Saturday, April 30, 2011

Whitecaps Women Re-Sign Woeller, Add Trio From U-18 Prospects

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL W-League announced the re-signing of defender/midfielder Shannon Woeller for her fourth season and signed Nikki Ambrose, Jacyln Sawicki and Katie Turney, who played in 2010 for the Pacific Coast Soccer League's Premier Women's regular season title, attended training camp with Canada's U-20 national team in preparation for playing in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship tournament, and were members of Team British Columbia that won the gold medal at the 2009 Canada Games,

Woeller started six of nine games for Vancouver last season but did not register a goal or an assist. She has started 17 of 23 career games for the Whitecaps in three previous seasons.

In all 38 starts for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, she has recorded two assists.

Woeller has also started 15 of 17 appearances for the Canadian U-20 national team and played four games for her country's senior women's team.

Ambrose, Sawicki and Turney completed their first seasons of collegiate soccer.

Ambrose made eight appearances for Santa Clara University.

Sawicki was named Female Rookie Athlete of the Year at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. She led the team with four goals and started all 14 games in 2010.

Turney started 12 of 20 games for Washington State University and had a goal and an assist for three points.

The Whitecaps open their 2011 season on the road against the Victoria Highlanders May 15 before hosting the Seattle Sounders May 22 at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

DC United Midfielder Boskovic Tears ACL In LHUSOC Qualifier

Midfielder Branko Boskovic of Major League Soccer's DC United tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 85th minute of Tuesday's Lamar Hunt US Open Soccer Championship play-in qualifier at the Maryland SoccerPlex, according to The Washington Post Friday.

He scored two second-half goals but was initially diagnosed with a concussion after he took a number of hard tackles, but an MRI result came back negative.

Boskovic did not travel with the team to Houston, where they faced the Houston Dynamo.

US Soccer Corrects Error, Suspends SKC's Diop For Saturday's MLS Game

US Soccer Friday rescinded a red card and one-game suspension handed down to Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelian Collin for actions in the 75th minute of a Major League Soccer game last Saturday against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and issued them to midfielder Birahim Diop, who will miss this Saturday's game at the New York Red Bulls.

MLS' Disciplinary Committee originally ruled Collin should have been ejected from the game for violent conduct but, after further video review by US Soccer, they overturned the original decision, claiming MLS misidentified the person involved in the incident.

Robinson Lone Goal Gives Barracuda Win Over River Plate Puerto Rico

Lawson Robinson scored the game's only goal in the second half and Antigua Barracuda FC shut out host River Plate Puerto Rico 1-0 Friday in USL PRO International Division play at Roberto Clemente Stadium.

Antigua, who will host River Plate next Sunday, are currently 3-2-0 with nine points and in second place in the division, one point behind the Los Angeles Blues (3-0-1, 10 points), who they travel to play this Sunday.

River Plate is in last place in the division at 0-1-2 with two points.

Hammerheads Strike Hard Twice In Win Over Riverhounds

Paul Nicholson and Alex Grendi had unassisted goals in the 83rd and 93rd minute, respectively, as the host Wilmington Hammerheads broke a 1-1 tie and defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 Friday in USL PRO play at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC.

Luke Mulholland assisted Andryi Budnyy on the game's opening goal in the 56th minute for Wilmington but Jeremy Deighton countered for Pittsburgh with an unassisted play in the 79th minute before the Hammerheads rallied to victory.

The Hammerheads, despite being undefeated at 2-0-0 with six points, is in fourth division in the American Division and will travel to the division and league-leading Richmond Kickers next Saturday.

Pittsburgh is 1-2-0 with three points and tied for the National Division lead with the Rochester Rhinos (same). They will travel to Blackbaud Stadium Saturday to play the Charleston Battery.

Paterson Electrifies Battery In Win Over Eagles

Nicki Paterson assisted on a Seedy Bah goal in the 33rd minute, then had an unassisted goal 12 minutes later as the Charleston Battery edged the host Charlotte Eagles 2-1 Friday in USL PRO play from Winthrop University.

Charlotte took the early lead in the 21st minute as Sallieu Bundu assisted Josh Rife on a goal.

The Battery are 3-1-0 with nine points and are in second place in the league's American Division. They will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Eagles, in last place in the division at 0-3-1 with a point, travel to the Los Angeles Blues May 12.

Piasa To Host New Waukegan Lightning In Doubleheader May 14

Illinois Piasa, the 2010-11 Frontier Division champion in the Professional Arena Soccer League, will play the PASL's newest expansion team, the Waukegan (IL) Lightning, in the nightcap of an indoor soccer doubleheader May 14 at the Soccer For Fun Arena in Pontoon Beach, IL, according to the blog The Floodplain Footy.

Piasa FC of the Premier Arena Soccer League is scheduled to compete in the doubleheader's first game against an unnamed opponent.

Kansas Magic To Play Nebraska All-Stars May 15

The Kansas Magic, a team hoping to join the Professional Arena Soccer League as a 2011-12 expansion franchise, will continue their journey for acceptance May 15 against the Nebraska All-Stars at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, NE, the Magic announced Friday.

The All-Stars will come from the cities of Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Lexington.

The Magic will host the Illinois Piasa of PASL-Pro Saturday in an exhibition game at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, KS.

Islanders, Strikers Draw 2-2 At Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium

The host Puerto Rico Islanders and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers played to a 2-2 draw Friday in North American Soccer League play at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Fort Lauderdale's Eduardo Coudet scored the only goal of the first half on a 40th minute penalty kick.

It took until the 70th minute for Puerto Rico to counter with a goal by Nicholas Addlery, then, in the 89th minute, Scott Gordon gave Fort Lauderdale the lead before Gregory Richardson fired off the game-tying goal a minute later.

The Islanders, despite the draw, remain on top of the NASL standings at 3-0-1 with 10 points, while Fort Lauderdale falls to 1-1-2 with five points and in fourth place.

Both teams face the NSC Minnesota Stars on the road in their next game -- Fort Lauderdale plays them first next Saturday; the Islanders head there May 18.

Bruin Hat Trick Wins For Dynamo, Now Tops In Eastern Conference

Will Bruin became the second rookie in Houston Dynamo history to have a hat trick as they defeated DC United 4-1 Friday at Robertson Stadium at the University of Houston and became the new leader in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.

Bruin was assisted by Brad Davis and Geoff Cameron on the goals -- Cameron assisted on his first in the fourth minute, both teamed on his second in the 41st minute, and Davis helped out in the 57th minute.

Cam Weaver put the game away in the 62nd minute off a Hunter Freeman assist for the Dynamo.

United's only goal tied the game at 1-1 in the 39th minute as Dax McCarty assisted Marc Burch.

Houston is now 3-1-3 with 12 points and will next host the defending MLS champion Colorado Rapids this Wednesday.

United, at 2-4-1 with seven points, is tied for sixth in the Eastern standings with Toronto FC (1-2-4) and they will host the Seattle Sounders at RFK Stadium this Wednesday.

Friday, April 29, 2011

PDL's Fury Boost Roster With Four Signings

The Ottawa Fury of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Friday of three local players -- Robbie Sabadoz, Brendan Gorman and Sean Pound -- and London, Ontario native Joey Kewin, the top scorer for the Carleton University Ravens.

Sabadoz has 37 goals and 11 assists for 85 points in 51 games over three seasons at NCAA Division II Merrimack College and will play in his third straight season for Ottawa. In 2010, Sabadoz, who was part of the Fury Youth Program, had two goals and an assist in 11 PDL games.

Gorman, also a Fury Youth Program graduate, played the 2010 PDL season for the Albany BWP Highlanders and had five goals and six assists in 15 games, but he will join the Fury in mid-June after finishing a commitment in New Zealand with Dunedic Technical AFC. He has played three college seasons for St. Lawrence University and has led the NCAA D-2 school to a 38-16-4 record and has scored 27 goals and 17 assists in 45 games.

Pound appeared in two games for the Fury in 2010, but led the Algonquin College Thunder to two National titles, four Provincial titles and a National silver medal in 2008 in his four seasons there, along with earning numerous individual awards.

Kewin led the Ravens in scoring in 2010 with second goals and the team to a 9-3-2 record. He has scored 13 goals in 26 career Canadian Interuniversity Sport games for the Ontario University Association member, leading them to a 16-8-4 record. He served as the captain of fellow PDL franchise Forest City London in 2010.

Ottawa opens their 2011 PDL season May 28 against London, then hits Hamilton, Ontario the next day to face the expansion Hamilton FC Rage.

Fredericksburg Impact Add Four More To Inaugural Roster

The expansion Fredericksburg Impact of the USL W-League announced the signings Friday of four more players to their inaugural roster.

Defender Torri Allen joins the Impact after playing her freshman collegiate season at Georgia, where she started 19 games, was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team, and led the Bulldogs to nine shutout wins and a 0.85 goals against average in 2010.

Myers, a midfielder and fellow alumnus of Allen at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA, scored 11 goals and five assists in 45 career games played for the Longwood University Lancers.

Former Rochester Ravens star Laura Gaesser graduated from Central Michigan University, where she played defender from 2004 to 2007.

Finally, Japanese midfielder Saeda Sueki played two seasons at Lindsey Wilson College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Columbia, KY and has nine goals and five assists in two seasons.

The Impact play their first W-League game May 31 at home against the Northern Virginia Majestics in the first part of a doubleheader with the Fredericksburg Hotspur of the USL Premier Development League.

DC United Takes Cronin Off DL, Places Carriero On It

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Friday goalkeeper Steve Cronin will be eligible to play in Friday's road game against the Houston Dynamo after being taken off the team's Disabled List, but midfielder Junior Carreiro, who sprained an ankle in a preseason game against Florida International University, has been placed on the list.

City Islanders Moved Rhinos Game To May 10

The Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO announced Friday their originally scheduled home season opener Saturday against the Rochester Rhinos at Skyline Sports Complex has been rescheduled for May 10 at 7 p.m. local time and tickets for Saturday's contest will be honored.

The game, the second straight home game postponed for the City Islanders, was postponed Thursday when the state's emergency management agency closed City Island, home to Skyline, at 6 p.m. Thursday night and through the weekend due to severe storms that brought heavy rain and high winds to the area, causing flooding, power outages and downed trees.

Sounders Women Play To Draw Against Seattle Pacific; Oregon State, University Of Washington Next

The Seattle Sounders Women of USL W-League played Seattle Pacific University to a 1-1 draw Thursday at Interbay Stadium in Seattle after the Sounders scored on an own goal and saw Kara Kittler score a true goal.

The Sounders will next play Oregon State University over the weekend, then face the University of Washington Wednesday as Seattle continues its preseason schedule.

The Sounders will open their 2011 W-League season on the road May 14 at Bear Mountain Stadium against the Victoria Highlanders and play the Colorado Rush May 29 in their home opener at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Red Bulls' Agudelo Wins MLS GOTW Again; Galaxy's Ricketts Takes SOTW

Major League Soccer announced Friday New York Red Bulls forward Juan Aguedelo was the runaway winner of Week 6 fan voting in the AT&T Goal of the Week competition and Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts saw one of his nominated saves win him the Save of the Week award.

Agudelo's goal was the last scored in a 4-0 rout of DC United last Thursday at RFK Stadium and earned over 65 percent of the tallied votes.

He is also the first person to win the award twice this season, having done so in the first week of the season.

Ricketts' honor came from an 80th minute save of a potential Kenny Cooper goal in a 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers last Saturday at The Home Depot Center, getting 28.44 percent of the vote to prevent New York's Bouna Coundoul from creating a team sweep of the weekly awards. Coundoul finished second with 25.24 percent of the vote.

Ricketts, who had two saves nominated this week, earned 16.76 percent of the vote, good for fourth place, on his other one.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Whitecaps' Harris Has Knee Surgery

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced Thursday forward Atiba Harris underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the meniscus of his right knee.

The fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, he has two goals and two assists in five starts this season.

Orlando City Sign Local Products Chin, Fojo

Orlando City Soccer Club of USL PRO announced Thursday they have signed local players Dennis Chin and Justin Fojo to contracts for the 2011 season.

Chin, who had previously signed an amateur contract with the team, played for Oviedo High School in Oviedo, FL and played his college years at Winter Park, FL's Rollins College, where he had seven goals and three assists in 15 games in his senior season.

Chin started six preseason games for Orlando City, scoring a goal against the University of Central Florida and assisting on a goal against Stetson University in DeLand, FL.

Fojo, who has citizenship in the US and Trinidad & Tobago, played at Lake Mary High School in Florida and went to college at the College of Charleston, where he was named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman Team and the All-Southern Conference team.

During his college career at Charleston, he was called up to play for Trinidad & Tobago's national team against El Salvador but did not see action.

Fojo will join the team next week after his finishes classes.

Orlando City travels to FC New York this Saturday.

City Islanders Home Opener Postponed...AGAIN!

For the second time this season, the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO announced Thursday their home opener against the Rochester Rhinos set for the Skyline Sports Complex at City Island Saturday has been postponed due to severe weather that has devastated most of the country.

The Pennsylvania capital's Emergency Operations Center announced they were closing City Island through the weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The City Islanders are looking for an alternate site to play the game but say if they can't find a suitable site, the game will be rescheduled.

Harrisburg's original home season opener April 16 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for May 31.

Byers Fires Off Four In Antigua Victory Over Puerto Rico United

Peter Byers had four goals and an assist as his Antigua Barracuda FC tore through host Puerto Rico United 7-0 Wednesday at Aguada Stadium in the highest-scoring USL PRO shutout of the season.

Tamarley Thomas added a goal and an assist and Orlando Mitchum and Ranja Christian also scored for Antigua, currently 2-2-0 with six points and in second place in the league's International Division.

Puerto Rico United is 0-2-2 with two points and is tied with River Plate Puerto Rico (0-0-2) for last in the division.

Antigua will travel to River Plate this Friday, while United hosts Sevilla FC Puerto Rico.

Santos Goals Give Toronto FC Lead Over FC Edmonton In NCC Semis

Maicon Santos had two of Toronto FC's three goals, with Alan Gordon scoring the final one, as the Major League Soccer franchise took a 1-0 lead over FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer league in the first leg Wednesday of the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, which determines who will represent Canada in the field for the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

The tournament was once a round-robin event, with MLS' Toronto, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Montreal Impact, at the time in either USL First Division or the USSF Division 2 Pro League, playing for the Voyageurs Cup, but the event added Edmonton to allow for a new format, in which winners of two aggregate-goal semifinal matchups will face off in a similarly-run final for the championship.

Game 2 of the Toronto-Edmonton series will be May 4 at BMO Field in Toronto

Whitecaps Sign Vagenas To Contract

The expansion Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer signed midfielder Peter Vagenas to a contract Thursday.

Vagenas spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Sounders, who selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft, starting 16 of 21 total games, including all seven this season, and assisting on two goals.

Before joining Seattle, he spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, leading them to a 2002 MLS Cup title and the 2005 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament championships.

Sounders Lose White Indefinitely After Removal Of Blood Clot

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Thursday forward O'Brian White will be out indefinitely after having surgery Wednesday to remove a blood clot from his left leg.

White is the team's co-leader this season in goals with two, has two assists, and has started all seven games.

NYRB To Represent MLS At Emirates Cup In London

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls will represent the league for the first time at the 2011 Emirates Cup tournament in London, England July 30 and 31, hosted by Arsenal of the English Premier League.

The other participants in the four-team event are Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina's Boca Juniors.

The Red Bulls are scheduled to play PSG July 30 and the host team July 31, with teams earning three points for a win, one point for a draw and one point in the standings for each goal scored.

Should a team be tied after the two-day competition in points and goal differential, the team with the most shots on goal will win the tiebreaker.

MLS Hits Mullin With 10-Game Suspension, $5,000 Fine For Zakuani Incident

Already hit with an automatic one-game suspension and a $250 fine, Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced Wednesday it was issuing a additional nine-game suspension and a $5,000 fine against Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullin for a vicious tackle on Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani during last Saturday's 1-0 victory that caused Zakuani to suffer a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg, requiring surgery.

The penalty is the harshest handed out by MLS since 2007 when former Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark was suspended for 10 games and fined $10,000 for kicking former FC Dallas and current Philadelphia Union forward Carlos Ruiz.

The Disciplinary Committee, who reviews all penalties issued during every league game and has the power to enhance or reduce any fine or caution, called Mullin's action "reckless, egregious and showed utter disregard for the safety of an opponent".

Mullin will be able to return to the Rapids for their June 26 game at the Columbus Crew.

Sporting Kansas City, New England To Meet For LHUSOC Berth May 25

Sporting Kansas City will host the New England Revolution at an yet-to-be-disclosed site May 25 to earn one of two berths available for Major League Soccer teams to make the field for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Championship, beginning June 28, it was announced Wednesday.

The Revolution beat DC United 3-2 in a play-in qualifying game Tuesday at the Maryland SoccerPlex to move one step closer to being one of 16 teams to earn a bye to the third round of the 2011 tournament.

Dunfield Goal Gives Whitecaps First Leg Lead In NCC Series

Terry Dunfield fired off a goal in the second half as the Vancouver Whitecaps shut out the Montreal Impact 1-0 in the first leg of the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship semifinal series Wednesday at Saputo Stadium in Montreal in a battle of Major League Soccer franchises.

The annual tournament, once a three-team, round-robin affair between the Whitecaps and Impact -- then in USL First Division -- and MLS' Toronto FC, is now a four-team event with the addition of North American Soccer League franchise FC Edmonton, with the winner earning the chance to represent Canada in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League field.

This year, the four teams will play in a pair of two-game, aggregate-goal semfinals with the winners facing off in a similar final series for the berth.

Game 2 of the Vancouver-Montreal series will be next Wednesday at Empire Field in Vancouver.

MLS Disciplinary Committee Rescinds Ejection Of SKC's Collin

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee Wednesday rescinded a straight red card given by referee Edvin Jurisevic to Sporting Kansas City player Aurelien Collin during Saturday's game against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Collin was given the red card, which causes ejection from the game and an automatic $250 fine and one-game suspension, by referee Edvin Jurisevic following an incident that began after he collided with Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis while challenging for a corner kick with both of them hitting the pitch hard.

Players from both teams came out to check on their teammates and, in a scrum, New England's Benny Feilhaber, making his first appearance for his new team after joining MLS, was knocked down by Collin and teammate Boris Diop, causing Jurisevic to pull the red card.

The Disciplinary Committee, which reviews all MLS game footage to determine if any penalties were missed or issued improperly by officials, among other duties, stated Collin is now eligible to play for New England this Saturday when they travel to The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA to play Chivas USA and that Diop would receive no punishment from the committee for his actions.

Monterrey Wins CONCACAF Champions League Title Over Real Salt Lake; Ends RSL's 37-Game Home Unbeaten Streak

For the first time since May 2009, Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake lost a game at home as Humberto Suazo scored six seconds into first-half stoppage time to give Monterrey a 1-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT and claimed the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League title with a 3-2 aggregate win.

It is the sixth straight time a Mexican team has won a CONCACAF title, the 27th overall time the country has done so, and the eighth time in the last ten regional title opportunities.

With the victory, Monterrey earns a spot as the CONCACAF representative to FIFA's Club World Cup tournament this December in Japan.

RSL has now ended a 37-game winning streak at home over all competitions, but now returns to MLS play this Saturday when they travel to the expansion Portland Timbers' JELD-WEN Field.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pumas Sign McFayden, Andrew, Lubin, Roca For 2011

The Kitsap Pumas, who play outdoor soccer in the USL Premier Development League and indoors for the Professional Arena Soccer League, announced Wednesday they have signed forwards Kendell McFayden and Chris Andrew, goalkeeper Zac Lubin and defender Sam Roca for the 2011 USL PDL season, which opens for them Sunday at the Vancouver Whitecaps and May 18 at home against the Victoria Highlanders.

McFayden had a goal in four games last season with the Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League. The Aztex relocated to Orlando and are now the Orlando City Soccer Club of USL PRO.

Anrdew and Lubin are both rookies in the PDL.

Andrew had 10 goals and six assists in his senior season at the University of Montana-Billings Yellow Jackets.

Lubin played at St. Martin's University under long-time head coach Rob Walker.

Roca, a native of New Jersey, played college soccer at the University of South Carolina and High Point University and was previously with the PDL's Nashville Metros.

Sockers Midfielder Wright Officially Joins Expansion Bolts

As expected, midfielder Paul Wright of the two-time defending Professional Arena Soccer League North American Champion and US Open Arena Soccer Champion San Diego Sockers became the first player to sign a contract with the PASL expansion Anaheim Bolts for the 2011-12 season Wednesday.

Wright was second on the Sockers in scoring last season with 31 points on 12 goals and 19 assists.

Union To Host Everton July 20 At PPL Park

Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union announced Wednesday they will host Everton of the English Premier League in an exhibition game July 20 at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

Everton is currently in seventh place in the EPL's single standings table, five points behind Liverpool.

Sky Blue Trades Dallstream To Breakers For 2012 Draft

Sky Blue FC, the first champion of Women's Professional Soccer, announced Wednesday they have traded forward Kiersten Dallstream to the Boston Breakers for a second round pick in the 2012 draft.

Dallstream started six of 12 games for Sky Blue last season, tallying an assist, but has not played this season.

Beat Goalkeeper Lipsher Names WPS' Best Again

Atlanta Beat goalkeeper Alli Lipsher became the first player in Women's Professional Soccer history to be named the league's Player of the Week for a second straight week, done so Wednesday for Week 3 of the 2011 season, and the ninth player in league history to win the award more than once.

Lipsher, who saves 11 shots in last week's 1-0 victory over 2009 league champion Sky Blue FC, stopped 13 shots in a 2-2 draw this past Saturday against the expansion Western New York Flash.

Fury Women Retain Romagnulo, Ramirez, Lagonia, Eskridge For 2011

The Ottawa Fury of the USL W-League announced Wednesday they have re-signed Tina Ramagnulo, Casey Ramirez, Alyssa Lagonia and Shay Eskridge for the 2011 season.

Ramagnulo, in her third season in Ottawa, had three goals last season and has 25 over her first two seasons. She came to the Fury after two seasons at Syracuse University, where she has 13 goals and an assist for 27 points in 38 career games with the Orange and was named each season to the All-Big East Second Team and led the team in goals and points.

Ramirez, Ramagnulo's teammate with the Orange, has started all 57 games over three seasons and has two goals and three assists over that period, spending her 2008 season as a midfielder, then moving to defender in 2009.

Lagonia led the Laurier Golden Hawks to the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championship game, where they lost 1-0 to Queen's. In three seasons at Laurier, she has led them to a 27-8-7 record, has been named three times to the Ontario University Association's First Team All-Star team and was a CIS All-Canadian and CIS Tournament All-Star in 2010. She played 10 games for Ottawa last season.

Eskridge, who plays midfield at Graceland University in Lamoni, PA, was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' First Team All-Conference team in 2010 after leading them to a 15-1-3 record. She has scored 17 goals and 34 assists for 68 points in 81 career games. Eskridge played three games for Ottawa in 2010.

The Fury open their 2011 W-League season May 28 and 29 when they play the Rochester Ravens and the Hamilton FC Rage, respectively. Their home opener will be June 3 against the Ravens.

Game Times Change For Earthquakes-Galaxy, Timbers-Sounders

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Tuesday their televised Major League Soccer home game against the Los Angeles Galaxy June 25 on Fox Soccer Channel has had its kickoff time changed from 11 p.m. Eastern time to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Also, the July 10 Portland Timbers game where they will host the Seattle Sounders has been moved to a 4 p.m. Eastern time start and will remain televised on ESPN.

Islanders Rough Up Stars In Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium Debut

Jonathan Fana had the final two goals of the game in the 39th and 77th minute as the host Puerto Rico Islanders took over the top spot in the North American Soccer League standings with a 3-1, cone-from-behind victory over the NSC Minnesota Stars at the 2011 season opening of Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium Tuesday in Bayamon, PR.

Kyle Altman scored the first -- and only -- goal for the Stars, now 1-0-2 with four points and tied for fourth place with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1-1-1), who the Islanders, 3-0-0 with nine points, welcome to Bayamon this Saturday.

NSC will host the Carolina RailHawks Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

Dube Double Sends Revs To Next Round Of LHUSOC Play-In Play Versus SKC

Kheli Dube scored goals in the 34th and 47th minutes to lead the New England Revolution to a 3-2 victory over DC United in Major League Soccer qualifying for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament in a play-in match Tuesday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyd's, MD.

Alan Koger assisted on Dube's 47th minute goal and later had an unassisted goal in the 69th minute for the win.

Branko Boskovic had both of United's goals in the 73rd minute off a Charlie Davies assist and in the 83rd minute off an Andy Najar assist.

New England moves into the final stage of qualifying for the 40-man LHUSOC field this year against Sporting Kansas City at a date, time, and location to be announced.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Capitals Promote Hart To Starting Goalkeeper, Add Sanders, Pittman To Depth Chart

The Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League announced the re-signing of goalkeeper Joe Hart and the signings of Chip Sanders and Adam Pittman to the position Tuesday.

The Capitals lost Zane Wells to a contract with the League of Ireland and Alessandro Salvatore trained with Mexican team Club America in the offseason.

Hart was Baton Rouge's number two goalkeeper and led them to a third-place finish in the league playoffs last season. He is in his third PDL season, but second in Baton Rouge.

Sanders has been the starting goalkeeper at NCAA Division I Davidson for two seasons and will be in his third PDL season, with one season previously at the Panama City Pirates.

Pittman is a sophomore at Dutchtown High School in Gonzalez, LA and is considered one of the best high school players at his position.

The Capitals open PDL season play May 19 on the road against the West Texas United Sockers, then welcome the Rio Grande Valley Grandes to Christian Life Academy Stadium for their home opener.

Marosevic Scores Game-Winning Goal, FC Dallas Reserves Beat The Heat

Peri Marosevic scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute as FC Dallas of the Major League Soccer Reserve Division defeated the Laredo Heat of the USL Premier Development League 2-1 Tuesday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

The game doesn't count in the MLS Reserve Division standings for FC Dallas.

Bryan Leyva opened the scoring for Dallas in the 21st minute, then Damien Lopez countered for Laredo in the 33rd minute to tie the score at 1-1.

The Heat begin their 2011 USL PDL season May 6 at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex against the expansion Rio Grande Valley Grandes.

Crew Signs Prim, Places O'Rourke On Disabled List

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced the signing Tuesday of Argentina midfielder Santiago Prim, who played in five preseason games during their time in Arizona.

Prim played the last two seasons for Buenos Aires-based San Lorenzo de Almagro.

The Crew also announced defender/midfielder Danny O'Rourke has been placed on the disabled list as he continues to rehab his left knee following surgery in November 2010.

Scorpions Announce Stadium Plans For 2012, 2013 NASL Seasons

The San Antonio Scorpions, who will join the North American Soccer League in the 2012 season, announced plans Tuesday to build a 5,000-seat stadium on land near the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex in time to play home games in the 2013 season.

The Scorpions already have an agreement with the North East Independent School District to use 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium for their 2012 season home games.

Antigua Forward Smith's Double Earns Him USL PRO Player Of The Week Award

Antigua Barracuda FC forward Stefan Smith was named Tuesday the USL PRO Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2011 season after scoring two goals in the team's 3-2 win Saturday over Sevilla FC Puerto Rico at Sticky Wicket Stadium for the franchise's first victory.

Here are the rest of the players selected for the USL PRO Week 4 Team Of The Week:

USL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
David Sierra - Sevilla FC Puerto Rico

DEFENDERS
Sascha Gorres - Richmond Kickers
Dustin Bixler - Harrisburg City Islanders
San Stockley - FC New York

MIDFIELDERS
Shintaro Harada - Harrisburg City Islanders
Chris Salvaggione - Charleston Battery
Alfonson Motagalvan - Rochester Rhinos
Mauricio Turizo - Puerto Rico United

FORWARDS
Tomislav Colic - Los Angeles Blues
Max Griffin - Orlando City Soccer Club

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Cole Peverley - Charleston Battery
Greg Dalby - Charlotte Eagles
George Davis IV - Dayton Dutch Lions
Cesar Rivera - Los Angeles Blues
Paul Shaw - FC New York
Shaka Bangura - Richmond Kickers
Peter Villegas - River Plate Puerto Rico
J.C. Banks - Rochester Rhinos
Ryan Roushandel - Sevilla FC Puerto Rico

MLS Names Players For Week 6 Team Of The Week

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the members of the league's sixth Team of the Week for the 2011 season, which is compiled each week by staffers at MLSsoccer.com and honors the outstanding players and performances of the previous week.

Here are the members of the newest Team of the Week:

MLS TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Donovan Ricketts - Los Angeles Galaxy

DEFENDERS
Jan Gunnar Solli - New York Red Bulls
Josip Mikulic - Chicago Fire
Heath Pierce - Chivas USA

MIDFIELDERS
Benny Feilhaber - New England Revolution
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS Week 6 Player of the Week)
Julian de Guzman - Toronto FC
Nick LaBrocca - Chivas USA

FORWARDS
Diego Chaves - Chicago Fire
Kei Kamara - Sporting Kansas City
Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls

MANAGER
Robin Fraser - Chivas USA

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Davide Chiumiento - Vancouver Whitecaps
Andre Hainault - Houston Dynamo
George John - FC Dallas
Dane Richards - New York Red Bulls

Nominees Named For MLS' Week 6 Save Of The Week

Voting has opened for fans to select the sixth winner of Major League Soccer's Save of the Week contest for the 2011 season, which honors the goalkeeper who makes the most outstanding save.

Fans can go to www.mlssoccer.com to view the nominees and cast their vote before 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.

The nominees for Week 6 are Bouna Coundoul (New York Red Bulls), Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes),William Hesmer (Columbus Crew) and Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy), who has been nominated for two saves.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bolts To Sign Midfielder Paul Wright As First Player At Wednesday News Conference

The Anaheim Bolts, joining the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2011-12 season, will hold a news conference Wednesday at an Anaheim, CA hotel to announce the signing of midfielder Paul Wright as their first player.

W-League Whitecaps Re-Sign Premj; Add Armstrong, Richardson

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL W-League announced the re-signing Saturday of midfielder Ranee Premj and the signings of forwards Juile Armstrong and Jenna Richardson and midfielder Amber Brooks to the 2011 roster.

Premj, who came up from the Whitecaps FC Prospects program last season, started three of five games in 2010 for a total of 289 minutes. She has scored nine career points in 23 starts over 38 appearances for the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Calgary, Alberta native also played on her country's U-17 and U-20 national teams.

Armstrong will be in her fourth season with Vancouver and had one assist in five starts over seven games in 2010. A fellow Prospects member, she has started 13 of 19 games over the previous three seasons and has two goals and an assist. She has played two seasons collegiately at the University of Oregon, starting 19 of 34 games with three goals and seven assists. Armstrong also started in eight of 13 games for Canada's U-20 national team, scoring two goals, and has started five of six games for the country's senior women's team, tallying a goal.

Richardson, another Prospects star, played her freshman season at Oregon State University, finishing second of the team with nine goals and five assists and tying for the team lead in game-winning goals (four) and total points (23) after starting 11 of 19 games. She also has scored one goal over four games with Canada's U-20 women's team.

Brooks played with Premji for two seasons at North Carolina. In 2010, she started all 24 games for the Tar Heels, scoring seven goals and two assists for 16 points. In 2009, as a freshman, she was part of their 2009 NCAA championship season, tallying three assists in starting 15 of 27 appearances.

In 2007, she played in the W-League for the New Jersey Wildcats, starting one of five games for 138 minutes of play.

In 2008, she played every minute of all five games in their silver medal-winning run at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, serving as captain for two games, including the consolation game against North Korea. She also started all four games at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Seven Signed By Strikers In Saturday Blitz

The Los Angeles Strikers of the USL W-League announced the signings Saturday of seven players for the 2011 season -- forward/midfielder Eva Dixon, midfielder Nancy Avesyan, midfielder Danny Cardenas, forward/midfielder Frances Boukidis, forward Shannon Suarez, and goalkeepers Amanda Rose Johnson and Erin Frushon.

Dixon, assistant coach of the girls varsity team and head coach of the junior varsity team at South Pasadena High School, where she was a four-time athlete of the year, and an assistant coach of the Pasadena City College women's team, played her college soccer at Cornell, where she was named Most Valuable Player in 2008 and named to the Cornell Red Rey Athlete Honor Society. She also was named to the All-Ivy League Team in three of four seasons there.

Ayesyan returns to the States after playing last summer for Lazio Femminille in Rome, Italy. In 2009, she played in the W-League for the Ventura County Fusion after playing as a freshman at Cal State Northridge in 2008, where she led the offense with five goals and four assists.

Cardenas currently is a freshman at Long Island University after playing high school soccer for Glendale, CA's Cresenta Valley High School, where she led them to two Pacific League titles in 2007 and 2009. She was named to the First Team in 2009. Cardenas also won an Olympic Development Program Region IV title in 2006 with Cal South and played on four Surf Cup title teams and the 2008 National Cup and regional finalists.

Boukidis had two game-winning goals during her freshman season at Northern Illinois University, where she played in all 19 games last season. She was also a teammate of Cardenas at Crescenta Valley and was named the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player in 2010 after leading the league with 11 goals and 12 assists.

Suarez, a freshman at Long Beach State University, played at Saugus High School, where she was on their 2008 Foothills League and 2009 California Interscholastic Federation championship teams. In 2009, she was named to the CIF's All-Federation and All-League teams.

Johnson started 17 of 19 games in goal in her freshman season at New Mexico Highlands University, finishing the season with a goals against average of 1.25, 79 saves, three shutouts and a .806 save percentage.

Frushon had five shutouts and 80 saves for a .825 save percentage and a 0.93 goals against average at Biola University, where she was named to the 2010 All-Golden State Athletic Conference team and to the conference's Defensive Player of the Week and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Player of the Week honors during the season. In 2010, she played in the W-League for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat and had 60 saves.

Independence Adds ACME, Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, reGen As Sponsors

The Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer announced the addition Monday of three new corporate sponsors for the 2011 season -- ACME, Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company and reGen.

ACME is owned by SuperValu and has 11 stores located in a 10-mile radius of Widener University, the team's home pitch.

reGen, owned by Hershey's, is a muscle recovery beverage with cocoa as its main ingredient.

Red Stars Play In WPSL While Shoring Up Ownership Group For WPS Return

The Chicago Red Stars, who played in the first two seasons of Women's Professional Soccer, announced Monday they will join the semi-professional Women's Premier Soccer League while they firm up their ownership group to return to WPS for the 2012 season.

NASL's Silverbacks Sign Toure

The Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League announced the signing Monday of midfielder Mouusa Toure, who spent the last two seasons in the USL Premier Development League with Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy (2010) and the Atlanta Blackhawks (2009), and also played for the Minnesota Twinstars of the National Premier Soccer League, where he scored 12 goals.

Expansion Seawolves Announce Preseason Opener Against Highlanders

The expansion North Sound Seawolves of the USL Premier Development League, based in Everett, WA, announced Monday they will open their inaugural preseason schedule this Sunday against the Victoria Highlanders at Bear Mountain Stadium in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Morton, Vickers Re-Join Tacoma Tide For 2011 Season

The Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Development League announced Monday they have re-signed defender Elliot Morton and forward Cam Vickers.

Morton scored a goal last season for the Tide against the Victoria Highlanders over his nearly 1,100 minutes played. A junior this season at Seattle Pacific University, he played in all 17 games last season for the Seawolves, scoring five goals and five assists.

Vickers had four assists in 2010 with the Tide over 546 minutes after having two goals in 149 minutes played in the 2008 season.

He led Sonoma State University to the 2010 California Collegiate Athletic Association title after scoring three goals and 12 assists and was also named to the 2010 Daktronics Men's Soccer All-West Region Second Team.

RailHawks' Barbara, Tampa Bay's Sattler Weekly Winners In NASL

The North American Soccer League Monday named Carolina RailHawks forward Etienne Barbara and FC Tampa Bay goalkeeper Daryl Sattler the league's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2011 season.

Barbara scored his league-leading third goal of the season Wednesday as the RailHawks shut out FC Edmonton 2-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Sattler had his second shutout in three games with a scoreless draw Saturday at the Montreal Impact and stopped four shots in the match. He leads the league with 17 saves and Tampa Bay is tied for second-fewest goals allowed this season with two.

MLS, USMNT, USWNT, Mexican Men's Team Have Official Tequila Now

Brown-Forman, owners of Casa Herradura Tequilas, including the popular el Jimador brand, announced the signing of a four-year partnership Monday with Soccer United Marketing, the marketing division of Major League Soccer, that makes the brand the official tequila of MLS, the US Men's and Women's National teams, and the sponsor of the Mexico men's national team's annual US tour.

Galaxy's Donovan Named MLS Player Of The Week For Week 6

In his first start for the Los Angeles Galaxy since April 2 after dealing with a knee injury, midfielder Landon Donovan returned to his winning form and was named Monday the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for Week 6 of the 2011 season.

Donovan had two goals and assisted on the third in a 3-0 Galaxy victory at The Home Depot Center Saturday against the expansion Portland Timbers.

MLS Announces Nominees For Week 6 AT&T Goal Of The Week

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 6 of the 2011 season.

Fans can view the scoring plays of the nominees by visiting www.mlssoccer.com/att-goal-week and can vote for their choice either online or via their cell phone by texting to 22442 and typing in the code for their particular favorite. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday with the winner to be announced Friday.

The nominees are (with codes next to them) Rajko Lekic of the New England Revolution (G1), Marco Perovic of the New England Revolution (G2), Chad Barrett of the Los Angeles Galaxy (G3), Juan Aguedelo of the New York Red Bulls (G4) and Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy (G5).

Beat, Flash Play To Draw Sunday At KSU; Meet Again Next Sunday

The Atlanta Beat (1-1-1, four points) and the expansion Western New York Flash (1-0-1, four points) are now tied for the lead in the Women's Professional Soccer standings after playing to a 2-2 draw in their first meeting at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, GA Sunday.

Christine Sinclair led the Flash with a goal in the game's second minute, then assisted Marta on a goal in the 66th minute to give Western New York a 2-1 lead.

Beat captain Lori Chalupny evened the game at 1-1 in the 56th minute, then saw Carli Lloyd hit the last goal of the night in the 69th minute to eventually end it at 2-2.

Both teams will meet again at the same location this Sunday.

Timbers Reserves Cut Through Galaxy At THDC

Spencer Thompson scored goals in the 39th and 89th minute and Kevin Goldthwaite added a 48th minute strike as the Portland Timbers defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 Sunday in a Major League Soccer Reserve Division contest at the track and field stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Former Galaxy player Bryan Jordan had the Galaxy's lone goal on a 29th minute penalty kick.

The Timbers will next face the Seattle Sounders May 15 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Los Angeles will meet Chivas USA May 3 at The Home Depot Center, a stadium both call home.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Reigning League MVP Ferreira Suffers Fractured Ankle For FC Dallas

FC Dallas midfielder and reigning Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player David Ferreira will miss some playing time after suffering a fractured right ankle in a 2-1 road loss Saturday to the Vancouver Whitecaps at Empire Field.

Ferreira was injured after being roughly challenged by Vancouver defender Jonathan Leathers and he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Surgery has not been scheduled for Ferreira, the team's leading scorer this season with three goals and an assist, pending an evaluation when he returns to Dallas.

Johnson Has Goal, Two Assists In Earthquakes Rally Over Chivas USA

Ryan Johnson scored a goal in the 50th minute, then assisted on goals by Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Yuri Morales as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Chivas USA 3-1 Saturday in a Major League Soccer Reserve League game at the Nutrilite Training Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Mariano Trujillo gave Chivas the early lead in the 20th minute on an assist from Victor Estupinan.

Both teams host the Los Angeles Galaxy in their next game -- Chivas first next Tuesday at The Home Depot Center, San Jose gets them June 6 at Nutrilite.

Rivas Brace Gives Fire Reserve Win Over Dynamo

Martin Rivas scored two goals and Gabriel Ferrari added another as the Chicago Fire shut out the Houston Dynamo 3-0 Sunday in Major League Soccer Reserve Division play at Toyota Park's practice pitch in Bridgeview, IL.

Chivas next hosts the Colorado Rapids next Sunday. The Dynamo will travel to face Real Salt Lake May 15 at their practice facility.

Blues, River Plate Play To 1-1 Draw Saturday

The Los Angeles Blues and River Plate Puerto Rico played to a 1-1 draw Saturday in USL PRO action from Roberto Clemente Stadium.

Michael Randolph assisted Cesar Rivera on a 12th minute goal for Los Angeles, but Eloy Matos scored in the 58th minute on an unassisted play for the tie.

River Plate played most of the game with nine men after Martin Morello and Yaniel Bermudez were red carded for fighting with the Blues' Rivera in the 34th minute. Rivera was also ejected.

The Blues remain on top in the International Division at 3-0-1 with 10 points, while River Plate is 0-0-2 with two points and tied for last place in the division with Puerto Rico United (0-1-2).

Both teams next host Antigua Barracuda FC -- River Plate first on Friday, the Blues host them next Sunday.

magicJack Dials Up First Win Over Breakers

Ella Masur scored in the 26th minute off an Abby Wambach assist as magicJack, formerly the Washington Freedom, officially began their new life in Women's Professional Soccer with a 1-0 victory Saturday over the Boston Breakers at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

magicJack, named for the voice over Internet protocol device for your home computer, are tied at 1-0-0 with the Western New York Flash (same record) and the Breakers (1-2-0) for the lead in the league's single table.

magicJack will host the Philadelphia Independence next Sunday and the Breakers will host Sky Blue FC next Sunday.

Donovan Double, Barrett Blast Give Galaxy MLS' Best Record

Landon Donovan scored goals in the eighth and 67th minute and Chad Barrett opened play in the fourth minute with a goal as the defending Major League Soccer's Supporters' Shield champion Los Angeles Galaxy shut out the expansion Portland Timbers 3-0 Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The Galaxy have the best record in the Western Conference and the league at 4-1-3 with 15 points and will take on FC Dallas next Sunday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

Portland is 2-3-1 with seven points and are tied with FC Dallas (same record) for fifth in the conference table. The Timbers will host Real Salt lake next Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.

Rhinos Stampede To First Win Of Season Over Dutch Lions

Alfonso Motagalvan, J.C. Banks and Anthony Hamilton scored goals as the Rochester Rhinos defeated the host Dayton Dutch Lions 3-2 in USL PRO National Division play Saturday at Miami Valley South Stadium.

The Rhinos, 1-2-0 in the division with three points, are tied with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1-1-0) for the lead and will take on the Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg next Saturday.

Dayton, winless in its first two games and in last place in the division, host the division's and league's best team in the 4-0-0 Richmond Kickers next Saturday.

Smith's Brace Gives Antigua Barracuda Win Over Sevilla

Stefan Smith had near back-to-back goals in the 19th and 21st minute and Gayson Gregory had an unassisted score in the 84th minute as Antigua Barracuda FC beat Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 3-2 in USL PRO International Division action from Sticky Wicket Stadium in St. John's.

Sevilla benefited from an goal by Eli Gordley in the 15th minute and Alan Gustave scored for the team in the 88th minute to create a rally.

Antigua is now 1-2-0 with three points and are in third place in the division, while Seviila is in second place at 1-2-2 with five points.

Both teams get Puerto Rico United in their next fixtures -- Antigua first on the road Wednesday, Sevilla hosting them Friday.

Harada Goal Is Game-Winner For Riverhounds Over City Islanders

Shintaro Harada's unassisted 48th minute goal gave the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds a 1-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders in their first Keystone Cup game of the 2011 USL PRO season Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.

The two teams were originally scheduled to begin their annual series last Saturday at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, but severe thunderstorms cancelled that game and moved it to May 31.

The Riverhounds (1-1-0, three points) are tied with the Rochester Rhinos (1-2-0) for the lead in the league's National Division. Pittsburgh will be at the Wilmington Hammerheads this Friday.

Harrisburg (0-1-0), playing their season opener at last, are tied with the Dayton Dutch Lions (0-2-0) for last place in the five-team division and will host the Rhinos next Saturday.

Kickers Rally In Second Half To Improve To 4-0-0 In USL PRO

Mike Callahan assisted David Bulow in the 63rd minute and Luke Vercallone did the same for Shaka Bangura in the game's final minute of regulation time as the host Richmond Kickers rallied to defeat the Charleston Battery 2-1 Saturday in USL PRO play Saturday at City Stadium.

The Battery led after 15 minutes when Cole Peverley assisted Levi Coleman on a goal.

Richmond has the best overall record in the league and leads the American Division at 4-0-0 with 12 points. They will next face the winless Dayton Dutch Lions next Saturday at Miami Valley South Stadium.

The Battery are 2-1-0 with six points, good for third place in the same division. Charleston takes on the Charlotte Eagles this Friday at Charlotte Christian Stadium.

Crew Slip Past Toronto FC In MLS Reserve Division Play

Chris Davis' unassisted goal in the 66th minute gave the Columbus Crew a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC as the two met in Major League Soccer Reserve Division play at BMO Field in Toronto Saturday.

Andres Mendoza had a solo goal in the 11th minute for the Crew, but Tristan Jackson tied the score for Toronto in the 35th minute.

The Crew next hosts the New England Revolution May 9 at Crew Stadium while Toronto FC hosts the Philadelphia Union May 29.

Coudet PK Gives Strikers Win On The Road Over Silverbacks

Eduardo Coudet had a game-winning penalty kick in the final minute of regulation play as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers edged the Atlants Silverbacks 2-1 Saturday in North American Soccer League play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Martin Nunez put the Strikers up 1-0 in the 14th minute off an Aaron Wheeler assist, but Atlanta scored two minutes later on an unassisted Mario Perez goal.

Fort Lauderdale (1-1-1, four points) shares second place in the league standings with FC Tampa Bay (same record) and the NSC Minnesota Stars (1-0-1). The Strikers will travel to the Puerto Rico Islanders this Friday.

Atlanta has the league's worst record at 0-3-0 and will play at FC Tampa Bay next Saturday.

Boswell Goal Knots Dynamo Game With Fire

Bobby Boswell's goal off a Brad Davis assist in the 83rd minute saw the Houston Dynamo and the host Chicago Fire play to a 1-1 draw Saturday in Major League Soccer play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Diego Chaves scored for Chicago in the 58th minute on a Marco Pappa assist.

Chicago, 1-3-2 with five points and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, will travel to the defending MLS champion Colorado Rapids next Saturday.

Houston (2-1-3, nine points) is tied for fifth in the conference standings with the Columbus Crew (same record) and the New England Revolution (2-2-3). The Dynamo will host DC United in a Thursday fixture from Robertson Stadium.

Lekic's First Career Goal Gives Revolution Win Over SKC

Rajko Lekic's first career Major League Soccer goal, assisted in the 83rd minute by Zac Boggs, gave the New England Revolution a 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

US Men's National Team star Benny Feilhaber made his first appearance in an MLS game since the Revolution claimed his rights via an allocation draft and assisted on Marko Perovic's goal in the 12th minute and Shalrie Joseph scored in the 72nd minute off a Kenny Mansally assist.

Kei Kamara scored goals in the 14th minute off a Teal Bunbury assist and in an unassisted manner in the 69th minute for Kansas City, who is halfway through a league-record 10-game road trip while finishing touches are made to LIVESTRONG Park, their new home.

New England is 2-2-3 with nine points and are tied with the Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew, both at 2-1-3, for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Revolution are at Chivas USA next Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City sports the worst record in MLS and the Eastern Conference at 1-3-1 with four points and travels to the New York Red Bulls next Saturday.

Avila Game-Winner Gives Dallas Victory Over Whitecaps

With assists from Milton Rodriguez and Jair Benitez, Eric Avila scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute as FC Dallas edged the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Saturday in Major League Soccer play from Vancouver's Empire Field.

Vancouver's only lead of the game came in the 25th minute when Davide Chiumento and Jeb Brosky teamed to help Alain Rochat score the opening goal.

FC Dallas' George John, with the guidance of Jackson Goncalves and Marvin Chaves in the 53rd minute, tied the game at 1-1.

FC Dallas is now 2-3-1 with seven points and are tied with the Portland Timbers (2-2-1) for fifth place in the Western Conference. They will next host the Los Angeles Galaxy next Sunday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

Vancouver is 1-3-3 with six points and are tied with Chivas USA for seventh place in the Western table. The Whitecaps will be at the Columbus Crew next Saturday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Seattle's Zakuani Undergoes Surgery To Repair Right Tibia, Fibula

Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani underwent surgery late Friday night to repair a fractured right tibia and fibula he received in the third minute of Friday's 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to the defending MLS champion Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

He will remain under observation at a Denver hospital for a few days before returning to Seattle. It is no known how long he will be out of action for the Sounders.

Zakuani currently leads the team in points with two goals and two assists this season.

Crew Keeps Toronto FC Winless In Trillium Cup Series With Draw

Emilio Renteria's 49th minute goal, assisted by Sebastian Miranda, forced a 1-1 draw between the visiting Columbus Crew and host Toronto FC Saturday in a Major League Soccer fixture at BMO Field.

The draw kept Toronto FC winless in 12 games in the Trillium Cup series between the two teams at 0-5-7.

Toronto took the opening lead and ended a new-Crew team record 413-minute shutout streak when Julian de Guzman and Alan Gordon assisted Tony Tchnai scored a goal in the 41st minute, then would be ejected from the game for leaving the field to celebrate the goal with fans in the stands.

The Crew are 2-1-3 with nine points and are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. They will host the Vancouver Whitecaps at Crew Stadium next Saturday.

Toronto is 1-2-4 with seven points and tied with DC United (2-3-1) for fifth place in the same conference. They will travel to Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field next Saturday to play the Seattle Sounders.

Trujillo Goal Gives Chivas First Win Of 2011 Season

Mariano Trujillo's unassisted goal in the 85th minute gave Chivas USA their first win of the 2011 Major League Soccer season as they edged the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Reigning league Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski put San Jose up 1-0 in the 16th minute with help from Khari Stephenson and Ramiro Corrales, but Chivas countered in first-half stoppage time when Heath Pierce connected with Alejandro Moreno.

Chivas is now 1-2-3 with six points and are, at the moment, tied for sixth place in the Western Conference standings with the Vancouver Whitecaps (same record), who host FC Dallas later Saturday at Empire Field. Chivas next hosts the New England Revolution next Saturday.

San Jose fell to 1-3-2 with five points, putting them in eighth place in the conference. The Earthquakes head to the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

Griffin Double Guides Orlando City To 2-2 Draw Against Puerto Rico United

Max Griffin had goals in the first five minutes of the second half as the Orlando City Soccer Club played Puerto Rico United 2-2 Friday in a USL PRO fixture at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Edivaldo Silva opened the scoring for Puerto Rico in the 30th minute for the eventual halftime lead, but Griffin struck in the 47th and 50th minute to give Orlando City a 2-1 lead before Christian Turzo made sure both teams walked off the pitch with a standings point from the draw.

Orlando City is now 2-1-1 with seven points and are in second place in the league's American Division, a win behind the Richmond Kickers (3-0-0, nine points) for the lead in the division. The Lions will hit the road next Saturday to play FC New York.

Puerto Rico United, 0-1-2 with two points, is third in the International Division standings and hosts Antigua Barracuda FC this Wednesday.

Montero Ends Scoring Draught; Leads Sounders To Shutout Of Rapids

Fredy Montero, who hadn't scored a goal for Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders since a 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game over Chivas USA September 1, was assisted by Mauro Rosales and O'Brien White on a 19th minute goal as the Sounders shut out the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids 1-0 Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The Sounders are now unbeaten in the last five games and, at 2-2-3 with nine points, are tied for third place in the Western Conference standings with the Rapids (3-3-0, nine points).

Both teams have home fixtures next Saturday -- Seattle against Toronto FC, the Rapids facing the Chicago Fire.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sounders Women Open Preseason With Shutout Of Western Washington

The Seattle Sounders Women of the USL W-League opened their 2011 preseason campaign Thursday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA with a 3-0 shutout of Western Washington University, scoring all their goals in the second half.

The Sounders continue preseason play this Thursday when they face Seattle Pacific University at Interbay Stadium in Seattle.

Heat Re-Sign Mulamba, Bayona; Add Fuentes, Lopez

The Laredo Heat of the USL Premier Development League announced Friday the re-signings of midfielder Gregory Mulamba and forward Esteban Bayona, and added defenders Reynol Fuentes and Damian "El Nino" Lopez to the 2011 season roster.

Mulamba, back for his fifth season in Laredo, formerly played at Texas A&M International University, the Heat's home pitch.

Bayona, in season three for the Heat, played collegiately at University of the Incarnate Word.

Laredo opens its 2011 season May 6 at TAMIU against the expansion Rio Grande Valley Grandes.

Revolution Name UnitedHealthcare As Jersey Sponsor

The New England Revolution became the 13th team in Major League Soccer to have an official jersey sponsor as the franchise announced Friday it would be UnitedHealthcare.

The team will unveil their new kits featuring the health care provider's logo during Saturday's game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA against Sporting Kansas City.

Timbers Sweep Fan-Selected MLS Weekly Awards

Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and forward Jorge Perlaza of the Portland Timbers were both named winners Friday of Major League Soccer's weekly fan-selected awards -- the Save of the Week and the AT&T Goal of the Week -- for Week 5 of the 2011 season.

For Gleeson, it was his second time winning the honor (He previously won in Week 2) and he joined Seattle's Kasey Kellar (Weeks 3 and 4) to win it twice.

Gleeson stopped a potential game-tying score by FC Dallas' David Ferreira, the league's defending Most Valuable Player, in what became a 3-2 win Sunday at JELD-WEN Field in Portland and he received over 70 percent of the votes in online balloting, beating out Toronto FC's Stefan Frei, who got 23 percent of the vote.

Perlaza opened the scoring for the Timbers in the 29th minute of their historic first franchise win -- a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Fire -- and defeated New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry 32 to 23 percent to become the award's fifth different winner in as many weeks.

Pumas Sign Five For Upcoming Season

The Kitsap Pumas, who play year-round between the outdoor USL Premier Development League and the indoor Professional Arena Soccer League, re-signed Steve Mohn and Robby Christner, and welcomed Graham Davidson, Elliott Fauske and Manny Hernandez to their PDL roster Thursday, according to the Kitsap Sun.

Mohn was the first player signed by the franchise in 2009 and has played his first two seasons at right fullback.

Christner was the team's leading scorer in the PDL last season before he had to have sports hernia surgery.

Davidson played his first season of collegiate soccer at Olympic College in Washington state, where Pumas assistant coach James Ritchie is their head coach. He also competed in a March open tryout, along with Guadalajara, Mexico native Hernandez.

Fauske will be on his fourth PDL team in as many seasons after playing for the Spokane Spiders, Yakima Reds and Cascade Surge. He finished the PASL season tied as the team's leading scorer.

Roushandal Scores For Sevilla In First Leg Of Weekend Series

Ryan Roushandal scored the game's lone goal in the 39th minute as Sevilla FC Puerto Rico won their first game as a USL PRO International Division member 1-0 to host Antigua Barracuda FC in the first leg of a two-game weekend series in St. John's.

Sevilla is now 1-1-2 with five points and in second place behind the undefeated Los Angeles Blues at 3-0-0 with nine points. Antigua is winless in its first two games.

Both teams play again Saturday.

Blues Lead In International Division Over Puerto Rico United

Tomislav Colic had a pair of goals, Akeem Priestley had a goal and an assist and Mike Randolph put the ball into the back of the net as the Los Angeles Blues continued their lead in the USL PRO's International Division at 3-0-0 with nine points by beating Puerto Rico United 4-2 Wednesday at Roberto Clemente Stadium.

Hecter Ramos scored both goals for United, now 0-1-1 with a point and tied for third place with River Plate Puerto Rico, whom the Blues play on the road Saturday.

United will host Antigua Barracuda FC next Wednesday.

Henry Double, Assist Put Red Bulls On Top Of Eastern Table

Thierry Henry scored two goals in the 12th and 38th minute and teamed with Rafael Marquez on Joel Lindpere's 76th minute goal as the New York Red Bulls shut out DC United 4-0 Thursday at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC for their third straight win of the 2011 Major League Soccer season and putting them on top of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-1-2 with 11 points, one ahead of the Philadelphia Union (3-1-1, 10).

Jan Gunnar Solli and Dane Richards assisted on both of Henry's goals and Solli had a third assist on the night as he teamed with Mhedi Ballouchy to help Juan Aguedelo make a second-half stoppage time goal.

The Red Bulls will host Sporting Kansas City next Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

United, 2-3-1 with seven points and in sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings, will travel to the Houston Dynamo next Friday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tide Re-Ups Defenders Tangney, Gray For 2011

The Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Development League announced Thursday they have re-signed defenders Chase Tangney and Daniel Gray for the 2011 season.

Tangney tied for the team lead in assists last season with four and will be in his fifth season in 2011. He played collegiately at the University of San Diego.

Gray played initially at Cal Poly before transferring to the University of Washington for his senior year. He has said he will pursue playing opportunities in Europe after the 2011 PDL season.

PDL's FC Jax Destroyers Announce W-League Franchise For 2012

The expansion FC Jax Destroyers of the USL Premier Development League announced Thursday the Jacksonville, FL-based team will field a team in the USL W-League in the 2012 season.

The PDL Destroyers begin their 16-game season May 13 against Mississippi Brilla.

RailHawks Derail FC Edmonton; Three-Way Tie For NASL Lead

Etienne Barbara and Nick Zimmerman scored goals in the 19th and 76th minute as the Carolina RailHawks shut out FC Edmonton 2-0 Wednesday in North American Soccer League play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

The RailHawks, now 2-1-0 with six points, are tied for the league lead with FC Edmonton (same record) and the Puerto Rico Islanders (2-0-0).

Carolina next travels to the NSC Minnesota Stars next Saturday and Edmonton heads to the Atlanta Silverbacks May 7.

Monterrey, Real Salt Lake Play To 2-2 Draw At CONCACAF Champions League Final

Monterrey of Mexico's Primera Division and Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer played to a 2-2 draw Wednesday in the first leg of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League final in Monterrey, Mexico.

The draw snapped a winless streak by MLS teams playing games against Mexican teams in any competition or exhibition.

Aldo Des Nigris opened the scoring for Monterrey with a goal in the 18th minute, but received a yellow card for taking off his shirt in celebration and will now, because he has received too many yellow cards, will miss the second leg game next Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT, where Real Salt Lake is unbeaten in their last 37 games, be they regular seasons MLS or international friendly games.

Nat Borchers tied the contest at 1-1 for RSL in the 35th minute and the score held through halftime.

Humberto Suazo scored off a penalty kick in the 63rd that Monterrey thought would be the game-winning goal, but Javier Morales' 89th minute goal decided a draw was near.

Also scheduled to miss next Wednesday's game along with De Nigris for accumulating excessive yellow cards are Jesus Eduardo Zavala for Monterrey and Kyle Beckerman for RSL.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Whitecaps Add Four More Ladies To Roster

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL W-League announced the signings Wednesday of defender Malloree Enoch, midfielders Kelsey Hood and Krista Kruse, and forward Alysha Bonnick.

Enoch played the past three seasons at Saint Leo, an NCAA Division II school, and had seven goals and 18 assists for 32 points and started 36 of 28 games. Her best season at Saint Leo came in 2008 when she had four goals and seven assists for 15 points.

Before coming to Saint Leo, Enoch was at Concordia University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school, where she holds school records for goals in a single season (20), goals in a single game (four), and points in a single season at 53. In 2003, she was the Cascade Conference Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American.

Hood played last season in Nerway for FK Donn of the Toppserien and also played in the USL W-League for the Minnesota Lightning in 2009, scoring two assists over all 12 games she started.

She had five goals and nine assists for 19 points over four seasons at the University of Minnesota, where she started all but one of 82 career games.

In her senior season, she led the Golden Gophers to the regular season Big Ten championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's College Cup, their deepest run ever in the postseason. The team also tallied 17 shutouts that season, a conference record, and Hood was named to the Soccer Buzz All-America Second Team and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

Hood also was a two-time conference Second Team selection in 2006 and 2007 and a First Team selection in 2008.

Kruse and Bonnick both come to Vancouver after being teammates at the University of Missouri for four seasons.

Kruse started 52 of 83 games with 13 goals and five assists for 31 points. In 2010, she started every match and was second on the team in minutes played at 1,561 and scoring with 18 points on eight goals and two assists.

In 2009, she started all 21 games and had two goals and three assists and was invited to a training camp with the US U-23 Women's National Team.

Bonnick started 78 of 85 games for the Tigers, scoring 38 goals and 18 assists for 99 career points, and she holds the school record of game-winning goals with 14.

In her final season, she led the team with 21 points on nine goals and three assists, earning a place on the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team.

Bonnick, of North Gower, Ontario, had 11 goals and four assists for 26 points in 2008, and she was named to the Soccer America All-American Fourth Team and the All-Big 12 First Team.

She was the 2007 conference Rookie of the Year with 11 goals and 10 assists.

Bonnick also has appeared in two games for Canada's senior Women's National Team.

Torn ACL, LCL In Right Knee Ends Leonardo's Season

Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy announced Wednesday defender Leonardo, in his second season with the team on loan from Sao Paulo in Brazil, will miss the remaineder of the 2011 season after tearing his anterior cruciate and lateral cruciate ligaments in a 2-1 win Sunday over the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Leonardo has started all seven games they have played this season and 17 matches overall.

Beat Goalkeeper Lipsher Named WPS Player Of The Week For Week 2

Atlanta Beat goalkeeper Alli Lipsher was named Wednesday the Player of  the Week for Week 2 of the 2011 Women's Professional Soceer season.

She made 11 saves as the Beat shut out Sky Blue FC 1-0 Saturday at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, GA.

Atlanta hosts the expansion Western New York Flash this Sunday.

Orlando City Named Heineken Official Beer, Rosen Plaza Official Hotel

Orlando City Soccer Club of USL PRO announced Wednesday Heineken beer, distributed locally by Florida Distributing Company, and the Rosen Plaza have been the team's official beer and hotel.

Heineken, which is the official beer of the UEFA Champions League, will operate a beer garden at the Florida Citrus Bowl during home games and the brand will hold team events at local bars, pubs and nightclubs throughout the season.

The Rosen Plaza, located across the street from the Pointe Orlando entertainment and shopping district and minuted away from the Florida Citrus Bowl, will offer fans from visiting teams a room rate of $99 a night for a deluxe room. Reservations can only be made through their website at www.rosenplaza.com/orlandocity.

City Islanders-Riverhounds Game Rescheduled For May 31

USL PRO announced Wednesday last Saturday's game against the Harrisburg City Islanders and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA that was postponed due to sever thunderstorms in the area was reschedule for May 31 at 7 p.m. local time at the same site.

The two teams will meet this Saturday at Chartiers Valled High School in Pittsburgh.

Harrisburg's home season opener will now take place next Saturday against the Rochester Rhinos.

"Big Pete" Coming To Antigua Barracuda FC

Antigua Barracuda FC of USL PRO announced the signing Wednesday of Peter Byers, best known during his days with the Montreal Impact as "Big Pete".

Barracuda hosts Sevilla FC Puerto Rico in two games this week -- Thursday and Saturday nights -- at Sticky Wicket Stadium.

FC Edmonton Signs Former Fury Defender Adrian LeRoy

FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League announced the signing Wednesday of defender Adrian LeRoy, who was the Defender of the Year for the Ottawa Fury of the USL Premier Development League in 2009.

He has been undergoing a trial with the team for the past two weeks and could play as early as Wednesday against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

LeRoy split his collegiate career between Carleton University, the University of Maine and Old Dominion University.

MLS Names Members Of Week 5 Team Of The Week

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday the members of the league's fifth Team of the Week for the 2011 season, which is compiled each week by staffers at MLSsoccer.com and honors the outstanding players and performances of the previous week.

Here are the members of the newest Team of the Week:

MLS TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Dan Kennedy - Chivas USA

DEFENDERS
Omar Gonzalez - Los Angeles Galaxy
Ethan White - DC United
Rodney Wallace - Portland Timbers

MIDFIELDERS
Chris Pontius - DC United
Dilly Duka - Columbus Crew
Kalif Alhassan - Portland Timbers

FORWARDS
Luke Rodgers - New York Red Bulls (MLS Week 5 Player of the Week)
Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls
Jorge Perlaza - Portland Timbers

MANAGER
Robert Warzycha - Columbus Crew

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Will Bruin - Houston Dynamo
David Ferreira - FC Dallas
Jake Gleeson - Portland Timbers
Wes Knight - Vancouver Whitecaps
Jay Nolly - Vancouver Whitecaps
Jeff Parke - Seattle Sounders
Matt Reis - New England Revolution
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Cam Weaver - Houston Dynamo
Ben Zemanski - Chivas USA

Tide To Roll On With Jennings, Sanders

The Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Development League announced Tuesday they have re-signed goalkeeper Jordan Jennings and forward Chris Sanders for the 2011 season.

Jennings has been with the Tide for six seasons and was called up to Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders to play in an international friendly against Celtic of Scotland last year.

Sanders led the Tide last season in goals with nine and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year by Examiner.com.

Kansas Magic Signs Garcia, Baum To Roster For Exhibition Game

Kansas Magic, who will join the Professional Arena Soccer League as a 2011-12 expansion team, announced Tuesday they have signed defender Nick Garcia and goalkeeper Tim Baum to their roster for an upcoming exhibition game April 30 at the Kansas Expocentre against the Illinois Piasa.

Garcia played 11 seasons in Major League Soccer, eight of them with the Kansas City Wizards, where he played in 224 regular season and all 23 playoff games.

He began in MLS with the revived San Jose Earthquakes in 2008, then was traded to Toronto FC in June 2009, where he stayed until being cut after the 2010 season.

Garcia is ranked in the league's all-time top ten for most games started and minutes played.

Laredo Heat Re-Sign Garcia, Ibarra For Fifth Seasons

The Laredo Heat of the USL Premier Development League announced team leaders Felix Garcia and Juan de Dios Ibarra re-signed Tuesday for their fifth seasons with the team.

Ibarra has been a multiple-time selection to the PDL Southern Conference Team and also works with the Heat Youth Soccer Club and Academy as a coach. He currently holds a National "D" Coaching License.

Brilla Inks East Tennessee State Stars To Contracts

Mississippi Brilla of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Tuesday of East Tennessee State University teammates Gui Reis and Blaike Woodruff.

Reis, originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, played his last two seasons in the PDL with the IMG Bradenton Academics and had three goals and three assists in 2010, getting him placed on the 2010 USL PDL All-Southern Conference team.

Woodruff, a freshman at ETSU, had a goal and three assists in 21 starts in 2010 and was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference's All-Conference Team.

Islanders Name Carvacho General Manager

The Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League announced Tuesday Eduardo Carvacho will become the franchise's general manager, effective this Monday.

Carvacho joins the Islanders after six years as a sports marketer with Major League Soccer.

Revolution Gain USMNT Midfielder Feilhaber In Allocation Draft

The New England Revolution claimed the rights to US Men's National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber Tuesday in a Major League Soccer allocation draft after the top two teams in the draft's order, Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union, both passed on their opportunities to gain his services.

The Revolution now must either sign him to a contract or trade his rights to another team, if they do not want him.

Team officials refused to speak to MLSSoccer.com Tuesday in regard to their plans for Feilhaber, who signed a contract with the league last Friday after playing the last three seasons in the Danish SuperLiga with AGF Aarhus.

Since they did not claim Feilhaber's rights, Chivas and the Union retain their spots in the allocation draft. Should New England sign him to a contract, they would drop to the last spot in the draft order, otherwise, they will not lose their draft spot, either.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

USL Launches Beach Soccer Website

United Soccer Leagues Tuesday launched a new website -- http://www.majorbeachsoccer.com/ -- to promote a series of upcoming beach soccer tournaments taking place in the Florida cities of Daytona Beach (June 17-19), Clearwater (July 15-17) and Fort Myers Beach (August 5-7).

The site can also be accessed through USL's website at http://www.uslsoccer.com/.

Harkes Joins DC United Women As First Assistant Coach

Cindi Harkes, wife of former DC United player-turned-ESPN soccer announcer John Harkes, was named Tuesday as first assistant coach with DC United Women of the USL W-League.

United has taken over the schedule and home field for the Washington Freedom Futures, who saw their sister franchise, the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer, move to Florida and re-brand themselves magicJack.

Harkes was a four-year starter at the University of Virginia, where she became a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick and an NCAA Academic All-American.

She then left the States for England and played for Sheffield Wednesday and Stanton Rangers, then returned to play for the Maryland Pride, leading them to the first USL W-League title in 1996. Harkes later became player-coach of the W-League's Northern Virginia Majestics in 2003.

Harkes was inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008 as a player.

She is now the co-founder of a summer camp program in the state and is director of coaching for FC Virgnia, where she coaches the U-11 and U-14 girls' teams.

Capitals Sign Queree, Ross, Wood, Krigbaum

The Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Tuesday of defenders James Queree, Mark Ross, Kyle Wood and Tim Krigbaum.

The team lost Scott Gordon to FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, who selected him 53rd overall in the 2011 SuperDraft; former USL PDL Defender of the Year Joe Gait to the Dayton Dutch Lions of USL PRO, and saw Chris Williams and Ricky Vargas not return for the 2011 season.

Queree plays for Xavier University.

Ross spent a season at Rio Grande University before returning to his native England to pursue playing there and was with the New Orleans Jesters in the 2009 PDL season.

Wood comes to Baton Rouge from Fort Lewis College, where he will be reunited with teammate Tom Settle.

At Fort Lewis, he was a two-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team pick in 2008 and 2010, a two-time preseason All-RMAC pick in 2009 and 2010, the Most Outstanding Player in the 2009 NCAA Division II Mens' Soccer Final Four, a member of the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll in 2009, the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 RMAC Tournament,and a two-time RMAC All-Tournament Team selection in 2008 and 2010.

Krigbaum was a multiple time First Team All-American and regional player of the year while at Manhattan College.

Los Angeles' Gaitan Named USL PRO Week 3 Player Of The Week

Los Angeles Blues forward Walter Gaitan was named Tuesday the USL PRO Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2011 season after scoring three goals and an assist over two games last weekend.

He had a goal and an assist in their opening game of the season Friday, a 3-0 rout of Sevilla FC Puerto Rico at Josue Elevadito Gonzalez Stadim, and had both goals in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Antigua Barracuda FC at Stickey Wicket Stadium.

Here are the rest of the players selected for the USL PRO Week 3 Team Of The Week:

USL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Brock Duckworth - Wilmington Hammerheads

DEFENDERS
Rob Valentino - Orlando City Soccer Club
Yomby William - Richmond Kickers
Nelson Akwari - Los Angeles Blues
Jorge Herrera - Charlotte Eagles 

MIDFIELDERS
Luke Mulholland - Wilmington Hammerheads
Nicki Paterson - Charleston Battery
Lawrence Olum - Orlando City Soccer Club

FORWARDS
Kolby LaCrone - Dayton Dutch Lions
Tamarley Thomas - Antigua Barracuda FC
 

Beat Adds Fraine, Cuts Butler

The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer signed goalkeeper Katie Fraine to a contract Monday after undergoing a two-week tryout with the team's other goalkeepers, Allison Whitworth and Alli Lipsher.

Fraine was released in the preseason by magicJack, formerly the Washington Freedom, who made her the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft.

The former Florida Gators star holds the school record for most career shutouts with 27 and started 68 of 84 games in Gainesville. She had a career goals against average of 0.79 and saved 256 shots. Fraine was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-First Team in 2009 and the All-Second Team in 2010.

Fraine was also called up to the US U-23 Women's National Team for a training camp session last summer and also played last summer for the Pail Blues in USL W-League.

Barracuda Adds Three New Members To Roster

Antigua Barracuda FC of USL PRO announced the signings Tuesday of Jamaicans Newton Sterling and Christopher Harvey, and Guyana native Koyode McKinnon.

Sterling and Harvey played together before at Harbor View FC in Jamaica and Sterling spent time with the Charleston Battery of USL PRO, scoring a goal against Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo in the 2007 Carolina Challenge Cup tournament.

Antigua hosts Sevilla FC Puerto Rico Thursday at Stickey Wicket Stadium.

Orlando City Books Bolton For July 17 Exhibition

Orlando City Soccer Club of USL PRO announced Tuesday they will play the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League in an exhibition game July 17 at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The news comes after the Lions previously announced they would play Newcastle United, also of the EPL, in a July 23 game at the same site.

Bolton is currently in eighth place in the EPL standings.

Silverbacks Signs Rueda To Deal

The Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League announced the signing Tuesday of midfielder/forward Francisco "Paco" Rueda to a contract.

Rueda recently played in six games for CF Reboceros de La Piedad in Mexico's Liga de Ascenso and played in 17 games over the 2000 to 2006 seasons in Mexico's Primera Division with Monterrey.

The Silverbacks play Saturday against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Atlanta Silverbacks Stadium.

Nominees Announced For MLS Week 5 Save Of The Week Awards

Voting has opened for fans to select the fifth winner of Major League Soccer's Save of the Week contest for the 2011 season, which honors the goalkeeper who makes the most outstanding save.

Fans can go to www.mlssoccer.com to view the nominees and cast their vote before 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.

The nominees for Week 5 are Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes), Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids) and Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers).

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fury Welcoming Back Wetzel, Busque

The Ottawa Fury of the USL W-League announced the returns Monday of Courtney Wetzel and Melissa Busque to the roster for the 2011 season.

Wetzel had four goals and two assists in 24 career games with Ottawa and Busque was second on the team in scoring in 2010 with four goals and an assist for 11 points.

Wetzel finished her collegiate career in 2010 with Oregon State University, where she had two goals and a school-record 12 assists en route to being named a Second Team All-Region player and the team finishing 16-4-1. In her 81-game career with the Beavers, she collected 10 goals and 22 assists.

Busque has scored 10 goals and 14 assists in three seasons at the University of Connecticut.

Ottawa opens their 2011 W-League campaign on the road May 28 against the Rochester Ravens and May 29 against Hamilton FC Rage before making their home debut against the Ravens June 6.

W-League's Whitecaps Add Chinese Taipei Player Tseng

The Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL W-League announced Monday they have signed Chinese Taipei forward Tseng Shu-O to a contract for the 2011 season.

She has spent the last two seasons in Australia with Canberra United FC of their W-League, where she scored four goals in 17 appearances, 12 of them starts, but also has USL W-League experience with the Colorado Rush, where she scored three goals in nine games, five of them starts.

Sebrango Retires To Become Youth Academy Coach

Montreal Impact forward Eduardo Sebrango announced his retirement from playing soccer after 12 seasons Monday to become a coach with the North American Soccer League team's youth academy.

In his new position, he will work with Secondary 2 players, serve as a coach to academy forwards, and be the assistant coach of their U-16 boys' team.

Canadian but born in Cuba, Sebrango, who turned 38 last Wednesday, played two stints for the Impact -- 2002 to 2005 in the USL First Division, then 2009 in the last year of USL-1 and 2010 in the one-season USSF Division 2 Pro League -- and is the second all-time leading scorer in American second division soccer with 98 goals and 30 assists for 226 points in 257 career games, encompassing 17,659 minutes played.

With the Impact, he had 45 goals and 10 assists for 100 points in 136 regular season games, 104 of which he started, for 9,440 minutes, and finished as the team's second all-time leading scorer behind Mauro Bello.

He also played in USL for the Vancouver Whitecaps (1999, 2006-08), the Rochester Rhinos (2000) and the Hershey Bears (2001).

He won five championship titles in his career, two with the Impact in 2004 and 2009.

In his first season with the Impact in 2002, he was named winner of the Giuseppe Saputo Trophy as their Most Valuable Player after scoring 18 goals.

Returning to Montreal in 2009, he had a hat trick in the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League against Santos Laguna of Mexico.

Sebrango also played 24 games for Cuba's national team, scoring 16 goals. He was named the team's Player of the Year in 1997 and was on the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup qualifying team.

PDL's Heat To Face FC Dallas Reserves At Pizza Hut Park

The Laredo Heat of the USL Premier Development League announced Monday they will face off against the FC Dallas Reserves of Major League Soccer's revived Reserve Division next Tuesday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

The Heat open their 2011 PDL season at home May 6 against the new Rio Grande Valley Grandes.

LA Strikers Sign Foote, Russell, Khassal, Tarrant

The Los Angeles Strikers of USL W-League announced the signings Monday of Alisha Foote, Julie-Ann Russell, Cherelle Khassal and Katie Tarrant.

Foote currently plays in Australia's W-League for the Brisbane Roar and was played for her country's team in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying games and at the 2007 Youth Olympics, where her team won a silver medal.

Russell was named the 2009-10 FIFA Women's International Player of the Year and has played 45 times for Ireland's national team. A graduate of the University of Limerick, she now plays professionally for Salthill Devon FC.

Khassal, currently at Arsenal Ladies, played last season for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in USL W-League, was named to the All-Western Conference team and was one of three finalists for USL W-League Rookie of the Year.

Tarrant was a teammate of Khassal at Santa Clarita in 2010 and now plays for Chelsea in the FA Women's Super League.

Gaitan's Brace Gives Blues Lead In USL PRO's International Division

Walter Gaitan scored goals in the 32nd and 78th minute as the Los Angeles Blues edged Antigua Barracuda FC 2-1 Sunday at Sticky Wicket Stadium in St. John's to take the lead in USL PRO's International Division at 2-0-0 with six points.

Antigua, in their first game in the league, saw Tamarley Thomas score the team's goal in the 16th minute.

The Blues travel to Puerto Rico United Wednesday, while Antigua hosts Sevilla FC Puerto Rico Thursday.

NASL Picks OPOTW And DPOTW For Week 2

The North American Soccer League announced Monday Jonathan Fara of the Puerto Rico Islanders and Brad Rusin of the Carolina RailHawks are the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for Week 2 of the inaugural 2011 season.

Fara, the second Islanders player to win the award this season, scored both goals in a 2-0 shutout of FC Tampa Bay Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.

Rusin, team captain of the RailHawks, held Montreal Impact forward Ali Gerba without a shot in Carolina's 2-1 win over them Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Houston To Face Bolton In 2011 Dynamo Charities Cup July 20

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo announced Monday they will welcome the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League to Robertson Stadium as their opponent at the 2011 Dynamo Charities Cup exhibition game July 20.

Bolton, a member of the EPL for 10 seasons, will be the first European team invited to play in the charity event.

One member of the current Wanderers roster is former Dynamo defender Stuart Holden, who is injured and will not play in the exhibition game, but he made an appearance at a news conference Monday to announced the game.

Red Bulls' Rodgers Named MLS POTW For Week 5

In his second start for the franchise, New York Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers was named Monday Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 5 of the 2011 season after scoring two goals and assisting on a third in the team's 3-0 rout of the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

MLS Announces Nominees For Week 5's Goal of The Week Award

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 5 of the 2011 season.

Fans can view the scoring plays of the nominees by visiting www.mlssoccer.com/att-goal-week and can vote for their choice either online or via their cell phone by texting to 22442 and typing in the code for their particular favorite. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday with the winner to be announced Friday.

The nominees are (with codes next to them) Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire (G1), Robbie Rogers of the Columbus Crew (G2), Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Union (G3), Jorge Perlaza (G4) of the Portland Timbers and Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls (G5).

Flash, Bang! Western NY Kicks Off WPS Franchise History

The Western New York Flash, who won the 2010 USL W-League Championship as the Buffalo Flash, made their debut in Women's Professional Soccer successful with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers Sunday at Harvard Stadium.

Christine Sinclair scored the franchise's first goal off an Alex Morgan assist in the 66th minute and Gemma Davison added an unassisted goal in second-half stoppage time for the Flash (1-0-0, three points), tied with the Breakers (1-1-0) and the Atlanta Beat (1-1-0) for the league lead.

Kelly Smith had an unassisted second-half stoppage time goal for the Breakers.

Western New York will face Atlanta next Sunday at the KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, GA, while the Breajkers face the re-branded magicJack, formerly the Washington Freedom, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday.

Mulholland Hammers Out Delayed Hammerheads Opening Win

After a postponement Saturday due to bad weather, Luke Muholland scored the game's only goal in the 52nd minute as the Wilmington Hammerheads won their 2011 USL PRO home opener 1-0 over the Rochester Rhinos Sunday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC.

The Hammerheads' first win of 2011 puts them in fourth place in the USL PRO's Amercan Division and they will next host the Pittesburgh Riverhounds April 29.

Rochester (0-2-0) joins the Dayton Dutch Lions (0-1-0), Riverhounds (0-1-0) and FC New York (0-1-0) as winless teams in the National Division. The Rhinos next face the Dutch Lions this Saturday on the road.

Fana Leads Islanders To Shutout Win Over FC Tampa Bay

Jonathan Fana was assisted by David Foley on a 35th minute goal and newly-signed Gregory Richardson assisted him on a 79th minute point as the Puerto Rico Islanders shut out FC Tampa Bay 2-0 Sunday in North American Soccer League action from Al Lang Stadium in Tampa.

The Islanders, 2-0-0 with six points, are tied with FC Edmonton (same record) for the best record in the NASL and has two upcoming home games -- next Tuesday against the NSC Minnesota Stars and April 29 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Tampa Bay is 1-1-0 with three points and is tied with the Carolina RailHawks (same record) for fourth place in the table. They will travel this Saturday to meet the Montreal Impact.

Freeman Scores Lone Goal As Dynamo Downs Revolution

Hunter Freeman ended a scoreless drought for both teams with an unassisted goal in the 89th minute as the host Houston Dynamo shut out the New England Revolution 1-0 Sunday in Major League Soccer play at Robertson Stadium at the University of Houston.

The Dynamo, who moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern this season in order to place the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps there, thereby allowing a balanced schedule in 2011, are now tied for second place in the conference with the New York Red Bulls and the Columbus Crew, all of whom are 2-1-2 with eight points, three points behind the conference-leading Philadelphia Union (3-1-1, 10). Houston travels to the Chicago Fire Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

New England is 1-2-3 with six points and shares sixth place in the conference table with Toronto FC, who boast a similar record. The Revolution host Sporting Kansas City this Saturday.

Jewsbury Rallies Portland To Second Home Win

Team captain and forward Jack Jewsbury scored a goal on a Kalif Alhassan assist in the 13th minute, then assisted Kenny Cooper on a 35th minute strike as the Portland Timbers won their second straight game at new JELD-WEN Field 3-2 over FC Dallas in Major League Soccer play Sunday.

Alhassan also assisted Rodney Wallace on a 55th minute goal in the victory, improving Portland's record to 2-2-1 with seven points, putting them in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. They will travel to The Home Depot Center to face the conference co-leading Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday.

David Ferreira and Brek Shea attempted a late rally for Dallas, but it wasn't enough.

Ferreira, the league's defending Most Valuable Player, put their first point on the board in the 83rd minute off a Shea assist, then reversed it three minutes later -- Shea assisting Ferreira on a goal.

FC Dallas is now 1-3-1 with four points and is alone in eighth place in the Western Conference standings. They will travel to Empire Field this Saturday to play the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Lopez Assists Barrett, Gonzalez As Galaxy Edge Fire In Chicago

Migue Lopez assisted Chad Barrett on a 42nd minute goal and Omar Gonzalez on a 72nd minute play as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL as the Fire lost their second Major League Soccer game in the last four days.

The Portland Timbers beat the Fire 4-2 in Portland's MLS debut at their home pitch, JELD-WEN Field, Thursday.

Chicago scored in the 89th minute Sunday as Jalil Anibaba fed a pass to Dominic Oduro for a goal.

The Galaxy, playing without David Beckham, who served a one-game suspension for having too many yellow cards, are now 3-1-3 with 12 points and are tied with undefeated Real Salt Lake (4-0-0) for the lead in the Western Conference standings. Los Angeles will next host Portland Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

At 1-3-1 with four points, Chicago is tied for last place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City (1-2-1) and will host the Houston Dynamo this Saturday.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Whitecaps, Chivas Play To 1-1 Draw In Reserve Division Match

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Chivas USA played to a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer Reserve Division action Sunday at Empire Field in Vancouver.

Omar Salgado scored for the Whitecaps in the 37th minute, but a late charge by Chivas gave each team one point in the division standings.

Chivas will next host the Los Angeles Galaxy May 3 at The Home Depot Center, while the Whitecaps don't play another Reserve Division game until June 7 when they travel to face the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.