Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Former Palace Player Stuns Former Team

Cecil Lewis, a former member of Crystal Palace Baltimore, got some revenge on them Monday as he scored the lone goal of the game in the 55th minute of a 1-0 shutout by the Real Maryland Monarchs in an intrastate United Soccer Leagues Second Division game at University of Maryland-Baltimore County Stadium.


Real Maryland (6-6-0) and Crystal Palace (5-6-3) are tied for fourth place in the USL2 standings with 18 points.


The Monarchs are off until July 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, but the Palace travels to the league-leading Harrisburg City Islanders Friday.

Red Bulls Receive Coundoul, Cut Loose Conway

The New York Red Bulls acquired goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul from the Colorado Rapids for allocation money, signed him immediately to a Major League Soccer contract, and immediately released goalkeeper Jon Conway.

Conway was 1-7-1 this season with the Red Bulls and had a 1.78 goals against average. In 2008, he started a career-high 28 games, had a 1.50 GAA and had seven shutouts. But he also become one of the first players in league history to be suspended 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy by using performance-enhancing drugs.

Coundoul was signed by the Rapids in 2005 but saw no first team action that season. He made up for it in the last three seasons, going 17-22-12 with a 1.15 GAA, the second-best all-time average in league history for a goalkeeper who has played a minimum of 4,000 minutes.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Seattle's Jaqua Named MLS POW

Nate Jaqua of the Seattle Sounders, who contributed on all of his team's goals in a 3-0 shutout the Colorado Rapids Sunday at Qwest Field, was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 15 of the 2009 season Monday.

Jaqua had two goals and assisted on the third by Fredy Montero to take second place on the team in goals (six) and assists (five) behind Montero in both categories (eight and six, respectively).

It is Jaqua's first POW honor since Week 10 of the 2005 season when he scored his first career hat trick with the Chicago Fire in a 5-2 win over Chivas USA.

DC United Releases D Anthony Peters

Defender Anthony Peters was released Monday by Major League Soccer's DC United.

Signed March 3, 2009, he played in DC's 2-0 play-in game victory over FC Dallas April 22 to earn a spot in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, where they are the defending champion.

Sol Officially Clinch First WPS Playoff Berth

Combined with their 4-0 win Saturday over the Chicago Red Stars and St. Louis Athletica's 2-1 win Sunday at Sky Blue FC, the Los Angeles Sol officially clinched the first of four playoff spots in the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer Monday.

Four of the league's seven teams advance to the playoffs, which offer a unique format.

The regular season champion -- more than likely, the Sol -- earns an automatic trip to the WPS Championship Game August 22 at The Home Depot Center.

The second-place team at the end of the season gets a bye into the league semifinal, which they will host August 18 or 19.

The third and fourth place teams will meet in a one-game playoff with the winner facing the second-place team with that winner meeting the regular season champion for the championship.

Palmer Trio Leads Lady Blues Over Rough Riders

Whitney Palmer's hat trick and Angelika Johansson's goal combined to lead the host Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Long Island Rough Riders in United Soccer Leagues W-League play Sunday at Newburgh Free Academy High School.

Erin Pardini and Brooke DeRosa scored Long Island's goals.

The Lady Blues lead the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division at 7-0-1 with 22 points and the Rough Riders are 5-5-1 with 16 points and tied for fifth in the division with the New Jersey Wildcats (5-3-1).

Both teams meet again July 8 at St. Anthony's High School on Long Island.

Heat Outlasts Bravos At Valley View Stadium

Soamy Bautista had a pair of goals, Juan De Dios Ibarra-Tervino assisted on two others, and Nicho Infante and Daniel Galvan tallied scores as the Laredo Heat beat the host Rio Grande Valley Bravos, 4-2, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from Valley View Stadium.

Salvador Luna scored both of the Bravos' goals in the loss.

Both teams, who meet again July 9 in Laredo, are in the hunt for playoff spots in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division.

Laredo is 5-1-6 with 21 points and in third place, one point behind the division co-leading El Paso Patriots (7-4-1) and Austin Aztex U23s (6-2-4) at 22 each.

Rio Grande Valley is 5-4-4 with 19 points and in fourth, two behind Laredo and three back of El Paso and Austin.

Before their next meeting, Laredo will be at Austin Friday and at the DFW Tornados Sunday. The Bravos have the week off.

USNAST Announces Rosters For Upcoming Events

The US National Arena Soccer Team, under the direction of new player/coach Craig Rhodis of 1790 Cincinnati in the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the rosters Monday for two upcoming events -- the Coupe Canada Soccer Rapide tournament Tuesday and Wednesday in Montreal and the Independence Cup against Mexico's national indoor team Saturday at the NYTEX Center in North Richland Hills, TX.

Rhodis begins a two-year term as head coach after replacing former Stockton Cougars player/coach Bernie Lilavois.

The Montreal tournament features the US facing defending champion Mexico, runner-up Canada and newcomer Peru. The USNAST lost both games in last year's Circuit Mondial tournament, their debut event, 10-9 to Canada and 6-4 to Meico.

The US team is currently 2-4 in two competitons.

Only two players on the US roster have international playing experience -- Detroit Waza Flo Pro forward/midfielder Dominic Scicluna and 1790 defender Salvatore Fiore -- but 11 of the 12 on the roster played in the inaugural PASL season.

Eight of the 12 players on the roster were part of the inaugural PASL-Pro Championship game -- five from 1790, including the coach; three from the Stockton Cougars.

Three players -- Rhodis, along with Aaron Susi and Antonio Sutton, both from Stockton -- have over 10 years experience in indoor soccer.

At the Independence Cup, six players from the Montreal trip will join six members of the host Texas Outlaws on that roster.

Here are the rosters for both events:

USNAST ROSTER FOR COUPE CANADA SOCCER RAPIDE

GOALKEEPER
Craig Salvati - 1790 Cincinnati

DEFENDERS
Salvatorre Fiore - 1790 Cincinnati
Jeff Henderson - 1790 Cincinnati
Garrett Buck - 1790 Cincinnati

MIDFIELDER
Nelson Santana - Stockton Cougars

DEFENDER/MIDFIELDERS
Craig Rhodis - 1790 Cincinnati
Antonio Sutton - Stockton Cougars
Ryan Mallord - Detroit Waza Flo Pro

FORWARDS
Aaron Susi - Stockton Cougars
Blake Ordell - Detroit Waza Flo Pro

FORWARD/MIDFIELDERS
Vijay Dias - Louisville Mockingbirds
Dominic Scicluna - Detroit Waza Flo Pro

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USNAST ROSTER FOR INDEPENDENCE CUP

GOALKEEPERS
Clark Elmore - Texas Outlaws
Craig Salvati - 1790 Cincinnati

DEFENDERS
John Andrews - Texas Outlaws
Antonio Sutton - Stockton Cougars

MIDFIELDER
Anthony Jama - Texas Outlaws

DEFENDER/MIDFIELDERS
Jamie Harrigan - Texas Outlaws
Craig Rhodis - 1790 Cincinnati
Majell Aterado - Stockton Cougars
Nelson Santana - Stockton Cougars

FORWARDS
Kellan Zindel - Texas Outlaws
Aaron Susi - Stockton Cougars

FORWARD/MIDFIELDER
Garth Archibald - Denver Dynamite
Dominic Scicluna - Detroit Waza Flo Pro





Five Nominated For Week 15 Goal Of The Week

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for their Goal of the Week Award, voted on by fans at www.mlsnet.com through 2 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

Three of the five players have won the award before.

Here are the nominees:

Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC
Scored goal in 69th minute of 2-0 win Wednesday over the New York Red Bulls off assists from Chad Barrett and Nana Attakora

Omar Cummings, Colorado Rapids
A previous winner in Week 12, he scored the game-tying goal off Mehdi Ballouchy in the 84th minute of a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas Wednesday

David Ferreira, FC Dallas
Scored team's goal off Kenny Cooper and Jeff Cunningham assists in 37th minute of 1-1 draw Wednesday against the Colorado Rapids

Clint Mathis, Real Salt Lake
A previous winner in Week 6, he scored the team's final goal off a Ned Grabavoy assist in the 78th minute of a 3-0 shutout against Toronto FC Saturday

Nate Jaqua, Seattle Sounders
A previous winner in Week 11, he scored the first of two goals off Fredy Montero in the 48th minute of a 3-0 shutout win Sunday against the Rapids

FC Dallas' Eric Avila was selected the Goal of the Week winner for Week 14 Wednesday.

He scored Dallas' opening goal of a 2-1 win upset win over the defending league champion Columbus Crew last Saturday off a Ferreira assist in the 80th minute.

Weber Scores Game-Winner For Athletica Over Sky Blue

Melissa Tancredo's assist on Elise Weber's goal in the 84th minute was the game winner as the St. Louis Athletica edged Sky Blue FC, 2-1, in Women's Professional Soccer play Sunday at Rutgers University.

St. Louis scored fast as Lori Chalupny assisted Eniola Aluko on a goal in the second minute, which Sky would counter in the 76th minute from Julianne Sitch.

The victory allowed the Athletica to climb to third in the league standings at 5-5-2 with 17 points. They will travel to Santa Clara, CA July 5 to play FC Gold Pride.

Sky Blue, who hosts the Boston Breakers on the Fourth of July, are 3-6-3 with 12 points and tied with the Pride for fifth with the same record.

Pathman Carries Cary's Clarets To Victory Over Pirahnas

Mollie Pathman had two goals and two assists, Sarah Jackyra added two more goals and Casey Noguiera scored one as the host Cary Lady Clarets defeated the Hampton Roads Pirahnas, 5-3, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from Middle Creek Park in Cary, NC.

Mercy Akide-Ukoh led the Piranhas with two goals and Jamie Clarke had their third.

Cary, an expansion team this season, are 4-4-1 with 13 points and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division. They will next host the Northern Virginia Majestics July 10.

Hampton Roads is 4-5-0 with 12 points and in fifth place. They will host the Tampa Bay Hellenic July 10.

Dolinsky's Goal Force-s Colorado To Draw To Vancouver

Monica Dolinsky's unassisted 75th minute goal for the Colorado Force countered a penalty kick goal in the 60th from Jodi-Ann Robinson for the host Vancouver Whitecaps in a 1-1 draw Sunday in United Soccer Leagues W-League action at Mercer Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Colorado is 1-1-6 with nine points for fifth place in the Western Conference and the Whitecaps are a point behind them at 1-2-5 with eight.

Both teams also have the Ventura County Fusion as their next opponent -- the Whitecaps host them Wednesday and the Force pay a visit there July 12.

Freedom Defeat The Passion

Molly Menchel had a pair of goals and Brittant Tegeler assisted on two other scores as the Washington Freedom defeated the Connecticut Passion, 4-3, in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from the Wesleyan University Stadium Field.

Meghan Lenczyck contributed a goal and an assist and Caitlin Miskel had a goal to lead the Freedom to a 7-1-0 record and 21 points for second place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division, one point behind the division-leading Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (7-0-1, 22).

Fortuna Velaj, Jasmin Corniel and Kerry Scalora scored for the Passion.

Connecticut is 2-6-1 with seven points and in sixth place in the division.

The Freedom host the Boston Renegades in a Wednesday afternoon match, then travel to the New York Magic Sunday.

Connecticut will visit the Western Mass Lady Pioneers, who won their first W-League game of the season Sunday, on July 11.

Lady Pioneers Finally Snap Losing Streak

Laura Gugli scored a goal in the 17th minute and assisted Alison Fitzsommons in the 28th minute as the Western Mass Lady Pioneers snapped a 10-game losing streak to start the 2009 United Soccer Leagues W-League season with a 3-0 rout of the New York Magic Sunday at Lusitano Stadium.

Despite the win, Western Mass has no points in the standings, due to losing three points for having an ineligible player compete earlier in the season, but are 1-10-0. The Lady Pioneers will look to start a winning streak July 8 when they host the Boston Renegades.

New York is 1-6-3 with six points and in seventh place. They are at the Long Island Rough Riders July 11.

Flash Buries Avalanche In Buffalo

Erika Sutton scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the host Buffalo Flash to a 5-0 drubbing of the Hamilton Avalanche in United Soccer Leagues W-League play Sunday at Orchard Park High School in Buffalo, NY.

Maria Ruiz, Rosa Tantillo and Brooke Barbuto added goals as the Flash improve to 6-2-1 with 19 points in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division for third place and are two points behind the Quebec City Amiral (7-3-0, 21) by two points for second and three behind the Ottawa Fury (7-0-1, 22) for the division lead.

Buffalo draws the Amiral for a road trip Saturday and the Fury welcome the Avalanche to Ottawa.

Gryphons Attack Ravens In North London Stadium

Melissa Smith and Amanda Waugh each had a pair of goals and an assist and Devon Beach had a goal and an assist as the host London Gryphons defeated the Rochester Ravens, 6-2, in United Soccer Leagues W-League play at North London Stadium in London, Ontario, Canada Sunday.

Brittany Kinmond and Ashley Crowe scored for the Ravens, who are winless at 0-9-1 with one point and in last place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division. Rochester will be on the road Friday against the Laval Comets and Sunday at the Quebec City Amiral.

London, 2-6-2 with eight points and in sixth place, will be at the Ottawa Fury Sunday.

Webb Keeps Menace Unbeaten And On Top In Division

Garrett Webb's goal in the 85th minute allowed the Des Moines Menace, who took over the top spot in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Central Conference, Heartland Division, to retain their place another game in a 1-0 victory over the host Rochester Thunder at Rochester Community Technical College Sunday.

The Thunder are 5-6-0 with 15 points and in fourth place in the standings. They will travel Saturday to face the Real Colorado Foxes.

Des Moines, at 7-0-4 with 25 points, will host the defending PDL champion Thunder Bay Chill at Valley Stadium Saturday.

Lawrence Scores Game-Winning Goal For Brilla Over Capitals

Jacob Lawrence's game-winning goal off Anteneh Lemma in the 90th minute gave the Mississippi Brilla a 3-2 victory over the Baton Rouge Capitals in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from Baton Rouge's Olympia Stadium.

Debola Ogunseye and Jared Wooley traded goals for the respective teams throughout the game to force the 2-2 draw in the 66th minute.

Mississippi is in second place in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division at 7-1-4 with 25 points, two behind the Bradenton Academics (8-1-3, 27) for the division lead. Brilla hosts the New Orleans Jesters Saturday.

Baton Rouge, 1-7-3 with six points and in last place, travel to the Panama City Pirates Friday.

Lions Roar Over Defending PDL Champs

Steven Beattie's unassisted 13th minute goal was all the host St. Louis Lions needed to shut out the defending United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League champion Thunder Bay Chill, 1-0, Sunday at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St. Louis.

The Lions are 6-2-4 with 22 points and in second place in the Central Conference, Heartland Division standings, three points behind the unbeaten Des Moines Menace (7-0-4, 25).

Thunder Bay is in fifth place at 3-3-3 with 12 points.

The Lions host the Kansas City Brass this Sunday while the Chill are at the Brass Thursday but first travel to the Springfield Demize Monday.

Tide Rides Agu To Victory Over Spiders

Rory Agu assisted Tucker Maxwell on a 52nd minute goal and scored with help from Nicholas Besagno in the 85th minute as the Tacoma Tide shut out the Spokane Spiders, 2-0, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from Tacoma, WA's Curtis High School.

The Tide have a balanced 4-4-4 record with 16 points and are in fifth place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division.

Spokane is 3-11-0 with nine points and are tied for seventh place with the Yakima Reds (3-8-0).

Both teams play on the road July 10 -- Tacoma at the Abbotsford Mariners, Spokane at the Portland Timbers U23s.

Kraze Defeat Blackhawks At FSA Complex

Tomislav Krizanovic scored from an Aly Hassan assist in the 24th minute, then assisted Jon Gruenewald on an 82nd minute goal to give the host Central Florida Kraze a 3-1 United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League victory over the Atlanta Blackhawks at the FSA Complex Sunday.

Ryan Roushandel had Atlanta's goal in the 54th minute from San Arthur.

The Kraze are 4-6-2 with 15 points and in fifth place in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division race.

Atlanta is 2-8-1 with seven points and in seventh place.

Both teams have home games next with the division-leading Bradenton Academics -- Atlanta this Sunday, Central Florida July 9.

Warner's Goal Leads Timbers U23s Over Whitecaps Residency

Logan Emory assisted Collen Warner on an 88th minute goal as the host Portland Timbers U23s shut out the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency, 1-0, at PGE Park in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game Sunday.

The Timbers U23s are 8-3-1 with 25 points and are in second place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division, four points behind the Kitsap Pumas (9-0-2, 29), who Portland meets on the road Saturday.

Vancouver is 2-6-2 with eight points and in ninth place. They will visit the Abbotsford Mariners Wednesday before returning home to host the Yakima Reds Saturday and the Cascade Surge Sunday.

Ports Leads Rage In Rally Over Royals

Jon Ports scored a goal in the 59th minute on an Aaron Wheeler goal and assisted Adam Garza on an 89th minute tally as the Reading Rage rallied for two goals down to defeat the host Northern Virginia Royals, 3-2, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Hellwig Memorial Field Stadium.

Maurice Hughes was helped by Yu Hoshide in the seventh minute and Patrick Stevens connected with Dave Atkinson on a 14th minute goal for Northern Virginia's lead but, in the 56th minute, they contributed a point to Reading on an own goal.

Reading maintains the lead in the Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic Division with a 9-1-2 record and 29 points. The Rage are off until they host the FC Fredericksburg Gunners July 10.

Northern Virginia, who travel to the West Virginia Chaos Friday, are 1-7-4 with seven points and in last place.

Fury Draws Closer To Rough Riders In Division Race

Will Beauge scored the game's only point in the 20th minute off an Adrian Schippes assist as the host Ottawa Fury upset the Long Island Rough Riders, 1-0, Sunday at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game.

The Rough Riders lost for only the second time in 13 games (10-2-1) and have 31 points to lead the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Ottawa, who remains in second in the division race, cut Long Island's lead over them from seven to four points as the Fury are now 8-0-3 with 27 points and could take over the lead in the division by beating the Ocean City Barons and the New Jersey Rangers on the road Saturday and Sunday, respectively, before the Rough Riders defeat the Brooklyn Knights July 8.

Stingrays Sting Rangers At Morris Catholic

Gregory Motta scored an unassisted goal in the 61st minute to lead the visiting Rhode Island Stingrays to a 2-1 road win over the New Jersey Rangers in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Sunday from Morris Catholic High School.

New Jersey led first in the third minute, but the Rangers scored a goal for the competition in the 51st minute on an own goal to tie the game before Motta's play.

Rhode Island is 4-6-2 with 14 points and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division and are at the New Hampshire Phantoms Wednesday.

New Jersey, 2-7-2 with eight points and in eighth place, are at the Brooklyn Knights Wednesday and host the Ottawa Fury Sunday.

Timbers Impact Hurts Falling Montreal

Mandjou Keita had two goals and George Josten assisted on a pair of scores as the host Portland Timbers shut out the Montreal Impact, 4-0, Sunday in United Soccer Leagues First Division play from Portland's PGE Park.

The Timbers are 7-1-5 with 26 points and in third place in the USL1 standings, a point behind the Charleston Battery (7-2-6, 27) for second and two behind the Puerto Rico Islanders (8-4-4, 28) for first place. Portland travels to the Minnesota Thunder Saturday.

Montreal is treading water at 5-5-2 with 17 points and in sixth place. They will host the Battery at Saputo Stadium next Sunday.

Revolution, Santos Laguna Advance To SuperLiga Semis

Kenny Mansally's 32nd minute goal was all the defending SuperLiga champion New England Revoultion needed to advance to the semifinals of the 2009 tournament as they blanked Mexico's Atlas, 1-0, in the final game of Group B play Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The Revolution will meet the Chicago Fire, who advanced from the Group A pool, July 15 in the semifinals.

In the other pool game, Agustin Herrera, Matias Vusou and Juan Pablo Rodriguez scored goals as Mexico's Santos Laguna defeated MLS' Kansas City Wizards, 3-1, and moved on to meet fellow Primera Division foe Tigres UANL in the next game.

Claudio Lopez scored for Kansas City in the 80th minute on a free kick.

Galaxy Snap Their Losing Streak, Dynamo's Unbeaten String

Todd Dunivant scored the lone goal of the game on a Mike McGee pass in the 24th minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy stunned the Western Conference-leading Houston Dynamo, 1-0, Sunday in a Major League Soccer upset from The Home Depot Center.

The victory, LA's second in their last nine games, ended their own two-game losing streak but also snapped Houston's 11-game unbeaten streak.

The Dynamo retain the top spot in the conference standings at 8-3-4 with 28 points and the Galaxy are 3-3-9 with 18 points and in sixth place.

Both teams play on the Fourth of July -- Houston travels to the Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles hosts the New England Revolution.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jaqua, Montero Team Up As Sounders Shut Out Rapids

Nate Jaqua scored two goals and assisted on a goal by Fredy Montero, who assisted on both of Jaqua's goals as the host Seattle Sounders shut out the Colorado Rapids, 3-0, Sunday in Major League Soccer action from Qwest Field.

Seattle is now in third place in the Western Conference standings with a 6-3-7 record and 25 points. They will next host the conference-leading Houston Dynamo July 11.

Colorado, 5-3-6 with 21 points, in is fourth place in the conference and will host the Chicago Fire this Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Press Pass Gives Blues Victory Over Fusion

Christen Press scored an unassisted goal in the 64th minute and Iris Mora assisted Kelley O'Hara on their opening point as the defending United Soccer Leagues W-League champion Pali Blues edged the Ventura County Fusion, 2-1, Saturday at Buena High School.

Heather Vandevanter assisted Colleen Gibson on Ventura County's only goal in the 75th minute.

Pali is 5-0-3 with 18 points and are also the defending Western Conference champion. They will host the Fusion this Sunday at Palisades High School but travel to the Los Angeles Legends Wednesday at Bishop Mora High School.

Ventura County is 1-3-2 with five points and tied for last place in the division with the Legends (1-5-2). They will be at the Seattle Wolves Monday, then head to the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday.

Fusion Beats The Cougars At Buena High

Anthony Anderson had two goals and an assist and Artur Aghasyan and Andrew Villalobos added goals as the host Ventura County Fusion defeated the BYU Cougars, 4-2, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Buena High School.

Zachary DeFrancis and Brady Marshall scored goals for the Cougars.

The Fusion are 7-1-4 with 25 points and in second place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division, a point behind the division-leading Hollywood United Hitmen (8-2-2, 26). Ventura County travels to the Lancaster Rattlers Friday.

BYU is in seventh place at 3-4-3 with 12 points and plays a home-and-home series Wednesday and Saturday with the last place Ogden Outlaws.

Knight Takes Surge To Home Victory Over Whitecaps Residency

Jorge Marquez fed a pass to Grant Knight in the 71st minute as the host Cascade Surge shut out the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency, 1-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from Williamette University's McCullouch Stadium.

Cascade is tied for third place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division with the Portland Timbers U-23s, who boast the same 7-3-1 record with 22 points. They are one point behind the Seattle Wolves (7-2-2, 23) for second place and six behind the Kitsap Pumas (9-0-2, 29).

Cascade will be at Vancouver for a rematch next Sunday at Simon Fraser University.

Before then, though, Cascade travels to the Abbotsford Mariners Friday and Vancouver plays three games this week -- Sunday at the Timbers U-23s, Wednesday at Abbotsford and next Saturday hosting the Yakima Reds.

Hitmen Launch Attack On Last Place Outlaws

Jaime Chaves had two goals, Earl Alexander and Diego Barrera contributed a goal and an assist and Willie Sims, Ferguson Agwu and Estuardo Sanchez added single goals as the Hollywood United Hitmen regained sole possession of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Western Conference, Southwest Division with a 7-1 thrashing of the Ogden Outlaws Saturday at Palisades High School.

The Hitmen are 8-2-2 with 26 points and are now off untl July 11 when they meet the Los Angeles Legends at Bishop Mora High School in Los Angeles.

Ogden, in last place at 1-8-1 with four points, saw Samuel Charles score a hat trick. The Outlaws are at the BYU Cougars this Saturday.

Hughes Onslaught Gives Highlanders Home Win Over Reds

Jordie Hughes exploded for four goals and an assist and Paul Van Den Boomen assisted on two other scores as the Victoria Highlanders defended their home turf of City Centre Stadium in a 6-1 rout of the Yakima Reds in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday.

Hughes now leads the Highlanders in goals with six.

Juan Viveros gave the Reds their only lead in the 16th minute.

Victoria is in sixth place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division at 3-5-3 with 12 points. They will play the Seattle Wolves in a weekend series, starting Friday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA and ending next Sunday at City Centre Stadium.

Yakima is 3-8-0 with nine points and is tied with the Spokane Spiders (3-10-0) for seventh place. The Reds travel to the Abbotsford Mariners next Sunday.

Luna, Banda Leads Bravos Over Aztex U-23s

Salvador Luna had two goals and an assist and Tomas Banda added a goal and an assist to lead the Rio Grande Valley Bravos to a 5-1 victory over the Austin Aztex U-23s in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action Saturday at Valley View Stadium.

Kendell McFayden scored Austin's only goal in the final minute of play.

The Aztex U-23s, at 6-2-4 with 22 points, are tied for the lead in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division with the El Paso Patriots (7-4-1).

Rio Grande Valley is in third place at 5-3-4 with 19 points.

Both teams host the Laredo Heat this weekend -- Austin Friday, Rio Grande Valley next Sunday.

Brazil Successfully Defends Confederations Cup Crown Over US

For the second straight time and third time in the event's history, Brazil is the new FIFA Confederations Cup champion after rallying from two goals down to defeat the US Men's National Team, 3-2, in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday.

The five-time FIFA World Cup champions won their eighth straight game and are unbeaten in their last 16.

The US, making history Sunday by playing in their first FIFA-sanctioned tournament final, took the early lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, but Brazil began their rally quickly in the second half as Luis Fabiano scored the first of his two goals in the 47th minute and followed up with another in the 74th minute.

Elano knocked a pass over Lucio, who headed in the final goal in the 84th minute.

The US leaves South Africa Monday night and will arrive in Seattle Tuesday to begin training for the CONCACAF Gold Cup July 3-26.

The Americans are in Group B for pool play with Grenada (July 4 at Qwest Field, Seattle), Honduras (July 8 at RFK Stadium, Washington, DC) and Haiti (July 11 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA).

Freedom Keeps Lady Pioneers Winless

Meghan Lenczyk had two goals and Caitlin Miskel had a goal and an assist as the Washington Freedom kept the host Western Mass Lady Pioneers winless for the 2009 United Soccer Leagues W-League season in a 3-0 shutout Saturday at Lusitano Stadium.

Washington, 6-1-0 with 18 points, is tied with the Boston Renegades (5-2-3) for second place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division, a point behind the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (6-0-1) for the division lead. The Freedom are at the Connecticut Passion Sunday before hosting the Renegades Wednesday at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Western Mass is 0-10-0 and hosts the New York Magic Sunday.

Ward Balances Out Scoring As Fever, Outrage Tie

Claire Ward's unassisted goal in the 84th minute forced the Fort Wayne Fever to accept a 3-3 draw to the Kalamazoo Outrage in United Soccer Leagues W-League play Saturday at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI.

Fort Wayne took a 2-0 lead on goals by Sarah Killion (20') and Paige Goeglein (53') before Kalamazoo got on the board as Megan Brown (64') and Devin Bond (80') scored to level the contest.

The Outrage's Brianna Ray gave them their only lead in the 83rd minute, but Ward's game-tieing shot ended the opportunity to gain three points in the league standings.

Kalamazoo is 2-2-1 with seven points and is in fourth place in the Central Conference, Midwest Division. They travel to the Chicago Red Eleven July 4 then face the FC Indiana Lionesses on the road July 8.

Fort Wayne is winless at 0-3-2 with two points and in sixth place. They will visit the Cleveland Internationals Wednesday.

Fury Knocks Amiral Off Great Lakes Division Lead

Amber Hearn scored in the 57th minute off a Michelle Evans assist and the Ottawa Fury took charge of the lead in the United Soccer Leagues W-League's Central Conference, Great Lakes Division with a 1-0 victory over the expansion Quebec City Amiral.

Ottawa (7-0-1, 22 points) leapfrogs the Amiral, now second in the division at 7-3-0 with 21 points.

The Fury hosts the Hamilton Avalanche this Friday and the London Gryphons Sunday while the Amiral welcomes the Buffalo Flash to town Saturday and the winless Rochester Ravens next Sunday.

Wildcats Sharpen Claws On Rough Riders

Kristin Hextall had a pair of goals and Rachel Breton added another as the host New Jersey Wildcats blanked the Long Island Rough Riders, 3-0, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from Mercer County Community College.

The Wildcats (5-3-1) and the Rough Riders (5-4-1) both have 16 points and are tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division standings.

Long Island hosts the division-leading Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues July 8 and New Jersey hosts the Washington Freedom July 11.

Lightning Strikes Three Times In Win Over Internationals

Chelsea Cline, Kelsey hand and Caroline Smith scored goals as the host Minnesota Lightning shut out the Cleveland Internationals, 3-0, in United Soccer Leagues W-League play at the National Sports Center Saturday in Blaine, MN.

The Lightning are 3-2-1 with 10 points and are in third place in the Central Conference, Midwest Division. They will host the Chicago Red Eleven Wednesday and the Kalamazoo Outrage Friday.

Cleveland is 2-4-0 with six points and is in fifth place. They host the Fort Wayne Fever Wednesday and the FC Indiana Lionesses Friday.

Eagles Fly High Over Majestics

Danielle Dos Santos scored a goal off a Christine Rife assist in the 48th minute and Lindsay Ozimek's penalty kick 10 minutes later was all the scoring the visiting Charlotte Lady Eagles needed in a 2-0 win over the Northern Virginia Majestics in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from Hellwig Memorial Field Stadium.

The Eagles are 5-2-2 with 17 points and are tied with the Tampa Bay Hellenic (5-1-2) for second place in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division, seven points behind the Atlanta Silverbacks (8-1-0, 24), who Charlotte faces at Silverbacks Park July 10 before hosting the Cary Lady Clarets July 11.

Northern Virginia is in last place (1-8-0, three points) and hosts the Hellenic July 11.

Pumas Maul Spiders At Bremerton Memorial HS

Mark Conrad had two goals and Stephen Phillips had a goal and an assist to lead the expansion Kitsap Pumas to a 6-1 United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League victory over the Spokane Spiders Saturday at Bremerton Memorial High School.

Nicholas Love scored Spokane's lone goal.

The Pumas lead the Western Conference, Northwest Division with a 9-0-2 record and 29 points and host the Seattle Wolves Tuesday.

Spokane, 3-10-0 with nine points, is tied for sixth in the division with the Victoria Highlanders (2-5-3) and the Yakima Reds (3-7-0). The Spiders will attack the Tacoma Tide Sunday on the road.

Legends Force Draw With Seahorses

Gabriel Farfan's 30th minute goal off a Jessey Robles assist was the game-tying goal as the host Los Angeles Legends played the Southern California Seahorses to a 1-1 draw Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from LA's Bishop Mora High School.

Ryan Shaw accepted a pass from Jonathan Terrazas in the 22nd minute for Southern California's goal.

The Legends (7-2-3, 24 points) are two points behind the Hollywood United Hitmen (8-2-2, 26), who the Seahorses face at home Wednesday, in the Western Conference, Southwest Division. Los Angeles next hosts the Orange County Blue Star.

Southern California is 3-2-5 with 14 points and is in fifth place.

Menace Tops The Heartland Division After Demize Of Springfield

Jack Pearson had a goal and an assist and Armin Mujdzic and Adam Hooi added goals as the host Des Moines Menace took over the lead in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Central Conference, Heartland Division with a 3-0 rout of the Springfield Demize Saturday at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA.

The Menace are 6-0-4 with 22 points and will be at the Rochester Thunder Sunday, then host the defending league champion Thunder Bay Chill for July 4.

Springfield is at the bottom of the division standings at 2-9-1 with seven points. The Demize host the Chill Sunday, then are at the Kansas City Brass July 9.

Brilla Shuts Out Metros At Arrow Field

Debola Ogunseye had a pair of goals and Nicholas Rich had two assists to lead the Mississippi Brilla to a 4-0 rout of the Nashville Metros in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from Arrow Field in Mississippi Saturday.

Stefan Ostergren had a goal and an assist in the victory and Dwyane Demmin also scored a goal as Brilla improved to 6-1-4 with 22 points, good for second place in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division, five points behind the Bradenton Academics (8-1-3, 26), who Nashville faces on the road Friday.

Mississippi travels to the Baton Rouge Capitals Sunday, then host the New Orleans Jesters for a July 4 game.

Kings Fight Off The Fever

Patrick Baxter had an unassisted goal in the 37th minute and Branden Stelmak scored two minutes later off a Justin Jenkins play as the host Cincinnati Kings fought off the Fort Wayne Fever, 3-1, Saturday in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League contest from the Town & Country Sports Complex.

Fort Wayne gave the Kings an own goal in the 55th minute and truly scored on Max Toulette's 88th minute attempt.

Cincinnati (3-5-3, 12 points) is in fifth place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division and hosts the Toronto Lynx Friday.

Fort Wayne, though, is 2-6-1 and tied with the Lynx (2-7-1) at seven points for last place in the division. The Fever host the Cleveland Internationals Wednesday and Forest City London next Saturday.

Forest City's Unbeaten Streak At Nine With Win Over Internationals

Alan McGreal had two goals and Casey Zimmerman and Thomas Beattie added goals as expansion United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League franchise Forest City London extended their winning streak to nine games in a 4-1 rout of the Cleveland Internationals Saturday at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London, Ontario, Canada.

Nicholas Parianos was assisted by Ryan Greenwall on a fourth minute scoring play for the Internationals, 2-6-2 with eight points and in seventh place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division. Cleveland will be at the Fort Wayne Fever this Wednesday, then will host the Toronto Lynx.

Forest City, 6-0-3 with 21 points, is in second place in the division behind the Kalamazoo Outrage (8-2-2, 26 points) and will host the Lynx Wednesday, travel to the Fever next Saturday and face the Indiana Invaders on the road next Sunday.

Alessandro Snaps Tie For Knights

Massimo Alessandro scored a game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to lead the Brooklyn Knights to a 2-1 road win over the New Hampshire Phantoms in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University.

Steven Nyarady gave Brooklyn the early lead in the 21st minute, but Kyle Urso countered for New Hampshire in the 60th minute.

Brooklyn stands in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division at 5-3-3 with 18 points and hosts the New Jersey Rangers Wednesday.

New Hampshire, last in the division, is 1-8-2 with five points and hosts the Rhode Island Stingrays Wednesday.

Laventure PK Ties Contest Between Newark, Ottawa

Jerrod Laventure scored on a penalty kick with two minutes left to play, countering an opening unassisted goal by Adrian Leroy in the 32nd minute as the Newark Ironbound Express forced a 1-1 draw with the host Ottawa Fury in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex Saturday.

Newark is 6-7-1 with 19 points and tied with the Ocean City Barons (6-3-1), who they travel to face Wednesday, for third place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Ottawa (7-0-3, 24 points), second in the division, has a showdown match Sunday at the division-leading Long Island Rough Riders (10-1-1, 31) before playing at the Ocean City Barons next Saturday and at the New Jersey Rangers next Sunday.

Barons Stun Stingrays, Face Defending LHUSOC Champion Tuesday

Byron Carmichael scored a seventh minute goal off a William Swerta assist and Ryan Richter doubled the lead for the Ocean City Barons of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League in the 48th minute with help from Bobby Pinto as they defeated the Rhode Island Stingrays, 2-1, Saturday at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex.

Ocean City has a 6-3-1 record with 19 points and is tied for third place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division with the Newark Ironbound Express (6-2-1), who they will host Wednesday at Carey Stadium, the night after they face the defending Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament champion DC United of Major League Soccer. Saturday, they welcome the Ottawa Fury.

Rhode Island is 3-6-2 with 11 points and is in sixth place. They travel to the New Jersey Rangers Sunday before facing the New Hampshire Phantoms on the road Wednesday.

Trott Leads Flames Over Rangers

Josh Trott assisted on a Jose Dos Santos pass in the 31st minute and scored off a Edison Bayas assist in the 62nd minute as the host Westchester Flames edged the New Jersey Rangers, 2-1, Saturday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from McKenna Field.

New Jersey's Marko Ciklic tied the game at 1-1 with a 42nd minute feed to Erik Vendola.

Westchester is 2-8-3 with nine points and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division and New Jersey is a point behind in eighth at 2-6-2 with eight.

Both teams face the Brooklyn Knights next -- New Jersey first on the road this Wednesday, Westchester hosts them July 11.

Bundy, Hammerheads Upset City Islanders

Kenny Bundy assisted Tim Karalexis on a halftime goal and scored off a Chris Murray 70th minute pass as the host Wilmington Hammerheads upset the United Soccer Leagues Second Division-leading Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-2, Saturday at Legion Sports Complex.

Jamie Watson scored in the 20th minute for the Hammerheads, countering the City Islanders' first goal from Jason Massie to Chad Severs in the 19th minute. David Schofield had an unassisted goal in the final minute of the game for Harrisburg.

Harrisburg remains on top at 7-3-2 with 23 points, but the Hammerheads (6-3-2, 20 points) are tied for second in the USL2 rankings with the Richmond Kickers (5-2-5) and will host the Charlotte Eagles Thursday. After playing Major League Soccer's New England Revolution Tuesday in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, they will host Crystal Palace Baltimore at Skyline Sports Complex Friday.

Sesay Leads City Stars To 2-2 Draw Over Aztex

In the first game of a two-game series at Bedford, OH's Middlefield Cheese Stadium, Israel Sesay assisted Joshua Boateng on his 11th minute goal and Ricardo Pierre-Louis on a goal three minutes into second half stoppage time and the Cleveland City Stars played the Austin Aztex to a 2-2 draw Saturday in United Soccer Leagues First Division play.

Austin had a 2-1 halftime lead, thanks to Eddie Johnson's pass to Josh Alcaca in the 30th minute and Kyle Brown's 38th minute feed to Jeff Harwell before Pierre-Louis' goal.

Both teams will meet again at the same place this Friday.

Austin (2-6-6, 12 points, ninth place) is two points ahead of Cleveland (2-9-4, 10 points, 10th place) in the USL1 standings.

Rhinos Roll Over Thunder In Blaine

Andrew Gregor took a pass from Chris Nurse in the 32nd minute and Mike Ambersley was assisted by Kwame Sarkodie in the 82nd minute as the Rochester Rhinos rolled over the Minnesota Thunder, 2-1, in United Soccer Leagues First Division play Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

Brian Cvilikas scored Minnesota's only goal in the 89th minute.

The Rhinos are 6-5-2 with 20 points and are in fifth place in the league standings. After facing the defending Major League Soccer champion Columbus Crew Tuesday in the third round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, Rochester will welcome the Austin Aztex to Marina Auto Stadium July 5.

The Thunder host MLS' Kansas City Wizards in LHUSOC play Tuesday, then hosts the Portland Timbers July 4.

Islanders Regain USL1 Lead In Win Over RailHawks

The Puerto Rico Islanders took back control of the United Soccer Leagues First Division with a 2-1 victory on the road against the Carolina Railhawks at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Amil Lowery scored Carolina's goal unassisted in the 40th minute, but, for the first time in 34 games, the RailHawks lost, despite scoring the first goal. They had gone 24-0-9 when they scored first.

Jonny Steele, a former RailHawk, countered Lowery's goal two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1 heading to halftime, and Peter Villegas scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute for Puerto Rico, 8-4-4 with 28 points.

The Islanders are unbeaten in the series over the RailHawks at 5-0-1 and Carolina (7-4-3, 24 points, third place) is winless in their last five games.

Puerto Rico will be at the Miami FC Blues July 4. Carolina has an exhibition game Tuesday against Panama at home, then travels to the Charleston Battery July 11.

Fire Lose Game To Tigres, But Both Head To SuperLiga Semis

Armando Pulido scored both goals for Mexico's Tigres UANL in a 2-1 win over Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire Saturday in the final game of Group A pool play in the 2009 SuperLiga tournament at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco had Chicago's lone goal on a 85th minute penalty kick.

Both teams finished pool play 2-1-0 with six points, with Chicago winning the group via tiebreakers and Tigres finishing second to also earn a semifinal berth.

In the other Group A game Saturday at The Home Depot Center, San Luis and Chivas USA played to a 1-1 draw, which eliminated both from further competition.

Alfredo Moreno scored for San Luis (1-1-1, four points) on a 54th minute penalty kick and Bojan Stefanovic assisted Atiba Harris on an 88th minute goal to knot the game and end Chivas' run at 0-2-1 with a point.

Sunday, Group B play concludes as the New England Revolution host Atlas at Gillette Stadium and the Kansas City Wizards welcome Santos Laguna to CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

RSL Stretches Unbeaten String To Four Over Toronto FC

Clint Mathis teamed with Javier Morales on a Kyle Beckerman goal in the 44th minute and scored a goal via a Ned Grabavoy assist in the 78th minute as Real Salt Lake shut out Toronto FC, 3-0, Saturday in Major League Soccer play from Rio Tinto Stadium, extending their current winning streak to four games.

Yura Movsisyan opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 21st minute.

RSL is 5-6-4 with 19 points and in fifth place in the Western Conference standings. They host the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday.

Toronto (6-6-4, 22 points) is tied with the defending league champion Columbus Crew (5-3-7) for second place in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind DC United (5-3-8). Toronto will be at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA July 11 to meet San Jose.

Crew Wins MLS Cup Rematch Versus Red Bulls

Guillermo Barros Schelotto connected with Chad Marshall just before halftime as the defending Major League Soccer champion Columbus Crew got past the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, Saturday in a rematch of the 2008 MLS Cup, this time at Crew Stadium, where Columbus extended their home winning streak to four games after opening the season there with three straight draws.

Columbus has gone 5-1-5 overall in their last 11 games and has not lost at home, including two playoff game victories, since June 8, 2008, a string of 18 straight.

The Red Bulls, meanwhile, are winless on the road this season (0-9-1), have been outscored 17-1 when they visit teams, and extended their league-record regular season road winless streak to 22 games.

Columbus is 5-3-7 with 22 points and are tied with Toronto FC (6-6-4) for second place in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind DC United (5-3-8, 23).

New York is the worst team in the league at 2-12-4 with 10 points.

The Crew steps away from league play Tuesday to face the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer Leagues First Division in the third round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then host United July 4.

New York travels to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX to face FC Dallas July 4.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sol Continues Undefeated Home Season By Beating Blanking Red Stars

Marta had a pair of goals, Camille Abily scored her league-leading eighth of the season and Shannon Boxx added a tally as the Los Angeles Sol moved one game closer to clinching Women's Professional Soccer's inaugural regular season championship with a 4-0 rout of the visiting Chicago Red Stars at The Home Depot Center Saturday.

The victory also tied a record for largest shutout win in the league, joining a similar score April 25 when the Red Stars blanked the Boston Breakers.

Los Angeles extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with three wins this week over FC Gold Pride (2-0 victory at home Sunday), the St. Louis Athletica (2-1 road win Wednesday) and Chicago. The Sol are also 9-0-0 at home.

The Sol are now 10-1-4 with 34 points and have a virtual lock on the regular season title. Chicago, meanwhile, is in last place at 2-6-5 with 11 points.

Both teams have a common opponent next in the Washington Freedom -- Chicago hosts them at Toyota Park July 1, then the Sol travel to the Maryland Soccerplex July 5.

Crim Leads Stars Over Reds

Zak Crim had a pair of goals as the Tacoma Stars defeated the Yakima Reds, 4-1, Friday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Curtis High School in Tacoma, WA.

The Stars are in fifth place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division standings with a 3-4-4 record and 13 points.

Yakima, whose lone goal came from Vini Oliveira, are 3-7-0 with nine points and tied with the Spokane Spiders (3-9-0), who Tacoma hosts this Sunday, and the Victoria Highlanders (2-5-3), who welcome the Reds Saturday.

Tornados Shut Out Toothless Leones

Bryce Taylor and Arthur Ivo each scored a goal and an assist and Kevin White, Daniel Summers and Marvin Tabi added goals as the DFW Tornados shut out the winless Houston Leones, 5-0, Friday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Dallas' Pennington Field.

The Tornados are 2-6-3 with nine points and are in sixth place in the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division. They next host the Laredo Heat next Sunday.

Houston is in last place at 0-9-3 with three points and are at the West Texas United Sockers this Friday.

Rapids Release F Gregory Richardson

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Friday they waived forward Gregory Richardson.

He played 11 minutes in the team's season opening game against Chivas USA March 21, one day after signing a contract with the Rapids. He was acquired in a February 27, 2009 trade with Toronto FC.

He also played all 90 minutes in a May 26 play-in game against the Seattle Sounders for a spot in the field for the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Sky Blue Swaps Players With Athletica

Sky Blue FC acquired Kerri Hanks, Brazil's Francielle and the rights to another Brazilian player, Renata Costa, from the St. Louis Athletica Friday for Australian star Sarah Walsh, the rights to Brazil's Ester and a conditional draft pick, the Women's Professional Soccer franchises announced Friday.

Hanks became the fourth player in the history of the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy to win the award twice while at Notre Dame. She was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 WPS Draft and has scored a goal and assisted on another in 10 games this season.

Francielle, a member of her country's silver medal-winning 2008 Beijing Olympics team and one who led Santos to a title, has played in six games with the Athletica.

Costa is currently playing for LdB Malmo in Sweden's Damallsvenskan. She was a member of Brazil's silver medal-winning 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams and their 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup teams.

French Lesson Knots Sounders, Force

Michelle French's penalty kick goal in the 58th minute forced a 1-1 draw between the host Seattle Sounders and the Colorado Force in United Soccer Leagues W-League action Friday from the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Colorado took the lead in the 14th minute as Shay Powell fed a pass to Lisa Franke before French's play.

The Sounders are 3-0-4 with 13 points and are in second place in the Western Conference, two points behind the conference-leading and defending national champion Pali Blues (4-0-3, 15). Seattle hosts the Ventura County Fusion Monday.

Colorado is 1-1-5 with eight points and in fourth place. The Force are at the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Sunday.

Avalanche Buries Winless Ravens

Alison Heydorn had a goal and assisted on two others as the host Hamilton Avalanche stretched the winless streak of the new Rochester Ravens to nine games with a 6-0 romp in United Soccer Leagues W-League play at Brian Timmins Field in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Friday.

Heather MacDougall scored a pair of goals, Sylvia Kowalski and Apolonia Kukla each had a goal and an assist, and Brett Vanderwoude added a goal for the Avalanche, 2-3-1 with seven points and in sixth place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division.

Rochester is 0-8-1 with a point and are in last place.

The Ravens look for their first win of the season Saturday at the London Gryphons and the Buffalo Flash host the Avalanche Sunday.

Hellenic Ends Silverbacks Season-Opening Streak

The Tampa Bay Hellenic snapped the Atlanta Silverbacks' eight-game United Soccer Leagues W-League's unbeaten streak to start the season with an unassisted goal in the 79th minute of a 1-0 victory Friday at the Ed Radice Soccer Complex in Tampa, FL.

Atlanta remains on top in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division with an 8-0-1 record and 24 points, seven points ahead of the Hellenic in second (5-1-2, 17 points).

Tampa Bay hosts the Richmond Kickers Destiny July 3 and the Silverbacks have until July 10 to lick their wounds before focusing at home on the Charlotte Eagles.

Bangura Nets Both In Surge Win Over Timbers U23s

Ibrahim Bangura had an unassisted goal in the fifth minute and scored on a penalty kick in the 47th minute as the Cascade Surge shut out the Portland Timbers U23s, 2-0, in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Western Conference, Northwest Division play at McCullough Stadium at Williamette University in Salem, OR Friday.

The Timbers, despite the loss, are 7-3-1 with 22 points and in third place in the division standings. Cascade, meanwhile, is three points behind Portland at 6-3-1 with 19.

Both teams host the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency this weekend -- Cascade first Saturday, Portland gets them Sunday.

Thunder Duo Leads Team Over Demize

Miguel Bonilla and Teal Burnbury led the host Rochester Thunder with a goal and an assist each as they defeated the Springfield Demize, 4-1, Friday in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game in the Central Conference, Heartland Conference from Rochester Community Technical College.

Bonilla had an unassisted goal in the eighth minute, then helped Gustavo Diaz with a play in the 31st minute. Burnbury scored alone in the 56th minute and assisted on Mark Heath-Preston's 65th minute goal in the victory.

Springfield's lone goal came from Emmanuel Adewole.

Rochester is 5-5-0 with 15 points and is in fourth place in the division while the Demize are in last place at 2-8-1 with seven points.

Both teams face the Des Moines Menace this weekend -- Rochester hosting them Sunday, but Springfield playing at Valley Stadium Saturday.

Oatley Duo Leads Outrage Over Lynx

Tom Oatley scored both his team's goals as the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Central Conference, Great Lakes Division-leading Kalamazoo Outrage edged the Toronto Lynx, 2-1, Friday at Kalamazoo, MI's Loy Norrix High School.

Luke Norman assisted on his first goal in the 21st minute and Domenico Barone was part of the game-winning 37th minute play.

Jordan Webb leveled the game at 1-1 for Toronto in the 30th on an unassisted goal.

Kalamazoo is 8-2-2 with 26 points while the Lynx are 2-6-1 with seven points and are tied with the Fort Wayne Fever (2-5-1) for seventh place.

The Lynx head to the Invaders Soccer Complex Saturday to face the Indiana Invaders but the Outrage rests up until July 9 when they host Forest City London.

Clarets Shut Out Legacy At Middle Creek Park

Vince Petrasso, Philip Wilson and Ronnie Bouemboue scored goals to lead the host Cary Clarets to a 3-0 shutout of the Virginia Legacy in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game at Middle Creek Park in Cary, NC Friday.

Cameron Brown assisted on Petrasso's 57th minute point and Thomas Drake did so on Wilson's goal in the 77th minute. Bouemboue's goal was unassisted.

Cary, an expansion team this season, is 7-2-2 with 23 points and in second place in the Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic Division, three points behind the division-leading Reading Rage (8-1-2, 26). The Clarets next host the Hampton Roads Pirahnas Sunday.

Virginia is 1-4-6 with nine points and is tied for fifth with the FC Fredericksburg Gunners (2-5-3) and the West Virginia Chaos (2-7-3). The Legacy are at the Carolina Dynamo Saturday.

Kickers Delicate-ly Defeat Riverhounds

Matthew Delicate scored an unassisted goal in the sixth minute and, with an assist from Gerson Dos Santos in the 33rd minute, had the game-winning goal as the Richmond Kickers edged the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2-1, in United Soccer Leagues Second Division play from Edinboro University Stadium Friday.

Randolph Jerome tied the game at 1-1 for Pittsburgh in the 21st minute off a Jason Kutney assist.

Richmond is currently 5-2-5 with 20 points and is in second place in the league standings behind the Harrisburg City Islanders (7-2-2, 23). The Kickers host the Charlotte Eagles July 4

Pittsburgh is in eighth place at 3-5-3 with 12 points and has a two-game Fourth of July series coming this Thursday and next Saturday in Hamilton, Bermuda against the Bermuda Hogges.

US Women Still Tops In Second FIFA Poll Of Year

The US Women's National Team remain the number one team in the world, according to the latest quarterly FIFA/Coca-Cola World Soccer Rankings announced Friday.

Except for a change in the bottom two slots, the top eight teams are unchanged from three months ago -- US, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, North Korea, Denmark, Japan and France.

England and Norway swap spots from the last poll -- England up one to ninth, Norway falls to tenth.

The third quarterly poll results will be released September 25.

They May Have Lost The Game, But Sanchez Is USL1 GOW Winner

Minnesota Thunder midfielder Ricardo Sanchez was named the winner Friday of the United Soccer Leagues First Division's Goal of the Week contest.

Despite being beaten last Friday at PGE Park by the Portland Timbers, 5-1, Sanchez scored his team's lone goal unassisted in the 38th minute.

To view the winning goal, go to www.uslsoccer.com.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Revs Place Twellman On DL For Concussive Symptoms

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution will be out without the services of forward Taylor Twellman for a minimum of six games as the team Friday placed him on the disabled list with symptoms from a concussion.

The move was made after Twellman completed a followup visit with doctors after taking two weeks off from training and playing in games.

He last practiced with the team June 9 and has played only twice this season -- May 30 against DC United and June 7 against the New York Red Bulls, where he scored two goals, including his 100th career goal.

Red Bulls Release Midfielder Juan Piertavallo

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls terminated the contract Friday of midfielder Juan Piertavallo.

Piertavallo started two of three games this season and, since signing with them July 17, 2008, started 12 of 13 games and had an assist.

Fire Releases Goalkeeper Nick Noble

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire Friday released goalkeeper Nick Noble, the seventh overall pick in the 2007 Supplemental Draft from the University of West Virginia.

In his 2 1/2 years with the team, he played in 17 Reserve Division matches, but never played for the senior team.

He did, however, compete for Chicago in their third round game against the Cleveland City Stars of the United Soccer Leagues First Division for the 2008 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and in exhibition games against Mexico's Club America, Everton FC of the English Premier League and Poland's Wista Krakow.

Renegades Rally To Douse Passion In Connecticut

Jackie Santacaterina, Farrell McClernon and Amy Caldwell scored unanswered unassisted goals as the Boston Renegades rallied to defeat the Connecticut Passion, 3-1, Thursday in United Soccer Leagues W-League action from Yale University's Stadium Field.

The Passion's lone goal came in the 13th minute from a Fortuna Velaj pass to a waiting Jasmin Corniel.

Boston is 5-2-2 with 17 points and is second place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division, two points behind the division-leading Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (6-0-1). The Renegades play host to the New York Magic Saturday at Wayland High School.

Connecticut, 2-5-1 with seven points and in sixth place, hosts the Washington Freedom Sunday.

Seahorses Rally Leads To Tie With Cougars

Down 3-1 after an hour of play, Chris Leiva scored an unassisted goal in the 85th minute and Ryan Shaw fed a pass to Dustin Suppe five minutes later as the host Southern California Seahorses rallied and tied the BYU Cougars, 3-3, Thursday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at La Mirada High School.

Tomislav Colic opened the game for the Seahorses in the fourth minute, but Zachary DeFrancis (37'), Steven Richards (40') and Jordan Cushman (60') barraged the nets to put the Cougars up for the potential three points until Southern California fought back.

The Seahorses are 3-2-4 with 13 points and are tied for fifth place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division with the Fresno Fuego (3-4-4). They will face the Los Angeles Legends Saturday at Bishop Mora High School.

BYU is 3-3-3 with 12 points, is in seventh place in the standings, and takes on the Ventura County Fusion Saturday at Buena High School.

Fresno Cuts Down Fusion's Power In Draw

Nini Blanco's last-minute goal off a Moto Gutierrez assist gave the host Fresno Fuego a 1-1 draw with the Ventura County Fusion in a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League game Thursday at Chukchansi Park.

Hagop Chirishian fed a pass in the 61st minute to Kyle Kaveny for the Fusion's goal.

Fresno is 3-4-4 with 13 points and are tied with the Southern California Seahorses for fifth place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division.

Ventura County is in third at 6-1-4 with 22 points, a point behind division co-leaders Los Angeles Legends and Hollywood United Hitmen, both 7-2-2.

The Fusion host the BYU Cougars Saturday while the Fuego are off until next Friday when they face the Bakersfield Brigade on the road.

Jesters Stay Unbeaten In Draw With Metros

Ben Callon scored a game-tying goal in the 62nd minute off a Brandon Chagnard assist and the New Orleans Jesters extended their unbeaten streak to 11 United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League games this season as they hosted the Nashville Metros Thursday at Pan American Stadium.

Dustin Dawes gave Nashville the lead in the 23rd minute on an unassisted score.

The Jesters are 4-0-7 with 19 points and are tied for second in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division with the Mississippi Brilla (5-1-4), who Nashville faces at Longabaugh Stadium in Biloxi, MS Saturday.

New Orleans hosts the Panama City Pirates Saturday.

Express Puts Out Flames At Home

Aviv Volnerman had two goals and an assist to lead the Newark Ironbound Express to a 5-3 home pitch win Thursday over the Westchester Flames in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from Lubetkin Field at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Kyle Clancy had a goal and a pair of assists and Chris Karcz had a goal and an assist as the Express improved to 6-7-0 with 18 points, putting them in third place in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Westchester, who got two goals from Jose Dos Santos and one from John Niyonsaba, are 1-8-3 wth six points and are in eighth place.

Both teams play again Saturday -- the Express at the Ottawa Fury, Westchester hosting the New Jersey Rangers.

Arnaux Hat Trick Leads Dyanmo Over Chaos

Cody Arnaux had a hat trick, Karo Okiomah scored a goal and had two assists, and Chris Lebo also made a goal at the Carolina Dynamo defeated the host West Virginia Chaos, 5-1, Thursday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Schoenbaum Stadium.

Adam Arthur had the Chaos' lone goal.

Carolina is 6-3-2 with 20 points and tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic Division with the Cary Clarets (6-2-2), three points behind the division-leading Reading Rage (7-1-2, 23).

West Virginia is 2-6-3 with nine points and is tied for fifth place with the FC Fredericksburg Gunners (2-4-3) and the Virginia Legacy (1-3-6).

Carolina hosts the Legacy Saturday and the Chaos travel to the Rage Friday.

Sounders Sign Boss To Contract

No, not that Boss.

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders signed former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Terry Boss Thursday.

Boss, who was the 2008 Goalkeeper of the Year in the United Soccer Leagues Second Division with the Charlotte Eagles, was released by the Red Bulls May 27 and has been traning with Seattle since his release.

At New York, he played in three Reserve Division games last season before suffering a knee injury.

Sol Signs Patterson To Development Deal, Promotes Zerboni To Main Roster

Women's Professional Soccer's leading team, the Los Angeles Sol, announced Thursday Lyndsey Patterson was signed to a development contract and McCall Zerboni was promoted from developemental to senior roster.

Patterson was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference pick at the University of Tennessee and finished her career on Rocky Top as the seventh all-time leading scorer (64 points), eighth all-time goal scorer (20) and sixth-highest assist leader (24) in school history.

She led UT to back-to-back SEC regular season titles (2003, 2004) and back-to-back SEC Tournament titles (2002, 2003).

Patterson played professionally for the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta Silverbacks of the United Soccer Leagues W-League and has held coaching positions at Tennessee and at Embry-Riddle University.

Zerboni was promoted to fill a roster spot left open when the team waived Greer Barnes last week. She was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 league draft and was signed as a development player. She has played in four games this season but has not scored.

Sounders Place Forrest On Waivers

Forward Kevin Forrest, who played in no Major League Soccer games this season for the Seattle Sounders but scored their lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids to make the field for the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, was waived Thursday.

He was signed March 24, 2009 as a senior development player.

Schohl, Holt Team On Destiny's Goal In Victory

Sarah Holt connected with Colleen Schohl on the game's only goal in the 70th minute as the host Richmond Kickers Destiny shut out the Northern Virginia Majestics, 1-0, Thursday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League action from Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, VA.

The win was the Destiny's first of the season, ending an eight-game winless streak. At 1-7-1 with four points, they are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division standings and travel to the Tampa Bay Hellenic July 3.

Northern Virginia is 1-7-0 with three points and in last place. They will host the Charlotte Lady Eagles Saturday.

Patriots, Sockers End In 3-3 Draw

Enrique Cervantes assisted Michael Grieco on a goal in the 22nd minute and had a penalty kick goal in the 78th minute, and Edgar Mendoza made an unassisted goal in the 85th minute as the El Paso Patriots and the host West Texas United Sockers played to a 3-3 draw Thursday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play from Midland, TX's Grande Communications Stadium.

Eugene Brooks connected with Jose Munoz on the game's first goal for West Texas in the seventh minute and Raul Franco (59') and Giber Becarra (72') had unassisted goals.

El Paso leads the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division at 7-4-1 with 22 points, one ahead f the Austin Aztex U23s (6-1-3).

West Texas is 4-3-3 with 15 points and is in fifth place.

West Texas hosts the Houston Leones July 3, then have a July 4 rematch with the Patriots in Midland.

Forest City Lodnon Stays Unbeaten In PDL Play

Kevin Zimmerman had unassisted goals in the 71st and 80th minutes, Alan McGriel added an unassisted play of his own, and Jonathan Morris assisted on two goals as Forest City London upset the Michigan Bucks, 3-1, Thursday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI.

Dave Hertel scored the game's opening goal in the third minute via a Mauro Fuzetti feed.

Forest City, an expansion team this season, remains undefeated at 5-0-3 with 18 points and is in fourth place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division. They will host the Cleveland Internationals Saturday.

Michigan is now 6-3-2 with 20 points and are tied with the Chicago Fire (5-1-5) for second place in the division, three points behind the Kalamazoo Outrage (7-2-2, 23). The Bucks will face Chicago at Toyota Park July 1.

Invaders Get Draw Against Fire

Andrew Luttrell scored a goal in the 32nd minute off a Mubarike Chisoni assist as the host Indiana Invaders forced a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire Thursday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at the Invaders Soccer Complex.

Andre Akpan had Chicago's goal in the 17th minute from Zach Prince.

The Fire are 5-1-5 with 20 points and tied for second place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division with the Michigan Bucks (6-3-2), three points behind the division-leading Kalamazoo Outrage (7-2-2, 26). Chicago hosts the Bucks at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL July 1.

Indiana, at 1-6-3 with six points, is in last place and host the Toronto Lynx Saturday.

Academics Shut Out Kraze At IMG

Ederson Lopes had a hat trick and an assist and Zak Boggs had a goal and an assist as the host Bradenton Academics, the leader in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, shut out the Central Florida Kraze, 4-0, Thursday at IMG Soccer Academy.

The Academics, 8-1-3 with 27 points, is off until July 3 when they are at Ezell Park Stadium against the Nashville Metros.

Central Florida is 3-6-2 with 11 points and are tied for fourth in the division with the Panama City Pirates (3-3-2). The Kraze host the Atlanta Blackhawks Friday.

Patterson Goal Puts Battery Back On Top In USL1

Randi Patterson's unassisted goal at the half-hour mark was all the offense the Charleston Battery needed to regain the lead in the United Soccer Leagues First Division standings Thursday after a 1-0 defeat of the Puerto Rico Islanders at Blackbaud Stadium.

It was the third straight time these teams have met this season and Puerto Rico has won the last two games by 1-0 scores.

The Battery is now 7-2-6 with 27 points and leads the Islansers (7-4-4, 25) by two points.

Charleston is off until next Sunday when they face the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium.

Puerto Rico continues playing on the road for their next two games -- Saturday at the Carolina RailHawks and July 4 at the Miami FC Blues.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Earthquakes Place Denton, Gray On Waivers

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes announced Thursday the placements of defender Eric Denton and midfielder Kelly Gray on waivers.

Denton started 10 games for the team this season and had an assist in a May 27 game against the defending league champion Columbus Crew.

In 2008, he started 26 games after signing with the team April 2.

Gray was in his second stint with San Jose after being traded back by the Colorado Rapids last season. He first played with the Earthquakes in 2005 and appeared in 41 games over the two stints.

United To Release Crayton Tuesday

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Thursday they will not exercise an option year on the one-year contract signed by goalkeeper Louis Crayton and will officially release him when his deal expires Tuesday.

Crayton started six games this season and went 2-1-3 with a 1.33 goals against average.

In his career at DC, he started 12 games and had a 3-1-3 record with a 1.58 career GAA and had four shutouts.

Crayton also made a save in United's 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer Leagues First Division in the championship game of the 2008 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

MLS, WPS Players Nominated For ESPYs

Players from Major League Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer have been nominated for the 2009 edition of The ESPY Awards to take place July 15 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and air July 19.

Five players have been nominated as Best MLS Player: Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew).

Marta, a three-time FIFA World Women's Player of the Year winner who now plays for the WPS-leading Los Angeles Sol, is nominated for Best Female International Athlete, along with Russians Yelena Isinbayeva (pole vaulter) and Dinara Safina (tennis), Australia's Stephanie Rice (swimming) and Mexico's Lorena Ochoa (golf).

Fans can now vote for their favorites in those and the other 35 categories through July 11 at www.espys.tv or via their mobile phone at www.espn.mobi.

WPS Announces Site, Format For Inaugural All-Star Game

Women's Professional Soccer announced Thursday Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO, home to the St. Louis Athletica, will host the league's first All-Star Game August 30.

The game will feature an 18-player WPS team against a yet-to-be-announced international opponent.

Of the 18 players, 11 will selected in voting that will balance selections from fans, the media, players and coaches, with the remaining seven to be chosen by WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci and the head coach of the All-Star team, who will be selected by a vote of the 18 players.

Gryphons Attack The Avalanche

Devon Beach scored two goals and Melissa Bigg, Amanda Waugh, Daniella Strano and Samira Sarvian-Somer added a goal each as the London Gryphons defeated the Hamilton Avalanche, 6-1, Wednesday in United Soccer Leagues W-League play from Hamilton's Brian Timmins Field.

Hamilton scored their goal as Michelle Edgar assisted Heather MacDougall.

London snapped a seven-game winless streak and are now 1-5-2 with five points and in sixth place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division.

Hamilton fell to 1-3-1 with four points and are in seventh place.

The Gryphons will host the Buffalo Flash Friday while the Avalanche host the Rochester Ravens Friday, then travel to Buffalo Sunday.

Whitfield Leads Legends To First-Place Tie With Hitmen

Brent Whitfield had unassisted goals in the 12th and 37th minutes Wednesday as his Los Angeles Legends became tied for the lead in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Western Conference, Southwest Division with the Hollywood United Hitmen after a 2-1 victory over the Orange County Blue Star at Concordia University.

The Legends and Hitmen are both 7-2-2 with 23 points.

Chad Brook scored Orange County's goal in the 28th minute, thanks to an assist from Ian Sarachan. The Blue Star are 4-5-4 with 16 points and in fourth place.

Los Angeles hosts the Southern California Seahorses this Saturday, then faces Orange County again July 1.

Rhinos Sign Ukah, Harden To Deals

The Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer Leagues First Division announced the acquisitions of forward Warren Ukah and defender Ty Harden Thursday.

Ukah had been playing with the Portland Timbers U23s in the USL Premier Development League. He has had two stints in his native country of Jamaica with Village United in the Jamaican National Premier League, but has also played in his career with the USL1 Atlanta Silverbacks and Virginia Beach Mariners, the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Second Division, and the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Xtreme Soccer League.

Harden was loaned to the Rhinos from the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, who acquired his rights in a January 2009 trade. A second-round 2007 MLS SuperDraft pick by the Los Angeles Galaxy, he was the team's Rookie of the Year and set a then-rookie record for player starts. He took the 2008 season off to pursue other activities before returning this season.

New Blood Makes Up USMNT Roster For CONCACAF Gold Cup

US Soccer announced Thursday the 23-man roster that will make up the US Men's National Team for their attempt to defend their title at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup July 3-26 across the country.

Of the 23, 15 are from Major League Soccer teams and six of those will make their USMNT debuts during the event -- midfielders Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC) and Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), and defender Jay Heaps (New England Revolution).

Only four members currently playing at the FIFA Confederations Cup, where the US will face Brazil for the tournament title Sunday in South Africa, have been named to the team -- forwards Freddy Adu (AS Monaco - France) and Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF - Sweden), defender Heath Pierce (Hansa Rostock - Germany) and goalkeeper Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern - Germany).

Other notes of interest on the roster:

- Defender Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96 - Germany) returns to the team after being out since October 11, 2008, following hip surgery.

- DC United forward Santino Quaranta, who scored one of the US' penalty kicks in their 2005 Gold Cup title game victory over Panama at Giants Stadium, returns for his first appearance since November 12, 2005 against Scotland and is one of three players who were on that Gold Cup team, joining Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad and Cherundolo.

- Conrad returns to the team for the first time since January 2008. He has 24 international appearances and played against Italy and Ghana at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

- Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching returns after missing the last two CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying games and the Confederations Cup with a strained hamstring.

- Defender Chad Marshall of the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew last played for the US in 2005.

- Chicago Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch will play during the Gold Cup only if one of the other goalkeepers is suspended or injured.

- Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman last played for the USMNT in the 2007 Copa America tournament, along with Wizards midfielder Davy Arnaud and Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers, also on the Gold Cup roster.

The USMNT opens pool play in the Gold Cup July 3 at Seattle's Qwest Field against Grenada, then heads to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC July 8 against Honduras before ending the round July 11 versus Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Here is the 23-man roster for the USMNT at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Players are in MLS unless specified:

GOALKEEPERS
Jon Busch - Chicago Fire
Troy Perkins - Valenraga IF (Norway)
Luis Robles - FC Kaiserslautern (Germany)

DEFENDERS
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover 96 (Germany)
Jimmy Conrad - Kansas City Wizards
Clarence Goodson - IK Start (Norway)
Jay Heaps - New England Revolution
Chad Marshall - Columbus Crew
Michael Parkhurst - FC Nordsjaellands (Denmark)
Heath Pierce - Hansa Rostock (Germany)

MIDFIELDERS
Davy Arnaud - Kansas City Wizards
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Colin Clark - Colorado Rapids
Sam Cronin - Toronto FC
Brad Evans - Seattle Sounders FC
Stuart Holden - Houston Dynamo
Logan Pause - Chicago Fire
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew

FORWARDS
Freddy Adu - AS Monaco (France)
Brian Ching - Houston Dynamo
Kenny Cooper - FC Dallas
Charlie Davies - Hammarby IF (Sweden)
Santino Quaranta - DC United

Sol Rolls Over Athletica At Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park

Han Duan had an unassisted goal in the 50th minute and Marta scored off an Aly Wagner in the 73rd minute as the Women's Professional Soccer-leading Los Angeles Sol moved a game closer to locking up the league's first regular season crown with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Athletica Wednesday at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis.

The Athletica avoided a possible shutout in the 81st minute when Eniola Aluko assisted Kerri Hanks on their only goal.

Los Angeles is 9-1-4 with 31 points and hosts the Chicago Red Stars at The Home Depot Center Saturday before traveling to the Maryland Soccerplex July 5 to play the Washington Freedom.

St. Louis, who meets Sky Blue FC on the road Sunday, is 4-5-2 with 14 points and in fourth place overall.

Breakers Shut Out Freedom At Harvard Stadium

Christine Latham's header off a Heather Mitts assist in the 38th minute was all the scoring needed as the host Boston Breakers defeated the Washington Freedom, 1-0, in a Women's Professional Soccer match at Harvard Stadium Wednesday.

Boston has sole possession of second place in the league's inaugural season standings at 5-4-3 with 18 points and will play at Sky Blue FC July 4.

Washington is in third place at 4-4-4 with 16 and plays at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL July 1 against the Chicago Red Stars, then host the league-leading Los Angeles Sol at Maryland Soccerplex July 5.

Cummings Goal Ties Game, But Breaks Team Unbeaten Streak Record

Major League Soccer's Player of the Week Omar Cummings scored a game-tying goal off a Mehdi Ballouchy assist in the 84th minute as the host Colorado Rapids played FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The draw, though, set a new Rapids record for longest unbeaten streak at eight games, breaking the previous record of seven first set from April 10-May 27, 1999, then repeated August 16-October 2, 2003.

Colorado is also unbeaten at home in six games at 3-0-3.

The Rapids are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings at 5-2-5 with 20 points and travel to Qwest Field Sunday to face the Seattle Sounders.

FC Dallas, whose lone goal came from David Ferreira off assists from Kenny Cooper and Jeff Cunningham in the 37th minute, are 3-7-4 with 13 points and in seventh place. Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls July at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

Toronto Beats Red Bulls For Second Time In 11 Days

Nana Attikara assisted on Pablo Vitti's goal in the 28th minute and teamed with Chad Barrett on Dwayne De Rosario's 59th minute goal as Toronto FC defeated the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, Wednesday in Major League Soccer play from Toronto's BMO Field.

It was the second time in 11 days the two teams have met -- Toronto won the last game July 13 at Giants Stadium -- and Toronto has won by the same score for the third straight win in all competitions. It's also the fourth time TFC has beaten New York, the most they've beaten any franchise in their short MLS history.

The Red Bulls' road woes continue as they have now lost 21 straight games and are winless in their last nine overall games.

Toronto has climbed into second place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 6-5-4 record and 22 points, one behind conference-leading DC United (5-3-8, 23). Toronto travels to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT Saturday to face Real Salt Lake.

The Red Bulls have the worst record in MLS and are in last place in the conference at 2-11-4 with 10 points. They meet the defending league champion Columbus Crew Saturday at Crew Stadium.

Revs Take Group B Lead In SuperLiga After Night Of Ties

The defending SuperLiga champion New England Revolution has the lead in Group B pool play at the 2009 tournament after a doubleheader at Gillette Stadium that saw both games end in draws.

In the opener, the Revolution cost themselves a chance to be unbeaten after two rounds of play, but Darrius Barnes mistakenly knocked the ball into his own net in the 85th minute as they played the Kansas City Wizards, a fellow Major League Soccer foe, to a 1-1 tie. Kheli Dube scored New England's true goal off a Kenny Mansally assist in first-half stoppage time.

In the nightcap, the two teams representing Mexico's Primera Divison, Santos Laguna and Atlas, played to a scoreless draw.

New England leads the group at 1-0-1 with four points, Kansas City and Atlas are tied for second at 0-0-2 with two points, and Santos Laguna is last at 0-1-1 with a point.

The final round of Group B play is Saturday with Atlas at the Revolution and the Wizards hosting Santos Laguna.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kickers To Host Guatemala's Best In July 25 Friendly

The Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division announced Wednesday they will host Club Social y Deportivo Comunicaciones of Guatemala for the first time in an exhibition game July 15 at the University of Richmond.

CSD Comunicaciones, known as Los Cremas for their cream-colored home jerseys, play in the country's top league, Liga Nacional, and has won 22 league titles, most recently the 2008 Apetura title.

RailHawks Host First International Friendly Against Panama

The Carolina RailHawks of the United Soccer Leagues First Division announced Wednesday they will host their first international friendly in franchise history Tuesday against Panama at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The game will serve as Panama's final tuneup before competing in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup July 3-26 in the US.

Harmse Getting In Chivas' Way After Trade

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA announced Wednesday they traded allocation money to Toronto FC in exchange for midfielder Kevin Harmse.

Harmse has started 34 of 45 games over 2 1/2 seasons in MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Toronto FC.

He also played in United Soccer Leagues First Division for his hometown Vancouver Whitecaps and in Norway for Tromso Idrettslag.

Toure To Miss Four Weeks Following Left Knee Surgery

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Ansu Torre will be out four weeks after the defending United Soccer Leagues First Division champion announced he will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Toure scored both goals as the Whitecaps recently claimed Canada's berth in 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League tournament by shutting Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, 2-0, in the 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship and also won the Voyageurs Cup title.

He has played in 15 games over all competitions since being acquired January 21 from the Miami FC Blues. Toure also played for the Atlanta Silverbacks and Minnesota Thunder in USL1.

In related news...

The Whitecaps announced midfielder Vincente Arse and defender Lucia Bellisomo have been sent down to the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency in the USL's Premier Development League for a conditioning stint.

FC London's DiBiase Tabbed USL PDL's Best Player

Forest City London defender Anthony DiBiase, who totaled three assists in shutout wins against the Kalamazoo Outrage and the Indiana Invaders, was named Wednesday the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League Player of the Week.

Here are the other players named to the PDL Team of the Week, as well as Honorable Mention selections:

USL PDL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Matt Williams, Cincinnati Kings
Combined for 10 saves in scoreless draws against the Cleveland Internationals and Michigan Bucks

DEFENDERS
Kenneth Robinson, Panama City Pirates
Scored goal in 3-0 win against Atlanta Blackhawks

Anthony Putrus, Thunder Bay Chill
Scored a goal in victory over Colorado Force

MIDFIELDERS
Matt Friesen, Kitsap Pumas
Scored two goals in 4-0 shutout over Vancouver Whitecaps Residency

Salvador Luna, Rio Grande Valley Bravos
Scored goals in 2-1 win over DFW Tornados and 1-1 draw against the Laredo Heat

Jeff Matteo, Brooklyn Knights
Led team in 2-1 win against Ocean City Barons

Sheanon Williams, Carolina Dynamo
Combined for goal, three assists in wins over FC Fredericksburg Gunners and Northern Virginia Royals

FORWARDS
Brent Whitfield, Los Angeles Legends
Had a hat trick and an assist in 5-0 win over Ogden Outlaws

Aaron Wheeler, Reading Rage
Scored four goals in 5-1 win over Virginia Legacy

Vini Oliveira, Yakima Reds
Scored four goals in 5-1 win over Abbotsford Mariners

HONORABLE MENTIONS

FORWARDS
Adam Himeno, Long Island Rough Riders
Scored both goals in 2-2 draw against Ottawa Fury

Rodrigo Morin, El Paso Patriots
Scored two goals in 4-0 win against Houston Leones

Tom Oatley, Kalamazoo Outrage
Scored two goals in 3-1 win over Toronto Lynx

Toronto's Rustad Named W-League Player Of The Week

Toronto Lady Lynx defender Clare Rustad was named the United Soccer Leagues W-League Player of the Week Wednesday after scoring a goal in the 71st minute of a 1-1 draw with the Buffalo Flash at Centennial Stadium Sunday.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Team of the Week, as well as the Honorable Mentions:

USL W-LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Alicia Lugo, Los Angeles Legends
Had eight saves in 3-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps

DEFENDERS
Kat Tarr, Buffalo Flash
Scored goal, assisted on another in 2-0 win over Laval Comets

Kate Qually, Vancouver Whitecaps
Had a goal and an assist as team went 1-1-0 for week

MIDFIELDERS
Kylie Hopper, Atlanta Silverbacks
Scored goal, assisted on another in 31 minutes of 2-0 win over Northern Virginia Majestics

Jenn Parsons, Washington Freedom
Scored three goals and had four assists in 2-0-0 week

Lauren Switzer, Chicago Red Eleven
Scored two goals, one of them a game-winner, as team went 2-0-0 for week

Randi Johns, Ventura County Fusion
Scored a game-winning and a game-tying goal in 1-0-1 week

FORWARDS
Lisa Frank, Colorado Force
Scored both goals in 2-0 win over Los Angeles Legends

Leigh-Anne Cummings, Long Island Rough Riders
Scored two goals as team went 2-0-0 for week

Mercy Akide-Ukoh, Hampton Roads Pirahnas
Scored both of her team's goals unassisted in victory over Cary Lady Clarets

HONORABLE MENTIONS

FORWARDS
Salma Tarik, Los Angeles Legends
Scored goal, assisted on another in 3-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps

Brooke Knowlton, Boston Renegades
Scored team's goal in 1-1 draw with Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues

Press' Freedom To Score Gives Pali Blues Victory

Christen Press scored the game-winning goal unassisted in the 87th minute as the host and defending United Soccer League W-League champion Pali Blues edged the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, Tuesday at Pacific Palisades High School.

Pali, also the defending regular season champion of the Western Conference, saw Nikki Washington score their first goal, also unassisted, in the 56th minute.

Vancouver tied the score in the 84th minute when Chelsea Buckland fed a pass to Jodi Ann Robinson.

Pali leads the conference standings at 4-0-3 with 15 points while Vancouver is 1-2-4 with seven points and tied for fourth place with the Colorado Force (1-1-4).

Both teams have the Ventura County Fusion as a common next opponent -- Pali visits them Saturday, Vancouver hosts them July 1.

Hemmings Hat Trick Leads Cougars Over Legends

Taryn Hemming's hat trick was all the offense the host Real Colorado Cougars needed Tuesday in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Legends in a United Soccer Leagues W-League game at Shea Stadium.

Kathryn Maxwell and Jessica Murphy scored goals for the Legends.

Real Colorado is 3-4-2 with 11 points and are in third place in the league's Western Conference. They are a point behind the Seattle Sounders (6-3-0, 12), who they host July 3, for second place and are four points behind the Pali Blues (4-0-3, 15), who the Legends host July 1.

The Legends (1-5-2, five points) are tied with the Ventura County Fusion (1-2-2) for last place in the conference standings.

Chursky's PK Make Wolves Tie Home Tide

Alex Chursky scored a penalty kick goal in the final minute of regulation time, forcing the Seattle Wolves and the host Tacoma Tide play to a 2-2 draw Tuesday in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play at Curtis High School in Tacoma, WA.

Timothy Grey opened the scoring for the Tide on a Leighton O'Brien assist in the 33rd minute, which the Wolves quickly answered with a Casey Cunningham unassisted goal two minutes later for the eventual halftime score.

Tacoma went back on top in the 61st minute on a Nicholas Besagno-to-Rory Agu goal.

Seattle is 7-2-2 with 23 points and is in second place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division, three points behind the division-leading Kitsap Pumas (8-0-2, 26), who they play on the road next Tuesday.

Tacoma, 2-4-4 with 10 points and in fifth place divisionally, hosts their next two games -- against the Yakima Reds Friday and the Spokane Spiders Sunday.

US Upsets Top Ranked Spain To Make Confederations Cup Final

In what is being considered one of the biggest upsets in US Men's National Team history, Jozy Altidore and Clint Demspey scored goals as they defeated world number-one ranked Spain, 2-0, Wednesday in the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in South Africa.

For a US team that lost its opening two games of pool play then shut out Egypt last Sunday in the final game of Group B play and, with the help of a Brazil win over Italy the same day, qualified for the semifinals in this 2010 World Cup warmup event, the improbable tournament run continues for the team ranked 14th in the latest world rankings.

Prior to Wednesday, the US had only won one game out of nine against top-ranked teams in team history -- a 1998 victory over Brazil at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The US also tied Argentina last summer in an exhibition game and was winless against Spain in three previous games.

With the loss, Spain saw the following happen:

- A 451-minute span of time without allowing an opposing goal was snapped when Altidore scored in the 27th minute

- A world-record 15-consecutive-game winning streak ended

- A world-record-tying 35-match unbeaten streak ended

They have also given up three goals in the last 17 games, dating back to the European Championship last summer.

The US, playing in its first major tournament final in team history, will face the winner of Thursday's other semifinal game between Brazil and the host country of South Africa Sunday.

Hooker Joins Sky Blue FC Roster

Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer announced Tuesday Katie Hooker has been added to the team's roster and will debut Wednesday when the team plays the Colorado Force of the United Soccer Leagues W-League in an exhibition game.

Formerly Katie Antongiovanni, she was a sixth round 2009 WPS draft pick by the league-leading Los Angeles Sol, but was cut before the first game of the season.

She played in the Women's United Soccer Association with the Atlanta Beat and the San Jose CyberRays, in the United Soccer Leagues W-League with the Mile High Edge and the Mile High Mustangs, and in the Women's Premier Soccer League with the Denver Diamonds.

Hooker is in her sixth season as assistant coach at the University of Denver, where she was an All-Sun Belt Conference First Team in the 2000 and 2001 seasons after transferring from Iowa State. She also was the SBC's Most Outstanding Player in 2002.

With the Cyclones, she was the Big 12 Conference's Rookie of the Year in 1999 and an all-conference First Team member in 2000.

Rough Riders Rough Up Barons Quickly

Danny Kreamer assisted Adam Himeno on a goal three minutes into the game as the host Long Island Rough Riders shut out the Ocean City Barons, 1-0, Tuesday at St. Anthony's High School in United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League play and improved on their league's best record at 10-1-1 with 31 points, leading the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.

Ocean City is 5-3-1 with 16 points and is in third place.

The Rough Riders will face the Ottawa Fury Sunday at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex and the Barons host the Rhode Island Stingrays Saturday at Carey Stadium.

Pizzolitto Goal Gives Impact Shutout Win Over Blues

Nevio Pizzolitto scored the game's lone goal in the 80th minute on an assist from Sandre Grande as the host Montreal Impact shut out the Miami FC Blues, 1-0, Tuesday in United Soccer Leagues First Division play at Montreal's Saputo Stadium.

The Impact are 5-4-2 with 17 points and tied with the Rochester Rhinos (5-5-2) for fifth place in the league standings. They next travel to PGE Park to face the Portland Timbers Sunday.

Miami is 5-6-1 with 16 points and in seventh, but will host the current league-leading and defending regular season champion Puerto Rico Islanders July 4.

Nash Leads Whitecaps To Draw Over City Stars

Martin Nash assisted Marcus Haber on a 18th minute goal and had an unassisted goal in the final minute of play to lead the defending United Soccer Leagues First Division champion Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-2 draw over the Cleveland City Stars at Bedford, OH's Middlefield Cheese Stadium Tuesday.

Cleveland had rallied from being a goal down in the first half as Leo Gordon connected with a pass from Ibrahim Kante in the 28th minute and Pato Aguilera made a penalty kick in the 45th minute, but the lead would not hold.

The Whitecaps, 4-5-3 with 15 points and in eighth place in the USL1 standings, rests until July 9 when they host the Minnesota Thunder at Swangard Stadium.

Cleveland, 2-9-3 with nine points and in tenth place, hosts the Austin Aztex Saturday.

Fire, San Luis Victorious In SuperLiga Group A Play

Justin Mapp scored an unassisted goal in the 35th minute as the host Chicago Fire shut out Chivas USA in an all-Major League Soccer game to begin a 2009 SuperLiga Group A doubleheader Tuesday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

In the second game, an all-Mexican Primera Division contest, Jose Reyes had an unassisted goal in the 56th minute and had the game-winning goal in the 76th minute on an Alfredo Montero assist as San Luis edged Tigres UANL, 2-1.

Juan Pablo Garcia Conteras had Tigres' only score in the 74th minute off a pass from Emmanuel Cerdo.

In the Group A standings after two games, Chicago is on top at 2-0-0 with six points, Tigres and San Luis are tied for second at 1-1-0 with three, and Chivas is winless at 0-2-0.

The final round of pool play takes place Saturday as the Fire host Tigres and Chivas welcomes San Luis to The Home Depot Center.

The top two teams in the group face the top two teams from Group B in the semifinals.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Red Bulls D Petke Hit With Three-Game Suspension, Fine

New York Red Bulls defender Mike Petke was issued a three-game suspension and a $1,250 fine by Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee Tuesday for inappropriate conduct and comments made to the officiating crew during a June 13 game against Toronto FC.

Petke was issued two yellow cards in the game, resulting in a red card ejection and an automatic one-game suspension and $750 fine, but the Disciplinary Committee, which reviews all on-field incidents and can issue additional punishments, if deemed necessary, felt his actions required an additional two-game suspension and a $500 fine.

Petke served the first game of the suspension Saturday during the Red Bulls home game with the Seattle Sounders, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and will serve the remaining games Wednesday at Toronto FC and this Saturday at the defending champion Columbus Crew.

Toronto FC Signs CMNT F Ali Gerba

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC announced the signing Tuesday of Canadian Men's National Team forward Ali Gerba to a contract, though he can't officially play for the team until the FIFA International Transfer Window opens July 15.

Gerba was recently released by Milton Keynes Dons in England's League One, where he scored 10 goals in 14 games since joining them in August 2008.

He debuted for his country's national team in 2005 and has been with them ever since, scoring 11 goals in 23 appearances.

Freedom Goalkeeper Erin McLeod Named WPS POW For Week 13

Washington Freedom goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who led her team to their second shutout victory in her six appearances this season in a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Athletica Saturday, was named Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week Tuesday for the 13th week of the inaugural season.

She is the third Freedom player to win the award this season (Abby Wambach - Week 5, Sonia Bompastor - Week 6), the second Canadian player to win it (Christine Sinclair, FC Gold Pride - Week 8) and the second goalkeeper to earn the honor (Jillian Loyden, St. Louis Athletica - Week 9).