Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crew Signs Chilean Defender Sebastian Miranda

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced the signing Thursday of defender Sebastian Miranda, who last played in that country's first division with Union Espanola after stints in Austria with first division franchise SV Red Bull Salzburg and Chilean team Universidad Catolica.

Sockers Do The "Wright" Thing And Beat Developmental Fusion

Paul Wright had two goals to lead the defending Professional Arena Soccer League champion and US Open Arena Soccer Champion San Diego Sockers to a 7-5 win over their Premier Arena Soccer League developmental team, the San Diego Fusion, in a Round of 16 game Wednesday in the 2010-11 USOASC tournament at Del Mar Arena.

The Sockers will now face another Premier Arena Soccer League foe, the Las Vegas Knights, in a quarterfinal match sometime in late January. They return to PASL-Pro action January 8 at home against the Cincinnati Kings.

Healey Fires Off Four Two-Pointers In Blast Rout Of Comets On The Road

Pat Healey had eight points on four two-point goals, Machel Millwood had a pair of two-pointers and a pair of assists, and Worteh Sampson had four pints on a two-point goal and two assists as the Baltimore Blast routed the Missouri Comets 22-6 Wednesday at the Independence Events Center in Independence, MO to tie the defending Major Indoor Soccer League regular season champion Milwaukee Wave for the best record in the league at 5-0.

Robbie Aristodemo, Lucio Gonzaga and Mike Lookingland each added a two-point goal for Baltimore, who play their last game of 2010 Friday at the Omaha Vipers.

Byron Alvarez, Jamar Beasley and Leo Gibson scored two-pointers each for the Comets, who are the worst team in the league at 1-6 and travel to the Wave Friday.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Calabrese Named Head Coach Of USL PRO's Western Mass Pioneers

The Western Mass Pioneers of USL PRO announced Wednesday they have named Joe Calabrese the team's new head coach.

2010 has been a very busy year for Calabrese as he served as the top assistant coach with the USL Premier Development League's Albany BWP Highlanders, as the head coach of the Black Watch Premier U-20 team in the USL Super-Y League, and served in his third season as head coach of the Massachusetts Olympic Development League's U-17 boy's team.

Calabrese also has been head coach of the men's team at Utica College since 2009 and was a former top assistant coach for the Western New England College men's team (2006-09) and Westfield State College's men's team (2004-05).

He also has ties to the Pioneers, serving as head coach for the U-14, 15, 16 and 18 boys' teams in the Junior Pioneers program.

Cougars Player-Coach Sutton Named PASL Week 7 POTW

California Cougars head coach-defender Antonio Sutton was named Wednesday the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 7 of the 2010-11 season after scoring two goals, including the game-tying goal, in a 9-8 overtime win Monday against the defending league champion San Diego Sockers at Stockton Arena.

The win snapped the Cougars' season-opening six-game losing streak.

He has scored seven goals in their last two games and, as a coach, has a record of 13-10.

Tar Heels Trio, Cal Star Sign League Deals, Heading To Combine

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday North Carolina star midfielders Michael Farfan and Stephen McCarthy and defender Jalil Anibala, along with California defender AJ Soares signed league contracts and will be attending next month's league player combine in Fort Lauderdale, FL and are eligible for selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore.

Farfan led the Tar Heels to the 2009 NCAA College Cup national championship and to the semifinals of the 2010 event, where they lost to the University of Louisville in the semifinals on Louisville's way to losing to eventual national champion University of Akron in the championship game.

He is also a former member of the US U-17 boys' national team.

Anibaba transferred to North Carolina in 2009 from Santa Clara and was part of the Tar Heels' defensive unit that allowed 17 goals in 24 games in 2010 and pitched 11 shutouts.

McCarthy also transferred to the Tar Heels from Santa Clara and scored a goal in the loss to Louisville.

Five Akron Stars Make Up Most Of 2011 Generation adidas Class

Major League Soccer Wednesday announced the members of the 2011 class for Generation adidas, a program co-sponsored by adidas and the league that gives talented players the ability to leave college early to pursue an MLS career and receive educational grants if they choose to finish school.

The program also allows the players to earn salaries higher than the league minimum, but those salaries do not count against a team's salary cup.

Five of the Class of 2011 all come from the current NCAA men's champion University of Akron, whose Zips beat the Louisville Cardinals in the College Cup championship game 1-0 for the school's first-ever NCAA title in any sport -- midfielder Perry Kitchen, midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe, midfielder Michael Nanchoff, and defenders Kofi Zarkodie and Zarek Valentin.

The other players named to the list are Indiana forward Will Bruin, forward Corey Hertzog of Penn State, goalkeeper Zac MacMath from Maryland and forward Omar Salgado, a member of the US U-20 men's team who spent the summer playing on a youth team for Chivas de Guadalajara.

All nine players mentioned have signed contracts with the league, will participate in next month's annual player combine in Fort Lauderdale, and will be eligible for selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft next month in Baltimore.

Comets Sign John, Harding To 15-Day Contracts

The Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday they have signed forward Will John and defender Jamie Harding to 15-day contracts, beginning with Wednesday's home game at the Independence Events Center against the Baltimore Blast.

Both players have ties to the Kansas City area.

John, who still holds the single-season scoring record at Rockhurst High School in Overland Park, KS with 36 goals and 20 assists, played college soccer at St. Louis University, then was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire, where he led them in scoring during that season's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament run.

He was traded in the 2006 season to the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City), where he played in four games.

John will return to the States after playing currently in Croatia for NK Yinogradar.

Harding, who played collegiately at Kansas Newman College in Wichita, KS, went on to play in the original MISL for the Wichita Wings from 1996 to 2002 before being traded to the Kansas City Comets in 2003.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cougars Defeat Sockers In OT For First PASL Win Of The Season

Uriel Robledo scored his only goal in the only minute of overtime needed for the host California Cougars to win their first Professional Arena Soccer League game of the season 9-8 Monday to the defending league champion San Diego Sockers in their final game of 2010 at Stockton Arena.

Enrique Tovar led all scorers in the game with a hat trick as the Cougars snapped a season-opening six-game losing streak.

California, still in last place in the Western Division at 1-6, are off until January 9 when they host the Eastern Division's Cincinnati Kings.

The Sockers, who lead the Western Division at 6-2, next host their development team, the San Diego Fusion of the Premier Arena Soccer League, in a 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament game Wednesday at Del Mar Arena, then host the Kings January 8.

FC Tampa Bay Re-Signs Yamada For 2011 With Club Option For 2012

FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League announced Tuesday they have re-signed midfielder Takuya Yamada to a contract for 2011 with a club option for the 2012 season.

Yamada played in 29 of 30 games last season in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, starting 25, and assisted on two goals.

He began his professional career in Japan's J-League with Tokyo Verdy from 1999 to 2005, scoring 22 goals in 235 appearances over that time and serving as team captain for three years.

Yamada led Verdy to the 2004 J-League's Emperor's Cup championship and the 2005 J-League's Xerox Super Cup title.

He also played four time for his home country's senior national team between 2003 and 2004.

Traffic Sports USA Could Keep Railhawks Afloat For 2011 NASL Season

Unless the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League can find local financial support for their franchise to take part in the league's inaugural 2011 season, according to OurSportsCentral.com, Traffic Sports USA, a Brazilian company that owns the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (formerly Miami FC Blues) and has financial stakes in the league's NSC Minnesota Stars and expansion Atlanta Silverbacks, could offer the Railhawks financial assistance.

Cobras Could Strike In USL W-League In 2011

If the team can become financially stable, Columbia, SC could become an expansion city in the 2011 season of the USL W-League with the Central South Carolina Cobras, according to OurSportsCentral.com.

The team would likely be placed in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, along with the Atlanta Silverbacks, Charlotte Lady Eagles, Hampton Roads Piranhas, Northern Virginia Majestics and the Tampa Bay Hellenic.

RSL Extends Loan For Paulo, Jr. Through End Of 2011 Season

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake announced Monday they have extended the loan of Brazilian forward Paulo Morais, Jr., known professionally as Paulo, Jr., from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, formerly Miami FC Blues, of the North American Soccer League until the end of the 2011 season and receives an option to purchase his rights through the 2014 MLS season at the end of next season.

Morais, Jr. was loaned to RSL in September 2010 and, in his brief time with the team, earned a spot on the league's prestigious Best XI team. Before coming to MLS, he scored a team-high eight goals and four assists.

He now joins Argentinians Fabian Espindola, Nelson Gonzalez and Javier Morales, and Costa Rica's Alvaro Saborio as five of the team's six league-allowed international players on their roster.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Donovan Files For Divorce, Asks For Spousal Support

Forward Landon Donovan of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy filed for divorce from actress-wife Bianca Kajlich of the CBS series Rules Of Engagement Thursday after three years, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason and is now asking for spousal support, according to The Associated Press.

The couple, who had no children, were married on New Year's Eve in 2006 and separated in October 2010.

Riot To Go Without Maher For Four To Six Weeks After Surgery

The Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Thursday forward Anthony Maher will be out for four to six weeks after he has surgery to repair a broken right cheek bone suffered in Sunday's 14-13 win over the Missouri Comets in Independence, MO.

The two teams' next game will be a rematch in Independence January 7.

Sky Blue Signs Former Sol, Red Stars Forward Nogueira

Sky Blue FC announced Thursday they have signed forward Casey Nogueira for the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season.

A two-time NCAA College Cup champion in 2006 and 2008 at North Carolina and a member of the world's top-ranked US Women's National Team, Nogueira began her professional career as the eighth overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the 2009 champion Los Angeles Sol before they folded prior to the start of the season and was selected by the Chicago Red Stars in a dispersal draft, earning ten points this season.

The Red Stars have opted out of playing for WPS in the 2011 season with plans to return for the 2012 season.

Independence Moving 2011 Home Games To Widener University's Leslie Quick Stadium

After playing their inaugural season in Women's Professional Soccer at the University of West Chester, the Philadelphia Independence announced Thursday they will play 2011 season home games at 4,500-seat Leslie Quick Stadium on the campus of Widener University, located close to PPL Park in Chester, PA, home to Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

ESPN: Los Angeles: Osorio To Return To MLS As Chivas USA Head Coach; Team Also Signs Conrad

According to ESPN: Los Angeles Thursday, Major League Soccer's Chivas USA will name former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio as their new head coach next week, replacing Martin Vasquez, who was fired after one season after quarreling with team management over his technical staff selections.

A native Colombian, he led Once Caldas to his country's professional league title Sunday, the first of his coaching career.

In MLS, he led the Red Bulls to the 2008 MLS Cup title game but they lost to the Columbus Crew.

Also, Thursday, Chivas announced the signing of former Sporting Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad, who has chosen in the recent inaugural Re-Entry Draft.

Conrad began his career with the original San Jose Earthquakes in 1999 before moving to the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) in 2003.

A five-time MLS All-Star and the league's 2005 Defender of the Year, he has scored 19 goals in 288 regular season games, 273 of which he started.

He also was a member of the US Men's National Team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Revolution Signs Cochrane, Re-Signs Reis

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced Thursday they have signed former Houston Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane and re-signed goalkeeper Matt Reis.

Cochrane was selected during the league's recent inaugural Re-Entry Draft and has been a well-traveled individual.

Drafted in 2004 by the original San Jose Earthquakes, he went with the team to Houston when they relocated in 2006 and played on their 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup championship teams. He then went back to San Jose when the current team selected him in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft and played the 2008 and 2009 season before being traded back to Houston August 14, 2009.

In 123 regular season league appearances, he has scored four goals and four assists.

In 2007, he helped the Dynamo defense set a then-league record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 23 over 30 games.

Reis played in only 14 games for New England in 2010 due to preseason surgery on a shoulder injury and ankle surgery in mid-October that ended his season.

He is in seventh place or tied for seventh in several league statistical categories for goalkeepers -- matches played (227, seventh), matches started (222, seventh), minutes played (20,081, seventh), wins (92, tied for seventh), saves (882, seventh) and shutouts (59, seventh) -- and has started (187) and played (188) more games for New England than any other goalkeeper. He also leads the team in goals against average (1.29), wins (75), saves (757), shutouts (50) and save percentage (.729).

Happy Holidays And Thank You From Soccer Scene USA!

I wanted to take a moment as we approach the holiday season to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...and to thank you for your loyalty to this blog.

Until recently, though, I didn't realize how much people enjoy reading this blog...and where from.

In May 2010, Google, who owns Blogger, began giving bloggers a way to view statistics about their blog, including how many views your blog gets on a daily, weekly, monthly and all-time basis, as well as what country (or countries, in my case) read the blog.

Sure, I expected to have US readers (and more than just friends and family) and I do have readers who have become religious followers of it (all 22 of you -- and I'll get to you guys soon), but I was stunned (and truly honored) to find out what other countries read my blog.

Try these out for size (and in no particular order): Ireland, South Korea, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada, Israel, Russia, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil, China and Slovenia.

That's 15 countries, folks, counting the good ol' US of A, of course.

And, since I started this blog (and at the time I'm writing this entry), my blog has been viewed over 26,000 times since May 2010.

I am truly humbled and honored to know how important this blog is to so many readers, even if they only read my blog once and never came back!

Know that I appreciate everyone who has ever taken time out of their day to read this blog. It lets me know my work is important to some people and I will never forget that I have a responsibility to do the best job I can with this blog.

To my 22 followers, I say a big thanks to you the most for making a commitment to read this blog when you find out new items are posted.

My only wish for all of you is that you help spread the word about this blog in 2011, as well as communicate with me on any story you see. I read every comment -- nice and nasty -- and, unless it's truly offensive or just spam, I post your comments.

Again, thanks to all of you all over the world who enjoy this blog and I hope 2011 offers continued joy and happiness for all of us.

Joey Josephs
Soccer Scene USA

Sockers Forward Perera Named PASL's Player Of The Week

Forward Nick Perera of the defending league champion San Diego Sockers was named the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 6 of the 2010-11 season Wednesday.

Perera, who has replaced an injured Aaron Susi on the roster since an 8-4 win over the California Cougars November 27 at Del Mar Arena, had a hat trick and an assist in a 10-7 win Friday at the Louisville Lightning, then assisted on two goals in a 5-4 road loss Saturday to the Cincinnati Kings.

In three games this season, Perera has three goals and four assists.

The Sockers return to league play next Wednesday when they travel to Stockton Arena to meet the Cougars, then host a 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament game.

San Diego is the tournament's defending champion.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Independence Re-Signs Midfielder Tina DiMartino

The Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer announced the re-signing Wednesday of midfielder Tina DiMartino, acquired during the 2010 midseason from the now-defunct St. Louis Athletica and scored four goals in 13 starts.

She was the third overall pick of FC Gold Pride in the 2009 WPS College Draft and started 18 games.

A member of the US Women's National Team's player pool, she helped the team earn the final berth in the field for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany by winning a two-game qualification series with Italy.

Sky Blue Signs Two-Time Swedish Player Of The Year

As the first signing as part of a new affiliation deal with Sweden's LdB FC Malmo finalized earlier this week, Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer announced Wednesday they have signed two-time Swedish Player of the Year Therese Sjogran to a 2011 season contract.

She has played over 200 times for her country's national team and recently led Malmo to their first championship in the Damallsvenskan, their top women's league, in 16 years.

Defender Evans Joins New Los Angeles Blues

The Los Angeles Blues of USL PRO announced the signing Wednesday of Wales-born defender Gareth Evams, who played in the league with the Austin Aztex of the former USL First Division and the Real Maryland Monarchs of the former USL Second Division.

In 2010 with the Monarchs, he was named their captain, made the USL-2 All-League First Team, and was a finalist for the league's Defender of the Year award.

He began his professional soccer career at age 13 with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, debuting in the Welsh Premier League at 16 with the Newi Cefa Druids.

At 17, he moved to Wrexham FC, debuting for them at 18 against Hull City in England's League One, and staying there for four seasons, playing in 40 overall games.

Evans moved to the US in 2009.

FC Dallas Rewards League MVP With Multi-Year Deal

Major League Soccer's defending Most Valuable Player, FC Dallas' David Ferreira, signed a new multi-year contract with the franchise Wednesday.

Ferreira, who came on loan to FC Dallas by Brazil's Atletico Paranaense, had eight goals and league second-best 13 assists and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2010.

Union Signs Home Grown 15-Year-Old To Contract

The Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer Wednesday signed midfielder Zach Pfeffer to a contract for the 2011 season.

He is the team's first Home Grown Player, having been born in Dresher, PA, and is the fourth-youngest player to sign an MLS contract at 15 years, 352 days old.

Pfeffer is part of the US U-17 National Team and played for nationally renowned youth club FC Delco. He also represented the Union during the annual SUM Cup for U-17 players, held during the 2010 MLS All-Star Game in Houston.

Timbers Signs Partnership Deal With Local Craft Brewer

The Portland Timbers, who join Major League Soccer for the 2011 season, announced Tuesday the signing of a multi-year partnership with local craft beer brewer Widmer Brothers.

As part of the deal, Widmer Brothers will sponsor a new bar area to be located behind the south goal at the team's PGE Park and the company is sponsoring a name-the-bar contest via their Facebook page.

Widmer Brothers, who market such brands as Widmer Hefeweisen, Drifter Pale Ale, Broken Halo IPA and Drop Top Amber Ale, along with other seasonal brews. will also get field-level LED and stadium signage.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

USWNT Announces 26-Player Training Camp Roster For Four Countries Tournament Trip

US Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage announced a 26-player training camp for her first session of 2011, to take place January 8-13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA prior to participating in the Four Nations Tournament January 21-25 in Chongqing, China, where they will meet Sweden (January 21), Canada (January 23) and the host country (January 25) in the round-robin event.

The US, who finished 2010 as FIFA's top-ranked women's national team, will make their first trip to the tournament since 2008 and are 13-2-6 at the event, losing to China and Norway.

The tournament will give the US an early look at Sweden, who they also face during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. In 2004 at the Four Nations Tournament in Shenzhen, China, the US defeated them 3-0.

Only three players will not qualify for the US team's roster prior to leaving the country January 14.

Here is the USWNT's training camp roster, listed by position and current club:

GOALKEEPERS
Nicole Barnhart - out of contract
Ashlyn Harris - Western New York Flash
Jill Loyden - out of contract
Alyssa Naeher - Boston College
Hope Solo - out of contract

DEFENDERS
Stephanie Cox - out of contract
Whitney Ergen - Western New York Flash
Becky Sauerbrunn - Washington Freedom
Meghan Schnur - out of contract
Brittany Taylor - Sky Blue FC

MIDFIELDERS
Jordan Angell - Boston Breakers
Yael Averbuch - Western New York Flash
Tobin Heath - Sky Blue FC
Meghan Klingenburg - North Carolina
Kristine Lilly - Boston Breakers
Lori Lindsey - Philadelphia Independence
Joanna Lohman - Philadelphia Independence
Kristie Mewis - Boston College
Kelley O'Hara - Boston Breakers
Leslie Osborne - Boston Breakers
Megan Rapinoe - out of contract
Lindsay Tarpley - out of contract

FORWARDS
Lauren Cheney - Boston Breakers
Sydney Leroux - UCLA
Alex Morgan - California
Amy Rodriguez - Philadelphia Independence

Dynamo-FC Dallas To Play Exhibition Game In Corpus Christi February 12

The defending Major League Soccer Western Conference champion FC Dallas will face their intrastate rival Houston Dynamo February 11 in an exhibition game at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, TX, the teams announced Tuesday.

The field, home to minor league baseball's Corpus Christi Hooks, played host in June 2009 to its first soccer game -- a 2-1 victory by the Dynamo over the Laredo Heat of the USL Premier Development League before a sellout crowd of 6,111.

USWNT Forward Kai Moves From Sky Blue To Independence

The Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer announced Tuesday they have signed forward and US Women's National Team member Tasha Kai to a contract for the 2011 season.

Kai spent the league's first two seasons of 2009 and 2010 with Sky Blue FC, where she led the team in scoring. Sky Blue was the league's first regular season and championship game winner.

Kai was placed with Sky Blue during the league's 2008 Allocation Draft process.

Potential English League Two Team To Face USL PDL Teams In July 2011 Tour

Port Vale Football Club, vying for promotion into England's League Two, announced Tuesday they will visit the Pacific Northwest of the United States in July 2011 to take on challenges from teams in the USL Premier Development League's Western Conference, Northwest Division teams.

They will begin July 15 against the expansion North Sound SeaWolves, then meet the Tacoma Tide (July 17), Kitsap Pumas (July 19) and the Victoria Highlanders (July 21) on their planned schedule.

Galaxy Won't Be Loaning Out Donovan In Offseason

Choosing to have him stay in the States to prepare for leading his team to their goal of the 2011 Major League Soccer Cup championship game, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced Tuesday they have no plans for Landon Donovan to be loaned to a foreign team when the international transfer window re-opens January 1.

Donovan played for Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga and Everton of the English Premier League before the 2009 and 2010 MLS seasons, but returned each time to Los Angeles in time for the respective MLS seasons.

He has seven goals and a league-high 16 assists in 24 regular season games last season and was named to the league's Best XI.

DC United Signs Najar To Multi-Year Deal

After having a season that ended by being the youngest player to be named Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year at 17, the league's worst team last season, DC United, announced Tuesday they have signed midfielder Andy Najar to a multi-year contract.

He started 22 of 26 regular season games for United, scoring five goals and an assist, and had seven goals and two assists in all 2010 competitions.

He joins current United head coach Ben Olsen as the only players from the franchise to win the award and Najar is the first to be promoted from an MLS franchise's youth academy level to win it.

Najar also won four team awards in 2010 -- their Golden Boot award and the Volkswagen Most Valuable Player, Fan's Choice and Goal of the Year honors.

Onstad Retires From Dynamo To Become Assistant Coach With DC United

Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad announced his retirement Tuesday as a Major League Soccer player, then announced he will join DC United, the league's worst team in 2010, as an assistant coach, joining Chad Ashton on head coach Ben Olsen's staff.

Onstad joined MLS in 2003 with the San Jose Earthquakes and was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year as the team won its second MLS Cup championship.

In 2005, he was again recognized as the league's best goalkeeper as San Jose won the Supporters Shield for having the best regular season record.

He moved with the team to Houston before the 2006 season, where they became the Dynamo, and helped the franchise earn two straight MLS Cups and give up the fewest goals allowed in the league for three straight seasons -- 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Onstad ends his time in Houston as their leader in games started (170), minutes (15,339) and holds every team goalkeeping record, including shutouts at 50.

In MLS history, he is their all-time leader in goals against average among goalkeepers who played at least 10,000 minutes at 1.12, third among all qualifying goalkeepers without a playing time constraint, and fifth all-time in shutouts with 64.

Holding both US and Canadian citizenship, Onstad played a record 57 times for Canada between 1998 and 2010, posting 21 shutouts, both numbers being Canadian records, and led them to the final of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the semifinals of the 2007 event.

USMNT Names Young, MLS-Laden Training Camp Roster For 2011 Opener

Boasting an average age of 23 and no player having played more than four times for his country, US Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley announced Tuesday his 24-man training camp roster for the team's 2011 season opener January 22 against Chile at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The camp will run January 4-21.

The roster features 20 players with Major League Soccer experience with four players each coming from the finalists for the 2010 MLS Cup -- the defending champion and Eastern Conference champion Colorado Rapids and the Western Conference champion FC Dallas.

Here is the USMNT's 24-man training camp roster, listed by position and current team:

GOALKEEPERS
Dominic Cervi - Celtic
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Matt Pickens - Colorado Rapids
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake

DEFENDERS
A.J. DeLaGarza - Los Angeles Galaxy
Sean Franklin - Los Angeles Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez - Los Angeles Galaxy
Ugo Ihemelu - FC Dallas
Zach Loyd - FC Dallas
Ryan Miller - Halmstads BK
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
Anthony Wallace - Colorado Rapids
Marvell Wynne - Colorado Rapids

MIDFIELDERS
Eric Alexander - FC Dallas
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Sam Cronin - San Jose Earthquakes
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek
Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
Dax McCarty - DC United
Brek Shea - FC Dallas

FORWARDS
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Justin Braun - Chivas USA
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

Flash Add To Roster With Signing Of Former Sky Blue M Averbuch

The expansion Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer announced the signing Monday of current US Women's National Team midfielder Yael Averbuch to a contract for the 2011 season.

Averbuch spent her first two seasons in WPS with Sky Blue FC, the league's inaugural season champion, where she started in 33 of 41 matches.

With the world's top-ranked national soccer team, Averbuch has scored one goal in 13 games.

She was a two-time national champion at North Carolina, where she holds the record for most consecutive starts with 105.

In 2008, Averbuch was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-American Second Team and was named the group's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as won the NCAA VIII honor/

She also was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-American in 2006 and 2007.

Beat Signs Defender Cat Whitehill

The Atlanta Beat, the worst team in Women's Professional Soccer last season, signed former Washington Freedom defender Cat Whitehill to a contract Monday.

Whitehill, who also plays for the US Women's National Team, was a two-time league All-Star with the Freedom and started all 42 games she took part in and was the team's co-captain in the 2010 season. She scored four goals and four assists in her two seasons at Washington.

She played on the USWNT's 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup teams, becoming the only defender in the tournament's history to score two goals in the same tournament, and was in the 2004 Olympic team at the Athens Games.

Whitehill has scored 11 goals in 134 appearances for the USWNT.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, she led the Tarheels to the 2000 and 2003 Women's College Cup championship titles and was a two-time NCAA WCC Defensive Most Valuable Player (2000 and 2003).

She was the winner of the 2003 Hermann Trophy, given by the Missouri Athletic Club as the country's top female soccer player, was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference All-American (2001, 2002 and 2003) and a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American from 2000 to 2003.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Independence Signs Free Agents, Re-Signs Johnson, Trades Seger

The Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer announced Monday the signings of two former members of the league's Atlanta Beat, the re-signing of a player from last year's debut roster, and the trade of a player to the new Western New York Flash.

Joining the Independence for 2011 are former Beat defenders Kia McNeill and Leigh Ann Robinson.

McNeill, who played in the league's first season with St. Louis Athletica, which folded in 2010, anchored a defensive line that allowed the second fewest goals in the league, then headed to the Beat, where she started 19 games.

Robinson, the first player selected in the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft from the University of San Diego, started 21 of 24 games for the Beat and played a season high 1,973 minutes.

Johnson joined the Independence via the Dispersal Draft, held when the Athletica folded.

Seger was traded to the expansion Flash for their initial second round picks in the 2011 and 2012 WPS College Draft.

USSF Name Donovan, Wambach, Agbossoumonde, Henninger 2010's Best

The US Soccer Federation Monday named forward Landon Donovan (male), forward Abby Wambach (female), defender Gale Agbossoumonde (young male) and goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (young female) winners of their 2011 Athlete of the Year awards, the federation's highest honor.

Donovan, who was a back-to-back winner for the second time in his career, became the first player to win the Male Athlete of the Year award four times.

During the 2010 season, Donovan scored a team-record fifth goal in his team-record 12th FIFA World Cup game in South Africa this past summer. He also finished the season as their top goal scorer for the fifth straight year and the top points leader for the seventh time.

In Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy, he led them to the 2010 Supporters Shield for having the best regular season record and was the league leader in assists with 16 in 24 games, along with scoring seven goals.

Wambach, a four-time winner of the Female Athlete of the Year honor, scored in double figures for the year for the fifth time and fourth time in the last five years with 16 goals in 18 games for the US Women's National Team.

One away from tying Mia Hamm with five FAOTY awards, Wambach improved her career total of goals to 117, tying her for third place in team history with Hamm and Kristine Lilly, and putting herself in fifth place on the women's world soccer goal scoring list.

Wambach had six multiple goal games for the USWNT this season, including her sixth career hat trick, and led the US in scoring during CONCACAF qualifying for a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

With the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer in 2010, she had 13 goals (second most in the league) and eight assists (tied for second in the league in that category) and started all 22 regular season games. She also captained one of the teams in the league's All-Star Game and was named to the WPS Best XI.

Agbossoumonde, the youngest member of the US team at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, played in eight of the team's ten international games in 2010 and now has 25 career appearances at the U-20 level.

He also made an appearance with US senior men's team in 2010, playing the final four minues of a 1-0 win over South Africa on the road in November.

Henninger started every game for the US at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany, allowed only two goals, and was named winner of the tournament's Golden Glove.

For the US, she went 9-0-1 in 2010 and gave up three goals.

She allowed 12 goals in 20 starts as a junior for the Santa Clara Broncos in 2010, finishing with a record of 12-5-2 with eight shutouts.

She was named to the West Coast Conference's First Team All-Conference squad and led the Broncos to the second round of the NCAA Women's College Cup. Henniger was among the comference leaders this year in save percentage, goals against average and shutouts.

MLS Announces First Kick 2011 Home Schedules

Major League Soccer announced the home opening schedules Monday for all 18 of its clubs for the 2011 season, one that will include two new teams -- the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The new season will see every team play everyone else twice -- home and away -- with ten teams vying for playoff berths, up from eight in past seasons.

The "First Kick 2011" schedule begins, for the third straight season, at Qwest Field in Seattle when the Seattle Sounders host the defending Western Conference regular season and Supporters Shield champion Los Angeles Galaxy March 15. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Four nights later, on March 19, seven teams open their home schedules, including the defending league champion Colorado Rapids, who face the Timbers, and the Whitecaps, who will take on fellow Canadian franchise Toronto FC.

March 20, the Galaxy will open play at The Home Depot Center when they welcome the New England Revolution.

The Portland Timbers will play their first MLS home game at PGE Park April 14 against the Chicago Fire.

Sporting Kansas City, formerly the Kansas City Wizards, will christen their new soccer-specific stadium June 9 against the Fire.

Here's the complete MLS First Kick 2011 lineup, with home club listed first. All game times are in Eastern time.

MLS FIRST KICK 2011 LINEUP

March 15
Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy - 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

March 19
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC
DC United vs. Columbus Crew - 7:30 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders - 7:30 p.m.
FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire - 8:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union - 8:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers - 9 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. Sporting Kansas City - 10:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake - 10:30 p.m.

March 20
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New England Revolution - 8 p.m.

March 26
Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City - 4 p.m.
Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls - 4 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - 4 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers
New England Revolution vs. DC United
Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy - 9 p.m.

April 14
Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire - 11 p.m.

June 9
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire

The league will announced the full 2011 schedule at a later date.

Riot's Radoncic Named MISL's Week 6 Player Of The Week

Chicago Riot forward Bato Radoncic was named the Major Indoor Soccer League's Player of the Week for week 6 of the 2010-11 season Monday after scoring a pair of two-point goals and assisting on a third goal by Chris Brisson in the Riot's first win of the season Sunday 14-13 over the Missouri Comets at Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

It was the Riot's third straight game in which Radoncic scored.

He and Brisson are tied for the team's scoring lead with eight points on three two-point goals and two assists.

Waza Rolls Over Piasa At Taylor Sportsplex

Aaron Byrd scored two goals and seven others -- Nelson Diaz, Niko Djokic, Miki Djersilo, Rodrigo Gonzalez, Costea Decu, Matt Johnson and Dan Drapoi -- added a goal each as the host Detroit Waza defeated the Illinois Piasa 9-4 in Professional Arena Soccer League play Sunday at the Taylor (MI) Sportsplex.

Jon Fridal had two goals for the expansion Piasa with Chris Mattingly and Roger Gemoules posting goals in the loss.

The Waza are 3-2 and in second place in the Eastern Division and return to action January 8 at the Canton Civic Center against the Ohio Vortex.

The Piasa are 2-1 and in second place in the new Pro Frontier Division and come back to league play January 7 against the Springfield Demize in Springfield, MO.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Iblings Scores Six Goals In Stars Rout Of Washington Dream Team In USOASC Play

Brian Iblings scored six goals, four of them in the first half, as the Professional Arena Soccer League's Tacoma Stars defeated Washington Dream Team 13-5 in a US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament game Saturday at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

Washington Dream Team was made up of top amateur players from the Puget Sound area, including members of the Stars team that won the 2009-10 national championship of the Premier Arena Soccer League, the PASL-Pro's developmental league.

It was Tacoma's fourth straight home win and the Stars now advance to face the California Cougars in the quarterfinals.

The Stars, 3-2 and tied with Revolucion Tijuana for second place in the Western Division, are now off until January 8 when they face the Wenatchee Fire on the road.

Stamenkovic Quartet Lead Vortex In Tight Game Over Piasa

Nebo Stamenkovic scored a team-high four goals and Milko Cecez added a hat trick as the host Ohio Vortex slipped past the Illinois Piasa (pie-a-saw) Saturday 13-11 in Professional Arena Soccer League play from the Canton Civic Center.

Allen Eller had a pair of goals and assisted on three scores for the Vortex, now 2-4 and in third place in the Eastern Division. The Vortex are now off until January 8 when they host the Detroit Waza.

Roger Gemoules led the Piasa with four goals and three assists and Aaron Reuther and Joe Kelly each tallied two goals. Illinois, an expansion team, is 2-1 and in second place in the Pro Frontier Division and will travel to face the Waza Sunday.

Silverbacks Name Former Captain Rios As Director Of Soccer

The Atlanta Silverbacks, who will return to professional soccer in 2011 with the North American Soccer League after a two-year hiatus, announced Saturday former team captain and Chilean star Rodrigo Rios will become the franchise's director of soccer.

He will oversee the creation of the team's coaching staff and handle all player development issues.

Rios moved into the team's front office after retiring as a player in the 2008 season in USL First Division.

The Silverbacks did not play in the USL-1's final season in 2009 or the USSF Division 2 Pro League's lone season of 2010.

Tijuana Rocks Winless Cougars

Revolucion Tijuana handed the California Cougars their sixth loss of the 2010-11 Professional Arena Soccer League season and their fourth straight road loss by beating them 14-6 Saturday at Furati Arena in Tijuana, Mexico.

Tijuana, an expansion team after playing as a provisional league member in 2009-10, is 3-2, tied for second place in the Western Division with the Tacoma Stars. They are now off until January 15 when they host the defending league champion San Diego Sockers.

The Cougars, 0-6 in the Western Division and having the worst record in the league, finally returns home to Stockton Arena Monday to host the Sockers.

Indianapolis Amateur Team Upsets Detroit Waza In USOASC Tournament

Jared Bleah scored the game-tying goal and Sirrak Tekle needed only 50 seconds in overtime as the amateur AAFC of Indianpolis upset the Detroit Waza of the Professional Arena Soccer League 7-6 Saturday in the 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament at the Taylor (MI) Sportsplex and set up a quarterfinal matchup with the PASL Pro's Louisville Lightning, who made it to the championship game last season.

Juan Carlos Roca led AAFC with a hat trick and Doug Russo and Kevin Van Den Berg added goals.

Detroit was led by Jason Noblit, who had two goals, with Ryan Mallard, Tommy Eller, Luvgji Djokic and Jeff Rutledge each tallying a goal.

The Waza, 3-2 and in second place in the PASL's Eastern Division, host the expansion Illinois Piasa (pie-a-saw) Sunday.

Kings Hand Defending PASL Champs First Loss; Tied For Beat Record In League

Jeff Hughes scored two goals and Kwame Sarkodie, Garrett Buck and Sam Fiore each added a goal as the Cincinnati Kings handed the defending Professional Arena Soccer League North American champion San Diego Sockers their first loss of the season in a 5-4 victory Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens.

The Kings, a merger between the Kings of the USL Premier Development League and the PASL's 1790 Cincinnati Express, extended their overall home-game winning streak to 17-0 and are now 6-1, the best record in the Eastern Division and tied with the Sockers for the best mark overall in the league.

John Krause, Diego Rivera and Anthony Medina had goals for the Western Division-leading Sockers.

The Kings are finished with 2010 calendar play and will host the Louisville Lightning January 1 while the Sockers play at the winless California Cougars Monday in Stockton, then host a US Open Arena Soccer Championship match at Del Mar Arena Wednesday against the San Diego Fusion, their developmental team in the Premier Arena Soccer League.

Gonzaga Scores Five In Blast's 12-4 Win Over Vipers

Lucio Gonzaga scored five points via a two-point and three-point goal to lead the Baltimore Blast to a 12-4 victory Saturday over the Omaha Vipers in Major Indoor Soccer League play at First Mariner Arena in Baltimore.

Robbie Aristodemo added a pair of two-pointers and Pat Morris put in an empty-net three-point goal as Baltimore improved to 4-0, a half-game behind the league-leading Milwaukee Wave (5-0).

The Blast end the 2010 calendar with road games at the Missouri Comets December 19 and against the Vipers on New Year's Eve.

Johnny Torres scored both of Omaha's goals as the Vipers fell to 2-4, 3 1/2 games behind the Wave in the league standings.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Beat Sign Free Agent Forward Trotter

The Atlants Beat, Women's Professional Soccer's worst franchise last season, announced the signing Friday of free agent forward India Trotter.

Trotter started seven of ten games for Sky Blue FC after being traded there last season by the now-defunct St. Louis Athletica, where she played in three games.

Prior to joining WPS, Trotter started and played in every game for FFC Frankfurt of Germany's Bundesliga.

She played collegiately at Florida State, where she became the only soccer player -- male or fermale -- in school history to be named to either the First or Second Team All-American list by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in every season they played and was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection.

Sockers Move To 6-0; Beat Lightning In USOASC Final Rematch

Kraig Chiles and Nick Perera had hat tricks to lead the defending Professional Arena Soccer League North American Champion San Diego Sockers to a 10-7 victory over the Louisville Lightning at the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club in Louisville, KY.

The game was a rematch of the champiomship game of the inaugural US Open Arena Soccer Championship in 2009-10, also won by the Sockers.

The Sockets improved to a league- and Western Division-best record of 6-0 and will travel to face the Cincinnati Kings Saturday at the Cincinnati Gardens.

John Michael Hayden, Jerry Chavez and Kolby Lacrone each had a pair of goals for the Lightning, who are tied for third place in the Eastern Division at 1-4 with the Ohio Vortex. The Lightning also visit Cincinnati next, but they do so on New Year's Day.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flash Sign Former Red Star Ergen

The expansion Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer signed former Chicago Red Stars defender Whitney Ergen to a contract Friday.

A three-time NCAA champion at North Carolina, Ergen was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft and she started all 24 league games last season.

Beat Ink USWNT Midfielder Lloyd To Contract

The Atlanta Beat, the worst team last season in Women's Professional Soccer, signed US Women's National Team midfielder Carli Lloyd to a contract Friday.

Lloyd originally played for the Chicago Red Stars when the league allocated USWNT players to teams before the inaugural 2009 season. She started 14 of 16 games and had two goals and an assist with Chicago before signing with Sky Blue FC in October of that season.

The US Soccer Federation's 2008 Female Athlete of the Year, she has scored 22 goals in 100 games for her country's women's soccer team.

Timbers Swap Goalkeepers With DC United

The expansion Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer traded goalkeeper Steve Cronin and allocation money to the league's worst team this past season, DC United, Friday in return for goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

Cronin played the last two seasons for the Timbers' franchises in USL First Division and the USSF Division 2 Pro League, respectively, and was 26-11-19 in 56 regular season games.

Perkins, the league's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006, returned to United in 2010 after playing two seasons in Norway for Valerenga IF.

Dynamo Give Allocation Money To Red Bulls For Rights To Freeman

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo sent allocation money to the New York Red Bulls Friday in exchange for gaining the rights to defender Hunter Freeman, who previously played for the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC, as well as the Red Bulls, before moving to Norway to play for IK Start.

Freeman signed a multi-year deal with the Dynamo.

Sounders Sign Keller To Extension For 2011 Season

Claiming this will be his last season in Major League Soccer, the Seattle Sounders signed goalkeeper Kasey Keller Friday to a contract extension for the 2011 season, which will mark his 20th season in professional soccer, 17 of which took place in Europe.

An MLS All-Star selection in both of his seasons with Seattle, Keller was named the team's Most Valuable Player after the 2009 season and was a finalist for MLS' Goalkeeper of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Individual Fair Play awards.

In 2010, he was second in the league in shutouts with 11 and third in wins with 14.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

CONCACAF Announces Schedule, Sites For 2011 Gold Cup

CONCACAF Thursday announced the schedule and sites for games being played in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, hosted by the United States June 5-25.

The US, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Cuba and Grenada will join five qualifiers from Central America who will compete January 14-23 in Panama at the Copa Centroamericana tournament in the Gold Cup field.

The match calendar will be announced in early February.

2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP TOURNAMENT SITE SCHEDULE

GROUP STAGE

June 5
Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX

June 6
Home Depot Center - Carson, CA

June 7
Ford Field - Detroit

June 9
Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC

June 10
FIU Stadium - Miami

June 11
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa

June 12
Soldier Field - Chicago

June 13
Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ

June 14
KC Soccer Stadium - Kansas City, KS

QUARTERFINALS

June 18
New Meadowlands Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ

June 19
RFK Stadium - Washington, DC

SEMIFINALS

June 22
Reliant Stadium - Houston

FINAL

June 25
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA

WPS To Hold 2011 Draft at NSCAA Convention In Baltimore; Will Be Streamed On Internet For First Time

Women's Professional Soccer announced Thursday they will hold their 2010 Draft January 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern time as part of the 2010 convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in Baltimore.

The event will also air on the Internet for the first time ever at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/.

The expansion Western New York Flash will make the first selection in every round, including the overall number one pick, and will have a supplemental pick at the end of the first round.

Here is the order of team selection for the four-round draft:

2011 WPS DRAFT ORDER

ROUND 1
1. Western New York Flash
2. Philadelphia Independence * via trade
3. Atlanta Beat   * via trade
4. Washington Freedom
5. Philadelphia Independence
6. Boston Breakers
7. Atlanta Beat   * via trade
8. Western New York Flash * supplemental pick (expansion team)

ROUND 2
9. Western New York Flash
10. Washington Freedom
11. Philadelphia Independence
12. Boston Breakers

ROUND 3
13. Western New York Flash
14. Atlanta Beat
15. Philadelphia Independence *via trade
16. Sky Blue FC
17. Washington Freedom
18. Philadelphia Independence
19. Boston Breakers

ROUND 4
20. Western New York Flash
21. Sky Blue FC
22. Washington Freedom
23. Philadelphia Independence
24. Boston Breakers

Sounders Sign Swedish Midfielder Erik Friberg

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced the signing of Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg, who played the last four seasons for BK Hacken in the country's top league, the Allsvenskan, scoring five goals in 94 appearances.

He began his professional career at age 16 with Vastra Frolunda IF in Sweden, joining their senior team three years later. In 2007, BK Hacken bought out his contract and he played where his father, Peter, had been a star with the team.

In 2008, the younger Friberg helped the team gain promotion from the second tier Superettan to the Allsvenskan.

Galaxy Re-Signs Kirovski To One-Year Deal; Buddle Under Trial At Birmingham

The defending Major League Soccer Supporters Shield and Western Conference regular season champion Los Angeles Galaxy announced the re-signing Thursday of former US Men's National Team midfielder Jovan Kirovski to a one-year deal.

Kirovski's option year on his previous contract was declined by the team and he was made eligible for selection in MLS' first-year, two-stage Re-Entry Draft but, after not being selected in Stage 1 December 8, he took himself out of consideration for selection in this past Wednesday's Stage 2 after starting to negotiate on a new deal with the Galaxy.

In his second stint with the Galaxy, he was third on the roster last season in scoring with four goals and two assists over 21 games.

He has played in over 100 career MLS games with the Galaxy since first joining the team in 2004.

Kirovski played 62 times for the USMNT in his career and scored nine goals overall, many of them while the team was led by current Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.

Meanwhile, the team also announced Thursday forward Edson Buddle, who finished second in the league in goals with 17, has been on trial for the last week with Birmingham of the English Premier League, and will continue his trial for another week.

Birmingham has scored as many goals (17) as it has played games this season (17) and are two points above the league's relegation point.

Chivas USA Declines Option On Maldonado's Contract

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA announced Thursday it has declined to pick up the option year on the contract of forward Giancarlo Maldonado, who was on loan to them from Atlante of the Mexican First Division, where he played from 2007 to 2010.

He joined Chivas midway through the 2010 MLS season, scoring two goals in league play and one during the annual SuperLiga tournament.

Riot Rescheduled Last Weekend's Snowed-Out Game With Comets For February 26

The Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Wednesday their originally scheduled home game this past Sunday with the Missouri Comets has been rescheduled for February 26 at 8 p.m. local time at the Odeum Sports & Expo Center in Villa Park, IL.

The game was cancelled Sunday after the Comets were unable to leave Baltimore, where they played the Blast last Saturday, for O'Hare International Airport in Chicago due to severe winter weather.

Season ticket holders and fans who have tickets to last weekend's game cane redeen them either on the 26th or at any Riot home game for the rest of the season or return them to the box office for a refund.

Seitz Traded By Sounders To FC Dallas For 2012 Draft Pick

Goalkeeper Chris Seitz, who began Wednesday as an available selection in Wednesday's Stage 2 of the inaugural Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft after the Philadelphia Union did not renew his contract and he was not selected in last Wednesday's Stage 1 of the draft, then was selected by the Seattle Sounders, was traded the same day he was drafted to FC Dallas in return for a fourth round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

Seitz was originally drafted third overall in the 2007 SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake out of the University of Maryland, starting seven games over three seasons with a 1.86 goals against average, as he served as a backup to starting goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

He then was traded before the 2010 season to the Union, where he started 22 games and had a 1.80 GAA before being benched in favor of new starter Brad Knighton.

At FC Dallas, Seitz is expected to become the backup goalkeeper to Kevin Hartman as the Hoops did not renew the contract of former-starter-then-backup-now-out-of-a-job-since-he-wasn't-taken-in-the-Re-Entry-Draft Dario Sala.

Front Office Gets Shaken Up At Sky Blue FC

Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer announced a series of changes to the club's front office structure Wednesday.

Current director of soccer operations Gloria Di Flumeri has been promoted to general manager, replacing Gerry Marone, who left the team to become executive vice president of Pierce Promotions, effective January 3.

Chief financial officer Mary Smoot will see her current duties expanded and head coach and technical director Jim Gabarra will now handle the duties formerly done by Di Flumeri, as well as take on making player personnel decisions.

The team also announced Wednesday they have renewed their deal with Resolution Sports to handle the team's communication and media relations needs for the 2011 WPS season.

Timbers Bring Over Four More Players From USSF D-2 Team

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers, debuting in the 2011 season, announced the signings Wednesday of midfielders Kalif Alhassan and James Marcelin and defenders Mamadou "Futty" Danso and Kevin Goldthwaite.

All four players come over to the Timbers from the franchise that played the 2010 season in the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

Beat Signs Free Agent Forward Kristina Larsen

The Atlanta Beat, the worst team in Women's Professional Soccer this past season, announced the signing Wednesday of forward Kristina Larsen, who, despite being drafted 17th overall in the 2010 WPS Draft, never played a game last season.

She was drafted by the now-defunct St. Louis Athletica in 2010, but suffered a stress fracture during the preseason and was lost for the entire season.

Larsen played three seasons at UCLA from 2006 to 2009.

In her senior season of 2009, she had nine goals and six assists, after leading all scorers the season before with 23 goals, including five game-winning goals.

In 2006, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after starting 19 of 22 appearances.

Expansion Fredericksburg USL PDL, W-League Teams Name Home Pitch

The Fredericksburg (VA) Area Soccer Association, who will operate two United Soccer Leagues franchises in 2010 -- the Fredericksburg Hotspur of the USL Premier Development League and the Fredericksburg Impact for the USL W-League -- announced Wednesday both teams will play home games at the Battleground Soccer Stadium on the campus of the University of Mary Washigton.

USL PRO's Dutch Lions, PDL's Capitals Enter Into Partnership

The Dayton Dutch Lions of USL PRO announced Wednesday they have entered into a strategic partnership with the Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League.

Terms of the partnership include, but are not limited to, the following:

- An agreement for both teams to meet in an exhibition game annually between May and July

- Access for Dutch Lions officials to Capitals' players and give Capitals' players the chance to play professionally in either the US or Europe

- An exchange of knowledge

- Access for Capitals' coaching staff to recruit players from the Netherlands

Ubparipovic Named PASL's Week 5 Player Of The Week

Slavia Ubiparipovic, who scored five goals in his second game with the Ohio Vortex, despite the team losing 8-7 to the Detroit Waza, was named the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 5 of the 2010-11 season.

Ubiparipovic played previously for the Cleveland Internationals of the USL Premier Development League and Cleveland State University.

His older brother, Sinisa, plays in Major League Soccer for the New York Red Bulls.

Tampa Bay Declines Options On Nyazamba, Tatters

FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League announced Wednesday they have declined the option years on the contracts of midfielder Stanley Nyazamba and defender Graham Tatters, making them free agents.

Nyazamba had two assists in the 2010 season and started 15 of the 25 matches he played in for the team.

Tatters had one assist and started 10 of his 16 appearances for Tampa Bay.

Galaxy Trade Bowen To Chivas USA For Allocation Money

The defending Major League Soccer Supporters Shield and Western Conference regular season champion Los Angeles Galaxy traded 19-year-old forward Tristan Bowen, the team's first Homegrown Player, to crosstown rival Chivas USA for allocation money.

In 2010, he scored two goals in 17 appearances for the Galaxy.

Should Brown be transferred to an international team, both Chivas and the Galaxy would split any transfer revenue.

Dynamo Signs Cameron To Contract Extension Through 2014

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo announced Wednesday the signing of midfielder Geoff Cameron to a contact extension through the 2014 season.

Returning this past season to his midfielder role, he ha a career high three goals for Houston despite missing half of the season due to a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament.

In 2009, he was moved to the defensive line, was named to the MLS All-Star team, given a slot on the league's Best XI and even made his international debut with the US Men's National Team.

A third round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft from the University of Rhode Ialand, he wound up being a finalist for the league's Rookie of the Year award.

In 68 career MLS games, Cameron has six goals and eight assists, but in 95 appearances over all competitions, he has nine goals and 11 assists.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Plenty Of Action In Final Stage Of MLS Re-Entry Draft

After the first stage of the inaugural Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft saw only two teams select players, the final part, which took place Wednesday via teleconference, saw a dramatic surge in action, with 11 of the remaining 32 eligible players being picked by teams.

The Re-Entry Draft was created as part of the league's new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the MLS Players Union and allows players who meet certain age and playing experience who have seen their contracts expire or have had their current teams decline accepting the option years of their current contracts to be redrafted to other teams.

The team that made the biggest noise in the second stage of the draft Wednesday was the defending Western Conference and Supporters Shield champion Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Galaxy traded a 2014 fourth round SuperDraft pick to the Houston Dynamo to take the fifth spot in Wednesday's draft and selected former New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel, who scored 61 goals, including playoffs, over four seasons with the team.

Angel will now be part of a front line that will include 2010 Best XI pick Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan and David Beckham as the Galaxy vie for a second straight Shield and will be reunited with Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who was his coach in New York in 2007, where he had 19 goals and five numbers, the best regular season numbers of his career.

Later in the draft, Los Angeles gained the services of former Columbus Crew star Frankie Hedjuk in a trade with Sporting Kansas City for former Red Bulls star Luke Sassano, who played in three games last season at New York.

In other news from the Re-Entry Draft:

- DC United, the worst team in MLS last season, selected former SKC star Josh Wolff with the draft's first pick. Wolff spent seven seasons with the former Kansas City Wizards and had two goals and three assists in 2010.

- Jimmy Conrad, also of SKC, was taken second overall by Chivas USA after playing for eight seasons in Kansas City.

- Forward Jeff Cunningham, who tied Jaime Moreno for the most career goals in MLS history this season at 132, will be leaving FC Dallas for a return to the Columbus Crew, where he spent his first seven seasons. During that time, he appeared in at least 20 games a season and scored a total of 16 goals and was a 2002 Best XI pick by the league. At FC Dallas in 2010, he scored 11 regular season goals and one in the postseason.

- Goalkeeper Chris Seitz will play for his third MLS team in five seasons as he was selected ninth overall by the Seattle Sounders. He played in a career-high 23 games for the expansion Philadelphia Union in 2010 after being traded by the 2009 MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake.

- The New England Revolution also made gained two selections in the draft Wednesday -- defender Ryan Cochrane in the first round and midfielder Fred with the lone second round pick.

- The defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids chose defender Tyrone Marshall, who spent three seasons with the Sunders.

- The Chicago Fire selected defender Cory Gibbs from the Revolution, who played in a career-high 25 games last season.

Teams that chose players in this round of the draft now have seven days to tender an offer. If an offer is made but rejected, the team holds the right of first refusal on that player's services in MLS.

The remaining 21 eligible players in the draft, including such names as Moeno, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Dema Kovalenko, Adrian Serioux and Pat Onstad, are now considered free agents and can negotiate with any team on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here is a recap of the Second Stage of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft:

2010 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT - STAGE 2

ROUND 1
DC United - Josh Wolff
Chivas USA - Jimmy Conrad
New England Revolution - Ryan Cochrane
Los Angeles Galaxy - Juan Pablo Angel
Chicago Fire - Cory Gibbs
Sporting Kansas City - Frankie Hejduk (later traded to Los Angeles Galaxy)
Seattle Sounders - Chris Seitz
Columbus Crew - Jeff Cunningham
Los Angeles Galaxy - Luke Sassano (later traded to Sporting Kansas City)
Colorado Rapids - Tyrone Marshall

ROUND 2
New England Revolution - Fred

Spain Ends 2010 As Top Men's Team In The Wiorld; USA Finished 18th

Spain, who defeated the Netherlands to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup, finished the year as the best men's team in the world, according to the results of the final FIFA/Coca-Cola World Soccer Rankings released Wednesday.

Both teams retained their 1-2 spots in the top ten in the December rankings, with Germany and Brazil trading spaces at third (up from fourth) and fourth (down from third), respectively, from last month.

Argentina, England, Uruguay and Portugal stayed in fifth through eighth position with Egypt, who will play the US Men's National Team February 9 in Cairo, rising one spot to ninth and Croatia finishing the top ten by dropping one to tenth.

The US team surged six points from the December poll to end their 2010 season at 18th.

Hamilton Steps Down From Chivas Post To Become Advisor; Domene To Become Interim GM

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA announced Tuesday Stephen Hamilton, the team's vice president of soccer operations, was stepping down from his position but would remain in an advisory role.

Chivas USA also promote current advisor Jose Domene to interim general manager and will work with a committee to find a new head coach to replace Martim Vasquez, who was fired after the 2010 season, and to prepare for the upcoming MLS SuperDraft and 2011 season.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Western NY Flash Add Zerboni, Cameron, Chapman

The expansion Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer, who played the 2010 season as the eventual champion Buffalo Flash of the USL W-League, announced Tuesday they have signed free agent midfielder McCall Zerboni, goalkeeper Brittany Cameron and defender Candace Chapman.

Zerboni played last season for the last place Atlanta Beat, scoring two goals and starting 15 of her 20 appearances. In 2009, she was with the inaugural league champion Los Angeles Sol, where she had a goal and an assist over ten games, four of which she started.

Cameron played with Zerboni in 2009 with the Sol, then moved to the 2010 champion FC Gold Pride, who have folded. She started three games for the Pride and had a 1.00 goals against average.

Chapman recently led Canada to the championship of the 2010 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2011 FIFA World Cup and has scored five goals in 55 games for her country.

She also spent the 2010 WPS season with the Pride, starting all 21 games she sppeared in, and played 11 times in 2009 for the Boston Breakers.

Vortex Sign Son Of "The Pizza Man" Stamenkovic To Contract

The Ohio Vortex of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced Tuesday they signed forward Nebojsa Stamenkovic to a contract.

Stamenkovic last played in the one-season Xtreme Soccer League for the New Jersey Ironmen and scored the team's first playoff goal.

In 2001, he played for the Milwaukee Rampage in the USL A-League (now USL PRO) after playing the previous two seasons in his native Serbia for Red Star Brigade.

He is the son of legendary indoor soccer star Stan "The Pizza Man" Stamenkovic, the 1984 Major Indoor Soccer League Most Valuable Player and a three-time league All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, scoring 231 goals and assisting on 311 others in his career.

DC United Signs Homegrown Talent In Defender Ethan White

Major League Soccer's DC United, the worst team in the league last season, announced the signing Tuesday of defender Ethan White as the franchise's fourth Homegrown player, joining forward Andy Najar, goalkeeper Bill Hamid and midfielder Conor Shanosky on the 2011 season roster.

White began his career in United's youth academy, then played two seasons at Maryland, starting 43 games over that span.

As a freshman with the Terrapins in 2009, he was one of three players to start all 23 games that season and finished second on the team in minutes played at 2,003. He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Freshman Team.

This past season, he led Maryland to the NCAA Men's College Cup tournament, where they had shutout victories over Penn and Penn State before losing to eventual Final Four team Michigan.

The team tied a program-best mark of 15 shutout wins and White was named to the conference's All-Sceond Team.

White currently is in the player pool of the US Youth National Team and played this year for the U-20 team.

LA Blues Sign Dautt, Rivera, Tudela To Deals

At the inaugural press conference to introduce the new Los Angeles Blues of USL Pro Tuesday at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, the team announced the signings of goalkeeper Oscar Dautt and midfielders Cesar Rivera and Josh Tudela.

The Blues will debut, along with the league, in 2011.

Dynamo Re-Sign Ashe, Robinson

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo announced the re-signings of midfielder Corey Ashe and defender Eddie Robinson Tuesday.

Ashe, a second round SuperDraft choice in 2007 from North Carolina, is in sixth place in team history in games played over all competitions with 133, scoring four goals and assisting on 17 others, and has assisted on at least four goals in all competitions in each of his four league seasons.

In 2010 with Houston, he set career highs in MLS games atarted (19) and minutes played (1,650). For his Dynamo career, in 98 regular season games, he has scored one goal and had 11 assists.

Robinson, one of four original Dynamo players still under contract, is seventh in team history in games played (131), games started (119) and minutes played (10,541).

In five seasons with Houston, he has scored nine goals and an assist, and, in 2010, he started 19 regular season games, 23 covering all competitions.

He is a two-time team Defender of the Year (2006, 2007) and was on the Dynamo's back-to-back MLS Cup Championship teams, as well as a 2006 MLS All-Star pick.

Robinson also helped the team allow the fewest goals scored in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

32 Players Remain Eligible For Selection In Second Phase Of MLS Re-Entry Draft

32 players will be eligible for selection in the second and final stage of Major League Soccer's inaugural Re-Entry List to be held Wednesday via teleconference at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

This draft was created through the terms of the league's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, allowing players who met certain age and service requirements in the league to be re-drafted.

In the first stage, held last Wednesday, any team that selected a player had to agree to sign them for the cost of the declined option year of their previous contract.

In this week's final stage, teams and players must negotiate on a new contract. If an offer is made to a player, but an agreement is not reached, the team selecting the players retain their MLS rights.

Teams can also re-draft their own players, provided no other team shows interest.

All players not selected after Wednesday's second stage become immediate free agents and are available to teams on a first come, first served basis.

In Round 1 last Wednesday, DC United selected former Houston Dynamo player Joseph Ngwenya and the Columbus Crew chose former Sporting Kansas City player Aaron Hohlbrien. All other teams passed on their chances to select players, thereby ending the first stage.

Forward Jovan Kirovski of the Los Angeles Galaxy opted out of participating in this Wednesday's draft stage and could be signed to a new contract.

Here is the order of selection for the second round of the Re-Entry Draft:

1. DC United
2. Chivas USA
3. Philadelphia Union
4. New England Revolution
5. Houston Dynamo
6. Toronto FC
7. Chicago Fire
8. Sporting Kansas City
9. Seattle Sounders FC
10. Columbus Crew
11. New York Red Bulls
12. Real Salt Lake
13. San Jose Earthquakes
14. Los Angeles Galaxy
15. FC Dallas
16. Colorado Rapids
17. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18. Portland Timbers

Here is a list of the remaining players eligble for selection:

2011 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT PLAYER LIST

CHIVAS USA
Marcelo Saragosa
Alex Zotinca

COLORADO RAPIDS
Claudio Lopez
Ciaran O'Brien
Peter Vagenas

COLUMBUS CREW
Frankie Hejduk
Duncan Oughton
Gino Padula
Guillermo Barros Schelotto

FC DALLAS
Jeff Cunningham
Dario Sala

DC UNITED
Jaime Moreno (retired)

HOUSTON DYNAMO
Ryan Cochrane
Richard Mulrooney
Pat Onstad
Adrian Serioux

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Dema Kovalenko

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Preston Burpo
Nico Colaluca
Cory Gibbs
Khano Smith

NEW YORK RED BULLS
Juan Pablo Angel
Luke Sassano
Carey Talley

PHILADELPHIA UNION
Fred Carreiro
Chris Seitz

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Khari Stephenson

SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Tyrone Marshall

SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Jimmy Conrad
Josh Wolff

TORONTO FC
Nick Garcia

MLS GOALKEEPER POOL
Chris Sharpe

Monday, December 13, 2010

Red Stars To Skip 2010 WPS Season, Will Possibly Return In 2011

Knowing they could not meet a Women's Professional Soccer extended deadline of Wednesday to show they have met financial obligations to play in the 2011 season, the Chicago Red Stars announced Monday they will not play this season with the intention to returning to the league in 2012.

All current Red Stars players immediately became free agents Monday and can sign with any team.

USL PRO Newcomer Beats 2010 USSF D-2 Champ At 2010 SuperLiga DirecTV

River Plate Puerto Rico, a new member of USL PRO, debuting in the 2011 season, upset the 2010 USSF Division 2 Pro League champion Puerto Rico Islanders in a two-game aggregate-goal sweep at the Puerto Rico Soccer League's 2010 SuperLiga DirecTV Sunday with a 4-0 total score, following a 1-0 win Thursday, then a 3-0 victory Sunday.

Both teams have earned berths to compete in the 2011 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

WSA Winnipeg To Join USL PDL In 2011

World Soccer Academy Winnipeg became the newest member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League for the 2011 season Monday.

WSA Winnipeg, as it will be known, is expected to join the league's Central Conference, Heartland Dvision, where it will develop a regional rivalry with the Thunder Bay Chill, along with the other teams in the division -- the Des Moines Menace, Kansas City Brass, Real Colorado Fixes, Rochester Thunder, Springfield Demize and St. Louis Lions.

Navarro Leads First PASL Win Of Season Against Semi-Pro WSA Rapids

Victor Navarro scored a hat trick, goalkeeper Tristan Ryles had a goal and an assist, and Miguel Galvan also posted a point as the Wenatchee Fire, returning to the Professional Arena Soccer League as an expansion team, won their first game of the season 7-4 over the WSA Rapids of the semi-pro Premier Arena Soccer League Saturday at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex.

Navarro leads the Fire in goals with four.

The Fire are now 1-2 and in third place in the new Pro Frontier Division and will host another Premier team, the Central Oregon Steelheaders, this Saturday.

Bendan Quillci scored two goals for the Rapids in the loss.

USWNT Ends 2011 Season As Best Women's Team In The World

Despite losing to Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and having to beat Italy in a two-game playoff to earn the 16th and final berth into the upcoming tournament, the US Women's National Team finished the 2010 calendar season as the number one team in the world in the final FIFA/Coca Cola World Rakings November 19.

The top eight teams remained unchanged from the October poll -- US, Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Japan, North Korea, Norway and France. Canada climbed four spots from 13th to ninth in the final poll and England, at ninth in October, fell to tenth.

The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Rankings polls for 2011 will be released on March 18, July 22, September 23 and December 23.

Carter Named New President Of Soccer United Marketing

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber Monday elevated Kathy Carter to president of Soccer United Marketing, the league's marketing arm, from her former position as executive vice president.

She will manage the day-to-day operations of the company and lead its strategic planning efforts to increase revenues for the leagues, its member clubs and all SUM-related properties, and will continue to serve on the MLS/SUM Senior Execuitve staff, consulting Garber and the league's Board of Governors on SUM matters.

US-Egypt Game Set For February 9 In Cairo

The US Men's National Team confirmed Monday they will play an international friendly February 9 against Egypt's national team in Cairo.

It will be the third match ever between the teams, with the US holding a 2-0-0 advantage, having beaten them 3-1 in a game in South Korea in 1987 and 3-0 in a 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup match.

No "Graye" Matter Needed For Dynamo To Trade Draft Pick To Timbers

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo traded a natural fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the expansion Portland Timbers to acquire defender Jordan Graye, who the Timbers selected from last place DC United in last month's Expansion Draft.

Graye started 20 games for United last season.

Arsenal Defender Gilbert Joins Timbers For 2011 Season

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers announced Monday they have signed former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert to a contract.

Gilbert joined Arsenal's youth academy at 16 and made his first team debut two years later, playing in nine games.

Over the last few years, Arsenal has loaned out Gilbert to several teams, including Cardiff City, Southend United, Leicester City and Petersborough United, so he could earn playing time.

Vipers Forward Farias Wins MISL POTW For Second Time This Season

For the second time this season, the Major Indoor Soccer League's Player of the Week award went Monday to Omaha Vipers forward Carlos "Chile" Farias, who previously won the first such award of the 2010-11 season.

Farias had a three-point goal, three two-point goals and two assists in the team's 17-6 win over the Chicago Riot Friday at the Omaha Civic Center.

Farias leads the league in scoring with 23 points on nine overall goals and three assists in four games.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Howes, Lee Lead Stars Over Cougars

Player-head coach Greg Howes had two goals and an assist and Mark Lee also tallied a pair as the host Tacoma Stars got by the California Cougars 7-5 Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

Steve Mohn, Vitaly Bulala and Brayton Knapp added goals for the Stars, now in second place in the Western Division at 3-2.

The Stars host Dream Team FC, a group of Washington state soccer stars, in the 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament game this Saturday, then returns to league play January 8 when they travel to the Wenatchee Fire.

Uriel Robledo had two goals for the Cougars in a losing effort with Clemente Fonseca, Araia Berhane and Enrique Tovar also scoring goals.

California is winless this season at 0-5 and is off until December 27 when they host the defending PASL North American Champion San Diego Sockers.

Friesen Scores Important Brace As Pumas Edge Skyhawks

Matt Friesen scored the game-tying and game-winning goals as the Kitsap Pumas of the Professional Arena Soccer League got past the Snohomish Skyhawks of the semi-pro Premier Arena Soccer League 4-3 Saturday at the Snohomish Soccer Dome.

Taylor Hyde and Kellem Wantulok also scored for the Pumas, who have won four straight since losing the franchise's debut game in the league, and is now 4-1 and leads the Pro Frontier Division.

The Pumas are now on holiday break until January 9 when they host the Tacoma Stars.

Comets-Riot Match Postponed Due To Weather, Travel Issues

The Chicago Riot announced their scheduled Major Indoor Soccer League home game Sunday against the Missouri Comets has been postponed since the Comets were unable to fly from Baltimore, where they played the Baltimore Blast, to O'Hare International Airport in time to make the game at the Odeum Sports & Exhibition Center in Villa Park, IL.

The game will be reschedued with a new date announced this week. Riot fans can use their Sunday game tickets for the rescheduled game or return them for a full refund.

Medina Golden Goal Keeps Sockers Undefeated In PASL

Anthony Medina's second goal of the night -- a golden goal 35 seconds into overtime -- gave the defending Professional Arena Soccer League North American Champion San Diego Sockers an 8-7 victory against Revolucion Tijuana Saturday at Furati Stadium in Tijuana, Mexico.

Aaron Susi also had a pair of goals and assisted on another for the Sockers, who lead the Western Division with a 5-0 record. They will travel to the Cincinnati Kings next Saturday.

Tijuana, at 2-2 and in third place in the same division, got a pair of goals from Gerardo Villa in the loss. They will host the California Cougars next Saturday.

Decu Game-Winner Lets Waza Steal Victory From Vortex, Ubiparipovic

Costea Decu scored the game-winning goal and Miki Djerisilo led his team with a hat trick as the host Detroit Waza edged the Ohio Vortex 8-7 Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at the Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, MI.

Aaron Byrd, Tin Scicluna, Nelson Diaz and Scotty Wright all scored goals for Waza, now in second place in the Eastern Division at 3-2.

The Vortex, in last place in the division at 1-4, got the first five goals of the game frm Slavisa Ubiparipovic, but it was not enough to stop Detroit.

Jared Dombrowski and Milko Cecez were the other goal scorers for Ohio.

The Waza will host independent qualifier BRSC in a 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship match next Saturday, then return to league action next Sunday by hosting the expansion Illinois Piasa next Sunday.

Ohio will welcome the Piasa to the Canton Civic Center next Saturday.

Blast Outlast Comets At First Mariner Arena

Adauto Neto scored a pair of two-point goals and Max Ferdinand scored one of three three-point goals of the game as the Baltimore Blast stayed unbeaten after three Major Indoor Soccer League games by getting past the Missouri Comets 13-12 Saturday at First Mariner Arena.

Machel Millwood had a power play goal and an assist and Guiliano Celenza also posted a power play effort, while Pat Healey also scored for the Blast, now 3-0 and in second place in the league standings, one game behind the undefeated and defending regular season champion Milwaukee Wave (4-0).

Vahid Assadpour and Byron Alvarez scored the other three-point goals for the Comets, Tiguinho had a pair of two-pointers and Geison Moura had a single two-point goal for the Comets.

The Blast will host the Omaha Vipers Saturday.

Missouri, at 1-4 and in fourth place, one game behind the Vipers (2-3) for third place, will be at the Chicago Riot Sunday.

Greenfield Scores Game-Winning Goal For Wave To Keep Them Undefeated

Defender Jonathan Greenfield, who signed with the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave Friday, returning to where he played for the 2004 to 2006 seasons, scored the game-winning three-point goal as they edged the Chicago Riot 9-8 Saturday at US Cellular Arena to stay undefeated and on top of the standings at 5-0.

Marco Terminesi, Hewerton Moreira and Travis McKenzie all added two-point goals for the Wave with McKenzie's being a power play goal.

Chris Brisson led the Riot with a two-point goal and an assists on scores by Anthony Maher and Bato Radoncic. Alex Megson also scored for Chicago, the league's cellar dweller at 0-4.

The Wave is now off until after Christmas when the play the Missouri Comets in a weekend home-and-away series -- at Independence Events Center December 29, then at US Cellular Arena for the traditional New Year's Eve game at US Cellular Arena.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

USMNT Setting Up Possible Games In Egypt, Argentina

The US Men's National Team are in negotiations for 2011 season games in Egypt and Argentina.

The US opens their 2011 schedule January 22 against Chile at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

February 9 in Cairo is the possible date and location to meet Egypt's national team, according to sources, in a rematch of their encounter in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, which the US won 3-0.

The US wants to play Argentina some time in March as a tune-up match before competing in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Pumas On Three-Game Win Streak After Edging Cougars

Greg Miley had a hat trick and Kellen Wantulok, Matt Friesen, Mark Conrad and Taylor Hyde posted two goals each as the Kitsap Pumas extended their winning streak to three games Friday with an 11-8 victory over the California Cougars in Professional Arena Soccer League play at the Olympic Soccer & Sports Center in Kitsap, WA.

Wantulok also assisted on one of Miley's goals as the Pumas lead the new Pro Frontier Division at 3-1 and face the semi-pro Snohomish Skyhawks of the Premier Arena Soccer League on the road Saturday.

Enrique Tovar had a hat trick for the winless Cougars (0-4, last in the Western Division), Omar Martinez had a pair of goals and Chris Handsor had a goal and an assist.

Jorge Martinez and Uriel Robledo also scored goals for California, who next travel to the Tacoma Stars Saturday.

NSCAA Announces Men's Finalists For 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the men's finalists for the Missouri Atheltic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the best men's and women's soccer players in the country.

The nominees are all forwards -- Will Bruin of Indiana, Darlington Nagbe of Akron and Colin Rolfe of Louisville.

Bruin was named the Big 10 Conference's Player of the Year after scoring 18 goals and five assists in 20 games this season, eadling the Hoosiers to the conference regular season championship. Indiana lost, though, in the third round of the 2010 NCAA College Cup tournament to Akron.

Nagbe marks the third straight season a Zips player is a finalist, following 2008 nominee Steve Zakuani, now playing for the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer, and Teal Bunbury in 2009, who is at MLS' Sporting Kansas City (formerly the Kansas City Wizards). He scored seven goals and 13 assists this season.

Rolfe led his Cardinals in goals and assists with nine and seven, respectively, this season.

The winner will be announced January 7 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

Vipers Win First Game At Home; Rout Riot 17-6

Carlos "Chile" Farias led all scorers with nine points off a trio of two-point goals and a three-point power play goal as the host Omaha Vipers won their first Major Indoor Soccer League game at the Omaha Civic Center in a 17-6 rout of the Chicago Riot.

Farias also assisted on a goal by Mauricio Hernandez in the victory.

Ricardo Cavalcante added a pair of two-pointers and Shaun David had a single goal as the Vipers improved to 2-3 on the season, 1 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Blast (2-0) for second place in the leeague standings and 2 1/2 games behind the league-leading Milwaukee Wave (4-0).

The Vipers will travel to First Mariner Arena to take on the Blast next Saturday.

Chris Brisson, Edward Santeliz and Will Kleitzen all had standard goals for the Riot, who are winless in their first three games. Chicago heads to Milwaukee to face the Wave Saturday, then ends their weekend at home hosting the Missouri Comets.

Whitecaps Will Not Extend MLS Deals To Three Players

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday they will not offer contracts for their 2011 debut season in the league to defenders Luca Bellisomo and Willis Forte and goalkeeper Simon Thomas.

Bellisomo played three seasons for the Whitecaps and appeared in 37 games during their 2010 season in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, where he scored two goals and an assist. He played in 64 games over his time with the team.

Forko started eight of nine games last season after joining the team in midseason following a 2 1/2 year stint in Norway.

Thomas also played three seasons for Vancouver but appeared in one game as a substitute.

Lightning Onslaught Crushes Evansville In USOASC Round Of 16

The Louisville Lightning of the Professional Arena Soccer League easily advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010-11 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament Friday with a 25-3 rout of the Evansville Crush of the semi-pro Premier Arena Soccer League at the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club.

Adam Boyer led all scorers with five goals and three assists, one of five players to have a hat trick or larger.

Darren Yeagle and Kolby LaCrone each had four goals, but Yeagle assisted on three other goals, while Marian Gonzalez and Ross Hopkins posted three goals each.

The Lightning are next scheduled to face the winner of the December 18 game in Taylor, MI between the PASL-Pro's Detroit Waza and the independent BRSC in the quarterfinals. No date or location has been announced for the next match.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Whitecaps Woo Dunfield, Janicki Over To MLS Team

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps welcomed two more players over from their 2010 USSF Division 2 Pro League to join the 2011 MLS franchise Friday in midfielder Terry Dunfield and defender Greg Janicki.

They join goalkeeper Jay Nolly, defender Wes Knight and midfielder Philippe Davies as member of Vancouver's D-2 team that moved over in the transition.

Dunfield started all but one games for Vancouver after joining the team in August and scored two goals. He has appeared on Canada's U-20, U-23 Olympic and senior men's national teams.

Janicki was the USSF D-2 League's Defender of the Year and was named to the league's Best XI after being part of a defensive unit that gave up a league-low 22 goals last season.

He started 32 of 33 games last season and finished in a three-way tie for the team goal scoring lead with four.

Janicki will be making a return to MLS in 2011. He played the 2008 and 2009 seasons for DC United during their runs at the CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, where he started five games for them en route to making the tournament's final game.

Atlanta Ships Aluko, Heath, Kerr To Sky Blue For Draft Picks

The Atlanta Beat, the worst team last season in Women's Professional Soccer, made a move to get better fast Friday by trading forward Eniola Aluko and midfielders Tobin Heath and Angie Kerr to Sky Blue FC in exchange for receiving the fourth and eighth overall picks in the 2011 draft.

Aluko and Kerr both started their careers with the St. Louis Athletica, who folded during the 2010 season, before being selected as free agents by the Beat.

Aluko led the Beat in scoring last season with five goals and finished sixth in the league in that category with nine, counting four that she scored at St. Louis.

In two seasons, she tallied 15 goals and four assists and had started 36 of 39 games.

Kerr started 37 of 40 games over two seasons in the league, including 19 of 22 with the Beat, where she has a goal and three assists as their captain.

Heath, the number one overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft out of North Carolima, where she led them to three NCAA College Cup titles (2006, 2008 and 2009), started three games for Atlanta before suffering a season-ending ankle injury April 4 in a game against eventual regular season and league champion FC Gold Pride.

Wave Signs Ex-Blast Greenfield, Place Rodriguez On Inactive List

The defending Major Indoor Soccer League regular season champion Milwaukee Wave announced Friday they have signed veteran defender Jonathan Greenfield, who played for the franchise from 2004 to 2006.

To make room for him on the roster, Milwaukee placed J.P. Rodriguez, who has left the team to play for a team in Vietnam, on their Inactive List.

Western New York Flash Sign Three Former FC Gold Pride Stars

The expansion Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer announced Thursday they have sgined three players with experience playing for the former league champion FC Gold Pride -- defenders Ali Riley and Kandace Wilson and forward Christime Sinclair -- as well as former LA Sol and Washington Freedom defender Brittany Bock.

Riley was the league's 2010 Rookie of the Year, assisting on three goals and starting 23 games for the Pride in her debut season out of Stanford.

Wilson has played two seasons with the Pride, who folded in the offseason after capturing the 2010 league championship over the Philadelphia Independence, where she scored a goal. She also started 15 of 24 regular season games that season.

Sinclair also played two seasons for the Pride, scoring 16 goals and assisting on ten others. After the Pride captured the WPS Championship, she led her native Canada to a 1-0 victory over Mexico to win the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany this summer, scoring the lone goal.

She has played 140 games for her country's national team and is their all-time goal scoring leader.

Bock played for the 2009 WPS champion Sol, who folded before the 2010 season and was picked up by the Freedom, where she started 19 of 33 games in 2010, including playoff appearances. She is also a member of the US U-23 Women's National Team player pool.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Assante Returning To Sky Blue To Reunite With Gabarra

Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra will be reunited for the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season with a former player from his days as head coach with the Washington Freedom -- defender Anita Assante, who was signed as a free agent Thursday.

Assante played 16 games for Sky Blue during the league's inaugural season in 2009, leading them to the first league championship.

In 2010, she began her season with the St. Louis Athletica, who folded operations during the season, then played for the Chicago Red Stars before her acquisition by the Freedom, starting eight out of 13 total games that season.

A member of England's women's national team since 2004, she led the team to the 2009 Cyrpus Cup Championship and played every minute of all four games for her country at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Before joining WPS, she played 10 seasons with Arsenal, then moved to Chelsea Ladies, both in the English Women's Premier League.

At Arsenal, she led the team to four titles in 2008 -- the UEFA Women's Cup, the FA Women's Cup, the FA Women's National Premier League Championship and the FA Women's Premier League Cup.

Breakers Sign Free Agent Forwards O'Hara, Washington

The Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer announced the signings Thursday of free agent forwards Kelley O'Hara and Nikki Washington for the 2011 season.

O'Hara played her rookie season in the league for 2010 champion FC Gold Pride, who will not return to defend their regular season and league championship titles. She was third in scoring on the team with six goals and four assists in 18 games.

Washington spent the 2010 season rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament she suffered in her senior season at North Carolina, beginning with the Los Angeles Sol, who chose to fold before the season began, then joining Sky Blue FC, the St. Louis Athletica before they folded during the season and the Chicago Red Stars.

Chivas USA To Name New Head Coach Before Holiday Season

Chivas USA isn't waiting for Santa Claus to come to town.

The Major League Soccer franchise said Thursday they plan to name their new head coach, to replace the fired Martin Vasquez, before the holiday season begins in full force.

Soccer America reports the team has interviewed Eric Wynalda, Steve Sampson, Denis Hamlett, Jesse Marsch and Robin Fraser for the opening.

MLS Releases Initial List Of Invitees To Annual Player Combine In Fort Lauderdale

Major League Soccer Thursday announced the first 54 invitees to the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine January 7 through 11 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, held prior to the league's annual SuperDraft, to take place January 15 in Baltimore during the annual convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The 54 players initially selected were chosen by a panel of NCAA Division I coahces as well as MLS coaches and come from 36 colleges and universities. More names will be added to the list in the coming weeks from NCAA Division II and III schools as well as National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics schools.

Nine of the initial group -- J.T.Murray (Louisville), Justin Meram (Michigan), Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Christpher Korb (Akron), and Eddie Ababo, Jalil Aniboba, Michael Farfan, Stephen McCarthy and Dustin McCarty of North Carolina -- will be playing in this weekend's NCAA College Cup Final Four.

Here is the inital list of invitees, listed by position and with current school:

2011 adidas MLS PLAYER COMBINE INVITEE LIST

GOALKEEPERS
Bryan Meredith - Monmouth
Jeff Attinella - South Florida
Jimmy Maurer - South Carolina
Joe Willis - University of Denver
Josh Ford - Connecticut

DEFENDERS
A.J. Soares - California
Bilal Duckett - Notre Dame
Bobby Warshaw - Stanford
Christopher Korb - Akron
Colin Givens - Michigan State
Curtis Ushedo - UAB
Demetrious Omphroy - California
Eddie Ababio - North Carolina
Greg Klazura - Notre Dame
Greg King - Connecticut
Indy Smith - UNC Wilmington
Jalil Anibaba - North Carolina
J.T. Murray - Louisville
Juan Cruz - SMU
Michael Boxall - California-Santa Barbara
Rich Balchan - Indiana
Tyler Lassiter - North Carolina State

MIDFIELDERS
Anthony Ampaipitakwong - Akron
Blake Brettschneider - South Carolina
Cole Grossman - Duke
Daniel Keat - Dartmouth
Dustin McCarty - North Carolina
Ernesto Carranza - Sacramento State
Guillermo Cortes - Maryland
Hector Jimenez - California
Jimmy Banks - Wisconsin-Green Bay
John "Jeb" Brovsky - Notre Dame
Jon Okafor - Brown
Josue Soto - SMU
Karl Reddick - Boston College
Konrad Warzycha - Ohio State
Lebogang Pila - St. Peter's College
Matheus Braga - Penn State
Matt Gold - Ohio State
Michael Farfan - North Carolina
Servando Carrasco - California
Stephen McCarthy - North Carolina
Tommy Drake - Clemson

FORWARDS
Amani Walker - California-Irvine
Ashley McInnes - Tulsa
Brayan Martinez - Seton Hall
C.J. Sapong - James Madison
Davis Paul - California
Efrain Burgos - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Jason Herrick - Maryland
Justin Meram - Michigan
Levi Houapeu - Maryland-Baltimore County
Philip Bannister - Loyoa University (MD)
Steven Perry - Notre Dame