Friday, April 30, 2010

Sounders Ink Montano To Contract

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced the signing Friday of Colombian forward Miguel Montano, who last played in his home country for Quilmes Atletico Club in the Quintata, their first-tier professional league, and had 13 goals in 19 games in 2009.

In 2008, he played for the reserve team of Envigado FC and scored 18 goals in 24 games.

Montano is eligible to suit up for the Sounders Saturday when they host the Columbus Crew at Qwest Field.

Chivas USA Gets Macotelo On Loan From Puntarenas FC

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA acquired midfielder/forward Jose Macotelo on loan from Puntarenas FC in Costa Rica Friday and he will be eligible to play for the team Saturday at the Chicago Fire.

Macotelo, who was played with Puntarenas since his debut in the 2004-05 season, has nine goals in 79 career games and led them to the 2006 UNCAF Club Tournament, where they defeated Olimpia of Honduras in the final.

Asllani Out 3-4 Weeks For Red Stars With Fractured Rib

Midfielder/forward Kosovare Asllani will miss the next three to four weeks of the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season for the Chicago Red Stars with a fractured rib, the team said Friday.

Asllani suffered the injury in the second minute of their 1-0 loss Sunday to the defending league champion Sky Blue FC when she collided with Blue goalkeeper Karen Beardsley, but played all 90 minutes of the match.

Independence M Lindsey Named WPS Player Of The Month For April

Midfielder Lori Lindsey of the expansion Philadelphia Independence was named the first Women's Professional Soccer League Player of the Month for the 2010 season Friday in a vote evenly weighted between league media, fans, players and general managers.

In April, Lindsey had four assists, including a league-record three in last Saturday's 3-1 win over the Washington Freedom, her old team.

Lindsey was left unprotected by the Freedom after the 2009 season and became Philadelphia's second overall pick in the 2010 Expansion Draft.

PDL Northwest Division's Canadian Teams To Vie For Inaugural Coast Capital Cup

The three Canadian members of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Northwest Division -- the Victoria Highlanders FC, the Abbotsford Mariners and the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency -- will compete in a round-robin tournament beginning Friday through Sunday to claim the first Coast Capital Cup.

Teams will earn three points for every win and a point for a draw.

Should two teams end the tournament with the same record, the tiebreaking system will go as follows:

- Aggregate goals, with away goals counting two points

- Goal differential

- Most goals in away games

- Most corner kicks in tournament

- Fewest fouls in tournament

Menace Add Eight More To 2010 PDL Roster

The Des Moines Menace of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the signings of seven new members to the team's 2010 roster.

Stephen Okai, Jubril Laval and Jason Williams were all signed from the University of Mobile in Alabama. Okai played on the U15 through U17 national teams for his native Ghana and Laval is 16.

Lebogang Molota, a native of South Africa, led Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky to the 2009 National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics Division I National Championship and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

England natives Clark Bradford and Sam Brooks played college soccer for Christian Brothers University in Memphis and the University of Kentucky, respectively.

Luis Piffer is a forward originally from Brazil who played for Marshallton Community College, but will enroll at Grand View University in the fall.

Finally, Kenan Malicevic is a native of Bosnia who will play against the Menace May 8 when they host an exhibition game against Malicevic's Drake University team.

Rough Riders Re-Sign Captain Kramer For Third Season

The Long Island Rough Riders of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League re-signed team captain Danny Kramer to his third season with the club Friday.

Kramer, who played the third-most minutes on the field in 2009 at 1,227, had one goal in 15 games last season.

The Duke graduate was the fifth round pick of the Rochester Rhinos in the 2006 USL First Division Collegiate Draft, where he played for two seasons before going to the LIRR.

Jesters Add Reynolds, Turner, Hannon To Roster

The New Orleans Jesters of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the signings Friday of midfielders Carl Reynolds and Caleb Turner, and defender Alan Hannon.

Reynolds, born in Oxford, England, played his first professional soccer game at age eight for Swindon Town FC. He would spend two years with Chelsea FC at age 16, played later for the reserve team of Oxford United FC, then joined the England's men's national team at 18.

He is a three-time All-Conference and All-Region player and two-time All-American out of William Carey University and has been their leading point scorer since enrolling there.

Turner left New Orleans for Georgia when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city and became an All-State selection and Most Valuable Player in soccer and an All-Region pick in soccer and football at Gainesville High School in Gainesvilee, GA.

He played soccer in New Orleans for the New Orleans Soccer Academy and in Georgia for the Norcross Soccer Club and Alpharetta United, where he was the leading scorer in 2009 for the USL Super-20 League team.

Turner has led teams to three state titles, two US Club Soccer titles and two US Club National Championship appearances.

He is now on scholarship at North Georgia College & State University.

Hannon, a native of County Offlay, Ireland, played youth soccer there for Shelbourne FC before moving to the US in 2006. He now plays collegiately at Belhaven University.

In 2009, he was named to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's All-Conference team after finishing the season second in points with 12 on four goals and four assists.

Hannon joins the Jesters from the PDL's Mississippi Brilla, where he played in 2009.

Gesture Gets Montreal's Brown Indefinite Suspension

The USSF Division 2 Pro League's Montreal Impact announced Friday forward Roberto Brown has been suspended indefinitely pending receipt of a report by the Canadian Soccer Association after making a gesture to an official Wednesday against Major League Soccer's Toronto FC in the first game of the annual Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Brown was ejected in the game's 35th minute after deliberately hitting Toronto defender Nick Garcia in the face.

Brazil's Best Team To Face Revolution June 13

In the latest news of a Major League Soccer team scheduling an international exhibition game, the New England Revolution announced Friday they will host Cruzeiro of Brazil June 13 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Cruzeiro was named the country's best socced club in 2009 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

They are a 36-time Minas Garais state champion, have won two Copa Libertadores titles, and the 2003 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A title.

Sounders Writing New Chapter For King In DC

The Seattle Sounders traded midfielder Stephen King to winless DC United Friday in return for a 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft pick.

King, in his third season in the league after playing in 20games in 2008 for the Chicago Fire, had not played for Seattle due to the depth on their roster at his position.

The Fire left King unprotected and he was chosen by the Sounders in the 2008 Expansion Draft. In 2009, he played in 10 MLS games but did not score or assist on a goal. He did score three goals in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, two of them being game-winning shots.

Revolution Place Reis On DL; Out Six Games

The New England Revolution placed goalkeeper Matt Reis on the disabled list Friday, which forces him to miss his team's next six Major League Soccer games.

Reis has suffered a setback in rehabilitation from surgeries in December 2009 on his left shoulder and February 2010 on his left knee. He was expected to return to the team in May.

Preston Burpo has become the starting goalkeeper for the Revolution and, also Friday, the team signed Providence goalkeeper Tim Murray, who has been training with the team this month.

Murray has a 1.01 career goals averages in 60 starts at Providence and had 20 shutouts.

Timbers Watch Pore Pour On The Scoring Again

Ryan Pore scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Portland Timbers edged the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Thursday at PGE Park in Portland in a battle of conference leaders in the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

Portland, leader of the USL Conference, are now 3-0-1 with 10 points and are off until May 13 when they host Crystal Palace Baltimore.

Vancouver, who is on top of the NASL Conference, are now 2-1-1 with seven points and take on Baltimore at Swangard Stadium next Saturday.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fury Re-Sign Theissen, Add Forsberg To Roster

The Ottawa Fury of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced Thursday they have re-signed Australian native Joel Theissen and added another Aussie, Xavier Forsberg, to their 2010 roster.

Theissen will be in his third season with the PDL and second in Ottawa after playing the 2008 PDL season with the Cape Cod Crusaders, where he had a goal and three assists in 10 games that season.

At Ottawa in 2009, he assisted on four goals in 978 minutes of play.

A member of U-20 and U-23 national teams Down Under, Theissen led the University of Rio Grande Red Storm to an 18-3-3 record in 2009 and finished by losing in the semifinals of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Soccer Championship.

Forsberg recently finished his sophomore season at Central Connecticut State University. He spent the 2009 season with amateur team Sydney Olympic FC in New South Wales.

Forsberg also played for Marconi Stallions FC in New South Wales' Vodafone Premier League in 2007 and for Central Coast Lightning in 2008.

Buddle Tabbed MLS Player Of The Month For April

Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for April, announced Thursday, is no surprise -- Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle, who set a league record with seven goals scored in the team's first four games of the 2010 season.

In three of those games, he scored a pair of goals.

FC London Reunites Caminiti, Humphreys With Perez

Forest City London of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League signed Vince Caminiti and Jarret Humphreys Thursday and reunited them with current London player Anthony Perez.

The team played on a U-16 team in the Ontario Youth Soccer League that won a league title and an Ontario Cup, but lost in the finals of a Canadian National Championship tournament at that level.

Caminiti finished his freshman season at the University of Western Ontario, where he led them to a bronze medal in the Ontario University Association tournament, which including beating the defending national champion York in the quarterfinals.

He also played last summer for AEK London in the Western Ontario Soccer League's Men's Premier League, who lost in the final of the Ontario Cup to Real Toronto.

Humphreys, a goalkeeper, also ended a freshman campaign, his at Wilfred Laurier University, where he was nominated for the team's Rookie of the Year award.

He also was named to the OUA's Second Team All-Stars with a 0.91 goals against averages and three shutouts.

Sounders Women Beat Seattle Pacific In Exhibition

Jocelyn Charette and Kelly Irving helped to rally the Seattle Sounders Women of the United Soccer Leagues W-League to a 2-1 victory over Seattle Pacific University in a preseason game Wednesday at Interbay Stadium in Magnolia, WA.

Brandi Hamre scored the opening and only goal for Seattle Pacific in the 10th minute.

The Sounders next face Oregon State University in an exhibition Sunday at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Dynamo To Host CD Aguilera Of El Salvador In June

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo will welcome Club Deportivo Aguila of El Salvador's Primera Division June 19 in the second annual Dynamo Charities Cup tournament at Robertson Stadium, it was announced Wednesday.

The Dynamo won the inugural competition last season by beating Monterrey of Mexico's Primera Division 2-1.

United Ousts FCD For US Open Cup For Second Straight Year

DC United may be winless in Major League Soccer play this season but, for the second season in a row, they eliminated FC Dallas from the preliminary round of play in the annual Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament Wednesday at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

Adam Cristman led the United with two goals and DC next faces the defending league champion Real Salt Lake in the last play-in game at a date and time to be announced.

Timbers Get Keita Back Off Six-Month Loan To India

After a six-month loan to the Salgaocar Sports Club in India, where he scored seven goals during his stint, the Portland Timbers of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Wednesday he has returned to them and will be eligible to play Saturday when they travel to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Keita was Portland's and the United Soccer Leagues First Division's leading scorer in 2009 with 11 goals and seven assists in 29 games. He was also named the team's Supporters Player of the Year.

TFC Takes Early Lead In Nutrilite Canadian Championship

Dwayne De Rosario scored a goal in the 11th minute then assisted on Chad Barrett's 62nd minute blast as Major League Soccer's Toronto FC won the first game of the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship in a 2-0 shutout over the Montreal Impact of the USSF Division 2 Pro League Wednesday at BMO Field.

The three-team, round-robin tournament pits Toronto and two USSF-D2 teams -- the Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps -- with the team with the best record after six games claiming Canada's berth in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Both Toronto and Montreal meet again, this time at Saputo Stadium, May 12.

Toronto returns to MLS play Saturday at the defending champion Real Salt Lake while the Impact meet the Puerto Rico Islanders in USSF-D2 action at Saputo, then plays the Whitecaps in CCL action at Swangard Stadium.

Nunez Duo Leads Charging Rhinos Over Stars; Tied For USL Conference Lead

Tino Nunez scored two goals and Rich Costanzo opened the scoring for the Rochester Rhinos in a 2-0 shutout Wednesday of the NSC Minnesota Stars in a USSF Division 2 Pro League contest at the National Soccer Center in Blaine, MN.

The win gave Rochester a 2-1-1 record with seven points, tying them for the lead in the USL Conference with the Portland Timbers (2-0-1). The Rhinos host the Carolina RailHawks Saturday at Marina Auto Stadium.

The Stars, at 2-3-0 with six points, are tied for third in the same conference with the Puerto Rico Islanders (2-0-0) and the Austin Aztex (2-1-0), who they host in Blaine Saturday.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Red Stars Give Rapinoe OK To Play Saturday

The medical staff of the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer pronounced midfielder Megan Rapinoe fit to play Wednesday and said she can return to the team this Saturday when they travel to the Boston Breakers.

Rapinoe, who had two goals and three assists in the league's inaugural season of 2009, was recovering from a bout of mononucleosis.

Rush Add Oregon State's Peck To Roster

The Colorado Rush of the United Soccer Leagues W-League announced the addition Wednesday of Oregon State University star Melissa Peck to the team's 2010 roster.

As a senior in 2009, she was the Beavers' second leading scorer with seven goals and three assists and led the team to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Women's College Cup tournament.

A native of Boise, Idaho, she led the Boise Capitals to seven Idaho club soccer championships and played three years for their Olympic Development Program before going to Oregon State.

The Rush open the 2010 W-League season June 6 when they host the Seattle Sounders at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Forest City London Welcomes Fairhurst, Re-Signs McGreal

Forest City London of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League added midfielder Sam Fairhurst to their 2010 roster and re-signed forward Alan McGreal Wednesday.

Fairhurst, from England, scored five goals this past season for the University of Rio Grande.

McGreal, from Ireland, was London's second leading scorer in 2009 and played the most minutes. He had 10 goals in 19 games this season for Canisius and owns the school's scoring record as well as career records for goals and assists.

USL2 Terminates Pirates Franchise, Revamps Schedule

The United Soccer Leagues announced Wednesday the Panama City Pirates' franchise rights have been terminated and a new schedule for teams playing in its Southeast Division was released.

All Southeast Division will now play 14 games this season.

The termination of the Pirates franchise has also caused numerous changes regarding the playing of qualifying games to earn spots in the field for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Qualifying for Southeast Division teams will be begin May 7 when expansion Fort Lauderdale Schultz Academy will host the Bradenton Academics and end May 31 when Schultz hosts the Central Florida Kraze.

In changes the removal of the Pirates has caused:

- The Mississippi Brilla, scheduled to host Panama City May 29, will now welcome the Nashville Metros in a game that will count in the LHUSOC qualifying tournament, but not in the PDL regular season.

- The Kraze's schedule game May 16 against the Pirates will now take place against Fort Lauderdale, with the result counting only if the Kraze win.

- USL will release a new schedule of qualifying games for the New Orleans Jesters.

MPS Portland Phoenix Have Four Goalkeepers Fighting For Top Spot

The expansion MPS Portland (ME) Phoenix of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced Wednesday four players will compete for the top goalkeeper spot on the team's roster -- Matt Williams, Oliver Blum, Colin O'Donnell and Will Pike.

Williams graduated from Cherevus High School in Portland and led Odyssey Sport to three Maine titles. He is currently the starting goalkeeper for the Cincinnati Bearcats of the Big East Conference and played in the PDL last season for the Cincinnati Kings.

Blum, a member of the Phoenix's Super U-20 League team, was named the 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year and was placed in the National Soccer Coaches Association's High School All-America team while at North Yarmouth, ME's Greely High School. He currently plays for New England College in Massachusetts.

O'Donnell is a starter and the University of New Hampshire and was the 2009 America East Conference's Goalkeeper of the Year and was named to the All-Conference First Team.

Pike, who plays at St. Joseph College, was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year in the Great Northern Athletic Conference and led the conference in all goalkeeping categories along with breaking many school records.

Garcia Returns To Laredo Heat For 2010 Season

Current US U-20 National Team member Felix Garcia received permission from the team to rejoin the Laredo Heat of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League for the 2010 season, the Heat announced Wednesday.

Garcia led the Heat to the PDL title in 2007 over the Michigan Bucks and advanced to the finals of the 2008 tournament, but lost.

He was drafted in 2008 as a Generation adidas player by Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo in 2008 and was later awarded a contract that started in the 2009 season.

Sounders To Meet Boca Juniors, Celtic In Exhibitions

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday they will host Boca Juniors of Argentina and Ireland's Celtic in exhibition games at Qwest Field May 26 and July 18, respectively.

Boca will become the first team from Argentina to visit Seattle and the first South American team to visit since 1983.

Celtic played the Sounders of the original North American Soccer League in 1981 and Seattle hosted exhibition games between Celtic and Manchester United (2003) and Chelsea (2004).

Brazil Regains Top Spot In World Soccer Poll; US Ranks 14th

Brazil became the number one men's soccer team Wednesday for the seventh time since FIFA created their monthly world soccer rankings in 1993 as the April poll was released.

Though only five official games took place in the month, there was much jostling for positions in the latest FIFA-Coca Cola World Rankings, as past results of teams have been devalued.

Brazil dropped Spain, who had been on top for the last five months, to second in the monthly top 10, followed by Portugal (up one since March), Netherlands (down one) and Italy (unchanged) in the top five.

Germany, the other top 10 team to remain unchanged, is in sixth, followed by Argentina (up two), England (down one), Croatia (up one) and France (down two) rounding out the second five teams.

The US improved two spots in the new poll to fourteenth with three exhibition games left before competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup -- May 25 at East Hartford, CT against the Czech Republic, May 29 at Philadelphia against Turkey, and June 5 in Roodeport, South Africa against Australia.

The Americans open World Cup group play June 12 against England, followed by Slovenia June 18 and Algeria June 23.

The last monthly poll before World Cup takes place will be released May 26.

RSL Reserves To Meet Mexico's U-21 NT May 15

The reserve team of the defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake will face Mexico's U-21 Olympic National Team in the final game of a three-game trip through Utah May 15 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, RSL announced Wednesday.

The U-21s, one step below the senior men's national team, will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guatemala and will attempt to qualify to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

Mexico will first play the Brigham Young University Cougars of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League May 12, then stop at Weber State University before playing the RSL reserves.

Mexico's team recently beat the defending USL Second Division champion Richmond Kickers 2-1 at the University of Richmond Stadium and played the Carolina RailHawks of the USSF Division 2 Pro League to a 1-1 draw Tuesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

DC United To Face Glasgow Rangers July 24 At RFK

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Wednesday they will take on Glasgow, Scotland's Rangers in an exhibition game July 24 at RFK Stadium.

The Rangers just became a 53-time Scottish Premier League champion and has also won 33 Scottish Cups and 26 Scottish League Cups, as well as was the runner-up at the 2008 UEFA Cup tournament.

MLS Announces Dates, Their Teams For 2010 SuperLiga

Major League Soccer Wednesday announced the dates for and the four franchises that will compete in the 2010 SuperLiga competition, featuring the best teams from MLS and Mexico's Primera Division competing for a $1 million prize.

MLS says their teams -- the four franchises with the best records from the 2009 season who will not be competing in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament -- will be the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, the Houston Dynamo and the New England Revolution.

The Primera Division's best four under those same circumstances will not be named until the conclusion of that league's playoffs.

The first round of SuperLiga 2010 will take place between July 14 and 21 with the semifinals and finals set for some time in August.

The Primera Division has won two of three SuperLiga events -- in 2007, the inaugural event, by Pachuca, and in 2009 by the UANL Tigres. MLS took the crown in 2008 as the Revolution won the event.

DC United Brings Emilio Back On Three-Month Contract

Major League Soccer's DC United, desperate to doing anything to earn their first win in the 2010 season, signed forward Luciano Emilio, the league's Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year in 2007, to a three-month contract Wednesday.

He last played in Brazil for Rio Branco de Americanas after being released following the 2009 MLS season for not agreeing to a new deal that included a pay cut.

Emilio led the team in scoring the past three seasons and had 41 goals over that time. He became the team's first Designated Player in 2008. He also led United to the 2007 Supporters Shield, which goes to the MLS team with the best regular season record.

The new deal includes a club option to extend the contract, but team officials hope to have another international player signed during the next transfer window, leading to Emilio's release.

Miami FC Welcomes US M Bryan Arguez

Miami FC Blues of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signing Tuesday of American-born midfielder Bryan Arguez, a former member of the US U-20 team at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Arguez was drafted by DC United of Major League Soccer, but was transferred to Hertha Berlin of Germany's Bundesliga the next season, where he stayed until signed recently with Estoril in Brazil, a team owned by Traffic Sports, which owns the Blues.

At Berlin, he played in only one game over two season and his contract was allowed to expire in December 2009. He trained with Flamengo in Brazil in January but chose to sign with the Blues.

Miami hosts the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday at Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Battery Surges Over Monarchs, Takes Lead In USL

Tied for first place in the league standings before their Tuesday game took place, the Charleston Battery and the Real Maryland Monarchs boasted 1-0-1 records and four points in the United Soccer Leagues Second Division standings.

But, at the 60th minute mark, Tom Heinemann changed everything by scoring a goal and giving the Battery the standings lead with a 1-0 victory at Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland.

The Battery, now 2-0-1 with seven points, hosts the Charlotte Eagles at Blackbaud Stadium Saturday.

The Monarchs, now in second place at 1-1-1 with four points, will host the defending champion Richmond Kickers Saturday.

Galaxy To Argentina's Boca Juniors May 23

Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, the best franchise in the league in 2010, will face Argentina's Club Atletico Boca Juniors in an exhibition game May 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, the Galaxy announced Tuesday.

Boca Juniors is a 23-time Argentine Primera Division champion and has won a world soccer-best-tying 18 international trophies, including six Copa Libertadores titles. Spain's AC Milan of La Liga also boasts the same number of world titles.

Deja Vu All Over Again For Red Bulls Over Union

For the second time in four days, the New York Red Bulls defeated Major League Soccer's newest team, the Philadelphia Union, 2-1 in a game Tuesday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Only, this time, the game doesn't count in the MLS standings.

It does, however, move the Red Bulls one step closer to making the Round of 16 in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament by advancing to the final round of play-in games in May.

Conor Chinn scored goals in each half of the game Tuesday and now New York will host the Colorado Rapids in a final play-in round matchup May 12.

Sebastien Le Toux scored Philadelphia's goal in the 68th minute, but would be taken out of the game in the 86th minute and taken off in a stretcher after suffering a medial collateral ligament injury in a knee. Union officials say X-rays will be taken Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Both teams return to MLS action Saturday -- New York facing winless DC United at RFK Stadium, Philadelphia taking on the best team in the league so far this year, the Los Angeles Galaxy, at The Home Depot Center.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sky Gloomy For Lloyd For 30 Days

Defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC announced Tuesday midfielder Carli Lloyd has been placed on the 30-day disabled list after breaking her left ankle when she slipped on the playing surface at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL in the 27th minute of a 1-0 win Sunday over the Chicago Red Stars.

WPS Names Player Of Week And Month Nominees

Women's Professional Soccer announced Tuesday Philadelphia Independence midfielder Lori Lindsey was selected the league's Player of the Week for the third week of the 2010 season.

Lindsey set a single-game league record by assisting on all three goals in the team's first-ever victory Saturday 3-1 over the Washington Freedom.

Amy Rodriguez, Allison Falk and Lianne Sanderson scored the goals for the expansion franchise in a 14-minute span of the game after being down 1-0.

Lindsey also was named a nominee for the league's first Player of the Month award for April Tuesday.

The award is voted on by players, media and fans with fan voting beginning Tuesday through 9 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday, April 29.

The nominees for the Player of the Month are the league's three Players of the Week this month -- Eniola Aluko of the St. Louis Athletica (Week 1), Abby Wambach of the Washington Freedom (Week 2) and Lindsey (Week 3) -- along with three at-large picks: Kelly Smith of the Boston Breakers, Hope Solo of St. Louis Athletica and Tasha Kai of Sky Blue FC.

The first Player of the Month award winner will be announced Friday.

Lady Blues Sign Trio From 2009 Big 10 Champions

The Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues, defending regular season champions of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, announced the signings Tuesday of three members of Penn State University's 2009 Big 10 Conference championship team, the school's 12th straight -- midfielder Melissa Hayes, defender Emma Thomson and forward Julie Hubbard.

Hayes played in her final season with the Nittany Lions and had three goals and 12 assists.

Thomson, a sophomore, started 42 games in her first two seasons at Happy Valley.

Hubbard, a freshman, played in six games this season.

The Lady Blues open their 2010 W-League season Sunday at Newburgh Free Academy against the Long Island Rough Riders.

Monarchs Signs Former Galaxy F Sesay

The Real Maryland Monarchs of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division announced the signing Tuesday of former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Israel Sesay to a contract.

He played for the Galaxy during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, but was loaned to the former Cleveland City Stars in USL First Division for the 2009 season, where he played in 12 games.

A native of Sierra Leone, his family moved to the US when he was 11.

He started 10 of 14 games with the US U-17 National team and had three assists.

BYU Cougars To Welcome Mexico's U-21 National Team May 12

The Brigham Young University Cougars of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced Tuesday they will host Mexico's U-21 National Team, one step below their senior national team, in an exhibition game May 12 at South Field in Provo, UT.

It will be the first meeting between these teams and BYU's first international friendly game since beating Fiji 3-1 in 2007.

Pittsburgh's Gilstrap Leads USL2's Team Of The Week

Goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was named the United Soccer Leagues Second Division Player of the Week Tuesday after saving seven shots, including a potential game-winning penalty kick, to preserve a scoreless draw Saturday at the Charleston Battery.

Here are the other players named to the latest USL2 Team Of The Week:

USL2 TEAM OF THE WEEK

DEFENDERS
John Wilson, Charleston Battery
Led team in scoreless draw against Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Brady Bryant, Charleston Battery
Led team in scoreless draw against Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Greg Dalby, Charleston Battery
Led team in scoreless draw against Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Gareth Evans, Real Maryland Monarchs
Led team in 2-0 win at Harrisburg City Islanders

MIDFIELDERS
Luke Vercollone, Richmond Kickers
Led team in 1-0 loss to Charlotte Eagles

Sean Rush, Real Maryland Monarchs
Scored goal in 2-0 win at Harrisburg City Islanders

Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles
Assisted on goal in 1-0 win over Richmond Kickers

Ben Hunter, Real Maryland Monarchs
Scored goal in 2-0 win at Harrisburg City Islanders

FORWARDS
Gustavo Bentos, Charlotte Eagles
Scored game-winning goal in 1-0 win at Richmond Kickers

Jamie Darvill, Real Maryland Monarchs
Assisted on goal in 2-0 win at Harrisburg City Islanders

Whitecaps Lose Akloul For Four Months After Surgery

Defender Mouloud Akloul will be out four months for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Pro league after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured ankle as well as sprains to a medial collateral ligament and a high sprain suffered in Saturday's 1-0 win over AC St. Louis.

Akloul joined Vancouver after playing the 2009 season in the United Arab Emirates' Football League 1 with Al-Ittihad Kalba.

Before them, he played two seasons in Algeria's top league and five seasons in France prior to that.

The Whitecaps travel to the Portland Timbers Thursday before returning home May 5 to face the Montreal Impact in a Nutrilite Canadian Championship contest.

NSC Minnesota Stars Sign, Takada, Wright, Granum

The NSC Minnesota Stars of the NASL Conference in the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signings Monday of midfielder Kentaro Takada, midfielder/forward Leland Wright and defender Thomas Granum ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Rochester Rhinos at the National Soccer Center in Blaine, MN.

Takada was actually signed by the team last week and served as a non-playing substitute in Saturday's 1-0 win at home against the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies. He played in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League for the Rochester (MN) Thunder and also played in Japan's J-League.

Wright spent the 2005 season at the University of San Diego before transferring to the University of Portland for the 2006 through 2008 seasons. He has been training with the Stars since the start of preseason camp.

Granum, a native of Norway, will not arrive in Minnesota until he receives his work visa. In 2008, he played for First Division team Stromsgodset IF, took a year off to attend school in 2009, then returned to the team for the 2010 season.

Dynamo Lose Cameron For Season To Ruptured PCL

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo announced Monday midfielder Geoff Cameron will undergo surgery later this week to repair a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Saturday's game against the Chicago Fire and will miss the rest of the 2010 season.

Cameron was in his first season as midfielder after earning MLS Best XI honors in 2009 as a defender.

He also played his first game in 2010 as a member of the US Men's National Team and hopes to earn a spot on the team's roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June.

Cameron has played in 82 of 89 games in all competitions since being drafted by the team in 2008.

Beckham Admits He Won't Be Playing For Galaxy In 2010

In a series of media interviews throughout New York City Tuesday, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham made it perfectly clear: He will not be playing for the Major League Soccer franchise in the 2010 season nor will he play for England at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Beckham tore an Achilles tendon in March 2010 while playing on loan to AC Milan of Italy's Serie A and rehabilitation is going slower than anticipated, he said, ruling out any possibility of playing again this season.

His last appearance for the Galaxy was in MLS Cup 2009 when they lost to Real Salt Lake for the league championship.

Monday, April 26, 2010

W-League's Fury Sign Five CWNT Veterans

The Ottawa Fury of the United Soccer Leagues W-League announced the re-signings of Gina Pacheco and Christina Julien and added Sari Rober, Marie-Eve Nault and Alyssa Lagoria to the 2010 roster.

All five have experience with Canada's national women's soccer team.

Pacheco played nine games for the Fury in 2009 and made eight appearances for Canada's women's U-20 team and two for the senior women's team. She had a goal and an assist in nin game in her freshman season at the University of South Florida.

Julien will be spending her third season with the club in 2010 after playing one season with the league's Laval Comets. In 2008, she led James Madison University to a Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA Women's College Cup tournament.

That performance got her called up to the Canadian senior women's team, where she had four goals in nine appearances, seven of them starts.

Raber, a member of the 2006 W-League champion Vancouver Whitecaps, had five goals and five assists over the last two seasons with Ottawa and scored eight goals in four seasons with the University of Nebraska.

Nault returns to the Fury, where she played for the 2005 to 2007 seasons, and appeared in 20 games over those seasons.

Lagoria, a junior at Wilfrid Laurier University, is a two-time Ottawa University Association Women's Soccer First Team award winner. She has played five times for the U-20 team in 2008 and four with the senior women's team in '09.

Brilla Gets Lucky Again; Add Williams, Shannon

Mississippi Brilla of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the re-signing Monday of forward Scott Lucky for the 2010 season and the additions of midfielder Chris Williams and Thomas Shannon.

Lucky played 15 games last season for the Brilla and had three goals and five assists in his final collegiate season at Tusculum College in Tennessee, where he will graduate from in a few weeks.

Williams, a sophomore midfielder at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, had a goal and an assist in 14 games last season for the Blazers.

Shannon, a sophomore defender from the University of Memphis, had three goals and two assists for th Tigers in 2009 and was part of a defensive unit that posted six shutout victories that season.

Mississippi opens their 2010 PDL season at home May 11 at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS against the New Orleans Jesters.

Pumas Prepare For PDL Season With Fifth Shutout

Rookies Robby Christner and Kellen Wantulok scored goals as the Kitsap Pumas of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League handed the University of Washington Huskies a 2-0 shutout Saturday at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, WA.

Christner scored in the 20th minute and Wantulok added a penalty kick goal in the 77th minute.

The Pumas are 5-0-1 in preseason play and have scored 11 goals while giving up two, both to the Portland Timbers of the USSF Division 2 Pro League. They have won all five games by shutout.

They end their preseason schedule Monday against Seattle Pacific University, then open the PDL season with road games at the Yakima Reds this Saturday and the Spokane Spiders May 8 before having their home opener in Bremerton May 15 against the Tacoma Tide.

Gomez Trains With Chivas For Possible USMNT Call-Up

Herculez Gomez, the first American player to ever win outright or tie for a scoring champion in a top overseas league, will begin training with Major League Soccer's Chivas USA in Los Angeles while awaiting a possible call-up to the US Men's National Team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, according to MLSsoccer.com Monday.

Gomez, who played for Puebla in Mexico's Primera Division, finished in a three-way tie for the league scoring title with 10 goals, despite playing the fewest minutes of the three players.

Gomez had told Mexican media outlets last week he would making such a move when his contract with Puebla expired.

If he chooses to return to play in MLS, the Kansas City Wizards have the right of first refusal on his playing rights.

RailHawks Error Forces Draw With Mexican National Team

An own goal in the second half caused the Carolina RailHawks of the USSF Division 2 Pro League to play to a 1-1 draw Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC with Mexico's Olympic National Team.

Andriy Budnyy scored for Carolina in the 45th minute.

The RailHawks return to USSF-D2 play Saturday when they travel to Marina Auto Stadium to face the Rochester Rhinos.

Joseph Takes Leave Of Absence From Revolution

After leaving the team Saturday, Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced Monday midfielder Shalrie Joseph has been granted an indefinite leave of absence to deal with personal matters and "will return at a later date".

Joseph suffered a hip injury at the start of the season and has only played in one of New England's five games this season.

In 2009, he was a candidate for the MLS Most Valuable Player award after scoring eight goals and eight assists.

Toronto FC's De Rosario Is MLS POW For Week 5

Toronto FC forward Dwayne De Rosario was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 5 of the 2010 season Monday.

He scored a goal and assisted on another in Toronto's 2-0 victory over Seattle Sunday at Qwest Field.

De Rosario has scored five of the team's six overall goals this season.

He has now won at least one POW award for a fifth MLS season, previously doing so in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Toronto steps away from MLS play Wednesday when they host the Montreal Impact of the USSF Division 2 Pro League in the first game of the six-game Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

The winner of the double round-robin event, which also features the USSF D2's Vancouver Whitecaps, earns Canada's berth in the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Toronto then travels to Sandy, UT Saturday to take on the defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake.

Independence Earn First League Win

Lori Lindsey assisted on goals by Allison Falk in the 58th minute and Lianne Sanderson in the 68th minute as the expansion Philadelphia Independence got their first win as a Women's Professional Soccer franchise in a 3-1 victory over the Washington Freedom Sunday at the University of West Chester in West Chester, PA.

After a scoreless first half, Lisa DeVanna made the first goal of the day off an Abby Wambach pass in the 52nd minute.

Joanna Lohman then connected with Amy Rodriguez on Philadelphia's first goal in the 55th minute.

The Independence, at 1-0-2 with five points, are tied with the Boston Breakers and St. Louis Athletica -- both with similar records -- for third place in the league standings. Philadelphia meets fellow 2010 expansion franchise Atlanta Beat in West Chester Saturday.

Washington, who hosts St. Louis Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex, is in sixth place at 1-2-0 with three points.

Kai Sends Sky Blue Into Tie For WPS Lead

Natasha Kai scored the game's lone goal in the 53rd minute off a Kacey White assist as the defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC shut out the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

The win moved Sky Blue to a record of 2-1-0 with six points, tying them with FC Gold Pride for first place in the league standings. The two teams face off this Saturday at Rutgers University.

Chicago falls to 0-2-1 with one point and puts them in a tie for seventh place with the expansion Atlanta Beat. The Red Stars meet the Boston Breakers Saturday at Harvard University.

Athletica, Boston Tie On And Off The Field

The St. Louis Athletica and the Boston Breakers played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO and ended the night in a three-way tie for third place in the Women's Professional Soccer standings.

Kasey Moore gave the Athletica the lead in the 22nd minute off a Kristine Lilly feed, but Tina Ellertson assisted Carolyn Blank on St. Louis' game-tying goal six minutes later.

Both teams are tied with the expansion Philadelphia Independence, who are all 1-0-2 with five points.

St. Louis travels to the Washington Freedom this Saturday while the Breakers host the Chicago Red Stars.

Rhinos Charge To First Win Of USSF D2 Season

Anthony Hamilton scored in the 65th minute as the Rochester Rhinos gained their first win of the USSF Division 2 Pro League season Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the previously undefeated Austin Aztex at House Park in Austin, TX.

Andrew Hoxie put the Rhinos up 1-0 10 minutes into the game on a penalty kick, but Austin's Leonard Griffim quickly countered with a goal nine minutes later and the game went into halftime tied at 1-1.

The Rhinos evened their mark to 1-1-1 with four points and are in fifth place in the league's USL Conference standings. Rochester plays two games this week -- Wednesday at NSC Minnesota and Saturday against the Carolina RailHawks at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY.

The Aztex are now 2-1-0 with six points and in a three-way tie for second place in the USL Conference with the Puerto Rico Islanders (2-0-0) and the Stars (2-2-0), one point behind the Portland Timbers. Austin will be at Minnesota Saturday.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hitmen Open 2010 PDL Season With Shutout Of Fuego

Jaime Armando Chavez scored goals in the 60th and 63rd minute to lead the Hollywood United Hitmen to a 3-0 victory over the host Fresno Fuego in the 2010 season opener for the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA.

Shay Spitz opened the scoring for Hollywood off an assist from Jose Manuel Miranda Boudy in the 28th minute.

The Hitmen next host the Southern Californina Seahorses this Saturday in their home opener while the Fuego are off until May 8 when they travel to the Los Angeles Legends.

De Rosario Gets Help As Toronto Shuts Out Seattle

Dwayne De Rosario doesn't have to score every goal for Toronto FC to win a Major League Soccer game...even if he already has scored every goal for them this season.

Sure, De Rosario had the team's first goal in the 58th minute of their 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders Sunday at BMO Field, but O'Brian White became the first player other than De Rosario to score a goal when he did so in the 76th minute.

Toronto improves to 2-3-0 with six points and is tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with the New England Revolution, also 2-3-0. The Reds head to Sandy, UT to take on the defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Seattle is now 2-2-2 with eight points and is in third place in the Western Conference table. The Sounders host the Columbus Crew this Saturday.

Timbers, Impact Play To Draw At Saputo

Nevio Pizzolito's penalty kick shot in the 81st minute forced a 1-1 draw Sunday between the host Montreal Impact and the Portland Timbers at Saputo Stadium in USSF Division 2 Pro League play.

Ryan Pore scored his fourth goal of the season off a Doug DeMartin assist in the 67th minute to give Portland the lead after a scoreless first half.

With the point for the draw, the Timbers took over the lead in USSF D2's USL Conference at 2-0-1 with seven points. Portland hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps Thursday at PGE Park.

Montreal fell to 0-1-2 with two points and is tied with Miami FC Blues for third place in the NASL Conference. The Impact take on the Carolina RailHawks this Saturday at Saputo Stadium.

Dew Knows How To Win A Game For WPS-Leading Pride

Ali Riley fed a last-minute-of-regulation-time pass to Carrie Dew for the game-winning goal as FC Gold Pride, the leader in Women's Professional Soccer, took a 2-1 victory Saturday over the expansion Atlanta Beat at Castro Valley Athletic Stadium in Castro Valley, CA.

Tiffeny Milbrett opened the scoring for the Pride when Camile Abily connected with her in the 11th minute, but the Beat would knot the score at 1-1 in the 25th was Angie Kerr assisted Monica Ocampo on a goal.

The Pride lead the league at 2-1-0 with six points and will take on the defending league champion Sky Blue FC next Saturday at Rutgers University.

Atlanta is 0-2-1 with a single point and tied with the Chicago Red Stars (0-1-1, one) for last place in the league standings. The Beat will travel to fellow expansion member Philadelphia Independence next Saturday in West Chester, PA, where they played to a scoreless draw April 11.

Eagles Upset Defending USL2 Champion Kickers

Jorge Herrera assisted Gustavo Bentos on a 29th minute goal as the visiting Charlotte Eagles shut out the defending United Soccer Leagues Second Division champion Richmond Kickers 1-0 Saturday at University of Richmond Stadium.

The Eagles, at 1-1-0 with three points, are in fourth place in the league's six-team table and will travel to the Charleston Battery this Saturday.

Richmond begins defense of their title with a 0-1-1 record and one point, tying them with the Harrisburg City Islanders for fifth place in the league. The Kickers will play their next two games on the road next weekend -- at the Real Maryland Monarchs Saturday and at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Sunday.

Monarchs Beat City Islanders At Skyline Sports Center

Jamie Darovill assisted Sean Rush on a 17th minute goal and Ben Hunter added a penalty kick score in second half stoppage time as the Real Maryland Monarchs defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders 2-0 in United Soccer Leagues Second Division play Saturday at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Real Maryland (1-0-1, four points) is tied for the lead in the six-team USL2 with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Charleston Battery, who played to a scoreless draw. The Monarchs host the Charlotte Eagles this Tuesday.

Harrisburg is 0-1-1 with a point and tied for fifth place with the defending league champion Richmond Kickers, who lost at home to the Charlotte Eagles 1-0 Saturday.

Islanders Storm Crystal Palace Baltimore

The Puerto Rico Islanders improved their record in the USSF Division 2 Pro League's USL Conference to 2-0-0 and six points with a 3-1 victory Saturday over the host Crystal Palace Baltimore of the league's NASL Conference at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Josh Hansen scored twice for Puerto Rico and Nicholas Addlery added the other whle Mathew Mbuta had a penalty kick goal for Baltimore.

The Islanders are tied for the conference lead with the Portland Timbers, Austin Aztex and NSC Minnesota Stars and will travel next Saturday to the Montreal Impact.

Crystal Palace is one of three winless teams in the NASL Conference with the Impact and AC St. Louis, who they will face at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park next Saturday.

Gao Puts Stars In Four-Way Tie For USL Conference Lead

LeiLei Gao's 33rd minute penalty kick was all the NSC Minnesota Stars needed to defeat the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 in a USSF Division 2 Pro League matchup from the USL Conference Saturday at the National Soccer Center in Blaine, MN.

The Stars (2-2-0, six points) are tied for the conference lead with the Puerto Rico Islanders, Portland Timbers and Austin Aztex. NSC will welcome the Rochester Rhinos this Wednesday.

Tampa Bay is in fifth place in the conference at 1-1-0 with three points and travels to intrastate rival Miami FC Blues Saturday.

Whitecaps Top USSF-D2's NASL Conference Over Winless St. Louis

Martin Nash fed a pass to Mouloud Akloul in the 19th minute for the lone score as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated winless AC St. Louis in an NASL Conference matchup of the USSF Division 2 Pro League season Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

The Whitecaps lead the NASL Conference with a 2-0-1 record and seven points and face the Portland Timbers at PGE Park Thursday.

AC St. Louis, at 0-4-0, the worst record in the NASL Conference and USSF-D2, hosts Crystal Palace Baltimore next Saturday at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.

Braun Leads Chivas USA Over Earthquakes

Justin Braun scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute to snap a 1-1 tie as Chivas USA beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 Saturday in Major League Soccer play from The Home Depot Center.

Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring for Chivas in the 25th minute, but San Jose's Chris Wondolowski took the game into haltime tied 1-1 with his 41st minute goal.

After Braun, Chukwudi Chijindu added an insurance goal in the 87th minute for the victory.

Steven Bectashour hit a final goal for San Jose in the 93rd minute, but it was too late for the Earthquakes.

Both teams now share a 2-3-0 record, six points, and fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Chivas heads East this coming Saturday to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park while the Earthquakes battle the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA the same day.

Angel Scores Game-Winning PK As Red Bulls Dissolve Union

Juan Pablo Angel's penalty kick in the 67th minute gave the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory over the expansion Philadelphia Union Saturday in Major League Soccer action from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Salou Ibrahim scored first for the Red Bulls, but Sebastien Le Toux evened the contest at 1-1 with a 59th minute goal.

The Red Bulls are 4-1-0 with 12 points and take on winless DC United at RFK Stadium next Saturday.

Philadelphia is 1-3-0 in its debut season with three points, but are tied for sixth place with Toronto FC, who holds a similar mark. The Union travels to The Home Depot Center next Saturday to face the best team in MLS and the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mastroeni Scores Rare Goal In Rapids Win

It's not often when Pablo Mastroeni scores a goal in a Major League Soccer game.

Before Saturday, he has only scored four goals in 561 career games.

Emphasis on before Saturday.

In the 73rd minute, Mastroeni scored career goal number five, which served as the game-winner for the Colorado Rapids in a 2-1 victory over the host New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Mehdi Ballouchy scored first for the Rapids in the 14th minute but the game was evened four minutes later when Marco Parovic scored his first MLS goal.

The Rapids are 3-1-1 with 10 points, good for second place in the Western Conference, three points behind the conference- and league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy at 4-0-1 with 13. Colorado will take on the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The Revolution are 2-3-0 with six points and alone in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, but a single point behind three teams -- the Columbus Crew (2-0-1), Kansas City Wizards (2-1-1) and Chicago Fire -- for second place. New England welcomes winless FC Dallas to town next Saturday.

Schelotto PK Shuts Out Defending MLS Champs

Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored on a 38th minute penalty kick to give the Columbus Crew the 1-0 victory over the defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake Saturday at Crew Stadium.

The Crew, at 2-0-1 with seven points, are in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire (2-2-1) and the Kansas City Wizards (2-1-1) and are five points behind the New York Red Bulls (4-1-0, 12) for the conference lead. Columbus will take on the Seattle Sounders next Saturday at Qwest Field.

RSL fell to 1-3-1 with four points and is in sixth place in the Western Conference. They will host Toronto FC Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Wizards Ends Buddle's Scoring Streak In Draw

The Kansas City Wizards did something Saturday no other team has been able to do in the first month of the 2010 Major League Soccer Season -- stop Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle from scoring a goal.

After scoring seven goals in four games to set a league record, Buddle and the Galaxy were held scoreless in a 0-0 draw at Community America Ballpark.

Despite the draw, the Galaxy still hold the best record in MLS and in the Western Conference at 4-0-1 with 13 points. Los Angeles hosts the expansion Philadelphia Union at The Home Depot Center next Saturday.

Kansas City, at 2-0-1 with seven points and tied for second in the Eastern Conference with the Columbus Crew (2-0-1) and Chicago Fire (2-2-1) and five points behind the New York Red Bulls (4-1-0, 12) for the conference lead, faces the Houston Dynamo on the road next Saturday.

Fire Outduels Dynamo At Toyota Park

Baggio Husidic scored in first-half stoppage time and Peter Lowry added a goal in the 70th minute as the Chicago Fire shut out the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

The Fire are now 2-2-1 with seven points and tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with the Columbus Crew (2-0-1) and Kansas City Wizards (2-1-1), five points behind the New York Red Bulls (4-1-0, 12). Chicago welcomes Chivas USA to town next Saturday.

Houston has the same record and points but are in sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Seattle Sounders (2-1-2, eight) for third place. The Dynamo will face the Wizards next Saturday at Robertson Stadium.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Impact Fans Buy Up Tickets For Exhibitions

The Montreal Impact of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Friday fans have purchased nearly 15,000 tickets, a new team record, for the team's June 2 exhibition game at Olympic Stadium in Montreal against Serie A of Italy's AC Milan and nearly 5,000 tickets for a May 23 match at Saputo Stadium against the Italian league's Fiorentina.

FC Dallas Raises Money To Help Haitian National Team

Jason Yeisley scored twice and Peri Marosevic had a goal as Major League Soccer's FC Dallas defeated the men's national team from Haiti 5-1 in an exhibition game Friday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

Gemsley Joseph scored Haiti's only goal in the eighth minute after causing an own goal situation three minutes earlier. Haiti would give Dallas an own goal again in the second half.

The game was a fundraiser for Haiti's team, which lost its headquarters building and saw over 30 people who wored there be killed by a devastating earthquake Janaury 12, with FC Dallas fans raising $3,000.

FC Dallas returns to MLS action May 1 when they travel to the New England Revolution.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Botello Named New Head Coach Of Hollywood United Hitmen

Jose Botello was named Friday as the new head coach of the Hollywood United Hitmen of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, replacing Matt Herold, who will serve as Botello's assistant coach.

Herold replaced inaugural head coach Mike Erush midway during the 2009 PDL season.

Botello played collegiately with East Los Angeles College and Cal State-Los Angeles and played in 10 games for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy between the 1997 and 1999 seasons, as well as for the Orange County Zodiac and Inter Tijuana in Mexico.

He led the Los Angeles Blues to back-to-back Silver Mug Tournament titles and the 2008 California Soccer League title.

Whitecaps Women Re-Sign Lam-Feist, Stewart; Add Premji

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues W-League announced Thursday they have re-signed Canadian national women's team members Monica Lam-Feist and Chelsea Stewart, and have welcomed Ranee Premji to the roster.

Lam-Feist and Stewart played together on Canada's U-20 team at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, where Lam-Feist was the top goal scorer.

She also had five goals in 15 games for the team as they competed in the 2008 CONCACAF U-20 Womens Tournament and is a two-time U-17 Female Player of the Year in her country.

A member of Vancouver's Prospects program, she has started 17 of 18 games over two seasons.

At the University of Wisconsin, she started all 22 games in 2009 and had a goal and three assists.

Stewart has played 16 times over two seasons for the Whitecaps and played in the youth systems for the W-League's Colorado Rush and Real Colorado Cougars.

She led her Colorado teams to three straight state titles from 2003 to 2006 and a US national championship in 2006.

The 2009 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, she was named captain for Canada at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women's World Cup in Guatemala City, Guatemala and had four goals in as many games at the 2009 Cyprus Cup tournament.

A freshman at Vanderbilt University, she scored three goals and assisted on another for the Commodores.

Premji played mostly as a substitute in 13 career games at the University of North Carolina but did start one game as a freshman in 2009.

On an amateur basis, she led teams in her native Calgary to 11 city titles, five provincial titles and led Premiers 90 FC of the Calgary South West United Soccer Association to bronze and silver medals at the Canadian Club Championships.

She was a silver medalist at the U-16 All-Star Championship with an Alberta provincial team and won gold at the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games.

Premji has been called to the U-17 and U-20 national teams since 2008.

Ogden Outlaws Re-Sign Chester, Sign Five Others

The Ogden Outlaws of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the signings Friday of six players, headlined by the return of goalkeeper Michael Chester to the franchise.

Chester had two shutouts in 12 games for the 2008 Outlaws and returns after playing in the PDL last season for the Carolina Dynamo.

He is a sophomore at High Point University, where he holds the school record for most shutouts in a season at five.

Chester was named to the 2008 Big South Conference All-Freshman Team.

Midfielder Michael Farfan joins the Outlaws after two seasons collegiately at Cal State Fullerton (eight goals, seven assists) and his most recent season at North Carolina (five goals, three assists).

At Fullerton, he was twice named to the All-Big West Conference First Team and, in 2006, was named the conference's Freshman of the Year and to All-America teams by SoccerAmerica, College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer.

At North Carolina, he was twice named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week in 2009 and was placed on the conference's First Team.

Farfan led the Tar Heels to a 16-2-4 record and a semifinal appearance in the 2009 NCAA College Cup, where they lost 5-4 in penalty kicks to the University of Akron.

Defender Jonathan Koshko played the last three seasons at Florida Gulf Coast University and has scored six goals, two of them game-winning goals.

Finally, the Outlaws signed three players from Bradley University -- forward/midfielder Christian Meza, defender/midfielder Bobby Smith and midfielder Rudy Garcia.

Meza and Smith were named to the 2008 Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team. Smith was the team's Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2008 and won the Coaches Award in 2009.

Pore Pores It On For Timbers Over AC St. Louis

Ryan Pore had a pair of goals and assisted on another by O.J. Obatola in the 62nd minute as the host Portland Timbers of the USL Conference shut out AC St. Louis of the NASL Conference 3-0 in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Thursday at PGE Park in Portland, OR.

Pore scored 18 seconds into the game off an Obatola assist, then had an unassisted goal before halftime.

The Timbers are tied for the lead in the USSF D2 nd the USL Conference standings with the Austin Aztex at 2-0-0 and six points and travel to Saputo Stadium to play the NASL's Montreal Impact Sunday.

St. Louis is in last place in both standings at 0-3-0 and will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

Davies Done With Sochaux; May Not Make US World Cup Team

The chances of US Men's National Team forward Charlie Davies earning a spot on the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster, to be announced soon, ended Thursday when Alexandre Lacombe, president of France's Ligue 1 franchise Sochaux, told L'Est Republican he would not use him in the final five games of the regular season, which ends May 15.

The US opens World Cup pool play June 12 against England.

Davies was making a road to recovery after being involved in a fatal one-car accident in October 2009 in Washington, DC, prior to playing in a USMNT World Cup qualifier.

Cunningham's Last-Minute Penalty Kick Creates Draw For Dallas, Seattle

Jeff Cunningham hit the second of two penalty kick goals in the third minute of second-half stoppage time as host FC Dallas played the Seattle Sounders to a 2-2 draw in Major League Soccer play from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX Thursday.

Cunningham, who has scored all three of his goals this season via penalty kick, fired off his first one in the 27th minute to give winless Dallas its first lead of the game before Seattle's Steve Zakuani evened the game at 1-1 in the 39th minute off an Osvaldo Alonso pass.

Fredy Montero put Seattle up 2-1 in the 55th minute on an unassisted goal from 45 yards out.

Dallas is one of two winless MLS teams this season -- the other is DC United (0-4-0) -- but they are 0-1-3 with three points, tied for last place in the Western Conference with Chivas USA (1-3-0). Dallas will take on the New England Revolution next Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Seattle's point they earned moved the Sounders into second place in the conference standings with a 2-1-2 record and eight points, four points behind the best team in the league, the Los Angeles Galaxy at 4-0-0 with 12 points. The Sounders host the Columbus Crew at Qwest Field next Saturday.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Heat Signs Two Members Of MISL Champs To Roster

The Laredo Heat of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the signings Thursday of Hector "Goat" Vallejo, Angel "Bambi" Hernandez and Yamet Perez to the 2010 season roster.

Vallejo and Hernandez recently were teammates on the 2009-10 Major Indoor Soccer League champion La RaZa de Monterrey.

Vallejo played for the the Heat in the 2006 and 2007 seasons and Hernandez played for several times in the Primera and Second Division in Mexico for the Rayados organization.

Perez also played in the major Mexican leagues and was on the country's 2003 U-20 National Team.

Earthquakes To Face Tottenham Hotspur July 17

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes announced Thursday they will play Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in an exhibiton game July 17 at Buck Shaw Stadium at the University of Santa Clara.

The game is part of a partnership agreement the teams signed in 2008 to develop a long-term relationship.

The last time San Jose played an EPL franchise was in 1997, when they played to a 1-1 tie with Aston Villa at Spartan Stadium.

Islanders Defeat Stars In USL Conference Matchup

Nick Addlery assisted David Foley on the game's first goal of the night in the 13th minute, then proceeded to score unassisted four minutes later as the host Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the NSC Minnesota Stars 3-1 in a United Soccer Leagues Conference match in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Tuesday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Sandy Gbandi scored Puerto Rico's other goal in the 51st minute.

The Stars' lone point came in the 85th minute when Daniel Wasson fed a pass to Neil Hlavaty.

Both teams return to USSS-D2 play Saturday -- Puerto Rico at Crystal Palace Baltimore, NSC Minnesota hosting FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Red Bulls To Host International Soccer Tournament

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls will face English soccer franchises Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur and Portugal's Sporting Lisbon July 22-25 at the inaugural New York Football Challenge at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Fire To Face AC Milan In International Friendly Rematch May 30

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Wednesday they will face Italian Serie A franchise AC Milan May 30 in an exhibition game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

The two teams last faced off in 2005, when Milan beat the Fire 3-1 at Soldier Field.

Red Bulls Lose Kandji For 8-12 Weeks Following Surgery

New York Red Bulls forward Macoumba Kandji will miss the next eight to 12 weeks of the 2010 Major League Soccer season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.

Kandji started all four games for the Red Bulls in 2010 and scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders April 3.

Since joining the team September 15, 2008, Kandji has four goals and five assists for the Red Bulls.

WPS To Offer Streaming Video For Web, iPhone Users

Women's Professional Soccer announced Wednesday they will offer fans live, streaming video of 24 games this season, including every WPS Sunday game on Fox Soccer Channel, the 2010 WPS All-Star Game presented by the US Coast Guard, and the league playoffs.

Following live broadcasts on the web, the games will be archived on their website for on-demand viewing.

To find out more about the games to be streamed, visit www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/schedule/2010-stream=schedule.aspx.

The games will be also be available to Apple iPhone users. For more information, visit http://wps.ollintechnology.com.

Menace Welcome Nine Players Back For 2010

The Des Moines Menace of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the re-signings of nine players to their 2010 roster Wednesday.

Midfielder Ross Moffat was a member of their 2005 PDL Championship team and 2010 will be his sixth season with the team.

Forward Armin Mujdzic played for the franchise from 2002 to 2007, but returned in June 2009 and led the team with five goals in 10 games. He scored at least a point in his first five games back.

Midfielder/defender Nick Foster played a total of 400 minutes over eight games last season.

Forward Hunter Kennedy scored seven points in the team's last four regular season games and was the 2008 high school player of the year in Iowa.

Midfielder Michael Thaden played in three games last season before an injury ended his season. He previously played on the 2008 team.

Forward Sterling Copeland was third on the team in points last season with nine and scored two of his three goals in a 4-0 home win over the Kansas City Brass June 20, 2009.

Midfielder Yuri Kariya had seven points in 10 games with the Menace in 2009 and scored two of his three goals in a 3-2 win at the Brass last season.

Defender Jack Pearson led the Menace in minutes last season with 1,438. He scored two goals and three assists and was named to a USL2 Team of the Week in early June.

Midfielder Jacob Schmoker played 1,223 minutes over 17 games last season.

Goalkeeper Becomes Head Coach Of PDL Rattlers

The Lancaster (CA) Rattlers of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the departure of head coach David Lopez and the naming of goalkeeper Zach Brunner as the new head coach Wednesday.

Brunner played 45 games for the team since its founding in 2007 and had a 2.47 goals against average.

Regions Bank Becomes Official Bank Of Aztex

Regions Bank, which has 14 locations in the Austin, TX area, announced Wednesday they have been given the designation of Official Bank of the USSF Division 2 Pro League's Austin Aztex.

The banking chain had previously been a corporate sponsor of the club.

The Aztex continue their 2010 season Sunday when they host the Rochester Rhinos at House Park.

USMNT Choosing Ivy Over Cary

When the US Men's National Team begins training next month for June's 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they will do so at the old stomping grounds of head coach Bob Bradley at Princeton University versus WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC, where they trained prior to the 2002 and 2006 events.

Bradley graduated from the Tigers in 1980 and, as a player, led the team in scoring in 1979.

He team returned to coach the team and won two Ivy League titles and led them to the 1993 NCAA College Cup Final Four during his tenure from 1984 to 1995.

The training sessions will be closed to the public.

Rhinos Add Gore, Ferdinand To Roster

The Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signings Wednesday of forward/midfielder T.J. Gore and forward Max Ferdinand.

Gore had 10 goals and 13 assists for 33 points in 74 games over four seasons at the University of Vermont.

In 2006, Gore was named to the America East Conference All-Rookie Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region Third Team and the America East Conference All-Conference First Team.

He was a America East All-Conference Second Team selection in 2007 and 2008.

Ferdinand was recently named Rookie of the Year in the revived Major Indoor Soccer League with the Baltimore Blast.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Winless United Lose Jakovic, Pontius For 4-6 Weeks

It's bad enough DC United has the worst record in Major League Soccer with an 0-4-0 record, have given a league-high 11 goals and scored a league-low two.

Tuesday, the team learned things can get much worse.

Defender Dejan Jakovic and forward/midfielder Chris Pontius will both be out of action for four to six weeks due to injuries.

Jakovic, who started the team's first three games, suffered a fractured clavicle in an April 10 loss to the expansion Philadelphia Union.

Pontius injured a hamstring in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.

United will host the Eastern Conference-leading (and worst team in MLS last season) New York Red Bulls May 1 at RFK Stadium.

Freedom's Wambach Takes WPS Player Of The Week Honor

Washington Freedom forward and US Women's National Team member Abby Wambach was named Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week for the second week of the 2010 season and became the league's first three-time career winner of the award.

Wambach scored a goal in the 41st minute and assisted on goals by Honore Sawa (51') and Christie Welsh (90') in a 3-1 victory Saturday over the expansion Atlanta Beat at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.

Wambach won Player of the Week honors in Weeks 5 and 18 of the inaugural 2009 season and was the league's Player of the Month for July.

Silverbacks Load Up On SEC Talent For 2010

The Atlanta Silverbacks of the United Soccer Leagues W-League have stocked up on talent from Southeastern Conference schools with the signings of four new players for the 2010 season Tuesday.

In Kelly Corless (Georgia - 2007), Katy Frierson (Auburn - 2008) and Laura Eddy (Georgia - 2009), the Silverbacks now boast having the last three SEC Freshmen of the Year winners.

In her sophomore season with the Tigers, Frierson led the team in scoring with five goals and 10 assists for 20 points.

Finally, Florida State University's Katya Gokham led her home country of Russia to the 2009 UEFA U-19 European Championship.

Fury Men Add Talent From UK To 2010 Roster

The Ottawa Fury of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the signings of four players who bring game experience from the United Kingdom with them -- goalkeeper Andrew Murphy and forwards Tom Mellor, Joe Yoffe and Kevin Struthers.

Murphy spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons with Accrington Stanley's youth program before joining Liverpool's U-16 team in 2005. He moved on to Preston North End of the English Championship from 2005 to 2009 and last played 26 games for Chester City Football Club of the English Conference.

Mellor spent eight seasons at Manchester United's youth academy, then played on U-17 and U-18 teams of Burnsley FC in the English Championship before coming to the US to attend Notre Dame College in Euclid, OH, where, as a freshman, he was second overall in points with 27 on eight goals and a team-high 11 assists and was named to an All-American Regional Team.

Yoffe will reunite at Ottawa with Alexis Pradie, who captained their team at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL, where Yoffe scored 51 goals over his four-year career. He also spent nine seasons with Stockport County's youth program.

Struthers played mostly in Scotland's First Division (Hamilton), Second Division (Dunbarton) and Third Division (East Stirlingshire) after being part of England's Birmingham City's youth academy.

The Fury open their 2010 PDL season at home against the Western Mass Pioneers, who join the PDL from USL2.

Chill Bring Back Two From 2008 PDL Title Team

The Thunder Bay Chill of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the return Tuesday of Brandon Swartzendruber and Nolan Intermoia, two members of the franchise's 2008 league championship team.

Swartzendruber spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Chill, leading the team in scoring and finishing second in the PDL in 2007, and finishing fourth overall in the category in 2008. He played last season in USL Second Division with the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Intermoia will be one of the team's captains in his fourth season at Thunder Bay. He was released by the USL2's Pittsburgh Riverhounds on the final day of tryouts.

Thunder Bay will play an exhibition game May 29 at newly-modernized Chapples Park against the Winnipeg Sons Of Italy.

Aztex To Play Haitian National Team In Exhibition April 28

The Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League will be one of three Texas-based teams that will take on Haiti's men's national team in a series of exhibitions to raise money for a relief fund to benefit victims of a devastating earthquake.

The Aztex will host their game, which will have free admission, April 28 at House Park and fans will be able to donate to the relief fund.

Haiti will also take on Trinity University's men's team and Major League Soccer's FC Dallas during their two-week visit to the US.

Delicate Names First USL2 POW Of 2010 Season

Forward Matthew Delicate of the defending United Soccer Leagues Second Division Richmond Kickers was named Tuesday the first USL2 Player of the Week for the 2010 season.

Delicate, the league's defending goal scoring champion with 13 last season and in his fourth season with the Kickers, scored both of his team's goals in a 2-2 draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders at University of Richmond Stadium Saturday.

Here are the other players named to the league's first Team of the Week:

USL2 TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Hunter Gilstrap, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Had four saves in scoreless draw at Real Maryland Monarchs

DEFENDERS
John Borrajo, Real Maryland Monarchs
Led team in scoreless draw versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Colin Falvey, Charleston Battery
Assisted on goal in 3-2 win at Charlotte Eagles

Jason Kutney, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Led team in scoreless draw versus Real Maryland Monarchs

Mike Zaher, Charleston Battery
Scored goal in 3-2 win at Charlotte Eagles

MIDFIELDERS
Brian Ombiji, Harrisburg City Islanders
Scored goals in 2-2 draw at Richmond Kickers

Mike Burke, Richmond Kickers
Assisted on goal in 2-2 draw to Harrisburg City Islanders

Darren Toby, Charlotte Eagles
Assisted on goal in 3-2 loss to Charleston Battery

FORWARDS
Levi Coleman, Charleston Battery
Scored game-winning goal in 3-2 win at Charlotte Eagles

Sheanon Williams, Harrisburg City Islanders
Scored goal in 2-2 draw at Richmond Kickers

Mexican Olympic Soccer Team To Play USL2, USSF-D2 Talent

Mexico's men's Olympic soccer team will play in exhibition games this week against talent from the United Soccer Leagues Second Division and the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

They will face the defending USL2 champion Richmond Kickers Wednesday night at the University of Richmond Stadium, then will head to Cary, NC to take on the Carolina RailHawks of USSF-D2 Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Mexico's team will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, then attempt to qualify for a spot in the 2012 London Games.

FC Dallas Names PSU Coach First Technical Director

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Tuesday longtime Penn State men's team head coach Barry Gorman will join the franchise as their first-ever technical director.

He will replace former general manager Michael Hitchcock, who was fired at the end of the 2009 season.

After serving as an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions for two seasons, Gorman has served the last 22 as head coach, leading them to 13 NCAA College Cup appearances, two of those trips ending in quarterfinal round play.

Penn State also won three Big 10 Conference tournament championships and Gorman was named the conference's 2005 Coach of the Year.

Edmonton Sun: NASL's FC Edmonton Names Lodeweges Head Coach, Randle As Assistant Coach

FC Edmonton, who officiallyjoins the newly-revived North American Soccer League when it becomes a stand-alone league in 2011, named fellow Canadian Dwight Lodeweges as head coach and Dave Randle as his only assistant coach, according to The Edmonton Sun Monday.

NASL teams are currently part of the US Soccer Federation's Division 2 Pro League for the 2010 season, since neither they nor the United Soccer Leagues First Division were deemed worthy of being certified as a Division 2 Professional League.

Born in Turner Valley, Lodeweges was raised in the Netherlands and played in the original NASL with the Edmonton Drillers and the Montreal Manic, and was coaching in Holland when he accepted Edmonton's offer to coach them.

Randle serves as head coach of the Canadian amateur club Calgary Caledonian FC.

The team opened their first training camp Monday and will hold an open tryout for players this weekend.

Current plans call for Edmonton to play exhibition games against NASL opponents later this season, as well as play an international team.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Whitecaps Re-Sign Three CWNT Veterans To Team

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues W-League announced the re-signings Wednesday of three veteran members of this franchise and the Canadian Women's National Team -- forwards Jodi-Ann Robinson, Julie Armstrong and Kirsteen Buchan.

Robinson will be in her sixth season with the Whitecaps and had 13 goals and four assists for 30 points and started 26 of 38 regular season games.

Armstrong will be in her third season and, along with Bucham, graduated the Whitecaps' Prospects program. She has started eight of 12 career games and played a total of 646 minutes. She completed her freshman season from the University of Oregon women's team and was second on the team in scoring with 12 points on three goals and six assists.

Buchan will be in her fifth season and has scored three goals and an assist in 25 career games. She played on Vancouver's 2006 W-League Championship team, their second title. In four seasons at the University of San Francisco (1999-2002), she had 10 goals and eight assists.

The Whitecaps open their W-League season at home May 30 against the Colorado Force.

Brilla Inks Pair Of West Florida Sophomores

The Mississippi Brilla of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League announced the signings Monday of two players after their sophomore season at the University of West Florida in Richard Dixon and Paul Willoughby.

Both players were named to the 2009 Daktronics All-South Regional Second Team.

Dixon had three goals and three assists this season and was the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year. He was also named in 2009 to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-South Regional Second Team.

Willoughby had eight goals and four assists this season and was a 2009 All-GSC First Team selection.

The Brilla finished the 2009 season as the Southeast Division regular season champion after posting a 9-1-6 record. They lost to the Bradenton Academics in overtime in the second round of the PDL Playoffs.

West Texas United Sockers Split Weekend Preseason Results

The West Texas United Sockers of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League prepared for their sophomore season in the league by splitting the results of preseason games this weekend.

Friday, Uli Guillen scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute as West Texas shut out Soles de Juarez of Mexico 1-0.

Saturday, the Sockers were defeated 2-1 by another Mexican team, Municipio de Juarez.

West Texas opens their 2010 PDL season at the El Paso Patriots May 1, then hosts them May 8 at Grande Communications Stadium.

Red Bulls To Host Juventus May 23 At Red Bull Arena

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls announced Monday they will host Juventus of Italy's Serie A in an exhibition game May 23 at 1 p.m. Eastern time from new Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Juventus is currently in seventh place in the Serie A table, 20 points behind league-leading AS Roma, but six points behind Sampdoria for the fourth and final berth in the preliminary round of the UEFA Champions League with four regular season games to play.

The game could be a way to initiate fans to the talents of two players who could join the Red Bulls, according to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport -- Alessandro Del Piero, who has been formally offered a contract and awaits giving the Red Bulls an answer, and David Trezequet, who could join as New York's next Designated Player, joining Juan Pablo Angel.

Tacoma News Tribune: Sounders To Make Nkufo Their Second DP

Once forward Blaise Nkufo joins the Seattle Sounders this summer after playing for Switzerland in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Monday's Tacoma News Tribune reports he will become the Major League Soccer franchise's second Designated Player.

Signed to a contract March 4, Nkufo's new status would save the team salary cap space, as he would only count $165,500 against the cap.

Seattle's only Designated Player on the roster is goalkeeper Kasey Keller, but they would become the first MLS team to gain a second such statused player since the league expanded the rules governing them earlier this month.

Nkufo currently plays in Switzerland for FC Twente and has 111 goals in seven previous league seasons and led them in scoring in six of those seasons. He also has scored over 21 goals in the last three seasons and has 129 goals over 260 games in all competitions.

Buddle Finally Earns MLS Player Of The Week Honors

What took voters for the Major League Soccer Player of the Week award so long to name Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle a winner in the 2010 season?

After scoring all seven of his team's goals this season -- the first time any MLS player has done so to start a team's season -- Buddle was name the Week 4 winner Monday after scoring both his team's goals in a 2-1 win over the defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake.

It is the eighth time he was won a weekly award.

Wambach Leads Freedom To Victory Over Beat

Abby Wambach may just secure Women's Professional Soccer Player of the Week honors this week after scoring an unassisted goal in the 44th minute, then assisting teammates Homare Sawa (51') and Christie Welsh (90') with goals as the host Washington Freedom beat the expansion Atlanta Beat 3-1 Sunday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.

Ramona Bachman tied the game at 1-1 with Atlanta's only goal in the 48th minute.

The Freedom are now 1-1-0 with three points and are tied with FC Gold Pride and the defending WPS champion Sky Blue FC for third place with similar records. Washington will face the expansion Philadelphia Independence on the road next Sunday.

The Beat are 0-1-1 with one point and are tied with the Chicago Red Stars in the cellar of the league standings. Atlanta travels to the Pride this Saturday.

Independence Play To Second Tie In Team History

Allison Falk scored a goal in the 56th minute off a pass from Lori Lindsey as the expansion Philadelphia Independence played to a 1-1 tie to the host Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer play at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, MA Sunday.

Kelly Smith gave Boston their lone lead six minutes earlier on an unassisted goal.

The Independence, who played their fellow expansion mate, the Atlanta Beat, to an opening-day scoreless draw, are now 0-0-2 with two points and are in sixth place in the league standings. Philadelphia hosts the Washington Freedom next Sunday at John A. Farrell Stadium at the University of West Chester in West Chester, PA.

Meanwhile, Boston now shares the lead in WPS with the St. Louis Athletica, both with 1-0-1 records and four points. Coincidentally, those two teams meet next Sunday at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO.

Casey Scores On PK Goals In Rapids Win Over Toronto

Conor Casey scored both his team's goals on penalty kicks in the 24th and 85th minute as the host Colorado Rapids defeated Toronto FC 3-1 in Major League Soccer play Sunday from Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Dwayne De Rosario tied the game at 1-1 when he scored a 58th minute penalty kick for Toronto.

Colorado's Jeff Larentowicz hit the game-winning shot unassisted in the 71st minute.

The Rapids are now 2-1-1 with seven points, sharing their record with the Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders for second place in the Western Conference standings, five points behind the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy at 4-0-0 with 12 points. Colorado faces the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium Saturday.

Toronto falls to 1-3-0 with three points and are tied with the expansion Philadelphia Union (1-2-0) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference table. The Reds next host Seattle at BMO Field next Sunday.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fire Heat Up In Final 10 Minutes To Beat United

Marco Pappa and Brian McBride scored goals in the final 10 minutes of the game as the Chicago Fire shut out DC United 2-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at RFK Stadium in the nation's capital.

The Fire are 1-2-1 with four points, tied with the Columbus Crew (1-0-1) for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Chicago hosts the Houston Dynamo next Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

United has the worst record in the league and the Eastern Conference at 0-4-0, but have next weekend off before hosting the conference's best team, the New York Red Bulls, May 1.

Angel's Duo Makes Red Bulls Best In Eastern Conference

Juan Pablo Angel scored both goals for the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas Saturday at Red Bull Arena and gave themselves the best record in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference at 3-1-0 with nine points.

Dax McCarty scored his first goal of the season for Dallas, winless and in last place in the Western Conference standings at 0-1-2 with two points. Dallas hosts the Seattle Sounders Thursday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

The Red Bulls host the expansion Philadelphia Union this coming Saturday.

Earthquakes Gain Second Straight Win Of Season Over Revolution

Chris Wondolowski (57') and Ike Opara (72') tallied goals as the San Jose Earthquakes earned their second straight Major League Soccer win of the 2010 season in a 2-0 shutout of the New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The Earthquakes are now 2-1-0 with six points and are fourth in the Western Conference standings. San Jose will look for a three-game winning streak next Saturday at Chivas USA.

New England evens their record to 2-2-0 with six and are tied for second with the Kansas City Wizards (2-1-0) in the Eastern Conference standings. They will be at the Columbus Crew this Saturday.

Galaxy Remain Undefeated; Buddle Sets MLS Scoring Record

Edson Buddle scored two goals and set a Major League Soccer for most consecutive goals scored to start a season as he led the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over the defending league champion Real Salt Lake Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Buddle has scored all seven of the Galaxy's goals over four games, but the Galaxy did give up their first goal of the season when Kyle Beckerman scored for RSL in the 41st minute.

The Galaxy lead MLS and the Western Conference at 4-0-0 with 12 points and will travel to the Kansas City Wizards next Saturday.

RSL is 1-2-1 with four points and tied for fifth place in the Western standings with the Colorado Rapids (1-1-1). Salt Lake takes on the Columbus Crew on the road next Saturday. The Crew had this week off.

Pride See Defending WPS Champ Sky Blue Fall On The Road

Christine Sinclair scored goals in the 11th and 75th minute and Marta tallied one in the 82nd minute as FC Gold Pride upset the defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC 3-1 at the Castro Valley Athletic Stadium in Castro Valley, CA Saturday.

Rosana scored Sky Blue's lone goal in the 48th minute.

Both teams are now 1-1-0 with three points and are tied with the Boston Breakers (1-0-0) for second place in the standings, one point behind the St. Louis Athletica.

The Pride welcome the expansion Atlanta Beat next Saturday and the Chicago Red Stars will play host to Sky Blue next Sunday.

Athletica Leads WPS Despite Drawing To Red Stars

The St. Louis Athletica hold the top spot in the Women's Professional Soccer standings Saturday, despite playing to a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Lori Chalupny wasted little time getting St. Louis on the board with an unassisted ninth-minute goal, which was countered 15 minutes into the second half by Casey Nogueira, who finished off a pass from Katie Chapman.

St. Louis, at 1-0-1 with four points, hosts the Boston Breakes next Sunday at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO.

Chicago (0-1-1, one point) is tied for fifth overall in the single table with the two expansion teams this season -- the Atlanta Beat and the Philadelphia Independence, who played each other to a scoreless draw last Saturday. The Red Stars will host the defending WPS champion Sky Blue FC next Sunday.

Delicate Goals Only Good For Draw As Kickers Face City Islanders

Matthew Delicate scored goals in the 11th minute off Mike Burke and in the 76th off Sascha Gorres but the defending United Soccer Leagues Second Division champion Richmond Kickers had to settle for a 2-2 draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders at University of Richmond Stadium to open their 2010 season Saturday.

Sheanon Williams scored unassisted for the City Islanders in the 17th minute and Kai Kasiguran assisted Brian Ombiji in the 40th minute.

Both teams are in action this coming Saturday -- the Kickers hosting the Charlotte Eagles; the City Islanders welcoming the Real Maryland Monarchs.

Coleman's Game-Winning Charge Leads Battery Over Eagles

Levi Coleman scored unassisted in the 80th minute as the Charleston Battery opened their 2010 United Soccer Leagues Second Division season with a 3-2 victory over the Charlotte Eagles at Charlotte Christian High School Saturday.

Pierre-Rudolph Taylor and Michael Taylor put the Battery up 2-0 with goals in the 24th and 32nd minute but Darren Toby assisted Ben Page on a goal before halftime to put the Eagles on the board.

Debola Ogunseye would knot the game at 2-2 in the 78th minute before Coleman fired off the game-winner.

The Battery will travel to the Real Maryland Monarchs April 27 while the Eagles face the defending USL2 champion Richmond Kickers next Saturday.

Pore PK Leads Timbers In Home Opener Over Rhinos

Ryan Pore's penalty kick goal in the 85th minute was all the host Portland Timbers needed to beat the Rochester Rhinos 1-0 in their USSF Division 2 Pro League home debut Saturday at PGE Park, their last in second division play before heading to Major League Soccer for the 2011 season.

The Timbers are 1-0-0 with three points and tied for third in the overall standings table with the Carolina RailHawks (1-1-0), FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-0-0) and NSC Minnesota Stars (1-0-1) and tied for second place in the USL Conference. Portland hosts AC St. Louis Thursday night.

Rochester is 0-1-1 with a point, eighth overall in the single table and fifth in the USL Conference standings. They will take on the Austin Aztex, the USSF D2 and USL Conference's best team, on the road this Saturday.

Aztex Spoil Home Debut For AC St. Louis

In front of a record-setting crowd at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO, Eddie Johnson and Leonard Griffin led the Austin Aztex to a 2-1 victory over AC St. Louis in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Saturday.

Johnson scored in the 37th minute off a Jamie Watson assist and Leonard Griffin had the game-winning goal in the 56th minute.

St. Louis knotted the game at 1-1 in the 43rd minute.

The Aztex have the best record in USSF D-2 and in the USL Conference at 2-0-0 with six points. They will host the Rochester Rhinos next Saturday.

St. Louis, meanwhile, is 0-2-0 and tied for last place in the league standings with the NASL Conference's Crystal Palace Baltimore and Montreal Impact, both 0-1-0, and the USL Conference's Puerto Rico Islanders (0-1-0). St. Louis travels to Swangard Stadium to face the Vancouver Whitecaps next Saturday.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fucito Goal Spares Sounders In Win Over Wizards

Michael Fucito scored the game's only goal off a throw-in from Brad Evans in the 92nd minute as the Seattle Sounders shut out the Kansas City Wizards 1-0 in Major League Soccer action from Qwest Field in Seattle.

The Sounders are now tied for second place in the Western Conference with the Houston Dynamo at 2-1-1 with seven points and are two points behind the league's best team right now, the 3-0-0 Los Angeles Galaxy.

Kansas City, meanwhile, remains in a three-way tie for the lead in the Eastern Conference at 2-1-0 and six points with the New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls, but both of those team are in action later Saturday -- the Red Bulls hosting FC Dallas and the Revolution traveling to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Crew Spilt Saturday Scrimmages Against Duquesne, Louisville

Having this week off in Major League Soccer, the Columbus Crew chose not to get rusty and play two scrimmages against collegiate talent Saturday at Crew Stadium.

In the first of two 45-minute matches, Jason Garey scored two goals and assisted on Duncan Oughton's goal as the Crew manhandled Duquesne 5-0. Emmanuel Ekpo and Kevin Burns added goals for Columbus.

In the second game, the University of Louisville shut out the Crew 1-0.

Coumbus hosts the New England Revolution next Saturday night.

Dynamo Keep Chivas Winless At Robertson Stadium

Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer and Dominic Oduro scored goals as the Houston Dynamo kept Chivas USA winless at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston in a 3-0 shutout Saturday in Major League Soccer.

Houston is now tied with the Seattle Sounders in second place in the Western Conference standings at 2-1-1 with seven points and are two points behind the best team in MLS right now, the 3-0-0 Los Angeles Galaxy.

Both teams return to action next Saturday -- the Dynamo against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, Chivas hosting the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center.

Rowdies Beat Baltimore; Sign Veteran D Valentino

Aaron King scored the game's only goal in thr 66th minute of a 1-0 win by the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies against Crystal Palace Baltimore in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Friday at Baltimore.

In related news, prior to the game, the Rowdies signed veteran defender Rob Valention, now playing for the US U-23 Men's National Team and has made three appeareances with them since joining in 2008.

He last played professionally for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, who acquired him in a trade with the New England Revolution, who selected him in the 2008 SuperDraft. He started three of four games last season.

He played collegiately for the University of San Francisco, where he had five goals and eight assists in 57 career games for the Dons and earned the 2005 West Coast Conference Defender of the Year award and the 2006 conference Player of the Year.

Wesson Cooks Well As Stars Open Season With Win At RailHawks

Daniel Wesson scored the game's only goal in the 37th minute as the NSC Minnesota Stars posted a 1-0 victory over the host Carolina RailHawks in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

The Stars have little time to rest on their laurels as they travel to the Puerto Rico Islanders Sunday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.

Carolina takes time away from USSF-D2 play when they host the Mexican Olympic National Team Sunday before traveling May 1 to Rochester, NY to meet the Rhinos at Marina Auto Stadium.

Friday, April 16, 2010

United Loans Out Shipalane, Releases Wicks

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Friday they will loan midfielder Tiyi Shipalane, a former United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League player with the Michigan Bucks and the USL Second Division's Harrisburg City Islanders, to the defending USL2 champion Richmond Kickers for the 2010 season, and have released goalkeeper Josh Wicks.

Shipalane will make his USL2 season debut with the rest of the team Saturday when they host the City Islanders at University of Richmond Stadium.

He scored 10 goals with nine assists at Michigan and led the team to back-to-back PDL championships in 2005 and 2006 and led the Bucks in scoring in the 2008 season, where they won the league's regular season championship.

In 2009 at Harrisburg, he scored six goals and six assists and was named to the USL2 All-League First Team.

With United in 2009, he played in three games of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Shipalane led Lindsey Wilson College to the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics' 2005 national championship and was named to the 2007 All-Mid South Conference First Team.

He ended his collegiate career with 26 goals and 24 assists in 91 games.

Wicks was acquired by United from the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2009 in exchange for a conditional 2010 SuperDraft pick.

He started 19 games last season and had a 5-5-8 record with five shutouts, but his season ended September 27, 2009 when he dislocated his shoulder and sprained a medial collateral ligament in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Miami FC Blues Sign Forward Cabas

The Miami FC Blues of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signing Friday of forward Jair Cabas and said he will debut with the team Saturday when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Cabas had 13 goals and eight assists in three seasons at Florida International University. He also has scored one goal in two appearances with the US U-20 Men's National Team.

UCF To Induct Former Rough Rider Goalkeeper Wyant Into Hall Of Fame

Goalkeeper Kim Wyant, who played for the Long Island Rough Riders of the United Soccer Leagues W-League from 1995 to 2002 and was the first player named to the US Women's National Team, will be inducted Friday as part of the Class of 2010 into the University of Central Florida Athletic Hall Of Fame.

In her career with the Rough Riders, she was 48-14-1 with 30 shutouts and had a career goals against average of .808, never allowing more than a goal in any of her eight seasons. She also was a four-time W-League Goalkeeper of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the league's 1997 championship game.

She played for the UCF Knights from 1982 to 1985, was named their Rookie of the Year in 1982 and led them to the first-ever NCAA Women's College Cup national championship game in 1983, a 2-0 loss to North Carolina, where she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

In her senior season of 1985, she was named the team's MVP and to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's First Team All-American list.

She was the first-ever player named to the USWNT, playing in 16 games during the 1980's and 1990's, along with fellow UCF Hall of Fame member Michele Akers.

From 1995 to 1998, she was head coach of the women's soccer program at Florida International and has served as head coach of the Rough Riders' Girls Select Program.