Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FC Dallas Midfielder Hernandez Out 4-6 Weeks After Knee Surgery

FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez will be out four to six weeks for the Major League Soccer franchise after having surgery Tuesday to repair part of the lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Hernandez suffered the injury in the first leg of their two-game Western Conference semifinal series with Real Salt Lake, but led the team to the Western Conference Championship over the Los Angeles Galaxy and to an appearance in the 2010 MLS Cup in Toronto, where they lost to the Colorado Rapids, thanks to an own goal by Collins John.

Long Reunited With Gabarra At Sky Blue FC

On the opening day of the free agency period for Women's Professional Soccer franchises, Sky Blue FC announced the signing of midfielder Allie Long to a deal, reuniting her with new head coach Jim Gabarra, who was her head coach for two seasons with the Washington Freedom.

She had four goals and an assist with the Freedom and started 32 of 39 matches.

Long was the seventh overall pick in the 2009 WPS Draft by the Freedom after playing collegiately for Penn State, then the University of North Carolina.

FC Tampa Bay Picks Up Four Options, Dump Three Others; More Decisions To Come

FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League announced Tuesday they have chosen to pick up the 2011 season options on forward Aaron King and midfielders Mozzi Gyorio, Long Tan and Jonny Steele.

King was the team's leading goal scorer and third in the USSF Division 2 Pro League in that category with 12. He started 12 of 28 games last season.

Gyorio started nine of 18 games he played in and had two goals and two assists in his debut season as a pro.

Tan was fourth in scoring on the team with 18 points on three goals and two assists and played in 25 of the the team's 30 regular season games.

Steele, acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps in July, started nine of ten matches and finished the season with a goal and three assists.

FC Tampa Bay also announced they will not pick up the options on the contracts of defenders Gordon Kljestan and Joe Donoho, and midfielder Kwame Adjeman-Pemboe, but have not yet made a decision on picking up options on defender Graham Tatters and midfielder Stanley Nyazamba.

The team is still negotiating with Ricardo Sanchez on a new long-term deal after they did not pick up his 2011 option.

Rapids Get Nane From Toronto FC In Return For 2012 Draft Pick

Major League Soccer's new champion, the Colorado Rapids, acquired the services of midfielder Joseph Nane from Toronto FC Tuesday in return for a natural third round selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

Nane started eight of 11 appearances he made in his debut season with Toronto, who drafted him in the fourth round (53rd overall) in the 2010 SuperDraft.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Vortex Ink Sebor, Johnston To Contracts

The Ohio Vortex of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signings Monday of goalkeeper Erik Sebor and forward Tyler Johnston, both of whom played Saturday in a 10-6 loss to the Cincinnati Kings.

Sebor was a two-time All-Ohio player at Solon High School, then played collegiately at Ohio's Mount Union College, where, in 2006, he led the team in saves with 96, had two shutouts and a .787 save percentage.

He also played for club teams in the North Coast Soccer League (Concordia and Shamrocks) and the Lake Erie Soccer League (Donauschwaben).

Johnston recently ended his collegiate career at Ohio Northern University.

Whitecaps Welcome EA Sports As Founding Partner, Official Videogame Partner

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced Monday EA Sports has become a Founding Partner of the franchise and their Official Videogame Partner.

The Whitecaps are EA Sports' first North American club to gain the videogame partnership tag, joining English Premier League teams Chelsea and Arsenal and Spanish La Liga team Real Madrid, which allows EA Sports to officially use the likenesses of players and their home pitch as part of future editions of EA Sports' MLS Soccer games.

USL PDL Welcomes North Sound SeaWolves For 2011 Season

The North Sound SeaWolves, based in Everett, WA, were named Monday as a 2011 season expansion team in the USL Premier Development League.

The SeaWolves are owned by former Yakima Reds head coach Alex Silva, who also owns Pro Roofing NW.

The team will play home games at Goddard Memorial Stadium in Everett.

Defending MISL GOTY Named POTW For Week 3

The defending Major Indoor Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year, Nick Forsberg of the defending regular season champion Milwaukee Wave, was named Player of the Week for the third week of the 2010-11 season Monday after tallying 18 saves in a 24-11 win over the Missouri Comets Friday at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.

He leads the league this season with a .800 save percentage and has given up ten points per game in two contests.

US Women Named Top Seed In Group C For FIFA Women's World Cup

The currently number-one-ranked US Women's National Team were named the top seed in Group B for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup as the official draw was held Monday in Frankfurt, Germany.

The US, who won a two-game play-in series with Italy for the final spot in the 16-team field, will face North Korea June 28 in Dresden, then head to Sinshen to play Colombia July 2 before ending group play July 5 against Sweden in Wolfsburg.

The top two teams in each group move on to the quarterfinals.

Should the US win their group, they will face the second-place Group D finisher (either top seed Brazil, Australia, Norway or Equitorial Guinea) July 10 in Augsberg; if they finish second, they will play the Group D winner in Dresden that same day.

The host country, Germany, is the top seed in Group A, joining Canada, Nigeria and France.

Group B is led by Japan, followed by New Zealand, Mexico and England.

Times for the games have yet to be announced.

DC United To Name Olsen Head Coach At Monday Presser

Major League Soccer's worst team this past season, DC United, will take the interim tag of former midfielder Ben Olsen and name him their next head coach at a Monday press conference, according to The Washington Post.

Olsen was promoted from assistant coach to replace Curt Onalfo, who came to United after being fired as head coach of Sporting Kansas City (formerly the Kansas City Wizards) and led DC to a 3-12-3 record before being fired in August.

Olsen led the team to a 3-8-1 record and the team ended with a mark of 6-20-4, their worst mark in team history.

At age 33, Olsen will become the league's youngest coach.

Riot Gain Win Over Amateur Club In Home Preview

Vladimir Knezevic scored a pair of two-point goals and Fred Degand, Eric Lukin and Derin Oprea added two-point goals as the Major Indoor Soccer League's new Chicago Riot defeated local amateur club Costa Guerrero 10-7 in an exhibition game Sunday at the Riot's home pitch, the Odeum Sports & Exposition Center in Villa Park, IL.

Eduardo Rodriguez had a three-point goal to led Costa Guerrero with Mario Pinon and Guilherme de Verga posting two-point plays.

The Riot, who lost 10-6 on the road to the Baltimore Blast to start their inaugural season, will host the defending league regular season champion Milwaukee Wave (2-0) next Sunday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blast Move Into Tie For MISL Lead After Edging Vipers In Omaha

Pat Healey had the game's only three-point goal as the Baltimore Blast edged the Omaha Vipers 15-10 Sunday in Major Indoor Soccer League play at the Omaha Civic Center.

Machel Millwood added a penalty kick goal and assisted on Carlos Garcia's two-pointer and Lucio Gonzaga and Zach Wilkes each added two-pointers as Baltimore improved to a first place tie in the league standings with the defending regular season champion Milwaukee Wave at 2-0.

Ricardo Cavalcante posted a pair of two-point goals for the 1-2 Vipers, with Aurinei Parisotto having a power play goal and Shaun David and Pat Morris adding two-point goals.

The Blast next host the Missouri Comets December 11 at First Mariner Atena, while the Vipers host the Wave this Thursday, then the expansion Chicago Riot December 10.

Sockers Declaw Cougars At Del Mar Arena

Kraig Chiles had a pair of goals and an assist, Majell Ateredo added two more, and Paul Wright had a goal and an assist as the host San Diego Chargers fought off the California Cougars 8-4 Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at Del Mar Arena in Del Mar, CA.

The defending North American Champions also got single goals from Scott Martin, Anthony Medina and Chiky Luna to improve to 3-0 and take charge in the Western Division while the Cougars are winless in their first three games of the season.

The Sockers will host the Louisville Lightning this Saturday at Del Mar Arena while the Cougars open play in the 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament by hosting Top Notch San Jose this Saturday at Stockton Arena.

Kings See Trio Scores Deuces As They Defeat Vortex

Eddie Hertsenberg, Jeff Hughes and Drew Ducker each had two goals as the Professional Arena Soccer League's Cincinnati Kings won their third straight game by beating the Ohio Vortex 10-6 Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens.

Kenny Bertz, Matt Brienes, Kwame Sarkodie and George Davis IV added a single goal each and the Kings improved to 3-0, the best record in the Eastern Division, while the Vortex are in second place at 1-1.

Both teams meet again this Saturday at the Canton Civic Center.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rodriguez Goal Locks Up World Cup Berth For USWNT

Amy Rodriguez scored in the 40th minute as the US Women's National Team, the world's top-ranked women's soccer team, defeated Italy 1-0 Saturday in the second game of a last-chance qualification series at Toyota Park to earn the 16th and final berth in the field for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

The US, who won the aggregate-goal series 2-0, thanks to Alex Morgan scoring the lone goal in the first leg last Saturday in Padova, Italy, were forced to play in this series after being eliminated in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Cancun, Mexico, finishing third after beating Costa Rica in the consolation game.

The draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup, to take place throughout Germnay June 26 through July 17, will be held in Germany Monday at 1:25 p.m. US Eastern time and can be viewed online at ESPN3.com.

Undefeated Wave Roll Over Comets At US Cellular Arena

Evan McNeley led all scorers with five points on a two-point goal assisted by Marcio Leite and an unassisted three-point goal as the defending Major Indoor Soccer League regular season champion Milwaukee Wave rolled over the expansion Missouri Comets 24-11 Friday at US Cellular Arena to go 2-0 on the young season.

Matt Stewart, Travis MacKenzie and Guiliano Oliviero each had a pair of two-point goals, Marco Terminesi also posted a three-point goal, and Hewerton Moreira has a goal and an assist for Milwaukee, who has two road games next week -- Thursday against the new Omaha Vipers and next Sunday against fellow newcomer Chicago Riot.

Leo Gibson led the Comets, in last place at 1-3, with a three-point goal and Brian Harris, Jamar Beasley, Vahid Assadpour and Tiguinho all added two-pointers. Missouri has next weekend off before hitting the road to face the Baltimore Blast December 11 and the Riot December 12.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Whitecaps Sign Trio Of Current Players For 2011 MLS Season

After a busy few days with participating in Major League Soccer's latest Expansion Draft Wednesday (and, subsequently, trading away a few of the unprotected players MLS franchises made available to them for draft picks in next month's SuperDraft or more allocation money), the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing Friday of three veteran players off their roster at the Black Friday grand opening store of the team's new store in a mall in Burnaby, British Columbia in midfielder Phillipe Davies, goalkeeper Jay Nolly and defender Wes Knight.

Davies is the Whitecaps' first homegrown player, havng been with the team's Residency Program from 2007 to 2009 before being called up to the senior team for the 2010 USSF Division 2 Pro League Season.

Nolly, the USSF D-2 Goalkeeper of the Year this season, led the Whitecaps to the 2008 USL First Division championship, but they lost the 2009 championship title to the Montreal Impact. He also holds the team record for most consecutive games played at 78 and is in second place in career shutouts with 41.

Knight, voted the team's Fan Favorite award winner this season, has started 69 of 72 games in his last two seasons. He was named a finalist for the USL-1 Rookie of the Year award in 2009 after tallying a league-leading eight assists.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Whitecaps Make Trade With Toronto FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps obtained the eighth overall pick in next month's Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday by trading defender/midfielder Nathan Sturgis, their third round pick in Wednesday's Expansion Draft, to Toronto FC.

Sturgis was left unprotected for Wednesday's draft by the Seattle Sounders. This will be his first season with a non-West Coast MLS franchise as he has previously played for Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

With the trade, the Whitecaps now have the first and eighth picks in the SuperDraft's first round and the first pick in the second through fourth rounds.

The SuperDraft will be held January 15 in Baltimore at the annual convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Danish Team Denies Rumors Findley Coming To Team For A Trial

Danish soccer team Randers FC has denied rumors that former Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley would be coming to the team for a trial.

Findley spent the last three Major League Soccer seasons with Real Salt Lake but was left unprotected by them for Wednesday's Expansion Draft and was picked up by the Portland Timbers.

Findley scored 31 goals in 100 regular season MLS matches.

Earthquakes Drop Plans To Keep Geovanni For 2011

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes said Thursday they will not retain the services of their first Designated Player, Brazilian forward Geovanni, after they felt they got little from him for the investment they made.

Geovanni, who came with a strong resume with international teams such as FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Benfica, had only one goal and three assists in 777 minutes of play this season.

Three MLS Teams Make Seven Total Players Free Agents

As none of the players involved meet the age and service requirements to qualify to be selected in one of two planned Major League Soccer Re-Entry Drafts and none of them were selected in Wednesday's Expansion Draft involving the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, three MLS teams made seven players immediate free agents to sign with whomever MLS franchise they choose.

Toronto FC cut the most with five -- Gabe Galo, Raivis Hscanovics, Miguel Angel "Mista" Martinez, Martin Saric and Maxim Usanov.

The new MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids released Ross Schunk and 2009 MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake released Alex Nino.

Fire Release Unprotected And Unwanted John, Krol After One Season In Chicago

Unprotected by their Major League Soccer club and unselected by either 2011 MLS expansion team -- the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps -- in Wednesday's Expansion Draft, the Chicago Fire announced the release of forward Collins John and defender Krzysztof Krol after one season with the team.

John's deal was terminated by mutual agreement after the former star at Fulham of the English Premier League, where he teamed with former Fire star Brian McBride, who has now retired from the club, scored three goals in 17 appearances in Chicago.

Krol was on loan to the Fire from Jagiellonia Bialystok of the Ekstraklassa in Poland for the 2010 season. He started 17 of 19 games but did not score.

Whitecaps, Timbers Trade Away Expansion Draft Picks After Process Ends

Major League Soccer's newest franchises, the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, who were involved in an Expansion Draft to help stock their rosters with unprotected talent from other franchises Wednesday, wasted little time in trading those picks away.

The Whitecaps were the buisest of the two, handling three trades:

- They traded top draft pick Sanna Nyassi, a midfielder unprotected by the Seattle Sounders, to the new MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids for an internationl roster spot.

- Next, they traded fifth-round pick Alan Gordon, a forward available from Chivas USA, back to Chivas USA, along with seventh-round pick, former Philadelphia Union forward Alejandro Moreno, for allocation money and an international roster spot.

- Finally, they traded former Toronto FC forward O'Brien White, their sixth-round pick, to the Sounders for more allocation money.

The Timbers traded away two more of their picks Wednesday, following the earlier move of sending their first round pick, FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty, to DC United for defender Rodney Wallace and allocation money.

In their second trade, fourth round pick Anthony Wallace, a defender/mdfielder from the Rapids was returned to them for allocation money.

Finally, the Timbers got the 22nd overall pick in next month's MLS SuperDraft from Real Salt Lake in return for tenth round Expansion Draft pick Arturo Alvarez, who was left uprotected by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Hampered by an injured left hamstring muscle for most of the 2010 season, Alvarez scored three goals in 11 games for the Earthquakes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Comets Sign Former Star Jeff Davis

The expansion Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing of defender Jeff Davis, who played on the 1997 National Professional Soccer League's champion Kansas City Attack.

Davis was a two-time All-Conference USA First Team player at St. Louis Unversity and was drafted by the NPSL's St. Louis Ambush, where he played from 1993 to 1996.

He then joined the Kansas City Comets/Attack, where he scored 241 points in 153 career games and was named to the NPSL's All-League Second Team in 2000.

Davis returned to St. Louis in the 2004-05 NPSL season, playing for the St. Louis Steamers.

USL PRO's FC New York Announces Affiliation With PDL's Springfield Demize

FC New York of USL PRO announced Wednesday they have signed an affiliation agreement with the Springfield Demize of the USL Premier Development League to become their official minor league franchise.

MLS Cup Sets Record-Low Viewership

The 2010 Major League Soccer championship game between FC Dallas and the new champion Colorado Rapids from BMO Field in Toronto Sunday on ESPN drew the league's worst TV audience ever of 748,000, according to Nielsen Media Research Tuesday.

The previous lowest viewership was 876,000 for the 2003 game between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Chicago Fire.

In 2009, 1.14 million viewers tuned in to see Real Salt Lake win their first MLS Cup title over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 2010 game also drew a poor audience on Spanish language network Galavision at 232,000 viewers.

Tijuana's Lemus Names PASL's Player Of The Week

Revolucion Tijuana forward Edgar Lemus was named the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 2 of the 2010-11 season Wednesday.

He scored four straight goals to take his team from a 6-3 deficit to an eventual 11-7 victory over the California Cougars in Stockton, CA last Friday, then had a goal and an assist in their 13-6 home season opener at Funati against the Tacoma Stars Sunday.

Tijuana next hosts the Louisville Lightning December 3.

Timbers, Whitecaps Make Picks In Expansion Draft; Timbers Trade Top Pick McCarty To DC United

Major League Soccer's two expansion franchises for the 2011 season -- the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps -- added more players to their roster Wednesday via an Expansion Draft.

However, the biggest news came after the draft took place as the Timbers, who had the first pick in each of the draft's ten rounds, traded their top pick, former FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty to the worst team in the league last season, DC United, in exchange for midfielder Rodney Wallace and the lowest of their fourth round picks in next month's MLS SuperDraft.

Here is a round-by-round recap of how the Expansion Draft unfolded.

ROUND 1
Portland selected FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty; FC Dallas then protected defender/midfielder Daniel Hernandez.

Vancouver selected Seattle Sounders midfielder Sanna Nyassi; the Sounders then protected defender Patrick Ianni.

ROUND 2
Portland selected Columbus Crew defender Eric Brunner; the Crew then protected midfielder Kevin Burns.

Vancouver selected FC Dallas forward/midfielder Atiba Harris; FC Dallas was then removed from the draft, as no MLS team could lose more than two players.

ROUND 3
Portland selected Columbus Crew midfielder Adam Moffat; the Crew were then removed from the draft.

Vancouver selected Seattle Sounders defender Nathan Sturgis; the Sounders were then removed from the draft.

ROUND 4
Portland selected Colorado Rapids defender/midfielder Anthony Wallace; the Rapids then protected midfielder Wells Thompson.

Vancouver selected Philadelphia Union midfielder Shea Salinas; the Union then protected goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

ROUND 5
Portland selected Real Salt Lake defender David Horst; RSL then protected midfielder Collen Warner.

Vancouver selected Chivas USA forward Alan Gordon; Chivas then protected defender Mariano Trujillo.

ROUND 6
Portland selected Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley; RSL was then removed from the draft.

Vancouver selected Toronto FC forward O'Brien White; Toronto then protected midfielder Julian de Guzman.

ROUND 7
Portland selected Chicago Fire midfielder Peter Lowry; the Fire then protected defender Dasan Robinson.

Vancouver selected Philadelphia Union forward Alejandro Moreno; the Union were then removed from the draft.

ROUND 8
Portland selected Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein; Chivas was then removed from the draft

Vancouver selected San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon; the Earthquakes then protected defender Tim Ward

ROUND 9
Portland selected DC United defender Jordan Graye; DC United then protected midfielder Kurt Morsink

Vancouver selected Sporting Kansas City defender Jonathan Leathers; Sporting Kansas City then protected goalkeeper Eric Kronberg

ROUND 10
Portland selected San Jose Earthquakes midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez; the Earthquakes were then removed from the draft

Vancouver selected Chicago Fire midfielder John Thorrington, ending the draft.

Illnois Piasa Signs Local Product And Defender Chris Mattingly

The expansion Illinois Piasa of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signing Tuesday of former St. Louis Illusion player and St. Louis Scott Gallagher defender Chris Mattingly to a one-year deal.

Mattingly, born and raised in St. Louis, led Gallagher to many state and regional titles as well as a national club soccer championship in 2000.

He later attended Drury University and won the team's Defender of the Year award in the 2003-04 season and the John E. Moore Award for outstanding team leadership and dedication.

Lightning Sign Bellamine University Teammates To Deals

The Louisville Lightning of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signings Tuesday of former Bellamine University star mdfielder Ross Hopkins and defender Grant Wheeler.

Hopkins was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team and the Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team as a senior in 2010 and had six goals and six assists in his final collegiate season.

He ranked in the top five in the conference in five statistical categories last season and leaves Bellamine as their second all-time leading player in career assists with 25.

Wheeler, an All-GVAC Third Team player in 2010, scored two goals in 16 games this season and eight goals over his 53-game, three-season career.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rapids Forward Kandji To Have Surgery Next Week To Repair Torn ACL

The new Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids announced Tuesday forward Macoumba Kandji tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's MLS Cup championship game with FC Dallas at BMO Field in Toronto and will have surgery next week.

Strikers Pick Up Option Seasons On Kirby, Le Petit, Glaeser

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League, formerly Miami FC Blues of the USSF Division 2 Pro League, announced Tuesday they have picked up the option years on the contracts of three players -- Zach Kirby, Paulinho Le Petit and Matt Glaeser.

FC Tampa Bay Trades Wheeler To Strikers

FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League announced Tuesday they have traded Aaron Wheeler to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (formerly Miami FC Blues) for the 2010-11 season.

In his only professional season, he scored four goals and assisted on a fifth goal and had nine points in 19 regular season games. Wheeler finished third on the team in goals and points.

Sidelined for part of the middle of last season after a game against the defending league champion Puerto Rico Islanders, he returned and finished the season in the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

Farias Named MISL's Player Of The Week

Omaha Vipers forward Carlos "Chile" Farias, who scored 12 points over the weekend and is now tied for the league leads in points, was named Tuesday the Major Indoor Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 2 of the 2010-11 season.

Vipers Ink Fabinho To Deal

The expansion Omaha Vipers of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing Tuesday of defender Fabio Ribiero, better known as Fabinho.

He played the 2009-10 season with the Baltimore Blast and the 2008-09 season with the former Rockford Rampage, where he scored a three-point goal and blocked 14 shots.

Before Rockford, Ribiero spent four seasons with the MISL's Chicago Storm, where he had 21 goals and 20 assists for 65 points in 76 career games and blocked 80 shots, and played one season each with the MISL's Kansas City Comets and the Continental Indoor Soccer League's Dallas Sidekicks.

Ribiero led his native country of Brazil's National Futsal Team to the title at the 1999 International Futsal Championship tournament during his three seasons with the team (1996-99).

RSL Says Findley Leaving Team, Possibly For Danish SuperLiga's Brondby

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake announced Monday forward Robbie Findley has told them he will not return to the team for the 2011 season, choosing to pursue international playing opportunities.

Speculation puts Findley as joining Brondby, currently in third place in the Danish SuperLiga. Findley briefly tried out for the franchise prior to the 2009 season.

In 2 1/2 seasons with RSL, Findley led the team in goals with 29.

MLS Cup Champion Rapids Trade Baudet, Earls For Vagenas

The new Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids Monday traded defenders Julien Baudet and Danny Earls to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for midfielder Peter Vagenas.

Vagenas is a two-time MLS Cup winner -- in 2002 with Sporting Kansas City (formerly Kansas City Wizards) and in 2005 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he also helped them win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup that season.

Due to a strained quadricep. he started and played in seven games this season, including three games in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Baudet scored one goal in 28 appearances since joining Seattle in July 2010 and started 14 out of 22 games in 2010.

In his only season with Seattle, Earls started 15 of 18 games.

Crew Continues Youth Movement Plan, Trades Carroll To Union

The Columbus Crew continued their plans to make their 2011 Major League Soccer roster consist of younger players as they traded midfielder Brian Carroll to the Philadelphia Union Monday for a second round pick in January's SuperDraft and allocation money.

The Crew recently parted ways with veterans Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Frankie Hejduk and Duncan Oughton, the longest tenured player in Columbus, and made all three available for selection by the Portland Timbers or Vancouver Whitecaps at Wednesday's planned Expansio Draft.

In 84 appearances over three seasons, Carroll has two goals and three assists.

MLS Releases Names Of Available Players For Wednesday's Expansion Draft

Major League Soccer released the list of players who are available to be selected by either the Portland Timbers or the Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday's ten-round Expansion Draft, to be held by teleconference at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Each MLS team was allowed to protect up to 11 players and had to automatically three groups of players -- those in the Generation adidas programs, those deemed Homegrown Players, and Designated Players who have a no-trade clause.

No MLS team can lose more than two players in Wednesday's draft and, once an unprotected player is selected off a team's list, that team has the right to move another player off the unprotected list.

Here are the lists of unprotected players from each team:

MLS UNPROTECTED PLAYER LIST

CHIVAS USA
Carlos Borga
Jonathan Bornstein
Chukwudi Chijundu
Rodolfo Espinoza
Maykel Galindo
Alan Gordon
Dan Kennedy
Eduardo Lillington
Giancarlo Maldonado
Gerson Mayen
Jesus Padilla
Osael Romero
Marcelo Saragosa
Mariani Trujillo
Alex Zotinca

CHICAGO FIRE
Nery castillo
Andrew Dykstra
Collins John
Krzysztof Krol
Freddie Ljungberg
Peter Lowry
Dasan Robinson
John Thorrington
Deris Umanzor

COLORADO RAPIDS
Andre Akpan
Quincy Amarkiwa
Steward Ceus
Ian Joyce
Ross LaBauex
Claudio Lopez
Ciaran O'Brien
Scott Palguta
Ross Schunk
Wells Thompson
Peter Vagenas
Anthony Wallace

COLUMBUS CREW
Eric Brunner
Kevin Burns
Jason Garey
Leandre Griffit
Andy Gruenebaum
Frankie Hejduk
Adam Moffat
Duncan Oughton
Gino Padula
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
Joshua Williams

FC DALLAS
Eric Avila
Jeff Cunningham
Kyle Davies
Edson Edward
Bruno Guarda
Atiba Harris
Daniel Hernandez
Dax McCarty
Milton Rodriguez
Dario Sala
Jason Yeisley

DC UNITED
Daniel Allsopp
Brandon Barklage
Adam Cristman
Jordan Graye
Pablo Hernandez
Devon McTavish
Kurt Morsink
Juan Pena
Troy Perkins
Barry Rice
Carlos Varela

HOUSTON DYNAMO
Samuel Appiah
Corey Ashe
Ryan Cochrane
Richard Mulrooney
Joseph Ngwenya
Anthony Obodai
Dominic Oduro
Pat Onstad
Eddie Robinson

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Gregg Berhalter
Alex Cazumba
Bryan Jordan
Jovan Kirovski
Dema Kovalenko
Leonardo

Mike McGee
Yohance Marshall
Brian Perk
Josh Saunders

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Zak Boggs
Preston Burpo
Nico Colaluca
Kheli Dube
Cory Gibbs
Jason Griffiths
Roberto Linck
Tim Murray
Pat Phelan
Seth Sinovic
Khano Smith
Ilija Stolica

NEW YORK RED BULLS
Juan Pablo Angel
Andrew Boyens
Conor Chinn
Austin da Luz
Irving Garcia
Brian Nielsen
Carl Robinson
Ibrahim Salou
Luke Sassano
Greg Sutton
Carey Talley
Sinisa Ubiparipovic

PHILADELPHIA UNION
Cristian Arrieta
Eduardo Coudet
Fred
Andrew Jacobson
Brad Knighton
Stefani Miglioranzi
Alejandro Moreno
Joseph Noone
Shea Salinas
Chris Seitz
Nick Zimmerman

REAL SALT LAKE
Jean Alexandre
Pablo Campos
Robbie Findley
Nelson Gonzalez
Ned Grabavoy
David Horst
Rauwshan McKenzie
Timothy Melia
Alex Nimo
Kyle Reynish
Robbie Russell
Chris Schuler
Collen Warner
Andy Williams

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Arturo Alvarez
Steve Beitashour
Bobby Burling
Joe Cannon
Ramiro Corrales
Eduardo
Geovanni
Cornell Glen
Chris Leitch
Andre Luiz
Justin Morrow
Brad Wing
Tim Ward

SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Julien Baudet
Terry Boss
Danny Earls
David Estrada
Leonardo Gonzalez
Taylor Graham
Patrick Ianni
Roger Levesque
Tyrone Marshall
Miguel Montano
Blaise Nkufo
Pat Noonan
Sanna Nyassi
Zacharias Scott
Michael Seamon
Nathan Sturgis
Tyson Wahl

SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Korede Aiyegbusi
Jamar Beasley
Sunil Chhetri
Jimmy Conrad
Birahim Diop
Zoltan Hercegfalvi
Aaron Hohlbein
Eric Kronberg
Jonathan Leathers
Chance Myers
Shavar Thomas
Josh Wolff

TORONTO FC
Chad Barrett
Julian de Guzman
Gabe Gala
Nick Garcia
Raivis Hscanovics
Fuad Ibrahim
Milos Kocic
Miguel Angel Ferrer Martinez
Joseph Nane
Amadou Sanyang
Martin Saric
Maxim Usanov
O'Brian White

Monday, November 22, 2010

MLS Announces 2010 Club And Executive Award Winners

Major League Soccer Monday announced the winners of team-based awards for executives for their outstanding work during the 2010 season.

The winners are as follows:

2010 MLS CLUB AND EXECUTIVE AWARDS

COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR (presented by MLS W.O.R.K.S)
Chicago Fire

EQUIPMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Charles Raycroft, Chicago Fire

ATHLETIC TRAINING STAFF OF THE YEAR (presented by Mueller Sports Medicine)
Seattle Sounders

TEAM ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR (presented by New Haven Travel)
Corey Wray, Toronto FC

OPERATIONS STAFF OF THE YEAR
Seattle Sounders

CONCESSIONAIRE/MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR
Brett Salzenstein, New York Red Bulls

TICKETING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Chuck Arnold, Seattle Sounders

TICKET SALES TEAM OF THE YEAR
Seattle Sounders

LOCAL DIGITAL EDITOR OF THE YEAR
Judah Levine, Philadelphia Union

TEAM PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARD
Real Salt Lake

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Katie Mattis, Real Salt Lake

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Toronto FC

MARKETING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Rocky Harris, Houston Dynamo

DOUG HAMILTON EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Eric Stover, New York Red Bulls

FC Tampa Bay Makes Announcements On 2011 Season Roster

FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League made a number of announcements concerning their 2011 season roster.

First, the team confirmed defender Yendry Diaz, midfielder Scott Buete, Pascal Millen, Jeremy Christie and Chad Burt, and goalkeepers Phil Lamarre and Daryl Sattler will return next season after signing multi-year deals prior to the 2010 season.

Diaz scored one goal for the team and played in 23 of 30 games. He was seventh on the team in most minutes played.

Buete started five of six games in their 2010 season after sitting out much of it with nagging injuries. He underwent surgery this summer and is expected to make a full recovery for 2011.

Millen had a goal and two assists and played in all 30 games, the only Tampa Bay player to do so. He ranked third in most minutes played.

Christie, the only USSF Division 2 Pro League player to compete in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing for New Zealand, had two goals in 11 games for Tampa Bay.

Burt, from St. Petersburg, FL, scored his first pro goal in one of 14 games he played in last season.

Lamarre saw no playing time for the team in his rookie season.

Sattler started 24 games for FC Tampa Bay and had a goals against average of 1.42 with four shutouts. He was also fifth on the team in minutes played.

Secondly, Tampa Bay said defenders Julian Valentin, Rob Valemtino and Eric Ustruck, along with midfielders Takuya Yamada and Drew Yates are all free agents.

Valentin, Tampa Bay's captain in 2010, led the team in minutes played and had two goals in 29 regular season games.

Valentino was second in minutes played as he started 27 matches in 2010.

Ustruck played five times for Tampa Bay before breaking a leg in July, which ended his regular season.

Yamada, fourth in minutes played, started 25 of 29 games and had two assists. The team says they are close to signing him to a new long-term contract.

Yates started seven of 14 games for FC Tampa Bay.

Finally, they announced a contract has been offered to Ricardo Sanchez, whose 2011 option year on his previous contract was declined.

Hernandez To Have MRI On Injured Right Knee; John, Harris Also Likely For Surgery

Midfielder Daniel Hernandez, who has played with an injured right knee for FC Dallas since before the second leg of their 2010 Major League Soccer Western Conference semifinal series with 2009 champion Real Salt Lake, will have an MRI done on it Tuesday to determine what kind of surgery the injury will require, the team announced Monday.

Depending on the extent of the injury, rehab time after surgery could be anywhere from six weeks to five months.

Dallas also announced Monday defender George John, whose inadvertant own goal in the 107th minute, ended the Hoops' chances of defeating the eventual champion Colorado Rapids at Sunday's MLS Cup final at BMO Field in Toronto, and midfielder Atiba Harris, will have off-season surgery to repair injured ankles.

Red Bulls Trade Hall To Timbers For 2011 SuperDraft Pick

The New York Red Bulls Monday traded defender/midfielder Jeremy Hall to the expansion Portland Timbers for a third round pick in the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Hall, the 11th overall pick in the 2009 SuperDraft from Maryland, where he had 14 goals and seven assists for 35 points in 2008 en route to the Terrapins winning the NCAA Men's College Cup title, had two assists for the Red Bulls over two seasons and started 31 of 37 regular season games.

At Maryland, he has 26 goals and 14 assists in 66 career games.

Hall was also part of the US Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, FL and earned 22 caps with the US U-17 National Team, starting 12 games in 2005, including six during the U-17 World Championship in Peru.

Double Hat Tricks Give Revolucion Victory Over Stars

Eduardo Velez and Mario Morena each posted hat tricks as they led Revolucion Tijuana to a 13-6 victory Sunday against the Tacoma Stars in Professional Arena Soccer League play from Furati in Tijuana, Mexico.

Velez also assisted on two goals and Edgar Lemus, who scored four straight goals in an 11-7 road victory over the California Cougars in Stockton Saturday, had a goal and an assist.

Mark Lee led the Stars with two goals.

Tijuana next hosts the Louisville Lightning December 3. The Stars will welcome the Wenatchee Fire to their home arena December 4.

NASL Gets Provisional Approval To Operate In 2011

The North American Soccer League received provisional approval to operate as a Division 2 professional men's outdoor league by the US Soccer Board of Directors at a meeting held Sunday in Toronto, site of Major League Soccer's 2010 championship game between the new champion Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas.

The NASL had intended to operate as an independent league in 2010 but USSF officials chose not to approve either them or the USL First Division for certification, due to not meeting federation criteria. The two leagues agreed to be part of a one-season league -- the USSF Division 2 Pro League -- while each attempted to gain approval to run as separate operations in 2011.

Full approval for the NASL to operate in the 2011 season should come at the USSF's Annual General Meeting in February in Las Vegas.

The NASL, which will have eight teams in their inaugural season -- the defending league champion Puerto Rico Islanders, the Carolina Railhawks, the NSC Minnesota Stars, the Atlanta Silverbacks, FC Edmonton, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (who played as Miami FC Blues in 2010), the Montreal Impact and FC Tampa Bay -- and will kick off their season April 9 with these matchups:

- The Islanders opening defense of their title at the RailHawks in a rematch of the 2010 championship series.

- The Stars traveling to the Silverbacks, who return to pro soccer after a two-season absence.

- FC Edmonton beginning their first season in the league at the Strikers.

- The Montreal Impact heads to Steinbrenner Field to open FC Tampa Bay's home schedule.

The NASL will play a 28-game schedule with the top six teams in the single table making the playoffs.

The top two teams after the regular season will earn byes through the playoff semfinals with the remaining four teams playing a single-game knockout stage to determine who advances to the semifinals and, eventually, the championship game.

Both the semifinal and championship final matches will be two-game, total-goal series.

Comets Come From Behind To Edge Vipers In Omaha

Byron Alvarez had a hat trick and an assist as the Missouri Comets came back from an 11-8 deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the Omaha Vipers 12-11 Sunday in a battle of Major Indoor Soccer League expansion teams at the Omaha Civic Center.

Leo Gibson and Geison Moura added a goal and an assist each in the win.

Carlos "Chile" Farias had two goals and an assist for the Vipers in the loss.

Omaha will host the Baltimore Blas next Sunday while the Comets travel to meet the defending regular season league champion Milwaukee Wave this Friday.

Pumas Cool Off Fire In PASL Debut

The Kitsap Pumas, the newest year-round soccer franchise, began its first indoor soccer season in the Professional Arena Soccer League Sunday with a 17-4 trouncing of the Wenatchee Fire at the Olympic Soccer & Sports Center in Bremerton, WA.

The Pumas will travel to the Cascade Indoor Soccer Complex December 4 to face Premier Arena Soccer League franchise, the Central Oregon Steelheaders, then return to Bremerton to host the California Cougars of the PASL-Pro December 10.

The Fire next head to Tacoma, WA to take on the Tacoma Stars the same night.at the Tacoma Soccer Center,

Garber Discusses Possible MLS Changes For 2011

In an interview on ESPN during halftime of the 2010 MLS Cup championship game Sunday from BMO Field in Toronto, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced preliminary changes to the 2011 season format, including a change in the playoff format.

For 2011, the league will finally play a balancec schedule with 18 teams, nine in each conference; creating a 34-game regular season, which could begin the second week of March.

The league will then not be balanced again until 2014 after two more teams are added beforehand -- the Montreal Impact in 2012 and a yet-to-be-placed 20th team in 2013.

Garber also unveiled a planned ten-team playoff format for 2011 that will eliminate the possibility of teams in a natural conference competing in an unnatural conference to balance the playoff brackets -- a system that caused two Western Conference teams (the San Jose Earthquakes and the 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids) to play for the Eastern Conference championship.

Four of the ten eligible teams would compete in a play-off round to vie for the final two spots in the current eight-team field, but Garber said the league's Competition Committee would first have to decide if the four teams that would be involved would be the fourth and fifth seeded teams from each conference or the seventh through tenth place teams, regardless of conference affiliation, and whether these play-in games would be single elimination or two-game, aggregate score matchups.

Garber said he has asked the committee to report back to him with their decisions within 30 days.

A plan with a much longer timeline before ever being implemented, a change is the overall schedule of MLS, is also being discussed, according to Garber.

The move, which would finally put the league in line with other professional soccer leagues around the world, is based on Scandanavia's top league, which begins its season in late summer, breaks in early winet, returns to play in February and finishes in late spring.

Finally, Garber also said the league is considering awarding some perks to the team that wins the Supporters Shield each year for having the best record in the league.

He said the perks "could be (earning) more allocation money, could be where they are seeded (in the playoffs), it could be what to do with our draft, (or) we coild simulate promotion/relegation."

John Flushes Away MLS Cup Title For FC Dallas; Colorado Wins In OT

The Colorado Rapids are the champions of Major League Soccer's 2010 season, thanks to defender George John of FC Dallas foolishly scoring a tiebreaking own goal in the 107th minute of a 2-1 overtime victory Sunday at Toronto's BMO Field, giving the Rapids their first MLS Cup title in two tries as an original league franchise.

The victory also snapped a 50-game regular season streak of losses when the Rapids are down at halftime.

FC Dallas, also an original member seeking its first title in their first finals appearance, took the lead in the 35th minute of regulation off a goal from league Most Valuable Player David Ferreira.

However, in the 57th minute, Colorado's Conor Casey, named the game's Most Valuable Player, evened the contest at 1-1 and sent the game into 30 minutes of extra play, culminating with the John error.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Piasa Signs Flores To Roster

The expansion Illinois Piasa of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signing Sunday of Mexican-born defender Marco Flores, who has lived in the US for 13 years and has played all three seasons with Piasa's sister franchise, Piasa FC, of the Premier Arena Soccer League.

Garber To Announce "Tweak" Of Playoff Format At Halftime Of MLS Cup

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is set to announce a "tweak" to the league's playoff format during an interview at halftime of Sunday's MLS Cup championship game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field in Toronto.

The league has been criticized in recent years for their playoff format, which has seen teams who reside in one conference be moved to another conference to balance out brackets, then, in the case of the Rapids, for example, win the Eastern Conference Championship while playing all season in the Western Conference.

At his "state of the league" speech during the annual Supporters Summit, held this year in Toronto, he told reporters he wanted to "tweak" the format by possibly adding a play-in game to the format.

During his interview Sunday, he will also offer details about the 2011 MLS schedule and the possibility of moving to an international calendar schedule.

Comets Sign Brazilian De Souza To Loan Deal

The expansion Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing Saturday of Brazilian defender Jose Liuz Birche De Souza to a one-year deal after his work visa and loan paperwork were completed.

He has played in MISL for the now-defunct 2009-10 champion Monterrey LaRaza as well as SC Corinthians Paulista and Clube Athletico Paranaense.

Sockers Edge Stars In Front Of PASL's Largest Crowd Ever

Before a league-record 3,064 fans, the San Diego Sockers unfurled their 2009-10 Professional Arena Soccer League North American Championship banner Saturday at Del Mar Arena, then edged the Tacoma Stars 8-6 to begin their home campaign.

Deuces were wild for the Sockers as Kraig Chiles, Dan Antoniuk, Aaron Susi and Diego Roviva each had two goals in the victory. Chiles assisted on two other goals and Antoniuk added another assist as well.

Player-head coach Greg Howes led the Stars with a pair of goals and a pair of assists.

The Sockers will host the California Cougars next Saturday at Del Mar Arena while the Stars hit the road this Sunday to face Revolucion Tijuana.

Hughes Hat Trick Carries Kings To Rout Over Waza

Jeff Hughes, the defending Professional Arena Soccer League Most Valuable Player, tallied a hat trick and Matt Brienes added two more goals as the host Cincinnati Kings opened their schedule at the Cincinnati Gardens with a 10-3 victory over the Detroit Waza.

Five players -- Adam Reis, Chris Dobrowoloski, Sam Fiore, Eddie Hertsenberg and Drew Ducker -- each added a goal for the Kings.

Both teams will meet again December 5 at the Taylor (MI) Sportsplex, but the Kings will first host the Ohio Vortex next Saturday.

Revolucion Tijuana Opens First PASL Season With Win At Cougars

Edgar Lemas scored four consecutive goals to lead Revolucion Tijuana, a provisional franchise in the Professional Arena Soccer League last season, to an 11-7 victory in their first game as a full league member over the host California Cougars Friday at Stockton Arena.

Hugo Zapata and Edgar Rivas scored goals 33 seconds apart in the fourth quarter and Tijuana also had two empty net goals in the victory.

Craig Scheer and Antonio Sutton led the Cougars with two goals each and Chris Handsor added a goal and assisted on two others.

Tijuana next hosts the Tacoma Stars Sunday at Funati while the Cougars face intrastate rival and the defending North American champion San Diego Sockers next Saturday at Del Mar Arena.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Illinois Piasa Signs First Player To Roster

Illinois Piasa (pie-a-saw) of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signing Saturday of the expansion franchise's first player -- forward/midfielder Brian Towery.

Towery spent the last three seasons with their sister franchise, Piasa FC in the Premier Arena Soccer League, and played collegiately at Lewis & Clark.

The Piasa open their PASL season December 4 at home against the Cincinnati Kings Reserves of the PASL-Premier.

USL Hands Out 2010 Season Organizational And Executive Awards

At their annual Hall of Fame Banquet in Tampa Friday, United Soccer Leagues handed out their 2010 season Organizational and Executive Honors to deserving staff and teams in their three umbrella leagues.

The winners are as follows:

USL SECOND DIVISION
Regular Season Champion: Charleston Battery
Fair Play: Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Marketing: Richmond Kickers
Communications: Harrisburg City Islanders
Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award: Jon Rotz, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Executive of the Year: Shelly Sowers, Richmond Kickers
Organization of the Year: Charleston Battery
USL Progress Award: Pittsburgh Riverhounds

These are the final USL-2 awards to be handed out, as the league has merged with USL First Division to form USL PRO, beginning in 2011.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Regular Season Champion: Portland Timbers U23s
Fair Play: Mississippi Brilla
Marketing: Kitsap Pumas
Communications: Ottawa Fury
Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award: Melanie Rutherford, Ottawa Fury
Executive of the Year: Rusty Bryant, Mississippi Brilla
Rookie Franchise of the Year: MPS Portland Phoenix
Organization of the Year: Portland Timbers U23s
USL Progress Award: Dayton Dutch Lions

USL W-LEAGUE
Regular Season Champion: Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Fair Play: Charlotte Lady Eagles
Marketing: Pali Blues
Communications: Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award: Cayla Deacon, Colorado Force
Executive of the Year: Lyndelle Phillips, New York Magic
Rookie Franchise of the Year: Colorado Rush
Organization of the Year: Vancouver Whitecaps
USL Progress Award: Rochester Ravens

Morgan Hands USWNT First Leg Win Over Italy In Final WWC Qualifier

University of California forward Alex Morgan, the youngest player on the current US Women's National Team roster at 21, scored the game's lone goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time to give them a 1-0 win over Italy in the first leg of a FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying series in Padova, Italy.

The winner of this two-game aggregate goal series, which ends next Saturday at Toyota Paek in Bridgeview, IL, will earn the final spot in the field for the 2011 tournament.

Morgan has four goals in eight appearances with the team.

Waza Dodges Lightning At Louisville

Costea Decu and Matt Johnson had two goals each and Matt Lividini and Miki Djokic posted one goal each as the Detroit Waza edged the Louisville Lightning 6-4 in Professional Arena Soccer League play at the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Complex in Louisville, KY.

Jerry Chavez led the Lightning with two goals and Kolby LaCrone and Ross Hopkins had solo goals in the loss.

Detroit (1-1) takes on the Cincinnati Kings (2-0) Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens Arena.

Louisville (0-2) will travel to Revolucion Tijuana December 3 for their next game.

Kings Crown The Vortex In Canton

George Davis IV, Sam Fiore and Jeff Hughes scored a pair of goals each as the Cincinnati Kings defeated the host Ohio Vortex 9-4 Friday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at the Canton Civic Center.

Kwame Sarkodie, Chris Dobrowoloski and Matt Brienese added solo goals for the Kings.

The Kings, now 2-0, host the Detroit Waza Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens.

Ohio, who falls to 1-1, will travel to Cincinnati next Saturday for a rematch.

Farias Hat Trick Leads Vipers Over Comets

Carlos "Chile" Farias had a hat trick with two of the goals unassisted and Joseph Bontti assisted on the third as the visiting Omaha Vipers edged the host Missouri Comets 14-10 in a matchup of Major Indoor Soccer League expansion teams at the Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

Ricardo Cavalcante scored on a power play goal and assisted on a Aurinei Parisetto play as the Vipers won their first game as a franchise (1-0).

Paulo Le Petit got help from Victor Quiroz on an Omaha goal and Frederico Moojen assisted on a strike from Shaun David.

For the Comets (0-2), Geison Moura scored a three-point goal and assisted on another goal and Leo Gibson also posted a three-pointer. Byron Alvarex and Vahid Assadpour each had a goal and an assist in the loss.

The two teams will face off again Sunday at the Omaha Civic Center.

Millwood Double Leads Blast To Home Victory Over Riot

Machel Millwood scored two goals to lead the Baltimore Blast to a 10-6 season-opening home win over the expansion Chicago Riot in Major Indoor Soccer League play from First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Guiliano Celenza was assisted by Pat Healey on a goal and Worteh Sampson and Maz Ferdinand scored goals in an 18-seond span during the game.

The Riot got their first two goals as a franchise from Edward Santeliz and Semir Mesanovic also posted a goal.

Baltimore (2-0) next travels to the expansion Omaha Vipers next Sunday while the Riot (0-2) have their franchise's inaugural season opener against the defending regular season champion Milwaukee Wave December 5.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Red Bulls Name 2010 Season Individual Award Winners

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls Friday handed out their 2010 season individual team awards.

Here are the winners:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Joel Lindpere, Midfielder
- Had three goals and a team-high six assists in starting 29 of 30 regular season games
- Was a finalist for MLS Newcomer of the Year

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Tim Ream
- Was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year
- One of two players (the other being FC Dallas forward David Ferreira) this season and one of three rookies in league history who played all 2,700 minutes
- Had a goal this season but led defensive unit that gave up an Eastern Conference-best 29 goals and earned the team 13 shutouts. Both statistics are also team records

GOLDEN BOOT AWARD
Juan Pablo Angel, forward
- Won the award for fourth and final time as he will not return to the team in 2011
- Had 13 goals, sixth-most in the league's Golden Boot race
- Had career-highs this season in games played (30) and minutes played (2,593)
- Also had three assists and took a career- and league-high 98 shots
- Three of his goals were game-winners, with two of those coming in second-half stoppage time

MLS W.O.R.K.S HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Seth Stammler, midfielder
- Founded Sporting Chance Foundation to help victims of a devastating earthquake and flood in Haiti.

Western New York Selects Fountain, Goebel In Expansion Draft

The expansion and yet-unnamed Western New York franchise in Women's Professional Soccer began to draft their first roster of players Friday by selecting Atlanta Beat defender Kaley Fountain and Washington Freedom midfielder Beverly Goebel in the 2010 Expansion Draft.

Fountain began her WPS career last season with the eventual champion FC Gold Pride, but was released after five games and later picked up by the Beat, where she started two of five games there.

Goebel, the 27th overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft, started nine of 16 games with the Freedom, scoring her first professional goal against the Chicago Red Stars.

River City Rovers Join USL PDL For 2011 Season

The Louisville, KY-based River City Rovers were named Thursday as the newest expansion team in the USL Premier Development League for the 2011 season.

Muhamed Fazlagic will serve as the team's head coach and technical director and Thabane Sutu will be his assistant coach.

The team's home pitch will be announced at a later date.

FC Dallas' Ferreira Named MLS MVP

FC Dallas forward David Ferreira, who will lead his Western Conference championship team into Sunday's league championship against the Eastern Conference champion Colorado Rapids at BMO Field in Toronto, was named Friday the 2010 Volkswagen Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player.

Ferreira, who played all 2,700 minutes in the league this season but picked up the most fouls of any league player as well, beat out 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner and forward Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes and second-place finisher in the MVP and Golden Boot races and forward Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He scored eight goals and 13 assists, second-most in the league, during the regular season and has a goal and three assists so far in the postseason.

Ohio's Eller Named First-Ever PASL-Pro Player Of The Week

Forward Allen Eller of the Ohio Vortex was named Thursday the first-ever Professional Arena Soccer League Player of the Week.

The defending Scoring Champion with 53 points and the second-place finisher in the Golden Boot competition with 34 goals, Eller scored five goals in leading the Vortex to an 11-10 victory over the Detroit Waza in their season opener last Saturday.

Eller began his career in the National Professional Soccer League in 1999, then played for the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1999-2001), the Houston Hotshots (2000) of the World Indoor Soccer League, the Harrisburg Heat of the Major Indoor Soccer League (2002), the Cincinnati Riverhawks of USL (2002), the Baltimore Blast of MISL (2002-05), and the MISL's Cleveland Force in 2005.

The league will begin issuing a POTW award after every week of the regular season.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rhinos Pick Up Option Years On Contracts Of 14 Players For USL PRO Debut

The Rochester Rhinos, regular season champions of the 2010 USSF Division 2 Pro League, announced Thursday they have exercised the option years on the contracts of 14 players for the team's debut in the new USL PRO in 2011.

Four of those players were winners of team awards in 2010 -- Aaron Pitchkolan (Most Valuable Player), Troy Roberts (Defender of the Year) and Isaac Kissi (Offensive Player of the Year) -- with 2009 Rookie of the Year Tyler Bellamy also continuing with the Rhinos.

The other players to stay in Rochester are defenders Rich Costanzo and Jonathan Greenfield, midfielders Max Ferdinand, T.J. Gore, Alfonso Motagalvan, Tyler Rosenlund and Kenold Versailles; forwards Anthony Hamilton and Andrew Hoxie, and goalkeeper Neal Kitson.

The 14 join goalkeeper Scott Vallow on the 2011 team, as Vallow was signed through the next season.

Whitecaps To Announce Signing Of USMNT Defender Jay DeMerit At News Conference

One of Major League Soccer's two expansion franchises for the 2011 season, the Vancouver Whitecaps, will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Eastern time/10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday at the Vancouver Convention Center to announce the franchise's first signing -- US Men's National Team defender Jay DeMerit, according to The Vancouver Sun Wednesday.

DeMerit, who has made 23 appearances for the USMNT, started all four games for the team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

He has spent the last six seasons in England, playing for Watford, who played mostly in the second division English Championship, except for the 2006-07 season, when they played in the top-flight English Premier League.

In 2001, he played for the Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League before leaving for England.

His contract with Watford ended in June and many European teams were hoping to claim DeMerit in the offseason.

Kansas City Wizards Rebranding Themselves As Sporting Kansas City

For the first time since 2005, a Major League Soccer franchise rebranded themselves Wednesday as the Kansas City Wizards became Sporting Kansas City as an event at KC Live! at the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City attended by over 1,000 people, including the first appearance of new Designated Player Omar Bravo of Mexico since he signed with the team in August.

Sporting Kansas City's mission will be "to connect Kansas City to the premier professional sports experience in the Midwest", which includes the opening in June 2011 of a $180 million, 18,500-seat new stadium currently under construction in Village West, an entertainment complex in Kansas City, KS, replacing two outdated locales for the franchise -- Arrowhead Stadium, home to the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, MO, where the team was played for the last few seasons.

The team will retain all of the history of the Wizards, including winning an MLS Cup and a Supporters Shield title in 2000 and winning the 2004 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, by having a star placed above Sporting's new logo on players' jerseys.

"Our goal is to revolutionize the way a professional sports team connects with fans through premier experience and spaces," said team president Robb Heinemann in a statement Wednesday.

Sporting Kansas City also unveiled a new team crest Wednesday.

The new crest pays tribute to the former Wizards by keeping the upside-down teardrop shape, but adds new elements.

The word "Sporting" is written inside the shield beneath the words "Kansas City" and the crest's left side features 11 diagonal lines, symbolizing the starting 11-man lineups of the team's past, present and future, with six of the lnes in Sporting Blue color with the other five in Dark Indigo Blue lines, showing the team's new colors.

The right edge of the lines create the impression of the state line between Missouri and Kansas, two states that will continue to utilize.

Lastly, a stylized SC ligature takes up the right side of the crest linking the team to its parent organizaion, Sporting Club, while also using symbols from other elements -- the rod of the Greek god Ascelpius to promote health and fitness; the Hellenistic statue of Winged Victory, symbolizing strength and movement, and the Spanish architecture of the city's Country Club Plaza.

The team also announced new online profiles:

- Web: http://www.sportingkc.com/

- Blog: http://www.thesportingway.com/

- Twitter: http://twitter.com/SportingKC

- Facebook: www.facebook.com/SportingKC

The last MLS franchise to change its original name was the Dallas Burn, who became FC Dallas after the 2004 season.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Riot Names Physical, Occupational Therapy Partner; Announce Exhibition Game With Local Hispanic Team

The expansion Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Wednesday AthletiCo Physical Therapy has become the team's official physical and occupational therapy sponsor.

The company works with all of Chicago's professional sports teams -- the NFL's Bears, the NHL's Blackhawks, the NBA's Bulls, and MLB's Cubs and White Sox.

The Riot also announced they will play an exhibition game November 28 against Costa Guerrero of the city's Hispano League at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park, IL.

Dynamo Head Coach/Vice President Steps Down

The Carolina Dynamo of the USL Premier Development League announced Wednesday head coach and team vice president Joe Brown is leaving the franchise to pursue other interests.

Brown currently serves as the CEO and president of US Futbol Training in Delaware.

He was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2002, the same season he was named Executive of the Year in the predecessor to the PDL, the D-3 Pro League.

In 11 seasons with the Dynamo, Brown became the team's all-time wins leader with 116 to go with 61 losses and 14 draws. Carolina won league championships in 2003 and 2006 and, subsequently, was named the league's Coach of the Year both times.

Before coaching Carolina, he led the Delaware Wizards of the D-3 Pro League to a 49-37-11 record.

FC New York Commits To USL PRO For 2011 Debut

FC New York became the 13th team to commit to USL PRO, the merger of the USL First and Second Divisions set to launch in 2011, Wednesday.

The team will play home games at The Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.

MLS Hands Out AT&T Goal Of The Year, NAPA Save Of The Year Awards

In the only postseason awards decided by fans, Major League Soccer announced Wednesday Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa won the 2010 AT&T Goal of the Year award and Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller won the 2010 NAPA Auto Parts Save of the Year award.

Pappa won the award for his Week 3 goal against the San Jose Earthquakes in Chicago's home opener.

It was one of his career-high seven goals to go along with five assists in 25 games with the Fire. Pappa was named to the First XI of the 2010 MLS All-Star team.

He is the third Chicago player to win the Goal of the Year award, following Damiani Ralph in 2003 and Cuauhtemoc Blanco in 2007.

Keller, who won seven weekly competitions this seasons, won for stopping a potential game-tying goal by Chance Myers of the Kansas City Wizards in Week 4 of the 2010 season. Seattle won the game 1-0 and handed the Wizards their first loss of the season.

Most Of FIFA Men's Top Ten Unchanged, But US Moves Up One Spot

The top nine teams in the last FIFA/Coca-Cola world men's soccer rankings -- Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, England, Uruguay, Portugal and Croatia -- were unchanged in the latest monthly poll, released Wednesday,

Egypt re-emerged in the top ten at tenth this month after the previous slot holder, Russia, fell to 13th.

The US Men's National Team, who defeated South Africa 1-0 Wednesday to end their 2010 season, rose one spot to 24th in the new poll.

The results of the final 2010 poll will be announced December 15.

Agudelo Makes USMNT History As They Win Nelson Mandela Challenge Over South Africa

Six days shy of his 18th birthday, forward Juan Agudelo of Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls became the youngest player to ever score a goal for the US Men's National Team in the modern era as the team defeated South Africa 1-0 Wednesday to win the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town.

Agudelo's goal came in the 85th minute off Mikkel Diskerud and allowed the US to finish the 2010 season with a record of 5-4-5.

Sockers Name Susi Player Of The Week

Forward Aaron Susi, who scored a pair of goals and assisted on another goal in a 10-6 win over the California Cougars in their season-opening Professional Arena Soccer League victory at Stockton Arena in Stockton, CA Sunday, was named the first Player of the Week for the defending North American Champion San Diego Sockers Tuesday in a vote of media covering the game.

Susi, a former Cougars star, edged out midfielder Chiky Luna, who had a performance similar to Susi's with two goals and an assist, and goalkeeper Riley Swift, who saved 16 shots in the win.

The Sockers open their home season at Del Mar Arena in Del Mar, CA Saturday when they welcome the Tacoma Stars.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Comets Add Local Products O'Dell, Kelly To Roster; Start I-29 Series Friday

The expansion Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signings of two local players Tuesday -- Charles O'Dell and Nick Kelly.

O'Dell is a native of Independence, MO, where the team plays their home games, and played high school soccer at William Chrisman High School and college soccer for Maple Woods Community College.

Kelly played his collegiate soccer at Columbia College in Columbia, MO.

The Comets return to Independence Events Center Friday for the first game of what's being called "The I-29 Series" against the Omaha Vipers; the interstate highway designation is the road that separates the two cities.

The team that wins the most games in the series will receive a trophy while the loser will make donation to the winning team's charity.

Revolution Sign 15-Year-Old As First Homegrown Player

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced the signing Tuesday of 15-year-old midfielder/forward Diego Fagundez as their first Homegrown Player.

A native of Uruguay, Fagundez played on New England's U-16 team in the 2009-10 season and is the team's first youth academy player to sign with the main roster.

He earned a spot on the US Soccer Federation Development Academy National Starting XI in 2010 after scoring 20 goals on the U-16 team.

Columbus Decides On A Much Younger Crew For 2011 Season

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew will undergo a youth movement after the team announced they will not pick up option years on the contratcs of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Frankie Hejduk, Duncan Oughton and Gino Padula, according to The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday.

The Crew have exercised 2011 options, though, on Kevin Burns, Danny O'Rourke, Andy Iro and Eric Brunner, and have re-signed goalkeeper Andy Greunebaum, their only out-of-contract player.

Those released players have opportunities to land with other MLS teams via two upcoming Re-Entry Drafts.

Dynamo Name Canetti New President Of Business Operations

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo Tuesday promoted longtime franchise staffer Chris Canetti from chief operating officer to president of business operations, a job previously held by Oliver Luck, who resigned at the end of June 2010.

Canetti has been with the Dyanmo since their inaugural season of 2006 and was named the MLS Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year in 2008 and was selected to the 40 Under 40 List by Sports Business Journal.

Among his many accomplishments, Canetti was instrumental in bringing Manchester United of the Englsih Premier League to Houston to play the MLS All-Stars at this year's game at Reliant Stadium.

Sounders Defender Parke Undergoes Sugery To Remove Bone Spurs From Toe Joint

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Tuesday defender Jeff Parke will return for the team's 2011 preseason training camp after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from a toe joint.

Parke, a former New England Revolution player, signed with Seattle May 13 and started all 20 of the team's remaining regular season games.

He played in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Galaxy, but suffered a high ankle sprain and missed the second leg.

Riot Unveils Roster; Names Lotto Official Uniform Supplier

The expansion Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League unveiled their 16-player roster Tuesday ahead of their inaugural league game Friday at First Mariner Arena against the Baltimore Blast and named Lotto the team's official uniform supplier.

The Riot, who have 12 players who competed for the now-defunct Rockford Rampage last season, will be coached by Jeff Kraft, with midfielder Novica Marojevic serving as player/assistant coach.

Marojevic played indoor soccer for the Chicago Storm, Detroit Ignition, Rochester Rhinos and Kansas City Attack as well as playing outdoors for nine years for such teams in Europe as Sutjeska, Radnicki, Partizan, Vozdovac and Celik.

Chicago has named midfielder Fred Degand as captain after scoring two three-point goals, six two-pointers, five assists and 14 block in 19 games in Rockford last season.

Drafted by the Cleveland Crunch of the National Professional Soccer League in 2001 out of Bowling Green State University, Degand began his pro career instead with the Cleveland Force in the NPSL's 2003-04 season.

At goalkeeper will be Jeff Richey, the 2009 National Indoor Soccer League's Player of the Year who saved 54 shots in three games in Rockford's 2009-10 season and also was named to the 2004 US National Futsal Team that played in Brazil.

At forwards, Semir Mesanovic and Bato Radoncic will lead the offensive unit.

Mesanovic scored 45 points in 22 combined games last season in the MISL between the Rampage and the former Philadelphia Kixx on two three-pointers, 15 two-pointers, nine assists and 18 blocks.

Radoncic had 32 points last season in Rockford and was named to the 2008-09 NISL All-Second Team with the Rampage.

For a detailed look at the Riot's roster, visit their website at www.chicagoriotsoccer.com.


As for the team's uniforms, they will wear black jerseys with silver accents on the sleeves and white road jerseys with red sleeve accents.

The Riot will make their home debut December 5 against the Milwaukee Wave.

WPS Loses Another Defending Champion, But Possible Seven Teams To Play In 2011 Season

For the second season in a row, Women's Professional Soccer will not have a defending champion as FC Gold Pride, the 2010 wire-to-wire champion, failed to meet a league deadline of Tuesday to secure necessary capital to be eligible for the 2011 season.

Legaue CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas announced five of the league's original teams -- the Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Sky Blue FC, the Philadelphia Independene and the Washington Freedom -- along with the expansion Western New York franchise will play in the upcoming season.

Another original team, the Chicago Red Stars, were given an extension of December 15 to secure their financing or they will not be able to compete in the 2011 season.

Eileraas also announced all former Pride players become free agents at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday and can be signed by any WPS franchise.

The league will announce its 2011 season schedule, playoff format and draft structure next month.

Finally, in lieu of the league holding a planned Expansion Draft for the new and yet-unnamed Western New York franchise, WPS will allow the team one day to claim up to six unprotected players from the original draft list announced October 20.

Real Maryland Monarchs Move To USL PDL After Three Seasons In USL-2

After playing three seasons in the former USL Second Division, the Real Maryland Monarchs announced Tuesday they would relegate themselves to the USL Premier Development League versus joining the new USL PRO, a merger of the former First and Second Divisions, for the 2011 season.

The move would give the Monarchs geographic rivals in the expansion Fredericksburg Hotspur, as well as established teams like the Northern Virginia Royals, the Hampton Roads Pirahnas and Reading United FC.

USL To Honor Six Franchises As Newest 10+ Clubs At Hall Of Fame Banquet Friday

United Soccer Leagues will induct six more franchises into their 10+ Club, signifying they have been affiliated with the organization for ten seasons, at the league's annual Hall Of Fame Awards Banquet Friday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Tampa.

The franchises are:

CHICAGO FIRE (USL PDL)
Founded in 2001, they have won seven division titles and are 124-24-22 in the regular season, They made it to the 2003 and 2009 league championship games, but came up short.

ORANGE COUNTY BLUE STAR (USL PDL)
The Blue Star have won three division titles in their ten years of existence and featured future soccer stars like Sacha Kljestan, Sal Zizzo, Kamani Hill, Brad Evans, Robbie Rogers, Kei Kamara and Jurgen Klinsmann.

PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS (USL PRO)
Originally part of the A-League in 1999, the Riverhounds won the Pro League's Atlantic Division in 2004 by losing only two games.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS (USL W-LEAGUE)
The Sounders have made the league's playoffs in six of their ten season and reached the league semfinals four times. Current and former US Women's National Team stars who began their careers there include Tina Ellertson, Justi Baumgardt-Yamada and Michelle French.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SEAHORSES (USL PDL)
They won the 2006 Southwest Division title and have made several postseason appearances.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (USL W-LEAGUE)
The Whitecaps have won the league championship three times, advanced to the championship game five times, and won their division seven times over ten seasons.

Also to be inducted in the USL Hall Of Fame are Builder Class selection the late Betsy McAdams, Coach Class member Bob Lilley and Player inductee Doug Miller.

MLS Announces 2010 Best XI

Major League Soccer Tuesday announced the roster of players selected for their 2010 Best XI, voted on by team media members and fellow players.

The Supporters Shield champion Los Angeles Galaxy have four players named to the team, followed by 2009 MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake, seeing three players named.

Here are the members of the 2010 MLS Best XI

2010 MLS BEST XI

GOALKEEPER
Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles Galaxy
Named 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after going 18-7-4 in 29 mtches started in 2010 with 11 shutouts and a 0.90 goals against average, third-best in the league.

DEFENDERS
Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake
Led team to new league record for fewest goals allowed in a season (20) and scored three goals.

Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake
Named 2010 MLS Defender of the Year after scoring two goals -- including a header in stoppage-time -- and played all but 27 minutes ths season.

Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy
The 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year led the league's second-stingest defense in 2010, giving up 26 goals. He also scored two goals during the season.

MIDFIELDERS
David Ferreira, FC Dallas
The lone Best XI member still playing this season, he scored eight goals and had 13 assists, second-most in the league. He also played all but one minute of the regular season, but was the most penalized player this season.

Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake
He had seven goals and nine assists for the 2009 MLS Cup champions this season.

Sebastien LeToux, Philadelphia Union
Winner of the league's individual Fair Play Award for receiving the fewest penalties, he had 14 goals and 11 assists, accounting for 71% of the expansion team's points this season.

Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC
He is now tied with Chris Armas and Jaime Moreno with his fifth Best XI nomination and scored 15 goals, including five game-winners in 2010.

FORWARDS
Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes
The league's Golden Boot winner and a nominee for Most Valuable Player, he scored six goals in his final four games to tally 18 for the season, nine of which were game-winning goals. He led the Earthquakes to their first postseason appearance since reforming as a team in 2008

Edson Buddle, Los Angeles Galaxy
He finished second in the league's Golden Boot race with 17 goals, scoring his first nine of the season in the first six games. Buddle also earned a spot on the US Men's National Team roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

MLS Expanding Rosters To 30 In 2011; Reviving Reserve Division

In a conference call as part of events leading to Sunday's MLS Cup final between the Eastern Conference champion Colorado Rapids and the Western Conference champion FC Dallas at BMO Field in Toronto, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced Tuesday league rosters would grow in the 2011 season from 26 to 30 plalyers and MLS will revive the Reserve Division after it was shut down following the 2008 season.

Of the 30 roster spots available on every team next season, six slots are strictly reserved for signing players under the age of 24 and the salaries of those players will not count against each team's expected salary cap in 2011 of $2.67 million.

The Reserve Division, which operated from the 2005 to 2008 seasons, allowed teams with untested and underdeveloped players a chance to earn playing experience against their peers, while still being able to train with their franchises' senior team.

There will be 18 teams in the 2010 Reserve Division, split itto three six-team regional divisions, with each team playing ten games. Teams can compete against opponents from USL PRO or the North American Soccer League, with the top eight players, regardless of division, in the league earning playoff berths en route to a champion being crowned.

Reserve Division games will be played either in the midweek or on the day after a senior level game.

Leite Named MISL's First Player Of The Week For 2010-11 Season

Milwaukee Wave forward Marcio Leite, who returned to the league after missing the last two complete seasons with knee injuries, was named Tuesday the Major Indoor Soccer League's first Player of the Week for the 2010-11 season.

Leite led the Wave with a two-point goal and five assists in their 20-9 league- and season-opening win over the expansion Missouri Comets 20-9 at the Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

Jaqua, Boss Have Recent Surgical Procedures

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Monday forward Nate Jaqua and goalkeeper Terry Boss underwent recent surgical procuedures but both have plans to return to the team for the 2011 season.

On Friday in Vail, CO, Jaqua, an original member of the Sounders franchise, underwent arthroscopic hip surgery and will be out for the next 12 to 16 weeks.

After coming back to the team in late June following missing the first 14 games of the season with a lower abdominal injury, he scored six goals and six assists in all competitions and was named the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Player of the Tournament for scoring five goals in four games.

Boss underwent reconstructive toe surgery in Seattle last Thursday. He started four matches in the LHUSOC and the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Monday, November 15, 2010

United, Allsopp Agree To Terminate Contract

DC United and forward Danny Allsopp mutually agreed Monday to terminate his Major League Soccer contract.

The Australian-born Allsopp, who joined United January 18, 2010 after playing in Qatar for Al-Rayyan, scored five goals in 23 league games, starting 18.

He finished the 2010 season tied with recently-named MLS Rookie of the year Andy Najar in goals with five, but Allsopp had a club-best three game-winning goals.

In 2009, Allsopp scored six goals in 12 games for Al-Rayyan after moving from Melbourne Victory of his home country's Hyundai A-League, where he played for four seasons and was the league's 2006 Golden Boot winner with 12 goals that season.

He also played in England for such teams as Manchester City, Hull City and Notts County and played in three games for Australia's national team.

USMNT To Open 2011 Season Against Chile January 22 At The Home Depot Center

The US Men's National Team announced Monday they will open the 2011 season at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA against Chile January 22.

The US is 2-4-1 lifetime against Chile, who finished second in Group H at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, losing to Brazil in the Round of 16.

Since first playing in Carson January 18, 2004 in a 1-1 draw to Denmark, the US team is 8-1-1 there and are on an eight-game winning streak.

Before losing to Honduras 3-1 in January 2009, the US had scored 27 goals in friendly games there and surrendered only four.

Ex-Cougars Lead Sockers To Season-Opening Win Over California

Former California Cougars stars Aaron Susi and Majell Aterado scored two goals and an assist and a goal, respectively, as they led the defending Professional Arena Soccer League North American Champion San Diego Sockers to a 10-6 victory over the Cougars Sunday at Del Mar Arena.

The Cougars were led in the loss by Uriel Robledo, who also had two goals and an assist, and Craig Scheer, who tallied two goals.

Both teams will meet again at Del Mar Arena November 27 but, before then, the Sockers will host the Tacoma Stars this Saturday.

California returns home to Stockton Arena this Friday to face Revolucion Tijuana, one of several expansion teams in the league this season.

Ferreira Leads FC Dallas To Western Conference Championship Over Galaxy

David Ferreira, a finalist for Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player of the 2010 season, scored a goal on passes from Marvin Chavez and Atiba Harris in the 26th minute, then assisted on Chavez's 73rd minute goal as FC Dallas stunned the soccer world by upsetting the 2010 MLS Supporters Shield and Western Conference regular season champion Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 in the Western Conference Championship Sunday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA to earn their first trip to the MLS Cup next Sunday against the Eastern Conference champion Colorado Rapids at BMO Field in Toronto/

George John scored his first goal for the Hoops this season in the 54th minute with help from Brek Shea and Ugo Ihemelu.

The Rapids last appeared in the league championship game in 1997 when they lost 2-1 to DC United at RFK Stadium.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stars Defeat Pumas In Tacoma's First Pro Indoor Soccer Game In 18 Years

Player-head coach Greg Howes joined Todd Stauber and Leighton O'Brien in scoring two goals each as the Tacoma Stars defeated the Kitsap Pumas 8-6 Saturday in both teams' Professional Arena Soccer League season opener Saturday at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

It was Tacoma's first professional indoor soccer game in 18 years. The Stars had been playing in the second-level Premier Arena Soccer League for several years but chose to promote themselves to the top level.

Greg Miley led the Pumas with two goals.

The Stars hit the road this weekend for games against the defending league champion San Diego Sockers Saturday and Revolucion Tijuana next Sunday.

Eller, Dragoin, Gonzalez Lead Vortex To 11-10 Victory Over Waza

Allen Eller, who scored 34 goals last season for the Ohio Vortex, started his 2010-11 Professional Arena Soccer League season with five goals as the second-season franchise edged the Detroit Waza 11-10 Saturday in the season-opening game for both teams at the Canton Civic Center.

Dan Dragoin and Rodrigo Gonzalzez each added hat tricks in the victory.

Both teams face off again this Friday -- Ohio hosting the Cincinnati Kings in Canton, and the Waza traveling to the Louisville Lightning at the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Complex in Louisville.

Rapids Quell Earthquakes To Win Eastern Conference Title, Advance To MLS Cup 2010

Kosuke Kimura scored the game's only goal unassisted in the 42nd minute as the Colorado Rapids shut out the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO to become Major League Soccer's 2010 Eastern Conference champion.

The Rapids will now face the winner of Sunday's Western Conference Championship between the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas for the league championship at MLS Cup 2010 next Sunday at BMO Field in Toronto.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stars Add Four More Players To Roster; Open Season Saturday Versus Pumas

The Tacoma Stars of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signing Saturday of four more players -- defenders Jeff Bader and Kris Bowens, goalkeeper Ryan Thompson and forward Chris Sanders --- prior to the team's season opener against a fellow expansion team, the Kitsap Pumas, at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

RSL Announces Year-End Award Winners

2009 Major League Soccer Champion Real Salt Lake, who made the 2010 playoffs but failed to defend their crown, announced their winners of year-end awards Friday.

Midfielder Javier Morales, the team's Most Valuable Player in 2008, won the award for 2010 after scoring seven goals and assisting on a team-high nine others.

Nat Borchers was named the Defender of the Year after becoming the only player to start all 30 games this season, tallying 2,673 minutes on the pitch, the best on the team and the fifth-most minutes played in MLS in 2010.

His defensive unit allowed a league-record 20 goals over 30 games, set a new league record with seven goals scored at home, and finished second in the league in shutouts in a single season with 15.

Midfielder Jean Alexandre was named their Humanintarian of the Year after working with residents of his native country of Haiti to clean up after a devastating earthquake laid waste to the country.

Finally, forward Alvaro Saborio, already named the 2010 MLS Newcomer of the Year, was named the winner of the team's Golden Boot by scoring a team-high 12 goals, the first seven coming at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

His goal total put him in eighth place for the league's Golden Boot honor, which went to San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.

His 12 goals tied him with Robbie Findley in 2009 for second place on the team's single season goal scoring list, four goals behind Jeff Cunningham, who had 16.

Wave Open Defense Of MISL Title By Beating Expansion Comets

Tenzin Rampa, Josh Rife and Hewerton Moreira each had a pair of two-point goals as the defending Major Indoor Soccer League regular season champion Milwaukee Wave opened the 2010-11 season wth a 20-8 rout of the expansion Missouri Comets in their inaugural game at the Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

La RaZa de Monterrey, who won the league championship in 2009-10, folded their operations.

Marcio Leite had a two-pointer as well and assisted on two goals and Guiliano Oliviero, J.P. Rodriguez and Matt Stewart also posted goals.

Jamar Beasley led the Comets with two two-point shots and assisted on a Leo Gibson goal in the loss. Mirsad Dzilic also scored for Missouri.

Both teams will meet again November 26 at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.

Hughes Leads Kings To Season-Opening Win Over Lightning

Jeff Hughes, the reigning Professional Arena Soccer League Most Valuable Player, wasted little time in beginning defense of his title as he scored a hat trick to lead the Cincinnati Kings to a 6-5 victory over the host Louisville Lightning in the league's 2010-11 season opener Friday at the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Complex in Louisville, KY.
Jeff Henderson, Sam Fiore and Eddie Hertsenberg also scored for the Kings, who merged their operations in the offseason with the former 1790 Cincinnati Express to form a year-round franchise that will compete in the PASL and the USL Premier Development League.

Chad Hagerty, Safet Kovacevic, John Michael Hayden, Othaniel Yanez and Adam Boyer scored goals for the Lightning.
Both teams play again next Friday -- Cincinnati traveling to the Ohio Vortex; Louisville hosting the Detroit Waza.

Friday, November 12, 2010

USWNT Roster Announced For World Cup Qualifying Series With Italy

US Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage announced a 24-player roster for their upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying series with Italy, in which the winner of the two-game aggregate-goal series earns the final berth in next year's tournament in Germany.

The US, the world's number one women's soccer team that expected to make the finals of the recent CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancun, Mexico, lost to the host country in the semifinals and defeated Costa Rica in the consolation game Monday to earn this second chance to claim a spot in the field against Italy, ranked 11th in the world.

The first leg of the series will be next Saturday at Euganeo Stadium in Padova, Italy, with the second leg set for November 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Both games will be broadcast online on ESPN3.com.

Sundhage will only be able to suit up 18 players for each game.

Here is the USWNT's roster, listed by position and, alphabetically, by player with their current professional assignment:

GOALKEEPERS
Nicole Barnhart - FC Gold Pride
Ashlyn Harris - Washington Freedom
Jill Loyden - Chicago Red Stars

DEFENDERS
Rachel Buehler - FC Gold Pride
Stephanie Cox - Boston Breakers
Ali Krieger - FFC Frankfurt (Germany)
Amy LePeilbet - Boston Breakers
Heather Mitts - Philadelphia Independence
Christie Rampone - Sky Blue FC
Becky Sauerbrunn - Washington Freedom

MIDFIELDERS
Yael Averbuch - Sky Blue FC
Shannon Boxx - FC Gold Pride
Tina DiMartino - Philadelphia Independence
Kristine Lilly - Boston Breakers
Lori Lindsey - Philadelphia Independence
Carli Lloyd - Sky Blue FC
Heather O'Reilly - Sky Blue FC
Leslie Osborne - Boston Breakers
Megan Rapinoe - Chicago Red Stars
Lindsay Tarpley - Boston Breakers

FORWARDS
Lauren Cheney - Boston Breakers
Alex Morgan - University of California
Amy Rodriguez - Philadelphia Independence
Abby Wambach - Washington Freedom

Wave Re-Signs Three Midfielders, Trades Megson To Riot

The Major Indoor Soccer League's Milwaukee Wave announced Friday they have re-signed three midfielders from last season -- Brett Wiesner, Kyle Lance and Tom Oatley -- to contracts for this season and traded midfielder/forward Alex Megson to the expansion Chicago Riot for future considerations.

Wiesner, in his fifth season with the Wave, had six goals last season and is 12 points away from reaching the career 100-point mark. He has played in 106 games over his previous four seasons.

Lance, who scored five goals in his debut season last year, previously played for the former Chicago Storm and set career highs with the Wave in all categories last season except penalty minutes.

Oatley, who finished playing the 2010 outdoor season for the Kalamazoo Outrage in the USL Premier Development League, had two goals and three assists in nine games last season for the Wave,

RSL Stars Saborio, Horst Undergo Knee Surgeries In Salt Lake City

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake announced forward Alvaro Saborio and defender David Horst underwent successful right knee surgeries Thursday at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and will both be able to take part in the team's preseason training camp in January.

Saborio, who won the team's Golden Boot award with 18 goals in 32 games between MLS play and the CONCACAF Champions League and was named the league's Newcomer of the Year, had "floating bodies" removed from his knee.

Horst, who has been on loan all season to the Puerto Rico Islanders in the USSF Division 2 League, had a small tear in his meniscus repaired as well as had cartilage smoothed out.

RSL, who were not able to defend their MLS Cup championship this season, will face the Columbus Crew in a two-game total goal quarterfinal CCL series February 22 at Crew Stadium and March 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

Tacoma Stars Sign Seven More Players To Contracts

The Tacoma Stars of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced the signings Thursday of seven more players to their roster -- goalkeeper Chris Kintz, midfielders Todd Stauber and Mark Lee, defenders Brayton Knapp and Steve Mohn, and forwards Brian Iblings and Amos Freheit.

The Stars say they will announce the final roster player signings Friday and will open their first season in the PASL Saturday at the Tacoma Soccer Center against a fellow 2010-11 expansion team, the Kitsap Pumas.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fire Teams With Soccer Specific Development To Operate USL PDL's Chicago Fire Premier

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Thursday they are teaming with Soccer Specific Development to oversee the management and operation of Chicago Fire Premier of the USL Premier Development League.

The team remains under the umbrella of the Fire's Premier Development unit under the leadership of SSD president Todd Short, who announced Thursday Mark Spooner will become head coach of the PDL franchise.

NASL Adds Teams For 2011, Submits Applicaton For Division 2 Sanctioning To USSF

The North American Soccer League, which operated last season as a part of the US Soccer Federation's Division 2 Pro League with the former USL First Division, now called USL PRO, held their Annual General Meeting in Miami this past Sunday and Monday and made several announcements.

The NASL will expand by two teams for the 2011 season -- the NSC Minnesota Stars, who originally were to play in USL-1, but crossed over to the NASL, and the revived Atlanta Silverbacks. The league has already announced San Antonion will join the league in 2012 and as-yet-named expansion city will be added for the 2013 season.

The league has also submitted their application with the USSF for sanctioning as a Division 2 Pro League and will know the federation's decision November 21 at their annual meeting in Toronto, site of Major League Soccer's MLS Cup championship game.

The USSF Division 2 League was formed by the federation after both the NASL and USL-1 failed to meet sanctioning requirements to operate as separate leagues in the 2010 season.

Hyndman Named MLS Coach Of The Year

Major League Soccer announced Thursday FC Dallas' Schellas Hyndman has been named the 2011 MLS Coach of the Year after turning around a franchise that went 11-13-6 in his first season of 2009, beating out fellow nominees Hans Backe of the New York Red Bulls and Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake.

During their 2010 season, Dallas finished 12-4-14 and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2007, reaching Sunday's MLS Western Conference Final at The Home Depot Center against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the first time Dallas has played for the conference title in 11 years.

Dallas set a new league record for longest undefeated streak (19 games) and longest road undefeated streak (12 games) and tied a league record for fewest losses (four).

MLS Announces Dates, Locations For Annual Combine And SuperDraft

Major League Soccer announced Thursday the 2011 MLS Combine will be held January 8-11 in Fort Lauderdale, FL in advance of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, set for noon January 13 at the Baltimore Convention Center, site of the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention.

Bradley Names USMNT Roster For Final 2010 Season Game In South Africa

With most of their first team players involved in either European or Major League Soccer club play, US Men's National Team head coach announced Thursday his 18-player roster for the team's final game of the 2010 season this Wednesday against South Africa in Cape Town.

Here is the roster, by position, with current team and location:

GOALKEEPERS
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa (England)
Dom Cervi - Celtic (Scotland)

DEFENDERS
Nat Borchers - Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa (England)
Clarence Goodson - Start (Norway)/Brodby (Denmark)
Jonathan Spector - West Ham United (England)
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres (Mexico)
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Gale Agbossoumonde - Miami/Braga (Portugal)

MIDFIELDERS
Brian Carroll - Columbus Crew (MLS)
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew (MLS)
Eddie Gaven - Columbus Crew  (MLS)
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek (Norway)
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro (Sweden)
Logan Pause - Chicago Fire (MLS)

FORWARDS
Robbie Findley - Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Teal Bunbury - Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Comets Sign Former Wizard Beasley To Contract

The expansion Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing Thursday of forward Jamar Beasley, who played three seasons in Kansas City with Major League Soccer's Wizards.

Beasley went from high school to MLS in 1998 and was the youngest to ever sign with the league when he played for the New England Revolution.

Between 1998 and 2001, he scored a combined seven goals and eight assists in 59 games between the Revolution and the Chicago Fire.

Beasley left the US for Italy in 2002, playing for Atletico Puteolana, before returning in 2003 to play three seasons with the Wizards, scoring 53 goals in 61 games.

In 2005, he switched to the Major Indoor Soccer League and joined the St. Louis Steamers, where he scored 33 goals in 30 games over two seasons.

He then played the next two seasons with the Detroit Ignition, scoring 40 goals in 29 games, and has played the last two in the current version of the MISL with the Rockford Rampage.

Beasley has also represented the US on their 2004 and 2008 teams at the FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Beasley is the older brother for Glasgow Rangers and US Men's National team forward DeMarcus Beasley.