Tuesday, May 31, 2011

USL To Decide Northwest Division Rep To LHUSOC Field On The Field

United Soccer Leagues announced Tuesday the defending USL Premier Development League champion Portland Timbers U-23s and the Kitsap Pumas will decide who wins the automatic bid from the Western Conference's Northwest Division to the 40-team field for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament the old-fashioned way -- on the field.

After previously announcing a lottery would be held Tuesday at the league's headquarters to settle a rather unusual set of circumstances, USL President Tim Holt, with the approval from US Soccer to extend the qualification period for teams to make the tournament field, said both teams' planned game at JELD-WEN Field in Portland Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern time would determine who gets the bid.

As with all USL PDL teams, they each played four LHUSOC qualification matches with the best team from each conference's division getting a spot in the tournament.

Both Portland and Kitsap finished their games with records of 3-0-1, including playing each other to a scoreless draw May 21, and also identical numbers in the tiebreaking statistics of goal differential and goals scores.

USL rules state if two teams remain tied after all tiebreakers are exhausted, a lottey is held but Holt said Friday's game "provided the opportunity to determine the winner on the field, rather than in an office."

Should the game Friday end in a tie after 90 regulation minutes, penalty kicks will determine the winner.

RailHawks Sweep Week 8 NASL Awards

Carolina RailHawks forward Etienne Barbara and defender Brad Rusin were named the North American Soccer League's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday for Week 8 of the 2011 season.

Both players are repeat winners this season -- the fourth time for Barbara, the second time for Rusin.

Despite ending an eight-game goal scoring streak in their last game, Barbara, who leads the league in goals (11), assists (five) and points (27), assisted on both goals Saturday in a 2-0 home win at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Rusin led the league's best team (7-1-1, 22 points) to their second straight shutout victory and he has played in every minute of their last eight games.

The RailHawks are unbeaten in their last eight games, are on a five-game winning streak and have scored a league-best 20 goals while giving up a second-fewest eight goals.

Carolina is on the road for their next two games -- Saturday at FC Tampa Bay, June 10 at FCE Edmonton -- but return to WakeMed Soccer Park June 18 to face FC Tampa Bay.

Nominees Named For Week 11 MLS Save Of The Week Voting

Voting has opened for fans to select the 11th 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 11 are Faryd Mondragon (Philadelphia Union), Ante Jazic (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Tally Hall (FC Dallas) and the team of A.J. Garza and Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).

Bucks Blow Out Fire In Pontiac

Luke Holmes had a 42nd minute unassisted goal and new all-time scoring leader Kenny Uzoigwe assisted on Tom Catalano's 69th minute strike as the host Michigan Bucks shut out the Chicago Fire 2-0 at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI Monday in a battle of the top two teams in the USL Premier Development League's Central Conference, Great Lakes Division.

The Fire (3-1-0, nine points) have a three-point lead over the Bucks (2-1-1, seven points) in the standings.

Both teams have home games against expansion teams Friday -- Chicago hosting Hamilton FC Rage, Michigan welcoming the River City Rovers.

Mena Hat Trick Leads Invaders Over Expansion Rovers

Adam Mena had a hat trick, Steven Short had a goal and an assist and Nash Maduekwe opened the scoring for the host Indiana Invaders in a 5-1 rout of the expansion River City Rovers in USL Premier Development League play at the Invaders Soccer Complex Monday.

River City's lone goal came in the 59th minute as Kylie Richard found Jarrett Robbins and fed a pass for the point.

Indiana is 1-2-1 with four points and is in fifth place in the Central Conference's Heartland Division. The Invaders next host the Toronto Lynx Sunday.

River City, based in Louisville, KY, is 0-2-2 with two points and holds down last place in the division. They will hit the road for games Friday against the Michigan Bucks and Sunday against Forest City London.

Metros, Brilla Draw Puts Kraze In LHUSOC Field

Keegan Terry assisted on Jean Tshimpaka's last-minute goal as the Nashville Metros played the host Mississippi Brilla to a 2-2 USL Premier Development League draw and, with it, gave the Central Florida Kraze a spot in the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament as the representatives of the USL PDL's Southern Conference, Southeast Division.

After a scoreless first half at Harper David Field at Jackson, MS's Millsaps College, Jonathan Jackson scored an unassisted goal for the Metros in the 63rd minute, only to see Mississippi's Mike Azira accept a feed from David Palmer a minute later for a 1-1 score.

Joey De Mare connected with Thomas Shannon on the potential game-winning goal from the Brilla in the 79th minute before Terry's goal forced both sides to accept a point in the standings.

Nashville is 1-2-2 with five points and is in third place in the division. The Metros travel to the New Orleans Jesters this Friday.

Mississippi is in second place at 3-0-2 with 11 points and will host the division-leading Kraze Saturday.

Zimmerman Leads Upset-Minded Hotspur Over Monarchs

Thomas Zimmerman assisted Ryan Gracia on a 30th minute goal, then scored a goal four minutes later off a Travis Pittman assist as host Fredericksburg Hotspur pulled of a 3-0 shutout upset over the Real Maryland Monarchs in USL Premier Development League play Monday at the University of Mary Washington.

Shane Johnson also scored for Fredericksburg in the 54th minute off a Hunter Hayes connection.

The expansion Hotspur ended a four-game, season-opening losing streak, but are tied for last place in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division with the Virginia Beach Piranhas (1-3-0), who hosts them Saturday.

The Monarchs, who ended a four-game winning streak, still lead the division at 4-1-0 with 12 points and will host the West Virginia Chaos Saturday.

USL To Hold Lottery To Decide If Pumas, Timbers U-23s Go To LHUSOC Field

A lottery will be held at the Tampa, FL headquarters of United Soccer Leagues Tuesday morning to decide whether the defending league champion Portland Timbers U-23s or the Kitsap Pumas will represent the USL Premier Development League in the 40-team field for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Both teams, members of the Western Conference's Northwest Division, have identical records of 3-0-1 with 10 points after playing four qualifying games, have played each other to a scoreless draw May 21, and have the same goal differential and the same number of allowed goals over those games.

In their final qualifying games Sunday, the Pumas shut out the North Sound SeaWolves 1-0 and the Timbers U-23s were 2-0 winners over the Tacoma Tide.

FC New York Stun Rhinos For First Home Win Of Franchise

Jhonny Artega's second-half stoppage time gave expansion FC New York a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Rhinos for their first USL PRO home win at Belson Stadium at St. John's University Monday.

Qwame Holder scored the game-tying goal for New York after allowing Frank Alesci open the game for the Rhinos.

FC New York is 2-4-3 with nine points and are tied for third in the National Division with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. They will next host the Charleston Battery Friday.

Rochester is 3-4-2 with 11 points and is in second in the same division. The Rhinos will travel Friday to play Antigua Barracuda FC.

Sounders Wave Chops Down Timbers In Reserve Division Play

Second half goals from Servando Carrasco (unassisted in the 77th minute) and David Estrada (off a Leo Gonzalez assist in the 89th) led the Seattle Sounders to shut out the host Portland Timbers 2-0 in Major League Soccer's Reserve Division Monday at JELD-WEN Field.

The Sounders are off until they host the Vancouver Whitecaps June 7 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA, while the Timbers head to Chivas USA this Sunday.

Crew Rattles Off Six Unanswered Goals In 6-1 Reserve Division Win At Red Bulls

After falling behind in the 19th minute on an unassisted goal by Marcos Paullo of the host New York Red Bulls, the Columbus Crew fired off six unanswered goals, two each from Bernardo Anor and Chris Davis, in a 6-1 Major League Soccer Reserve Division game Monday at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.

Justin Meram had a goal and assisted on Davis' first goal and a later shot by Cole Grossman for New York.

The Crew don't play another MLSRD game until August 21 when they host the Philadelphia Union.

The Red Bulls will host the New England Revolution June 11.

Union's Mapp Named 11th Different MLS Player Of The Week

The eleventh week of the 2011 Major League Soccer season ended Monday with the naming of Philadelphia Union midfielder Justin Mapp as the eleventh different Player of the Week winner.

Mapp, who has scored a combined two goals in the last two seasons and has played in the league for ten seasons, scored two goals in the team's 6-2 rout Saturday of Toronto FC.

He last won the award after Week 23 of the 2005 MLS season.

Nominees Named For Week 11 Of AT&T Goal Of The Week Voting

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 11 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) Luke Rodgers of the New York Red Bulls (G1), Justin Mapp of the Philadelphia Union (G2), Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes (G3), Ryan Smith of Sporting Kansas City (G4) and Lamar Neagle of the Seattle Sounders (G5).

Fire, Whitecaps Dismiss Head Coaches Monday

Carlos de los Cobos and Teitur Thordarson were fired Monday as head coaches of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire and expansion Vancouver Whitecaps, respectively, and were replaced for the rest of the season by Frank Klopas and Tom Soehn, respectively.

De los Cobos came to Chicago in January 2010 after spending three years as the head coach of El Salvador's men's national team and now has an MLS coaching record of 10-16-15.

The Fire, 1-4-6 with nine points and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, are winless in their last nine games.

Thordarson led the Whitecaps to the 2008 USL First Division title, then lost their chance to defend the title in 2009 against the Montreal Impact, who joins MLS next season after playing the 2011 season in the North American Soccer League.

He was retained as coach of Vancouver in September 2010, but the Whitecaps haven't won a game since  4-2 season-opening victory against Toronto FC and are 1-5-6 with nine points in the Western Conference.

Thordarson's coaching record with Vancouver in both leagues is 37-28-38.

The Whitecaps also fired goalkeepers coach Mike Salmon.

Flash Come From Behind To Defeat Independence

After spotting the Philadelphia Independence a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when Lianne Sanderson connected with Megan Rapinoe for the opening score, McCall Zerboni assisted Becky Edwars on a 14th minute goal and Marta added a 23rd minute penalty kick in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory Sunday for the best team in Women's Professional Soccer in the expansion Western New York Flash at Philadelphia's Leslie Quick Stadium.

The Flash, 6-0-1 with 19 points, host 1999 inaugural league champion Sky Blue FC Friday at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY.

Philadelphia, boasting a 2-2-2 record with eight points, in in third place in the standings and host the last place Atlanta Beat Sunday.

No "Byass" Here: Timbers Shutout Tide

Miles Byass led the defending USL Premier Development League champion Portland Timbers U-23s to a 2-0 shutout of the Tacoma Tide Sunday at Clackamas High School off a 31st minute penalty kick and an unassisted 46th minute goal.

The Timbers are 3-1-1 with 10 points and are in second place in the Western Conference's Northwest Division. Portland hosts the Kitsap Pumas this Friday.

Tacoma is tied for fifth place with the North Sound SeaWolves and the Washington Crossfire at 0-2-2 with two points. The Tide travels to the Abbotsford Mariners Sunday.

Konstanski, Sheta Unassisted Goals Give Royals Win Over Hotspur

The host Northern Virginia Royals broke a tie with an 80th minute unassisted goal from Caleb Konstanski and won the game four minutes later on a similar move by A.J. Sheta as they defeated expansion Fredericksburg Hotspur 3-1 in USL Premier Development League action Sunday at Fairfax High School.

The Royals scored in the second minute when Cristian Neagu fired the ball into the back of the net, but Zachary Bowman's play in the 40th minute for Hotspur eventually sent the game to a tie at halftime.

Northern Virginia is 2-3-0 with six points and is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division. The Royals travel to Macpherson Stadium Saturday to play the Carolina Dynamo.

Fredericksburg is 1-4-0 with three points and tied for last place in the division with the Virginia Beach Piranhas (1-3-0). Hotspur hosts the Real Maryland Monarchs on Memorial Day.

Friesen Scores Game Winner For Pumas, Share PDL's Best Record

Matt Friesen's 28th minute unassisted goal gave the Kitsap Pumas a 1-0 win Sunday over the host North Sound SeaWolves in USL Premier Development League play at Goddard Memorial Stadium.

The Pumas, leader of the Western Conference's Northwest Division, share the best record in the PDL with the Southwest Division's Ventura County Fusion at 5-0-1 with 16 points. Kitsap will take on the defending league champion Portland Timbers U-23s on the road Friday.

The expansion SeaWolves are 0-2-2 with two points and are tied for fifth with the Tacoma Tide and Washington Crossfire, who share the same record. North Sound faces the last-place Abbotsford Mariners on the road Saturday.

Nor'Easters Force Rally To Cause Draw After Detelj Goals For Rough Riders

Dwayne Dove had an unassisted goal in the 68th minute and Jack Bailey scored off a Kevin Curran pass in second-half stoppage time as the host Ocean City Nor'Easters fought off back-to-back goals by Keith Detelj to force a 2-2 draw Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, NJ.

Detelj scored on his own in the 35th minute, then quickly fired a second goal off with help from Alexander Naples a minute later.

The draw ended a three-game losing streak for Ocean City, now 0-3-1 with a point and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division. The Nor'Easters next face the Bermuda Hogges on the road this Saturday.

The Rough Riders, despite earning only a point, are in second place in the division at 4-0-1 and 13 points, three behind Reading United AC (5-0-0, 15) for first place. Lon Island hosts the Westchester Flames Saturday.

Hernandez Assists Help WSA Winnipeg Split Weekend Series With Chill

Johnathan Hernandez assisted on Amos Garyea's 64th minute goal and Ivan Garcia's 70th minute strike as host WSA Winnipeg split a two-game, season-opening series with the Thunder Bay Chill with a 3-0 shutout Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex Field.

Kenny Sacramento opened the scoring for Winnipeg in the 47th minute, thanks to an assist by Adam Bromley.

Both teams, now 1-1-0 with three points, are tied for fourth place in the Central Conference's Heartland Division with the St. Louis Lions and both will host the Des Moines Menace in their next games -- Winnipeg playing them on June 7 and 8; Thunder Bay doing so on June 11.

Rangers Roast Hogges In Memorial Day Weekend Game

Kevin Zalewski and Lawrence Geraghty had unassisted goals in the 31st and 37th minute as the New Jersey Rangers shut out the host Bermuda Hogges 2-0 Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at the Bermuda Athletic Association.

The Rangers, 3-2-0 with nine points, are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division with the Jersey Express (3-1-0) and will host Reading United AC this Sunday.

Bermuda is winless in its first two games of the 2011 season and join the Central Jersey Spartans (0-3-0) and the Brooklyn Knights (0-4-0) at the bottom of the division table. The Hogges next travel to the Westchester Flames June 8.

Brettschneider Assists Lead DC United In Handing Timbers Home Loss

Blake Brettschneider teamed with Chris Pontius on Perry Kitchen's 13th minute goal and fed a pass to Josh Wolff on an 85th minute play as DC United got past the Portland Timbers 3-2 in Major League Soccer play Sunday at JELD-WEN Field.

Pontius also scored on a penalty kick in the 75th minute.

Jack Jewsbury had a 67th minute penalty kick for Portland to tie the game at 1-1 and Jeremy Hall assisted Jorge Perkins on an 88th minute goal.

United is 4-4-3 with 15 points and are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with the Houston Dynamo (3-4-6). DC travels to The Home Depot Center this Friday to play the league's best team, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wambach Has Unassisted Hat Trick As magicJack Shuts Beat Down

Abby Wambach made her case to easily be named Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week after having unassisted goals in the ninth, 67th and 89th minute of a 4-0 magicJack FC rout of the Atlanta Beat Saturday at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

Sarah Huffman also had an unassisted goal in the 12th minute.

magicJack is in second place in the league standings with 11 on a 4-1-0 record, losing a standings point after the league disciplined the team's owner for failure to follow league guidelines, and are six points behind the league-leading Western New York Flash, who are 5-0-1 with 16 points. magicJack travels to the Boston Breakers next Sunday.

Atlanta is the worst team once again in WPS at 1-6-1 with four points and faces the Philadelphia Independence on the road next Saturday.

Sky Blue Comes From Behind At Home For First Time Ever In Win Over Breakers

Sky Blue FC, the inaugural champion of Women's Professional Soccer in 1999, pulled off their first-ever come-from-behind victory at Rutgers University's Yurcak Field in a 2-1 result over the Boston Breakers Saturday.

After spotting Boston a 1-0 lead as Kelly Smith assisted Kelley O'Hara on her 50th minute goal, Therese Sjogran assisted Eniola Aluko on her 58th minute goal and, ten minutes later, was credited with the assist on a Carolyn Blank blast.

Both Sky Blue (2-3-1) and Boston (2-5-1) are tied for fourth in the league's single standings table.

Sky Blue will travel to Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY to face the league-best Western New York Flash this Friday and the Breakers host magicJack next Sunday.

Back Goal Gives Dutch Lions Win Over Lady Eagles

Mandi Back's unassisted goal gave the USL W-League's Dayton Dutch Lions a 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Eagles in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Miami Valley South Stadium that ended with the franchises' USL PRO teams playing each other.

The Dutch Lions, at 2-1-0 with six points, are tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with the Atlanta Silverbacks (2-0-0). Dayton hosts the Fredericksburg Impact, who are tied for third place in the division with the Eagles, next Sunday.

The Eagles next face the Silverbacks Friday at Silverbacks Park.

Cougars Get First Win Of PDL Season On Pugmire Goal

Bryant Pugmire's unassisted goal was all the visiting BYU Cougars needed to get their first win of the USL Premier Development League season in a 1-0 victory over the host Ogden Outlaws Saturday at Bonneville High School.

The Cougars, 1-2-2 with five points and in fifth place in the Western Conference's Southwest Division, host Orange County Blue Star June 10.

Ogden, winless in their first five games at 0-3-2 with two points and in eighth place, host the Southern California Seahorses on the same night.

Fire Rout Rovers On Estridge Goal

Harmon Shipp connected with Chris Estridge on a second-half stoppage time goal as the Chicago Fire shut out the expansion River City Rovers 1-0 in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Evanston Township High School.

The Fire lead the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division at 3-0-0 with nine points and face the Michigan Bucks on the road Memorial Day.

River City, based in Louisville, KY, is 0-1-2 with three points and is tied for fifth with Forest City London (1-0-0). The Rovers take on the Indiana Invaders at the Invaders Soccer Complex on Memorial Day.

Keegan's Quartet Gives Flames Victory Over Knights

Jake Keegan made his case to be named USL Premier Development League Player of the Week Saturday as he scored four goals in the host Westchester Flames' 5-4 victory over the winless Brooklyn Knights.

Chistopher Dennen added a goal for the Flames, 2-2-0 with six points and tied for third place in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division with the Jersey Express (2-1-0) and the New Jersey Rangers (same as Westchester). The Flames travel to the Long Island Rough Riders next Saturday.

Brooklyn (0-4-0) joins other winless teams in the Bermuda Hogges (0-1-0), Central Jersey Spartans (0-2-0) and the Ocean City Nor'Easters (0-3-0) at the bottom of the division. The Knights take on the Jersey Express on the road next Saturday.

Carolina Dynamo Take Bite Out Of Virginia Beach Piranhas

Fredy Gomez and Karo Okiomah assisted Hakan Ilhan on goals in the 18th and 40th minute as the host Carolina Dynamo shut out the Virginia Beach Piranhas 3-0 in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Macpherson Stadium.

Okiomah also scored a goal in the 12th minute off a Sam Redmond assist in the victory.

The Dynamo, at 3-1-0 with nine points, share the lead in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division with the West Virginia Chaos (3-2-0) and the Real Maryland Monarchs (same as Carolina). Carolina hosts the Northern Virginia Royals next Saturday.

Virginia Beach is 1-3-0 with three points and shares fourth place in the division with the Royals (1-2-0) and the expansion Fredericksburg Hotspur (same as Northern Virginia), who they host next Saturday.

McFarland Assists On Two Goals As Kraze Shut Out IMG Bradenton

Matthew McFarland assisted on goals by Ezequiel Pedraza and Abdul Berkia and Nicolas Russo connected with Jabari Garibaldi on another goal as the host Central Florida Kraze shut out the IMG Bradenton Academics 3-0 Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Showalter Field in Winter Park, FL.

The Kraze lead the Southern Conference's Southeast Division at 4-0-1 with 13 points and will face the Mississippi Brilla on the road next Saturday.

IMG is 1-3-1 with four points and is in a three-way tie for third place with the expansion FC Jax Destroyers (1-2-1), the Nashville Metros (same record) and Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy, who IMG hosts Thursday.

Lions Roar To 6-1 Romp Over Demize

Tarik Sehovic and Gavin Smith each had braces and Kenny Kranz and David Flores put in solo goals as the host St. Louis Lions roared to a 6-1 romp over the Springfield Demize in USL Premier Development League play from the Tony Glavin Complex for their first win of the season.

Jonathan Hinds had the Demize's lone goal off a Craig Rogers assist.

St. Louis is now 1-3-0 with three points for fourth place in the Central Conference's Heartland Division and will travel to the Kansas City Brass next Saturday.

Springfield is winless through four games of the season, is in last place in the division, and travels to the Real Colorado Foxes next Saturday.

Bucks Brush Back Invaders At Independence Park

Kenny Uziogwe has a pair of goals and Tont Walls had a goal and assisted on two others as the host Michigan Bucks shut out the Indiana Invaders 4-0 Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Independence Park.

Tom Catalano added a goal and Stewart Givens assisted on two goals for Michigan, 1-1-1 with four points and in fourth place in the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division. They will host the Chicago Fire Monday at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, MI.

Indiana is in eighth place at 0-2-1 with a point and will host the expansion River City Rovers Monday at the Invaders Soccer Complex.

Willie Wallop Gives Eagles Draw With Lions

Julius Willie's penalty kick goal in the 62nd minute was the knot-tying point as the host Dayton Dutch Lions played the Charlotte Eagles to a 1-1 draw in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday at Miami Valley South Stadium that featured both teams' USL PRO and USL W-League franchises.

Charlotte took the lead in the tenth minute when Luke Williams assisted Sallieu Bundu on a goal.

Dayton, 0-4-2 with two points, is in last place in the USL PRO's National Division and will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Saturday.

Charlotte, 2-4-2 with eight points, holds last place in the American Division and will travel to face the division's leader, Orlando City Soccer Club, Thursday at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Battery's Surge Pulls Off Come-From-Behind Win Over City Islanders

After giving up a goal by Jose Agudelo off a David Schofield assist six minutes into the game for a lead that held into the second half, the host Charleston Battery got recharged and defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders 2-1 Saturday in USL PRO play at Blackbaud Stadium.

In the 61st minute, Stephen Armstrong had an unassisted goal, then Seedy Bah assisted Nicki Patterson on the game-winning goal in the 87th minute.

Charleston is 5-4-2 with 17 points and is in fourth place in the American Division. The Battery will travel this Friday to play FC New York, then head to the City Islanders next Saturday.

Harrisburg, 1-3-2 with five points and in fifth place in the National Division, will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Tuesday before having their rematch with Charleston at Skyline Sports Complex.

Brito Blast Give FC New York Draw To Richmond Kickers

Graciano Brito was assisted by Tadeu Terra on a 52nd minute goal, then had a game-tying unassisted goal in the 79th minute as FC New York played the host Richmond Kickers to a 2-2 draw in USL PRO play Saturday at City Stadium in Richmond, VA.

Ryan Heins opened the scoring for Richmond on a 37th minute goal with help from Sascha Gorres before Brito's first goal knotted the game at 1-1, then Stanley Nyazamba gave Richmond the lead in the 73rd minute off an Edson Elcock pass before Brito's game-tying shot.

FC New York is in fourth place in the league's National Division at 1-4-3 with six points. They will host the Rochester Rhinos on Memorial Day and the Charleston Battery this Friday before hosting Richmond in a rematch June 13.

Richmond is 6-2-2 with 20 points and is in second place in the American Division, four points behind Orlando City (7-1-2, 23).

RailHawks Roll Over Silverbacks On Barbara's Back

Etienne Barbara showed he can do more than score goals in the North American Soccer League by assisting Pablo Campos and Allan Russell on goals as the league-leading Carolina RailHawks shut out the last place Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Carolina is 7-1-1 with 22 points and will travel to FC Tampa Bay next Saturday, while the Silverbacks are 0-6-2 with two points and will host the NSC Minnesota Stars next Saturday.

Rapid-d-d-d-ds Play To Draw With Sporting Kansas City

For the fifth straight game, the defending Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids played a full 90 minutes, only to walk off the pitch with a draw and a point in the Western Conference standings, this time in a 1-1 draw with the worst team in the league, Sporting Kansas City, Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Colorado took the lead in 13th minute off an unassisted Conor Casey goal, but Kansas City, on a 10-game road trip to start the season, countered in the 75th minute when Teal Bunbury assisted Ryan Smith on a goal.

The Rapids (4-3-5, 17 points) are in a four-way tie for third place in the Western Conference standings with Real Salt Lake (5-1-2), the Seattle Sounders (4-4-5) and the expansion Portland Timbers (5-3-2) and will host the current Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

Kansas City, at 1-6-1 with four points and dead last in the Eastern Conference standings, will travel to BMO Field next Saturday to play Toronto FC.

Sounders End RSL's Home Winning Streak

The Seattle Sounders ended Real Salt Lake's dominance at home at 29 games as Patrick Ianni and Lamar Neagle had second half goals to defeat them 2-1 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at Sandy, UT's Rio Tinto Stadium.

Ianni was assisted by Fredy Montero and Nate Jaqua in the 71st minute and Tyson Wahl worked with Neagle in the 84th minute.

RSL's lone goal came four minutes later as Luis Gil teamed with Nelson Gonzales.

Seattle, at 4-4-5 with 17 points, is now in a tie for third place in the Western Conference with RSL (5-1-2), the defending league champion Colorado Rapids (4-3-5) and the expansion Portland Timbers (5-3-2).

The Sounders are at the Chicago Fire next Saturday while RSL looks to begin a new home winning streak the same day against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Gibbs Goal Rocks Earthquakes, Forces Draw With Fire

Baggio Husidic and Marco Pappa assisted Cory Gibbs on an 80th minute goal that caused the host Chicago Fire to play the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

San Jose took the opening lead in the fourth minute as Ramiro Corrales scored off an Anthony Ampaipitakwong assist, but Dominic Oduro would hit an equalizer for Chicago in the 57th minute with help from Cristian Nazarit.

Off passes from Corrales and Ampaipitakwong in the 74th minute, defending league Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowki put San Jose back on top 2-1 before Gibbs' game-tying goal.

Both teams are in eighth place in their respective conferences after the tie -- Chicago is 1-4-5 with eight points in the Eastern, San Jose is 3-4-3 with 12 in the Western -- and both teams host games next Saturday against the Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo, respectively.

Davis Assists Dynamo To Draw Versus FC Dallas

Brad Davis assisted on Cam Weaver's 42nd minute goal, then, with Weaver's help, assisted on Colin Clark's 87th minute goal as the host Houston Dynamo tied FC Dallas 2-2 in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Robertson Stadium at the University of Houston.

Andrew Jacobsen opened the scoring for Dallas with an unassisted 27th minute goal, then Dallas took a 2-1 lead when Ugo Ihemelu scored off a Martn Chavez pass in the 70th minute.

Houston, 3-4-5 with 14 points, is tied for third place in the Eastern Conference standings with the Columbus Crew (3-3-5) and will travel to the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday.

FC Dallas, 6-2-3 with 21 points and in second place in the Western Conference standings, hosts the New England Revolution next Saturday.

Lopez's First Career MLS Goal Is Game-Winner For Galaxy

Miguel Lopez's first goal of his Major League Soccer goal in the 69th minute off a David Beckham assist will be a memorable one as it was the lone goal in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-0 win against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA Saturday and it extended the Galaxy's winning streak to five games.

The Galaxy, defending league Supporters Shield and Western Conference champion, lead the league and the conference at 8-2-5 with 29 points and host DC United Friday.

New England is 3-5-4 with 13 points and is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Revolution travel next Saturday to FC Dallas.

Ekpo Unassisted Goal Knots Crew, Chivas USA

Andres Mendoza had a pair of goals but Emmanuel Ekpo's 64th minute unassisted shot was the goal that ended the Columbus Crew's Major League Soccer home game at Crew Stadium Saturday with Chivas USA at 3-3.

Nick LaBrocca, Andrew Boyens and Jorge Flores each scored goals for Chivas.

The Crew are 3-3-5 with 14 points and are tied with the Houston Dynamo (3-4-5) for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Columbus travels to the New York Red Bulls next Saturday.

Chivas is in seventh place in the Western Conference standings at 3-4-4 with 13 points and will host the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday.

Winless Streaks Maintained As Whitecaps, Red Bulls Tie

The expansion Vancouver Whitecaps saw their Major League Soccer winless streak extended to 11 games and the New York Red Bulls' to five as both teams played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Empire Field.

Eric Hassli scored on a 24th minute penalty kick for the Whitecaps, but Luke Rodgers was assisted on a goal ten minutes later by Jan Gunnar Solli and Roy Miller to tie the contest.

The Red Bulls are now 4-2-6 with 18 points and are in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, three points behind the Philadelphia Union (6-3-2, 20) for the conference lead. New York will host the Columbus Crew next Saturday.

Vancouver remains in last place in the Western Conference standings at 1-5-6 with nine points. The Whitecaps travels to Chivas USA Wednesday.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weimer Dominates As Whitecaps Shut Out Rush

Tiffany Weimer scored a 40th minute goal with an assist from Krista Kruse, then made a penalty kick in the 70th minute as the host Vancouver Whitecaps, the leader in the USL W-League's Western Conference at 3-0-0 and nine points, shut out the Colorado Rush 3-0 Friday at Exhibition Stadium.

In the 64th minute, Jen Stoltenberg assisted Alysha Bonnick on a goal.

The Whitecaps hit the road this Wednesday to face the Pali Blues.

The Rush are 2-1-0 with six points and are tied for third in the conference with the Los Angeles Strikers (2-2-0). Colorado takes on the Seattle Sounders Sunday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Pumas Tackle The Tide

Matt Friesen scored two goals and Robby Christner added a goal and assisted on David Gray's goal as the Kitsap Pumas defeated the host Tacoma Tide 6-1 Friday in USL Premier Development League play at Stadium High School.

Chris Andre and Warren Silva also tallied goals for the Pumas, who lead the Western Conference's Northwest Division at 4-0-1 with 13 points and will travel to the expansion North Sound SeaWolves next Sunday.

Tacoma's lone goal came in the 18th minute as Chase Tangney connected with Quinton Beasley. The Tide are 0-1-2 with two points and are tied with SeaWolves (same record) and the Washington Crossfire (0-2-2) for fifth place in the division. The Tide faces the defending league champion Portland Timbers U-23s on the road Sunday.

Mapp. Mwanga Braces Carry Union To Romp Over Toronto FC

Justin Mapp (11th and 61st minute) and Danny Mwanga (71st and 89th minute) had braces to lead the visiting Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union to a 6-2 victory over host Toronto FC in Major League Soccer play Saturday from BMO Field.

Mwanga also teamed with Sebastien Le Toux on a Kyle Nakawaza goal in the 45th minute. Nakawaza earlier assisted Mapp on his first goal of the game.

Gabriel Farfan scored for the Union in the third minute with an assist by Jordan Harvey.

Toronto's goals came in the 51st and 59th minute as Danleigh Borman got passes off to Maicon Santos.

The Union are 6-3-2 with 20 points and travel next Saturday to face the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.

Toronto is 2-5-6 with 12 points and tied for sixth place in the Eastern standings with DC Unted (3-4-3) and hosting the league's worst team, Sporting Kansas City, next Saturday.

Express Shuts Out Nor'Easters

Shawn Foster assisted on an 89th minute goal by Ansger Otto as the host Jersey Express shut down the Ocean City Nor'Easters 1-0 Friday in USL Premier Development League play at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The Express are 2-1-0 with six points and are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division with the New Jersey Rangers (2-2-0). Jersey will host the winless Brooklyn Knights next Saturday.

Ocean City, winless in its first three games, just like the Knights, are tied for last place in the division by the 0-2-0 Central Jersey Spartans. The Nor'Easters next host the Long Island Rough Riders this Sunday.

Monarchs Shutout Chaos On Coleman Unassisted Shot

Sean Coleman had an unassisted goal in the 15th minute as the visiting Real Maryland Monarchs shut out the West Virginia Chaos 1-0 in USL Premier Development League play at Schoenbaum Stadium.

The two teams will face off again next Saturday with the Monarchs hosting at Richard Montgomery High School.

Real Maryland (3-1-0) and West Virginia (3-2-0) each have nine points to share the lead in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division.

Before playing next Saturday, the Monarchs will travel to expansion Fredericksburg Hotspur Memorial Day.

Ownby Brace Keeps Reading United On Top Of Division After Bermuda Trip

Brian Ownby scored two unassisted goals, including the tie-breaking goal to win the game and Will Bates added one of his own as Reading United AC edged the Bermuda Hogges 3-2 Friday in USL Premier Development League play at the Bermuda Athletic Association.

Keishen Bean and Angelo Simmons scored unassisted goals for the Hogges, who played their 2011 home and regular season opener.

Reading is now 5-0-0 with 15 points and not only leads the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division, but is also tied with the Chivas El Paso Patriots, leader of the Southern Conference's Mid-South Division, for the league's best record. Reading travels next Sunday to play the New Jersey Rangers.

Bermuda is tied for last place in the Mid-Atlantic with the Central Jersey Spartans (0-2-0), Ocean City Nor'Easters (0-3-0) and the Brooklyn Knights (same as Ocean City). The Hogges face the Rangers in Bermuda this Sunday.

Rhinos, Hammerheads Gain Point As Severe Weather Calls Game

With only 11 minutes left in regulation but with torrential downpours making the field at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY being unplayable, the host Rochester Rhinos and the Wilmington Hammerheads saw their USL PRO game Friday called at a 1-1 draw.

After a scoreless first half, Ivan Becarra ended Rochester goalkeeper Neil Kitson's streak of minutes without giving up a goal end at 662 when, at the hour mark, he hit the back of the net off a Chris Spendlove assist.

A few minutes, Rich Costanzo fed a pass to Alfonso Motgalvan to tie the game for the Hammerheads.

Rochester improves to 3-3-2 with 11 points and is in second place in the National Division, seven points behind the Los Angeles Blues (5-2-2, 17) for the division lead. The Rhinos travel to play FC New York on Memorial Day at Belson Stadium at St. John's University.

Wilmington, at 4-1-1 with 13 points, remains in fifth place in the American Division standings and travels to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Saturday.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Islanders Needed OT To Advance To CFU Championship Game; Earn Spot In 2011-12 CCL

The North American Soccer League's Puerto Rico Islanders scored two goals in a two-minute span of overtime to defeat Alpha United FC of Guyana 3-1 in the semifinal of the Caribbean Football Union Championship tournament Wednesday at Providence Stadium in Guyana to earn a spot in the championship game Friday against Haiti's Tempete FC and a berth in the field for the 2011-12 season of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Matthew Bouraee scored first for Puerto Rico in the 22nd minute, then, after Alpha United tied the score in regulation play, Jonathan Fana broke the tie with a goal in 113th minute and David Foley followed with an insurance goal in the 115th minute.

Tempete FC defeated Defense Force of Trinidad & Tobago 4-3 in penalty kicks after both teams went 120 minutes without scoring.

Puerto Rico returns to NASL play this Wednesday when they host the NSC Minnesota Stars at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Union's Ruiz, Timbers' Perkins Win MLS Week 10 Goal, Save Of The Week Awards

In fan voting which concluded early Friday morning on the East Coast, Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia union and Troy Perkins of the Portland Timbers were named the winners of Major League's Soccer AT&T Goal of the Week and the Save of the Week competitions for Week 10 of the 2011 season.

Real Salt Lake Waives Chinn, Brings Back Aghasyan

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake announced Friday they have released forward Conor Chinn, who was picked up earlier this season from the New York Red Bulls, who drafted him in 2010, and have welcomed back forward Artur Aghasyan from the Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier Development League to the roster.

Aghasyan, the cousin of another former RSL forward, Yuri Movsisyan, will be in his second stint with the team. During his first time there, he scored a goal in an international friendly against China's Shandong Luneng Taishen.

Reading Forward Bates Gets USL PDL Weekly Nod After Leading Team To LHUSOC Field

Reading United AC forward Will Bates, who scored four goals over two games in three days and led the team to earning a spot in the 40-team field for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Championship tournament, was named Thursday the USL Premier Development League Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2011 season.

Bates scored a pair of goals May 18 in a 4-1 victory over the Westchester Flames last Wednesday, then scored two more May 20 in a 4-1 victory over the Ocean City Nor'Easters.

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

USL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Jorge Muniz - Chivas El Paso Patriots
Led team to 1-0 win over Baton Rouge Capitals; earned spot in LHUSOC field

DEFENDERS
Jonathan Campbell - Carolina Dynamo
Led team to a road victory

Nik Conlin - Fredericksburg Hotspur
Had game-winning goal in franchise's first victory

Julian Donaldson - Real Colorado Foxes
Scored both goals in 2-1 win over St. Louis Lions; clinched LHUSOC field berth

MIDFIELDERS
Andy Rose - Ventura County Fusion
Scored goals in 7-2 rout of Orange County Blue Star

Troy Green - Kansas City Brass
Assisted on four goals in 5-2 win over Springfield Demize

John Sosa - Des Moines Menace
Had team record four assists in game against St. Louis Lions

Jason Massie - MPS Portland Phoenix
Scored game-winning goal against Vermont Voltage

FORWARDS
Dion Peters - West Virginia Chaos
Had two goals and an assist in game against Virginia Beach Piranhas

Ricardo Yeverino - Kansas City Brass
Had hat trick in 5-2 victory over Springfield Demize

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Brad Stover - Akron Summit Assault
Garrett Losee - BYU Cougars
Freddy Gomez - Carolina Dynamo
Cristian Negau - Carolina Dynamo
Kennell Baker - Central Florida Kraze
Brayan Martinez - Central Jersey Spartans
Haris Cecik - Forest City London
Milton Blanco - Fresno Fuego
Gustavo Silva - Fresno Fuego
Nik Besagno - Kitsap Pumas
Leon Abravanel - LA Blues 23
Esteban Bayona - Laredo Heat
Dom Sarle - Long Island Rough Riders
Mike Azira - Mississippi Brilla
David Palmer - Mississippi Brilla
Tom Reilly - MPS Portland Phoenix
Jordan Werner - Nashville Metros
Jordan Lower - New Orleans Jesters
Jack Bailey - Ocean City Nor'Easters
Sal Pistone - Ocean City Nor'Easters
Jason Dodson - Portland Timbers U-23s
Stephen Okai - Reading United AC
Shane Malcolm - Reading United AC
Taylor Kemp - Real Colorado Foxes
Daniel Barrera - Ventura County Fusion
Mark Magee - Ventura County Fusion
Leif Craddock - West Texas United
Ulisses Guillen - West Texas United
Eishun Yoshinda - Vermont Voltage
Kyle Clancy - Western Mass Pioneers
Taylor Gorman - Western Mass Pioneers
Robert Vincent - West Virginia Chaos

More Soggy Conditions Push Second Leg Of NCC To July 2

The Canadian Soccer Association, as well as Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps, jointly announced Thursday that, due to continued poor pitch conditions due to heavy rain the night before, the second leg of the championship series for the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship title and a spot in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League, will now be played July 2 at Toronto's BMO Field.

Both teams were tied at 1-1 after playing in the first leg of the two-game, total-goal series May 18 at Empire Field but, after undergoing numerous delays because of weather in Game 2 Wednesday at BMO Field and despite Toronto taking a 1-0 game lead and a 2-1 aggregate lead in the game, referees ended the game after 62 minutes and ordered the game be replayed in its entirety Thursday at 11 a.m. local time.

However, a soggy field that didn't receive sufficient time to properly drain left all sides deciding to, again, cancel the game Thursday and they made the announcement to move the game to the new date.

Aduny, De Mare Team Together As Brilla Shuts Out Metros

Moses Aduny had a hat trick and Joey De Mare supplied the other two goals as the Mississippi Brilla shut out the host Nashville Metros 5-0 Thursday in USL Premier Development League play at Ezell Park Stadium.

The same two teams will meet again Memorial Day at Harper Davis Field at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

The Brilla are tied with the Central Florida Kraze for the lead in the Southern Conference's Southeast Division with identical 3-0-1 records and 10 points.

The Metros, 1-2-1 with four points, are tied for third place with the expansion FC Jax Destroyers (same record), the IMG Bradenton Academics (same record) and Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy (1-4-1).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beat Trade Draft Picks With Flash For Sitch, Parker

The Atlanta Beat traded a first and second round 2012 draft pick to the best team in Women's Professional Soccer, the expansion Western New York Flash, Thursday in return for defender Julianne Sitch and midfielder Kelly Parker.

Sitch was the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 WPS Draft by eventual champion Sky Blue after graduating from DePaul University. She started 11 of 16 games for Sky Blue, then was traded to the Chicago Red Stars, where she started in three of 13 games. Sitch suffered an injury to an anterior cruciate ligament in mid-August 2010.

Parker, a Canadian, played collegiately at UTEP and was a teammate of Sitch at Sky, started 12 of 17 games in 2009. She then joined the Buffalo Flash of the USL W-League last season and was a part of their 2010 W-League Championship team.

Rossi, Lopez Team On Lone Goal In Wildcats Win Over DC United Women

Andrea Lopez assisted on the lone goal of the game by Kylee Rossi as the host New Jersey Wildcats shut out the expansion DC United Women 1-0 in DC's debut in the USL W-League Wednesday at Lions Stadium at the College of New Jersey.

The Wildcats lead the Eastern Conference's Northeast Division at 2-0-0 with six points and will next travel to the New Jersey Rangers June 2.

United Women (0-1-0) are now tied for last place with the winless Rangers (0-2-0) and will hit the road again June 5 to play the New York Magic.

Dutch Lions Move USL Doublehader Event Due To Poor Field Conditions

The Dayton Dutch Lions, who have teams in USL PRO and USL W-League, announced Thursday a planned doubleheader against the Charlotte Eagles' franchises in both leagues at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH, home to the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team, has been moved to the Dutch Lions' home pitch of Bellbrook High School, due to field conditions and safety concerns.

Due to several consecutive days of heavy rainfall, Dragons officials felt the field would not dry properly in time for Saturday's planned event and the Dragons are scheduled to host the Benoit Snappers there beginning Tuesday.

Fans with tickets to the Fifth Third Field doubleheader can use their tickets for Saturday's game at Bellbrook High School or for any future Dutch Lions home game.

The USL W-League teams will face off at 5:30 p.m. local time, followed by the USL PRO teams at 8 p.m.

Abdullah Goal Gives Rush Win And Four-Way Conference Lead Tie

Ameera Abdullah's unassisted 46th minute goal gave the visiting Colorado Rush a 1-0 victory over the host Victoria Highlanders in USL W-League play Wednesday at Bear Mountain Stadium, but put the Rush (2-0-0, six) into a four-way tie for the lead in the Western Conference with the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Pali Blues, both at 2-0-0, and the Los Angeles Strikers (2-2-0, six points).

The Rush will play the the Whitecaps Friday, then head to the Seattle Sounders Sunday.

Victoria, winless in its first six games as an expansion franchise at 0-5-1 with a point, are tied for last place with Seattle. The Highlanders next face the Colorado Force on the road June 3.

Exeter Leads Lynx Over Rage In W-League Play

Christine Exeter had an unassisted goal and helped Zakiya McIntosh score another goal as the Toronto Lady Lynx defeated Hamilton FC Rage 3-2 in Hamilton's first road game as a USL W-League franchise Wednesday at Toronto's Centennial Park Stadium.

Diamond Simpson and Olivia Mbola scored goals for the Rage.

Toronto is 1-1-0 with three points and is tied for the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division lead with the Rochester Ravens (1-0-0). The Lynx will stay home Sunday to welcome the Laval Comets.

Hamilton is in last place in the division after their first loss and will try for their first win Sunday when they host the Ottawa Fury.

Rangers Edge Spartans In Garden State Soccer Showdown

Dritan Sela and Tyler Masterson had goals to lead the host New Jersey Rangers to a 2-1 USL Premier Development League victory over the Central Jersey Spartans in a Garden State soccer contest at Morris Catholic High School Wednesday.

Antonie Hoppenot had the lone Central Jersey goal.

The Rangers are 2-2-0 with six points and are in third place in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division. New Jersey travels to the Bermuda Hogges Sunday.

Central Jersey, winless in their first two games of the 2011 season, are tied for last place in the division with the Ocean City Nor'Easters (same record) and the Brooklyn Knights (0-3-0). The Spartans host the Jersey Express in a Memorial Day contest.

Seahorses Shut Out Blue Star At Concordia University

Jordan Burt and Ryan Shaw had unassisted goals in the final five minutes of regulation play as the Southern California Seahorses shut out host Orange County Blue Star 2-0 Wednesday in USL Premier Development League play at Concordia University.

The Seahorses are in third place in the Western Conference's Southwest Division at 3-1-0 with nine points and will host the Ventura County Fusion Saturday.

Orange County, 2-2-1 with seven points and in fifth place in the division, will visit Southern California June 1.

Bulls Lone Goal Gives IMG Bradenton Win Over Schulz Academy

Andrew Bulls scored a goal off a Will Moored assist as visiting IMG Bradenton Academics shut out Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy 1-0 Wednesday in USL Premier Development League play from Central Broward Regional Park.

Both teams will meet again June 2 at IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL.

IMG (1-2-1, four) is tied for last place in the Southern Conference, Southeast Division with Schulz (1-4-1).

Kings, Invaders Play To Draw At Invaders Soccer Complex

Brandon Stelmak had two goals, including the game-tying goal on a 90th minute penalty kick, and A.J. Konchar added another as the Cincinnati Kings and the host Indiana Invaders played to a 3-3 draw Wednesday in USL Premier Development League play from the Invaders Soccer Complex.

Hideaki Takeda had a brace for the Invaders and Adam Mena had a goal and assisted on a Takeda goal.

The Kings are now 1-1-2 with five points and are tied for second place in the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division with the expansion Akron Summit Assault (same record), who they face on the road June 4.

Indiana, at 0-1-1 with a point, are tied for seventh in the division with the Michigan Bucks (same record) and will host the expansion River City Rovers Monday.

Timbers U-23s Chop Down SeaWolves

Bim Ogunyemi had a 22nd minute goal off Travis Bowen and Tracy Hasson assisted Miles Byass in the 49th minute as the defending USL Premier Development League champion Portland Timbers U-23s shut out the expansion North Sound SeaWolves of Everett, WA 2-0 Wednesday at JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers U-23s, who went the entire 2010 season without a loss, are 2-1-1 this season with seven points and are in second in the Western Conference's Northwest Division, four points behind the Kitsap Pumas (3-0-1, 10) for the divisional lead. They will host the winless Tacoma Tide (0-0-2, two) Sunday.

North Sound, in its inaugural season, is 0-1-2 with two points and is tied for fifth in the division with the Tide and the Washington Crossfire (0-2-2). The SeaWolves host the Pumas Sunday.

Lynx Rob Rage Of First Franchise Win

Jelani Smith and Leigh Veidman scored goals as the host Toronto Lynx earned a 2-0 shutout victory against the expansion Hamilton FC Rage, playing their inaugural USL Premier Development League road game at Toronto's Centennial Park Stadium Wednesday.

The Lynx are 1-1-0 with three points and tied for fourth place in the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division with Forest City London (1-0-0). Toronto and Hamilton will meet again June 10 at Hamilton.

The Rage are in last place after the franchise's first game but will host the Ottawa Fury Saturday.

Orlando City Extends Unbeaten Streak, Takes American Division Lead Away From Richmond

Kevin Molino assisted Lewis neal on a fourth minute goal and was assisted by Luke Boden on a 13th minute goal as host Orlando City Soccer Club extended their USL PRO unbeaten streak to nine games and took over the lead in the American Division from the Richmond Kickers in a 2-0 shutout over the visitors Wednesday at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Orlando City now leads the division with a 7-1-2 record and 23 points, three points ahead of the Kickers (6-2-1, 19), who lost their second straight game after going unbeaten in their first seven games. The Lions will host the Charlotte Eagles June 2.

Richmond will host FC New York Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium.

Sporting Kansas City Wins Last LHUSOC Spot For MLS In Rout Of Revolution

Sporting Kansas City, the worst team in Major League Soccer this season, played like champions Wednesday and Chance Nyers and C.J. Sapong scored two goals each and Aurelian Collin added another as they shut out the New England Revolution 5-0 at Blue Valley District Activities Complex in Overland Park, KS to claim the last of eight available slots for MLS teams in the third round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, beginning next month.

Sporting Kansas City returns to league play Saturday when they travel to the defending MLS champion Colorado Rapids and the Revolution will host the best team in MLS and its Western Conference, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Saturday.

Severe Weather Postpones Second Leg Of NCC Until Thursday

Due to bouts of severe weather, Wednesday's second leg match between Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto for the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship was postponed until Thursday morning and will be played in its entirety.

The winner of the series will represent Canada in the Preliminary Stage of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

Before the postponement, Vancouver's Eric Hassli had scored the lone goal, putting the Whitecaps up 1-0 in leg scoring and leading the aggregate count 2-1 after both teams played last week to a 1-1 draw.

Ebecilio Leads AFC Ajax To Shutout Win Over Timbers

Lorenzo Ebecilio scored a goal in the 18th minute with help from Gregory Van Der Wel and Vurnon Anita and assisted with Aras Ozbiliz on Demy De Zeeuw's 81st minute goal as newly crowned Dutch champions AFC Ajax of Amsterdam shut out Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers 2-0 Wednesday in an international friendly at Portland's JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers host DC United when they return to league play Sunday.

Donovan PK Keeps Galaxy As Best Team In MLS

Landon Donovan's penalty kick goal in the 46th minute was all the host and defending Western Conference and Supporters Shield champion Los Angeles Galaxy from keeping the best record in Major League Soccer with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo Wednesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The Galaxy are 7-2-5 with 26 points and will travel to the New England Revolution this Saturday.

Houston is in third place in the Eastern Conference standings at 3-4-5 with 14 points. The Dynamo hosts FC Dallas Saturday at Robertson Stadium.

Shea Shot Sends FC Dallas To Shutout Win Over Sounders

Brek Shea scored a goal off an Andrew Jacobson assist in the 18th minute as FC Dallas shut out the host Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer play Wednesday at Qwest Field in Seattle.

Dallas is 6-3-3 with 21 points and are six points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy (7-2-5, 26) for the Western Conference lead and the best record in MLS. They will travel Saturday to face their intrastate rival, the Houston Dynamo.

Seattle, at 4-4-5 with 17 points, is in a four-way tie for third place in the Western standings with the defending league champion Colorado Rapids (4-3-5), Real Salt Lake (5-1-2) and the Portland Timbers (5-3-2). The Sounders next play at RSL Saturday.

Wild Six-Minute Scoring Binge Creates Draw For Rapids, Red Bulls

Despite all the goals in the game scored over a six-minute span, the defending Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids played the New York Red Bulls to a 2-2 draw Wednesday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ for Colorado's fourth straight single point in the standings.

Jeff Larentowicz had an unassisted goal in the 27th minute for the Rapids, but New York tied the score two minutes later as Dwayne De Rosario and Joel Lindpere teamed on Thierry Henry's goal in the 29th minute.

Larentowicz broke the tie three minutes later with an assist by Pablo Mastroeni, but Roy Miller's pass to Luke Rodgers turned into a game-tying goal for the Red Bulls in the 33rd minute.

The Rapids are 4-3-5 with 17 points and are in a four-way tie for third place in the Western Conference with Real Salt Lake (5-1-2), the Portland Timbers (5-3-2) and the Seattle Sounders (4-4-5). Colorado hosts Sporting Kansas City, MLS' worst team this season, Saturday.

New York, at 4-2-5 with 17 points, is tied with the Philadelphia Union (5-3-2) for the lead in the Eastern Conference standings and will travel to the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Khassal Game-Winning Goals Key To Receiving USL W-League's Player Of The Week Award

Los Angeles Strikers forward Cherelle Khassal was named Wednesday the USL W-League's Player of the Week for Week 2 of the 2011 season after scoring two game-winning goals in the team's three games played so far.

Here are the other players selected for the USL W-League Team of the Week:

USL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Kristen Funk - Vancouver Whitecaps

DEFENDERS
Sasha Andrews - Pali Blues
Tori Allen - Fredericksburg Impact
Christian Murillo - Los Angeles Strikers

MIDFIELDERS
Mandi Black - Dayton Dutch Lions
Ashley Reinecke - New Jersey Wildcats
Jamie Pollack - Atlanta Silverbacks
Nicol Choffei - Long Island Rough Riders

FORWARDS
Chelsea Kuss - Rochester Ravens
Lindsay Horan - Colorado Rush

Touray Goal Gives Reading Shutout Win In Exhibition Against City Islanders

In an exhibition battle of Keystone State soccer teams Tuesday, Sainey Touray scored uncontested in the 64th minute as Reading United AC of the USL Premier Development League shut out the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO 1-0.

Reading United AC is tied at 4-0-0 and 12 points with the Long Island Rough Riders for first place in the PDL's Eastern Conference - Mid-Atlantic Division. They will travel to the Bermuda Hogges Friday, then return home for another friendly game this Tuesday, this time against Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

Harrisburg is 1-2-2 with five points and is tied for fourth place in the National Division with FC New York (1-4-2). The City Islanders travel to Blackbaud Stadium Saturday to face the Charleston Battery, then will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a twice-weather-delayed game this Tuesday at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island.

Strikers Fire Rivas, Assistant Coach; Name CSF Head Coach As Replacement

The Los Angeles Strikers, at 2-2-0 with six points and tied for the lead in the USL W-League's Western Conference with the Vancouver Canucks and Pali Blues, both 2-0-0, surprisingly announced Tuesday they have fired head coach Reggie Rivas and his assistant coach after the team lost 4-1 Saturday to the Colorado Force and named Cal State Fullerton women's head coach Demian Brown to the position.

Since joining the school in 2007, Brown has led the Titans to three Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Women's College Cup.

He was also named Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2007 after becoming the first first-time and first-year head coach in conference history to win a regular season and tournament title in the same season and the second first-year coach to win a regular season title.

Los Angeles will host the Santa Clarita Blue Heat Sunday at Pasadena City College.

Seger Fourth Staright Flash Player To Win WPS Weekly Award

For the first time in league history, the expansion Western New York Flash has supplanted the Los Angeles Sol in 2009 and the Philadelphia Independence last season by having a fourth straight player be named Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week in the form of midfielder Caroline Seger for Week 7 Wednesday.

She joins Christine Sinclair (Week 4), Marta (Week 5) and McCall Zerboni (Week 6) in the honor.

Seger scored two goals Saturday in the team's 3-0 shutout of magicJack at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY.

The Sol and the Independence each had players win the weekly award for three straight weeks.

Blues' Chijindu Names USL PRO's Best For Week 8

Los Angeles Blues forward Chukwudi Chijindu, who had two goals and assisted on a third in his team's 3-0 shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Sunday, was named the USL PRO Player of the Week Tuesday for Week 8 of the 2011 season.

Here are the rest of the players selected for the USL PRO Week 8 Team Of The Week:

USL TEAM OF THE WEEK

GOALKEEPER
Miguel Gallardo - Orlando City Soccer Club

DEFENDERS
Gareth Evans - Wilmington Hammerheads
Troy Roberts - Rochester Rhinos
Joe Tait - Dayton Dutch Lions

MIDFIELDERS
Jhonathan Bravo - Los Angeles Blues
Matt Tuttle - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Luke Mulholland - Wilmington Hammerheads
Yordany Alvarez - Orlando City Soccer Club

FORWARDS
Max Griffin - Orlando City Soccer Club
Darren Toby - Charlotte Eagles

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Brandon Massie - Charleston Battery
Alan Sanchez - Charlotte Eagles
Kolby Lacrone - Dayton Dutch Lions
Stephan Basso - Harrisburg City Islanders
Edwin Miranda - Los Angeles Blues
Walter Gaitan - Los Angeles Blues
Rob Valentino - Orlando City Soccer Club
Sammy Appiah - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Matt Fondy - Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Albright's All Right After Hernia Surgery; Out 6-8 Weeks

New York Red Bulls defender Chris Albright, who has not played for the Major League Soccer franchise this season, underwent successful sports hernia surgery in Santa Monica, CA Tuesday and will be out for the next six to eight weeks.

Albright, a three-time MLS Cup winner acquired January 14, 2010 via a trade with the New England Revolution for a second round and a third round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft, had two assists in 18 starts for the Red Bulls and was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year after missing all of the 2009 season at New England.

Battery Ends Kickers' Season-Opening Unbeaten Streak At Blackbaud

After Matthew Delicate needed less than a minute to score the opening unassisted goal of the game for the visiting Richmond Kickers, Dane Kelly fired one of his own in the 26th minute to tie the score at 1-1 and Nicholas Paterson assisted on the game-winning goal of Jon Gruenewald in the 86th minute as the host Charleston Battery ended the Kickers' seven-game unbeaten streak in USL PRO at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Battery are now 4-4-2 with 14 points and is in fourth place in the American Division standings. They will next host the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday.

Richmond, now 6-1-1 with 19 points, is in second place in the same division and is two points behind Orlando City Soccer Club (6-1-2, 20) for the division lead. Both team face off Wednesday at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Fire Makes LHUSOC Field For 14th Straight Year, Beats Earthquakes In PKs

After being down 0-2, the Chicago Fire stormed back to play the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw Tuesday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA in one of the last two play-in games for Major League Soccer team to make the 40-team field for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, then won a penalty kick shootout 5-4 to win the bid and play for the 14th consecutive season.

Ellis McLoughlin gave the Earthquakes the first half advantage by scoring both goals, but goals by Orr Barouch in the 61st minute and Yameth Cuesta in the 76th minute forced the draw and neither team could gain the advantage again through 30 minutes of overtime.

Daniel Paladini hit the game-winning goal in the penalty kick shootout.

The Fire joins six MLS teams that automatically qualified for the tournament -- the two-time defending champion Seattle Sounders, the Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake -- and gets a bye into the third round of play.

The last of MLS' eight spots in the field will be filled Wednesday when Sporting Kansas City hosts the New England Revolution Wednesday at the Blue Valley District Activities Complex in Overland Park, KS.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Red Bulls, Kia Announce Partnership

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls and Kia Motors announced Tuesday the start of a strategic partnership that, among other incentives, gets them named the Official Partner of the team and their home pitch of Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Kia will also gain intellectual property rights to the team, the stadium, and its Red Bull Academy and Training programs.

The first event of the partnership will take place June 10 when Kia will be the presenting sponsor of their scheduled MLS home game against the New England Revolution.

Security Company Becomes Sponsor To DC United Women

Alarm.com, a technology leader in interactive services for the security industry, announced Tuesday they will become a sponsor for the USL W-League's expansion DC United Women.

The United Women took over the 2011 schedule and home pitch of the Washington Freedom Futures, who disbanded prior to the start of the season.

They will make their debut Wednesday on the road against the New Jersey Wildcats, who they will host at the Maryland SoccerPlex for their home opener June 9.

Sanders Goals Roll Tide Into Draw With Crossfire

Chris Sanders scored off a penalty kick in the 81st minute, then was assisted by Austin Kelly on an 87th minute goal as the Tacoma Tide came back from two goals down to force a draw with the host Washington Crossfire in USL Premier Development League action Monday from Redmond High School in Redmond, WA.

Washington scored in the ninth minute by an unassisted goal from Alex Klein for the eventual halftime, then Brad Keller assisted on a Mark Conrad goal in the 63rd minute.

Tacoma (0-0-2, two points) and Washington (0-2-2) are tied for fifth place in the Western Conference's Northwest Division with the expansion North Sound Seawolves (0-0-2).

Tacoma will host the Kitsap Pumas this Friday, while the Crossfire are off until June 4 when they host the Victoria Highlanders.

Porter, Attinella Earn NASL's Weekly Player Awards

The North American Soccer League announced Tuesday FC Edmonton forward Kyle Porter and FC Tampa Bay goalkeeper Jeff Attinella were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for Week 7 of the 2011 season.

Porter scored both goals in a 2-1 victory Monday over the NSC Minnesota Stars. He leads the team in goals with three, is the only player on the roster to have more than one goal and is the first in club history to have a multi-goal game.

Attinella earned his first career shutout Saturday in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Impact, tallying 11 saves. Ironically, the last Tampa Bay goalkeeper to win the weekly defensive award, Daryl Sattler on April 25, won his honor after earning his own shutout victory over the Impact.

MLS Names Week 10 Team Of The Week Members

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the members of the league's tenth 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
Matt Pickens - Colorado Rapids

DEFENDERS
Marvell Wynne - Colorado Rapids
Jeff Parke - Seattle Sounders (MLS Week 10 Player of the Week)
Michael Farfan - Philadelphia Union

MIDFIELDERS
Mikael Yourassowsky - Toronto FC
Daniel Hernandez - FC Dallas
Joel Lindpere - New York Red Bulls
Dominic Oduro - Chicago Fire

FORWARDS
Marvin Chavez - FC Dallas
Steven Lenhart - San Jose Earthquakes
Tom Heinemann - Columbus Crew

MANAGER
Aron Winter - Toronto FC

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Eric Brunner - Portland Timbers
Brad Davis - Houston Dynamo
Kalif Alhassan - Portland Timbers
Jamison Olave - Real Salt Lake
Marco Pappa - Chicago Fire
Heath Pierce - Chivas USA
Nate Sturgis - Toronto FC
Teemu Tainio - New York Red Bulls
Chris Tierney - New England Revolution
Cam Weaver - Houston Dynamo

Nominees Announced For MLS Week 10 Save Of The Week Voting

Voting has opened for fans to select the tenth 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 10 are Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union), Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy). Troy Perkins (Portland Timbers), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), and Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids).

magicJack Owner Fined $10K, Suspended Two Games For Derogatory Remarks

According to the Florida Sin-Sentinel Monday, Dan Borislow, owner of magicJack, formerly the Washington Freedom in Women's Professional Soccer, was fined $10,000 and forced to serve a two-game penalty for making public comments the league felt were derogatory and not in the best interest of WPS.

Borislow, who says he is refusing to pay the fine, sat out his first game of the suspension Sunday, where they lost 3-0 to the league-leading Western New York Flash at Rochester, NY, and will now miss this Saturday's home game against the Atlanta Beat at Florida International University.

magicJack was recently penalized a point in the team standings for failing to comply with several league policies.

Miller Game-Winner Gives Kings Victory Over Bucks

Marc Miller broke a 2-2 tie with a game-winning unassisted goal in the 89th minute as the host Cincinnati Kings got past the Michigan Bucks 3-2 in USL Premier Development League action from the Town & Country Sports Complex in Widener, KY Monday.

Branden Stelmak also had unassisted goals in the 23rd and 80th minute for the Kings.

Michigan scored off unassisted goals from Sean Grisham (43rd minute) and Victor Costa (57th minute).

The Kings are in third place in the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division at 1-1-1 with four points. They will visit the Indiana Invaders Wednesday.

Michigan is 0-1-1 with a point and is in sixth place in the division. The Bucks host the Invaders this Saturday.

FC New York Accepts Weston's Resignation; Names Shaw Player/Head Coach

FC New York of USL PRO announced Monday they have accepted the resignation of Matt Weston as their head coach after seven games and named current player/assistant coach Paul Shaw as player/head coach, effective immediately.

FC New York is currently 1-4-2 with five points and tied with the Harrisburg City Islanders (1-2-2) for fourth place in the National Division. The team won their first game as a franchise May 13 in a 1-0 victory at Blackbaud Stadium over the Charleston Battery.

FC New York will travel to the Richmond Kickers this Saturday, then head back to Belson Stadium at St. John's University for a Memorial Day game against the Rochester Rhinos.

Porter Rebounds Two As FC Edmonton Defeats NSC Minnesota Stars

Kyle Porter scored both of his team's goals off rebounds as FC Edmonton edged the NSC Minnesota Stars 2-1 in North American Soccer League play Monday from Edmonton's Foote Field, ending the Stars' four-game unbeaten streak.

Simone Bracalello opened the scoring for the Stars, now 3-2-3 with 12 points and in third place in the league standings, eight points behind the Carolina RailHawks (6-1-1, 19) for first place. NSC will host FC Tampa Bay Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

FC Edmonton is 4-2-1 with 13 points and is in second place, seven points behind Carolina, and will host Tampa Bay next Tuesday.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Parke's First Goal Since 2004 Earns Him Week 10 Player Of The Week Nod

Seattle Sounders defender Jeff Parke, who headed in the game-winning and lone goal in second-half stoppage time of a 1-0 home win over Sporting Kansas City at Qwest Field Saturday for his first Major League Soccer goal since June 12, 2004, was named Monday the MLS Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2011 season.

He also became the first defender to win the award since Chad Marshall did it during Week 22 of the 2009 season.

Nominees Announced For Week 10 Of AT&T Goal Of The Week Award

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 10 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) Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Union (G1), Dane Richards of the New York Red Bulls (G2), Bobby Convey of the San Jose Earthquakes (G3), Michael Farfan of the Philadelphia Union (G4) and Ellis McLoughlin of the San Jose Earthquakes (G5).

The winner for Week 9 was David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

USMNT 23-Man Roster For CONCACAF Gold Cup Announced

US Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley announced his 23-man roster Monday for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which they will host throughout the country throughout June.

The roster will also be used for the team's last international friendly June 4 against Spain, the world's number one ranked soccer team, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

18 of the players have experience in Major League Soccer.

The US were drawn into Group C for Gold Cup pool play, which begins June 7 against Canada at Ford Field in Detroit, followed by Panama June 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and concludes June 14 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS against Guadeloupe.

Quarterfinals will be held at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and RFK Stadium in Washington, DC June 18 and 19 with semifinal round play taking place June 22 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The championship game will be held June 26 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA with the winner earning a berth in the field for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Here is the breakdown of the USMNT roster by position and current team:

GOALKEEPERS
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton Wanderers (England)
Tim Howard - Everton (England)
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake (MLS)

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint-Etienne (France)
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL (Mexico)
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover (Germany)
Clarence Goodson - Brondby (Denmark)
Eric Lichaj - Leeds United (England)
Oguchi Onyewu - FC Twente (Netherlands)
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Jonathan Spector - West Ham United (England)

MIDFIELDERS
Freddy Adu - Rizepor (Turkey)
Michael Bradley - Aston Villa (England)
Clint Dempsey - Fulham (England)
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Maurice Edu - Rangers (Scotland)
Benny Feilhaber - New England Revolution (MLS)
Jermaine Jones - Blackburn Rovers (England)
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht (Belgium)
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew (MLS)

DEFENDERS
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Jozy Altidore - Bursaspur (Turkey)
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Seger Puts The Bang In The Flash's Shutout Of magicJack

Caroline Seger was assisted by Christine Sinclair on a 42nd minute goal, then had a penalty kick in the 84th minute to lead the Western New York Flash to a 3-0 shutout of magicJack FC Sunday at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY to maintain the top spot in Women's Professional Soccer.

Becky Edwards began the scoring for the Flash with a third minute unassisted goal.

The Flash, who joined the league from the USL W-League, where, as the Buffalo Flash, they won the 2010 league championship, are 5-0-1 with 16 points and will face the Philadelphia Independence on the road this Sunday.

magicJack FC, the former Washington Freedom but now playing in Fort Lauderdale, FL is 3-1-0 with eight points, including a one-point deduction by the league for rules violations, and are tied for second place with the Independence (2-1-2). magicJack will host the Atlanta Beat Saturday.

Breakers, Independence Battle To Draw At Harvard

The host Boston Breakers and the Philadelphia Independence played to a 1-1 draw Sunday in Women's Professional Soccer action from Harvard University.

Tasha Kai celebrated her birthday Sunday but gave the Independence the gift in the form on a 44th minute unassisted goal, but, three minutes into the second half, the Breakers knotted the game for good as Keelin Winters assisted Lauren Cheney on a goal.

The Independence are 2-1-2 with eight points and are tied for second in the league standings with magicJack FC (3-1-0, eight, penalized one point for league infractions). Philadelphia will host the league-leading Western New York Flash this Sunday.

Boston, at 2-4-1 with seven points and alone in fourth place in the standings, travel to Sky Blue FC's Yurcak Field at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ this Saturday.

Balogun Leads Summit Assault To Shutout Of Invaders

Michael Balogun scored an unassisted goal in the 21st minute as the expansion Akron Summit Assault shut out the Indiana Invaders 1-0 in the host team's season-opening USL Premier Development League game Sunday at St. Vincent's-St. Mary's School.

Akron is 1-1-2 with five points, good for second place in the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division, two points behind the Chicago Fire (2-0-0, six points) for first place. The Summit Assault hosts the Cincinnati Kings in their next game June 4.

Indiana is tied for last place in the division with the Toronto Lynx and gets to host the Kings Wednesday.

Royals Power Down Dynamo

Cristian Neagu connected with A.J. Shela on a 66th minute goal as the host Northern Virginia Royals crowned the Carolina Dynamo 1-0 Sunday in USL Premier Development League play at Robinson Field on the campus of George Mason University.

The Royals snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season and are 1-3-0 with three points, putting time in a tie for last place in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division with the Virginia Beach Piranhas and the expansion Fredericksburg Hotspur, both at 1-2-0. Northern Virginia hosts the Hotspur this Sunday.

Carolina is 2-1-0 with six points and is tied for second in the division with the Real Maryland Monarchs (same record), four points behind the West Vurginia Choas (3-1-0, 10) for first place. The Dynamo host the Piranhas this Saturday.

Donaldson Double Keeps Foxes On Top Of Heartland Division

Julian Donaldson scored unassisted goals in the eighth and 44th minute to led the Real Colorado Foxes to a 2-1 victory on the road Sunday against the host St. Louis Lions in USL Premier Development League play from the Tony Glavin Complex.

Ernad Cavka ended the first half with an unassisted goal for St. Louis in stoppage time.

The Foxes rule the roost in the Central Conference's Heartland Division at 4-0-0 with 12 points.

St. Louis, winless in their first three games of the 2011 season, are tied for last place with the Springfield Demize, who they host Saturday.

Real Colorado will take on Springfield June 4 at Shea Stadium.

Geraughty Leads Rangers To Victory Over Nor'Easters

Larry Geraughty's goal in the 47th minute was all the visiting New Jersey Rangers needed to defeat the host Ocean City Nor'Easters 1-0 in USL Premier Development League play Sunday at Carey Stadium.

The Rangers, 1-2-0 with three points, are tied for third in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division with the Westchester Flames (same record) and the Jersey Express (1-1-0). New Jersey travels to the Central Jersey Spartans this Wednesday.

Ocean City is winless in its first two games of the season and shares last place in the division with the Spartans (0-1-0) and the Brooklyn Knights (0-3-0). The Nor'Easters will play at the Express Friday.

Bibby Leads Forest City London To Shutout Over Host Lynx

Scott Bibby scored the game's only goal as visiting Forest City London shut out the Toronto Lynx 1-0 in each team's USL Premier Development League season opener Sunday at Toronto's OSA Soccer Centre.

Forest City London is in third place in the Central Conference's Great Lakes Division with the win and will hot the Ottawa Fury Saturday.

Toronto is in a tie for last place with the Indiana Invaders, who have lost their season opener, and will host the expansion Hamilton FC Rage in the opposing franchise's first game.

Chujindu Does Most Of The Work As Blues Shutout Riverhounds

Chukwudi Chijindu scored goals in the 28th and 90th minute off Walter Gaitan and Gerardo Bravo, respectively, and assisted on Edwin Miranda's 17th minute goal as the LA Blues shut out the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0 Sunday in USL PRO play at Chartiers Valley High School.

The Blues lead the National Division at 5-2-2 with 17 points and will host the Harrisburg City Islanders in their next game June 24.

Pittsburgh is 2-4-2 with eight points and is in third place in the National table, three points behind the Rochester Rhinos (3-0-1, 10) for second place. The Riverhounds will host the Wilmington Hammerheads this Saturday.

Late Goals By Orlando City Give Them USL PRO's Best Record

Thanks to late second half goals from Maxwell Griffin and Lewis Neal, Orlando City Soccer Club took over the lead in the USL PRO American Division and the best overall league record with a 3-1 victory Sunday at the National Division's Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island.

Orlando put their first point on the board in the second minute off a Jack Traynor assist and the lead held for most of the game.

Harrisburg tied the game in the 80th minute as Jose Angulo fed a pass to Dustin Basso, but Orlando broke the tie in the 90th minute when Lawrence Olum assisted Griffin, then Neal hit the game-winning penalty kick in stoppage time for Orlando City to improve to 6-1-2 with 20 points, a point ahead of the Richmond Kickers (6-0-1, 19), in the American standings.

Orlando City will host the Charlotte Eagles at the Florida Citrus Bowl June 2, then travel to the Wilmington Hammerheads June 4.

Harrisburg fell to 1-2-2 with five points and fourth place in the National Division standings. The City Islanders face the Charleston Battery this Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Whitecaps Residency, Highlanders Draw At Bear Mountain Stadium

The Vancouver Whitecaps Residency and the host Victoria Highlanders played to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Bear Mountain Stadium in Victoria, British Columbia in USL Premier Development League play.

The Residency got an unassisted goal from Michael Nanchoff in the fifth minute and Ben Fisk assisted Caleb Clarke on a 40th minute goal.

Victoria's Jamar Dixon tied the game at 1-1 in the 16th off a Craig Gorman assist and Ash Burbeary passed off the ball to Marco Noegeli for the final goal in the 45th minute.

Both teams will meet again June 5 at Vancouver's Empire Field.

The Highlanders are second in the Western Conference's Northwest Division at 1-1-2 with five points and are off until the June 5 rematch.

Vancouver is tied for third place in the division with the defending league and division champion Portland Timbers U-23s at 1-1-1 with four points. The Residency will be at the Abbotsford Mariners next Sunday.

Bayona Scores Twice, Heat Beats Grandes

Orlando Bayona scored both of the Laredo Heat's goals in 2-1 win USL Premier Development League victory over the expansion RGV Gramdes at Edinburg Field in Edinburg, TX Saturday.

Alfonso Cavazos had the Grandes' lone goal.

The Heat are 3-1-0 with nine points and tied for second place in the Southern Conference's Mid-South Division with the West Texas United Sockers (3-3-0), Laredo travels to the New Orleans Jesters Friday.

RGV is winless in their first four games and are tied for last place with the Baton Rouge Capitals, who have lost their first teo games and host the Grandes Friday.

Sarte Leads Rough Riders Over Express

Dominic Sarte had an unassisted goal in the 71st minute and assisted Guy-Roland Kpene on an 88th minute score as the host Long Island Rough Riders beat the Jersey Express 3-1 Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at MacArthur High School.

Tyler Arnone scored for Long Island in the 48th minute off an Adriano Gabriele assist.

William Stamatis, in the final minute of regulation play, had Jersey's lone goal.

The Rough Riders (4-0-0, 12) are tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference's Mid-Atlantic Division with Reading United AC (same record).

Jersey is at 1-1-0 with three points and is tied for third place in the division with the Westchester Flames (1-2-0).

Both teams next face the Ocean City Nor'Easters -- the Express hosting them this Friday, the Rough Riders traveling to them next Sunday.

Kraze Draw Keeps Them On Top Of Southeast Division Over Second Place Brilla

Despite each team earning a point due to the outcome, the Central Florida Kraze retained the top spot in the USL Premier Development League's Southern Conference, Southeast Division in a 1-1 draw to the Mississippi Brilla Saturday at Showalter Stadium in Winter Park, FL.

The Kraze made the scoreboard in the 47th minute when Johnny Mendoza fired off a pass to Ryan Maloney, but Moses Aduny's assist on a David Palmer goal in the 58th minute created the draw.

The Kraze are 3-0-1 with 10 points and will host the IMG Bradenton Academics this Saturday.

Mississippi is four points behind the Kraze in second place at 2-0-1 with seven points. They will host the Nashville Metros Memorial Day.

Toronto's Frei Wins Week 9 MLS Save Of The Week Voting

By over double the percentage from the second place finisher, Stefan Frei of Toronto FC (50.63 percent) defeated Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union (22.68 percent) in online fan voting to win Major League Soccer's ninth week of the Save of the Week competition.

The league has not released, as they normally do on Fridays, the winner of the fan-voted AT&T Goal of the Week contest.

Sky Blue Beats Heat, But Both Still In WPS Cellar

Sky Blue FC shut out the Atlanta Beat 3-0 in Women's Professional Soccer play Saturday at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ, but the victory did nothing for either team's hope of getting out of the league's cellar.

Laura Kalmari opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a goal off a Casey Nogueira assist for the eventual halftime lead. Allie Long then increased the advantage in the 57th minute off a penalty kick and Heather O'Reilly ended the game with a 70th minute unassisted goal.

Sky Blue (1-3-1) and Atlanta (1-5-1) each have four points, the fewest points in the league so far this season and both teams host opponents next Saturday -- Sky Blue welcomes the Boston Breakers, Atlanta hosts magicJack FC.

Rush Strike Strikers Hard In Season Opening Game Against Los Angeles

Lindsey Horan had a pair of goals and Gabrielle Miranda and Hannah Peterson each added a goal as the Colorado Rush opened their 2011 USL W-League season and home schedule with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Strikers Saturday at Valor Christian High School.

Samantha Johnson had the Strikers' lone goal.

With the win, the Rush are now tied at 1-0-0 and three points with the Vancouver Whitecaps for third place in the Western Conference standings. Colorado next faces the Victoria Highlanders Wednesday at Bear Mountain Stadium.

The Strikers are 2-2-0 with six points and are tied for the lead in the conference with the Pali Blues (2-0-0). Los Angeles will host the Santa Clarita Blue Heat next Sunday.

Persaud Leads Dutch Lions To First W-League Win

Brittany Persaud scored unassisted in the tenth minute and assisted on Ashley Botts' game-winning goal in the 84th minute as the expansion Dayton Dutch Lions won their first USL W-League game as a franchise 2-1 over the host Virginia Beach Piranhas Saturday at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

Samantha Hare tied the game for Virginia Beach in the 22nd minute off an assist from Ashley Wombell.

The Dutch Lions are now 1-1-0 with three points and are tied for second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with the expansion Fredericksburg Impact (1-0-0) and the Charlotte Lady Eagles (1-1-0). Dayton will travel June 3 to play the Northern Virginia Majestics.

Virginia Beach is winless in its first two games and are tied with the Majestics (0-1-0) for last place. The Piranhas will host the Impact June 4.

Rough Riders Rough Up Rangers

Brooke DeRosa and Jennifer Leaverton each had a goal and an assist and Laura Greene added a goal as the host Long Island Rough Riders opened their 2011 USL W-League season with a 3-0 shutout of the New Jersey Rangers at MacArthur High School Saturday.

The Rough Riders are now tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference's Northeast Divsion with the New York Magic (same) and open their road schedule next Saturday against them.

The Rangers, 0-2-0 and in last place, host the New Jersey Wildcats June 2.

Myers' Impact Leads Fredericksburg Over Majestics In Season Opener

Alex Myers' 11th minute goal off Kara Blosser gave the expansion Fredericksburg Impact their first USL W-League victory as a franchise at the Univeristy of Mary Washington in a 1-0 shutout of the Northern Virginia Majestics Saturday in both teams' season opener.

The Impact's first three points put them into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with the Charlotte Lady Eagles and the expansion Dayton Dutch Lions, both 1-1-0. The Impact hit the road for the first time June 4 when they face the Virginia Beach Piranhas.

The Majestics are tied for last in the division with the 0-2-0 Piranhas and will host the Dutch Lions June 3.

Patriots Strike Capitals Hard In El Paso

Rodrigo Morin's 19th minute goal off a Victor Olivares assist was all the scoring the host Chivas El Paso Patriots needed in a 1-0 shutout of the Baton Rouge Capitals in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Patriot Stadium in El Paso, TX.

Chivas leads the Southern Conference's Mid-South Division and the overall league with the best record at 5-1-0 with 15 points. They are now off until June 3 when they travel to the rival Laredo Heat.

Baton Rouge is winless in its first two games and is tied for last place with the four-game winless expansion RGV Grandes, who Baton Rouge will host Friday.

Seahorses Hand Blues Third Loss Of Season

Jayro Martinez and Ryan Shaw scored unassisted goals in the 31st and 70th minute, respectively, as the Southern California Seahorses shut out the host LA Blues 2-0 Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Palisades High School.

The Seahorses are now 2-1-0 with six points and are in fourth place in the Western Conference's Southwest Division. They will travel to Orange County Blue Star Wednesday.

The Blues, 0-3-1 with a point, are tied for last in the division with the Ogden Outlaws (0-2-1), BYU Cougars (same) and the Los Angeles Legends (0-3-1). They will host the Ventura County Fusion June 2.

Menacing Des Moines Frustrate Lions

Luis Piffer scored two goals and John Sosa assisted on both of them, as well as on goals from Diego Marroquin and Lebogang Moloto, as they host Des Moines Menace defeated the St. Louis Lions 5-2 in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA.

Uriah Polley also scored for Des Moines, who is tied for the lead in the Central Conference's Heartland Division at 3-0-0 and nine points with the Real Colorado Foxes.

The Menace next travel to the Kansas City Brass June 1.

Dan Meagher was assisted by Troy McKerrell on a goal and Patrick Kelly scored one unassisted as the Lions fell to 0-2-0, tying them for last place in the division with the Brass and the Springfield Demize. The Lions host the Foxes Sunday.

No Joke -- Jesters Get First Win Of Season Over Host Sockers

Paris Simmons scored on a 30th minute penalty kick and Emmanuel Yamson was assisted by James Burgin on a 78th minute goal as the New Orleans Jesters won their first USL Premier Development League game of the season in a 2-0 shutout of the host West Texas United Sockers Saturday at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, TX.

The Jesters are 1-1-0 with three points and are in fourth place in the Southern Conference's Mid-South Division. New Orleans next host the expansion RGV Grandes next Saturday.

West Texas is now 3-3-0 with nine points and are tied for second place in the division with the Laredo Heat (3-1-0). The Sockers will next travel to the division-leading Chivas El Paso Patriots June 11.

Terry Drives Metros To Shutout Victory Over Schulz Academy

Keegan Terry had the lone goal for the visiting Nashville Metros as they shut out Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy 1-0 in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Central Broward Regional Park.

Nashville, 1-1-0 with three points, is tied for fourth place in the Southern Conference's Southeast Division with the expansion FC Jax Destroyers (1-2-0), who they face at Jacksonville University Stadium Monday.

Fort Lauderdale is 1-3-1 with four points and in third place in the division. They will host the IMG Bradenton Academics this Wednesday.

Peters Devours Piranhas In Chaos Win

Dion Peters had an unassisted goals in the sixth minute, scored a goal in the 34th minute off a Robert Vincent assist, then returned the favor by assisting on his 43rd minute strike as the host West Virginia Chaos defeated the Virginia Beach Piranhas 3-1 in USL Premier Development League play Saturday at Schoenbaum Stadium.

Yannick Smith tallied Virginia Beach's goal in the 56th minute off a Tommy Webb assist to avoid being shut out.

West Virginia leads the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division with a 3-1-0 record and nine points. The Chaos will host the Real Maryland Monarchs this Friday.

Virginia Beach, at 1-2-0 with three points, is tied for fourth place in the division table with expansion Fredericksburg Hotspur (same record) and will travel to the Carolina Dynamo next Saturday.

Dynamo Crowns Monarchs

Freddy Gomez and Hakan Ilhan scored goals as the Carolina Dynamo shut out the Real Maryland Monarchs 2-0 Saturday in USL Premier Development League play at Richard Montgomery High School.

Carolina (2-0-0, six points) and Real Maryland (2-1-0, six) are tied for second in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division, four points behind the West Virginia Chaos (3-1-0, nine) for first place.

The Dynamo finish off their weekend Sunday at the Northern Virginia Royals, while the Monarchs are off until Friday when they face the Chaos on the road.

MPS Portland Phoenix Drains Voltage

Jason Massie and Andrew Rigby led the host MPS Portland Phoenix to a 2-1 victory Saturday in USL Premier Development League action over the Vermont Voltage at Collins-Perley Sports Complex in Portland, ME.

Eushum Yoshida has Vermont's lone goal.

The Phoenix lead the Eastern Conference's Northeast Division at 3-0-0 with nine points, while the winless Voltage (0-2-0) join the New Hampshire Phantoms (0-3-0) in the division's cellar.

Both MPS Portland and Vermont next face the Western Mass Pioneers -- Vermont hosting them Wednesday, Portland traveling to them Friday.

Conklin Carries Hotspur To Victory Over Royals

Nick Conklin assisted on Doug Boating's 79th minute goal, then had the game-wnning unassisted goal in the 87th minute as host Fredericksburg Hotspur came from behind to defeat the Northern Virginia Royals 2-1 in USL Premier Development League play at the University of Mary Washington.

Northern Virginia scored first in the 11th minute as Myles McGinley fed a pass to Vic Freeman.

The Hotspur is 1-2-0 with three points and tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference's South Atlantic Division with the Virginia Beach Piranhas (same record).

Northern Virginia is 0-3-0 and is in last place in the division.

Both teams meet again next Sunday at Fairfax High School.

Mullholland Brac Leads Hammerheads In Runing Down Of Battery

Luke Mulholland assisted Andriy Budnyy on his 27th minute goal, then had an unassisted goal in the 85th minute as the host Wilmington Hammerheads shut out the Charleston Battery 3-0 Saturday in USL PRO American Division play at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC.

Jack Avesyan also scored for Wilmington in the 90th minute.

The Hammerheads are 4-1-0 with 12 points and are in fourth place in the division. Wilmington travels to the Rochester Rhinos this Friday.

Charleston is 3-4-2 with 11 points and in fifth place in the division. The Battery will host the league- and division-leading Richmond Kickers this Tuesday.

Riverhounds Shut Out FC New York

Jeremy Deighton scored a second minute goal off a Tommy Gray assist and Matt Foudy had an unassisted goal in the 48th minute as the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds shut out FC New York 2-0 in USL PRO play at Chartiers Valley High School.

The Riverhounds are 2-3-2 with eight points for third place in the National Division, three points behind the Rochester Rhinos (3-3-1, 10) for second place. Pittsburgh hosts the LA Blues this Sunday.

FC New York is 1-4-2 with five points and are tied for fourth place in the same division with the Harrisburg City Islanders (1-1-2). They will face the league- and division-leading Richmond Kickers next Saturday.

FC Tampa Bay Shuts Out Impact

FC Tampa Bay made an impact on the Montreal Impact as they shut them out 3-0 in North American Soccer League action Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL.

Warren Ukah scored the lone goal of the first half in the 40th minute off a David Hayes assist, Mike Ambersley converted a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and Chad Burt assisted Tsuyoshi Yoshitake on an 84th minute goal in the victory.

FC Tampa Bay is now in fifth place in the league standings ar 2-2-3 with nine points and has two upcoming road games -- against the NSC Minnesota Stars next Saturday and FC Edmonton May 31.

Montreal, joining Major League Soccer next season, is 1-4-1 with four points and is in seventh place. They travel to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers next Saturday.

Barbara Strikes Again For NASL-Best RailHawks

Etienne Barbara scored goals off assists from Johnny Steele in the 26th minute and Pablo Campos in the 53rd minute, then assisted Campos on a 67th minute goal as the Carolina RailHawks shut out the Puerto Rico Islanders 3-0 in North American Soccer League play from WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC Saturday.

The RailHawks have the league's best record at 6-1-1 with 19 points and will host the Atlanta Silverbacks next Saturday.

Puerto Rico is 3-2-1 with 10 points and tied for third place in their single standings table with FC Edmonton (same record). The Islanders host the NSC Minnesota June 1.

Brunner Goal All Timbers Need To Drop Crew

Eric Brunner's 46th minute goal from Kalif Alhassan was all the host Portland Timbers needed to shut out the Columbus Crew 1-0 in Major League Soccer play Saturday from JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers, 5-3-2 with 17 points, are tied for second place in the Western Conference standings with FC Dallas (same record) and will host DC United of the Eastern Conference next Sunday.

Columbus, at 3-3-5 with 13 points, is in fourth place in the Eastern standings and will host the Western's Chivas USA next Saturday.