind the El Paso Patriots, who hosts them this Friday.

Houston is 0-3-2 with two points and in last place. They travel to the Rio Grande Valley Bravos Sunday.

Fire Declaw Lynx In PDL Contest

Andy Adlard scored on a 43rd minute penalty kick and Andre Akpan converted a Mark Blades pass in the 73rd minute as the host Chicago Fire shut out the Toronto Lynx, 2-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from Benedictine University in Chicago.

It was the season opener for the Lynx, who are in last place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division, while the Fire lead the division at 4-0-1 with 13 points.

The Lynx take on the Michigan Bucks Sunday at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI.

Chicago, meanwhile, hosts the Kalamazoo Outrage Wednesday and the Milwaukee Bavarians of the US Adult Soccer Association June 9 in the opening round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament. The Fire then return to PDL play June 10 when they host the Cincinnati Kings and June 11 at Forest City London.

Clancy Hat Trick Leads Express To Win Over Flames

Kyle Clancy had a hat trick and Edison Bilbao added a goal and an assist as the Newark Ironbound Express rolled to a 5-0 rout over the host Westchester Flames in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from McKenna Field.

The Express, 4-3-0 with 12 points and in second place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division, next hosts the Ocean City Barons Sunday, then welcome the New Jersey Rangers Tuesday.

Westchester, at 1-2-2 with five points and in sixth place, travel to the New Hampshire Phantoms next Saturday.

Kickers Put End To Four-Game Home Losing Streak

Matthew Delicate scored off a Joey Worthen pass in the 22nd minute and David Bulow had a solo goal in the 67th minute as the host Richmond Kickers shut out the Western Mass Pioneers, 2-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Second Division action at the University of Richmond.

The victory, which improved Richmond's record to 2-1-4 with 10 points, putting them in a tie for fifth place with the Bermuda Hogges (3-3-1), snapped a four-game home losing streak.

The Pioneers are 1-5-1 with four points and in last place in the standings.

The Kickers host the Harrisburg City Islanders this Saturday before facing the USL First Division's Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park June 9 in the first round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Western Mass hosts Crystal Palace Baltimore Friday and the Real Maryland Monarchs Saturday, then step up to host Emigrantes Das Ilhas of Massachusetts in a LHUSOC opener June 9.

Riverhounds Go Shark Hunting In Wilmington

Tony Labudobski had an unassisted goal in the ninth minute and assisted on Randolph Jerome's goal in the 54th minute as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated the host Wilmington Hammerheads, 3-1, Saturday at Wilmington, NC in United Soccer Leagues Second Division play.

Tommy Gray scored on a Joe Zewe pass in the 83rd minute for Pittsburgh, 2-3-2 with eight points and tied for seventh place in the USL2 standings with the Charlotte Eagles.

Jyler Noviello prevented a shutout for Wilmington with his 70th minute goal.

The Hammerheads are 3-2-2 with 11 points and in fourth place.

Pittsburgh opens play in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament June 9 against the Rochester Rhinos at Marina Dodge Stadium in Rochester, NY, then returns to USL2 play when they host the Richmond Kickers.

Wilmington, meanwhile, hosts the Charlotte Eagles in a USL2 matchup in the first round of the LHUSOC tournament.

Timbers Shutout Whitecaps For First Time In Two Years

George Josten and Ryan Pore led the host Portland Timbers to a 2-0 upset victory Saturday over the defending United Soccer Leagues First Division champion Vancouver Whitecaps at PGE Park for their first win and first shutout win over them since September 16, 2007.

The Timbers also extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.

Portland is 4-1-3 with 15 points and in third place in the league standings while the Whitecaps are 3-3-2 with 11 and in fifth place.

The Timbers host Club America's reserve team from Mexico Sunday in an exhibition game, then return to USL1 play Thursday when they host the Montreal Impact.

Vancouver then gets the Impact at Swangard Stadium next Sunday.

Battery Win Streak Improves To Nine Games

Chris Williams and Kenji Treschuk scored their first goals of the season Saturday as the Charleston Battery improved their United Soccer Leagues First Division unbeaten streak to nine games and remains the lone unbeaten team in the league with a 2-0 win over the Cleveland City Stars at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC.

The Battery are 5-0-4 with 19 points and three points behind the Carolina RailHawks (7-2-1, 22) for the USL1 lead.

Charleston goalkeeper Dusty Hudock had his league-leading seventh shutout this season and his fourth straight clean sheet. He has not allowed a goal scored in his last 377 minutes of play.

The City Stars are 1-6-1 with four points and in tenth place.

The Battery play a two-game series this coming Saturday and Sunday at the Austin Aztex while the City Stars are at the Puerto Rico Islanders Thursday.

Brown Ruins Debut Of Rochester's Marina Dodge Stadium

The Rochester Rhinos had a ceremony Saturday to announce the former Rochester Rhinos Stadium, once known as PAETEC Park, is now called Marina Dodge Stadium.

Too bad the Montreal Impact didn't care what the stadium was called, except the one where they shut out the Rhinos, 1-0, in United Soccer Leagues First Division play.

Montreal improved to 2-3-2 with eight points and are in eighth place in the single standings table. Rochester is 4-4-1 with 13 points and in fourth place.

The Impact travel to meet the Portland Timbers Thursday and the Rhinos host the Minnesota Thunder Saturday.

Casey's Duo Leads Rapids Over Host Red Bulls

Conor Casey took over the lead in Major League Soccer's Golden Boot competition with eight goals after scoring a pair in the Colorado Rapids' 3-2 win at Giants Stadium Saturday against the New York Red Bulls.

Mehdi Ballouchy tallied a goal for the Rapids, now 4-2-4 with 16 points and in fourth place in the Western Conference. They next travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to play Real Salt Lake Saturday.

Juan Pablo Angel assisted on a Danleigh Borman goal and had a penalty kick goal for the Red Bulls, 2-7-3 with nine points and in last place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Red Bulls face DC United Thursday at RFK Stadium.

Dynamo Dynamic In Shutout Over Toronto FC

Brad David, Kei Kamara and Stuart Holden scored their goals in the first 24 minutes of play as the host Houston Dynamo shut out Toronto FC, 3-0, Saturday in Major League Soccer action at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium.

The Dynamo, 5-2-3 with 18 points and in second place in the Western Conference, have won five of their last six games, are unbeaten in their last seven games and remain unbeaten at home at 4-0-2 this season.

Toronto, 4-4-4 with 16 points and tied for second in the Eastern Conference with the Kansas City Wizards (4-4-4) and DC United (3-2-7), has lost two of their last three games and won one of their last five.

Houston heads to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL Friday to meet the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Fire while Toronto hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday.

Jaqua Jam Gives Sounders Draw To Crew

Nate Jaqua scored on a Freddie Ljungberg assist in the 58th minute as the Seattle Sounders played to a 1-1 draw to the defending Major League Soccer champion Columbus Crew Saturday at Qwest Field.

It was the first time Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid met his old team this season.

Alejandro Moreno gave the Crew the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on a Pat Noonan pass. The Crew, 2-2-7 with 13 points and tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with the New England Revolution (3-3-4), are unbeaten in their last seven games.

Seattle, at 4-2-5 with 17 points and in third place in the Western Conference, are unbeaten in their last six games, but five of those have been played to draws.

Both teams play again Saturday -- the Crew at the Kansas City Wizards, the Sounders at league-leading Chivas USA.

Buddle Blast Knots Galaxy, Wizards

Edson Buddle's goal off a Landon Donovan assist was enough to give the Los Angeles Galaxy another draw in their Major League Soccer season -- their seventh in a row -- as they tied the Kansas City Wizards, 1-1, Saturday at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy are on a five-game winless streak

Davy Arnaud, with help from Roger Espinosa and Herculez Gomes, scored for Kansas City.

The Galaxy are 1-1-9 with 12 points, good for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Kansas City, at 4-4-4 with 16 points, is tied with Toronto FC, also 4-4-4, and DC United, at 3-2-7, for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Los Angeles takes on Toronto Saturday at BMO Field while Kansas City hosts the defending champion Columbus Crew Saturday.

Earthquakes Snap Five-Game Losing String Over RSL

Cornell Glen and Arturo Alvarez were assisted by Mike Zaher on their goals as the host San Jose Earthquakes ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer play Saturday from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Robbie Findley scored RSL's lone goal in the 80th minute.

San Jose is now 2-7-2 with eight points and in seventh place in the Western Conference while RSL is in sixth place at 3-6-2 with 11.

The Earthquakes look for two wins in a row next Sunday at FC Dallas and RSL hosts the Colorado Rapids next Saturday.

Ralston Rallies Revs Over DC United

Steve Ralston teamed with Kenny Mansally on Shalrie Joseph's 55th minute goal, then scored a 90th minute penalty kick to lead the host New England Revolution to a 2-1 Major League Soccer win Saturday over DC United at Gillette Stadium.

Fred scored United's only goal on a Luciano Emilio assist in the 36th minute.

New England, at 3-3-4 with 13 points and tied with the defending league champion Columbus Crew for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, snapped a six-game losing streak while United, at 3-2-7 with 16 and tied for second in the conference with the Kansas City Wizards and Toronto FC, both 4-4-4, snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak.

The Revs hosts the New York Red Bulls next Sunday, but United gets them first at Giants Stadium Thursday.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mariners Tangle Spiders In Web At Abbotsford

Cameron Wilson had two goals, David Vanderhoek had a goal and an assist and Spencer Schmidt assisted on two other scores as the Abbotsford Mariners shut out the Spokane Spiders, 4-0, Friday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Bateman Park.

The Mariners are 2-1-1 with seven points and in fourth place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division and host the Tacoma Tide Saturday.

The Spiders are 1-7-0 and tied with the Yakima Reds (1-4-0) with three points and in last place in the division. They will host the Cascade Surge next Saturday at Greyhound Park.

Lionesses Get Back On Track With Draw

After scoring into their own goal five minutes into the game, the FC Indiana Lionesses got their heads into playing as Laura Del Rio has a goal in the 35th minute off a Amarah Wilson assist in a 1-1 draw to the Minnesota Lightning Friday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from the National Soccer Centre in Blaine, MN.

The Lionesses are 1-0-1 with four points and are in second place in the Central Conference, Midwest Division. They next travel to Kalamazoo, MI to meet the Kalamazoo Outrage.

The Lightning, hosting their 2009 season debut, are fourth in the division and host the Fort Wayne Fever June 4.

Smith Leads Sounders To Victory Over Cougars

Kelli Smith scored the game's only goal off a Lyndsey Patterson pass in the 65th minute as the Seattle Sounders shut out the host Real Colorado Cougars, 1-0, Friday, in United Soccer Leagues W-League play at Shea Stadium.

The Sounders lead the Western Conference at 2-0-1 with seven points and host the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency June 3 and the defending league champion Pali Blues June 5.

Real Colorado (2-2-0, six) is tied with the Blues (2-0-0) for second place.

The Cougars play a home-and-home series with the Colorado Force beginning in Fort Collins this Thursday and returning to Shea next Sunday.

Chill Opens Defense Of PDL Crown With Draw To Foxes

Anderson Fernandes had an unassisted goal in the 30th minute as the defending United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League champion Thunder Bay Chill opened their 2009 season Friday with a 1-1 draw to the host Real Colorado Foxes at Shea Stadium.

Brad Stisser scored an unassisted point in the sixth minute for Real Colorado, who remain in the lead in the Central Conference, Heartland Division at 4-2-1 with 13 points.

Thunder Bay (0-0-1) is in sixth place in the division.

Both teams met again Sunday at Shea Stadium.

Fahey's Goal Creates Draw For Cougars, Blue Star

Jonathan Fahey scored an unassisted goal in the 59th minute to put the host Orange County Blue Star into a 2-2 draw with the BYU Cougars in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Friday at Concordia University.

Steven Fellows opened the scoring for BYU in the 19th minute off a pass from Brent Jensen, but David Ponce fired a shot from Adrian Martinez into the back of the net for the Blue Star in the 31st minute to tie the contest at 1-all.

Jensen would score an unassisted goal in the 57th minute to give the Cougars the edge, albeit a brief one after Fahey knotted the score for good two minutes.

The Blue Star remains in second place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division with a 4-0-2 record and 14 points, one behind the expansion Hollywood United Hitmen, who they host Sunday.

Before that, though, BYU, 2-1-2 with eight points and tied for third place in the division with the Ventura County Fusion, are at the Hitmen Saturday.

Gazda's Duo Leads Rage Over Chaos

Adam Gazda, last week's United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League Player of the Week, put in a bid to be a two-time weekly winner as his two goals led the Reading Rage to a 3-2 win Friday over the host West Virginia Chaos at Schoenbaum Stadium.

Gerard Quinn also scored for the Rage, who lead the PDL's Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic Division with a 4-0-1 record and 13 points.

Jamie Lee Davies and Ryan Messick each had a goal for the Chaos, 1-2-3 with six points and in fifth place in the division.

Reading travels to the FC Fredericksburg Gunners Sunday, then head to Pennsylvania's state capitol to meet the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division in an opening round game of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

West Virginia, meanwhile, hosts the Cary Clarets June 7.

Fury Win Season Opener In Rhode Island

Brien Chamney assisted Andrew Rigby on a goal in the 25th minute as the Ottawa Fury opened their 2009 United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League season with a 1-0 road win over the Rhode Island Stingrays at Rhode Island College.

The Fury (1-0-0) have three points and are in seventh in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Rhode Island is 1-3-1 with four points and are in sixth place.

Both teams play road games Saturday -- Ottawa at the New Hampshire Phantoms, Rhode Island at the Long Island Rough Riders.

Beattie Leads Forest City London To Debut Victory

Thomas Beattie assisted on the first goal in Forest City London history by Kevin Zimmerman in the ninth minute, then needed Carl Haworth's help for his first goal in the 34th minute as the expansion United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League franchise edged the Cleveland Internationals, 2-1, in their debut victory Friday at Pinnacle Sports in Cleveland.

Yoram Mwila broke apart the shutout in the 54th minute on a Justin Marcine assist for the Internationals.

Forest City (1-0-0), Cleveland (1-4-0) and the Cincinnati Kings (1-3-0) all have three points at the moment and are tied for sixth place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division.

Forest City plays at Cincinnati Saturday, then hosts them June 5. Between those games, they are at the Toronto Lynx June 3.

Cleveland, meanwhile, hosts the Chicago Fire Premier June 6.

Brooks Gives Monarchs Victory Over The Palace

Gary Brooks scored a goal off a Marc Gracien assist in the 87th minute as the Real Maryland Monarchs stole a 1-0 United Soccer Leagues Second Division victory from the host Crystal Palace Baltimore Friday at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Real Maryland (4-2-0) and Crystal Palace (3-4-3) are tied for second place in the league standings with 12 points, one behind the league-leading Harrisburg City Islanders, who the Monarchs host Sunday.

Crystal Palace is at the Western Mass Pioneers June 5.

Eagles Fly High At Home Over Riverhounds

Amaury Nunes had two goals, Jacob Coggins and Jorge Herrera had a goal and an assist each, and Ben Page tallied a shot as the host Charlotte Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 5-1, in United Soccer Leagues Second Division play Friday at Charlotte Christian High School.

Tenywa Bonseu scored Pittsburgh's goal in the 80th minute off Joe Zewe, but the damage was already done.

The Eagles are 2-3-2 with eight points and in sixth place in the league's standings while the Riverhounds are 1-3-2 with five and in eighth place.

Charlotte has a busy schedule, beginning June 6 when they host the Bermunda Hogges, then travel to the Wilmington Hammerheads in a first round match at the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament June 9.

The Riverhounds are at the Hammerheads Saturday, then travels to face the Rochester Rhinos at Rhinos Stadium in an LHUSOC opening round match June 9.

Alvarez Leads Aztex To Win Over Islanders

Yordany Alvarez had two goals and assisted on a third as the Austin Aztex beat the Puerto Rico Islanders, 3-1, in United Soccer Leagues First Division play Friday at Nelson Field in Austin, TX.

Cristian Arrieta scored the lone goal for Puerto Rico.

Austin (2-2-3) and Puerto Rico (2-3-3) each have nine points and are tied for sixth in the league standings.

Both teams also host two-game weekend series with their next opponents -- Austin welcomes the Charleston Battery next Friday and Sunday; Puerto Rico hosrs the Cleveland City Stars next Thursday and Saturday.

Paladini Scores Lone Goal Again For RailHawks

For the second time in six days, Daniel Paladini gave the United Soccer Leagues First Division-leading Carolina RailHawks a victory with a lone goal as they defeated the visiting Cleveland City Stars, 1-0, Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Sunday, Paladini hit the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute to beat the Austin Aztex; Friday, he chose to wait until the game's final minute to score a dramatic goal.

The win improves Carolina's record to 7-2-1 with 22 points and is their club-record four straight victory in a row.

The City Stars are 1-5-1 with four points and in 10th place in the 11-team league.

Carolina next hosts the USL Second Division's Richmond Kickers June 9 in a first-round match in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then welcomes the Portland Timbers to town June 11 for a USL1 match.

The City Stars are on the road for three more games -- Saturday at the Charleston Battery and next Thursday and Saturday at the Puerto Rico Islanders -- before hosting the USL Premier Development League's St. Louis Lions in a LHUSOC opening round game June 9/

Friday, May 29, 2009

Scheduling Conflict Moves TFC-NYRB Game Up Early

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC announced Friday their home game August 9 against the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field has been rescheduled for June 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The move was made to clear up a potential field conflict.

Heath Reunited With Naimo, Cheney At Pali Blues

The defending United Soccer Leagues W-League champion Pali Blues announced the signing Friday of US Women's National Team midfielder Tobin Heath, who will be reunited with a fellow player on the gold medal-winning team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, forward Lauren Cheney, and a former head coach, Charlie Naimo, who coached her for three seasons at the W-League's New Jersey Wildcats, where they made the 2004 league championship game and won the title in 2006.

She has 14 caps with the USWNT and played on our country's U-16, U-17 and U-20 teams before earning a senior roster spot.

At the University of North Carolina in 2008, she had 24 points on eight goals and eight assists and led the Tar Heels to their second NCAA Tournament title in three years. In her debut season of 2006, she had 17 points on four goals and nine assists and, in 2007, she had a pair of goals and five assists for nine points.

Heath has won numerous awards during her collegiate career.

She will debut for the Blues June 5 when they face the Seattle Sounders on the road.

Thunder Gets Terminesi On Loan From XSL's Wave

The Minnesota Thunder of the United Soccer Leagues First Division announced Friday they have acquired the services of Marco Terminesi on loan from the Milwaukee Wave of the indoor Xtreme Soccer League.

He will make his debut for Minnesota Sunday when they host the Puerto Rico Islanders at National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

Terminesi scored 52 points for the Wave in the league's debut season.

He played collegiately at Louisville and was the 2008 Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also scored game-winning goals in his career against the University of South Florda and Ohio State and led the Cardinals to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Chivas USA Signs Third Youth Prospect

Chivas USA announced Thursday midfielder Cesar Zamara, an 18-year-old midfielder from Sylmar, CA who has played on the team's U-18 team for the last two seasons, signed a developmental deal with the Major League Soccer franchise.

He is the third person from their youth soccer system to make the senior roster, following Gerson Mayon and Jorge Flores.

Zamara, though, was immediately placed on the team's Disabled List, due to a left hamstring injury, and won't make his first appearance in a game for at least six weeks.

Sky Blue FC Officially Fires Sawyers As Head Coach And General Manager

Sky Blue Soccer, who owns Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer, announced Thursday they have fired Ian Sawyers as the franchise's first head coach and general manager.

The firing follows an indefinite suspension imposed by team officials Saturday following disagreement with team management over the direction of the franchise.

Sky Blue elevated current vice president of sales and marketing Gerry Marone to general manager and announced assistant general manager Kristin Lettiere and interim head coach Kelly Lindsey would retain their positions.

Sky Blue FC plays their first home game of the inaugural WPS season Sunday at Rutgers University against the Boston Breakers.

Patriots Ride Out Tornados At Home

Adrian Medina scored the game's only goal in the 21st minute off a Rodrigo Morin assist as the host El Paso Patriots shut out the DFW Tornados, 1-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Thursday at Patriot Stadium.

The Patriots retain the lead in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division at 4-2-0 with 12 points and are at the Rio Grande Valley Bravos June 6.

DFW, who are at the West Texas United Sockers Saturday, is 1-3-1 with four points and in sixth place.

Blanco's Fire Puts Out Hottest Team In MLS

Cuauhtemoc Blanco hit two penalty kick goals in the 25th and 96th minutes and Patrick Nyarko added a unassisted goal in the 89th minute as the Chicago Fire, the best team in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference defeated host Chivas USA, their counterpart in the Western Conference, 3-2, Thursday at The Home Depot Center.

Despite the score, as well as the number of cards issued by the officiating crew (nine yellow and a red card on Chivas' Jesse Marsch), both teams retain the top spots in their conference -- Chicago at 5-0-6 with 21 points in the Eastern, Chivas USA at 7-2-3 with 24 points in the Western.

Chivas also owns the overall best record in MLS this season.

The loss is Chivas' first at home this season and second overall.

Paulo Nagamura started the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute for Chivas, but Chicago countered with Blanco's first penalty kick before Maykel Galindo gave Chivas a 2-1 lead heading into halftime on a 37th minute PK.

The Fire get little time to rest before playing their next game Sunday at Toyota Pak against FC Dallas. Chivas is off until June 6 when they host the Seattle Sounders at The Home Depot Center.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

AP: Skyboxes, Club Seats Go On Sale June 5 At Red Bull Arena

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls will begin selling 30 skyboxes and 1,000 club seats for its new stadium, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, June 5, according to The Associated Press Thursday.

The skyboxes, which hold between 17 and 22 people, will go for between $65,000 and $75,000 and require signing a multi-year lease. Food and beverages are provided in the price, but not alcohol.

The club seats will sell for $3,000 each and also require signing a multi-year lease.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Nowak To Coach Union

The expansion Philadelphia Union, joining Major League Soccer next season, will officially introduce former US Men's National Team assistant coach Peter Nowak as the team's first head coach at a Friday news conference, according to Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer.

Nowak is also a former head coach of the US U-23 National team and won MLS titles as a player in 1998 with the Chicago Fire and as a coach in 2004 with DC United.

DC United Welcomes Real Madrid August 9

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Thursday they will play Real Madrid in an exhibition game August 9 at FedEx Field in the nation's capital.

The two teams last met in 2007 at Qwest Field in Seattle and played to a 1-1 draw.

The exhibition game has caused United to move their scheduled MLS home game against the Kansas City Wizards from August 8 to September 9.

Since their founding in 1902, Real Madrid has won 31 La Liga championship titles, finished as runner-up 17 times, won 17 Spanish Cups, nine European Cups and two UEFA Cups.

Baysa, Branch Team Up On Sounders Goal Over Force

Chalise Baysa assisted Michelle Branch on a 31st minute score as the Seattle Sounders shut out the Colorado Force, 1-0, in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from the Loveland Sports Park in Loveland, CO Wednesday.

The Sounders are 1-0-1 with four points and are in third place in the Western Conference standings.

Colorado lost their season-opening game and join the Los Angeles Legends and Ventura County Fusion in last place in the conference.

Red Eleven Tally Eight On Firewomen

Gemma Daviso had a hat trick and Michele O'Brien had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Red Eleven thrashed the West Michigan Firewomen, 8-0, Wednesday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from Benedictine University in Chicago.

Julia Victor, Becca Fox, Jessica Price and Monica Gonzalez all scored goals for Chicago, who lead the Central Conference, Midwest Division at 2-1-0 with six points and face the Minnesota Lightning on the road Saturday.

The Firewomen are winless at 0-3-0 and join three other teams who have yet to start their W-League seasons -- the Lightning, Cleveland Internationals and Fort Wayne Fever -- in last place in the division.

Chicago will be at the Internationals June 3.

Crystal Palace Adds Millwood To Roster

Crystal Palace Baltimore of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division announced the addition of forward Machel Millwood to the roster Thursday and he will make his debut Friday at University of Maryland-Baltimore County Stadium against the Real Maryland Monarchs.

Born in Jamaica in 1979, his family moved to Maryland and he played collegiately at Towson University, where he was named to Colonial Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference and All-Tournament teams, and is in the top ten in school history in several statistical categories.

From 2003 to 2005, he played in USL First Division for the former Syracuse Salty Dogs and had 30 overall points.

He then joined the now-defunct Atlanta Silverbacks from 2006 to 2008 and had 13 goals and seven assists in 44 career games.

He began to split playing outdoor and indoor soccer in 2004 and led the Baltimore Blast to three indoor titles -- one this season in the new National Indoor Soccer League and two more in the former Major Indoor Soccer League.

The former member of Jamaica's U-17 national team was the top scorer on the Blast and fifth best in the NISL. He was fifth overall in points scored in the final season of the MISL.

Reading's Gazda Named PDL Player Of The Week

Reading Rage midfielder Adam Gazda, who scored a goal in each of three games during Memorial Day weekend, was named Thursday the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League Player of the Week.

Gazda led the Rage to a 3-0-0 weekend and clinched a berth in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US OPen Cup. He played 226 of potential 270 minutes over last weekend's play.

Here are the other members selected to the USL PDL Team of the Week:

USL PDL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Tunde Ogunbiyi, Ocean City Barons
Had a combined eight saves in winning two games this weekend and earning a berth in the LHUSOC field

DEFENDERS
Leone Cruz, Austin Aztex U-23s
Scored two goals in 4-0 win over El Paso Patriots, who earned LHUSOC berth

Eddie Gutierrez, Fresno Fuego
Scored a goal and assisted on two others in 5-5 draw with Lancaster Rattlers

Julian Robles, Michigan Bucks
Played every minute of all three weekend games and scored two goals as team went 2-1-0

David Mueller, St. Louis Lions
Assisted on game-tying goal in 2-2 draw with Des Moines Menace that earned Lions an LHUSOC berth

MIDFIELDERS
Mark Blades, Chicago Fire Premier
Played every minute of all three weekend games and assisted on game-winning goal in 1-0 win over Cleveland Internationals as Fire went 3-0-0.

Christian Hernandez, Lancaster Rattlers
Scored two goals and assisted on third in 5-5 draw with Fresno Fuego

Anteneh Lemma, Mississippi Brilla
Scored a goal and assisted on two others in 1-1-1 week for LHUSOC-bound Brilla

FORWARDS
Casey Cunningham, Seattle Wolves
Scored a hat trick in 3-1 win over previously unbeaten newcomer Portland Timbers U-23s

Zak Boggs, Bradenton Academics
Scored three goals and an assist in 2-0-0 week for Academics

HONORABLE MENTION
M - Nick Kohlschreiber, Hollywood United Hitmen
Scored two goals in 1-1-0 week for Hitmen

F - Dominic Barone, Kalamazoo Outrage
Scored three goals in a 1-0-1 week for Outrage

F - Michael Griego, El Paso Patriots
Scored two goals, played all 180 minutes in 1-1-0 week for LHUSOC-bound Patriots

F - Long Tan, Atlanta Blackhawks
Had a hat trick in 3-0 win over Panama City Pirates

F - Teteh Bangura, Cascade Surge
Had a hat trick in 4-0 win over Spokane Spiders

Flash's Ruiz Becomes Team's First USL W-League POW

Midfielder Maria Ruiz led the expansion Buffalo Flash to the team's first win in United Soccer Leagues W-League history, 4-2 over fellow expansion member Quebec City Amiral, by scoring two goals and assisting on the other two and Thursday was named the league's Player of the Week.

Here are the other members selected to the USL W-League Team of the Week:

USL W-LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Jenn Wolbert, London Gryphons
Had 10 saves and faced 28 shots in 1-1 draw with Toronto Lady Lynx

DEFENDERS
Myriam Bouchard, Quebec City Amiral
Played all 180 minutes in franchise's first two games, going 1-1-0

Katie Carr, Richmond Kickers Destiny
Scored two goals, the last coming in second half stoppage time, in a 3-3 draw with Cary Clarets

Vaila Barsley, Long Island Rough Riders
Scored a goal in a 2-0-0 weekend for team

MIDFIELDERS
Megan Tomlinson, Atlanta Silverbacks
Scored goal, assisted on another in 2-1 win over Hampton Roads Piranhas

Mollie Pathman, Cary Clarets
Scored two goals, the last coming in second half stoppage time, in a 3-3 draw with Richmond Kickers Destiny

Sarah Chapman, Tampa Bay Hellenic
Scored three goals over two 3-0 wins last weekend.

FORWARDS
Christy Rife, Charlotte Lady Eagles
Had a hat trick in 4-1 win over Richmond Kickers Destiny

Angelika Johannson, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Score four of her team's goals in 6-0 rout of New York Magic

Lauren Switzer, Chicago Red Eleven
Scored a hat trick, including the team's first-ever goal in victory at West Michigan Firewomen

HONORABLE MENTIONS
G - Kim Yacenda, Long Island Rough Riders
Had 14 saves and faced 20 shots on goal in 2-0 win over Western Mass Lady Pioneers

G - Taylor Vancil, Real Colorado Cougars
Had eight saves in 1-0 shutout win at Los Angeles Legends

Whitecaps To Take On Toronto FC For Nutrilite Crown, CCL Berth

The defending United Soccer Leagues First Division champion Vancouver Whitecaps saw Ethan Gage score his first professional goal Wednesday night at Swangard Stadium in a 1-0 win over a fellow USL1 foe, the Montreal Impact at the second annual Nutrilite Canadian Championship tournament.

The three-team, round-robin tournament, which also features Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, helps to crown the winner of the Voyageurs Cup, who earns the country's automatic berth in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League.

The Impact are the defending Voyageurs Cup champion.

Vancouver is now tied with TFC for first place in the tournament and they will meet June 2 at Swangard.

Leitch Served MLS Suspension In Quakes Loss

San Jose Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch is eligible to play for the Major League Soccer franchise Saturday after serving a one-game suspension in their loss Wednesday to the defending champion Columbus Crew for a harsh hit on Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching last Saturday.

He was also fined $250 by the league's Disciplinary Committee.

Leitch appeared to hit Ching in face with a knee while going after a loose ball during that game. Ching walked off the field later and blood was seen streaming down his face.

While no yellow card was issued during the game, the Disciplinary Committee does have the authority to issue fines and suspensions if, after viewing game footage, members feel a show of aggressive play was missed by an officiating crew.

In a related story...

The MLS Disciplinary Committee Thursday fined Chivas USA goalkeeper coach Lee Percovich $500 for inappropriate comments and actions made toward officials during Saturday's game against the Kansas City Wizards.

Red Bulls Get Draft Picks In Exchange For Oduro

The New York Red Bulls picked up the highest 2010 first round draft pick and the highest 2011 second round draft pick of the Houston Dynamo in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in return for forward Dominic Oduro Wednesday.

Oduro started one of three games this season and had an assist over two Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament games in 2008 for New York.

He was acquired from FC Dallas January 13 along with the 11th and 18th overall picks in the 2009 SuperDraft in return for midfielder Dave van den Bergh and the 14th overall '09 draft pick.

To make room for Oduro on New York's roster, the Red Bulls cut goalkeeper Terry Boss, who was 1-1-1 in four MLS Reserve Division games last season with a 0.40 goals against average.

He underwent surgery November 20, 2008 to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament and was on the team's Disabled List at the start of this season.

Boss previously played for the USL Second Division's Charlotte Eagles.

Galaxy D Franklin Out Four To Six Months After Surgery

Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy announced Wednesday defender Sean Franklin, the league's Rookie of the Year in 2008, will miss the next four to six months of the regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right upped hamstring tendon.

He suffered the injury May 17 in a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew.

Franklin started eight of nine games this season and had an assist.

2009 LHUSOC First, Second Round Pairings Released

US Soccer announced Wednesday the first and second round pairings for the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, their annual national championship tournament.

40 teams representing Major League Soccer, the professional level United Soccer Leagues First and Second Division, and amateur leagues USL Premier Development League and the US Adult Soccer Association, will be vying for their team name to be placed on the 96th annual trophy, housed at the National Soccer Hall Of Fame in Oneonta, NY.

The tournament champion also wins $100,000 while the runner-up gets $50,000. There is also a $10,000 prize to the team from USL1, USL2 and the USASA who advance the farthest in the competition.

The 2009 tournament opens with 16 games June 9 at sites around the country. Winners meet for the second round June 16. Those who advance head to the third round and meet MLS qualifying teams Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, United, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders June 30.

Quarterfinals are set for July 7 with the semifinals taking place July 21 and 22 and the final game happening September 2.

Here is the way the bracket looks for the first round of play June 9:

2009 LAMAR HUNT US OPEN TOURNAMENT - TOP HALF OF BRACKET

1 - Reading Rage (PDL) @ Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2)
2 - Emigrantes Das Ilhas (USASA - MA) @ Western Mass Pioneers

3 - Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) @ Ocean City Barons (PDL)
4- Aegean Hawks FC (USASA - VA) @ Real Maryland Monarchs

5 - Richmond Kickers (USL2) @ Carolina RailHawks (USL1)
6 - Charlotte Eagles (USL2) @ Wilmington Hannerheads (USL2)

7 - Atlanta FC (USASA - GA) @ Charleston Battery (USL1)
8 - Lynch's FC (USASA - FL) @ Miami FC Blues

2009 LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP TOURNAMENT - BOTTOM HALF OF BRACKET

9 - St. Louis Lions (PDL) @ Cleveland City Stars (USL1)
10 - Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) @ Rochester Rhinos (USL1)

11 - 402 (USASA - NB) @ Minnesota Thunder (USL1)
12 - Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA - WI) @ Chicago Fire (PDL)

13 - Arizona Sahuaros (USASA - AZ) @ El Paso Patriots (PDL)
14 - Mississippi Brilla (PDL) @ Austin Aztex (USL1)

15 - Portland Timbers (USL1) @ Kitsap Pumas (PDL)
16 - Sonoma County Sol (USASA - CA) @ Orange County Blue Star

Keita, Klukowski Named USL's Weekly Winners

Forward Mandjou Keita of the Portland Timbers and midfielder Yan Klukowski of the Western Mass Pioneers were named Wednesday United Soccer Leagues Players of the Week for the First and Second Division, respectively.

Keita scored a goal a game in a two-game road series at the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Klukowski scored a goal and assisted on another in Western Mass's 2-1 win at home against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Here are the other members of the USL1 and USL2 Teams of the Week:

USL1 TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Pat Hannigan, Miami FC Blues
Had five saves in scoreless draw at Minnesota Thunder

DEFENDERS
Frankie Sanfilippo, Charleston Battery
Scored goal in 2-0 win at Rochester Rhinos

Lyle Adams, Austin Aztex
Led team in 1-0 loss to Carolina RailHawks

Kupono Low, Carolina RailHawks
Led team in 3-0 win at Cleveland City Stars

MIDFIELDERS
Daniel Paladini, Carolina RailHawks
Assisted on two goals in 3-0 win at Cleveland City Stars

Brian Farber, Portland Timbers
Assisted on both goals in 2-1 win at Puerto Rico Islanders

Darren Spicer, Charleston Battery
Scored a goal and an assist in a pair of weekend wins

FORWARDS
Sean Fraser, Puerto Rico Islanders
Scored goal in 1-1 draw against Portland Timbers
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USL2 TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
James Thorpe, Western Mass Pioneers
Had seven saves in 2-1 win over Wilmington Hammerheads

DEFENDERS
Yomby William, Richmond Kickers
Led team in 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace Baltimore

Paul Robson, Crystal Palace Baltimore
Assisted on team's goal in 1-1 draw at Richmond Kickers

Federico Molinari, Western Mass Pioneers
Scored goal in 2-1 win over Wilmington Hammerheads

Dustin Bixler, Harrisburg City Islanders
Led team in 3-0 win over Charlotte Eagles

MIDFIELDERS
Val Teixeira, Crystal Palace Baltimore
Scored lone goal in 1-1 draw at Richmond Kickers

Adrian Bumbut, Richmond Kickers
Scored lone goal in 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace Baltimore

Stephen Astwood, Bermuda Hogges
Assisted on lone goal in 1-0 win over Real Maryland Monarchs

FORWARDS
Steve Fisher, Harrisburg City Islanders
Assisted on two goals in 3-0 win over Charlotte Eagles

Domico Coddington, Bermuda Hogges
Scored lone goal in 1-0 win over Real Maryland Monarchs

Lynx, Gryphons Draw At North London Stadium

Devon Branch scored an unassisted goal in the 86th minute of play as the host London Gryphons forced a 1-1 draw to the Toronto Lady Lynx Wednesday in United Soccer Leagues W-League action from North London Stadium.

Kayla Afonso fed a quick pass to Bryana McCarthy in the first minute for Toronto's lone goal.

Despite the draw, Toronto leads the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division at 1-0-2 with five points. They next host the Rochester Ravens in the franchise's first game this Sunday.

London is 0-0-2 and tied with the active Laval Comets and three teams yet to start league play -- the Ottawa Fury, Hamilton Avalanche and the Ravens. They host the Fury Saturday.

Rough Riders Derail Ironbound Express At Home

Tadeu Terra scored an unassisted 62nd minute goal and Pavelid Castaneda assisted on Adam Himero's 71st minute shot as the Long Island Rough Riders shut out the host Newark Ironbound Express, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Lubetkin Field at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Wednesday.

The Rough Riders have the lead in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division at 4-1-0 with 12 points and next host the Rhode Island Stingrays Saturday.

The Express are 3-3-0 with nine points and in fourth place in the division. They host the Ocean City Barons this Sunday.

Crew Extends Home Winning Streak To 16 By Beating Quakes

Guillermo Barros Schelotto tied up the race for Major League Soccer's Golden Boot with his sixth goal of the season to start the second half as the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew edged the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, Wednesday at Crew Stadium.

Schelotto joins Los Angeles' Landon Donovan, the defending Golden Boot champion, Colorado's Conor Casey, Chicago's Brian McBride and Kansas City's Josh Wolff in the race.

The Crew also extended their current home winning streak to 16 games, last losing at home to San Jose June 7, 2008. Since that time, though, the Quakes are winless in their last 14 road games.

San Jose, who has the worst record in the league at 1-7-2 with five points and is in last place in the Western Conference, opened the scoring on a Ryan Johnson goal in the 23rd minute with assists from Quincy Amarikwa and Eric Denton.

Columbus tied the game at 1-1 six minutes later as Eric Brunner and Gino Padula teamed to help Eddie Gaven score a goal.

Schelotto's game-winning goal came off assists from Emmanuel Ekpo and Alejandro Moreno in the 46th minute.

Columbus is 2-2-6 with 12 points and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference race. They will face the expansion Seattle Sounders and former head coach Sigi Schmid Saturday at Qwest Field.

San Jose hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wizards' Lopez Named Goal Of The Week Winner

Claudio Lopez of the Kansas City Wizards was selected winner of the Major League Soccer/Sierra Mist Goal of the Week competition for Week 10 of the 2009 season Wednesday in fan voting at www.mlsnet.com.

Lopez scored his team's lone goal unassisted in the 56th minute of a 1-1 tie at CommunityAmerica Ballpark over the league's top team, Chivas USA.

Lionesses Win 22nd Indiana Open Cup Championship

Laura Del Rio and Nikki Lyons scored two goals each and Paige Carmichael and Monica Ocampo each added a goal as the FC Indiana Lionesses of the United Soccer Leagues W-League shut out Carmel United of the amateur Women's Premier Soccer League, 6-0, in the Indiana Open Cup championship game Tuesday in Carmel, IN.

It is the Lionesses' 22nd state championship title and the team now advances to the Region II Finals in Chicago at the end of June.

Timbers To Host Newly Promoted Burnley Park July 25

The Portland Timbers of the United Soccer Leagues First Division announced Tuesday they will host newly promoted English Premier League franchise Burnley Park July 25 at PGE Park in an exhibition game, one of three the Timbers will play this season.

Burnley Park earned promotion to the EPL Monday by defeating Sheffield United, 1-0.

The Timbers open their exhibition schedule Sunday when they host the Club America reserves from Mexico at PGE Park.

Sounders Earn Last MLS Spot In LHUSOC Field

Kevin Forest headed in a goal in the 62nd minute with assistance from Roger Levesque and Sanna Nyassi as the Seattle Sounders, in their first season of eligibility in Major League Soccer, grabbed the league's final berth in the field for the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

The Sounders join defending champion DC United as MLS teams who had to play their way into the field, as they didn't finish as one of the league's top six teams last season, regardless of conference.

Those six were the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards and New England Revolution.

The 40-team tournament features teams from four different organizations -- MLS, the United Soccer League's First and Second Divisions, the USL Premier Development League and the amateur US Adult Soccer Assoication -- vying to win the national championship of soccer.

The eight MLS teams are all earn byes until the third round of play June 30.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Glen Returns To MLS With Earthquakes, Somma Waived

Forward Cornell Glen will return to Major League Soccer after he signed a contract with the San Jose Earthquakes Tuesday.

Glen spent the last few seasons in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago with San Juan Jabloteh after playing the previous three seasons (2004-07) with six different MLS teams -- the Metrostars, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew and Los Angeles Galaxy. In 45 games during those seasons, he had a combined 12 goals and six assists.

In his debut MLS season in 2004 with the Metrostars, he scored six goals in 18 games.

He also has scored 22 goals in 55 games for Trinidad and Tobago's national team, debuting in November 2002 against St. Kitts and Nevis and played on his country's first FIFA World Cup entry in 2006.

Glen made his professional debut in 1999 with Trinidad's Futgof, then joined Portugal's AD Sanjoanense. He later returned home to play the first time for Jabloteh, leading them to league titles in 2002 and 2003 and scored a combined 37 goals in those seasons.

To make room for Glen on the San Jose roster, forward Davide Somma was placed on waivers.

The Earthquakes are at the defending champion Columbus Crew Thursday.

Athletica's Loyden Named WPS POW For Week 9

St. Louis Athletica goalkeeper Jillian Loyden was named Tuesday Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 9 of the inaugural season.

Loyden, a former All-American at Villanova, filled in for starting goalkeeper Hope Solo, who played Monday for the US Women's National Team in a 4-0 win at Canada, and made six saves in a 2-0 win at the Chicago Red Stars.

MLS Debuts Fan Voting For Save Of The Week

In the same vein as allowing fans to vote for the Goal of the Week, Major League Soccer Tuesday debuted the new Save of the Week competition to let fans choose the goalkeeper who best stopped a goal from happening.

Competitors for the inaugural edition of the award are Kevin Hartman (Kansas City Wizards), Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Josh Wicks (DC United), Ray Burse (FC Dallas) and Kasey Kellar (Seattle Sounders).

Fans can view the videos of each nominee and vote for their choice at www.mlsnet.com. Winners will vie for the MLS Save of the Year at season's end.

Hellenic Hellacious In Win Over Piranhas

Sarah Chapman scored two goals and Shameka Gordon assisted Sonia Curvelo on a goal as the host Tampa Bay Hellenic beat the Hampton Roads Piranhas, 3-0, Monday in a United Soccer Leagues W-League game at the Ed Radice Sports Complex in Tampa, FL.

The Hellenic are 2-1-0 with six points and tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division with the Piranhas (2-2-0) and the Atlanta Silverbacks (2-0-0).

Tampa Bay hosts the Charlotte Lady Eagles Saturday while the Piranhas head to the Richmond Kickers Destiny June 6.

Taylor PK All Bucks Need To Beat Back Invaders

Michigan Bucks captain Kevin Taylor scored the game's only goal on a 35th minute penalty kick and defeated the Indiana Invaders, 1-0, Monday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at the Invaders Soccer Complex.

The Bucks are 2-1-1 with seven points and are in third place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division.

The Invaders are 1-2-1 with four points and are tied with the Fort Wayne Fever for fourth place.

Michigan plays host Sunday to the Toronto Lynx at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI Sunday before inviting the Invaders to play there June 4.

Gunners Need Only One Shot To Defeat Royals

Onesimus Ikungo scored in the 51st minute off a Miguel Casajuana assist as the host FC Fredericksburg Gunners shut out the Northen Virginia Royals, 1-0, in a Memorial Day United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League match at Fredericksburg Academy.

The win put the Gunners (2-1-2, seven points) in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic Division with the expansio Cary Clarets (2-2-1).

Northern Virginia is 0-3-2 with two points and in seven points.

The Royals travel to the Virgina Legacy Saturday and the Gunners host the Reading Rage Sunday.

Academics Edge Brilla At IMG Academy

Ben Everson and Matthew Clarke each scored a goal seconds between each other in the 67th minute as the Bradenton Academics edged the Mississippi Brilla, 2-1, Monday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Happy Hall and Zak Boggs assisted on the respective goals as Bradenton remains in the lead in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division with a 3-0-2 record and 11 points, one point ahead of the Brilla, who are 3-1-1 overall with 10 points.

Both teams play at home this weekend -- Brilla welcoming the Baton Rouge Capitals Saturday, Bradentos hosting the New Orleans Jesters.

Menyongar Takes USL1 Goal Of The Week For May 15-17 Weekend

Johnny Menyongar, who scored off a Taiwo Atieno assist in a 2-1 win by the Rochester Rhinos over the defending league champion Vancouver Canucks, was named the United Soccer Leagues Goal of the Week winner from the First Division for the May 15-17 weekend.

USL PDL Announces Teams To Enter 2009 LHUSOC Field

The United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League Monday announced the eight teams that will represent the league by participating in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, beginning June 9 through September 1.

The tournament features the best 40 US-based teams in the country from Major League Soccer, the USL's First and Second Divisions, the USL PDL and the US Adult Soccer Association.

The best six teams from last season's standings in MLS -- Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards and New England Revolution -- automatically qualify for the tournament with two other teams coming from a series of play-in games. DC United, the defending champion of the event, is one of those teams, with the other being the winner of Wednesday's play-in final between the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. All MLS teams earn byes until the third round of tournament play, set for June 30.

In USL1 and USL2, all US-based teams automatically make the field, but in the PDL, the first four games on all team's schedules, except for non-US teams, are played to qualify for berths, with the top team from each of the league's eight divisions earning a spot in the first round.

In the USASA, teams qualify for the field by advancing in regional tournaments.

Representing the USL PDL at the 2009 LHUSOC will be the following:

CENTRAL CONFERENCE - GREAT LAKES DIVISION
Chicago Fire (3-0-1, 10)

CENTRAL CONFERENCE - HEARTLAND DIVISION
St. Louis Lions (3-0-1, 10)

EASTERN CONFERENCE - MID-ATLANTIC DIVISION
Reading Rage (3-0-1, 10)

EASTERN CONFERENCE - NORTHEAST DIVISION
Ocean City Barons (3-0-1, 10)

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE - MID-SOUTH DIVISION
El Paso Patriots (3-0-1, 10)

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE - SOUTHEAST DIVISION
Mississippi Brilla (3-0-1, 10)

WESTERN CONFERENCE - NORTHWEST DIVISION
Kitsap Pumas (3-0-1, 10)

WESTERN CONFERENCE - SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Orange County Blue Star (3-0-1, 10)

The team that wins the overall championship September 1 gets $100,000 and the highest advancing team in all leagues gets $10,000.

US Women Shut Out Canada In Friendly Match

Shannon Boxx, Megan Pampone, Lindsay Tarpley and Lauren Cheney scored goals and Heather O'Reilly assisted on Rapinoe's and Cheney's goals as the top-ranked US Women's National Team defeated Canada's National Women's Team, 4-0, Monday in a friendly match at BMO Field in Toronto.

The hastily scheduled match, arranged after Japan cancelled a three-game North American tour of both countries due to the H1N1 virus, was the US women's first game in Canada in eight years and the victory spoiled the debut of Canada's new head coach Carolina Morace.

The two countries were already scheduled to meet July 19 at Rochester Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY and July 22 at Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SC.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rough Riders Overcome Rough Weather In Road Win

In a United Soccer Leagues W-League game Sunday called in the 75th minute due to lightning, the Long Island Rough Riders defeated the host Connecticut Passion, 4-1, at Wesleyan University Stadium Field.

Brooke DeRosa scored goals in the sixth and 16th minutes of the first half and Kerri McCabe assisted on DeRosa's second goal and Vaica Barsley's 51st minute strike and scored a goal for the Rough Riders, who lead the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division at 2-1-1 with seven points.

Jasmin Corniel scored the Passion's lone point in the 60th minute off a Shaunna Edwards assist. The Passion are 0-1-1 with one point and in seventh place.

The Rough Riders host the Washington Freedom Saturday while the Passion welcome the Western Mass Lady Pioneers Sunday.

Morrow's Blast Ends Sunday Night Game For Fire

Justin Morrow scored the game's only goal on a Pascal Millen assist in the 36th minute as the host Chicago Fire shut out the Fort Wayne Fever, 1-0, Sunday in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game at Loyola University Soccer Park.

The Fire currently lead the league's Central Conference, Great Lakes Division with a 3-0-1 record and 10 points. They will host the Toronto Lynx Saturday.

Fort Wayne is at 1-2-1 with four points and tied with the Michigan Bucks and Indiana Invaders, both at 1-1-1 and four points, for third place in the division. The Fever travels to the Kalamazoo Outrage June 5.

Rage Shuts Out Clarets On The Road

Jesse Smith, Aaron Wheeler, Adam Gazda and Luke Mulholland scored goals to lead the Reading Rage to a 4-0 drubbing of the host Cary Clarets in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from Middle Creek Park in Cary, NC.

The Rage are 3-0-1 with 10 points and lead the Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantc Division while the expansion Clarets are in third place in the division at 2-2-1 with seven points.

Both teams travel to the West Virginia Chaos for their next game -- Reading this Friday, Cary June 7.

Outrage Crowns The Kings In Kalamazoo

Domenic Barone scored goals in the 18th and 45th minutes of the first half and Stewart Givens added a third on a Dan Stevens assist in the 58th minute as the host Kalamazoo Outrage shut out the Cincinnati Kings Sunday, 3-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from Loy Norrix High School.

The Outrage are 2-0-2 with eight points, in second place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division and a win away from taking the division lead away from the Chicago Fire, who they face in Chicago June 3.

Cincinnati, who hosts expansion franchise Forest City London Saturday at the Town & Country Sports Complex, is 1-3-0 with three points and tied for sixth place with the Cleveland Internationals.

Foxes Outfox The Winless Demize At Shea Stadium

Byron Cephers and Brad Stisser scored unassisted goals in the 55th and 64th minutes, respectively, as the host Real Colorado Foxes shut out the winless Springfield Demize, 2-0, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Shea Stadium.

The expansion Foxes lead the Central Conference, Heartland Division with a 4-2-0 record and 12 points and will host the defending PDL champion Thunder Bay Chill in a two-game series this Friday and Saturday.

Springfield, at 0-5-0 and in last place in the division is off until June 6 when they host the Kansas City Brass.

US-Iran To Play A Friendly In Tehran?

Iran Football Federation chief Ali Kafashian told the Fars news agency Monday he has received a proposal from the US Soccer Federation for the US Men's National Team to face Iran in a friendly game in Tehran in either this October or November and are considering the offer.

USSF spokesperson Neil Buethe would not confirm or deny the story.

The Reason A DC United Player Won't Win MLS Goal Of The Week This Week Is...

...because none of their players were nominated for the Week 10 award Monday.

Jaime Moreno (Week 7), Chris Pontius (Week 8) and Santino Quaranta (Week 9) have won the Sierra Mist Goal Of The Week award for Major League Soccer's DC United, but their attempt to be the first team to have four straight players win has been snapped.

Here are the nominees for this week's honor, which people can vote on by going to www.mlsnet.com before Wednesday:

Amado Guevara, Toronto FC
Scored first of two goals in 14th minute off a Danny Dichio assist in 3-1 win Saturday at BMO Field against the New England Revolution

Claudio Lopez, Kansas City Wizards
Scored team's lone goal in 56th minute of 1-1 draw to Chivas USA Saturday

Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders
A winner the first two weeks of the season, he scored an unassisted goal in the 17th minute of a 2-2 draw to the Colorado Rapids Saturday

Colin Clark, Colorado Rapids
Scored team's first goal in 25th minute off assists from Omar Cummings and Mehdi Ballouchy in 2-2 draw Saturday to the Seattle Sounders

Chris Rolfe, Chicago Fire
Scored team's game-winning goal in 45th minute in 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls

Guevara's Goals Earn Him MLS POW Nod For Week 10

Toronto FC midfielder Amado Guevara, who scored two goals in their 3-1 win Saturday at BMO Field against the New England Revolution, was named Major League Soccer's Player Of The Week for Week 10 of the 2009 season.

Guevara is also attempting a weekly awards sweep, as his first goal in the 14th minute of the game is a nominee for MLS' Sierra Mist Goal Of The Week for Week 10.

Guevara has five goals so far this season and led Toronto to a 4-3-4 record and 16 points, putting them in a tie for second in the Eastern Conference standings with DC United.

It is his fifth POW award of his career and first since 2006 when he played for the New York Red Bulls.

Sol Rolls Over Pride At Buck Shaw Stadium

Camille Abily scored on a 27th minute penalty kick and Han Duan fired off an unassisted 86th minute goal as the Los Angeles Sol continued their status as the best team in the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer with a 2-0 victory over FC Gold Pride Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The Sol are 5-1-2 with 17 points and next host the St. Louis Athletica this Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

The Pride are in third place at 3-4-1 with 10 points and travel to the Washington Freedom next Sunday.

Tornados Force Sockers To Play To A Draw

Riccardo Scala took a pass from Alexander Fichera in the 79th minute and scored the game-tying goal as the host DFW Tornados and the visiting West Texas United Sockers played to a 1-1 draw Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action at Dallas' Pennington Field.

Giber Becarra-Montijo scored for the Sockers in the 51st minute off a Carlos Guillen assist.

The Sockers, an expansion team this season, are 1-1-2 with five points and in fourth place in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division whie the Tornados are 1-2-1 with four points and tied for fifth with the Rio Grande Valley Bravos, also new to USL PDL.

Both teams will have a rematch at Grande Communications Stadium this Saturday but, before that, the Tornados travel to the El Paso Patriots at Patriot Field Thursday.

Rattlers, Fuego Have High-Scoring Draw

Mauricio Harrie and Paul Islas had two goals each for their respective teams as the Lancaster Rattlers and the host Fresno Fuego played to a 5-5 draw Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action Sunday at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA.

Brothers Christian and Tony Hernandez and Moises Alvarez added goals for Lancaster while Moto Gutierrez, Cyrpian Hedrick and Grousis Devon did so for the Fuego.

Fresno is 1-2-2 with five points and is in seventh place in the PDL's Western Conference, Southwest Division, a point ahead of Lancaster, 1-3-1, with four and in eighth place.

The Fuego and the Rattlers each have next week off before resuming play June 5 against Orange County Blue Star and the Los Angeles Legends, respectively.

Timbers Get First Road Win In Puerto Rico In Four Seasons

For the first time since the 2005 season, the Portland Timbers defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-1, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Mandjou Keita scored in the 24th minute and Mamadou Danso followed suit in the 35th minute for the victory. Brian Farber assisted on both goals.

The Islanders also lost their first home game this season.

Portland is in fourth place in the USL1 standings at 3-1-3 with 12 points and host the defending league champion Vancouver Whitecaps this Saturday at PGE Park.

Puerto Rico, 2-2-3 with nine points and in sixth place, travels Friday to meet the Austin Aztex.

RailHawks Regain USL1 Lead In Win At Aztex

Daniel Paladini scored the game's only goal on an 86th minute penalty kick as the Carolina RailHawks regained sole possession of the lead in the United Soccer Leagues First Division Sunday with a 1-0 victory over the Austin Aztex at Nelson Field in Austin, TX.

The win gave Carolina their first three-game road winning streak in team history, their second three-game winning streak of the season, and their third straight positive shutout result.

The RailHawks have also, for the second time this season, not allowed a goal in over 300 minutes, currently at 306 minutes.

Carolina last lost, 2-1, to the Charleston Battery May 9 at WakeMed Sports Park in Cary, NC May 9.

Carolina is now 6-2-1 with 19 points and hosts the Cleveland City Stars at WakeMed this Saturday.

Austin, who played last season solely as a USL Premier Development League franchise, has their new senior team at 1-2-3 with six points and in eighth place in the standings. The Aztex hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders at Nelson Field Friday.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bravos Beat Leones At Valley View Stadium

Salvador Luna and Jesus Rios scored goals in the first half as the host Rio Grande Valley Bravos edged the Houston Leones, 2-1, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Valley View Stadium.

Walberto Vasquez scored Houston's lone goal on a 66th minute penalty kick.

Rio Grande Valley, an expansion team in the PDL this season, are 1-1-1 with four points and tied with another new franchise, the West Texas United Sockers for fourth place in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division standings.

Houston is 0-3-1 with a point and in last place.

Both teams host the Laredo Heat -- Rio Grande Valley on Monday, Houston this Saturday.

USMNT Announces Roster For Costa Rica, Honduras WCQs

US Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley Sunday announced the 24 players who will gather in Miami Tuesday for a training camp before facing Costa Rica on the road June 3 and Honduras at Chicago June 6 in their next two FIFA World Cup qualifying games. They will then head to San Jose, Costa Rica June 1.

The USMNT are 3-0-0 with nine points in their final hexagonal round grouping, with Costa Rica one point behind them for second and Honduras in third. The top three teams in the standings after 10 games will automatically make the field for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with the fourth place team relegated to play in a two-game playoff November 14 and 18 against the fifth-place team from a South America qualifying group to earn a World Cup berth.

Here is the USMNT's roster, by position and current team:

GOALKEEPERS
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa (England)
Tim Howard - Everton (England)

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes (France)
Jonathan Bornstein - Chivas USA (MLS)
Danny Califf - FC Midtjylland (Norway)
Jay DeMerit - Watford (England)
Frankie Hedjuk - Columbus Crew (MLS)
Oguchi Onyewu - Standard de Liege (Belgium)
Heath Pierce - Hansa Rostock (Germany)
Jonathan Spencer - West Ham United (England)
Marvell Wynne - Toronto FC (MLS)

MIDFIELDERS
Freddy Adu - AS Monaco (France)
DaMarcus Beasley - Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
Michael Bradley - Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Maurice Edu - Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
Benny Feilhaber - Aarhus (Denmark)
Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA (MLS)
Pablo Mastroeni - Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Jose Francisco Torres - Pachuca (Mexico)

FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore - Xerex (Spain)
Brian Ching - Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Charlie Davies - Hammarby (Sweden)
Clint Dempsey - Fulhan (England)
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

Fire Takes Over Eastern Conference Lead In Win Over Red Bulls

Chris Rolfe scored his third goal of the season with assists from Logan Pause and Brian McBride as the Chicago Fire continued as the only unbeaten team in Major League Soccer with a 1-0 victory Sunday at Toyota Park against the New York Red Bulls.

The win was Chicago's second in a row and fifth straight against New York in their series.

Chicago also moved into first place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 4-0-6 record and 18 points, two points behind DC United and Toronto FC.

The Red Bulls, who have won one out of their last six games and was shut out for the third time in that stretch, are 2-6-3 with nine points and is tied with the defending league champion Columbus Crew (1-2-6).

The Fire play twice this coming week -- Thursday against the best team in MLS in Western Conference-leading Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center, then next Sunday back at home against FC Dallas.

New York hosts the Colorado Rapids this Saturday.

Aluko Hands Red Stars Third Straight Shutout

Eniola Aluko had a goal and an assist as the visiting St. Louis Athletica shut out the Chicago Red Eleven, 2-0, Saturday in Women's Professional Soccer play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

The Red Stars were shut out for the third straight WPS game and Chicago (2-3-2) and St. Louis (2-2-2) are tied for fifth place with eight points.

Both teams next face the league-leading Los Angeles Sol in their next game -- St. Louis going there Friday, Chicago headed to the West Coast June 3.

Freedom Defeats Sky Blue At RFK Stadium

Cat Whitehill scored off a Sonia Bompastor assist in the 35th minute, then Lisa De Vanna had an unassisted goal four minutes later as the host Washington Freedom ruined the interim coaching debut of Kelly Lindsey in a 2-1 victory over her Sky Blue FC in Women's Professional Soccer Saturday.

Lindsey took over the team after team president and CEO Thomas Hoffstetter announced he had suspended general manager and head coach Ian Sawyers, claiming differences between him and the organization over the direction of the franchise.

Rosana scored Sky Blue's lone goal in the 65th minute off a Yael Averbach pass.

The Freedom are 2-2-3 with nine points and in fourth place. They next host the FC Gold Pride next Sunday.

Sky Blue is 1-4-2 with five points and in last place in the single table standings and will host the Boston Breakers next Sunday.

Gryphons Tie Up The Lady Lynx In Toronto

Devon Beach scored on a 54th minute goal for the London Gryphons in a 1-1 draw with the host Toronto Lady Lynx in United Soccer Leagues W-League play Saturday at the Soccer Centre.

Toronto, who leads the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division at 1-0-1 and four points, took the lead in the 24th minute as Kayla Afonso assisted Giselle Mangal on a goal.

London is 0-0-1 with a point and in third in the division.

Both teams play again this Wednesday in London, Ontario, Canada.

Rough Riders Run Rough Shod Over Lady Pioneers

Casie Ludemann scored on an assist by Erin Pardini and Amanda Pasciolla had an unassisted goal as the Long Island Rough Riders shut out the host Western Mass Lady Pioneers, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues W-League action Saturday at Lusitano Stadium.

The Rough Riders (1-1-0) are tied for second place with the Boston Renegades (also 1-1-0) and the New York Magic (1-2-1) with four points in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division. Long Island hosts the Washington Freedom this Saturday.

Western Mass is winless at 0-3-0 with a negative three points and in last place in the division and hosts the New Jersey Rangers.

Quebec City Amiral Make Successful Road Debut

Caroline Valliancourt, Catherine Scott and Marie-Michelle Valle scored goals as the Quebec City Amiral made their debut in the United Soccer Leagues W-League action Saturday with a 3-0 victory against the Rochester Ravens at Rhinos Stadium.

The Amiral are now in second place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division with their inaugural three-point victory and two points behind the Toronto Lady Lynx for the division lead.

Rochester is 0-2-0 and in last place in their first season in the league.

Both teams take on another W-League debutante in the Buffalo Flash -- Quebec City traveling there Sunday and Rochester hosting them this Friday.

Lady Blues Take Magic Away From New York

Angelika Johansson scored four goals and Kristen Edmonds had a fifth as the Husdson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues blasted the visiting New York Magic, 6-0, in United Soccer Leagues W-League action Saturday at Newburgh Free Academy High School in the Hudson Valley

The Lady Blues (2-0-0) lead the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division with six points and host the Washington Freedom next Sunday.

New York (1-2-1) is tied with the Boston Renegades and the Long Island Rough Riders (both 1-1-1 with four points) for second place in the division.

The Magic are at the Connecticut Passion this Saturday.

Hellenic Hellacious Against Majestics In Tampa

Shameka Gordon and Jasmine Johsnon scored and assisted, respectively, on two goals as the Tampa Bay Hellenic shut out the host Northern Virginia Majestics, 3-0, in United Soccer Leagues W-League action Saturday at the Ed Radice Sports Complex in Tampa.

Sarah Chapman scored the other goal for Tampa Bay.

The Hellenic (1-1-0) are tied for fourth place with the Charlotte Lady Eagles (1-2-0) with three points in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay hosts the Hampton Roads Piranhas in a Memorial Day matchup

Northern Virginia is winless at 0-2-0 and in last place in the division. They travel to face the Cary Lady Clarets this Saturday.

Rife's Hat Trick Give Lady Eagles Win Over Destiny

Christine Rife had a hat trick and Hannah Swift assisted on her first two goals as the Charlotte Lady Eagles beat the host Richmond Kickers Destiny, 4-1, in United Soccer Leagues W-League action Saturday at the University of Richmond.

Samara Stephens-Dowd had Richmond's lone goal.

Charlotte is 1-2-0 with three points and tied with the Tampa Bay Hellenic (1-1-0), their road opponent this Saturday, for fourth in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division.

Richmond is 0-1-1 with one point and in sixth place. They take on the Atlanta Silverbacks on the road Saturday.

Legends Fight Off The Brigade

Maxwell Griffin and Ernesto Mariscal scored goals as the Los Angeles Legends shut out the host Bakersfield Brigade, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High School.

The Legends (2-2-0) are tied for fifth place with the Southern California Seahorses (1-1-3) with six points in the Western Conference, Southwest Division.

Bakersfield is winless at 0-4-1 with a point and are tied with the Ogden Outlaws (0-3-1) for last place in the division.

Reds Kill Spiders In Yakima

Vinicius Oliviera and Andrew O'Brien had goals as the host Yakima Reds shut out the Spokane Spiders, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at Marquette Stadium in Yakima, WA.

Yakima (1-4-0) and Spokane (1-6-0) are tied for eighth place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division with three points and play each other again at Spokane, WA June 5.

It Only Takes A Minute To Win A Game

Matt Van Houten scored an unassisted goal in the first minute of play as the expansion Portland Timbers U-23s scored a 1-0 victory over the host Tacoma Tide in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Curtis High School in Tacoma, WA.

Portland is 3-1-1 with 10 points and tied for the lead in the Western Conference, Northwest Division with the Kitsap Pumas (3-0-1) and the Seattle Wolves (3-1-1), all expansion teams in the division.

Tacoma is 1-1-2 with five points and in sixth place in the division.

Portland hosts the Cascade Surge this Saturday and the Tide rolls in to face the Abbotsford Mariners that day.

Pumas Maul The Surge In Kitsap

Stephen Mohn, Anthony Kerr and Mark Lee scored all the goals the host Kitsap Pumas needed in a 3-0 United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League victory over the Cascade Surge at Bremerton Memorial High School Saturday.

The Pumas, new to the PDL this season, are at 3-0-1 with 10 points and tied with the Portland Timbers U-23s and the Seattle Wolves, two new teams both at 3-1-1, for the lead in the Western Conference, Northwest Division.

Cascade is 2-2-0 with six points and are tied with the expansion Victoria Highlanders (1-0-3) for fourth place in the division.

Kitsap and Cascade meet again in Cascade June 3, but the Pumas are at the Wolves Saturday.

Cougars Put Out A Contract On The Hitmen

Richard Bindrup opened the second half with a goal and the host BYU Cougars pulled off an upset, beating the previously unbeaten Hollywood United Hitmen, 1-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at BYU South Field.

The Hitmen remain the best team in the PDL at 5-1-0 with 15 points for the lead in the Western Conference, Southwest Division.

BYU is now 2-1-1 with seven points and in fourth place in the division.

Both teams get the Orange County Blue Star as their next opponent -- BYU travels to them Friday, the Hitmen get them next Sunday.

Patriots Outlast The Tornados On The Road

Michael Griego had two goals and Edgar Mendoza had a goal and an assist as the visiting El Paso Patriots shut out the DFW Tornados, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Pennington Field.

Both teams meet again this Thursday at El Paso's Patriot Field.

El Paso is tied with the Laredo Heat for the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division lead at 3-2-0 and nine points while DFW is 1-2-0 with three points and in sixth place.

Heath-Preston Rolls Thunder Over Brass

Mark Heath-Preston had a goal and an assist as the host Rochester Thunder shut out the Kansas City Brass, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Rochester Community Technical College Saturday.

The expansion Thunder are 2-2-0 with six points in their debut season and in fourth place in the Central Conference, Heartland Division. They host the defending league champion Thunder Bay Chill June 5.

Kansas City, at 1-4-0 with three points and in fifth place, host the Des Moines Menace June 4.

Metros Steal A Victory From The Pirates

Fabricio Montalvan scored in the 55th minute and Dustin Dawes was assisted by Santiago Snellgross in the 62nd minute as the host Nashville Metros shut out the Panama City Pirates, 2-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Ezell Park Stadium.

The Metros are 2-0-1 with seven points and are tied with the Mississippi Brilla (2-0-1) for second place in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division, two points behind the Bradenton Academics for first place. Nashville hosts the expansion Atlanta Blackhawks Saturday.

Panama City, at 1-2-1 with four points, is tied with Atlanta (1-3-1) for sixth place. They are at the Brilla June 6.

Fusion Outpowers The Outlaws In Ogden

Artur Aghasyan, Anthony Hamilton and Matthew McManus scored goals as the Ventura County Fusion defeated the host Ogden Outlaws in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Bonneville High School in Ogden, UT Saturday.

Andrew Cornia had the Outlaws' lone goal.

Ventura County is 2-1-2 with eight points and in third place in the PDL's Western Conference, Southwest Division. They will take on the Bakersfield Brigade this Saturday on the road.

Ogden, who is off now until June 9 when they are at the BYU Cougars, is 0-3-1 with a point and tied with the Brigade for last place in the division.

Barons Take Sting Out Of The 'Rays In RI

Byron Carmichael, Kyle Miller and Joseph Banks scored goals as the visiting Ocean City Barons shut out the host Rhode Island Stingrays, 3-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Rhode Island College Saturday.

The Barons are in second place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division with a 3-0-1 record and 10 points, two points behind the Brooklyn Knights for first place. Ocean City can relax now until June 5 when they travel to the Ottawa Fury.

Rhode Island is 1-2-1 with four points, good for sixth in the division. They host the Fury this Friday.

Knights Beat The Rangers On The Road

Daniel Belke broke a tie in the 73rd minute on a goal assisted by Frank Alesci as the Brooklyn Knights edged the host New Jersey Rangers, 2-1, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at Morris Catholic High School.

Gennaro Ferrante gave the Knights the first lead in the 19th minute off a Massimo Paolo Alessandro assist, but Long Island countered before halftime as Johnathan Okafor fed a pass to Dritan Sela.

The Knights now lead the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division with a 3-0-2 record and 11 points. Brooklyn next hosts the Long Island Rough Riders June 2.

New Jersey is 0-3-1 with one point and tied with the New Hampshire Phantoms (0-5-1) for seventh place in the division. They face the Newark Ironbound Express June 2 on the road.

Lions Attack To Stop Menace-Ing Rally For Draw

Olly Dyson scored a goal off a David Mueller assist in the 74th minute to stop a rally by the Des Moines Menace as the St. Louis Lions forced a 2-2 draw in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.

Stephen Brooks opened the scoring for St. Louis in the 17th minute off a Tyler Schaaefering pass, giving them a lead they held through the second half.

Des Moines tallied back-to-back goals as Daryl Odom fired a Sterline Copeland pass to the back of the net in the 68th minute, then Jack Pearson had an unassisted goal a minute later.

Both teams are 3-0-1 with 10 points and tied for the lead in the Central Conference, Heartland Division and play again this Saturday at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA.

Rough Riders Put Out The Westchester Flames

Mike Palacio scored an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute and Danny Kramer connected with Michael Todd on a 74th minute score as the visiting Long Island Rough Riders shut out the host Westchester Flames, 2-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at McKenna Field.

Long Island is 4-3-1 with nine points and tied with the Newark Ironbound Express, who they face on the road this Wednesday, for third place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Westchester, 1-1-2 with five points and in fifth place in the division, hosts the Express this Saturday.

It's Academic: Boggs Scores Hat Trick In Bradenton Win

Zak Boggs had a natural hat trick with goals in the eighth, 13th and 54th minutes as the host Bradenton Academics beat the expansion Atlanta Blackhawks, 3-1, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Frenchie Loizeau scored for Atlanta in the 31st minute off a Kevin Sawchuk pass.

Bradenton leads the Southern Conference, Southeast Division with a 2-0-2 record and eight points and host the Mississippi Brilla on Memorial Day.

Atlanta is 1-3-1 with four points and are tied with the Panama City Pirates for sixth place in the division. They are at the Nashville Metros next Saturday at Ezell Park Stadium.

Bucks Crown The Kings At Canton Cup Tournament

Mauro Fuzetti scored two goals and assisted on another as the Michigan Bucks shut out the Cincinnati Kings, 3-0, in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game held Saturday during the Canton Cup Tournament.

The Bucks are 1-1-1 with four points and are tied with the Indiana Invaders, who they travel to play Monday, and the Fort Wayne Fever for third place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division.

Cincinnati is 1-2-0 with three points and tied with the Cleveland Internationals for sixth place in the division. The Kings are at the Kalamazoo Outrage Sunday.