Monday, April 30, 2012

Aztex Add Five New Members

The Austin Aztex, returning to the USL Premier Development League after a two-year hiatus, announced the signings Monday of five players for their 2012 expansion franchise roster -- Dillon Powers, Wesley Curtis, Nick Miele, Jesus "Chuy" Sanchez and Scott Luedtke.

Powers, from Plano, TX, will be a senior midfielder this fall at Notre Dame after starting all 18 games in the 2011 season and scoring six points on a goal and four assists. He was named to the All-Big East Conference Second Team and the All-Great Lakes Region Team and was a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last season.

In 2010, he played for the US U-20 National Team at the Milk Cup tournament, earning Most Valuable Player honors after leading them to a 3-0-0 record.

In 2009, he played on the US U-20's FIFA World Cup team and, in 2008, was named the Gatorade National Boys High School Player of the Year.

Curtis, from McKinney, TX, currently plays defender for Michigan State University and trained with the reserve team of Argentina's Los Estudiantes de La Plata in 2011.

Miele was a sophomore defender for the University of New Mexico in 2011, playing in seven games.

Sanchez, a midfielder, and Luedtke, a midfielder/defender, were teammates at Cal State-Bakersfield.

Austin opens their 2012 PDL season Saturday with a road game against the Texas Dutch Lions at WoodForest Stadium in Woodlands, TX before hosting the El Paso Patriots at House Park May 19.

Northern VA USL Teams To Defend Commonwealth Cup In 2012

The Northern Virginia Royals of the USL Premier Development League and the Northern Virgina Majestics of the USL W-League will begin defense of their respective Commonwealth Cup titles with the start of the 2012 seasons in both leagues underway.

Part of Northern Virginia's success came by the W-League franchise going 4-0-0 against their intrastate foes.

The Cup, in its second season, is contested between the franchises of Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg (PDL Hotspur and W-League's Impact) and Virgina Beach Piranhas (both leagues).

In the 2012 competition, the PDL winner will be the team with the best record after six games between the three teams, while the W-League title will go to the team with the aggregate scores of the first home and away games between the teams, with the league's tiebreaker being used, if needed, to settle the matter.

Brilla Completes Roster With Four Signings

Mississippi Brilla of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Monday of the final four players to their 2012 roster in Davis Griffin, Justin Jones, Phil Boerger and Kyle Culbertson.

Griffin, a field player from Raleigh, NC, and Jones, a goalkeeper from Jamestown, NC, played last season for UNC-Greensboro, leading them to a 10-8-2 record and to the final of the Southern Conference Tournament, where they lost 3-2 to Elon College.

Boerger, of Jamestown, ND, led the Syracuse Orange in goal in his final season and was named Big East Conference Goalkeeper of the Week in 2011 after a game against Louisville.

Before playing for Syracuse, he began his career at Evansville University, where he was an all-conference selection.

Culbertson, a midfielder from Columbus, OH, was a member of the Columbus Crew Academy, a Youth All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a Top 50 player by many leading soccer publications. He will play his freshman season this fall at Columbia.

The Brilla opened their 2012 PDL season May 12 against the expansion Ocala Stampede at Millsaps College's Harper Davis Field in Jackson, MS.

Crew Loans Horton To Dutch Lions Through June 3

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced Monday they have loaned forward Aaron Horton to the Dayton Dutch Lions until June 3, returning in time to play on their Reserve League team against the New England Revolution.

Horton has played in three such games this season after starting two of six games in the league last season, leading them to the East Division title and the league championship for having the overall best record.

The team's first Homegrown player, signed May 17, 2011, played in one senior team game last season -- June 8 against Real Salt Lake.

Horton played one season of college soccer at Louisville in 2010, leading them to the championship game of the NCAA College Cup, where they lost to eventual national champion Akron.

NASL Names Week 4 Winners In Navia, Attinella

The North American Soccer League announced Monday Atlanta Silverbacks forward Reinaldo Navia and Tampa Bay Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Attinella were named the Week 4 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the 2012 season.

Navia scored two goals in a 3-3 draw with the defending league champion Minnesota Stars FC Saturday and leads the league in goals scored with five.

Despite Atlanta playing to four draws to open the season, they lead the league in goals scored with eight.

Attinella had six saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and is tied for the league lead in goals against average at 0.80 and in fewest goals allowed among those who have played 100 minutes at his position with four. It's also the first time he has earned a weekly league award.

MLS Announces Week 8 GOTW Nominees

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 8 of the 2012 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) Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls (G1), Eric Avila of Toronto FC (G2), Young-Po Lee of the Vancouver Whitecaps (G3), Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire (G4) and Tony Cascio of the Colorado Rapids (G5).

Lenhart Brace Earn Earthquakes Forward MLS POTW Award

San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart, who scored both his team's goals in a 2-1 win Saturday over the Philadelphia Union at Chester, PA's PPL Park, was named Monday Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 8 of the 2012 season.

It's the first time he's won the award since Week 13 of the 2011 season.

Fuego Defeat Misioneros For Second Time

The Fresno Fuego, for the second time in as many games in the young 2012 USL Premier Development League season, defeated LA Misioneros 3-1 Sunday at Carver Middle School in Los Angeles.

Alex Caceras led the Fuego with two goals, the game-wiining shot off a Scott Binford assist in the 43rd minute and an insurance goal off Gilbert Vega in the 77th minute, and assisted in the tenth minute on Paul Islas' goal.

Victor Sanchez gave the Misioneros their only lead three minutes after kickoff on an assist from Jaime Chavez.

Fresno won the league's opening game against the expansion team 4-1 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA last Sunday.

Fresno (2-0-0, six points) will next hosr newcomer FC Tucson this Saturday, while the Misioneros (0-2-0, zero points) will travel to Ventura College to face the Ventura County Fusion Saturday.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Budnyy's Blast Nails Victory For Hammerheads

Andriy Budnyy's goal in the 45th minute gave the host Wilmington Hammerheads a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL PRO play Saturday from Legion Stadium.

Wilmington, at 1-1-1 with four points, is tied for sixth place in the league standings with the Harrisburg City Islanders (1-0-1), the Richmond Kickers (1-2-1) and the Charlotte Eagles (1-4-1) and will host Antigua Barracuda FC Wednesday before traveling to the Los Angeles Blues for a two-game series this Friday and next Sunday.

Pittsburgh, 2-3-0 with six points, is tied for fourth place with Antigua (2-2-0) and takes on defending league champion Orlando City Soccer Club next Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Rhinos Bank On Banks In Victory Over Dutch Lions

J.C. Banks scored the game's only goal in the 67th minute as the Rochester Rhinos shut out the host Dayton Dutch Lions 1-0 Saturday in USL PRO play at Careflight Field in Dayton, OH.

The Rhinos remain unbeaten at 3-0-0 with nine points and are a point behind the defending league champion Orlando City Soccer Club (3-0-1, ten points), who played to a scoreless draw to the Richmond Kickers Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl, in the league standings. Rochester hosts the Charlotte Eagles as Sahlen's Stadium this Saturday.

Dayton is now 0-2-1 with a point and is in tenth place. The Dutch Lions host the Los Angeles Blues May 11.

Blakely Guids Eagles To Win Over HIS Team In Antigua

Luke Blakely scored an own goal six minutes into the game and assisted on Daryl Roberts' goal in the Charlotte Eagles' 2-0 USL PRO victory over Antigua Barracuda FC at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua.

The problem was Blakely played FOR Antigua.

Charlotte snapped a five-game winless streak and improved to 1-4-1 with four points, tying them for sixth place in the league standings with the Harrisburg City Islanders (1-0-1), Richmond Kickers (1-2-1) and the Wilmington Hammerheads (1-1-1). The Eagles travel to Harrisburg this Friday and to the Rochester Rhinos next Saturday.

Antigua, 2-2-0 with six points, is tied for fourth place with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-3-0) and play the Hammerheads at Legion Stadium Wednesday in Wilmington, NC, then head to the Charleston Battery's Blackbaud Stadium this Friday.

Stars, Silverbacks Play To 3-3 Draw In Atlanta

The Atlanta Silverbacks, the worst team in the North American Soccer League last season, and Minnesota Stars FC, the defending league champion, played to a 3-3 draw Saturday at Atlanta Silverbacks Park in the first game of a two-game series that ends next Saturday at NSC Stadium in Blaine, MN.

Danilo Turcios was part of two goals by Reinaldo Navia and another by David Santamaria for the Silverbacks, while Amani Walker, Devin Del Ro and Justin David had Minnesota's goals.

Atlanta is now 0-0-4 with four points and is in sixth place in the standings, while Minnesota is 1-0-3 with six points and is in fourth place.

Savage, Ambersley Lead Rowdies To Win Over Strikers

Keith Savage and Mike Ambersley tallied a goal and an assist as the host Tampa Bay Rowdies stretched their unbeaten streak over the Fort Lauderdale to nine North American Soccer League games with a 3-1 victory Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.

Savage assisted Matt Clare on his 27th minute goal and was assisted by Ambersley on his 90th minute strike. Ambersley also converted a penalty kick in the 62nd minute.

Both teams are now tied for second in the league standings at 2-1-2.

Tampa Bay travels to Heroes Stadium next Saturday to face the expansion San Antonio Scorpions and the Strikers will take on the defending league regular season champion Carolina RailHawks this Wednesday.

Scorpions Earn First NASL Victory Over RailHawks

Kevin Harmse scored in the 82nd minute off Esteban Bayona as the expansion San Antonio Scorpions shut out the defending North American Soccer League regular season champion Carolina RailHawks 1-0 Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC for the franchise's first victory.

San Antonio is 1-1-2 with five points and is in fifth place in the league's single table. The Scorpions host the Tampa Bay Rowdies next Saturday at Heroes Stadium.

Carolina is in seventh place at 0-2-3 with three points and will host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this Wednesday, then travel to FC Edmonton next Sunday.

Galaxy Play FC Dallas To Draw At The Home Depot Center

Pat Noonan's 92nd minute goal off Chad Barrett countered an earlier unassisted score from Brek Shea in the 61st minute and the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy played FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The Galaxy, 3-3-0 with nine points, is tied with Chivas USA (3-5-0), their fellow tenant in Carson, for eighth place in the Western Conference standings. Los Angeles heads to the Seattle Sounders for a game Wednesday before returning home next Saturday to welcome the New York Red Bulls.

FC Dallas, 3-3-2 with 11 points and in sixth place in the Western table, will host the Colorado Rapids next Sunday.

Rapids Run Roughshod Over Chivas USA

Omar Cummings and Tony Cascio assisted Kamani Hill on an 82nd minute goal and Hall hit an unassisted shot in the 93rd minute as the host Colorado Rapids shut out Chivas USA 4-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play from Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Cascio also had an unassisted goal in the 50th minute and Jeff Larentowicz, signed earlier this week to a new multi-year contract, scored alone in the 84th minute as the Rapids snapped a three-game losing streak while Chivas ended a three-game road winning streak and was shut out for a fifth time in eight games this season.

Colorado, 4-4-0 with 12 points, has sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference standings and will travel to the New England Revolution Wednesday and to FC Dallas next Sunday.

Chivas, 3-5-0 with nine points and tied for seventh place in the conference standings with the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy (3-3-0), will host the Chicago Fire this Friday.

Lenhart Brace Puts San Jose In Tie With RSL For Western Conference Lead

Steven Lenhart's brace, ended by a game-winning 93rd minute goal off Martin Chavez, gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over the host Philadelphia Union Saturday and put them in a tie for the lead in Major League Soccer's Western Conference standings.

Chavez teamed with Chris Wondolowski on Lenhart's first goal in the 76th minute.

Philadelphia tied the score in the 83rd minute as Danny Mwanga connected with Gabriel Gomez on a goal.

San Jose, at 6-1-1 with 19 points, is tied with Real Salt Lake (6-3-1) for the conference's top spot in the standings and will host DC United Wednesday.

Philadelphia, at 2-4-1 with seven points and tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with the Columbus Crew (same record), travels to the Seattle Sounders next Saturday.

RSL Keeps Toronto FC Winless For 2012 Season

Jonny Steele scored a game-winning goal in the 93rd minute off assists by Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales as Real Salt Lake took a share of the lead in Major League Soccer's Western Conference standings following a 3-2 win over the league's worst team, Toronto FC, Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

Beckerman also scored the game's opening goal in the seventh minute off passed from Jamison Olave and Chris Schuler.

Toronto also contributed to RSL's victory when Richard Eckersley tallied an own goal in the 57th minute.

Toronto tied the game twice with goals from Eric Avila off a Ryan Johnson assist in the 48th minute and Doneil Henry off a Miguel Aceval pass in the 77th minute.

RSL is 6-3-1 with 19 points and is tied with the San Jose Earthquakes (6-1-1) at the top of the Western Conference table and will host the New England Revolution next Saturday.

Toronto is the worst team in the league and its Eastern Conference at 0-7-0, tying the 1999 Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) for the worst start to a season in league history. They will host DC United next Saturday at BMO Field.

Johnson Leads Sounders To Seventh Straight Win Over Fire

Eddie Johnson teamed with Osvaldo Alonso on David Estrada's 39th minute goal, then was assisted by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado on his 67th minute strike to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Seattle has won their last seven matches over the Fire, including Saturday's/

Marco Pappa had Chicago's goal in the 89th minute to avoid being shut out.

Seattle improves to 4-1-1 with 13 points and has sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference. The Sounders host their next two opponents at CenturyLink Field -- the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles galaxy this Wednesday and the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

Chicago falls to 2-2-2 with eight points and in a tie with the defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo (same record) and the Montreal Impact (2-5-2) for fourth place. The Fire hosts Chivas USA this Friday.

Whitecaps' Young-Pyo Scores In Shutout Of Crew

Lee Young-Pyo's unassisted goal in the 74th minute gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 victory Saturday over the host Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer play from Crew Stadium for Vancouver's second straight win.

It's also the sixth time this season a Whitecaps game has ended in a shutout.

Vancouver is in sole possession of third place in the Western Conference standings at 4-2-2 with 14 points and will host the co-Western Conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday at BC Place.

Columbus is 2-4-1 with seven points and tied with the Philadelphia Union (same record) for seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. The Crew travels to the last-place-in-the-Western Conference Portland Timbers next Saturday.

Santos Brace Gives United First Back-To-Back Wins In Three Years

Maicon Santos had a pair of goals and Dwayne De Rosario added another as host DC United edged the defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo 3-2 Saturday at RFK Stadium for their first back-to-back wins in Major League Soccer since the 2009 season and stretched their current unbeaten streak to seven games.

Santos was assisted in the eighth minute by Chris Pontius and Brandon McDonald and by Daniel Woolard on the 70th minute game-winning goal.

Woolard also assists on De Rosario's 54th minute strike.

Will Bruin had a brace for the Dynamo, assisted by Jermaine Taylor in the 50th minute and by Corey Ashe nine minutes later.

DC United is 4-2-3 with 15 points and is in second place in the conference standings. They will travel to the Western Conference lead-tying San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday, then travel to winless Toronto FC next Saturday.

Houston, at 2-2-2 with eight points, is tied for fourth with the Chicago Fire (same record) and the Montreal Impact (2-5-2). The Dynamo face the New York Red Bulls May 9 at Red Bull Arena.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Henry Scores Red Bull Goal For Victory, Then Leaves Game With Injury

Thierry Henry scored off Connor Cade's first Major League Soccer assist in the seventh minute of the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 win over the New England Revolution Saturday at Red Bull Arena, then left the game in the 23rd minute with a right hamstring injury.

The Red Bulls are temporarily in second place in the Eastern Conference standings at 4-3-1 with 12 and travels to the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy next Saturday.

New England fell to 2-5-0 and remains in eighth place in the conference standings. They will host the Colorado Rapids Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, then travel to Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium next Saturday.

Lions Re-Sign Kranz; Sign Dos Santos, Carreiro

The St. Louis Lions of the USL Premier Development League announced the re-signing Friday of midfielder Kenny Kranz and the signings of Brazilian forwards Diego Dos Santos and Marcelo Carreiro.

Kranz had three goals and an assist for seven points in 13 games with the Lions last season.

At Northern Illinois University in 2011, he has a goal and three assists over 19 games.

Dos Santos, from Puerto Allegre, completed his freshman season at Missouri Valley College.

Carreiro, from Sao Paulo, had nine goals and 10 assists for 28 points in 16 games with William Woods University and was named to the 2011 All-American Midwest Conference First Team. In 2010, he was named a conference honorable mention player and their Freshman of the Year.

The Lions open their 2012 PDL season on the road May 12 against the Des Moines Menace at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA, then will host them May 26 at the Tony Glavin Complex in St. Louis.

Impact Returns From 10-Day Break To Shut Out Timbers Late

Bernardo Corradi scored an unassisted goal in the 76th minute and teamed with Davy Arnaud on a Sinisa Ubiparipovic goal in the 84th minute as the host Montreal Impact returned from a 10-day break to shut out the Portland Timbers Saturday 2-0 at Olympic Stadium.

The goals scored bring the number Portland has given up in the last 15 minutes of games this season to seven.

Montreal improved to 2-5-2 with eight points and is temporarily in a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with the Chicago Fire and the defending conference champion Houston Dynamo, both sharing 2-1-2 record. The Impact next travel to Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City next Saturday.

Portland, meanwhile, is the worst team in the Western Conference at 2-5-1 with seven points and will host the Columbus Crew next Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.

Battery Wastes Little Time Beating Riverhounds

Nicki Paterson's ninth-minute goal off a Jose Cuevas pass gave the host Charleston Battery a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL PRO play Friday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC.

The Battery improved to 3-1-0 with nine points and are tied with the defending champion Orlando City Soccer Club (3-0-0) for the lead in the standings. Charleston next hosts Antigua Barracuda FC next Friday.

The Riverhounds fell to 2-2-0 with six points and are tied for third in the standings with Antigua (2-1-0) and the Rochester Rhinos (2-0-0).

Austin Aztex Add Houston-Based Players For 2012

The Austin Aztex, returning to the USL Premier Development League after two years out of the game, announced the signings Friday of Houston-based players Tony Rocha, Miguel Zapata and Michael Parrish.

Rocha, a midfielder at the University of Tulsa, was the 2011 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, graduated from Klein Oak High School in Houston, and played club soccer for the Houston Texans.

Zapata, a teammate of Rocha's at Tulsa, played midfield at the Houston Dynamo Academy, where he was one of three members of their U-18 team to play at the Eurovoetball Tournament in the Netherlands.

Parrish, a defender at University of North Carolina-Wilmington, graduated from Cypress Creek High School and led Dallas Texans Houston to two Disney Soccer Showcase titles and a Dallas Cup title.

Austin opens their 2012 season May 5 against the Texas Dutch Lions at WoodForest Stadium in Woodlands, TX before opening the home part of the schedule May 19 at House Park against the El Paso Patriots.

Reading United Signs Brown, Wyatt

Reading United AC of the USL Premier Development League signed University of Mobile star Deshorn Brown and James Madison University player Paul Wyatt for the 2012 season Friday, which begins May 12 against the New Jersey Rangers at Albright Stadium.

A sophomore at Mobile, Brown, a youth international player from Jamaica, scored 32 goals for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school. Brown joins Reading for the PDL's Des Moines Menace, where he had nine goals and three assists in ten games last season.

Wyatt, from Modbury, England, led the Dukes to the Sweet 16 last season in the NCAA College Cup Tournament and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's all-conference first team and an NCAA Division I All-American Second Team nod. Starting all 54 career games at James Madison, he had 46 points.

Sockers Stock Up On Players

The West Texas Sockers of the USL Premier Development league announced the signings Thursday of six players -- Alonso Jimenez, Joe Munoz, Wally Valdivia, Shelby Sharpe, Gabriel Mendoza and Andrew Moeller.

Jimenez, born in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, played goalkeeper for the last four seasons in Mexico's Primera Division, three of them with Indios. He also was a star at Odessa High School, earning First Team All-District honors all four years there, two district Most Valuable Player awards in his final two years and an All-State selection his senior season.

Munoz, who has been with the Sockers since their 2009 inception, is the team's all-time leader in points (25) and goals (11) and is fifth all-time in games played (35). In 2009, he led the team with 17 points.

Munoz also played at Odessa High, leading them to a district championship and a regional final four in his senior season. He also played for Indios USA in 2007, leading them to the US Amateur Soccer Association's National Cup.

Valdivia, another original Socker, has played in 30 career games and is fourth all-time in scoring with 11 and third in club history in goals with five.

In 2002, Valdivia was a First Team All-District pick from Odessa Permian High School. He also scored 12 goals in two varsity seasons.

He played for on a U-23 Texas state championship team and spent two seasons in Guadalajara, Mexico with a Second Division team.

Sharpe will play his first professional season after four seasons at the University of Texas - Permian Basin.

With the Falcons, he was a three-time captain, starting in 2010, and was named the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2009, named to the 2010-11 Heartland Conference's All-Academic Honor Roll and a Second Team All-Conference player in 2011.

He also spent five seasons (2003-08) with the North Texas State Team in their Olympic Development Program and was a club fixture on teams in Fort Worth.

A four-time First Team All-District selection a two-time district Most Valuable Player and three-time captain while at Stephenville High School, he remains their all-time leading goal scorer with 83.

Mendoza, in his second season at Lubbock Christian University, was a four-time All-District player at Red Oak High School and finished his career as an All-District and team Most Valuable Player award. He also played club soccer for the Dallas Texans, a Nike Premier Club, which recognizes them as one of the top 46 elite-level youth clubs in the country.

Moeller was born in Denmark and played soccer there until 2001. He now is at Western Texas College in Snyder, TX, who he has led to a regional championship and a top 10 national ranking.

The Sockers, 5-11-0 in 2011, open their 2012 regular season May 5 at Grande Communications Stadium against the El Paso Patriots.

Friday, April 27, 2012

RailHawks Sign Ex-Wake, Revs Star Schilawski

The defending North American Soccer League regular season champion Carolina RailHawks announced the signing Friday of former Wake Forest and Major League Soccer New England Revolution forward Zack Schilawski.

Schilawski played 99 games for the Demon Deacons and finished his career with 40 goals and 20 assists, including the game-winning goal against Ohio State for the 2007 NCAA College Cup Championship.

He became the ninth overall pick of New England in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and played in 50 games over the next two seasons.

Schilawski became the first rookie in league history to score a hat trick in his home season debut and the third rookie all-time to score a hat trick.

Carolina hosts the expansion San Antonio Scorpions Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Brilla Adds Five To Roster

Mississippi Brilla FC of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings of five more players to their 2012 roster in Orrin Farrell, Musa Mawanda, Nick Aguilar and brothers Marvin and Chris Ochieng.

Farrell, from Offaly, Ireland, had two goals and eight assists last season at University of Texas - Brownsville, where he was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-Conference and All-Region Teams and led them to the NAIA Tournament.

Mawanda, from Kampala, Uganda, led Lindsay Wilson College to the 2011 NAIA National Championship.

Aguilar, from Olathe, KS, played for Baker University and led them to a 20-2-1 record and a trip to the 2011 NAIA Tournament, where they lost in the Final Four to Lindsay Wilson College.

The Ochieng brothers are from Nairobi, Kenya.

Marvin had two goals and an assist last season at Lee University after transferring from Lindsay Wilson College.

Chris was a member of Lindsay Wilson's 2009 NAIA Championship team, earning First Team NAIA All-American status. He played in 2011 at Milligan College, where he scored 13 goals and was named to the NAIA All-Region and All-Conference Teams.

The Brilla open their 2012 regular and home season May 12 against the new Ocala Stampede at Harper Davis Field at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

PDL's Lions To Be Featured On Local Weekly Soccer Radio Show

The St. Louis Lions of the USL Premier Development League announced Friday they will begin to be featured on the STL United Soccer Show, heard every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. on 590 AM KFNS Radio.

The show is hosted by Tom Schwarz and features Michael Michler, Van Ko, Asim Thakore and Terry Michler.

Hotspur Keeps Cavaliers Stars Home

The Fredericksburg Hotspur of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings of former Virginia Cavaliers stars Ryan Zinkhan and Grant Silvester.

Zinkhan was named to the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman and All-Academic Teams.

Fredericksburg opens their 2012 season on the road against the Northern Virginia Royals, then begin home play at the University of Mary Washington against the Virginia Beach Piranhas.

NASL Begins Play Of The Week Online Voting

The North American Soccer League announced Friday they will begin a competition where fans will be able to select their favorite play from the previous week's game with the Play of the Week contest.

Fans can go to www.nasl.com to see the Week 3 nominees and select their favorite highlight.

The nominees are Tsuyoshi Yoshitake of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Nicholas Addlery of the Puerto Rico Islanders, Reinaldo Navia of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Andy Herron of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Devin Del Do of defending champion Minnesota Stars FC.

Beckerman, Nielsen Win MLS Week 7 Awards

Major League Soccer fans selected Real Salt Lake forward Kyle Beckerman and Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen winners of the Week 7 AT&T Goal of the Week and league Save of the Week competitions Friday.

Beckerman won with 33 percent of the combined online and text votes, edging Reggie Lambe of Toronto FC, who received 27 percent of the vote.

Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids and Chris Pontius of the San Jose Earthquakes were tied for third with 14 percent each, and Camilo Sanvezzo of the Vancouver Whitecaps was last at 13 percent.

Nielsen won one of the tightest votes for the SOTW award in some time, defeating Josh Saunders of the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Halaxy 25.15 percent to 24.4 percent.

Tally Hall of the Houston Dynamo finished third (23.39), followed by Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando, a two-time SOTW winner this season, with 21.3 percent for fourth, and Columbus Crew netminder Andy Gruenebaum got 5.76 percent for last place.

Rapids Sign Larentowicz To Multi-Year Deal

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Friday they have signed midfielder and US Men's National Team player Jeff Larentowicz to a new multi-year contract.

Larentowicz, who led the Rapids to their 2010 MLS Cup championship, started his career with the New England Revolution, but has started 69 of 70 games over the last two seasons with the Rapids.

MLS Disciplinary Committee Adds More Punishment To Union's Farfan

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee Friday suspended Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan an additional two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge against Chivas USA's James Riley in the 85th minute of their game last Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

Farfan was issued a red card during the game, which comes with a fine and an automatic one-game suspension.

He now will miss Saturday's home game against the San Jose Earthquakes, next Saturday's road game against the Seattle Sounders and the May 13 home game against the New York Red Bulls.

Farfan's added punishment joins a list of others who got further sanctioned Thursday for their actions, including both teams and Union head coach Peter Nowak.

Smith Brace Powers Barracuda Over Eagles

Stefan Smith had two goals and Peter Byers added a goal and assisted on Smith's goals as host Antigua Barracuda FC edged the Charlotte Eagles 3-2 Thursday in USL PRO play from Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua.

Jorge Herrera (unassisted in the 37th minute) and Luke Williams (off a Josh Rife assist in the 78th minute) scored the Eagles' goals.

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

Antigua is now 2-1-0 with six points and in a four-way tie for second place with the Charleston Battery (same record), Pittsburgh Riverhounds (same record) and the Rochester Rhinos (2-0-0).

Charlotte fell to 0-4-1 with a point and is tied for eighth place with the Dayton Dutch Lions and the Wilmington Hammerheads, both 0-1-1.

NASL Issues Additional Suspensions, Fines On Players In April 14 Incident

Despite the actual game was played 11 days ago, the North American Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee, after an investigation, filed additional suspensions and fines Wednesday on two players, one each from the Carolina RailHawks and the Atlanta Silverbacks, after an incident in second-half stoppage time marred a game April 14 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Originally, RailHawks players Brian Ackley and Christopher Nurse and Silverbacks syat Nico Cololuca were ejected from the game, which got each of them fined automatically and suspended for their teams' next game, which has already been served by all.

However, after the league investigated the matter, they announced Colaluca will be suspended for Atlanta's next five games, effective Saturday, and fined an additional $400, while Ackley will face a two-game suspension, also effective Saturday, and fined an additional $150.

No additional action was taken against Nurse.

Flash Re-Signs Brandao, Cameron For 2012 Season

The Western New York Flash, now of the Women's Premier Soccer League's Elite League, announced the re-signings Thursday of two members of their 2011 Women's Professional Soccer championship team -- defender Kimberly Brandao and goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.

The Flash, who came to WPS after winning the 2010 USL W-League regular season and league championship tournament as the Buffalo Flash, finished the 2011 season 13-2-3 and beat the Philadelphia Independence in penalty kicks for the league title.

WPS recently announced it was suspending operations for the 2012 season and would return in 2013.

Brandao, born in Rahway, NJ, has played in 30 games and served as captain of Portugal's Women's National Team.

She played collegiately at Rutgers, where she appeared in 84 games and was named to the SoccerBuzz All-America Third Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and SoccerBuzz All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team and the All-Big East Conference Second Team over her career.

In her senior year of 2006, she led a Scarlet Knights defense that allowed 0.85 goals per game to their best season ever and first trip to the Big East Conference tournament.

After graduation, she played professionally in Sweden's Damallsvenskan, their top women's league, for Falkopings KIK, and in Spain's SuperLiga Femenina for CF Puebla, before returning to the US to play in the W-League in 2007 and 2008 for Sky Blue FC.

Brandao came to the Flash in 2009 and played in over 30 games, leading Buffalo to their 2010 USL W-League championship and herself to the All-Conference Teams.

She currently is the assistant coach for the University of Buffalo's women's soccer team.

Cameron graduated from the University of San Diego, where she was a four-year letterman.

As a freshman, she played in 16 games and posted a team-best 1.84 goals against average. The next season, she improved on that average to 1.21 and had an 8-4-0 record with five shutouts. Her junior year saw her start 20 of 21 games and record 78 saves and nine shutouts. Finally, as a senior, she was named to the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, NSCAA Second Team All-West Region and First Team All-WCC.

The 52nd overall pick of the Los Angeles Sol in WPS in 2009, she led the team to a regular season championship but the team folded in 2010. She then played for the 2010 league champion FC Gold Pride, starting and playing in every minute in all three games she appeared for them and earning a 1.00 goals against average. She moved to the Flash in 2011.

USL PRO's Blues Signs Jakubek

The Los Anegels Blues of USL PRO announced the signing Thursday of goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek for the rest of the 2012 season.

Jakubek was actually added to the roster in time to play in last Friday's game against the Rochester Rhinos at Titan Stadium at Cal State Fullerton after not being selected by them to play in the 2011 season after attending an open tryout.

The 2012 open tryout appearance convinced the Blues not to miss out on an opportunity again after he spent the past two seasons playing in Poland for second division franchise RKS Garbarnia.

Jakubek played college soccer at San Joaquin Delta College, Sonoma State University and Cal Santa Clara and was named to the All-California Collegiate Association First Team and All-American First Team, as well as played in the USL Premier Development League and the Men's Premier Soccer League with the Chico (CA) Rooks

Drafted by the Major Indoor Soccer League's Milwaukee Wave in 2004, he never signed with them and his rights were later traded to the California Cougars, where he played in 28 games between the 2005 and 2006 seasons with current Blues midfielder Brian Farber and was named to the league's All-Rookie Team.

In 2006, he returned to outdoor soccer with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, then, in 2007, joined the California Victory of USL First Division for its one and only season.

Rapids Women Add Lee University Stars To Roster

The Colorado Rapids Women of the USL W-League announced the signings of Laura Thacker and Ode Fulutudilu from Lee Univeristy, a four-time consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national champion, Thursday.

Thacker, from Norwich, England, was a freshman and earned NAIA All-American First Team honors.

Fulutudilu, of Cape Town, South Africa, is part of her country's national women's team and looks to make her way onto the roster for the 2012 London Olympics.

W-League's Blues Re-Sign Picarelli, Shaner, Andrews

The Pali Blues of the USL W-League announced the re-signings Thursday of goalkeeper Anna Picarelli and defenders Christie Shaner and Sasha Andrews for the 2012 season, which begins May 13 against the LA Strikers at Patterson Field at Occidental College.

Picarelli, from Downey, CA, is on Italy's Women's National Team and played collegiately at Pepperdine, where she led them to two Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA College Cup tournament. She still is the Waves' record-holder in goals against average, wins, and shutouts.

Shaner, in her third season with Pali, played collegiately at Notre Dame and throughout the US Soccer youth national program.

In 2008, while at Notre Dame, she played in the W-League for FC Indiana, who, ironically, lost the league championship game to the Blues.

In 2009, she went to Women's Professional Soccer and played for Sky Blue FC before being traded later in the season to the Los Angeles Sol, where she suffered a broken leg in her first game and missed the rest of the season.

Shaner returned to Pali in 2010 after making a full recovery from her injury.

Andrews is also back for her third season at Pali. She was a member of that 2008 Blue team that went undefeated and won the W-League Championship over the Lionesses.

She led Canada's Women's National Team to a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan-American Games, played on their 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup team and was on the runner-up team at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.

Ex-Memphis Captain Re-Enlists With Brilla

Mississippi Brilla of the USL Premier Development League announced the re-signing Thursday of Thomas Shannon, who started all 18 games at center back in his senior season at the University of Memphis, where we was also named team captain and led the team to a 11-6-1 record.

The Brilla open their 2012 season May 12 against the expansion Ocala Stampede at Harper Davis Field at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

Victory Adds Former Revolutionary Member Sousa

The expansion Boston Victory of the USL Premier Development League announced the signing Thursday of former Providence College and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution midfielder Andrew Sousa.

Sousa began his collegiate career at Limestone College but moved after his freshman season to Providence, where he scored eight goals and seven assists over 67 appearances, including four goals in his senior season.

Selected in the third round of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Revolution, he played in eight MLS Reserve League games, scoring two goals, and started one game for the senior team against Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

PDL's FC Tucson Signs First Player

Expansion USL Premier Development League franchise FC Tucson announced the signing Thursday of their first player for the 2012 season in forward Danny Toia, originally the first Homegrown player signed by Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake March 14, 2011.

Toia played for RSL's U-18 team that represented MLS as the 2009 JRS World Cup-Comunidad de Madrid club competition and their U-17 team that went undefeated and finished third in the 2009 Soccer United Marketing Cup tournament.

In 2010, despite missing most of the season due to injury, he scored seven goals and five assists with Pima Community College.

He led Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, AZ to back-to-back Class 4A State Championship titles in his junior and senior seasons, scoring all four goals in his final high school game, a 4-1 win for the second championship.

FC Tucson opens its first season in the PDL May 5 on the road against the Fresno Fuego, then have their home opener May 19 against the Southern California Seahorses at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

PDL's Hydra Signs 11 To Contracts

Expansion Worcester Hydra FC of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Thursday of 11 players to their inaugural roster.

They are:

- Chris Ager, Colin Murphy and Nick Corliss of Boston College

- Michael Bustamente, Anthony Ciccone, Derek McCaffrey and Taylor Washington of Boston University

- Stephen Walmsley of Central Connecticut State

- Evan Burokas of Merrimack College

- Matheus Candido of University of Massachusetts-Lowell

- Brett Uttley of Quinnipiac University.

The Boston College trio of defenders led the Eagles to a 14-6-1 record in 2011 that included a top 15 national ranking and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles' defense finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in goals against average (1.21) and shutouts (seven).

Ager, from Gjettum, Norway, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Atlantic Team and the conference's Second Team in 2011.

Murphy, from Onehunga, New Zealand, has scored three goals and ten assists for 16 points in his Eagles career and led his country to the 2011 Oceania Football Confederation's Under-20 Championship and played at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Corliss, from Auckland, New Zealand, transferred to Boston College from Louisville after leading the Cardinals to a combined 33-4-7 record and trips to the NCAA College Cup first round in 2009 and the championship game in 2010.

The quarter from Boston University led the Terriers to the 2011 America East Conference regular season championship.

Bustamente, from Chelsea, MA, has scored 44 points on six goals and 33 assists for the Terriers in his career and became the third player in school history to be a three-time First Team All-Conference pick.

He missed the 2011 season with an injury after being named a preseason All-American by CollegeSoccerNews.com and was a three-time All-New England selection.

Ciccone, of Medford, NJ, appeared in all 18 games for Boston University in 2011 and has six career points on a goal and four assists.

McCaffrey, from Groton, MA, was one of three Terriers to play in all 18 2011 games and he led the team in minutes played at 1,531. A midfielder, he was named to the 2011 America East All-Conference Second Team.

Washington, a defender from Somers, NY, started 14 games in his freshman season there and scored his first goal, a game-winner, against Harvard.

Walmsley, a defender from Liverpool, England, started nine of 14 games at Central Connecticut State and scored his first career goal in a win over Bryant University.

Burokas finished his four-year career as a midfielder at Merrimack College with 40 points on nine goals and 22 assists.

Candido, a midfielder, ended his career at UMass-Lowell with 21 points on six goals and nine assists and was named to the 2011 NSCAA All-East Region Third Team and the Northeast 10 Conference Second Team.

Uttley, a midfielder from Jamestown, Rhode Island, started ten of 13 games for Quinnipiac in 2011.

Garber Issues Suspensions, Fines For Conduct In Union-Chivas Game

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber issued a number of suspensions and fines Thursday following the conduct of Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak and Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser after Philadelphia's 1-0 win at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA last Saturday.

Already fined and suspended for this Saturday's game at PPL Park against the San Jose Earthquakes for being ejected from last week's game, Nowak was suspended an additional game -- May 5's road game against the Seattle Sounders -- and fined $5,000 for leaving the team's technical area, entering the field of play and initiating contact with an opposing player.

For this Saturday's game, Nowak can only enter the locker room at the end of the game and can't enter the stadium's tunnel area, locker room or field of play, nor can he sit in the team's press box or grandstands, and can't have any communication with anyone on the team during the game.

Chivas head coach Robin Fraser was fined $500 for a similar transgression during the game, but was not ejected and can coach his team this Saturday on the road against the Colorado Rapids.

Both franchises also were fined for their conduct during the name -- Philadelphia $5,000, Chivas USA $2,500.

Pioneers Hold Preseason Game Against Local Team

The Western Mass Pioneers of the USL Premier Development League announced Thursday they will play Milford Lusitanos FC of the Bay State Soccer League in a preseason game May 6 at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, MA.

The game will also serve the dual purposes of being Fan Appreciation Day and Media Day.

Milford is currently 1-1-0 with three points and in fourth place in their division.

Rapids Sign Brazilian Forward Schmidt

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced the signing Thursday of Brazilian forward Luis Eduardo  "Edu" Schmidt.

He began his career with Sao Paulo, then moved to Spain's Celta in 2000, where he scored 28 goals in 117 games and led them to their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League.

He also played in Spain for Real Betis, scoring 41 goals in 136 games over five seasons and also led them to their first UEFA Champions League appearance.

Fire Signs Brazilian Midfielder Montero de Lima

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Thursday Brazilian midfielder Alex Montero de Lima will join the franchise when the international transfer window opens June 27.

Montero de Lima joined FC Wohlen of the Swiss Challenge League after professionally debuting for the 2009-10 season with FC Gossau.

In 44 combined matches over two seasons, he has scored seven goals.

Crew Signs Costa Rican Forward Arrieta

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced Thursday Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta will join the franchise when the international transfer window opens June 27.

Arrieta began his career in 2004 with Brujas FC, where he scored 11 goals in 56 games over two seasons, then he transferred to Deportino Saprissa in 2006, scoring 45 goals in 161 games over the last five seasons.

In 2009, Arrieta played for Saprissa in a CONCACAF Champions League series against the Crew, losing to them in the first leg at Crew Stadium 1-0 September 16, then playing as a substitute in a 1-1 second leg draw September 29.

He has played three times for his country's national team, starting games against Cuba December 11, 2011 and Jamaica this past March 21, and coming in as a substitute against Venezuela December 22, 2011.

Hassan Hat Trick Helps Strikers Handle Islanders

Aly Hassan's hat trick, including a game-winning goal in the 84th minute, led the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to a 3-2 victory over the North American Soccer League-leading Puerto Rico Islanders Wednesday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Jay Needham scored for Puerto Rico on a converted corner kick in the 50th minute and Jonathan Fana tied the game at 2-2 off a David Foley pass in the 62nd minute.

Despite the loss, Puerto Rico remains on top of the league standings at 3-1-1 with ten points, but hosts the Strikers in their rematch May 12 at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Fort Lauderdale holds onto second place in the standings at 2-0-2 with eight points and takes on the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL.

Bonfigli's First Career Goal Gives RSL Tie For MLS' Western Conference Lead

Emiliano Bonfigli's first career Major League Soccer goal off a Will Johnson assist in the 72nd minute allowed Real Salt Lake to play host FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw Wednesday at FC Dallas Stadium.

Brek Shea scored Dallas' goal unassisted in the 46th minute.

With the point earned, RSL, 5-3-1 with 16 points, became tied for the lead in the Western Conference standings with the San Jose Earthquakes (5-1-1). Real hosts winless Toronto FC Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

FC Dallas is now 3-3-2 with 11 points and is tied for third in the conference standings with the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-2-2) and will travel to face the defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

W-League's Wildcats Sign USWNT Midfielder Averbuch

The New Jersey Wildcats of the USL W-League announced the signing of New Jersey native and current US Women's National Team midfielder Yael Averbuch.

Averbuch has played on every level of US Women's Soccer, scoring a goal over 16 games with the senior team.

In 2002, at age 14, she played for the W-League's New Jersey Lady Stallions.

She played collegiately from North Carolina, starting in all 105 games played over her four years in Chapel Hill, the most in NCAA and school history, and scored 32 goals and 29 assists in her career.

Averbuch was captain of the Tar Heels in her junior and senior seasons and led them to 2006 and 2008 NCAA College Cup championship runs.

One of her most outstanding goals took place four seconds into a game against Yale, still an NCAA record for fastest goal scored to start a game.

She was a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference player and a finalist in her junior season for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Award, given annually to the best male and female college soccer players.

Averbuch's #19 jersey was officially retired in 2009.

Professionally, she was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer College Draft by New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC, starting 14 of 18 games in her debut season there and leading them to the league's first championship title. In 2010, she started 19 of 23 games for Sky Blue.

In 2011, she moved to the WPS' Western New York Flash, leading them to the league's regular season and championship crowns in the franchise's first season after being the Buffalo Flash of the USL W-League in 2010, where they won that league's title.

She then played professionally in Russia for FC Rossiyanka.

The Wildcats open their 2012 season on the road May 19 against the New York Magic, then host the North Jersey Valkyries the next night at The College of New Jersey.

W-League's Whitecaps Sign Top Canadian Talent

Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the USL W-League announced the signings Wednesday of Canadian Women's National Team midfielder Desiree Scott and forward Chelsea Buckland and the return of defender Nikki Ambrose and midfielder Erin Uchacz.

All except for Scott came through the team's Girls Elite program, formerly called Whitecaps FC Prospects, and brings the number of players from that program on the roster to nine.

Scott will be in her third overall season for Vancouver after last playing for them in 2010. In her Whitecaps FC career, she started 11 of 15 games overall and, in 2010, had a goal and an assist. She led the team to the W-League title in 2006 and to the championship game in 2010.

Scott played collegiately at the University of Manitoba from 2005 to 2009, where she won the 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year award, was named a First Team Canadian Interuniversity Sport All-Canadian member in 2009 and was a two-time First Team CIS All-Canadian selection.

She has started 20 for 42 games for her country's team since debuting in 2010 and led them to the silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, earning them a spot in the field at the 2012 London Olympics.

Scott also played in the CONCACAF and FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship tournament, starting a combined eight games between those events.

Buckland returns for her second overall season after last playing for the Whitecaps in 2009, where she has two assists in six appearances.

In 2008, with the team's U-18 Prospects in the Pacific Coast Soccer League's Premier Women's Division, she led the team in scoring with 11 goals.

In 2011 at Oregon State University, she had a career-high 11 goals and four assists and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Pacific Region First Team. She has started 37 of 63 games in three seasons with the Beavers, scoring 28 goals and nine assists.

Buckland has played in 12 games for the women's national team, including three games at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Ambrose led the Whitecaps U-18 Prospects in 2010 to their PCSL Premier Women's Division's regular season and league championship and has been playing at NCAA Division I Santa Clara University, where she redshirted this past season after playing in eight games during her freshman season.

Uchacz will be in her third straight W-League season with Vancouver and had a goal and an assist in 21 appearances, 16 of them starts, in 2011. She is a teammate of Buckland's and current Whitecaps player Jenna Richardson at Oregon State.

She was recently called up to join Canada's U-20 national team for a 2012 training camp prior to playing in the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Tournament.


Timbers U-23s Add Puget Sound High School Alums

The Portland Timbers U-23s of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings of three players -- Fernando Monge, Chase Hanson and Doug Herrick -- who played their high school soccer in the Puget Sound area.

Monge, who graduated form Eastside Catholic High School, played every minute for the UCLA Bruins in the 2011 NCAA Men's College Cup National Semifinal, a loss in penalty kicks to North Carolina.

At UCLA, Monge played all 24 games and led them to the most wins in a season since 2003 and an undefeated Pac-12 Conference season at home.

Monge also played in the PDL in 2011 for the Orange County Blue Star, where he had nine goals and five assists in ten games.

Hanson was a league Most Valuable Player, a Seattle Times First Team and a two-time Tacoma News Tribune First Team selection (2010 and 2011) at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, WA.

He completed his freshman season at NCAA Division II school Barry University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, leading them to a 12-3-6 record, an undefeated home season and to the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Herrick, who played at O'Dea High School, was drafted 46th overall in the 2011 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft after playing for St Mary's College, but was later released.

At St. Mary's, he led them to a West Coast Conference title and a single-season record for shutouts last season with ten in 23 games.

He also went to training camp this postseason with the senior Timbers.

PDL's Fury Signs Goalkeepers Bush, Carlson

The Ottawa Fury of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Wednesday of goalkeepers Chad Bush and Nils Carlson.

Bush spent the last two years in the youth academy of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and recently had tryout stints with the senior team and English Premier League franchise West Ham United.

He was the Most Valuable Player on the Fury's U-15 boys team and, at 15, played on their U-17 team that reached the North American Finals of the USL Super Y-League tournament, earning her All-Tournament Team honors.

Bush also has played for Canada at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup and is on the country's U-20 national team.

Carlson, from Vastra, Sweden, had a single-season school record ten shutouts as Embry-Riddle University finished 13-5-2 last season. He was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American, Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection.

PDL's Texas Dutch Lions Name Maaskant Head Coach

The expansion Texas Dutch Lions of the USL Premier Development League, an affiliate of the USL PRO's Dayton Dutch Lions, announced Wednesday Robert Maaskant will serve as head coach and be an advisor to their USL Super-20 League team and to their affiliated youth programs.

Maaskant joins the Texas Dutch Lions from Poland's Wisla Krakow, where they won their league championship and a spot in the qualifying round for the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League.

He played professionally in his native Holland for FC Emmen, FC Zwolle and Excelsior Rotterdam, and in Scotland for Motherwell.

Maaskant then went into coaching after retiring as a player, coaching numerous teams in Holland.

The Texas Dutch Lions make their PDL debut May 5 at WoodForest Stadium against the Austin Aztex.

Timbers Sign Smith, Release Marcelin

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers announced the signing Wednesday of Scottish defender Steven Smith and the waiving of midfielder James Marcelin.

Smith will be reunited at Portland with forward Kris Boyd, who played together at Rangers FC in Scotland from 2006 to 2010.

Smith last played for Preston North End in England, but began his career in Scotland with Rangers, playing in 55 games between 2003 and 2010 before moving to England's Norwich City in 2010.

While at Rangers, he led them to three Scottish Premier League championships, three Scottish League Cups and a pair of Scottish Cups.

Marcelin joined Portland in their final season in USL First Division in 2010 and played in 23 games over two seasons, including three games this season.

Whitecaps Promote Clarke To MLS Roster

The Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer announced Tuesday Richmond, British Columbia native and forward Caleb Clarke signed a Homegrown player contract with the team after spending the last 2 1/2 years with their USL Premier Development League franchise, scoring three goals and three assists in the 2011 season.

He recently played for the Whitecaps' senior team in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in an MLS Reserve Division game Easter Sunday and is currently splitting time between Vancouver's first team and the U-18 Residency team in the US Soccer Development Academy, where he has scored 20 goals over 19 games of the 2011-12 season.

Before joining the Residency program September 7, 2009, Clarke led Coastal WFC U-16 Boys to the USL Super Y-League North American Championship title.

He played youth soccer for Richmond Selects and was on the U-13 through U-15 teams with the British Columbia Soccer Provincial program and the U-15 and U-16 Canadian Soccer Association National Training Center programs.

In December 2010, Clarke was one of five Residency players to take part in a ten-day training camp for Canada's U-20 National Team in Sunrise, FL.

Clarke is now the sixth Homegrown player on Vancouver's senior roster.

Whitecaps Announce Resignation Of Grootscholten

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced the resignation Tuesday, effective Friday, of Richard Grootscholten, head coach and technical director of their Residency program, but he will remain with the club as an advisor until a replacement is named.

His coaching duties with their USL Premier Development League franchise will be shared amongst current Residency and MLS coaching staffs.

Grootscholten joined Vancouver in October 2010.

Timbers U-23s Sign Four More Players For 2012

The Portland Timbers U-23s of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Tuesday of four players -- goalkeeper Justin Baarts, midfielders Ricardo Carrillo and Joey DeMare, and defender Anthony Hobbs.

Baarts, of Surrey, British Columbia, started all 20 games in 2011 for the University of Portland, earning 11 wins and three shutouts. In 2009, he led the Pilots to the third round of the NCAA Men's College Cup tournament. He also played for his native Canadian province's U-13 to U-16 teams and was a member of Canada's U-15 National Team player pool in 2006.

Carrillo, from Prineville, OR, has an assist over 12 games with Timbers U-23s over the last two seasons, including a national championship season in 2010. As a junior at the University of Portland, he scored five goals over 15 games and was their third leading scorer with 12 points.

In three seasons with the Pilots, he has six goals and six assists over 57 games and was named to the 2009 West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.

Carrillo also played for Oregon's Olympic Development Program and Region IV ODP teams and led Eastside Timbers, part of the adidas Timbers Alliance, to the 2010 US Youth Soccer U-18 National Championship.

DeMare. from Chapin, SC, joins the Timbers from Mississippi Brilla, who won the 2011 USL PDL Southeast Division title and made the finals of the Southern Conference tournament. He scored five goals and two assists in 14 games that season.

He completed his sophomore season at College of Charleston with a goal and three assists in 18 games in 2011 after playing in 16 games in 2010.

He also was a three-year member of the Region III ODP team and captain of the state's ODP team.

Hobbs, from Auckland, New Zealand, competed on his country's 2007 FIFA U-17 and 2010 FIFA U-20 World Cup teams, playing with Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson on the U-17 squad.

He completed his junior season in 2011 with Florida Atlantic University and has been a three-time All-Conference USA and a team Most Valuable Player, including twice being named Defensive MVP in 2010 and 2011. He has started all 49 games of his FIU career.

In related news, the Timbers U-23s announced forward Thomas Spragg will miss the entire 2012 USL PDL season after sustaining a knee injury during a spring game for his University of Washington team.

Nor'easters Add Three Players From Lafayette College

The Ocean City Nor'easters of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Tuesday of three players from Lafayette College in defender Julian Plummer and midfielders Alec Golini and Blake Fink.

Plummer was the only freshman named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and was also named to the Puma Soccer Classic's All-Tournament Team, the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll and twice as the league's Rookie of the Week.

Golini was also named to the league's academic honor roll and was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School All-American.

Fink was named to the 2011 NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Team, Capital One Academic All-District and Patriot League All-Academic Team.

Orlando City Signs FL Talent To New PDL Team

Orlando City Soccer Club of USL PRO announced the signings Tuesday of five players to their new USL Premier Development League franchise, Orlando City U-23s, formerly the Central Florida Kraze, in Ryan Griffin, Sean Reynolds, Anton Sealey, Luis Oceja and Camp Bisell.

Griffin played last season in the PDL for GPS Portland Phoenix. The former University of Tampa player had 11 goals and three assists last season and was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference team. He was also named three times to the Daktronics All-Region team and earned second team honors in 2011.

Reynolds played four seasons at the University of West Florida, starting 67 of 72 games and scoring five goals. He started all 17 games in his senior season and was second in minutes played at 1,598.

Sealey spent the last two seasons with North Carolina, winning a national championship there, before transferring to the University of Central Florida. At the start of the 2010 season, he was named a Freshman To Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com. He was also the youngest member of the 2007 Bahamas National Team and their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying squad.

Oceja started 18 games last season at Stetson University in Deland, FL, assisting on three goals. The native of Mexico City, Mexico is a multi-time Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member and will reunite with another Hatters player in Jonathan Mendoza.

Bissell finished his freshman season at Flagler College, starting all but one of 22 games with 86 saves and a 0.91 goals against average. He led the Peach Belt Conference in saves and save percentage and was third in the conference in goals against average.

USL PRO Announces Week 3 Player, Team Of The Week

USL PRO announced Tuesday Charleston Battery midfielder Ryan Richter, who scored his first professional goal in a 3-0 win last Tuesday against the Charlotte Eagles, was named the league's Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2012 season.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Week 3 Team of the Week:

GOALKEEPER
Miguel Gallardo - Orlando City Soccer Club

DEFENDERS
Anthony Calvano - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Tom Brandt - Harrisburg City Islanders
Tyler Lassiter - Wilmington Hammerheads

MIDFIELDERS
James O'Connor - Orlando City Soccer Club
Andrew Welker - Harrisburg City Islanders
Seth C'deBaca - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Irving Garcia - Los Angeles Blues

FORWARDS
Andrew Hoxie - Rochester Rhinos
Mauricio Salles - Charlotte Eagles

HONORABLE MENTION
Kyle Hoffer - Charleston Battery
Jose Cuevas - Charleston Battery
Bilal Duckett - Harrisburg City Islanders
J.T. Noone - Harrisburg City Islanders
Matt Luzinaris - Orlando City Soccer Club
Anthony Pulis - Orlando City Soccer Club
Agustino Nunez - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Mike Callahan - Richmond Kickers
Kristian Nicht - Rochester Rhinos
J.C. Banks - Rochester Rhinos
Alex Horwath - Wilmington Hammerheads
Mark Briggs - Wilmington Hammerheads

DC United Loans Dykstra To Battery...AGAIN!

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Tuesday that, for the second time this season, they have loaned goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to the Charleston Battery of USL PRO, this time for three games and ending May 20.

He was previously loaned earlier this month for two games and earned a shutout in one of them.

Dykstra spent the entire 2011 season with the Battery, starting 16 games and posting a league-best 0.98 goals against average.

He joined DC United in February from the Chicago Fire, where he played in 17 games between the 2009 and 2010 season, but has not played any games for DC United yet.

MLS Suspends, Fines Perez For Incident At Whitecaps Game

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee Tuesday issued an undisclosed fine and suspended FC Dallas forward Blaz Perez for Wednesday's home game at FC Dallas Stadium against Real Salt Lake for elbowing Vancouver Whitecaps player Jordan Harvey in the first half of their game last Saturday.

Perez is Dallas' leading scorer with 15 points on three goals and three assists.

Comets Head Coach Returns Home For Recruiting Trip

The Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday head coach Kim Roentved left the country Sunday to make a recruiting trip in his native Copenhagen, Sweden through May 13.

He will scout games involving Danish SuperLiga franchise FC Copenhagen, Club Randers FC of the Danish First Division, where Roentved once played, and East Herley and Hellerup of the AB Copenhagen Danish Second Division.

Comets' Gibson Invited To Train With MLS' SKC

Defender Leo Gibson of the Major Indoor Soccer League's Missouri Comets has been invited to train this summer with Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City, according to the Comets Tuesday.
Gibson will also be one of four players heading up the Comets' Summer Youth Camp Program and is also currently seeking donations of sports equipment to send to his home country of Liberia for his Kick For Christ charity.

Rhinos Name New Jersey Sponsor For 2012 USL PRO Season

The Rochester Rhinos of USL PRO announced Tuesday Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has become the team's jersey sponsor for the 2012 season and their logo will be seen for the first time at the team's home opener May 5 against the Charlotte Eagles at Sahlen's Stadium.

Excellus will also be the jersey sponsor for the Rhinos' six youth teams, beginning in July.

Rapids Shut Out SKC In Reserve League Match

Wells Thompson fed a pass to Andre Akpan in the 84th minute for the lone goal of the game as the Colorado Rapids shut out Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Tuesday in Major League Soccer Reserve League play from Livestrong Sporting Park.

The Rapids, now 3-2-0 with nine points, are tied for the lead in the Central/Mountain Division with the Houston Dynamo, who they host May 23 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

SKC, 1-2-1 with four points and in fifth place in the division, hosts FC Dallas at the Sporting Kansas City Training Center at Swope Park next Tuesday.

Week 7 MLS Team Of The Week Announced

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the members of the league's Team of the Week for Week 7 of the 2012 season, which is compiled each week by staffers at MLSsoccer.com and honors the outstanding players and performances of the previous week.

GOALKEEPER
Jimmy Nielsen - Sporting Kansas City

DEFENDERS
Carlos Valdes - Philadelphia Union
Young-Pyo Lee - Vancouver Whitecaps
Steven Beitashour - San Jose Earthquakes
Eric Brunner - Portland Timbers

MIDFIELDERS
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Eddie Gaven - Columbus Crew
Michael Farfan - Philadephia Union

FORWARDS
Patrick Nyarko - Chicago Fire
Chris Pontius - DC United (Week 7 Player of the Week)
Will Bruin - Houston Dynamo

MANAGER
John Spencer - Portland Timbers

HONORABLE MENTION
Miller Bolanos - Chivas USA
Camilo Sanvezzo - Vancouver Whitecaps
Aurelien Collin - Sporting Kansas City
Omar Cummings - Colorado Rapids
Nick DeLeon - DC United
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy
Tally Hall - Houston Dynamo
Kamani Hill - Colorado Rapids
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Reggie Lambe - Toronto FC
Chad Marshall - Columbus Crew
Justin Morrow - San Jose Earthquakes
Dominic Oduro - Chicago Fire
Lovel Palmer - Portland Timbers
Josh Saunders - Los Angeles Galaxy
Gonzalo Segares - Chicago Fire
Khari Stephenson - San Jose Earthquakes

Galaxy Reserves Edge USL PRO's Blues

Chad Barrett assisted on a 26th minute goal by Adam Cristman and later had an unassisted score in the 48th minute as Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy reserve team defeated the Los Angeles Blues of USL PRO 3-2 Tuesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Hector Jimenez also scored an unassisted goal for the Galaxy in the 67th minute.

The Blues were led by Carlos Borja, who assisted Matt Foudy on a 70th minute goal, then fired off one of his own in the 86th minute.

The Galaxy's next scheduled Reserve League game is May 8 at The Home Depot Center against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Blues' next USL PRO game will be May 4 at Titan Stadium at Cal State Fullerton against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

USWNT Announces London Olympic Opponents In Group Play

The US Women's National Team, ranked number one in the world, announced Tuesday they have been placed in Group G for the 2012 London Olympics and will face France, Colombia and North Korea in their group.

The US last played all three teams during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, where they lost to Japan in the championship game.

As far as world rankings are concerned, France is currently ranked sixth, North Korea is eighth and Colombia is 28th.

The US women will open play July 25, two days before the Opening Ceremonies take place, against France, then meet Colombia July 28, with both games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, before finishing group play July 31 against North Korea in Manchester, England.

At the official final draw, conducted Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London, it was announced Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil were drawn to Group E with games to be played in Cardiff, Wales, Coventry, England and London, and Japan, Canada, Sweden and South Africa would be in Group G with games to be played in Cardiff, Wales and Manchester and Newcastle, England.

The US is undefeated against their three group opponents -- 12-0-1 versus France, 1-0-0 versus Colombia and 3-0-1 versus North Korea.

At the Olympics, the top two teams in each group plus the two best third-place teams, regardless of group, will advance to the quarterfinals.

If the US wins Group G, they would meet a third-place team from either E or F. If they finish second in Group G, they would face the winner of Group F. Should they finish as one of the two third-place teams, they would meet the winner of Group E.

Three Dukes Heading To Fredericksburg Hotspur For 2012 Season

Fredericksburg Hotspur of the USL Premier Development League announced Tuesday they have signed three members of the 2011 James Madison University men's team for their 2012 season -- Dale Robins-Bailey, Karel Manrau and Colin Newcity.

The three led the Dukes to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Men's College Cup Tournament.

Seattle, Toronto Commit To Playing In 2012 WFC

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC committed Tuesday to play in the 2012 World Football Challenge Tournament.

Seattle will host Chelsea of the English Premier League July 18 at CenturyLink Field and Toronto will take on EPL's Liverpool July 21 at Rogers Centre.

More teams and matchups will be announced in the next few weeks.

Nominees Named For Week 7 MLS Save Of The Week

Voting has opened for fans to select the Week 7 winner of Major League Soccer's Save of the Week contest for the 2012 season, which honors the goalkeeper who makes the most outstanding save.

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

The nominees for Week 7 are Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City), Andy Gruenebaum (Columbus Crew), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Josh Saunders (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo.



Wave's Tozer, Lindenberg, Sayles Earn Awards Over The Weekend

Head coach Keith Tozer, account executive Jim Lindenberg and athletic trainer and summer camp business manager Larry Sayles, each of the Major Indoor Soccer League's defending champion Milwaukee Wave, received honors this past weekend.

Tozer was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame after surpassing the 700 mark in wins in indoor soccer play. He has also won eight Coach of the Year awards and led the Wave to 24 winning seasons and six league championships.

Lindenberg received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for exhibiting distinguished professional, personal and career achievement since his graduation and was also recognized for his accomplishments on the field.

Sayles won the Meritorious Service Award from the WSA'a Hall of Fame Committee for his contributions to the promotion and development of the organization's many programs.

Ochoa, Sounders Outlast Chivas In Reserve League Play

Sammy Ochoa scored two goals -- a 31st minute strike off Michael Seamon's pass and a 70th minute goal off Andrew Duran -- as the Seattle Sounders edged host Chivas USA 4-3 in Major League Soccer Reserve League play at The Home Depot Center Monday in Carson, CA.

Cordell Cato connected with Roger Levesque on a 12th minute goal and Servando Carrasco assisted Andy Rose in the 62nd minute for the Sounders, who, at 1-1-1 with four points, moved into a tie for the lead in the Western Division with the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-1), who Seattle hosts June 1 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Juan Pablo Angel had an unassisted 39th minute goal and helped Casey Townsend on his in the 59th minute to lead Chivas, who opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Blair Gaven kicked the ball over to Laurent Courtois, but fell in the standings to 1-1-0 with three, tying them for third in the division with the Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes, who both share Chivas' record. Chivas next plays May 13 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL against the Chicago Fire.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Knights Arm Themselves With Six New Players

The Brooklyn Knights of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Monday of six players who competed in the Division II East Coast Conference.

Vladimir Milosavljecic played his final season at Dowling College and will graduate next month. He was named a 2011 Capital One Academic All-American First Team member and a 2010 Daktronics All-American and ECC First Team player. His brother, Milos, will also join the Knights.

Carl Rydin, who graduated from Dowling in 2010, was a 2009 All-America Third Team, All-East Region Second Team and an All-ECC First Team selection.

Jose Batista was a 2009 graduate of Molloy College and was a 2008 All-ECC First Team and 2007 Daktronics All-Region selection.

The final players coming to Brooklyn are William Lindberg of Long Island University-Post and Kariym Balthazar of Dowling.

Sample Goal Gives DCU Women Preseason Win Over Terrapins

Former University of Maryland star Sarah Sample scored the game's lone goal off a Caitlin Miskel corner kick at the one-hour mark as DC United Women of the USL W-League shut out the Terrapins 1-0 in the marquee game of Saturday's one-day Headers For Hope Tournament at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD to raise funds for Holy Cross Hospital and Cancer Center.

PDL's FC Tucson Wins Preseason Contest

Conor Spence's header off a Reid Schmidt pass late in the game gave USL Premier Development League expansion franchise FC Tucson a 2-1 victory over Grand Canyon University in a preseason game Friday at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ.

Kevin King scored the opening goal for Tucson in the 23rd minute, but Stipe-Darko Medic evened the scored for Grand Canyon in the 61st minute.

Brilla Add Three VCU Rams To Roster

The Mississippi Brilla of USL PRO announced the signings Monday of three players from Virginia Commonwealth University -- Garrett Harvey, Isaac Owusu and Kharlton Belmar.

Harvey. from Richmond, VA, had two goals in 19 starts for the Rans in 2011.

Owusu, from Sterling, VA, took a redshirt year in 2010 and played in the backfield in 2011.

Belmar, from Virginia Beach, VA, had a goal and an assist over 17 games in his freshman season.

The Brilla open their home and 2012 regular season May 12 against the expansion Ocala Stampede at Harper Davis Field on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

Dutch Lions Announce 3-Year Deal With Hotel

The Dayton Dutch Lions of USL PRO announced Monday they have entered into a three-year partnership with The Crowne Plaza Dayton to serve as the official hotel for all Dutch Lions opponents and their fans.

NASL Names Week 3 Winners In Herron, Martin

The North American Soccer League announced Monday Fort Lauderdale Strikers forward Andy Herron was named its Offensive Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2012 season and, for the second straight time, Puerto Rico Islanders goalkeeper Richard Martin was named its Defensive Player of the Week.

Herron scored two goals, both off Walter Restrepo assists, in a 2-2 draw against the expansion San Antonio Scorpions Saturday at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.

Herron, who now is tied for the league lead in goals with three, is the first Strikers player to win the weekly offensive award twice in a single regular season.

Martin, who led the Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the defending regular season champion Carolina RailHawks Saturday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR, had saved 18 shots over three games and has a league-leading 0.25 goals against average.

Pontius Unanimous Choice For MLS POTW

By way of gaining his first hat trick of his Major League Soccer career, which led to DC United's 4-1 win over the New York Red Bulls Sunday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, Chris Pontius was named unanimously the league's Player of the Week for Week 7 of the 2012 season Monday.

It's the third time he's won this award, doing so previously in Week 12 of the 2010 season and Week 22 of the 2011 campaign.

Crew Names New Sponsors, Extends Deals With More Sponsors

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew Monday announced a new one-year partnership and a multi-year partnership with local companies Scotts and CoughlinCars.com, respectively.

The deal with Scotts includes getting naming rights to field-level premium row seating at Crew Stadium, now to be called Scotts Field Seats, LED field-level signage at all home games, and becoming the presenting sponsor of the Crew Soccer Foundation's soccer field refurbishment project at Innis Park, in conjunction with the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks.

The deal with CoughlinCars.com, the team's first with any automobile dealership, makes them the Crew's "Official Car Dealership", covering ten locations in the Central Ohio area that sells 14 different brands of cars, gives them LED field-level signage and gets them featured in TV, print and online advertising campaigns, and the ability to hold a season-long in-game promotion where a lucky fan will win a two-year lease of any vehicle the chain of dealerships sells.

The Crew also announced the continuation of sponsorships with these advertisers: American Airlines, Crawford Hoying, Environmental Pest Management, Kroger, La Michoacana, Lifeline of Ohio, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Pinnacle Gold Club, Sheraton at Capitol Square, Strongbow Cider, SuperKick and Thrifty Airport Parking, and Value City Furniture.

MLS Announces Week 7 GOTW Nominees

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 7 of the 2012 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) Regge Lambe of Toronto FC (G1), Camilo Sanvezzo of the Vancouver Whitecaps (G2), Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids (G3), Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake (G4) and Chris Pontius of DC United (G5).



Fuego Defend USL PDL Regular Season Crown By Hosting LA Misioneros

Paul Islas, returning to the USL Premier Development League's defending regular season champion Fresno Fuego for the first time in two years, scored a pair of goals off assists from Gaston Cignetti and Gustavo Silva as they defeated the expansion LA Misioneros 4-1 Sunday before a crowd of 4.273 at Chukchansi Park, the second largest opening game crown and largest Sunday home game crowd.

Alex Cacares opened the scoring for Fresno at the 30-minute mark when Emmanuel Ochoa fed him a pass and, later, Araia Berhane ended the night for the Fuego.

Both teame meet against this Sunday in Los Angeles at Carver Middle School.

Defending Champion Stars Get First NASL Victory Of 2012 Over FC Edmonton

The defending North American Soccer League champion Minnesota Stars FC earned their first victory of the 2012 season by getting past host FC Edmonton 4-3 Sunday at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Neil Hlavaty, Kyle Altman, Kenatro Takada and Devin Del Do each had goals for the Stars, now 1-0-2 with five points and tied for second in the standings with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (same record) and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-1-2).

For FC Edmonton, in last place in the standings at 0-3-1 with a point, Shaun Saiko had a goal and assisted on Paul Hamilton's scoring strike and Yashir Pinto assisted on Saiko's first goal and one by Kyle Porter.

The Stars next play Saturday at the Atlanta Silverbacks, but FC Edmonton hosts the league-leading Puerto Rico Islanders Wednesday before traveling to the Rowdies Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.

Renken Assists Give Timbers Reserve League Win, Divisional Lead

Charles Renken assisted on goals in the 65th minute by Franck Songo'o and in the 89th by Bright Dike as the Portland Timbers became the leader of Major League Soccer's Reserve Division's West Division after shutting out the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Sunday at Swangard Stadium in Burnby, British Columbia.

Brent Richards also scored for Portland in the 44th minute off a Chris Taylor pass.

Portland is now 2-1-0 with six points, while Vancouver fell out of the top spot in the division, dropping to second at 1-1-1 with four points.

Both teams meet again May 27 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland.

Pontius Hat Trick Gives DC United Win Over Red Bulls

Chris Pontius earned his first career Major League Soccer hat trick with unassisted goals in the eighth, 32nd and 69th minute as host DC United stormed past the New York Red Bulls 4-1 on a rainy day at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC Sunday to extend their current unbeaten streak to six games and end New York's similar streak at four games.

Nick DeLeon also scored for United off a Dwayne DeRosario pass in the 36th minute as they moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2-3 record and 12 points.

Thierry Henry prevented New York from being shut out with a 72nd minute penalty kick.

New York fell to third place in the conference at 3-3-1 with 10 points.

Both teams play again Saturday -- DC United hosting the defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo, New York hosting the New England Revolution.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

King's Warriors Head Coach Reitnour Names Former Players As Assistant Coaches

The expansion Southern West Virginia King's Warriors of the USL Premier Development League announced Saturday Jason Keever and Luke Sanford have become assistant coaches under head coach and technical director Scott Reitnour, who played for him at Wesleyan Christian Academy, where he is still their head coach.

Keever, currently the assistant coach at Tusculum College in Greenville, TN, led Wesleyan to the 2005 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association State Title with a record of 23-3-2 and was named Greensboro News & Record First Team All-State, All-Conference and League Offensive Player of the Year.

In his senior season, he scored 26 goals and 21 assists and earned Region 2 and Piedmont Athletic Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association Player of the Year, North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State and National Christian Schools Athletic Association All-American honors.

Keever also played in the PDL for the Carolina Dynamo and Mississippi Brilla.

Sanford led the school to the 2005 NCISAA Finals, played collegiately at Montreat College in Asheville, NC, then at Houghton College in New York, and played in the PDL at Mississippi.

SeaWolves Ink Three Huskies To Deals

The North Sound SeaWolves of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Saturday of three current University of Washington players -- forward Quinton Beasley, defender Michael Harris and midfielder Patrick Pacheco.

The Huskies finished 2011 with a 12-4-2 record and were ranked in the top 20 during the season.

Beasley, from Camas, WA, had three goals and two assists for Washington last season. He also scored two goals for the PDL's Tacoma Tide in 2011, now called Seattle Sounders U-23.

Harris, from Shoreline, WA, where he was an all-state player for Shoreline High School, had a goal and two assists for the Huskies in 2011 and assisted on three goals and was second in minutes played for the PDL's Washington Crossfire.

Pacheco recently transferred from the University of New Mexico, who went undefeated in 2011 at 18-0-4. He played 13 games as a reserve and had a goal and an assist for the Lobos. He remains the all-time leading scorer in Taos (NM) High School soccer history.

Orlando City Remains Unbeaten, Shuts Out Kickers

Ian Fuller assisted Luke Boden on a 61st minute goal, then Anthony Pulis hit an 89th minute penalty kick as the defending USL PRO champion Orlando City Soccer Club improved to a league-leading 3-0-0 with nine points in a 2-0 shutout of the Richmond Kickers Saturday at City Stadium in Richmond, VA.

Richmond, now 1-2-0 with three points and tied for sixth place in the standings with Antigua Barracuda FC (1-1-0), will face Orlando City again next Saturday, this time at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Riverhounds Roll Over Dutch Lions

Stefan Lundberg assisted Seth C'deBaca on a 17th minute goal, then Agustin Nunez scored off a Nikola Katic assist in the 81st minute as the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions 2-0 in USL PRO play Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.

The Riverhounds, 2-1-0 with six points, are tied for second place in the single table standings with the Charleston Battery (same record), whom they play on the road next Friday, and the Rochester Rhinos (2-0-0).

The Dutch Lions are 0-1-1 with a point and are tied for eighth place with the Wilmington Eagles (same record) and the Charlotte Eagles (0-3-1). Dayton will host Rochester next Saturday.

Silverbacks, Rowdies Play To Draw In Atlanta

Reinaldo Navia's 87th minute goal off a Lucas Paulini assist allowed the host Atlanta Silverbacks to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-1 North American Soccer League draw Saturday at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Dan Antoniuk put the Rowdies on the board in the 67th minute off a pass by Tsuyoshi Yoshitake.

Atlanta is 0-0-3 with three points and is tied for fourth place in the league with the defending league regular season champion Carolina RailHawks (0-1-3). The Silverbacks next host the defending NASL champion Minnesota Stars FC next Saturday.

Islanders Hand RailHawks First NASL Loss Of Season

Nicholas Addlery, Richard Martinez and David Foley all scored goals as the Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the Carolina RailHawks 3-1 Saturday in North American Soccer League play at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

Carolina's only goal came off an own goal by Puerto Rico's Brian Shriver.

Puerto Rico leads the NASL standings at 3-1-0 with ten points and travels to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Wednesday.

Carolina, the defending league regular season champion, is now 0-1-3 with three points and is tied with the Atlanta Silverbacks (0-0-3) for fourth place in the standings. The RailHawks will host the expansion San Antonio Scorpions next Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Scorpions, Strikers Play To 2-2 Draw

Pablo Campos scored a goal, then assisted on Hans Denissen's goal as the host San Antonio Scorpions, the newest North American Soccer League franchise, played the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.

Campos' goal ended a new team record for most scoreless minutes for Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Matt Glaeser at 221 minutes.

For Fort Lauderdale, Walter Restrepo assisted on both of Andy Herron's goals.

Fort Lauderdale is 1-0-2 with five points and is tied with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-1-2), who they play on the road next Saturday, for second place in the league standings. The Strikers will first host the league-leading Puerto Rico Islanders this Wednesday at Lockhart Stadium.

Earthquakes Rock RSL In Battle Of Best Two In The West

Steven Beitashour assisted Khari Stephenson on a 47th minute goal, then Stephenson teamed with Tressor Moreno on Chris Wondolowski's tiebreaking 93rd minute goal as the current Western Conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 in Major League Soccer action Saturday from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Beitashour also assisted Simon Dawkins on his 92nd minute goal.

Kyle Beckerman had a game-tying goal in the 53rd minute for RSL off Jonny Steele.

The Earthquakes remain the best team in the Western Conference standings at 5-1-1 and 16 points and travel to the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

RSL, in second at 5-3-0 with 15 points, hits the road Wednesday to play FC Dallas, then hosts the league's only winless team, Toronto FC, next Saturday.

Chance Goal Ends SKC's Unbeaten Streak In MLS

Chance Myers' 41st minute goal into his own team's net was all the Portland Timbers needed to end Sporting Kansas City's Major League Soccer season-opening and team-record seven-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers are now 2-4-1 with seven points and in last place in the Western Conference standings. Portland next faces the expansion Montreal Impact next Saturday at Olympic Stadium.

Sporting Kansas City still holds the best record in the league and its Eastern Conference at 7-1-0 with 21 points and is off until May 8 when they host the Impact at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Adu-lation In Union Win Over Chivas

Freddy Adu scored an unassisted goal in the 40th minute as the Philadelphia Union blanked Chivas USA in Major League Soccer play Saturday 1-0 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The Union improved to 2-3-1 with seven points and are tied with the Columbus Crew (same record) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Philadelphia hosts the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday at PPL Park.

Chivas, 3-4-0 with nine points, is tied with the Colorado Rapids (same record) and the defending Western Conference and league champion Los Angeles Galaxy (3-3-0) for sixth place and will take on the Rapids next Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Whitecaps Shutout Dallas At BC Place

Lee Young-Pyo connected with Camilo Sanvezzo on the game-winning goal in the 11th minute as the host Vancouver Whitecaps shut out FC Dallas 1-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play from BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Whitecaps have sole possession of third place in the Western Conference standings with the win at 3-2-2 with 11 points and next face the Columbus Crew on the road next Saturday.

FC Dallas is 3-3-1 with ten points and is tied for fourth in the conference with the Seattle Sounders (3-1-1). They will host Real Salt Lake Wednesday.

Galaxy Defeat Rapids At Dick's Sporting Goods Park

A 21st minute mistake by Marvell Wynne of the Colorado Rapids and a 39th minute goal from Landon Donovan off a Robbie Keane led the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 win Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The Rapids got their lone goal in the 63rd minute from Omar Cummings.

The Galaxy are now 3-3-0 with nine points and tied for sixth in the Western Conference standings with Chivas USA (same record) and the Rapids (3-4-0).

Los Angeles next plays at the Seattle Sounders May 2, while the Rapids welcome Chivas to town next Saturday.

Bruin Battles For Houston In Draw To Crew

Will Bruin scored a 59th minute goal off Adam Moffat and assisted on Brian Ching's game-tying 81st minute goal as the defending Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo played the host Columbus Crew to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Crew Stadium.

Eddie Gaven had a brace for Columbus, scoring unassisted in the 63rd minute, then teaming with Aaron Schoenfeld and Nemanja Vukovic on a 74th minute goal.

The Dynamo are now 2-1-2 with eight points and tied for fourth place in the conference standings with the Chicago Fire (same record). Houston travels next Saturday to DC United.

Columbus, 2-3-1 with seven points, is tied for sixth in the standings with the Philadelphia Union (same record), but will host the Vancouver Whitecaps next Saturday.

Fire Burns Still Winless Toronto FC

Dominic Nyarko was assisted by Patrick Nyarko on the fastest goal in Chicago Fire history at 25 seconds into the game, then was held by Oduro and Logan Pause on a 58th minute strike to defeat Major League Soccer's worst team this season, Toronto FC, 3-2 Saturday at BMO Field in Toronto.

Gonzalo Segares also scored for Chicago off a 41st minute assist by Sebastien Grazzini.

Toronto's goals came from Reggie Lambe -- one unassisted in the 36th minute, the second four minutes later off passes from Matt Stinson and Ryan Johnson.

Chicago improved to 2-1-2 with eight points and is tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with the defending conference champion Houston Dynamo (same). The Fire hosts the Seattle Sounders next Saturday.

Toronto is 0-6-0 and in last place in the conference. They will travel next Saturday to Real Salt Lake.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Rhinos Shutout Blues Again At Titan Stadium

Andrew Hoxie had an unassisted 50th minute goal and Tam McManus assisted on a J.C. Banks goal six minutes later as the Rochester Rhinos, for the second USL PRO game in a row this season, shut out the host Los Angeles Blues 2-0 Friday at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Banks assisted Tyler Rosenlund on a 22nd minute score in last Saturday's 1-0 victory there.

The Rhinos (2-0-0, six points) are now in a tie for the lead in the league standings with the defending champion Orlando City Soccer Club (2-0-0) and the Charleston Battery (2-1-0) and travel to face the Dayton Dutch Lions next Saturday.

Los Angeles is 0-2-0 with no points and tied for last place with the Wilmington Hammerheads (0-1-0), who they host May 4 at Titan Stadium.