Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Freedom Forward Wambach Named WPS POW For Second Time This Season

Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach, who converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute and scored five minutes later off an Allie Long assist in a 2-1 come-from-behind win Saturday over defending league champion Sky Blue FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex, was named Tuesday the Women's Professional Soccer Player of the Week for Week 20 of the 2010 season.

Wambach has scored 12 goals this season and the POW award is her second this season. She won it previously for Week 2.

Union Fills Open Roster Spot With City Islanders D/M Sheanon Williams

Major League Soccer's expansion Philadelphia Union filled the final spot on their 24-man senior roster Tuesday with the signing of defender/midfielder Sheanon Williams, who recently played for the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division.

Williams, a member of US Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, FL, played for his country at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.

Williams is the second member of the City Islanders on the Union roster, joining midfielder J.T.Noone.

Wizards Sign Home Grown Talent In Goalkeeper Jon Kempin

Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards announced the signing of their youngest player in team history, 17-year-old goalkeeper Jon Kempin, to a Generation Adidas contract and labeled him one of the team's two Home Grown Players allowed under league rules.

He is the team's first such player since the league began the initiative in 2007.

Born in Leawood, KS, he is a member of the US U-18 Men's National Team player pool and has been invited twice to team training camps this year.

A student at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS, Kempin had nine shutouts and allowed two goals in his freshman season, which ended with a state championship title before Kempen joined US Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, FL.

In February 2010, he was named Kansas' Gatorade Player of the Year and, in June 2010, was named to Parade magazine's high school All-American team in soccer.

He played club soccer for the KC Legends, Blue Valley Stars and the KCFC Alliance.

USSF D-2's Stars May Fade Away If Financial Partner Not Found Soon

The owners of the NSC Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Monday the franchise may have to fold after this season if it can't find a financial backer to help meet tougher restrictions by the US Soccer Federation to retain Division 2 league status.

The team kas been owned by the non-profit NSC Foundation since January 2010 after the folding of the Minnesota Thunder, who played mostly in the USL First Division after the 2009 USL-1 season.

Earthquakes Midfielder Convey To Sit Out Sunday Due To Yellow Card Accumulation

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes announced Monday midfielder Bobby Convey will miss this Sunday's game at the Houston Dynamo due to accumulating too many yellow cards.

His latest yellow card came in the 56th minute of a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls Sunday when Convey pushed New York's Dane Richards.

He can return to the team September 11 when San Jose hosts FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Bradley Signs Four-Year Contract Extension To Remain USMNT Head Coach

Ending speculation he would take a job opening in the English Premier League with either Fulham or Aston Villa, Bob Bradley signed a four-year contract extention with the US Soccer Federation to remain as head coach of the US Men's National Team through the next FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Bradley is 38-20-8 in four years since taking the position over from former head coach, and now head coach of Major League Soccer's best team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Bruce Arena.

Among his accomplishments with the team are leading the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and a runner-up finish to Mexico in the 2009 event, making the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in South Africa, marking the first time the US made it to the final of  federation-sponsored tournament, and winning their group to advance to knockout stage play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Bradley previousl coached three MLS teams -- the Chicago Fire (1998-2003), the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (2003-05) and Chivas USA (2006).

Monday, August 30, 2010

T-Bones Playoff Plans Force Wizards-Dynamo Game To Be Rescheduled

Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards announced Monday their next home game against the Houston Dynamo, originally scheduled for September 11 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, has been rescheduled for September 22, but will remain a 7:30 p.m. local time start.

The city's minor league baseball team, the Kansas City T-Bones of the Midwest League, will be hosting the opening round of a best-of-five playoff series beginning either September 8 or 9, and the field will not be accessible to the Wizards.

Online Fan Voting Opens For WPS Postseason Awards

Women's Professional Soccer officially opened online voting Monday at their website (http://www.womensprosoccer.com/) for fans to select their choices for the league's major 2010 postseason awards.

Voting is open through September 6 and fans can cast as many votes as possible for their favorites to win in five categories -- Michelle Akers Player of the Year, MedImmune Defender of the Year, US Coast Guard Goalkeeper of the Year, WPS Rookie of the Year and WPS Coach of the Year.

Nominees for the awards were selected by a panel of media members and WPS team personnel, who will also get an equal 33% representation in the final voting process.

The league will also announced winners of the PUMA Golden Boot (top goal scorer) and the Citi WPS Sportswoman of the Year at a later date.

Here are the nominees for the 2010 WPS Post-Season Awards:

MICHELE AKERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marta - FC Gold Pride
Amy Rodriguez - Philadelphia Independence
Kelly Smith - Boston Breakers
Abby Wambach - Washington Freedom

MEDIMMUNE DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Buehler - FC Gold Pride
Tina Ellertson - Atlanta Beat
Allison Falk - Philadelphia Independence
Amy LePeilbet - Boston Breakers

US COAST GUARD GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Karen Bardsley - Sky Blue FC
Nicole Barnhart - FC Gold Pride
Jillian Loyden - Chicago Red Stars
Hope Solo - Atlanta Beat

WPS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jordan Angell - Boston Breakers
Lauren Cheney - Boston Breakers
Ali Riley - FC Gold Pride
Brittany Taylor - Sky Blue FC

WPS COACH OF THE YEAR
Tony DiCicco - Boston Breakers
Jim Gabarra - Washington Freedom
Albertin Montoya - FC Gold Pride
Paul Riley - Philadelphia Independence

USMNT Announces Exhibition Game Against Colombia October 12 At PPL Park

As expected, the US Men's National Team will play Colombia in an exhibition game October 12 at PPL Park in Chester, PA, home to the expansion Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, US Soccer announced Monday.

The game will take place three days before the US hosts Poland in another friendly at Chicago's Soldier Field and will be the second game the team has played in the Philadelphia area, having defeated Turkey 3-2 May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field, home to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

It will be the first time the US and Colombia have played each other since the 2007 Copa America tournament, where Colombia won 1-0.

The USMNT is 3-9-3 all-time against the South American nation.

In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the US defeated Colombia 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the competition.

Colombia did not qualify for the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup.

USMNT Defender Beasley Heading To Hannover 96

US Men's National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley signed a two year deal Monday to play in Germany's Bundesliga, their top league, for Hannover 96, according to MLSSoccer.com.

The deal is contingent on passing a physical exam.

Beasley played three seasons in the Scottish Premier League with the Rangers, but they chose not to renew his contract.

He also played in the past for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Beasley played on his third US team for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and has 17 goals in 93 appearances for his country's national team.

MLS, Adidas Extend Partnership Through 2018

Despite being six years into a current 10-year deal, Major League Soccer and Adidas announced Monday they have extended their corporate partnership four more years through 2018.

The deal keeps the company as MLS' official athletic sponsor and product supplier.

Sounders Forward Montero Earns MLS POW For Week 22

Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero, who scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire Saturday at Qwest Field, was named Monday Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for the 22nd week of the 2010 season.

It is the second such honor for him in his career.

Montero has 10 goals and nine assists this season.

Breakers Come From Behind To Defeat Independence In Philly

Kristine Lilly connected with Stephanie Cox on a game-tying goal in the 35th minute and Kelly Smith had the game winner in the 80th minute on a penalty kick as the Boston Breakers edged the expansion Philadelphia Independence 2-1 in Women's Professional Soccer play at the University of West Chester in West Chester, PA Sunday.

Joanna Lohman opened the scoring with Philly's only goal in the 17th minute.

The Independence hold a firm grip on second place in the league standings, guaranteeing themselves a playoff berth, with a 10-8-4 record and 34 points.

Boston is in third place in the standings at 9-7-5 with 32 points.

Both teams hit the road Wednesday for their next games -- Philadelphia at the Chicago Red Stars, Boston at the expansion Atlanta Beat.

Dike Deuce, Pore Goal Leads Timbers In 3-0 Shutout Of Crystal Palace BaltimoreB

Bright Dike scored two goals and Ryan Pore opened the scoring with his league-leading 14th goal of the season off an assist by Quavas Kirk as the host Portland Timbers shut out Crystal Palace Baltimore 3-0 in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at PGE Park in Portland, OR.

The Timbers, 10-7-8 with 38 points for third place in the USL Conference, will host the Puerto Rico Islanders Thursday.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, is fourth in the conference table at 6-13-6 with 24 points for fourth place. Baltimore will travel to the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, NC Friday.

Braun Goal Gives Chivas USA Shutout Win Over DC United

Justin Braun's team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 13th minute was all Chivas USA needed to break a three-game Major League Soccer losing streak in a 1-0 victory over the worst team in the league this season in DC United Sundat at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Chivas, last place in the Western Conference at 6-11-4 with 22 points, will next travel to the Colorado Rapids Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

United, who has lost six of their last seven games, is a league-worst 4-15-3 with 17 points and is in last place in the Eastern Conference. They will host the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew Saturday at RFK Stadium.

Tacoma Stars Join Professional Arena Soccer League For 2010-11 Season

The Tacoma Stars, champions of the amateur Premier Arena Soccer League in March, announced Sunday they will move up to the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2010-11 season, bringing a professional team to the city for the first time since 1992.

The team will continue to be led by three-time league PASL Most Valuable Player Greg Howes.

Stewart Shines As Whitecaps Tie Aztex At Swangard

Cornelius Stewart scored in the 16th minute off a Martin Nash assist, then helped Ridge Mobulu score another goal in the 52nd minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 2-2 draw to the Austin Aztex in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Sunday at Swangard Stadium in Burnby, British Columbia.

Austin, who once held the best record in the league and the USL Conference, tied the game at 1-1 in the 44th minute when Randi Patterson assisted Yohance Marshall and set up the deadlocked final score as Leonard Griffin connected with Eddie Johnson in the 80th minute.

Vancouver owns the best record in the NASL Conference at 9-3-13 with 40 points and will host the Puerto Rico Islanders next Sunday.

Austin, at 13-3-7 with 46 points, is three points behind the Rochester Rhinos (14-6-6, 48) for the overall league lead and the USL Conference lead. The Aztex next travel to the Puerto Rico Islanders September 11.

Steele Scores Twice For Rowdies In Draw With AC St. Louis

Jonathan Steele had both goals for the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies as they played Sunday to a 2-2 draw with AC St. Louis in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL.

AC St. Louis scored on a Tampa own goal and Mike Ambersley had his eighth goal of the season and tenth in all competitions this season in the game.

St. Louis is 5-11-8 with 23 points and in fifth place in the NASL Conference standings. They will host the Miami FC Blues, soon to be the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, next Sunday.

Tampa Bay (6-9-10, 28 points) shares last place in the USL Conference with the NSC Minnesota Stars (7-11-7) and is off until September 11 when they travel to the Rochester Rhinos.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wizards Use Magic To Beat MLS' Best In Galaxy

Davy Arnaud (12') and Jimmy Conrad (70') scored goals to lead the Kansas City Wizards to a 2-0 upset of Major League Soccer's best team, the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Despite the loss, the Galaxy remain the top team in the Western Conference at 13-5-4 with 43 points. The Galaxy will travel to the Chicago Fire next Saturday.

Kansas City is 7-9-5 with 26 points and is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards will head to PPL Park in Chester, PA to face the expansion Philadelphia Union.

Montero Brace Leads Sounders Over Fire At Qwest Field

Fredy Montero scored goals in the 36th and 90th minute to rally the host Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Qwest Field.

Chicago led the game in the 28th minute off a John Thorrington penalty kick.

The Sounders are 9-8-5 with 32 points and are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. They will travel to Foxborough, MA next Sunday to face the New England Revolution.

Chicago, meanwhile, is 6-7-6 with 24 points for fifth place in the Eastern Conference table and host MLS' best team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, at Toyota Park this Saturday.

Richards Scores, Assists On Henry's First MLS Goal As Red Bulls Blank Earthquakes

Dane Richards scored a goal in first half stoppage time and assisted newcomer Thierry Henry on his first career Major League Soccer goal as the New York Red Bulls shut out the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

The Red Bulls are 11-7-4 with 37 points and are in second place in the Eastern Conference standings. They are five points behind the conference-leading Columbus Crew to take over the conference's top spot again. The Crew and FC Dallas played to a scoreless draw Saturday.

The Earthquakes, who saw a two-game winning streak snapped, are 8-7-5 with 29 points, good for sixth place in the Western Conference race, and are at the Houston Dynamo next Sunday.

Mapp's Quest Leads Union Over Revolution

Justin Mapp assisted on Jack McInerney's goals in the 82nd minute, then scored his own in second half stoppage time as the expansion Philadelphia Union edged the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday in Major League Soccer action at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Ilija Stolica had put the Revolution in the lead in the 31st minute.

The Union are 5-11-5 with 20 points, are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings and will host the Kansas City Wizards next Saturday.

The Revolution are a step above the Union at 6-12-3 for 21 points, putting them in the sixth slot in the standings. New England hosts the Seattle Sounders next Saturday.

Casey Rolls Rapids Over Dynamo

Conor Casey assisted on Jamie Smith's goal two minutes into the game and on Omar Cummings' sixth goal of the season in the 16th minute before scoring his eighth goal of 2010 in the 23rd minute as the host Colorado Rapids shut out the Houston Dynamo 3-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The Rapids move to 8-6-7 with 31 points and are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings and will host Chivas USA next Saturday.

The Dynamo are now 6-11-6 with 23 points, in seventh place in the same standings, and will host the San Jose Earthquakes next Sunday.

Marta Scores Twice As Pride Batter The Beat

Marta scored goals in the 66th and 70th minute and four other players added goals as the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer regular season champion FC Gold Pride decimated the expansion Atlanta Beat 6-1 Saturday at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, GA.

Tiffeny Milbrett opened the scoring for the Pride off a Shannon Boxx assist in the 43rd minute and Camile Abily (51'), Kelley O'Hara (72') and Christine Sinclair (88') added goals for the victores.

Eniola Aluko scored the lone Beat goal in the 65th minute.

The Pride are 14-3-4 with 46 points and will face the defending league champion Sky Blue FC Wednesday at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.

Atlanta remains the worst team in the league this season at 5-11-5 with 20 points. They will host the Boston Breakers Wednesday.

Wambach Brace Leads Freedom In Come-From-Behind Win Over WPS Champs

Abby Wambach scored on a 79th minute penalty kick, then scored again five minutes later off an Allie Long assist as the host Washington Freedom rallied from a goal down to defeat the defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC 2-1 Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Tasha Kai gave Sky Blue their only lead in the 29th minute off a unassisted goal.

The Freedom hold onto the fourth and final playoff berth in the league standings at 7-8-7 with 28 points. They will travel to the Chicago Red Stars next Sunday.

Sky Blue is 7-10-4 with 25 points and is in fifth place with only a few regular season games left to play. They will host the 2010 regular season champion FC Gold Pride this Wednesday.

Charleston Battery Dethrone Defending USL-2 Champion Richmond Kickers

League goal scoring, overall scoring champion and Most Valuable Player Lamar Neagle and teammate Ian Fuller led the 2010 regular season champion Charleston Battery to a 2-1 victory over the defending champion Richmond Kickers for the USL Second Division Championship Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC.

Edson Elcock scored the lone goal for Richmond, the 2009 league champion.

Since their founding in 1993, the Battery have won three titles -- the 1996 and 2010 USL-2 titles and the 2003 A-League Championship.

Addlery Leads Islanders To Road Win Over RailHawks

Nicholas Addlery assisted David Foley on an 11th minute goal and scored later off a Marco Velez assist in the 78th minute as the Puerto Rico Islanders edged the host Carolina RailHawks 3-2 in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Keon Daniel fed a pass to Sandy Gbandi in the 76th minute for Puerto Rico's other goal.

Daniel Paladini was assisted by Andry Budnyy and Allan Russell on goals in the 22nd and 90th minute for the RailHawks.

Puerto Rico is in fourth place in the USL Conference standings at 8-7-8 with 32 points and will travel to the Portland Timbers Thursday.

Carolina is 9-8-7 with 34 points and in second place in the NASL Conference. They will host Crystal Palace Baltimore this Friday.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pride Forward Marta Nominated For WSF Sportswoman Of The Year Award

FC Gold Pride, the 2010 regular season champion of Women's Professional Soccer, announced Friday forward Marta is one of 10 nominees to be named winner of the Women's Sports Foundation 2010 Sportswoman of the Year award.

Marta is a four-time consecutive FIFAWomen's Player of the Year from 2006 to 2009.

In her -- and the league's -- debut season, she led the league with 10 goals and three assists with the then-regular season champion Los Angeles Sol and won the WPS' PUMA Golden Boot award, along with her being named the WPS' Most Valuable Player.

She is also a two-time league and All-Star Game team Most Valuable Player.

As of July 2010, when the current judging period ended, Marta again leads the league in points with 13 and her Pride won the league's regular season championship.

She also is the only player to be named to the WPS Player of the Week honor three times this season (Weeks 6, 9, 12).

PASL Pro, USL PDL Teams Merging To Form Year-Round Team

The 1790 Cincinnati Express of the Professional Arena Soccer League and the Cincinnati Kings of the USL Premier Development League announced plans Friday to merge under one name -- the Cincinnati Kings -- to offer Cincinnati fans a year-round soccer team.

When the Kings play in the PASL this coming season, home games will take place at Cincinnati Gardens; when they play in the USL PDL, their home field will be the Town & Country Stadium in Wilder, KY.

Gerba Strikes Lead Impact Over D-2 Leader Rhinos In Montreal

Ali Gerba set a new Montreal Impact record for fastest goal scored to start a game at 18 seconds, then added an insurance goal in the 81st minute as they shut out the USSF Division 2 Pro League- and USL Conference-leading Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Friday at Saputo Stadium.

Gerba has scored five goals in their last two games, including the team's first regular season hat trick in their history last Saturday against Crystal Palace Baltimore.

The first goal came off an assist by Leonardo di Lorenzo.

It was the third time in team history the Impact scored a goal in the first minute of play. It was last done by Mauro Bello July 2, 2003.

The Impact improved their record to 8-10-7 with 31 points, putting them in third place in the NASL Conference standings. Montreal is now off until September 11 when they travel to Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL to face the Miami FC Blues.

Rochester remains the best team in the league and conference with a record of 14-6-6 with 48 points and will host the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on the same date at Marina Auto Stadium.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Whitecaps Release Toure

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the release Friday of Liberian midfielder Ansu Toure.

He joined the team January 21, 2009 and started 37 of 49 games during his stint there, scoring a combined six goals and three assists, with half of the goals coming this season over 18 games.

Riverhounds Claim Three Of Five USL-2 Postseason Awards

Despite not making to the league's title game, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds won three of five individual postseason awards at the annual USL Second Division Championship Brunch Friday in Charleston, SC, where the regular season champion Charleston Battery will host the defending league champion Richmond Kickers Saturday.

Jeremy Deighton was named the league's Rookie of the Year, Shintato Harada won Defender of the Year honors and Hunter Gilstrap was named the Goalkeeper of the Year.

Deighton finished the regular season in a five-way tie for sixth place in goals scored with five in 13 games.

Harada, named to the USL-2 All-League Team for the fourth straight season, won his first DOY award.

Gilstrap had six shutouts in 18 regular season games and a 1.00 goals against average. The Riverhounds tied the Kickers for fewest goals allowed this season at 20.

The Battery claimed the other two awards of the day -- Most Valuable Player to Lamar Neagle and Coach of the Year to Mike Anhaeuser.

Neagle won the league's Goal Scoring (12 in 19 games) and Scoring Championships (25) this season. He is a former member of the USL Premier Development League's Des Moines Menace.

Anhaeuser, in the team's first season back in USL-2 from USL First Division, led the team to an 11-4-5 record with 38 points to win the regular season championship, including a 7-0-3 record at Blackbaud Stadium, home to Saturday's USL-2 Championship Game.

Fire Put Out For Chicago Defender Stefan Dimitrov

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced the release Friday of forward Stefan Dimitrov.

The native of Bulgaria who played college soccer at Concordia College played in 12 games for the franchise, debuting June 13, 2009 against DC United.

His first appearance of five this season came May 1 against Chivas USA.

Aztex Back On Course To Regain USL Conference Lead Despite Draw To Timbers

Sullivan Silva scored the game-tying goal in the 26th minute as the Austin Aztex, once the best team in the USSF Division 2 Pro League and its USL Conference, played the host Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw Thursday at PGE Park.

The Aztex are currently 13-3-6 with 45 points and are in second place in the conference, four points behind the current best team in the league and conference -- the Rochester Rhinos (14-5-6, 48) -- for sole possession of both entities again. Austin will face the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

Bright Dike opened the game's scoring in the fourth minute with his third goal in the last four games for the Timbers, who, like the Whitecaps, join Major League Soccer as a 2011 expansion franchise.

Portland is in third place in the USL Conference standings at 9-7-8 with 35 points and will host Crystal Palace Baltimore.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Toronto FC Signs Youth Academy Star Henry To Contract

Utilizing one of two league-approved roster spots for the signing of home grown talent, Major League Soccer's Toronto FC announced the signing Thursday of defender Doneil Henry, who was a member of their youth academy.

MLS now allows teams to sign local players to their roster without those players counting against the 24-man senior roster under the terms of the league's new collective bargaining agreement with the players union.

Henry has played in three exhibition games for Toronto FC this season.

The first opportunity came June 2 when he played the full 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final game of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, which determines Canada's entry into the CONCACAF Champions League tournament,

On July 21, he started and played 77 minutes in Toronto's 1-0 loss to the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League in the annual Carlsberg Cup game.

Finally, he started the second leg of a 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League qualification series with Motagua of Honduras August 3.

Possible LHUSOC Championship Game Dates, Sites Announced

Organizers of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament announced the possible dates and locations Thursday for the 2010 Championship Game, depending on the outcome of semifinal games to be played September 1.

In the all-Major League Soccer semifinals, the Columbus Crew will travel to RFK Stadium to play DC United and the defending tournament champion Seattle Sounders host Chivas USA, the only team of the four never to win the event, at Qwest Field.

Should Seattle win, no matter who wins the other semifinal, that winner will travel to Qwest Field for the title game October 5.

If the final match becomes Chivas versus United, DC will host the game October 6, but if it's Columbus versus Chivas, it will take place at The Home Depot Center, home to Chivas, October 12.

Timbers Stadium To Get New Name For Debut MLS Season

When the Portland Timbers leave the USSF Division 2 Pro League after this season to begin the transition process of becoming a 2011 Major League Soccer expansion team, they will be leaving behind PGE Park...or, at least, its name.

OregonLive.com reports the team's 10-year stadium naming rights deal with Portland General Electric, which began at $710,000 for the first season of sponorship and has been increasing annually through 2009, expires at the end of the season and the team in is negotiations to keep the name unchanged, if possible.

PGE will remain a founding partner to the stadium, which also houses Minor League Baseball's Portland Beavers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

RailHawks Set Away Win Record As They Beat Rowdies In Tampa

Matt Bobo scored in the 23rd minute off a Daniel Paladini assist and Matt Watson assisted on Etienne Barbara's 40th minute strike as the Carolina RailHawks set a new single-season record for most road wins with seven after slipping past the host FC Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 Wednesday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

The previous mark for road wins for Carolina was six, set in the 2009 USL First Division season.

Ricardo Sanchez had an unassisted play in the 88th minute for Tampa Bay in the loss.

Carolina is in second place in the NASL Conference standings at 9-7-7 with 34 points and hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Tampa Bay is in last place in the USL Conference at 6-9-9 with 27 points and will host AC St. Louis this Sunday.

Islanders Snap Six-Game CCL Losing Streak Be Beating CD FAS

Jonathan Faria Frias had a pair of goals to lead the Puerto Rico Islanders, the only representative of the USSF Division 2 Pro League, to a 4-1 victory over CD FAS of El Salvador Wednesday in second round Group D play at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Championsl League tournament.at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Nicholas Addlery and David Foley added goals for the Islanders, who snapped a six-game home losing streak in CCL play. They last won two seasons ago in Game 2 of a semifinal round series.

Williams Reyes tallied the lone FAS goal.

In Round 3 of pool play, FAS hosts Hondouras' Olimpia September 14, then the Islanders host Mexico's Toluca the next day.

Cardozo, De Nigris Lead Monterrey To CCL Rout Of Sounders

Neri Cardozo had a goal in the 41st minute and Aldo de Nigas fired off the insurance goal in the 58th minute as Monterrey of Mexico's Primera Division shut out the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer 2-0 Wednesday in the second round of Group C play at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament at Qwest Field in Seattle.

In Round 3, to be played September 14, Monterrey will host fellow Primera Division member Marathon and Seattle will travel to Saprissa in Costa Rica.

Defending MLS Champs Rocked By Cruz Azul In CCL Group A Play

Javier Orozco had four goals and Christian Gimenez added another as Mexico's Cruz Azul edged the defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake 5-4 Wednesday in Round 2 play in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League's Group A pool,

RSL was led by Alvaro Saborio, who has a pair of goals, and Fabian Espindola and Will Johnson both added goals in the loss.

Both teams now take time off before their next group stage matches September 15 -- Cruz Azul will travel to Arabe Unido in Panama and RSL will host fellow MLS opponent Toronto FC.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Earthquakes GM Signed For 2011 MLS Season With 2012 Option

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes announced Wednesday they have signed general manager John Doyle to a contract extension for the 2011 season with an option for the 2012 season.

Doyle has led the Earthquakes since they were reborn as an expansion team in MLS in 2007 and the team won more games (eight) and earned more points (33) than any other MLS expansion franchise in the debut season over the last decade.

The original Earthquakes relocated to Houston after the 2005 season and became the Houston Dynamo in 2006. MLS immediately awarded San Jose an new team, if new owners could be found.

Chivas USA Signs Fourth Member Of Youth Program As Home Grown Player

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA announced Wednesday they have signed midfielder Brian de la Fuente to one of the team's Home Grown Player roster slots.

He is the fourth player to come to the team via the youth system of their parent club, Mexico's Chivas de Guadalajara, following Anaheim-born stars Carlos Borja and Jorge Flores and Sylmar-born Cesar Zamora.

Another player, Gerson Mayen from Los Angeles, has been loaned for the 2010 season to Miami FC Blues of the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

De la Fuente, currently living in Bell, CA, was born in Laredo, TX and his family moved to Zapopan, Mexico before he turned a year old.

He was with CDG's youth system from 2005 to 2007, then the family moved to Bell, where he joined Chivas USA's U-16 team.

He also played on Chivas USA's U-18 team that competed in the Copa Chivas tournament in Guadalajara and the Copa Saprissa event in Costa Rica.

De la Fuente recently played on the US U-20 Men's National Team at the Dallas Cup tournament and led them to victory at the Milk Cup in Ireland.

Sounders To Welcome Chivas De Guadalajara To Qwest Field October 12

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday they will play their final exhibition game of 2010 October 12 when they welcome 11-time Mexican Primera Division champion Chivas de Guadalajara to the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.

It is the first visit to Seattle for Guadalajara, the parent club of MLS' Chivas USA.

In 1985, FC Seattle played the University of Guadalajara at Seattle's Memorial Stadium.

Timbers Welcome Goldthwaite Back For Rest Of 2010 D-2 Season

The Portland Timbers of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signing of former Major League Soccer defender Kevin Goldthwaite to the franchise Wednesday for his second stint.

Goldthwaite returns to the Timbers after seven seasons in MLS with the New York Red Bulls (2007-10), Toronto FC (2007), Houston Dynamo (2006-07) and San Jose Earthquakes (2005-06), who selected him with the 17th overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.

He is currently recovering from an injury and will not be available to play for the Timbers for two weeks.

During his 2005 season at San Jose, he was loaned to the Timbers, then in the USL First Division for 10 games, leading Portland to a playoff berth.

In 87 regular season games in MLS over his seven seasons, he had three goals and five assists, having his best season in 2008 with the Red Bulls, where he had two goals in 28 games, led the team to the 2008 Western Conference championship before losing to the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup, and was the team's Defender of the Year.

Goldthwaite also led the Dynamo to the 2006 MLS Cup, the first of their back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

He played collegiately at Notre Dame, where he earned All-Big East First Team honors and was once a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best male and female college soccer players.

USL-2 Announces Finalists For Postseason Awards

USL Second Division announced Wednesday the finalists for the league's 2010 postseason awards, to be handed out Friday at the annual Championship Banquet in Charleston, SC.

The 2010 league regular season champion Charleston Battery will face the defending league champion Richmond Kickers for the title this Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium.

All six of USL-2's franchises have players or coaches nominated as finalists, with the Battery and Kickers each having three named.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Charlotte Eagles have two members named as finalists, and the Harrisburg City Islanders and Real Maryland Monarchs have one finalist each named.

Here are the finalists for the awards:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Matthew Delicate, Richmond Kickers
Shintaro Harada, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Lamar Neagle, Charleston Battery

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Deighton, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Miguel Ferrer, Charlotte Eagles
Debola Ogunseye, Charlotte Eagles

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Dustin Bixler, Harrisburg City Islanders
Gareth Evans, Real Maryland Monarchs
Shintaro Harada, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Yomby William, Richmond Kickers

COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Anhaeuser, Charleston Battery
Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers

At the banquet, the winner of the Goalkeeper of the Year Award will be announced.

USL Moving Headquarters To New Tampa Location

United Soccer Leagues announced Wednesday they will be moving their Tampa, FL headquarters from its current location on North Dale Mabry Highway to the nine-story Westshore Center in the downtown area November 1.

They have been in their current location since February 1997.

The new headquarters location is located minutes from Tampa International Airport and downtown Tampa and will double its current professional space, as well as offer a more professional environment to hold meetings with team owners and management, and offer the latest in telecommunications and business technology.

MISL's Omaha Franchise To Be Called Vipers

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Wednesday the name of their 2010-11 expansion franchise will be called the Vipers and will join the Missouri Comets as new teams in the league this season, growing it to seven teams.

The Vipers will play home games at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, current home of the Omaha Beef of the Indoor Football League and the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.

USWNT To Play China In Two-Game Series In October

The world's number-one ranked women's soccer team, the US, announced Monday they will play China in a two-game series in October to prepare for the beginning of qualifying matches for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The US and China have played 42 times since 1986.

It will be the first time the two countries have met in the US since losing each game of a previous series 1-0 in 1998 in Carson, CA (The Home Depot Center) and Detroit, MI (Pontiac Silverdome).

The 2010 matches will be October 2 at Kennesaw State University Stadium in Kennesaw, GA, home to the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer and October 6 at PPL Park in Chester, PA, home to Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

The US Women's National Team are 8-0-1 in 2010 and are 42-0-4 in home games.

Head coach Pia Sundhage will hold a training camp for the series starting September 20.

Atlanta's Aluko Named WPS Player Of The Week

Forward Eniola Aluko of the expansion Atlanta Beat was named Tuesday the Player of the Week for the 18th week of the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season after scoring the first and last goals in a 3-2 win over the Boston Breakers Saturday in New Britain, CT.

She now has eight goals this season and 14 in her two-season career. Aluko previously played for the defunct St. Louis Athletica and scored four goals.

It is the third time Aluko was named the POW (Week 12 of 2009 season, Week 1 of 2010 season; both with the Athletica) and she joins goalkeeper Hope Solo (Week 16 of 2010) as the only weekly winners from the Beat roster.

Utica Observer Dispatch: Utica, NY Could Join USL I-League

Utica, NY could become one of the next inaugural members of the revamped United Soccer Leagues indoor soccer league, the I-League, according to a report Monday in The Utica Observer Dispatch.

The city, one of 13 markets targeted by USL officials to possible have teams in the league, which begins play in February 2011, would play home games at the Utica Memorial Auditorium and would possibly be placed in a division featuring Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, NY.

Rochester, whose team has revived the named Lancers, is the only official league franchise at this time.

USL senior vice president Chris Economides would not comment to the paper on who the ownership group for a potential Utica team involves.

Manjarrez's Stoppage Time Goal Gives Santos Win Over Crew In CCL Pool Play

Estrada Martinez scored the game's only goal in the 94th minute as host Santos Laguna of Mexico shut out Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew 1-0 in Round 2 of Group B pool play Tuesday at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Each team plays their next game September 14 -- Santos traveling to Guatemala to face Municipal; the Crew hosting Joe Public of Trinidad & Tobago.

All Hail Caesar As Panama's Arabe Unido Defeat Toronto FC In CCL Pool Play

Rolan de la Caruz assisted Fidel Caesar on the game's only goal in the 40th minute as Panama's Arabe Unido hosted and shut out Major League Soccer's Toronto FC in Round 2 of Group A pool play at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament Tuesday.

Toronto will be without two players for their Round 3 match against the defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake September 15 at BMO Field.

Nick LaBrocca was ejected from the game in the 50th minute after a hard charge on Arabe Unido goalkeeper Jose Calderon and Fuad Ibrahim was similarly disciplined in the 87th minute after a late tackle to defenseman Reinaldo Anderson.

Arabe Unido will host Mexico's Cruz Azul in their next match, also September 15.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Top Two Teams In USSF D-2 Pro League's USL Conference Earn Playoff Berths

The top two teams in the USSF Division 2 Pro League's USL Conference officially clinched the first two of eight playoff berths with victories last week.

The Rochester Rhinos, who lead the league and conference with a 14-5-6 record and 48 points, won twice last week -- a 2-0 shutout of Crystal Palace Baltimore last Wednesday and a 3-1 victory over the worst team in the league and conference, the Miami FC Blues, 3-1 Saturday.

The Aztex, once the best team in the D-2 and the conference, are now in second place at 13-3-5 with 44 points after defeating the Carolina RailHawks Sunday 3-2.

The two winners from the USL and NASL Conferences, plus the next six best records, regardless of conference, will advance to the playoffs.

Monday, August 23, 2010

USL-2 Announces 2010 All-League First And Second Teams

The USL Second Division Monday announced the players named to the 2010 All-League First and Second Team, as selected by team management.

The defending league champion Richmond Kickers have a total of six players named overall -- three of each team -- with the 2010 regular season champion Charleston Battery tied for second with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds with four players named, but the Battery has three First Team members and one Second Team member, while the Riverhounds have two players named to each team.

Here are the 2010 USL-2 All League Teams:

USL-2 ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM
G - Hunter Gilstrap, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
D - Dustin Bixler, Harrisburg City Islanders
D - Gareth Evans, Real Maryland Monarchs
D - Shintaro Harada, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
D - Yomby William, Richmond Kickers
M - Alioune Gueye, Charleston Battery
M - Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles
M - Luke Vercollone, Richmond Kickers
F - Matthew Delicate, Richmond Kickers
F - Tom Heinemann, Charleston Battery
F - Lamar Neagle, Charleston Battery

USL-2 ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
G - Brian Levey, Real Maryland Monarchs
D - Anthony Calvano, Harrisburg City Islanders
D - Greg Dalby, Charlotte Eagles
D - Sascha Goerres, Richmond Kickers
D - David Hertel, Richmond Kickers
M - Michael Burke, Richmond Kickers
M - Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, Charleston Battery
M - Jason Pelletier, Harrisburg City Islanders
M - Darren Toby, Charlotte Eagles
F - Jeremy Deighton, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F - Chad Severs, Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Whitecaps, Timbers Determine Selection Positions Through Expansion Process

Members of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers -- two current teams in the USSF Division 2 Pro League who will join Major League Soccer as 2011 season expansion teams -- met with MLS officials Monday to decide their placement in various player acquisition methods to take place in the building process.

The Whitecaps will have the first pick in the 2011 SuperDraft this coming January and the Timbers will have the first pick in the Expansion Draft.

In the other acquisition methods:

- Vancouver will have the first pick and Portland the second in the Allocation Rankings and the USL Player Priority Rankings

- Portland will pick first and Vancouver second in the Designated Player Rankings

- Portland will pick 17th and Vancouver 18th in the Discovery Player and Player Lottery

- Vancouver will have the 17th pick and Portland the 18th in the Waiver/Re-Entry Draft

Houston's Ching Named MLS POW After Hat Trick In Win Over Fire

Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching, who scored his first hat trick since the team's debut game in Major League Soccer in April 2006, was named the league's Player of the Week Monday after leading them to a 4-3 road victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday at Toyota Park to snap a 10-game losing streak with three goals.

It's Ching's fifth weekly honor of his career, his first since 2008, and the team's first for any player this season.

FC Gold Pride Are WPS Regular Season Champs; Marta Leads Pride Over Red Stars

Marta scored the opening goal of the game in the eighth minute off an Ali Riley and hit the game-winning penalty kick in the 79th minute as FC Gold Pride clinched the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer regulat season championship with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Red Stars Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

The Pride will now serve as host team for the league's Championship Game September 26 at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, CA.

Rachel Buchler also had a goal for the Pride in the 33rd minute off a Tiffeny Milbrett assist.

Chicago got both their goals from Ella Masur off passes from Cristiane in the 18th minute and Marian Dalmy in the 61st minute.

The Pride are now 13-3-4 with 43 points and will travel to the expansion and last place Atlanta Beat Saturday.

The Red Stars are in fifth place in the standings at 5-11-6 with 21 points and will host the expansion Philadelphia Independence September 1.

Averbach Goals Ends Nasty Night For Sky Blue Over Independence

Yael Averbuch's goal off a Heather O'Reilly assist in the 68th minute gave the defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC a 1-0 victory at Yurcak Field on the Rutgers University campus in Piscataway, NJ over the expansion Philadelphia Independence.

The game started with rain but was delayed for nearly two hours after 17 minutes due to lightning in the area, but the victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Sky Blue.

Sky Blue (7-9-4, 25) is tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the league with the Washington Freedom (6-8-7), who they face at the Maryland SoccerPlex Saturday.

Philadelphia is in second place at 10-7-4 with 34 points and almost assured of a playoff berth in their debut season. The Independence host the Boston Breakers next Sunday.

Aztex Edge RailHawks At House Park

The Austin Aztex defeated the Carolina RailHawks 3-2 Sunday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at House Park in Austin, TX.

After Daniel Paladini opened the scoring for Carolina in the 18th minute off a Josh Gardner assist, Austin evened the score when Lance Watson teamed with Eddie Johnson on a 36th minute goal.

The Aztex led 2-1 in the 66th when Yordany Alvarez connected with Yohance Marshall, then extended the lead to 3-1 off an unassisted Randi Patterson play.

Carolina's Allen Russell hit an unassisted goal in the 83rd minute for their other point.

The Aztex, once the best team in the league and the USL Conference, are now second in the conference at 13-3-5 with 44 points. Austin hits the road for their next two games -- against the Portland Timbers Thursday and the NASL Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps next Sunday.

The RailHawks are second in the NASL Conference at 8-7-7 with 31 points. Carolina travels to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Wednesday, then hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders Saturdat.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

DC United Snaps Eight-Game Losing Streak; Allsopp Brace Tops Union

Danny Allsopp scored an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute, then was helped by Andy Najar on a 63rd minute goal as DC United snapped an eight-game Major League Soccer losing streak Sunday by shutting out the Philadelphia Union 2-0 at RFK Stadium.

It was the team's first victory since beating the Seattle Sounders 3-2 on the road June 19 and was the first win for United interim head coach and former player Ben Olsen, who took over after the July 31 firirng of former coach Curt Onalfo. Olsen had lost the first two games he coached for United.

United remains the worst team in the league and the Eastern Conference, however, at 4-14-3 with 15 points. DC will travel to Chivas USA next Sunday.

Philadelphia, shut out for the fourth time this season, isn't fairing much better in their inaugural season at 4-11-5 with 17 points for seventh in the conference standings. The Union are on a six-game losing streak and hope to break that this Saturday at the New England Revolution.

Diop, Kamara Lead Wizards Of Hillcrest Road Over Revolution

Birahim Diop scored two goals with help from Kei Kamara, who had an unassisted 65th minute goal, and Diop worked with Jack Jewsbury on a 69th minute goal as the host Kansas City Wizards defeated the New England Revolution 4-1 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Kenny Mansally scored for New England before halftime.

The Wizards, who have lost one game out of their last six, are 6-9-6 with 23 points and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Kansas City travels to the league-leading and Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy this Saturday.

New England, who has lost two straight games after winning their previous four straight, are 6-11-3 with 21 points and in sixth place in the standings. They will host the expansion Philadelphia Union the Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

Ching Hat Trick Leads Dynamo Over Fire To Snap 10-Game Winless Streak

Brian Ching had a hat trick, Lovell Palmer added a goal and Richard Mulrooney assisted on all four scores as the Houston Dynamo won a Major League Soccer match for the first time since May 22 over DC United in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday at Robertson Stadium in Houston, TX.

Calen Carr and Wilman Conde both were assisted by Freddie Ljungberg on their Fire goals and Houston's Bobby Boswell scored an own goal for Chicago.

The Dynamo are 6-10-6 with 23 points, are in seventh place in the Western Conference, and will take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO this Saturday.

The Fire, at a level 6-6-6 with 24 points, are fourth in the Eastern Conference and will meet the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field this Saturday.

Shea Scoring Shot Extends FC Dallas' Unbeaten Streak To 11 Games

Brek Shea had the game's only goal unassisted in the 71st minute as FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games as they shut out Chivas USA 1-0 in Major League Soccer action from Frisco, TX's Pizza Hut Park Saturday.

Dallas is now 9-2-9 with 36 points, four points behind defending league champion Real Salt Lake (11-4-6, 39) for sole possession of second place in the Western Conference standings. They will next face the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew on the road next Saturday.

Chivas is at 5-11-4 with 19, is in last place in the Western Conference, and are the second worst team in MLS behind the Eastern Conference's DC United at 3-14-3 with 12 points, who they host next Sunday.

Schelotto Scores And Assists As Crew Rides Rapids To Victory

Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored an eighth minute penalty kick and assisted Steven Lenhart on an 80th minute goal as the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 in Major League Soccer play at Crew Stadium Saturday.

Jason Garey also tallied a goal for the Crew, who won for the ninth time in 11 home games and is 12-5-4 overall with 40 points.

Columbus hosts red-hot FC Dallas, who extended their current unbeaten streak to 11 games earlier Saturday over Chivas USA at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX, next Saturday.

Colorado, who is 1-3-7 in their last 11 games, got their lone goal from Pablo Mastroeni and are now 7-6-7 with 28 points, good for sixth place in the Western Conference. The Rapids host the Houston Dynamo, who snapped a 10-game losing streak Saturday by beating the Chicago Fire, next Saturday.

Wondolowski Goal Weakens Hold On Best Record For Galaxy

Chris Wondolowski's unassisted fourth-minute goal was enough for the host San Jose Earthquakes to upset the best team in Major League Soccer and its Western Conference, the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0 Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The Earthquakes clamied their second win in a row, while the Galaxy have won only once in their last four games.

The Galaxy still hold the best record in the league and the conference at 13-4-4 with 43 points, but now are five points ahead of the defending league champion Real Salt Lake for sole possession of both crowns. Los Angeles hosts the Kansas City Wizards next Saturday.

San Jose is now 8-6-6 with 29 points and tied with the Seattle Sounders (8-8-6) for fourth place in the Western standings. The Earthquakes roll into Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ next Saturday to take on the New York Red Bulls.

Aluko Duo Leads Beat To First Win For New Head Coach Galanis

Eniola Aluko had an unassisted goal in the 66th minute and was assisted by Angie Kerr in the 73rd minute as the last place Atlanta Beat upset the host Boston Breakers 3-2 in Women's Professional Soccer play Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, CT.

Lori Chalupny posted the Beat's opening goal unassisted in the 11th minute.

The win was the first for new head coach James Galanis, who replaced Gareth O'Sullivan, who was fired Tuesday by Beat general manager Shawn McGee.

Boston got late unassisted goals by Lindsay Tarpley and Kristine Lilly.

The Beat remain on the bottom of the standings table at 5-10-5 with 20 points and will host the league-leading FC Gold Pride next Saturday at KSU Soccer Stadium.

Boston retains the third spot in the standings, good enough for a playoff berth, at 8-7-5 with 29 points.

The Breakers and Beat will meet again, this time at KSU Soccer Stadium, next Sunday.

Kickers To Defend USL-2 Title At Battery Next Saturday

The defending USL Second Division champion Richmond Kickers saw Matthew Delicate score a goal and assist on Robert Fogelsong's point as they shut out the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-0 in the semifinal of the USL-2 Championship Tournament Saturday at Richmond City Stadium.

The Kickers, who beat the Charlotte Eagles in the 2009 league championship game, are in the championship game for the sixth time in the last nine seasons.

Pore PK leads Timbers Over Stars At National Sports Center

Ryan Pore scored his league-leading 13th goal of the season on a 68th minute penalty kick as the Portland Timbers shut out the host NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 Saturday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

The Timbers are in third place in the USL Conference at 9-7-7 with 34 points and will host the Austin Aztex Thursday night.

Minnesota is in fifth place in the conference at 7-11-7 with 28 points and will travel to the Aztex September 4.

Rhinos Extend Winning Streak To Five Games, Blues' Losing Streak To 12

Andrew Hoxie had a pair of goals and Troy Roberts added a third as the USSF Division 2 Pro League and USL Conference-leading Rochester Rhinos extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Miami FC Blues at Marina Auto Stadium before a season-high crowd of 9,157.

The Rhinos celebrated the history of the Rochester Lancers franchise, who will return to professional soccer next season in the USL Indoor Professional Soccer League, or I-League, by wearing Lancers jerseys.

Rochester is at 14-5-6 with 48 points and travels to Saputo Stadium in Montreal to face the Montreal Impact this Friday.

Miami, the worst team in the league and the NASL Conference at 3-10-11 with 20 points, got their lone goal from Danilo Martins in the 50th minute, but suffered their 12th straight loss. They are now off until September 5 when they face AC St. Louis at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO.

Impact Snaps Winless Streak With Five-Goal Shutout Of Baltimore

Ali Gerba had the first hat trick in the history of the Montreal Impact franchise and they defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore for the first time this season on the road 5-0 in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Saturday at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium.

It was also the first time Montreal has scored five goals in any road game.

Eduardo Sebrango and Antonio Ribeiro each added a goal and an assist for the Impact, now 7-10-7 with 28 points and in third place in the NASL Conference.

Montreal will host the D-2 and USL Conference-leading Rochester Rhinos this Friday at Saputo Stadium.

Baltimore is 6-12-6 with 24 points, is in fourth place in the NASL Conference, and will travel to the Portland Timbers next Sunday.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Red Bulls End Home Winning Streak Of Toronto FC

The New York Red Bulls ended Toronto FC's 10-game unbeaten streak this Major League Soccer season Saturday with a 4-1 victory at BMO Field.

New York charged to a 2-0 lead off newcomer Rafa Marquez's first MLS goal in the 39th minute and an own goal by Toronto's Joseph Nane two minutes later.

Dwayne De Rosario scored Toronto's lone goal in the 49th minute before Juan Pablo Angel fired off an unassisted shot in the 61st minute and Carl Robinson ended the game with a 77th minute goal.

The win puts the Red Bulls at 10-7-4 with 34 points and in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, four points behind the Columbus Crew (11-5-4, 37) for sole possession of the conference lead. New York will host the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Toronto, now 6-1-4 at home, are 7-8-5 overall with 26 points and in third place in the Eastern table. They will look to start a new home game winning streak next Saturday against the defending league champion Real Salt Lake.

AC St. Louis, Puerto Rico Play To Storm-Shortened Draw

Host AC St. Louis and the Puerto Rico Islanders played to a 1-1 draw Friday night in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO after the head referee called the game in the 82nd minute due to lightning in the area.

The decision was made to end the game after delaying the game for 70 minutes.

Nicholas Addlery opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 18th minute for the Islanders, but Mike Ambersley's penalty kick in the 42nd minute for St. Louis created the tie.

AC St. Louis is now 5-11-7 with 27 points and are in fifth place in the NASL Conference. They will travel to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa next Sunday to face the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Puerto Rico will host CD FAS of El Salvador in Round 2 of Group D play in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament this Wednesday, then travels to Cary, NC to face the Carolina RailHawks in league play next Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Freedom Getting Close To Locking Up WPS Playoff Spot

Abby Wambach scored her team-leading tenth goal of the season in the 49th minute, then watched as teammate Cat Whitehill scored her first of the season as the Washington Freedom played to a 2-0 shutout over the Chicago Red Stars in Women's Professional Soccer action Wednesday at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

The Freedom, winners of their last games, hold down fourth place in the league standings at 6-8-7 with 25 points and will host the defending champion Sky Blue FC next Saturday

Chicago is now 5-10-9 with 14 points and in sixth place. They will host the current league regular season champion Sky Blue FC next Sunday.

W-League's Force And Rush, MLS' Rapids Team For Women's Soccer Celebration

The Colorado Force of the USL W-League and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer announced Thursday they will participate in the fourth annual Women's Soccer Celebration September 18 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The event, started in 2007, was meant to raise awareness of women's sports and positive role models, to promote healthy lifestyles and to unite Colorado soccer fans.

In the first game of a planned doubleheader, the Force will face 2010 W-League expansion team the Colorado Rush at 4 p.m. Mountain time with the host Rapids meeting the New England Revolution.

Between games of the doubleheader, the Force and Rapids will host an interactive soccer clicnic and "Air Bud", the star golden retriever of the Walt Disney film series of the same name, will sign autographs.

Tickets for the event are $16 for the doubleheader and an additional $25 to take part in the soccer clinic and the autograph session and will be available at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park box office and their location kiosks within their stores, at Ticket Horse outlets (1-866-461-6556), and by visiting http://www.coloradorapids.com/ or http://www.forcesoccer.org/.

USL W-League Announces Dates For Third Annual Player Combine

The United Soccer Leagues W-League will hold their third annual W-League Combine at IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL December 16-19, the league announced Thursday.

96 of the top women's soccer stars will be invited to the event, which allows coaches from Women's Professional Soccer to scout potential talent.

25% of the women who signed over the combined first two conferences made WPS rosters and over 60% of players currently in WPS have had W-League experience.

Chivas USA To Face Parent Club In ChivaClasico September 14 At San Diego's Petco Park

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA will face their parent club, Chivas de Guadalajara of the Mexican Primera Division, at the second annual ChivaClasico game, to be held September 14 at PETCO Park, home to Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres.

Guadalajara defeated Chivas USA 2-0 in the inaugural game last season in Guadalajara.

Chivas de Guadalajara will play after competing September 1 in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Independence of MLS at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

Injured Beckham Remains Highest-Paid MLS Player

Despite not playing one second in a game this season due to injury, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham still makes the most money in Major League Soccer at a 2010 salary of $6.5 million, according to the league's players union Thursday.

Beckham tore an Achilles tendon in the MLS offseason while being loaned to AC Milan in Italy's Serie A, but could return to league play in October.

The newest Designated Players for the New York Red Bulls -- Thierry Henry of France and Rafael Marquez of Mexico -- are the next two largest salaries this seasn at $5.6 million and $5.54 million, respectively.

Another newcomer, the Chicago Fire's Nery Castillo, is fourth on the top salary list at $1.79 million.

Whitecaps Hold Onto NASL Lead, Game Play Streaks In Draw With Rowdies

The Vancouver Whitecaps extended their unbeaten streak in road games to ten games (4-0-6) and their undefeated streak to six games as they played the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-1 draw in USSF Division 2 Pro League play Thursday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Blake Wagner scored for the Whitecaps unassisted in the seventh minute, then Jonathan Steele connected with Aaron King in the 78th minute to tie the game and led both to the inevitable draw.

Vancouver leads the NASL Conference of the D-2 League with a 9-3-12 record and 39 points. They will host the Austin Aztex August 29 at Swangard Stadium.

FC Tampa Bay is 6-8-9 with 27 points and are in last place in the USL Conference. The Rowdies are set to host the Carolina RailHawks August 25.

Sounders First MLS Team To Lose In CCL Group Play

The Seattle Sounders became the first of the three Major League Soccer teams in the field for the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League to lose a group stage match Thursday as Marathon of Honduras edged them 2-1 in their Group C opener at San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Seattle opened the game with a 17th minute goal by Roger Levesque that was assisted by Balise Nkufo and Fredy Montero, but Marathon tied the game ten minutes later as Randy Diamond connected with Orvin Paz on a goal.

Marathon's game-winning goal came off a pre-halftime penalty kick from Nicolas Cordozo in the 45th minute.

Marathon moves on in the six-game, double round-robin format to face Saprissa in Costa Rica next Thursday.

Seattle will open second round play next Wednesday when they host Monterrey of Mexico.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Timbers Signs Ghana M Alhassan For Rest Of 2010 Season

Ghana midfielder Kalif Alhassan, who has grown through the ranks of his country's youth system and has professionally there, was signed to a contract for the remainder of the 2010 USSF Division 2 Pro League season by the Portland Timbers.

Alhassan, who plays for his country's U-20 National Team and played at the U-17 level as well, just ended three seasons with Liberty Professionals of the GLO Premier League (2007-10) and led them to the semifinals of the 2009 West Africa Football Union Club Championship.

Salgado Snafu Causes Loan Deal To Whitecaps To Fall Through

A plan to loan out US U-20 National Team forward Omar Salgado to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Pro League while he waits being selected in Major League Soccer's 2011 SuperDraft has fallen through, due to technicalities with his International Transfer Certificate.

Salgado, 16, spent 18 months playing on the reserve team for Chivas de Guadalajara in Mexico, but signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS in January, which would allow him to earn playing time in advance of being drafted.

He was set to join the Whitecaps, who join MLS as a 2011 expansion franchise, until it was discovered he was registered as a player in Mexico.

FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, says players under the age of 18 can transfer their registration to a different country only if the family moves to the country for non-sporting reasons.

As he is already a US citizen, he can not change his registration to play for a team in Canada, at the moment.

If a Canadian MLS team (Vancouver or Toronto FC) selects him in the 2011 draft, he would not be eligible to play for them until he turns 18 or is granted an exception by FIFA to play in MLS, as the league falls under both US and Canadian soccer federation jurisdictions.

Until the matter is resolved, he has become the property of another USSF D-2 team who will also join MLS next season -- the Portland Timbers.

Wizards Forward Bunbury Fined, Suspended For Incident With Earthquakes Defender Ward

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee Thursday announced Kansas City Wizards forward Teal Bunbury has been fined $250 and suspended for this Saturday's home game against the New England Revolution after an incident with San Jose Earthquakes defender Tim Ward in the 47th minute of a 1-0 loss Saturday.

Bunbury knocked Ward in the head with an elbow and caused him to hit the ground while in a crowded penalty area, but the referee failed to call any foul on Bunbury.

The Disciplinary Committee reviews all tapes of MLS broadcasts and has the authority to issue punishments to players for incidents not caught by game officials.

Rhinos Extend Winning Streak And Lead In USSF Division 2 Pro League

The Rochester Rhinos won their fifth straight USSF Division 2 Pro League game and sixth in their last seven games with a 2-0 victory over host Crystal Palace Baltimore in Loyola, MD Wednesday.

After no score for 77 minutes, Rochester broke the deadlock when Baltimore' Andrew Hoxie scored into his own net in the 78th minute to set the Rhinos for the finisher -- a 90th-minute goal by Adam West.

The Rhinos, who now lead the D-2 with a 13-5-6 record, bext in the USL Conference with 45 points, will host the Miami FC Blues Saturday.

Baltimore is 6-11-6 with 24 points and in fourth place in the NASL Conference. They will host the Montreal Impact Saturday.

Richardson Leads RailHawks To First-Ever Come-From-Behind Victory

Gregory Richardson scored off a Greg Shields assist in the 71st minute, then assisted Etienne Barbara on another goal three minutes later as the Carolina RailHawks did something the franchise has never done before -- win a regulation game in come-from-behind fashion -- in a 2-1 victory over the Miami FC Blues in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

After a scoreless first half, Paulo Araujo, Jr. had Miami's only goal in the 49th minute.

The RailHawks are in second place in the NASL Conference with an 8-6-7 record and 31 points and will travel to the Austin Aztex Sunday.

Miami has the worst record in the conference and league at 3-9-11 with 20 points and faces the new league-leading Rochester Rhinos at Marina Auto Stadium Saturday.

Carr Hits Game-Winner As Fire Beats Revolution At Toyota Park

Calen Carr's game-wnning and up-close goal in the 85th minute of play gave the Chicago Fire a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer play Wednesday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

New England scored their only goal in the 16th minute from Marko Perovic, but Baggio Husidic evened the contest at 1-1 in the 33nd minute for Chicago before Carr posted the final goal.

The Fire are 6-5-6 with 24 points and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They will next travel to the Houston Dynamo Saturday.

New England is in fifth place with 21 points and a 6-10-3 record. The Revolution travel to the Kansas City Wizards Saturday.

Saborio Duo Gives Defending MLS Champs Win Over Arabe Unido In CCL Play

Alvaro Saborio scored a game-tying goal in the 45th minute and the game-winning goal four minutes into second half stoppage time as the defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt lake edged Panama's Arabe Unido 2-1 in Group A pool play at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament Wednesday from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

Armando Cooper put Arabe on top in the 13th minute off an unassisted play.

RSL heads to Mexico next Wednesday to face Cruz Azul in game two of the six-game, round-robin portion of the competition.

Arabe Unido will host Toronto FC of MLS next Tuesday.

Ekpo Goal Gives Crew Win Over Municipal In CCL Group B Play

Emmanuel Ekpo scored the game's lone goal unassisted in the 14th minute as Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew shut out Municipal of Guatemala 1-0 in the opening game of Group B play at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament Wednesday at Crew Stadium.

The Crew heads this Tuesday to Mexico to face Santos Laguna of the Primera Division in game two of the six-game, round-robin phase of the competition.

Municipal will host Joe Public FC of Trinidad & Tobago in their Round 2 matchup next Thursday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pali D Christie Shaner Joins Red Stars Under Developmental Deal

Women's Professional Soccer's Chicago Red Stars announced they have signed defender Christie Shaner, who last played for the Pali Blues of the USL W-League, to a developmental deal Wednesday.

Originally picked 25th overall in the 2009 WPS Draft by the defending league champion Sky Blue FC, she played in two games before being traded to the now-defunct Los Angeles Sol June 30, 2009 to fill the roster spot of Martina Franko, who left the team on maternity leave to have a baby.

In her first game with Sky, she suffered a mid-shaft tibia/fibula fracture after a confrontation with Washington Freedom star Abby Wambach in an eventual 1-0 victory over them and was out for the rest of the season.

Legendary Mexican Defender Claudio Suarez Accepts Invitation From RailHawks

The Carolina RailHawks of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Wednesday legendary Mexican defender Claudio Suarez accepted an invitation to train with the team, starting September 1, and to play in one league contest.

Suarez most recently spent three seasons (2006-09) with Chivas USA in Major League Soccer.

He began his career in 1998 with Pumas UNAM, leading them to a Primera Division title in 1991, his final season there.

In 1996, he went to Chivas de Guadalajara and led them to a Primera Division crown the next season before being transferred to the UANL Tigres, where he stayed from 2000-06.

Suarez, who scored 53 goals in 555 games between MLS and Mexico's Primera Division, is the most capped member of his country's national team, as well as the world's top-capped men's player.

He played for Mexico on their 1994, 1998 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams.

MLS Hits Earthquakes Defender Hernandez With A Penalty Aftershock

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced Wednesday they have doubled the suspension and fine placed on San Jose Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez after a blatant attack against Kansas City Wizards forward Teal Bunbury in San Jose's 1-0 victory Saturday.

Hernandez struck Bunbury in the 88th minute during an off-the-ball incident and was issued a red card by the referee, which carries an automatic $250 fine and a one-game suspension.

But, after committee members reviewed the tape of the game and ruled Hernandez endangered the safety of Bunbury, the committee issued an additional $250 fine and another one-game suspension.

Hernandez will now miss his team's next two games -- Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Los Angeles Galaxy and August 28 on the road against the New York Red Bulls.

Omaha Joining MISL As 2010-11 Expansion Team

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Wednesday they have approved an expansion team for Omaha, Nebraska for the 2010-11 season, joining the Missouri Comets as new franchises and boosting the league to seven teams.

The yet-to-be-named team will play home games at the Omaha Civic Auditorium Arena, the current home of the Omaha Beef in the Indoor Football League and the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.

Frank Onate, owner of the La Mesa Mexican restaurant chain, which operates 10 locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, will be the team's principal owner.

Sean Coughlin will be the team's general manager. He moved to Omaha from Kansas City, MO in 2002 and has worked in sales the last 12 years.

Jose Ramon Munoz, who has launched four Hispanic radio stations in the city, will be a minority owner. He has worked for Telemundo, Journal Radio and NRG Media.

Whitecaps Continue To Add To Roster; Sign Arnoux And Forko

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Pro League and soon-to-be Major League Soccer expansion franchise announced the signings Wednesday of forward Cody Arnoux and defender Willis Forko.

Arnoux last scored two goals in seven games with the reserve team of Everton in the English Premier League.

At Wake Forest University, he had 33 goals in 64 career games, including 17 of them in his junior year, when he was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team and was a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, given annually to the best male and female college soccer players.

He also played three seasons for the Carolina Dynamo in the USL Premier Development League and scored 13 goals over 16 games.

Forko was re-signed to the Whitecaps after playing one month in 2008 before being transferred to FK Boda/Glimt of the Tippeligaen, the top soccer league in Norway, where he assisted on three goals in 60 career games.

Before joining the Whitecaps, he played two seasons in MLS for the current league champion, Real Salt Lake.

The 14th overall pick in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, Forko played his freshman season of college soccer at South Carolina before transferring to Connecticut for the remaining three seasons.

In 85 appearances between both schools, he had three goals and 15 assists.

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, his family moved to Houston when he was seven years old, but also holds a spot in his country's national team player pool.

USMNT To Face Poland In Chicago October 9; Possible Colombia Game, Too

The US Men's National Team announced Wednesday they will host Poland in an exhibition game October 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

It will be the USMNT's first game since losing 2-0 to Brazil last Tuesday at New Meadowlands Stadium, which was the team's first game since losing in the Round of 16 to Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The game will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel and Univision.

The US is 7-7-2 all-time against Poland, but Poland has a 4-2-1 record in games played on American soil, with the draw coming July 11, 2008 at Soldier Field -- a 1-1 affair.

There is also talk of the USMNT facing Colombia in another exhibition during that week, possibly in the New York City area.

Battery's Neagle Named Last USL-2 POW For 2010 Season

Charleston Battery forward Lamar Neagle, who scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory over the Charlotte Eagles Saturday to win the USL Second Division regulat season championship, was named the final USL-2 Player of the Week for the 2010 regular season.

Here are the other players named to the USL-2 Team Of The Week:

USL-2 TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Brian Visser, Real Maryland Monarchs
Made four big saves, including a PK, to help RMM earn a draw

DEFENDERS
Colin Falvey, Charleston Battery
Led defense to shutout win over Charlotte Eagles

Shintara Harada, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Led defenders in 1-1 draw versus Harrisburg City Islanders

Gareth Evans, Real Maryland Monarchs
Solid play in backfield helped limit scoring opportunities for Richmond Kickers in loss

MIDFIELDERS
Domnic Oppong, Harrisburg City Islanders
Assisted on goal in 1-1 draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Mpho Moloi, Harrsburg City Islanders
Controlled defense to tie contest with Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Adam Gazda, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Scored goal in 1-1 draw over Harrisburg City Islanders

FORWARDS
Tom Heinemann, Charleston Battery
Scored goal in 3-0 shutout of Charlotte Eagles

Jeremy Barlow, Richmond Kickers
Led forwards to 1-1 draw with Real Maryland Monarchs

Whitecaps Sign Two Swiss Super League Men

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signings Tuesday of Swiss Super League star midfielder Davide Chiumiento and defender Alain Rochat.

Chiumiento had 11 goals and five assists last season for FC Luzen in 28 games. He has spent the last three season with the SSL franchise and tallied 17 goals and 17 assists in 97 career matches.

Before joining FC Luzen, he debuted in the 2003-04 season wth Juventus of Italy's Serie A. He then spent the next three seasons on loan to AC Siena (formerly of Serie A; since demoted), LeMans FC (Ligue 1), and Berner Sports Club Young Boys (SSL).

Chuimiento, who has dual citizenship in Switzerland and Italy, also played 11 times for the Swiss U-21 National Team.

Rochat was acquired by the Whitecaps from FC Zurich, who immediately loaned his sevices back to Zurich until the January 2011 international transfer window opens, joined Zurich on loan from Stade Rennais FC in France's Ligue 1 in the 2005-06 season, when he played in 11 games. He then scored nine goals and ten assists in 140 appearances for Zurich, leading them to the 2006-07 and 2008-09 Swiss Super League titles and to the Group Stage of the 2010 UEFA Champions League.

He began his career in 1999 with former SSL franchise Yverdon Sport FC, then moved to the Young Boys for the 2001-02 through 2004-05 seasons.

Boom Goes The Right Ankle On Cannon; Out 6-8 Weeks

After making his first start in six games after riding the bench, goalkeeper Joe Cannon of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes will likely miss the remainer of the season after breaking his right ankle in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards, the team said Tuesday, but surgery will take place Wednesday.

The Earthquakes will re-elevate Jon Busch, a former Chicago Fire player, to starting goalkeeper when they meet the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center.

Team officials say they will soon decide if they can put Cannon on the injured reserve list, which would force him to missed six weeks, and sign a free agent backup goalkeeper later, or if they will request a goalkeeper out of the league's player pool just for the weekend.

Islanders, Olimpia Open Group D Play With A D-raw

Mauricio Copete's goal in the 68th minute forced Olimpia of Honduras to play to a 1-1 draw to the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first round of Group D play Tuesday at the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Nicholas Addlery put the Islanders on top in the 40th minute before Copete's game-tying goal.

Mista Leads Toronto FC In CCL Group Play Opener Versus Cruz Azul

Miguel Angel Ferrer Martinez, also known as Mista, assisted Martin Saric on a second minute goal and scored off a Ralvis Hscanovics assist in the 44th minute as Major League Soccer's Toronto FC made their debut in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament as they beat Cruz Azul of Mexico 2-1 at BMO Field in Toronto in Group A play.

Cruz Azul avoided the shutout when Christian Gimenez scored in the 89th minute.

The win increased Toronto's record in all competitions held at BMO Field to 10-0-4.

Toronto travels for their next group game -- the first of three on the road -- next Tuesday against Arabe Unido of Panama.

Cruz Azul heads home for their next game next Wednesday against the defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Philadelphia's Rodriguez Named WPS POW For Third Time This Season

For the third time this season, Philadelphia Independence forward Amy Rodriguez was named Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week Tuesday, this time for Week 18 of the 2010 season.

Rodriguez scored a goal in the team's 2-1 win last Wednesday at the Chicago Red Stars and assisted on two goals in a 3-2 come-from-behind home win Sunday against the Boston Breakers.

She has 12 goals this season, putting her second in the Golden Boot race behind Marta of FC Gold Pride, who has 13.

Rodriguez is the only three-time award winner, having previously won in Weeks 8 and 11 in 2010, and it's the sixth time an Independence player has been given the award, following Lori Lindsey (Week 3), Danesha Adams (Week 10) and Caroline Seger (Week 15).

Marta has won the most career POW awards in the league with five, followed by Abby Wambach of the Washington Freedom with four.

Impact Signs French Forward Le Gall To 2010 Contract With Option Year

The Montreal Impact of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced the signing Tusday of French forward Anthony Le Gall for the remainder of the 2010 season with an option for the 2011 season.

Le Gall, who become the seventh foreign player on the roster and the third Frenchman on it, last played for Stade Brestois, who has been promoted this season to France's Ligue 1. He played 30 games for the team since signing in 2007.

He was transferred this season to Plabeenes of the third division Championnat National, but saw no playing time.

Le Gall had tried out for the Impact in July 2010.

AC St. Louis Signs Former Revolution Midfielder Videira To Contract

AC St. Louis of the USSF Division 2 Pro League announced Tuesday the signing of midfielder Michael Videira, who last played for Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, to a contract for the rest of the 2010 season.

A 2008 graduate of Duke and a three-time finalist for the Hermann Award as one of college soccer's best players, Videira played 16 games for New England over two seasons, including four in 2010.

Before joining MLS, he played for Hamilton Academical of the Scottish Premier League.

Fire Sign Pineda As First-Ever Homegrown Player

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Tuesday 17-year-old midfielder Victor Pineda has been signed as the franchise's first Homegrown Player under a league initiative started in 2007 to improve the quality of play among teams.

Each team is allowed two such players, who do not count against their 24-man senior rosters.

Pineda will be eligible to compete for Chicago Wednesday when they host the New England Revolution at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

He spent five seasons within the team's youth system -- two with the Chicago Fire Juniors, three with the Chicago Fire Academy.

At the academy, he scored eight goals and two assists in 28 games over the three seasons.

Pineda led the academy to the 2010 US Soccer Development Acedemy's U-16 National Championship, the first MLS-based academy club to do so.

Pineda was a member of the US Soccer Federation's U-17 residency program in Bradenton, FL in 2008 and 2009.

He was recently called up to the US U-18 Men's National Team for a trip to Argentina.

Beat GM Fires O'Sullivan And Nicholson; Galanis Named Interim Head Coach

Atlanta Beat general manager Shawn McGee announced the firings of head coach Gareth O'Sullivan and assistant coach Robbie Nicholson Tuesday and named James Galanis the interim head coach of the Women's Professional Soccer expansion franchise.

The Beat have been in last place in the seven-team league since joining this season and are currently 4-10-5 with 17 points.

Atlanta's next game is set for Saturday at the Boston Breakers.

Fractured Collarbone Ends Season For Breakers Midfielder Osborne

A fractured collarbone caused in a collision with Sky Blue FC forward Patricia Panico in the 87th minute of their Womens Professional Soccer matchup Sunday at Harvard Stadium has ended the 2010 season for Boston Breakers midfielder Leslie Osborne, according to the team Monday.

She will not require surgery for her injury, but will miss three months of playing time.

Panico was served with a yellow card for her aggressive nature at the time of the incident.

USL-2 Announces 2010 Season Statistical Awards

USL Second Division Monday announced the winners of statistical achievements for the just-completed 2010 season.

Charleston Battery forward Lamar Neagle defeated Richmond Kickers forward Matthew Delicate for the Scoring (25 points) and Goal Scoring Championship (12), doing both over 19 games this season.

Kickers midfielder Mike Burke and Battery forward Tom Heinemann will share the 2010 USL2 Assist Leader award with five assists each.

Heinemann was also third in the league this season in goals (seven) and points (10).

Burke won the Assist Leader title in 2007 and 2008. He also was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2007.

Finally, Ronnie Pascale was named the Goals Against Average winner with a 0.882 average over 17 games. He alllowed 15 goals this season and had six shutouts, tying him for the league lead. Pascale is a three-time league Goalkeeper of the Year (2006, 2007 and 2009).

In this year's playoffs, the second place and defending league champion Kickers host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this Saturday at Richmond City Stadium with the winner advancing to the 2010 USL-2 Championship Game at Blackbaud Stadium against the regular season champion Charleston Battery August 28.

USL-2 will announce the members of the 2010 All-League Teams next Monday, August 23, followed by the naming of nominees for individual awards (Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player) Wednesday, August 25, with the winners to be announced August 27, along with the Goalkeeper of the Year award, at the 2010 USL-2 Championship Media Brunch in Charleston, SC.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cox Scored Five Goals To Lead FC Edmonton To Rout Over USL PDL's Spokane Spiders

FC Edmonton, a 2011 expansion franchise in the North American Soccer League, thrashed the Spokane Spiders of the USL Premier Development League 14-0 Sunday at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, according to The Edmonton Journal.

Kyle Yamada added two more and Matt Lam was one of many Edmonton players to score a goal.

"The Rocket" To Lead MISL's Comets Once Again

The revived Kansas City Comets of the thrice-revived Major Indoor Soccer League will announce the hiring Wednesday of former player and head coach Kim "The Rocket" Roentved as head coach of the 2010 season expansion franchise.

Roentved was a two-time Defender of the Year in the MISL in the 1983-84 and 1985-86 season.

He joined the original Comets in the 1987-88 season and stayed through the 1990-91 season before the team folded before the 1991-92 season.

When they folded, Roentved landed with the league's Wichita Wings as a player-assistant coach, then was promoted to head coach in the 1994-95 season and stayed until new ownership bought the team in 1998.

He ended his professional playing career in the 1998-99 season with the Kansas City Attak of the National Professional Soccer League.

Since retiring in 1999, Roentved has run a number of youth soccer clinics throughout Kansas City.

RSL's Morales Named POW For Second Time This Season

Midfielder Javier Morales, who scored both of defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake' goals Saturday in a 2-0 victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT, was named MLS Player of the Week award for Week 20 of the 2010 season.

He joins Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy - Weeks 4 & 6), Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake - Weeks 8 & 14), Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls - Weeks 13 & 18) and Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC - Weeks 5 & 10) as those who have won the weekly award twice in the 2010 season.

DC United Signs Academy Midfielder Shanosky To Main Roster

Major League Soccer's DC United, the worst team in the league and the Eastern Conference this season, Monday signed youth academy midfielder Conor Shanosky to a contract.

He is the third youth academy alumnus to join the team; he joins midfielder Andy Najar and goalkeeper Bill Hamid on the roster.

In 2009, Shanosky earned All-State, All-Region and All-District honors at Potomac Falls High School.

Rapids Signs First Homegrown Player To Roster

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids signed their first homegrown player to their main roster in midfielder Davy Armstrong Monday.

He joined the team's youth system in 2007 and played on the Rapids Academy's U-17 and U-18 teams.

Armstrong was the 2008 Colorado Player of the Year at Rangeview High School, where he finished as their all-time scoring and assist leader.

He also led the Colorado Fusion, part of the Rapids' adidas Alliance, to a state title in 2005.

MLS is now encouraging teams to sign homegrown players, creating two available roster spots for such players in the newest collective bargaining agreement.

Earthquakes Sign Midfielder Geovanni As Team's First Designated Player

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes announced the signing Monday of Brazilian midfielder Geovanni as the franchise's first -- and the league's 14th -- Designated Player.

Geovanni spent the last two seasons playing for Hull City, who have been relegated from the English Premier League to the second-level Coca-Cola Championship for the 2011 season. He scored 13 goal in 65 career games, including the team's first EPL goal in 2008 versus Fulham.

He also played for FC Barcelona (2001-03) and Benfica (2003-06) in Spain's La Liga and the 2007-08 season in the English Premier League at Manchester City.

Geovanni also represented his country at the 2000 Olympics and the 2001 Copa America tournament.

DiMartino Scores Twice, Lohman Launches Game-Winner As Independence Pounds Out Beat

Tina DeMartino had an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute and scored off an Amy Rodriguez assist in the 60th minute, but Rodriguez teamed with Johanna Lohman on the game-winning goal in the 81st minute as the expansion Philadelphia Independence came from two goals down to defeat the last place Atlanta Beat 3-2 Sunday in Women's Professional Soccer play at John A. Farrell Stadium at the University of West Chester.

Atlanta had opened with their fastest goal scored in team history by Johanna Rasmussen off a Ramona Bachmann assist in the fourth minute and doubled the lead in the 18th on an unassisted Lori Chalupny goal.

The Independence are now 10-6-4 with 34 points and are firmly in second place in the league standings. Philadelphia will face the defending league champion Sky Blue FC next Sunday at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University.

The Beat remain in last place in the standings at 4-10-5 with 17 points and will travel to the Boston Breakers Saturday.

Cheney, Angeli Work Together As Breakers Rock Defending WPS Champs

Lauren Cheney scored a goal in the ninth minute on a Jordan Angeli assist, then reciprocated the favor by assisting on Angeli's 37th minute goal as the Boston Breakers stunned the defending Women's Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC with a 4-0 shutout Sunday at Harvard Stadium.

Laura Del Rio (58') and Lindsay Tarpley (93') added goals for the Breakers, in third place in the league standings at 8-6-5 with 29 points. Boston will host the last place Atlanta Beat Saturday.

Sky Blue fell to 5-9-4 with 22 points and is tied for fourth place in the table with the Washington Freedom (5-8-7). Sky hosts the expansion Independence next Sunday at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tampa Bay, Miami Play To 3-3 Draw At Lockhart Stadium

The FC Tampa Bay Rowdies and Miami FC Blues played to a 3-3 draw Saturday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play from Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Chukwudo Chiijindu, Danilo Martins and Martin Nunez scored goals for Miami, while Mayke Galindo and Aaron King had two of Tampa's goals with the third coming off an own goal from Miami's Gerson Mayen.

Both teams are in last place in their respective conferences -- Miami (3-8-11, 20 points) in the NASL Conference; Tampa Bay (6-8-8, 26 points) in the USL Conference.

The Blues next face the league's new top team in the USL Conference-leading Rochester Rhinos this Saturday, while Tampa Bay hosts the NASL Conference's best team in the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday.

Mwanga Goal Causes Second Home Draw Of Season For Union

Danny Mwanga's seventh goal of the season in the 73rd minute prevented the expansion Philadelphia Union for earning their second draw at home this season as they tied the Colorado Rapids 1-1 in Major League Soccer play Saturday at new PPL Park, where the Union are 0-1-3 in four games since moving from Lincoln Financial Field, home to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

Jeff Larentowicz scored Colorado goal in the 59th minute.

The Unon are 4-10-5 with 17 points in their debut season and are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. Philadelphia heads to DC United, the worst team in the league, next Sunday.

The Rapids are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings at 7-5-7 with 28 points and face the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew next Saturday.

Golden Boot-Leading Buddle Scores 13th As Galaxy Blank Red Bulls

Edson Buddle scored his Major League Soccer-leading 13th goal of the season as the Los Angeles Galaxy, the best team in the league and the Western Conference, played to their 11th shutout victory in a 1-0 contest over the New York Red Bulls Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

The Galaxy also lead MLS in road wins this season with seven and the victory snapped a two-game losing streak.

Los Angeles, at 13-3-4 with 43 points, travel to the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday.

New York, second in the Eastern Conference at 9-7-4 with 31 points, face Toronto FC this Saturday at BMO Field in Toronto.

Alexander's First Goal, Assist Leads Dallas Over DC United

Eric Alexander had his first unassisted goal and assist of his Major League Soccer career to lead FC Dallas to a 3-1 victory over the worst team in the league, DC United, Saturday at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

Alexander assisted David Ferreira on a goal and Jeff Cunnigham added another for Dallas.

United's lone goal came when Dallas' Jair Benitez mistakenly scored into his own net.

Dallas is now on a 10-game unbeaten streak and are in third place in the Western Conference at 8-2-9 with 33 points. They will host Chivas USA this Saturday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

United, at 3-12-3 with 12 points, last in the Eastern Conference, will host the expansion Philadelphia Union next Sunday.

Stolica Leads Revolution Over Dynamo

In his second appearance in a New England Revolution kit, Ilija Stoilca scored his first career Major League Soccer goal and led them to a 1-0 shutout over the Houston Dynamo Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The Revolution (6-9-3), tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire (5-5-6) with 21 points, won their fourth straight game and handed the Dynamo, in seventh place in the Western Conference at 5-10-5 with 20, their tenth straight loss.

New England travels to the Fire Wednesday, then heads to the Kansas City Wizards this Saturday, while the Dynamo look to break their losing streak when they face Chicago this Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Morales Dup Extends Defending Champ's Home Winning Streak To 21 Games

Javier Morales scored both goals for Major League Soccer's defending champion, Real Salt Lake, as they shut out the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew 2-0 Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT to extend their home-game winning streak to 21 games.

The league record is 22 games, set by the Crew in the 2008-09 season, and RSL hopes to tie the mark September 4 when they host the New York Red Bulls.

Salt Lake has this coming weekend off before venturing to Toronto FC August 28.

The Crew led the conference standings at 11-5-4 with 37 points and will host the Colorado Rapids this Saturday.

Wondolowski Goal Ends Winless Streak For Earthquakes

Chris Wondolowski scored his seventh goal of the season off an assist in the 35th minute for returning Major League Soccer star Khari Stephenson as the San Jose Earthquakes ended a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA Saturday.

The Earthquakes are in sixth place in the Western Conference at 7-6-5 with 26 points and will next host the league's best team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, this Saturday.

Kansas City holds down sixth place in the Eastern Conference table at 5-9-5 with 20 points and will host the New England Revolution this Saturday.

Early Nash Goal Gives Whitecaps Shutout Win Over Stars

On a night that saw the second half of their game delayed 30 minutes for lightning, Martin Nash chose to get the scoring over early in the 15th minute as he teamed with Cornelius Stewart to give the Vancouver Whitecaps, leader of the NASL Conference, a 1-0 win over the NSC Minnesota Stars in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN Saturday.

It was the Stars' first win in their last seven matches and ended a five-game string of draws.

Vancouver leads the conference at 9-3-11 with 38 points and will travel to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Thursday.

Minnesota is 7-10-7 with 28 points and are tied with the Puerto Rico Islanders (7-7-7) for fourth place in the NASL Conference. The Stars host the Portland Timbers this Saturday.

Addlery Assists On Both Goals In Islanders Upset Of Aztex; Austin No Longer Best In D-2

Nick Addlery assisted on goals by David Foley and Daniel Keon as the Puerto Rico Islanders stunned the Austin Aztex with a 2-0 win at House Park in Austin Saturday that knocked the Aztex off their perch as the best team in the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

It was only the third time the Aztex, now second in the USL Conference at 12-3-5 with 41 points, have been shutout this season.

By virtue of a 2-1 victory at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY Saturday over the Montreal Impact, the Rochester Rhinos now lead the conference and the league at 12-5-6 with 42 points.

The Aztex look to retake the spot at the top of the scoring table Wednesday when they host the Carolina RailHawks.

Puerto Rico is 7-7-7 with 28 points and are tied for fourth place in the USL Conference with the NSC Minnesota Stars (7-10-7) and will look to upset the NASL Conference's best team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, Thursday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Pair Of Quick Goals Lead Baltimore Over Carolina

Crystal Palace Baltimore saw Tsuyoshi Yoshitake and Gary Brooks score goals in a four-minute first half stretch to defeat the Carolina RailHawks Saturday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at Baltimore Plotech Institute.

Yoshitake scored in the 21st minute with Brooks' goal coming four minutes later.

The RailHawks could only muster a Matt Watson shot in the 76th minute to avoid a shutout.

Baltimore is 6-10-6 with 24 points and is in fourth place in the NASL Conference standings. They will next host the Montreal Impact Saturday.

Carolina is in second place in the conference at 7-6-7 with 28 points and will travel to the Austin Aztex next Sunday.

Dike Goal Ends Winless Streak For Timbers

Bright Dike scored his fourth goal of the season and third in his last four games in the 41st minute as the Portland Timbers shut out AC St. Louis 1-0 Saturday in USSF Division 2 Pro League play at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO.

Hs goal also ended a four-game winless streak for Portland, who are now 8-7-7 with 31 points and in third place in the USL Conference and fourth overall in the league standings as playoff time approaches.

The two conference winners (USL and NASL) and the next six teams, regardless of conference affiliation, will qualify for the league playoffs.

Portland stays on the road this Saturday to face the NSC Minnesota Stars at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

St. Louis, meanwhile, snapped a four-game unbeaten streak with the loss. They are 5-11-6 with 21 points and are in fifth place in the USL Conference standings. They will next host the Puerto Rico Islanders this Friday.

Kickers Salvage Tie Over Monarchs; Play Riverhounds In USL-2 Playoffs

Neil Barton's pass to Jonathan Villenueva in the 72nd minute allowed the defending USL Second Division champion Richmond Kickers to play to a 1-1 tie aganst the Real Maryland Monarchs Saturday at Richmond City Stadium and advance to next week's one-game home playoff semifinal against the third-place Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Alan Sanchez scored Real Maryland's first and only goal as the Monarchs ended the 2010 season at 3-8-9 with 16 points, dead last in the standings.

Richmond finished in second place in the standings at 9-5-6 with 33 points and the winner of next Saturday's Kickers-Pittsburgh Riverhounds game at Richmond will meet the league-leading Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC for the USL-2 title August 28.