Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Barnhart Gets Starting Nod In WPS All-Star Game After Bardsley Injury

In a late change to the lineup for Marta's XI in Wednesday's Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Game presented by the US Coast Guard Reserve at Kennesaw State University Stadium, starting goalkeeper Karen Bardsley of defending league champion Sky Blue FC injured her clavicle Tuesday in a collision while challenging a corsse ball in a 7-on-7 scrimmage Tuesday and will be replaced by FC Gold Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who was named a reserve.

Bardsley is the second Sky Blue goalkeeper to deal with an injury. Jenni Braham suffered a knee injury during the preseason and, despite being in rehab, is still weeks away from returning to the team.

Bardsley leads the league in goals against average (0.90) and shutouts (five in ten games) and was the league's Player of the Month in May.

Marta's XI, led by the Pride forward and coached by Pride coach Albertin Montoya, will face Abby's XI, led by Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach and coached by Paul Riley of the expansion Philadelphia Independence in Wednesday's All-Star Game.

Bucks Forward Uzoigwe Named USL PDL POW

Michigan Bucks forward Kenny Uzoigwe, who scored three goals and assisted on two others in games last week, was named Tuesday the USL Premier Development League Player of the Week.

Uzoigwe has scored eight goals this season for the Bucks.

Here are the other players who were named to the USL PDL Team of the Week:

USL PDL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Maros Valko, DFW Tornados
Had 10 saves in a shutout victory over the Laredo Heat

DEFENDERS
Kevin Strunk, Ocean City Nor'Easters
Scored goal and led defenders in win against Reading United AC

Michael Azira, Mississippi Brilla
Defense allowed Nashville Metros only three shots in victory for Brilla

MIDFIELDERS
Frank Alesci, Ironbound Express
Scored game-winning goal in game this weekend

Fredrik Brustad, Central Florida Kraze
Scored game-winning goal in game this weekend

Teodoro Popolizio, Albany BWP Highlanders
Scored two goals in victory against Long Island Rough Riders

FORWARDS
Chris Sanders, Tacoma Tide
Scored hat trick in victory against Yakima Reds

Gijsbertus den Ouden, Dayton Dutch Lions
Scored four goals and assisted on two others in three-game week

Stanley Kawessi, Northern Virginia Royals
Scored two goals in a victory last weekend

Tanner Wolfe, Carolina Dynamo
Scored two goals in a victory last weekend

Thomas Returns To Wizards Via Union Trade

Defender Shavar Thomas was traded back to the Kansas City Wizards by the Philadelphia Union Tuesday in return for a second round Major League Soccer SuperDraft pick in 2011 and 2012 and allocation money.

Thomas played in 76 games with the Wizards from 2004 to 2006, then was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy, who then traded him to Chivas USA before ever playing a game for the Galaxy. Chivas did not protect Thomas during the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft and the Union picked him up.

Galaxy's Arena Named MLS All-Star Coach

By way of his team earning 33 of a possible 42 points, as of June 27, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was named Tuesday as head coach of the Major League Soccer All-Stars when they face Manchester United of the English Premier League July 28 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Arena previously coached the MLS All-Stars in 1997 and 1998 and coached against them in 2002 when the All-Stars played the US Men's National Team.

Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear was named Arena's assistant coach for the game Tuesday, but he will lead the team for one day July 27 when the Galaxy face the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USSF Division 2 Pro League in 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League pool play.

Fan voting for the starting 11 players in the game ends July 6, with the starters to be named July 13.

Arena and Kinnear will then choose five reserve players and MLS commissioner Don Garber will select two players for a total of 18 on the roster.

Riverhounds' Flunder Named USL-2 Player Of The Week

Pittsburgh Riverhounds defender Sterling Flunder, who scored the insurance goal in a 2-0 win against the Real Maryland Monarchs Saturday at Edinboro University, was named Tuesday the USL Second Division Player of the Week.

Here are the other players who were selected to the USL-2 Team of the Week:

USL-2 TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Hunter Gilstrap, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Led team to 2-0 shutout against Real Maryland Monarchs

DEFENDERS
Brady Bryant, Charlotte Eagles
Led defenders in 1-1 draw to Richmond Kickers

Louie Rolko, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Led defenders in 2-0 shutout against Real Maryland Monarchs

William Yomby, Richmond Kickers
Controlled backline in 1-1 draw to Charlotte Eagles

MIDFIELDERS
Miguel Ferrer, Charlotte Eagles
Scored team's goal in 1-1 draw to Richmond Kickers

Luke Vercollone, Richmond Kickers
Led midfielders to 1-1 draw with Charlotte Eagles

Matt Tuttle, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Controlled midfield in first career professional start against Real Maryland Monarchs

Nicki Patterson, Real Maryland Monarchs
Solid play in midfield in 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh Riverhounds

FORWARDS
Alex Weekes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Scored game-winning goal in 2-0 win over Real Maryland Monarchs

Matthew Delicate, Richmond Kickers
Scored team's goal in 1-1 draw to Charlotte Eagles

Chivas USA Stuns USSF D-2's Best In LHUSOC Game

Jesus Padilla scored the game's only goal off a Osael Romero pass as Major League Soccer's Chivas USA stunned the Austin Aztex, the team with the best record in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, 1-0 in Round of 16 play Tuesday in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Chivas moves on to the Round of 8 July 6 and will battle fellow MLS team Houston Dynamo, but first will return to MLS play Saturday when they host the expansion Philadelphia Union at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Galaxy Sends AC St. Louis Home From LHUSOC

Chris Klein (69th minute from Tristan Bowen) and Juninho (80th minute from Eddie Lewis) scored goals to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 victory in the Round of 16 Tuesday at the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament against AC St. Louis of the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

The Galaxy will next face the winner of Wednesday's Round of 16 game between MLS' Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers of USSF D-2 July 6.

Before then, Los Angeles will travel to Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO to face the Colorado Rapids in MLS play.

AC St. Louis returns to USSF D-2 play Saturday at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO against the Carolina RailHawks.

DC United Cuts M Christian Castillo

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Tuesday they have released midfielder Christian Castillo.

Castillo, who was acquired on loan by Leon of Mexico's second division, started eight of 10 games this season, but played only 691 minutes and scored no goals in league play.

He did score a goal against FC Dallas in the first round of play in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament and competed in their second round game against defending league champion Real Salt Lake June 2.

Palmer Leads Dynamo To LHUSOC Win Over Blues

Dominic Oduro fed a pass to Lovel Palmer in the 80th minute and Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo shut out the Miami FC Blues of the USSF Division 2 Pro League in 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Rounf of 16 tournament play Tuesday at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

The Dynamo now move on to the tournament quartefinals July 6 against fellow MLS opponent Chivas USA, who defeated the Austin Aztex of USSF D-2 by a similar score Tuesday.

Houston, though, has MLS play Thursday at Toronto FC's BMO Field before the tournament game takes place.

The Blues head to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday in a USSF-D2 game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Galaxy To Play Real Madrid August 7 In Pasadena

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA will play host to an exhibition game August 7 between the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and Real Madrid of Italy's Serie A, it was announced Tuesday.

The game replaces a game the Galaxy was set to have with another Serie A team, Inter Milan, which was announced May 24, but later cancelled.

Both teams say they will work to reschedule the original game.

Battery Needs Penalty Kick Boost To Put Out Fire

Lamar Neagle, Mike Zaher and Ian Fuller scored goals in a best-of-five penalty kick shootout and the Charleston Battery of the USL Second Division beat Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire 3-0 in the shootout after 120 minutes of regulation and overtime play could not break a scoreless draw in Round of 16 action from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

The Battery advance to the Round of 8 July 6 against MLS' Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium, but plays the defending USL-2 champion Richmond Kickers in league play this Saturday at University of Richmond Stadium.

The Fire head to Crew Stadium this Saturday in MLS play.

Opping OT Goal Elimnates Red Bulls From LHUSOC Tournament

Dominic Oppong scored in the 117th minute as the host Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division pulled off an upset, shutting out Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls in the Round of 16 Tuesday at a 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament game held at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

The City Islanders will play the winner of Wednesday's game between the USL-2's Richmond Kickers and MLS' DC United on June 6, but will return to USL-2 play Saturday at home against the Charlotte Eagles.

The Red Bulls travel to the Colorado Rapids in an MLS game on the Fourth of July.

Crew Sends Rhinos Packing For Home In LHUSOC Victory

Steven Lenhart scored the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time as Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew defeated the Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2 Pro League 2-1 Tuesday in Round of 16 play at the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament at Crew Stadium.

Andy Iro opened the scoring for the Crew in the 30th minute, but Rhinos star Darren Spicer knotted the game at 1-1 later.

The Crew return to MLS play Friday night when they host the Chicago Fire, who also played in the LHUSOC event and lost a penalty kick shootout 3-0 to the Charleston Battery of the USL Second Division at Toyota Park Tuesday.

After that, Columbus moves into Round of 8 play July 6, hosting the Battery.

The Rhinos host the Montreal Impact Saturday at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY in USSF D-2 play.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rodriguez Tabbed Again As WPS POW

For the second time this season, Philadelphia Independence forward Amy Rodriguez was named Tuesday Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 11 of the 2010 season. She last won the award after Week 8 play.

Rodriguez now joins forward Marta of the league-leading FC Gold Pride as the only two-time POW winners this season. The two are also tied for the goal scoring title with six each.

Rodriguez scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-2 draw to fellow expansion team Atlanta Beat at Kennesaw State University Stadium in Kennesaw, GA, then scored two goals Saturday in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Washington Freedom.

Philadelphia is in second place in the league standings at 6-3-3 with 21 points, putting them two points behind the Pride (7-3-1, 22) for the overall lead.

She becomes the third player from the Independence to win the weekly award, joining midfielder Lori Lindsey (Week 3) and Danesha Adams (Week 10).

Forest City London Beats Outrage; In Tie For Second In Division

Carl Haworth and Luke Holmes each scored goals and Ryan Woods added another as Forest City London defeated the host Kalamazoo Outrage 5-1 in USL Premier Development League play Monday at Loy Norriz High School.

The Outrage's only lead came in the 10th minute as Daniel Jackson assisted Anthony Colaizzi for a goal.

Forest City improved to 6-1-2 with 20 points and is tied with the expansion Dayton Dutch Lions (5-1-5) for second place in the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division, three points behind the Chicago Fire (7-3-1, 22) for the division lead, who they will face on the road Sunday. They will also host the Michigan Bucks Thursday, then play at the Indiana Invaders Monday following their match with Chicago.

Kalamazoo, at 1-9-0 with three points, is tied for last place with the Toronto Lynx (1-8-0) and will next play July 7 at home against the Cleveland Internationals.

WPS Team Captains Select Players For All-Star Game

Women's Professional Soccer began the lead-in to Wednesday's 2010 All-Star Game presented by the US Coast Guard Reserve Monday in Kennesaw, GA as team captains Abby Wambach of the Washington Freedom and Marta of the FC Gold Pride selected their starting 11 players from a group of 22 players selected in a poll of fans, players, general managers and the media in a playground pick-em format.

Wambach and Marta were named team captains by finishing as the top two vote-getters in the poll.

Wambach's team, Abby's XI, will be coached in the game at Kennesaw State University Stadium by Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley, while the Marta XI will be coached by Pride head coach Albertin Montoya.

After the initial 11 for each side were chosen, the league randomly selected where the 14 reserve players selected by WPS commissioner Tonya Antonucci and the team's coaches would play.

Here is the full breakdown of each team:

2010 WPS ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS

ABBY XI (home team; will wear green)
#1 - Hope Solo, G, Atlanta Beat
#3 - Amy LePeilbet, D, Boston Breakers
#6 - Lori Lindsey, M, Philadelphia Independence
#7 - Shannon Boxx, M, FC Gold Pride
#8 - Tina Ellertson, D, Atlanta Beat
#9 - Eniola Aluko, F, Atlanta Beat
#10 - Heather O'Reilly, M, Sky Blue FC
#11 - Lauren Cheney, F, Boston Breakers
#17 - Lori Chalupny, M, Atlanta Beat
#20 - Abby Wambach, F, Washington Freedom
#84 - Cat Whitehill, D, Washington Freedom

Reserves
#4 - Angie Kerr, M, Atlanta Beat
#14 - Karen Carney, M, Chicago Red Stars
#19 - Kelley O'Hara, F, FC Gold Pride
#21 - Laura Kalmari, M, Sky Blue FC
#66 - Tasha Kai, F, Sky Blue FC
#85 - Jillian Loyden, GK, Chicago Red Stars
Kate Markgraf, D, Chicago Red Stars (injured - will not play)

MARTA XI (away team; will wear white)
#1 - Karen Bardsley, GK, Sky Blue FC
#3 - Allison Falk, D, Philadelphia Independence
#4 - Rachel Buehler, D, FC Gold Pride
#7 - Kelly Smith, M, Boston Breakers
#8 - Sonia Bompastor, M, Washington Freedom
#9 - Ramona Bachmann, F, Atlanta Beat
#10 - Marta, F, FC Gold Pride
#12 - Christine Sinclair, F, FC Gold Pride
#13 - Kristine Lilly, M, Boston Breakers
#14 - Brittany Taylor, D, Sky Blue FC
#24 - Aya Miyama, M, Atlanta Beat

Reserves
#5 - Christine Rampone, D, Sky Blue FC
#11 - Becky Sauerbrunn, D, Washington Freedom
#17 - Amy Rodriguez, F, Philadelphia Independence
#18 - Erin McLeod, GK, Washington Freedom
#22 - Alex Scott, D, Boston Breakers
#78 - Cristiane, F, Chicago Red Stars
Caroline Seger, M, Philadelphia Independence (injured - will not play)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Union Loans Zimmerman, McInerney To City Islanders For LHUSOC Game

Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union announced Monday they are loaning players Nick Zimmerman and Jack McInerney to their top affiliate team, the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division, for their upcoming Round of 16 game in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament against MLS' New York Red Bulls Tuesday at Skyline Sports Complex, according to Monday's Harrisburg Patriot-News.

It is not known for how long the loan will last, but the Union travels this Saturday to play Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Markgraf Withdraws From WPS All-Star Game With Hamstring Injury

Chicago Red Stars defender and team captain Kate Markgraf withdrew Monday from competing in Wednesday's 2010 Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Game presented by the US Coast Guard Reserve at Kennesaw State University Stadium in Kennesaw, GA after suffering a hamstring injury in Friday's road game at the Boston Breakers.

Her status has been tabbed as questionable to play in the Red Stars' next game Sunday at the Washington Freedom.

Injuries have reduced the number of players on both squads to 17 for Wednesday's game, which will see a team led by Abby Wambach of the Washington Freedom take on a team led by Marta of the FC Gold Pride.

Back-To-Back DeSumma Goals Lead Wildcats Over Magic

Angela DeSumma scored back-to-back goals off assists from Kylee Rossi (64th minute) and Anne Anders (67th minute) as the host New Jersey Wildcats edged the New York Magic 2-1 in USL W-League action Sunday from The College of New Jersey Soccer Complex.

The Magic's lone goal came in the 72nd minute as current W-League Player of the Week Rashidah Sherman assisted Rebecca Brown.

The Wildcats are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division at 4-1-1 with 13 points and will play at the New Jersey Rangers Tuesday.

The Magic, 1-7-0 with three points and in sixth place, will host the Washington Freedom Futures Saturday.

Harrison Goals Not Enough To Avoid Highlanders Tie With Crossfire

Callum Harrison scored goals off assists by Jordie Hughes in the 20th minute and Jamar Dixon in the 72nd minute but the host Victoria Highlanders played to a 2-2 draw Sunday to the expansion Washington Crossfire in USL Premier Development League action from Bear Mountain Stadium in Victoria, British Columbia.

Ryan Lake evened the score for the Crossfire in the 39th minute off a pass from Alexander Klein and Sean Morris assisted on the game-tying goal from Cullen Wilson in the 84th minute.

Victoria is 7-3-2 with 23 points and tied with the Tacoma Tide (7-2-2, 23) for third place in the Western Conference, Northwest Division standings, three points behind the Kitsap Pumas for second place (8-1-1, 25) and five behind the Portland Timbers U23s, the last undefeated team in the league at 9-0-0 with 27 points. The Highlanders host the Pumas this Saturday.

Washington is tied with the Abbotsford Mariners in fifth place with identical records of 2-6-1 with seven points. They will travel to the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Friday.

Ironbound Express Shut Out Hogges In Bermuda

Hemir Niebles scored a goal in the 36th minute off a Jerrod Laventure assist as the Ironbound Express shut out the host Bermuda Hogges 1-0 Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at the Bermuda Athletic Association.

The Express leads the Eastern Conference - Mid-Atlantic Division at 8-2-1 with 25 points and will host the Central Jersey Spartans Wednesday.

Bermuda, who relegated themselves to the PDL from the USL Second Division, are in seventh place in the division at 2-6-1 with seven points. The Hogges are on the road for two games this weekend -- at the Hampton Roads Piranhas Friday and Reading United AC Sunday.

Clarke Game-Tying Goal For Vancouver Stuns Kitsap

Caleb Clarke had an unassisted game-tying goal in the 58th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency stunned the host Kitsap Pumas in a 1-1 draw in USL Premier Development League play at Bremerton Memorial High School Stadium Sunday.

Kitsap, in second place in the Western Conference - Northwest Division at 8-1-1 with 25 points, three points behind the undefeated Portland Timbers U23s (9-0-0, 27) for the division lead, saw Eli Gordley give the Pumas the lead in the 43rd minute on an unassisted goal.

The Pumas will travel to the Victoria Highlanders Saturday.

Vancouver, in last place in the division at 0-4-3 with three points, hosts the Washington Crossfire Friday, then travel to the Abbotsford Mariners Sunday.

Bradley's Future With US Soccer To Be Determined Soon

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati spoke to reporters Monday after the United States was eliminated 2-1 in overtime by Ghana in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa Saturday and said the status of head coach Bob Bradley will be discussed after the tournament ends.

Bradley, hired by the federation in December 2006 to replace former head coach Bruce Arena, now at Major League Soccer's DC United, will see his contract expire at the end of the year, if it is not renegotiated, and there are reports Bradley may leave before a possible firing by USSF to return to MLS, where he was a head coach with the Chicago Fire, Kansas City Wizards and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Gulati said he was "very disappointed" with the team's outcome and that they "missed (an) opportunity to stay in the American public's eyes for another four, five, six, maybe 10 days when interest (in the team) is at an all-time high."

The US-Ghana was the most-watched US men's soccer World Cup match ever, gaining 14,9 million viewers on ABC and another 4.5 million viewers on Univision.

Angel's Brace Wins MLS Player Of The Week Award

New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel, who scored two goals in Saturday's 3-0 road win at the Kansas City Wizards, was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 13 of the 2010 season.

It is his fourth career POW honor and his first since winning it in Week 20 of the 2008 season.

Angel leads the team in scoring with eight goals in 13 games and is two goals behind Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who has nine, for the league's Budweiser Golden Boot award.

Pappa Goal Extends Fire's Unbeaten Streak To Five Games

Marco Pappa scored an unassisted goal at the 30-minute mark as the Chicago Fire shut out the New England Revolution 1-0 Sunday in Major League Soccer play from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The victory extended Chicago's unbeaten streak to five games, while the Revolution have won one of their last 10 matchdays.

Chicago, at 4-3-5 with 17 points, is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings and will travel to the Columbus Crew Saturday at Crew Stadium.

New England, 3-8-2 with 11 points and in sixth place in the conference layout, faces the defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Friday.

Sky Blue Chips Away At Gold Pride

Heather O'Reilly assisted Rosana in the 59th minute and Tasha Kai put an unassisted goal on the scoreboard in the 89th minute as the defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC got past the current league-leading FC Gold Pride 2-0 Sunday at Pioneer Stadium in Heyward, CA.

The Pride retain the lead in the league standings at 7-3-1 with 22 points, with the expansion Philadelphia Independence being a single point back in the standings. The Pride will next hit the road to face the expansion Atlanta Beat.

Sky Blue is 5-4-2 with 12 points for third place. They next host the Washington Freedom July 7.

Luik Gial Leads Fury Over Lynx

Aivi Luik scored a goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time off a Ria Percival assist in a 1-0 victory by the host Ottawa Fury over the Toronto Lady Lynx in USL W-League action Sunday from the Algonquin College Soccer Complex.

The Fury lead the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division standings at 6-0-1 with 19 points. while the Lady Lynx are 3-1-3 with 12 points and in third place in the standings.

Both teams meet again in Toronto this Sunday, but the Lady Lynx are at the Rochester Ravens Friday.

Chaos Ensues As West Virginia Upsets Hampton Roads

Adam Goldie scored a goal off a Justin Gorton pass in the 22nd minute and Justin Clark assisted Jamie Davies in the 70th minute as the visiting West Virginia Chaos stunned the host Hampton Roads Piranhas 2-0 in USL Premier Development League action from the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

West Virginia is now 2-7-0 with six points and in last place in the Eastern Conference - Mid-Atlantic Division. They will host the Northern Virginia Royals this Friday.

The Piranhas are 2-5-3 with nine points, are in eighth place in the conference, and will host the Bermuda Hogges Friday.

Capitals Calm Down The Kraze In Central Florida

Ewan Clark assisted in the 58th minute on a Mark Anderson goal and Ben Callon fired off a penalty kick for a score in the 90th minute as the Baton Rouge Capitals shut out the Central Florida Kraze 2-0 in USL Premier Development League play Sunday at Showalter Stadium in Winter Park, FL.

The Capitals lead the Southern Conference - Southeast Division at 7-0-3 with 24 points and is off until they travel to the Mississippi Brilla July 8.

Central Florida, meanwhile, is 4-2-2 with 14 points and in fifth place in the division. The Kraze host the Atlanta Blackhawks Thursday at Showalter Stadium.

Popolizio Duo Gives Highlanders Win Over Rough Riders

Teodoro Popolizio scored two goals and David Clemens added another as the host Albany BWP Highlanders defeated the Long Island Rough Riders 3-1 Sunday at Frank Bailey Stadium in Albany, NY in USL Premier Development League play.

Ben Arikian had the lone point for the Rough Riders.

Expansion franchise Albany, at 7-2-2 with 23 points, is now tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division with the Ottawa Fury (7-1-2). The Highlanders travel to the New Hampshire Phantoms Friday.

Long Island is 4-2-3 with 15 points and in fourth place in the division. The Rough Riders will be at the Vermont Voltage Friday.

Chill Freezes Out Lions

Brandon Swatrzendruber scored the lone goal of the game off an assist by Gustavo Oliveira-Araujo as the Thunder Bay Chill shut out the host St. Louis Lions 1-0 in USL Premier Development League play at the Tony Glavin Sports Complex in St. Louis Sunday.

The Chill have taken over the lead in the Central Conference - Heartland Division at 7-1-1 with 22 points. They will hit the road twice this week -- at the Springfield Demize Wednesday and at the Kansas City Brass Thursday.

Timbers Shut Out Rowdies On Dike Goal

Bright Dike scored an unassisted goal in the 73rd minute as the host Portland Timbers shut out the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 Sunday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at PGE Park.

The loss extended Tampa Bay's current streak to four games and put them at 5-5-3 with 18 points and in fifth place in the USL Conference. They will host the Miami FC Blues at Steinbrenner Field.

The Timbers, now 5-5-4 with 19 points and in fourth place in the USL Conference, will host the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer in a third round 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then welcome the NASL Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps to town Saturday.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Union Christen PPL Park With First Win Over Sounders

Before a sellout crowd of 19,000 fans, the Philadelphia Union christened Major League Soccer's newest soccer-specific stadium -- PPL Park in Chester, PA -- with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders Sunday.

Pat Noonan scored Seattle's lone goal in the 44th minute, but Philadelphia came out strong in the second half behind goals from Sebastien Le Toux (54th minute), Fred (79th minute) and Danny Mwanga (84th minute).

The Union, however, are 3-7-1 with 10 points and tied for last place in the Eastern Conference with DC United at 3-9-1. Philadelphia travels this Saturday to The Home Depot Center to face Chivas USA.

Seattle is in seventh place in the Western Conference standings at 4-7-3 with 15 points. They will also head to Carson, CA Saturday to play the other tenant of the center -- the league- and Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy.

Amiral Win On Early Gagne Goal

Andreanne Gagne scored in the 10th minute unassisted and the Quebec City Amiral got out of Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY Sunday with a 1-0 victory over the Rochester Ravens in USL W-League play.


The Amiral are fourth in the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division standings at 2-3-2 with eight points. Quebec City hosts the Hamilton Avalanche Thursday.


Rochester is in the division's cellar at 0-6-1 with a point. The Ravens host the Toronto Lady Lynx Friday.

Blanco Game-Winner Lets Fuego Beat Seahorses

Milton Blanco had a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 94th minute off a Devon Grousis assist, and assisted on another score as the Fresno Fuego defeated the host Southern California Seahorses in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Biola University in the first game of a two-game series.

Fabricio Codeceira and Gabriel Gonzalez had goals in the Fuego victory.

Joel Crompton, Trent Popp and Joel Bagby each scored for the Seahorses in the loss.

Fresno is in fifth place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division at 4-5-2 with 14 points and the Seahorses are in seventh place at 3-6-1 with 10 points.

Both teams play again Thursday at Fresno's Chukchansi Park, then the Seahorses host the Los Angeles Legends this Saturday.

Highlanders Tie Westchester; Still On Top In Northeast Division

Sam DeMello scored a goal off a Bruce Cutler assist as the host Albany BWP Highlanders played to a 1-1 draw with the Westchester Flames in USL Premier Development League play Saturday from Frank Bailey Stadium in Albany, NY.

The Highlanders retain the top spot in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division standings at 7-2-2 with 23 points and host the Long Island Rough Riders Sunday.

Tom Clements had an unassisted goal for the Flames, who are 1-4-5 with eight points and in eighth place in the division. Westchester has the Fourth of July weekend off before hosting the expansion MPS Portland Phoenix July 7.

Dutch Lions Defeat Fire, But Chicago Still Leads Division

Gijsberts den Ouden led the host Dayton Dutch Lions with a goal and an assist and George Davis scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Miami Valley (OH) South Stadium.

The Dutch Lions are 5-1-4 with 20 points and are in second place in the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division. Dayton will welcome the Michigan Bucks to town Saturday.

Richard Balchan had an unassisted goal for the Fire, who lead the division with a 7-3-1 record and 22 points. They will host Forest City London next Sunday at Toyota Park.

Streaks End For DC United, Crew

Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Eric Brunner scored goals as the Columbus Crew snapped a three-game Major League Soccer losing streak with a 2-0 shutout Saturday of DC United, who snapped a three-game unbeaten streak, at Crew Stadium.

The Crew (7-2-3, 24 points) are tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference standings with the New York Red Bulls (8-5-0). Columbus will welcome the Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2 Pro League to Crew Stadium this Tuesday in a third round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then hosts the Chicago Fire next Saturday.

DC United is in seventh place in the conference at 3-9-1 with 10 points. They will host the defending USL Second Division champion Richmond Kickers Wednesday at RFK Stadium in a third round 2010 LHUSOC game, then travel to face the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday.

Angel Scores Two As Red Bulls Fight Off Wizards

Juan Pablo Angel had two goals and Salou Ibrahim scored the first goal of the games as the New York Red Bulls shut out the Kansas City Wizards 3-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, MO.

The Red Bulls, at 8-5-0 with 24 points, are tied for the Eastern Conference lead with the Columbus Crew at 7-2-3. New York plays the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division Tuesday at City Island Tuesday in a third round 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match, then travels to the Colorado Rapids for a July 4 contest.

The Wizards, 3-6-3 with 12 points and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference race, are at FC Dallas next Saturday.

Dallas, Chivas Deal With Opposing Streaks In Matchup

David Ferreira scored a game-winning unassisted goal in the 61st minute as FC Dallas extended their current undefeated streak in Major League Soccer to three games by beating Chivas USA 2-1 Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Chivas, who lost their sixth straight game, gave Dallas the early lead in the 21st minute when Ante Jazic had an own goal and tied the contest in the 59th minute on an Osael Romero unassisted goal.

Dallas is now 3-2-6 with 15 points and tied for sixth place in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders (4-6-3). The Hoops will host the Kansas City Wizards next Saturday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

Chivas, in last place in the Western Conference at 3-8-1 with 10 points, will host the USSF Division 2 Pro League's Austin Aztex in a third round game for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Tuesday, then host the Philadelphia Union in league play next Saturday.

Dynamo Snap Losing Streak With Draw To Rapids

Danny Cruz and Joseph Ngwenya scored unassisted goals as the Houston Dynamo snapped a three-game Major League Soccer losing streak by tying the Colorado Rapids 2-2 Saturday at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Colorado's goals came from Conor Casey and an own goal by Houston's Lovel Palmer.

The Rapids are 6-3-3 with 21 points and in third place in the Western Conference standings, four points behind the defending champion Real Salt Lake (7-3-3, 24). Colorado hosts the New York Red Bulls July 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Houston, 5-7-2 with 17 points and in fifth place in the conference, will host the Miami FC Blues of the USSF Division 2 Pro League in a third round match at the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then are at Toronto FC Thursday.

Rodriguez Brace Gives Independence Win Over Freedom

Amy Rodriguez was assisted by Tina DiMartino and Jen Buczkowski on goals in the 63rd and 73rd minute and Lianne Sanderson scored in second-half stoppage time as the host Philadelphia Independence edged the Washington Freedom 3-2 Saturday in Women's Professional Soccer play at the University of West Chester in West Chester, PA.

Abby Wambach led the Freedom with an assist on a Lene Mykjaland goal in the third minute and scored on a 13th minute penalty kick.

Philadelphia, 6-3-3 with 21 points, is in second place in the league standings, two points behind the league-leading FC Gold Pride at 7-2-1 with 22 points. The Independence host the Boston Breakers on July 4.

Washington, in third place at 4-3-3 and 15 points, will host the Chicago Red Eleven at the Maryland SoccerPlex on the same day.

Flash Beats Red Eleven, But Both Tie For Division Lead

Kelly Parker had a pair of goals and an assist and Mele French countered with a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Flash edged the host Chicago Red Stars 3-2 in a USL W-League game Saturday at Benedictine University.

Erin Jacobson and Julia Victor had a goal each for the Red Stars in the loss.

Both teams now share the lead in the Central Conference - Midwest Division with 17 points.

Buffalo (5-0-2) will have the Fourth of July weekend off before hosting the Kalamazoo Outrage, but the Red Eleven (5-1-2) will be at the Outrage this Wednesday.

Lady Eagles Crown Majestics In Shutout

Ashleigh Gunning and Jessica Rostedt scored a pair of goals each and Blakely Mattern added another score as the host Charlotte Lady Eagles shut out the Northern Virginia Majestics 5-0 in USL W-League action from Charlotte Christian High School.

The Eagles are in second place in the Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division at 3-2-2 with 11 points, while the Majestics are in last place at 1-6-0 with three points.

The two teams meet again this Saturday at Hellwig Memorial Field Stadium.

Zapata Goal Gives Sockers Win Over Bravos

Dominic Furness assisted Angel Zapata on an 82nd minute goal as the host West Texas United Sockers played to a 1-0 shutout against the Rio Grande Valley Bravos in the first game of a two-game USL Premier Development League series Saturday at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, TX.

The Sockers lead the Southern Conference - Mid-South Division at 6-3-1 with 19 points and are five points behind the DFW Tornados (7-2-1, 23) for the division lead.

The Bravos are in fifth place in the division at 2-6-3 with nine points.

Both teams meet again next Saturday at Valley View Stadium in Brownsville, TX.

Malicevic, Okai Team Up On Goals In Menace Win

Stephan Okai assisted Kenan Malicevic on goals in the 46th and 61st minute and Sam Morris helped Clark Bradford in the 80th minute as the Central Conference - Heartland Division-leading Des Moines Menace shut out the Springfield Demize 3-0 Friday in USL Premier Development League action at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA.

The Menace are 5-2-6 with 21 points and will be at the Thunder Bay Chill next Saturday.

Springfield, in last place in the division at 1-9-2 with five points, get first crack at the Chill this Wednesday by hosting them.

Brilla Shuts Out Metros At Millsaps College

David Lilly assisted Ahmad Ihmeidan on a 26th minute goal and this week's USL Premier Development League Player of the Week, Moses Aduny, had a 63rd minute penalty kick as the host Mississippi Brilla shut out the Nashville Metros 2-0 Saturday at Harper Davis Stadium at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

The Brilla are in second place in the Southern Conference - Southeast Division at 5-0-3 with 18 points. They stand four points behind the Baton Rouge Capitals (6-0-3, 21) for the division lead and travel to the New Orleans Jesters next Saturday.

Nashville, at 1-8-1 with four points and in seventh place in the division, is off until they host the IMG Bradenton Academics July 9.

Phantoms Edge Knights At Southern New Hampshire University

Paulson Edum scored a goal and assisted on teammate Edgar White's goal as the host New Hampshire Phantoms edged the Brooklyn Knights 2-1 Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Southern New Hampshire University.

David Panchano had the lone goal for the Knights in the loss.

New Hampshire balanced their record to 3-3-3 with 12 points and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division. The Phantoms travel to the Ottawa Fury Sunday.

Brooklyn is 1-8-0 with three points and in last place in the division. The Knights face the expansion MPS Portland Phoenix on the road Sunday.

Riverhounds Blank The Monarchs

Alex Weekes scored off a 25th minute penalty kick and Sterling Flunder posted an unassisted goal in the 32nd minute as the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds shut out the Real Maryland Monarchs 2-0 Saturday in USL Second Division play at Edinboro University Stadium.

The Riverhounds (3-3-5) and the Monarchs (3-4-5) each share fourth place in the standings at 14 points each.

Pittsburgh host the Charlotte Eagles this Friday and the Monarchs host the Harrisburg City Islanders July 8.

Ferrer Equalizer Gives Eagles A Draw To Kickers

Miguel Ferrer's unassisted goal in the 68th minute allowed the host Charlotte Eagles to play to a 1-1 draw to the defending USL Second Division champion Richmond Kickers Saturday at Charlotte Christian Stadium.

Matthew Delicate scored unassisted for the Kickers in the 59th minute.

The Eagles stand at 4-5-3 with 15 points and are in third place in the USL-2 standings. They hit the road Fourth of July weekend to play at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Friday and at the Harrisburg City Islanders next Saturday.

Richmond, at 5-3-4 with 19 points and in second place, host the division-leading Charleston Battery next Saturday.

Stars Defeat Baltimore In First Game Of Series

Unassisted goals by Warren Ukah (17th minute), Brian Cvilikas (65th minute) and Andres Arango (81st minute) allowed the NSC Minnesota Stars beat host Crystal Palace Baltimore 3-1 in a USSF Division 2 Pro League game Saturday at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, MD.

Tsuyoshi Yoshitake tied the game for Baltimore in the 50th minute, but could not score again.

The Stars are 6-8-2 with 20 points and are in third place in the USL Conference, three points behind the Rochester Rhinos (6-3-4, 22) for second place.

Crystal Palace is in fifth place in the conference at 3-7-3 with 12 points.

The two teams meet again next Sunday at the National Soccer Center in Blaine, MN.

Rhinos Charge To Seven-Game Winning Streak By Beating Islanders

Ryan Heins scored a seventh minute goal off Jamie Franks then assisted Anthony Hamilton on a 59th minute goal as the host Rochester Rhinos extended their USSF Division 2 Pro League winning streak to seven games with a 3-0 win at Marina Auto Stadium Saturday over the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Max Ferdinand also posted a goal in the 90th minute.

The Rhinos are 6-3-4 with 22 points and are in second place in the USL Conference, nine points behind the best team in the league, the Austin Aztex (9-2-3, 30). Rochester will face Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in a third round game in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then hosts the Impact next Saturday.

Puerto Rico is in last place in the USL Conference at 4-6-1 with 13 points. They will meet the Aztex at House Field next Saturday.

Impact, RailHawks Play To Draw In Cary

The Montreal Impact and the host Carolina RailHawks played to a 2-2 draw Saturday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

David Hayes gave the RailHawks a 2-0 lead on an assist to a Sallieu Bundu goal in the 61st minute and an unassisted goal in the 73rd minute.

Montreal countered with a Leonardo DiLorenzo-to-Simon Gatti goal in the 75th minute and a Tony Donatelli penalty kick in the 90th minute.

The Impact are 4-3-5 with 17 points and in second place in the NASL Conference, five points behind the Vancouver Canucks (5-2-6, 21) for the conference lead. They will visit the Rochester Rhinos next Saturday at Marina Auto Stadium.

Carolina is 3-2-6 with 15 points and in third place in the NASL Conference, three points behind Montreal for second and seven behind Vancouver for the conference lead. The RailHawks head to AC St. Louis next Saturday.

Aztex Remain Tops In USSF D-2 Over Blues

Edward Johnson scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in the 87th minute, as the Austin Aztex remained the best team in the USSF Division 2 Pro League with a 2-1 victory over the Miami FC Blues Saturday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Paulo Araujo, Jr. had Miami's lone goal in the 86th minute.

The Aztex lead the league and the USL Conference at 9-2-3 with 30 points. They will travel to The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA to play Major League Soccer's Chivas USA Tuesday in the third round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament before hosting the Puerto Rico Islanders at House Park this Saturday.

Miami is 2-4-7 with 13 points and in fourth place in the NASL Conference. The Blues lurk three points behind the Carolina RailHawks (3-2-6, 15) for third place, five behind the Montreal Impact (4-3-5, 17) for second and seven behind the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-6, 21) for the division lead. The Blues will face MLS' Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium in an LHUSOC third round game Tuesday, then travel to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on July 4.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ghana Ends USA's Run At The World Cup...AGAIN!

In 2006 in Nuremberg, Germany, Ghana defeated the United States 2-1 in the final game of group play to deny them advancement into the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

Four years later, this time in Rustenburg, South Africa for a spot in the Round of 8, Ghana won by a similar score, this time in extra time, the first time an African nation has advanced in a World Cup game playing 30 additional minutes.

Kevin-Prince Boateng easily scored Ghana's first goal in the fifth minute, continuing a string of US blunders that allowed opponents to score within the first 15 minutes of a game.

Landon Donovan, whose heroic goal against Algeria Wednesday put the US in the Round of 16 by winning Group C, knotted the game with his team-record fifth goal in World Cup play on a 62nd minute penalty kick that eventually sent the game into extra time.

But the US' tired legs could not muster another thrilling comeback and their time in South Africa ended in the third minute of the first 15-minute extra period when Asamoah Gyan scored the game-winning goal.

Sounders Snap Losing Streak, But Blues Extend Theirs

Kelly Irving scored back-to-back goals and Tafara Pulse added an unassisted point in the 63rd minute as the Seattle Sounders snapped a six-game losing streak to start their 2010 USL W-League season by handing the two-time defending league champion Pali Blues their second loss ever as a franchise in a 3-1 victory Friday at the Starfire Sports Complex at Tukwila, WA.

The Blues lost 2-1 last weekend to the Vancouver Whitecaps to snap a 33-game regular season winning streak since joining the league in 2008.

Irving had an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute, then was assisted by Jocelyn Charette on another goal a minute later.

Seattle (1-1-5) and Pali (2-2-2) are now tied for second place in the Western Conference with eight points, seven behind the division-leading Whitecaps (4-0-2, 14 points).

The Sounders return to action Thursday at home against the Colorado Rush, while the Blues have a rematch this Sunday against the Whitecaps at Macleod Athletic Park.

Comets Shutout Ravens In USL W-League Play

The Laval Comets got unassisted goals from Catherine Carron-Delage, Cindy Walsh and Chloe Belhumeur as they shut out the host Rochester Ravens 3-0 Friday in USL W-League play at Aquinas Institute in Rochester, NY.


Laval improved to 3-1-1 with 10 points and are in third place in the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division standings, three points behind the Toronto Lady Lynx for second (3-0-3, 12) and seven behind the division-leading Ottawa Fury (5-0-1, 16). The Comets travel to the Hamilton Avalanche Saturday.


Rochester is in last place in the division at 0-5-1 with a point and will host the Quebec City Amiral Sunday.

MLS Returns From World Cup Break With Scoreless Draw

After a nearly three-week-long break to avoid conflicting with group play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Major League Soccer returned Friday night, but not the way they probably would've liked doing so.

The defending league champion Real Salt Lake extended their current unbeaten streak to eight games and improved to a 5-0-2 record at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT this season with a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.

RSL is now 7-3-3 with 24 points and in second place in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Galaxy, who have the league's best record at 10-1-2 with 32 points.

The Earthquakes, who last won May 22, are 5-4-3 with 18 points and in fourth place in the Western Conference, three points behind the Colorado Rapids (6-3-2, 20) for third place.

RSL will next host the New England Revolution this coming Friday while the Earthquakes roll out the welcome mat at Buck Shaw Stadium next Saturday for DC United.

Masur's First Career Goals All Red Stars Need In Victor

Ella Masur's first two goals of her professional career -- both of them unassisted in the 14th and 80th minute -- were all the Chicago Red Stars needed in a 2-1 Women's Professional Soccer victory over the host Boston Breakers Friday at Harvard Stadium.

Fabiana tied the game at 1-1 in the 47th minute with an assist by Laura del Rio before Masur scored the tie-breaking and game-winning shot.

The Red Stars are 3-5-3 with 12 points and are in fifth place in the standings. They will host the expansion Atlanta Beat July 7.

The Breakers are 1-5-4 with seven points and in sixth place in the standings. They will next face the expansion Philadelphia Independence on the Fourth of July at the University of West Chester in West Chester, PA.

Campbell Triple Leads Red Eleven In Rout Of Gryphons

Sara Campbell had a hat trick and Katherine Megna, Monica Dolinsky and Keli McLaughlin each added goals as the host Chicago Red Eleven routed the London Gryphons 6-0 in USL W-League play Friday at Benedictine University.

The Red Eleven currently lead the Central Conference - Midwest Division at 5-0-2 with 17 points. They will host the Buffalo Flash Saturday.

The Gryphons, at 1-5-2 with five points, are in third place in the division and travel to the Kalamazoo Outrage Saturday.

Tomlinson, Newfield Lead Silverbacks Over Majestics

Alexa Newfield assisted on consecutive goals by Megan Tomlinson and scored an unassisted goal as the host Atlanta Silverbacks defeated the Northern Virginia Majestics 4-1 Friday in USL W-League action from Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Kay Hargrueger also scored for Atlanta off a Cortni Joyner assist in the 62nd minute.

Casey Varnadore's unassisted goal in the 28th minute was Northern Virginia's lone goal and lead of the game.

Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division with a 6-1-1 record and 19 points. The Silverbacks now are off until July 10 when they host the Charlotte Lady Eagles.

Northern Virginia is 1-5-0 with three points and in the division's cellar. They will travel to the Lady Eagles Saturday.

Division-Leading Fury Edge Amiral

Courtney Wetzel scored an unassisted point in the 75th minute and Tina Romagnulo had the game-winning goal in the 90th minute off a Ria Percival assist as the host Ottawa Fury edged the Quebec City Amiral 2-1 Friday in USL W-League action from the Algonquin College Soccer Complex.

The Fury lead the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division with a 5-0-1 record and 16 points. Ottawa returns to action Saturday when they host the Toronto Lady Lynx.

Kimberley McMullen scored Quebec City's lone goal a minute before halftime off a Cristine Dilelsi assist.

The Amiral are 1-3-2 with five points and in fourth place in the division. Quebec City's road takes them to the Rochester Ravens Sunday.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Crew Locks Up Carroll For Four More Seasons

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew signed midfielder Brian Carroll to a four-year contract extension Friday.

Carroll has started 73 of 77 games for the Crew, including MLS Cup playoff games, and appeared in five of six games during their run in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Blues, Aztex To Begin Series For A Guitar?

The Miami FC Blues and the Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Friday they will begin a rivalry sponsored by the US Hispanic Contractors Association Saturday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale Saturday.

The winner of Saturday's game will receive as a trophy a guitar signed by country singer Willie Nelson and the trophy will then be defended from that point on.

The Aztex have a 3-1 lead in the series so far this season, including winning the last two games over two weeks by identical 3-1 scores.

After Saturday, the final time the teams will meet this season will be July 31 at House Park in Austin.

Chivas USA Re-Signs Nagamura; First Game Could Be July 24

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA announced Friday midfielder Paulo Nagamura will return to the team during the next international transfer window July 15 after completing a six-month contract with Tigres UANL of Mexico's Primera Division.

His first game back with Chivas could be a July 24 road game against the defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

Nagamura had eight goals and seven assists in 73 games with the Red & White from 2007 to 2009, won an MLS Cup title with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and also played for Toronto FC.

Peck, Tseng Send Rush To Victory Over Blue Heat

Sarah Wagenfuhr assisted Melissa Park on a 10th minute goal and Shuno Tseng sealed a win with a 77th minute unassisted goal as the host Colorado Rush shut out the expansion Santa Clarita Blue Heat 2-0 Thursday in USL W-League play at Englewood High School in Englewood, CO.

The Rush are in third place in the Western Conference with a 1-0-3 record and six points but are surprisingly two points behind the two-time defending conference and league champion Pali Blues (2-1-2, eight). Colorado will face the Seattle Sounders this Thursday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Santa Clarita fell to 0-3-1 with a point and are in last place in the division. They will look for their first win of the season Saturday at the Colorado Force.

Fuego Get Hot Off Codeceira Goal In Win Over Cougars

Fabricio Codeceira scored the game-winning goal unassisted in the 67th minute as the host Fresno Fuego delighted the home crowd at Chukchansi Park Thursday with a 1-0 shutout of the BYU Cougars in USL Premier Development League play.

The Fuego are now tied with the Los Angeles Legends for fourth place in the Western Conference, Southwest Division with similar records of 4-4-2 and 14 points. They will travel to the Southern California Seahorses Saturday.

BYU is now 2-6-2 with eight points and in eighth place in the standings. The Cougars will host the Ogden Outlaws next Saturday.

Tornados Make Way To Top Of Division Ladder Over Heat

Tuna Doan had an unassisted goal in the 19th minute as the DFW Tornados shut out the host Laredo Heat 1-0 Thursday in USL Premier Development League play at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex in Laredo, TX.

The win put the Tornados on top of the Southern Conference, Mid-South Division standings at 6-2-2 with 20 points. They will travel to the Houston Leones Saturday.

Laredo is 5-4-0 with 15 points and in third place in the division, two points behind the West Texas United Sockers (5-3-1, 16), who they host next Friday, and six points behind DFW for the division lead.

Hewlett-Fisher Double Puts Jesters Over Metros

Oliver Hewitt-Foster led all scorers with a pair of goals, Carl Reynolds had a goal and assisted on three others, and Reese Wilson assisted Roberto Rodrigues Lopes on another point as the host New Orleans Jesters defeated the Nashville Metros 4-1 Thursday in USL Premier Development League play at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans.

Billy Otieno scored the lone Nashville goal in the loss.

The Jesters, at 5-4-1 with 16 points, are now tied for second in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division with the Atlanta Blackhawks (4-1-4). Both teams sit three points behind the Baton Rouge Capitals (5-0-3, 18) for the division lead.

The Metros fall to 1-7-1 with four points and are in eighth place.

Both teams face the Mississippi Brilla for their next matchday -- Nashville travels there this Saturday, New Orleans hosts them next Saturday.

Thunder's Rumbling Forces Draw With Menace

Ryan Sappington assisted Chris Andre on a goal in the 88th minute as the host Rochester Thunder caused a 1-1 draw against the Des Moines Menace in USL Premier Development League play at the Rochester Community Technical College.

After playing to a scoreless draw at halftime, Des Moines' Lebogong Moloto scored an unassisted goal in the 73rd minute for the game's first lead.

Rochester (5-2-3) and Des Moines (4-2-6) are now tied for second in the Central Conference, Heartland Division with 18 points and are each three points behind the division-leading Real Colorado Foxes (5-2-5, 20).

Both teams next host the Springfield Demize for their next game -- Rochester first Friday, Des Moines Saturday.

Aris Looking To Keep Johnson And Adu Around Longer

According to MLSSoccer.com, Greek Super League club Aris FC is working on ways to keep US Men's National Team forwards Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu around on their loans longer.

Johnson, who was loaned to Aris by Fulham in the English Premier League, finished the season as their scoring co-champion with five goals in 15 regular season games and three more in European qualifying playoffs.

Earlier this week, MLSSoccer.com reported Adu was on his way out with Aris, as his name was not on the roster for an upcoming exhibition trip to Austria, and would be headed back to Portugal's Benfica, but that team also said they had no plans to keep him on their roster, so he would likely be transferred by Benfica to some other team.

Rowdies Add Kamis, McAdams To Front Office

The FC Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the additions of Jeff Kamis and Mike McAdams to their front office Friday.

Kamis will serve as the executive vice president for business development and began work Friday. He spent the last 10 years as public relations director for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2002, the year the team won the Super Bowl, the league awarded his department the Pete Rozelle Award for outstanding public relations work.

Before joining the NFL, Kamis spent five seasons (1995-2000) as assistant sports information director for the University of Florida and was part of the Gators' 1996 national championship college football season.

McAdams officially joins the Rowdies July 19 as sales director. He joins the team after serving in a similar capacity at the Performance Institute of IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL.

He also worked for NBC Sports as a marketing manager and spent seven seasons in Major League Soccer -- three with the Chicago Fire as a sales director and four with the Colorado Rapids as a senior account executive.

During his tenure with the Rapids, the team was honored as Sales Team of the Year by MLS in 2002.

McAdams played soccer at North Park University, where he was a most valuable player and served as team captain in his junior and senior seasons.

Jaqua Activated By Sounders Off Disabled List

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Thursday forward Nate Jaqua has been removed from the team's disabled list and could make his season debut Saturday when they team travels to Chester, PA to become the first opponent to visit their new stadium, PPL Park.

Jaqua, who has not played at all this season, was placed in the disabled list March 24, before he underwent surgery to repair a lower abdominal fascial tear.

In 2009, he started 27 of 28 games for the Sounders, reaching career-high numbers in goals at nine and in assists with seven.

Bucks Keep Outrage Winless In Pontiac

Kenny Uzoigwe had a hat trick and two assists, Simon Omekanda had a goal and an assist and John Dreshaj tallied a point as the Michigan Bucks routed the Kalamazoo Outrage 5-1 in USL Premier Development League play at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI Thursday.

The Outrage, the only winless team left in the PDL, saw their only goal of the game come by way of a Bucks player knocking the ball into their own goal in the 32nd minute.

Michigan is 6-2-1 with 19 points and is in second place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division, four points behind the division-leading Chicago Fire (7-2-1, 22). They will next play July 1 at Forest City London.

Kalamazoo, at 0-8-0, will travel to the Cleveland Internationals Saturday.

Rowdies File Protest Over Field Conditions During Islanders Game

After losing the game 1-0 Saturday, the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Thursday filed an official match protest with the US Soccer Federation over dangerous field conditions found prior to the start of their USSF Division 2 Pro League game against the host Puerto Rico Islanders at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Rowdies officials stated they were "extremely disappointed in the field conditions" before the game and "we implored both the USSF and the officials on site to not allow the match to be played."

AC St. Louis Terminates Anelka; Names Schilly New Head Coach

AC St. Louis of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Thursday they reached an agreement to have Claude Anelka immediately step down as head coach and allow Dale Schilly to take immediate control of the team as their new head coach.

Anelka led the team to a 2-7-1 record with seven points, putting them in last place in the league's NASL Conference.

Outside of league play, the team has advanced to the third round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament in their debut season and will travel to face Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy next Tuesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Schilly brings a wealth of coaching experience to the position.

He has spent the last 15 years as head coach of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois, 14 years as the head coach of the Region III Olympic Development Program, and has 25 years experience in youth and collegiate coaching.

Schilly named fellow STLSGI staffers Tim Leonard and Blake Decker, along with John Vanbuskirk, as assistant coaches.

Leonard, who played college soccer at St. Louis University, played professionally with the indoor St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League and outdoors with the Hershey Bears and Nashville Metros of the A-League, now known as the USL First Division. He is director of the US Development Academy at STLSGI.

Decker, who played at Westminster College, is the assistant director of the US Development Academy and director of player development at STLSGI.

Vanbuskirk played professionally for 13 years and coached one year in Germany. He played collegiately at Indiana, where he appeared in an NCAA Final Four for the Hoosiers.

Schilly and his staff debut with the team Saturday when they host the NASL Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-5, 20 points) at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Like Magic, Sherman Wins USL W-League POW Award

New York Magic forward Rashida Sherman, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, against the North Jersey Valkryies and had a goal in a game against the New Jersey Rangerss last week, was named Thursday the USL W-League Player of the Week.

Here are the other players selected to be part of the USL W-League Team of the Week:

USL W-LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Stephanie Panozzo, Vancouver Whitecaps
Had a combined 13 saves in two wins, including a shutout, last week

DEFENDERS
Kika Toulouse, Washington Freedom Futures
Assisted on a goal and led defense in win over Northern Virginia Majestics

Allysha Chapman, Toronto Lady Lynx
Scored goal and led defense in game against Hamilton Avalanche

Luik Aivi, Ottawa Fury
Scored game-tying goal versus Quebec City Amiral

MIDFIELDERS
Megan Tomlinson, Atlanta Silverbacks
Scored game-winning goal against Tampa Bay Hellenic

Emily Kittelson, Hampton Roads Piranhas
Had a hat trick, assisted on anothe goal in win over Northern Virginia Majestics

Ria Percival, Ottawa Fury
Assisted on a game-tying goal against Quebec City Amiral

Janel Schmitt, Charlotte Lady Eagles
Scored game-winning goal against Atlanta Silverbacks

FORWARDS
Melissa Tancredi, Vancouver Whitecaps
Scored two goals, including the game-winner, against Santa Clarita Blue Heat and a goal against the Pali Blues, ending their 33-game unbeaten streak since joining the league

Laura Greene, Long Island Rough Riders
Scored two goals against New Jersey Valkyries

Ogden Outlaws To Host Utah Refugee All-Stars In Charity Game

The Ogden Outlaws of the USL Premier Development League announced Thursday they will take on the Utah Refugee All-Stars in an charity exhibition match Saturday at Bonneville High School in Ogden, UT.

The All-Stars, representing Utah Refugee Services, will be made up of players from ages 18 to 33 who came to the US from African countries Liberia, Sudan and the Congo, as well from Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet and Iraq.

Monies raised from this game will be donated to URS to assist the team in paying fees to become a member of the Utah Soccer Association.

Revolution Place Little-Used Twellman On Season-Ending DL

New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, slow to return to Major League Soccer after suffering serious injuries from a collision August 30, 2008 with former Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin, was placed Wednesday on the team's disabled list, effectively ending his 2010 season.

He has played two minutes for the team since the inuries occurred.

Earthquakes To Place Luiz On Season-Ending DL

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes announced Wednesday midfielder Andre Luiz will be placed on their disabled list and effectively see his 2010 season come to an end as he prepares to have surgery to reconstruct a posterior cruciate ligament and repair the medial collateral ligament in the left knee.

Joining the team this season from Jaguares de Chiapas in Mexico's Primera Division, he assisted on one goal in nine games.

Luiz also has played professionally in France, Spain, Portugal and his native Brazil.

Beat Battle Back To Tie Independence

The two newest teams in Women's Professional Soccer -- the Atlanta Beat and the Philadelphia Independence -- met again Wednesday at Kennesaw State University Stadium in Kennesaw, GA, but, like their first-ever matchup, it ended in a tie, this time a 2-2 affair.

Mami Yamaguchi struck first for the Beat in the 14th minute but Philadelphia roared to a 2-1 lead in a five-minute stretch of the first half as reigning WPS Player of the Week Danesha Adams assisted multi-time POW winner Amy Rodriguez on a 35th minute goal, then watched as Atlanta's Stacy Bishop accidentally knocked the ball into her own team's net.

Aya Miyama assisted Tina Ellertson on the late game-tying goal for the Beat.

The Independence, in second place in the league standings at 5-3-3 with 18, returns to play Saturday when they host the Washington Freedom at the University of West Chester in West Chester, PA.

The Beat, on the other hand, are off this coming weekend and won't play again until July 3, when they host the league-leading FC Gold Pride.

Vermuelen A One-Woman Show As Whitecaps Beat Sounders

Amy Vermuelen scored an unassisted goal in the seventh minute of play and added a penalty kick goal in the 34th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps shut out the Seattle Sounders 2-0 Wednesday in USL W-League play at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

The Whitecaps lead the Western Conference standings with a 4-0-2 record and 14 points and will host the two-time defending league champion Pali Blues this Sunday in a rematch of a historic contest last Saturday in Los Angeles.

Vancouver beat the Blues 2-1, ending Pali's 33-match unbeaten streak since joining the league as an expansion team in 2008.

Seattle, in third place in the conference at 0-1-5 with five points, hosts the Blues first Friday.

Kings Rally To Force 2-2 Draw With Dutch Lions

Branden Stelmak scored a goal off a Jeff Hughes assist in the 70th minute and Bradley Barraclough had an unassisted play in the 87th minute as the host Cincinnati Kings drew even with the expansion Dayton Dutch Lions at 2-2 in a USL Premier Development League game Wednesday at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Fairfield, KY.

Dayton's George Davis connected with Gijsbertus den Ouden on goals in the 13th and 54th minute to take the early lead.

Both teams are tied for second in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division with 17 points, six behind the Chicago Fire (7-2-1, 22), but Cincinnati (5-4-2) has more wins this season than Dayton (4-1-5).

The Dutch Lions host the Fire this Saturday while the Kings are on break until July 7 when they host the Michigan Bucks.

Aztex Sign Haitian D Mechak Jerome To Contract

The Austin Aztex, the team with the best record in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, added Haitian defender Mechak Jerome to the roster Wednesday.

Aztex officials got a first-hand look at Jerome last month when his country's national team competed against Austin in a fundraising game for Haitian earthquakes relief efforts.

Union Beats Top Affiliate Reading United In Exhibition Game

Preparing to return to action after a two-week break for the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union defeated their top affiliate team, Reading United AC of the USL Premier Development League, 2-0 Wednesday in an exhibition game at Don Thomas Stadium in Reading, PA.

Reading gave their parent club a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when Eric Schoenle scored in his team's goal and the Union's Roger Torres assisted Nick Zimmerman on a 59th minute goal.

The Union will travel to the Seattle Sounders this Sunday at Qwest Field.

Brilla's Aduny Named USL PDL Player Of The Week

Forward Moses Aduny of the Mississippi Brilla was named Wednesday the USL Premier Development League Player of the Week after scoring two goals and an assist in a 3-3 draw to the Atlanta Blackhawks Friday and both goals in a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Metros Sunday.

Here are the other players and honorable mention candidates named to the USL PDL Team of the Week:

USL PDL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Joerg Stadelmann, Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy
Had five saves and maintained a clean sheet against the IMG Bradenton Academics

DEFENDERS
Joe Tait, Baton Rouge Capitals
Scored game-winning goal in consecutive games this weekend against New Orleans Jesters

Joel Smith, Orange County Blue Star
Led defense to two shutout victories

Jason Gorski, Ironbound Express
Scored game-winning goal against New Jersey Rangers

MIDFIELDERS
Sam DeMello, Albany BWP Highlanders
Scored game-winning goal against New Hampshire Phantoms

Miguel Ibarra, Lancaster Rattlers
Had hat trick in win over Ogden Outlaws

Kevon Harris, Hampton Roads Piranhas
Scored two goals in tie with Central Jersey Spartans

Michael Kennedy, MPS Portland Phoenix
Scored game-winning goal against Long Island Rough Riders

Honorable Mentions
Brandon Carmichael, Ocean City Nor'Easters
Scored goal and assisted on game-tying goal versus Carolina Dynamo

Scott Rojo. Carolina Dynamo
Assisted on a goal and drew a penalty for a game-tying goal against Ocean City Nor'Easters

FORWARDS
Danny Hernandez, New Hampshire Phantoms
Scored game-winning goal in extra time in victory over Westchester Flames

Brandon Swartzendruber, Thunder Bay Chill
Scored hat trick, assisted on fourth goal against Des Moines Menace

Honorable Mentions
Kenny Uzoigwe, Michigan Bucks
Scored goal, set up two more in win over Indiana Invaders

Roberto Farfan, Portland Timbers U-23s
Scored game-winning goal against Abbotsford Mariners

Lady Blues Partner With New York's College Savings Plan

The defending regular season champion Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues of the USL W-League announced a partnership with the State of New York's new 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan Wednesday.

The plan allows parents to open a savings account, starting with as little as $25, to be used only for a child's college education. Parents can make unlimited contributions to these accounts, which are tax-free until the money is used for tuition.

Information about the plan and enrollment forms will be now made available at all Lady Blues home games.

Donovan Puts US In Round Of 16 At World Cup; Faces Ghana Saturday

Landon Donovan scored a miraculous game-winning goal in the 91st minute to lead the United States to a shocking 1-0 result over Algeria in their final game of Group C play in the FIFA World Cup in Pretoria, South Africa.

The goal ended a string of five final games in World Cup group play the US lost by never having scored. The US won their group round for the first time since the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

Donovan's goal tied him with Bert Patenaude for most goals by a US player in World Cup play at four.

The US will now play Ghana Saturday afternoon in their first Knockout Stage contest.

The Americans persevered after being denied another goal in the competition due to bad officiating. Clint Dempsey's prospective goal in the 21st minute off a pass from Herculez Gomez was denied on an offsides charge.

Whitecaps Sign Former Canadian National Player Elliott To Deal

Midfielder Alex Elliott, a former member of Canada's U-15, U-17 and U-20 national teams, signed a contract Wednesday to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

Elliott spent the last three seasons playing in Germany. He began in the 2007-08 season with Sporttfreunde Siegen in the Regionalliga Sud and had two assists.

In 25 appearances in the last two seasons with the reserve squad of FSV Mainz 05 of the Bundesliga, he had two goals and five assists.

Elliott played collegiately at the University of Portland from 2005 to 2007, scoring 21 goals, ten of them game-winners, and 10 assists in 56 career games.He was named in 2005 to the West Coast Conference's All-Freshman team, then to the conference's second team in 2006 and the first team in 2007.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kickers Goalkeeper Pascale Tapped As USL-2 Player Of The Week

Goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale, who has four saves en route to the defending league champion Richmond Kickers' 1-0 win against the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, was named Tuesday the USL Second Division Player of the Week.

It would be the second such shutout of the week as, last Tuesday, the Kickers won their first round game in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament against Crystal Palace Baltimore of the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

Here are the other players who were named Tuesday to the USL-2 Team of the Week:

USL-2 TEAM OF THE WEEK

DEFENDERS
Geoff Bloes, Harrisburg City Islanders
Led defense in 1-0 loss to Richmond Kickers

Dustin Bixler, Harrisburg City Islanders
Led defense in 1-0 loss to Richmond Kickers

Louie Rolko, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Led defense in 3-1 win over Charlotte Eagles

Henry Kalungi, Richmond Kickers
Led defense in 1-0 win over Harrisburg City Islanders

MIDFIELDERS
Mike Burke, Richmond Kickers
Assisted on lone goal in 1-0 win over Harrisburg City Islanders

Tommy Gray, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Assisted on a goal and scored game-winning goal in 3-1 victory over Charlotte Eagles

Travis MacKenzie, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Assisted on game-winning goal in 3-1 win over Charlotte Eagles

FORWARDS
Gustavo Bentos, Charlotte Eagles
Scored lone goal in 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Alex Weekes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Scored two goals in 3-1 win against Charlotte Eagles

Matthew Delicate, Richmond Kickers
Scored game-winning goal in 1-0 win over Harrisburg City Islanders

Dike Triple Carries Timbers Over Pumas In LHUSOC Play

Bright Dike became the first Portland Timbers player in over three years to record a hat trick in a 4-1 victory against the Kitsap Pumas of the USL Premier Development League Tuesday in second round play at the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament at Bremerton, WA.

The last Timber to have a hat trick in a game was forward David Hague in a July 15, 2007 gane against the California Victory.

The Timbers, of the USSF Division 2 Pro League before joining Major League Soccer for the 2011 season, will get a taste of things to come in the next round of the tournament when they host the Seattle Sounders June 30 at PGE Park in Portland. Before then, Portland has a league game at home against the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Pumas return to USL PDL play Friday when they host the Victoria Highlanders.

Aztex Eliminate Sahuaros On Marosevic Hat Trick

The Austin Aztex, currently the best team in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, recorded their second hat trick in three days Tuesday as newly-loaned forward Peri Marosevic led them to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Sahuaros of the US Adult Soccer Association to advance to the third round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament at House Park.

Marosevic was loaned to the Aztex by Major League Soccer's FC Dallas through July 3.

On Saturday, Max Griffin had the first hat trick in Aztex history in a 3-1 win over fellow USSF D-2 team Miami FC Blues, who Austin plays at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale this Saturday.

Kevin Cornwall scored off an Alex Lopez assist in the 55th minute for the Sahuaros' only goal.

Battery Fully Charged To Meet Fire In LHUSOC Round Of 16

Rudolph Mayard and Lamar Neagle scored goals to place the USL Second Division-leading Charleston Battery into the Round of 16 of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament after beating the Carolina RailHawks of the USSF Division 2 Pro League 2-1 Tuesday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC.

The Battery is now off until they travel to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL where they will face Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire next Tuesday in the next round.

The RailHawks will welcome the Montreal Impact in USSF D-2 play this Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Defending USL2 Champ Kickers Beat Monarchs In LHUSOC Play

William Yomby, Matthew Delicate and Robert Fogelsong scored goals as the defending USL Second Division champion Richmond Kickers advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament with a 3-1 victory at University of Richmond Stadium against fellow USL-2 franchise Real Maryland Monarchs.

Alan Sanchez had Real Maryland's only score off an assist from Israel Sesay.

The Kickers will next face Major League Soccer's DC United in the next round of the tournament next Wednesday at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Before then, Richmond travels to Charlotte Christian Stadium to play the Charlotte Eagles in USL2 play.

City Islanders Bloes Through Rough Riders

Geoff Bloes scored unassisted in the 33rd minute as the host Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division shut out the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL Premier Development League 1-0 Tuesday in a second round match in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament at Skyline Sports Complex.

The City Islanders will play host to Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls next Tuesday in the tournament's Round of 16.

The Rough Riders return to USL PDL action Saturday at Lusitano Stadium when they face the host Western Mass Pioneers.

Thompson's Game-Winning PK Advances Blues In LHUSOC

Abe Thompson scored on a game-winning penalty kick in the 98th minute as the host Miami FC Blues edged the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 in overtime in an all-USSF Division 2 Pro League game as part of the second round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament Tuesday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Miami scored two minutes into the game off a goal from Paulo Araujo, Jr., who was named Tuesday Player of the Round for his four-goal performance against the Central Florida Kraze last Tuesday in first round play.

Tampa Bay countered in the 82nd minute on a Yendry Diaz goal to force the two 15-minute overtime periods.

The Blues now advance to the Round of 16 next Tuesday at Robertson Stadium in Houston where they will face Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo. Before then, Miami will host the best team in the USSF D-2 in the Austin Aztex Saturday in a rematch of a 3-1 game played in Austin Saturday where Max Griffin scored the Aztex's first hat trick in team history.

The Rowdies, meanwhile, return to league play Sunday when they take on the Portland Timbers at PGE Park.

Rosenlund Brace Carries Rhinos Into LHUSOC Round Of 16

Tyler Rosenlund scored goals in the third and 67th minute and Ryan Heins assisted Aaron Pitchkolan on an eighth minute tally as the host Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2 Pro League shut out the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Second Division 3-0 in the second round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament Tuesday at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY.

With the win, the Rhinos move on to the Round of 16 next Tuesday against Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium, but the Rhinos must first host a league game Saturday against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

The Riverhounds return to USL2 play Saturday when they host the Real Maryland Monarchs at Chartiers Valley High School.

AC St. Louis Knocks Stars Out Of LHUSOC

Mike Ambersley scored his second goal of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament Tuesday in the 35th minute as AC St. Louis shut out the NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 in an all-USSF Division 2 Pro League matchup in the second round of the tournament at the National Soccer Center in Blaine, MN.

AC St. Louis now advances to the Round of 16 next Tuesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA against the best team in Major League Soccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Before then, St. Louis returns to league play Saturday when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO.

The Stars' next game is Saturday at Crystal Palace Baltimore.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pioneers Head Coach Leszek Wrona Resigns

Faced with a team in need of wins to earn a playoff spot in the USL Premier Development League, Leszek Wrona announced Tuesday he was resigning as the team's head coach.

The Pioneers currently sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division with a 3-5-2 record and 11 points.

Wrona has held his position since the franchise's formation, leading them to the USL D-3 Pro League National Championship (now called USL PDL) in 1999 in their second season.

The team became part of the USL Second Division and was their regular season champion in 2005, earning them the right to host the National Championship game.

After years in USL-2, the Pioneers chose to relegate themselves to the PDL.

The Pioneers announced the entire assistant coaching staff will serve as interin head coaches for the rest of the season.

Western Mass hosts the Long Island Rough Riders Saturday at Lusitano Stadium.

Oatley Hat Trick Leads Fire Over Lynx

Tom Oatley had a hat trick and Tony Walls and Jimmy Banks added a goal and an assist each as the host Chicago Fire shut out the Toronto Lynx 5-0 Monday in USL Premier Development League play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

With the win, the Fire return to the top of the standings in the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division at 7-2-1 with 22 points. They will next face the expansion Dayton Dutch Lions on the road Saturday.

The Dutch Lions (4-1-4) are in a three-way tie for second place in the division at 16 points with the Michigan Bucks (5-2-1) and the Cincinnati Kings (5-4-1).

Toronto, currently 1-7-0 with three points and in third place in the division, host the Indiana Invaders Sunday.

Blues Forward Names Player Of The Round By TheCup.us

Miami FC Blues forward Paulo Araujo, Jr. who scored four goals in the final 10 minutes of a second overtime period of an eventual 5-1 victory over the Central Florida Kraze last Tuesday, was named Tuesday the Player of The Round for the first round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament by its website, TheCup.us.

The Blues, who play in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, will meet a fellow competitor Tuesday in the second round of the tournament against the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The winner will face Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo in the tournament's Round of 16 at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Adu Cut From Aris, But Benfica May Not Want Him, Either

According to MLSSoccer.com, US Men's National Team forward Freddy Adu may not be finishing out his two-season loan with Greek professional team Aris FC after he was not placed on the team's roster to travel to Austria for a preseason trip.

Adu joined Aris in January and had a goal and two assists in nine games this season. He was benched for some time during the end of the season, but returned to the pitch for the playoffs.

But, if that is the case, the team that loaned him out, Portugal's Benfica, may not have a place for him on their roster, either, leading to speculation Adu may be transferred during the current transfer window.

Independence Forward Adams Named WPS Player Of The Week

Philadelphia Independence forward Danesha Adams was named Tuesday Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2010 season.

She scored a goal off an assist by Amy Rodriguez, returned the favor later in the game when Rodriguez scored, and later assisted Joanna Lohman on another point in a 4-1 victory Saturday over the defending league champion Sky Blue FC at Rutgers University's Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.

Adams is the third Independence player to earn POW honors this season, following Lori Lindsey in Week 3 and Rodriguez in Week 8, and is the second Independence player to be honored in the last three weeks.

Monday, June 21, 2010

FC Dallas Names Douglas Quinn President/CEO

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Monday Douglas Quinn will become the team's new president and CEO, effective August 2, replacing Oliver Luck, who resigned to become the athletic director at his alma mater, West Virginia University.

Quinn spent the last six years as president of Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm of MLS.

Among his other career accomplishments, he spent 14 years with the National Football League in various jobs, including senior management, marketing and sales.

Toronto FC Trades Cronin To Earthquakes For Allocation Money

Toronto FC announced Monday they have traded midfielder Sam Cronin, the second overall pick in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft out of Wake Forest, to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money.

After scoring a goal and four assists over 27 games in his debut season of 2009, he has started four of six games this season, played 353 minutes and assisted on a goal.

Red Eleven's Page-Turner Beats Outraged Kalamazoo

Lindsay Page scored the game's only goal on a Kara Kabellis assist in the 39th minute as the host Chicago Red Eleven shut out the Kalamazoo Outrage 1-0 Sunday in USL W-League play at Benedictine University.

With the win, the Red Eleven now lead the Central Conference - Midwest Division at 4-0-2 with 14 points.

The Outrage are 1-2-1 with four points and are tied with the Cleveland Internationals for last place in the division.

Both Chicago and Kalamazoo face common opponents at home this week -- the London Gryphons and the Buffalo Flash.

Chicago gets the Gryphons Friday and the Flash Saturday, while the Outrage play Buffalo first Friday, then London Saturday.

Capitals Cruise Into Division Lead Over Jesters

Ben Callon, Tom Settle and Joe Tait led the Baton Rouge Capitals with goals in a 3-2 win over the New Orleans Jesters Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Olympia Stadium to take over the lead in the Southern Conference - Southeast Division at 5-0-3 with 18 points.

Oliver Hewlett-Fisher and Reese Wilson posted scores for New Orleans, now 4-4-1 with 13 points and in fourth place in the division race.

Baton Rouge hits the road for two games this weekend -- at expansion Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy Friday and at the Central Florida Kraze this Sunday.

The Jesters host the Nashville Metros Thursday.

Blackhawks Attack Academics At Alpharetta High School

Alex Caskey, Jeff Scannella, Ryan Maloney and Bouboucar Toure each had unassisted goals to lead the Atlanta Blackhawks to a 4-2 thrashing of the IMG Bradenton Academics Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, GA.

Both teams will meet again July 3 at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL.

The Blackhawks are in second place in the Southern Conference - Southeast Division at 4-1-4 with 16 points and are three points behind the Baton Rouge Capitals (5-0-3, 18) for the division lead. Before meeting the Academics again, they will face the Central Florida Kraze July 1 on the road.

IMG is 2-4-3 with nine points, is in sixth place in the division, and is off until their July 3 meeting with Atlanta.

Fury Blank The Pioneers Ar Lusitano Stadium

Joel Thiessen assisted Kenneth Caceros on a 24th minute goal and Edgar Soglo went unassisted in the 33rd minute as the Ottawa Fury shut out host Western Mass Pioneers 2-0 Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at Lusitano Stadium.

The Fury, at 6-0-2 with 20 points, are in second place in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division standings and are three points behind the expansion Albany BWP Highlanders (7-2-1, 22) for the division lead. Ottawa is on the road for two games this weekend -- Friday at expansion MPS Portland Phoenix, Sunday at the New Hampshire Phantoms.


Western Mass currently sits in fifth place at 3-5-2 with 11 points. They will host the Long Island Rough Riders Saturday.

Defending PDL Champs To Face Portsmouth July 17

Defending USL Premier Development League champion Ventura County Fusion announced Monday they will host two-time Football Association Challenge Cup champion Portsmouth FC in an exhibition game July 17 at Oxnard County Stadium in Oxnard, CA.

Bogado Leads Chile's Colo-Colo Over FC Edmonton In Exhibition

Cristian Bogado scored a hat trick to lead Chile's Colo-Colo to a 4-3 victory over FC Edmonton, who will join the North American Soccer League as a founding member when they break away from the USSF Division 2 Pro League in the 2011 season, Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

Phillip Araos also scored for Colo-Colo.

Paul Hamilton, Matt Lam and Milan Timotjevic had goals for Edmonton.

Fury, Amiral Draw In First Game Of Two-Game Series

Aivi Liuk scored the game-tying goal off a Ria Percival assist in the 27th minute as the Ottawa Fury kept their winning streak alive at five games with a 1-1 draw to the host Quebec City Amiral at Seminaire St-Francis in a USL W-League matchup.

Quebec City took the early lead in the 12th minute as Andreanne Gagne assisted Laura Martel on a goal.

Both teams will meet again this Friday at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex in Ottawa.

The Fury lead the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division at 4-0-1 with 13 points and the Amiral are 1-2-2 with five points and in fourth place.

Knights Finally Are Victorious; Burn Phoenix

Leonardo Fernandes, Gabriel Bagot and Ugur Goktekin scored goals as the host Brooklyn Knights snapped a seven-game, season-opening losing streak by defeating the expansion MPS Portland Phoenix 3-1 Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at the Metropolitan Oval.

Paul Nicholson was assisted by Michael Kennedy on the Phoenix's lone goal.

Both teams will meet again this Sunday at Deering High School's Memorial Field in Portland, ME.

The Knights, now 1-7-0 and still in last place in the Eastern Conference - Northeast Division, will travel to the New Hampshire Phantoms Saturday before facing the Phoenix in a rematch.

The Phoenix are 3-1-3 with 12 points and in fourth place in the division race.

Rhinos, Impact Play To Draw At Saputo Stadium

Eduardo Sebrango's goal in the 79th minute forced the host Montreal Impact and the Rochester Rhinos to play to a 1-1 draw Sunday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at Saputo Stadium in Montreal.

Rochester opened the scoring in the fourth minute on an unassisted Aaron Pitchkolan shot.

The Impact, 4-3-4 with 16 points and in second place in the NASL Conference, are now five points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-5, 20) for the conference lead. Montreal travels Saturday to WakeMed Soccer Park to meet the Carolina RailHawks.

Rochester, meanwhile, is 5-3-4 with 19 points and holds a similar spot in the USL Conference, nine points behind the conference- and league-leading Austin Aztex (8-2-3, 27). The Rhinos host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Second Division Tuesday at Marina Auto Stadium in a 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup second round tournament matchup with the winner facing Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew in the Round of 16. After that, the Rhinos host the Puerto Rico Islanders Saturday night.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Defending MLS Champs Beat Costa Rica's Puntarenas FC

Javier Morales and Pablo Campos scored goals to lead the defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 exhibition victory over Costa Rica's Puntarenas FC Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Combining this win with those in the MLS regular season and the MLS Cup playoffs, RSL is 14-0-6 at Rio Tinto Stadium in the last 13 months.

They will attempt to increase the unbeaten streak to 21 games this Friday when MLS returns from a two-week break for group play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup as they host the San Jose Earthquakes.

Kittleson Leads Lady Piranhas Over Majestics

Emily Kittleson had a hat trick and assisted Kirby Stenard on a goal as the Hampton Roads Piranhas outlasted the Northern Virginia Majestics 4-2 in USL W-League play Saturday at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The Piranhas, 2-4-2 with eight points, are tied with the Charlotte Lady Eagles (2-2-2) for third place in the Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division, but now are off until July 10 when they host the Tampa Bay Hellenic.

Rebecca Wilcox assisted Casey Vornadore on Northern Virginia's goal in the 67th minute. The Majestics are 1-4-0 with three points, are in last place in the division and have two roads this coming weekend -- at the Atlanta Silverbacks Friday and at the Eagles Saturday.

Blue Star Reign Over Cougars On BYU Campus

Amani Walker, Celso Alvarez and Christian Ramirez scored goals as the Orange County Blue Star continue to lead the USL Premier Development League's Western Conference - Southwest Division after a 3-0 shutout Saturday of the BYU Cougars at South Field in Provo, UT.

Walker was assisted by Ciro Soriano in the 29th minute and Oscar Aguero helped out Ramirez in the 90th minute. Alvarez's goal in the 80th minute was unassisted.

The Blue Star led the division at 8-0-3 with 27 points and are now off until July 2 when they host the Hollywood United Hitmen.

BYU is 2-5-2 with eight points and is in eighth place in the division. The Cougars are at the Lancaster Rattlers this Saturday.

Harris Causes Piranhas To Tie Spartans

Kevin Harris scored a game-tying goal off a Tyler Cyrus assist in the final minute of regulation play as the host Hampton Roads Piranhas played to a 2-2 draw in USL Premier Development League action Saturday at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

Harris also had a penalty kick goal in the fifth minute for the Piranhas, who are 1-4-2 with six points and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference - Mid-Atlantic Division. Hampton Roads plays next at the New Jersey Rangers Friday and hosts the West Virginia Chaos next Sunday.

Antoine Hoppenot had Central Jersey's first goal of the game in the 28th minute, thanks to a pass from Nelson Becarra, and Chris Christian gave them their only lead in the 89th minute off a William Stamatis feed.

The Spartans are 4-3-3 with 15 points and in third place in the division in their inaugural PDL season. Central Jersey will be at the Ocean City Nor'Easters this Saturday.

Foley Goal Hands Puerto Rico Win Over Tampa Bay

David Foley's unassisted goal in the 65th minute gave the host Puerto Rico Islanders a 1-0 victory over the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is 4-5-1 with 13 points and is in last place in the USL Conference. They will take on the Rochester Rhinos this Saturday at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY.

The Rowdies, who have lost their third straight game, are 5-4-3 with 18 points and tied for second place with the Rhinos (5-3-3). Tampa Bay next plays the Miami FC Blues in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday in a 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament second round game with the winner advancing to face Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo in the Round of 16.

Tampa Bay then travels to face the Portland Timbers at PGE Park in league play next Sunday.

Timbers Chop Apart Stars' Unbeaten Streak, Ends Their Losing Streak

Ryan Pore scored his USSF Division 2 Pro League-leading ninth goal of the season on a 61st minute penalty kick and Josh Cameron scored his first goal of the season in the 89th minute as the Portland Timbers shut out the NSC Minnesota Stars 2-0 Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

The victory ended an eight-game winless streak for the Timbers and snapped the Stars' four-game unbeaten streak.

The Timbers are 4-5-4 with 16 points and in fifth place in a tight USL Conference. Portland is only two points behind the Stars (5-8-2, 17) for fourth place and three points behind both the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (5-4-3, 18) and Rochester Rhinos (5-3-3, 18) for second place.

Portland will travel to Bremerton, WA Tuesday to play the Kitsap Pumas of the USL Premier Development League in a second round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament match with the winner to face Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders in the Round of 16. After that, the Timbers will return to league play next Sunday and host the Rowdies at PGE Park.

The Stars have a LHUSOC second round game Tuesday, hosting USSF-D2 member AC St. Louis, before traveling to face Crystal Palace Baltimore this Saturday.

Griffin Trifecta Gives Aztex Win Over Blues

Maxwell Griffin's hat trick was all the host Austin Aztex needed to remain the best team in the USSF Division 2 Pro League and its USL Conference in a 3-1 victory over the Miami FC Blues Saturday at House Park in Austin, TX.

The Aztex are 8-2-3 with 27 points in the USL Conference and will face the Blues again next Saturday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Before then, Austin will welcome the Arizona Sahuaros of the US Adult Soccer Association to House Park for a second round game in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament. The winner will face Major League Soccer's Chivas USA in the Round of 16.

Paulo Araujo, Jr. scored the lone goal for the Blues, who are 2-3-7 with 13 points and in fourth plae in the NASL Conference, two points behind the Carolina RailHawks (3-2-5, 14) for third place and three behind the Montreal Impact (4-3-3, 15) for second place.

The Blues host fellow USSF D-2 member FC Tampa Bay Rowdies in a second round LHUSOC Match Tuesday before welcoming the Aztex.

Pride Takes Pride In Opening New Stadium With Win

Christine Sinclair assisted Kelley O'Hara in the 38th minute on her second goal of the season but the first for FC Gold Pride at their new home -- Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, CA -- as the Women's Professional Soccer season leader shut out the Boston Breakers 1-0 Saturday.

The Pride lead the league at 7-2-1 with 22 points and hosts the defending league champion Sky Blue FC next Sunday.

Boston, at 1-4-4 with nine points and in sixth place, hosts the Chicago Red Stars Friday at Harvard University.

Independence Stuns Defending WPS Champ Sky Blue FC

Danesha Adams assisted on two goals and scored one of her own, Amy Rodriguez had a goal and an assist and Joanna Lohman and Tina DiMartino each tallied a mark as the expansion Philadelphia Independence stunned the defending league champion Sky Blue FC 4-1 Saturday at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ.

A penalty kick by Rosana was all Sky Blue FC could mustard in the loss.

The Independence are 5-3-2 with 17 points and in second place in the single standings table, six points behind the league-leading FC Gold Pride (7-2-1, 22). Philadelphia meets their fellow expansion partner Atlanta Beat Wednesday at Kennesaw State University Stadium in Kennesaw, GA.

Sky Blue, at 4-4-2 with 14 points and in fourth place overall, faces the Pride next Sunday at their new home of Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, CA next Sunday.

Palmer's Game-Winner Saves Demize From Draw

Micah Wharton assisted on his second goal of the game, a game-winner in the 90th minute by Alex Palmer, and worked with James Neighbor on a 27th minute shot as the host Springfield Demize edged the Kansas City Brass 3-2 Saturday at Drury University's Harrison Stadium.

Kansas City gave Springfield the first lead of the game two minutes into it as Adam Peterson scored an own goal.

Troy Green tried to rally the Brass, but to no avail. He scored off a Chaz Odell assist in the 60th minute, then turned around as assisted Kevin Boydston on his game-tying goal a minute later.

The victory snapped a 10-game winless streak for the Demize, now 1-8-2 with five points and in last in the Central Conference - Heartland Division. Springfield next faces the Rochester Thunder Friday on the road.

Kansas City is 1-6-3 with six points and in sixth place there. They now rest until July 1 when they host the Thunder Bay Chill.

Sgueglia Scores Twice; Highlanders Beat Pioneers

Robert Sgueglia scored two goals and Kyle Clancy, Teodoro Popolizio and Brendan Gorman each added a goal as the host and expansion Albany BWP Highlanders maintained their hold on the lead in the USL Premier Development League's Eastern Conference - Northeast Division with a 5-2 victory over the Western Mass Pioneers at Frank Bailey Stadium in Albany, NY.

Steven Covino led the Pioneers with a goal and an assist on Federico Molinari's goal in the loss.

Albany is now 7-2-1 with 22 points and host two games next weekend -- against the Westchester Flames next Saturday and the Long Island Rough Riders next Sunday.

Western Mass is 3-4-2 with 11 points and in fifth place in the division, but have little time to lick their wounds, as they host the Ottawa Fury Sunday.

Invaders Storm The Bucks In Pontiac

The Indiana Invaders fired off two goals in a two-minute span of the first half as they stunned the host Michigan Bucks 2-1 in USL Premier Development League play at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI.

Isaac Saidi scored in the sixth minute off a Christian Davidson assist, then Tyler Pagano assisted Steffan Thoresen on a goal two minutes later and the Invaders never looked back.

The Bucks halved the lead in the 21st minute as Simon Okekanda fed a pass to Kenny Uzoigwe for their only goal.

Indiana is 4-2-1 with 13 points and in sixth place in the Central Conference - Great Lakes Division as they prepare to play at Forest City London next Saturday.

Michigan, at 5-2-1 with 16 points, is part of a three-way tie for second with the expansion Dayton Dutch Lions (4-1-4) and the Cincinnati Kings (5-4-1), four points behind the Chicago Fire (6-2-1, 19) for the division lead. The Bucks host the Kalamazoo Outrage Thursday.