Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crew, Union Play To 3-3 Reserve League Draw

The host Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union played to a 3-3 draw Sunday in Major League Soccer Reserve League play at Crew Stadium.

Emilio Renteria, Olman Vargas and Justin Meram scored for the Crew, while Lucky Mkosana, Zach Pfeffer and Chandler Hoffman followed suit for the Union.

Columbus, the defending MLSRL champion, playing their last home game of the ten-game season, is now 6-2-1 with 19 points, good for second place in the Eastern Division, and will end their season October 21 at DC United.

Philadelphia, at 2-3-2 with eight points, is tied for fourth in the division with the New York Red Bulls (2-5-2), who hosted Toronto FC Sunday at Montclair State University, and Toronto (2-3-2). The Union host DC United at Chester Park October 9.

Lenhart Brace Part Of 3-3 Draw Between 'Quakes, FC Dallas

Steven Lenhart scored a brace, the last goal coming in the 95th minute, as the San Jose Earthquakes, Major League Soccer's best overall team and Western Conference leader at 18-6-7 with 61 points, played visiting FC Dallas to a 3-3 draw Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Alan Gordon added a goal for San Jose and assisted on both of Lenhart's goals.

Blas Perez matched Lenhart's goal total and Matt Hedges added another for Dallas, 9-12-10 with 37 points and in sixth place in the Western standings. FC Dallas travels next Sunday at Chivas USA.

Dike's Bright Idea Gives Timbers Tie Wth DC United

Bright Dike scored a game-tying 79th minute goal for the host Portland Timbers Saturday in a 1-1 draw with DC United in Major League Soccer play at JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers (7-15-9, 30 points) are tied for seventh in the Western Conference standings with the Colorado Rapids (9-18-3) and face the Seattle Sounders next Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Chris Pontius scored at the hour mark for United, fourth in the Eastern Conference standings at 15-10-6 with 51 points, and DC heads to Toronto FC next Saturday.

Saborio Hat Trick Gives RSL Shutout Over Chivas USA

Alvaro Saborio had a hat trick and Paulo Jr. added another goal as Real Salt Lake shut out Chivas USA 4-0 Saturday in Major League Soccer play at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

RSL, in second place in the Western Conference at 16-11-9 with 52 points, plays that stadium's other tenant, the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy, next Sunday.

Chivas, in last place in the conference at 7-16-7 with 28 points, heads to the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday, then hosts FC Dallas next Sunday.

Sounders Clinch MLS Playoff Berth In Scoreless Draw With Whitecaps

The Seattle Sounders became the fourth Western Conference team to earn a Major League Soccer playoff berth, joining the San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake and the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy, despite playing the host Vancouver Whitecaps to a scoreless draw Saturday at BC Place.

Seattle is 13-7-10 with 49 points and tied for third in the conference with the Galaxy (15-11-4) and will host the Portland Timbers next Sunday.

Vancouver, 10-12-9 with 39 points, holds the fifth and final playoff berth from the conference and hosts Chivas USA Wednesday.

Dynamo Extends Home Unbeaten Streak To 23 In Shutout Of Revs

Ricardo Clark and Oscar Boniek Garcia's second-half goals allowed the host Houston Dynamo to shut out the New England Revolution Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium and extended their Major League Soccer home unbeaten streak to 23 games, the second-longest streak in league history.

Houston, holding the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth, is 13-8-10 with 49 points and hosts the Montreal Impact next Saturday.

New England, in ninth place at 7-16-8 with 29 points, hosts the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, then travels to the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

Milosevic Scores Game-Winner For Crew Over Union

Milovan Mirosevic's 87th minute goal allowed the host Columbus Crew to get a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Crew Stadium.

Jairo Arrieta had a brace for Columbus, who are now 14-11-6 with 48 points and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Crew travel to the New England Revolution this Wednesday.

Danny Cruz and Jack McInerney scored for the Union, 8-15-6 with 30 points and in eighth place in that conference's standings. Philadelphia travels to the Chicago Fire this Wednesday before returning home next Saturday to host the New England Revolution.

Cooper, Henry Lead Red Bulls In Romp Over Toronto FC

Kenny Cooper had a brace and Thierry Henry scored a goal and assisted on three others as the host New York Red Bulls routed Major League Soccer's worst team in Toronto FC 4-1 Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Markus Holgersson also scored for the Red Bulls, now 15-8-8 with 53 points and tied for second in the Eastern Conference standings with the Chicago Fire (16-9-5), who New York hosts next Saturday.

Ryan Johnson scored for Toronto off a Reggie Lambe assist and they are now 5-19-7 with 22 points. Toronto hosts DC United at BMO Field next Saturday.

RailHawks Eliminate Strikers From NASL Playoffs

Ty Shipalane had a brace and Amir Lowery opened the game with a goal as the host Carolina RailHawks defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC in the first round of the 2012 North American Soccer League playoffs.

Abe Thompson scored the Strikers' goal off a Jason Garey assist.

The RailHawks move into next week's two-game, aggregate-goal semifinal against either the regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions or the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Zusi Brace Clinches First Eastern Conference Playoff Berth In MLS

Graham Zusi's brace led Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire Friday in Kansas City, KS to clinch the Eastern Conference's first of five available playoff berths.

The win was SKC's first over Chicago at home in five years.

The team extended their season-high unbeaten streak to nine games and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen tallied his league-leading 14th shutout, while the Fire snapped a four-game winning streak.

SKC leads the Eastern Conference with an 17-7-7 record and 58 points and will take on the Columbus Crew on the road next Sunday.

Chicago is in second in the conference standings at 16-9-5 with 53 points and hosts the Philadelphia Union this Wednesday.

Friday, September 28, 2012

USL PRO's Phoenix FC Signs First Player In Mackie

Phoenix FC, joining USL PRO as an expansion team in the 2013 season, announced the signing of their first player Friday in forward Darren Mackie, who spent 14 seasons with Aberdeen FC in the Scottish Premier League, scoring 69 goals in 364 career matches.

Mackie will be reunited with Phoenix head coach David Robertson, who played on six SPL championship teams at Aberdeen.

FC Edmonton Fires Coaching Staff

FC Edmonton, who finished with the worst record in the North American Soccer League this season at 5-13-10 with 25 points, announced they have released head coach Harry Sinkgraven and assistant coach Hans Schrijver Friday for budgetary reasons and technical director Joe Petrone will handle the day-to-day operations of the team on an interim basis.

Sinkgraven joined the team in its' and the league's inaugural season in 2010 after inaugural head coach Dwight Lodeweges resigned before the season began.

Sinkgraven led Edmonton to a 10-12-6 record in 2011, earning a playoff berth, but losing to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the opening round.

Schrijver served as assistant coach under Lodeweges, then Sinkgraven, then left the team to work in Japan in 2011 before returning to Edmonton this season.

Sockers Sign Former Aztecs Reza, Couch

The three-time defending Professional Arena Soccer League champion San Diego Sockers announced the signings Friday of former San Diego State University Aztecs stars Raymundo Reza and Matt Couch for the 2012-13 season, which begins November 3 at Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) against the expansion Sacramento Surge.

In his final 55 games fot SDSU, Reza scored 20 goals and, in his senior season, was named a first team All-Pac 10 and second team National Soccer Coaches Association of American All-Far West selection.

In his junior season, he scored 20 points, the most by a player in a single season since former Aztec-now-Sockers-captain Aaron Susi scored 21 in 1996.

Reza was the second pick in the second round of the 2011 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers.

Couch, a four-year starter, was a teammate of defending back-to-back PASL Most Valuable Player Kraig Chiles, was named second team All-Pac 10 in his senior season, and was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Silverbacks Forward Horth Named Last NASL POTM For 2012 Season

The North American Soccer League announced Friday Atlanta Silverbacks forward Matt Horth was named their final Player of the Month for September.

Horth scored both goals in a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton and their lone goals in a 1-1 draw at the Tampa Bay Rowdies and a 1-0 victory against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

He finished the season in fourth place in the Golden Boot standings with ten.

Horth is now second of the team's all-time scoring list with 18 goals in 49 career games.

MLS Fans Select RSL Players For Week 29 Awards

Major League Soccer announced Friday fans chose Real Salt Lake forward Javier Morales and goalkeeper Nick Rimando winners of the Week 29 AT&T Goal of the Week and Save of the Week competitions.

Morales (35.4 percent) edged Juninho of the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy (31.5 percent) for his award.

Danny Mwanga of the Portland Timbers (14.8 percent) finished third with Sean Dawkins of the San Jose Earthquakes (10.7 percent) and Robbie Keane of the Galaxy (7.6 percent) rounding out this week's voting.

Rimando (55.8 percent) won by an nearly 2-to-1 margin over the Vancouver Whitecaps' Brad Knighton (23.39) with Tally Hall of the Houston Dynamo (11.44), Freddy Hall of Toronto FC (5.34) and Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA (4.03) finishing third through fifth.

Revolution Announces Sponsorship Deal With Sovereign/Santander

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced Thursday a new multi-year, community-focused sponsorship with Sovereign/Santander, officially making them the team's back.

Among other perks of the deal are:

- Game day sponsorship opportunities

- Be featured in on-site game programs

- Sponsorship of clinics run by Revolution and Revolution Academy players

- Naming rights for the team's Man Of The Match award

- On-field advertising during home games and the ability to attend away games

- Advertising opportunities on TV, radio, in print and along digital platforms

NASL Islanders' CCL Shutout Clinches Quarterfinal Berth For MLS' Galaxy

Hector Ramos had a brace and Gregory Richardson added a goal as the North American Soccer League's Puerto Rico Islanders shut out Isidro Metapan of El Salvador 3-0 in Puerto Rico's final game of Group 5 play in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League tournament Thursday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

The win ended Puerto Rico's tournament at 1-2-1 with four points, but allowed the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy (2-0-1, seven points) to officially clinch the group title and a quarterfinal berth, even though they finish group play October 25 at Metapan.

The Islanders will now focus on NASL postseason play, where they host the defending league champion Minnesota Stars this Sunday in a quarterfinal match.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

PASL Adds Ninth Expansion Team With Rio Grande Valley Flash

The Professional Arena Soccer League announced Thursday the Rio Grande Valley Flash will join the league for its 2012-13 season, beginning in November, as their 19th team and will play home games at the 5,500-seat State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.

The Flash is the league's ninth expansion team, joining the Dallas Sidekicks, Harrisburg Heat, Las Vegas Legends, Rockford Rampage, Sacramento Surge, Real Phoenix, Chicago Mustangs and the Texas Strikers, and will be placed in the league five-team Central Division, with Dallas, Texas, Chicago and Rockford.

The franchise will be owned by Geraldo Guerra Lozano, the current owner of the Monterrey Flash, two-time defending champion of Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido.

Comets Announce Deal With Cricket Wireless, Will Retire Mayer's Jersey, Re-Signs Gibson, Waltman

The Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League made several announcements at a news conference Thursday at the Independence Events Center.

First, the franchise has signed a sponsorship with Cricket Wireless, giving the team naming rights to their field (now Cricket Wireless Field), their company logo placed on the right sleeve of the team's home and away jerseys, sponsorship of the team's dance cam at home games (now the Cricket Wireless Muve Music Dance Cam), and plans to hold a between-quarter contest at every home game.

Second, the Comets will retire the jersey of goalkeeper Alan Mayer, who ended his 18-year professional soccer career with 75 games for the then-Kansas City Comets of the MISL from 1985-92, at their February 22 home game against the expansion Chicago Soul.

Mayer also appeared in six games for the US Men's National Team between 1976 and 1977.

Finally, the team re-signed defender Leo Gibson and goalkeeper Danny Waltman for the upcoming season, which begins November 2 with a home game against the Wichita Wings, followed by a road trip to Wichita November 4.

Rowdies Wins NASL Fair Play Award For Second Straight Season

The North American Soccer League announced Thursday the Tampa Bay Rowdies are the winners of their Fair Play Award for the second straight season.

The award goes to the franchise that accumulates the fewest cautions and ejection during the season.

NASL Announces Week 25 POTW Nominees, Vazquez Wins Week 24 Award

The North American Soccer League announced Thursday the nominees for Week 25 of their Play of the Week competition.

Fans can go to www.nasl.com to see the Week 4 nominees and select their favorite highlight.

The nominees are Josue Soto of the San Antonio Scorpions, Danny Barrera of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Justin Fojo of the Puerto Rico Islanders and Elvir Gigolaj and Paul Craig of FC Edmonton.

Anthony Vasquez of the Islanders was named the winner Thursday of the Week 24 competition.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Strained Hamstring Takes Marquez Out For Minimum Two Weeks

The New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer announced Wednesday Designated Player Rafa Marquez will be out for at least two weeks after suffering a strained hamstring in Saturday's 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution.

FC Edmonton Release Four Players

Days after finishing the 2012 North American Soccer League season as their worst team, FC Edmonton announced the release Wednesday of defender Fabian Vorbe, midfielders Matt Lam and Ilja van Leerdam, and forward Sensay Barthelemy.

Vorbe played 473 minutes in the regular season and 90 additional in the Amway Canadian Championship.

Lam had an assist over 1,218 minutes played this season and 158 more in the Amway tournament.

Van Leerdam had thee assists and a goal over 1,247 minutes played this season and an assist over 103 minutes of Amway play.

Bathelemy had a goal and an assist over 1,230 minutes and played 21 minutes in the Amway event.

Seventh PASL Expansion Team Named In Texas Strikers

The Professional Arena Soccer League announced Wednesday the Texas Strikers have joined the league as its seventh expansion team for the 2012-13 season, joining the Chicago Mustangs, Dallas Sidekicks, Harrisburg Heat, Las Vegas Legends, Real Phoenix, Rockford Rampage and Sacramento Surge.

The team, owned by Noble Investment Group, will play home games at the 6,500-seat Ford Arena in Beaumont, TX.

Chris "Topper" Cogan, a former player, coach and general manager with the Southwest Indoor Soccer League's Lubbock Lazers and the Premier Arena Soccer League's Lubbock Sand Devils, will be the Strikers' inaugural head coach.

Scorpions' Sattler Wins NASL Golden Glove Award

A day after forward Pablo Campos was named winner of the 2012 North American Soccer League's Golden Ball for scoring a league single-season record-tying 20 goals for the expansion and regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions, Scorpions goalkeeper Daryl Sattler was named Wednesday the league's Golden Glove winner for the lowest goals against average among those who have played 1,350 minutes at his position this season.

He finished with a 0.79 average over 2,151 minutes, had 13 shutouts, and had a record of 13-5-6 in his 24 starts this season.

Before joining the Scorpions, Sattler played the previous two seasons with the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Courtney Named New Brilla Head Coach

The Mississippi Brilla of the USL Premier Development League announced Wednesday former player Drew Courtney will take over as head coach next season after former head coach Dave Dixon resigned after five seasons to take a coaching and ministry position with the Charlotte Eagles of USL PRO.

During Dixon's five seasons, the Brilla went 47-18-17 and won three conference titles.

Courtney, currently assistant men's coach at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, played in the PDL for the Southern California Seahorses in 2008 and for Brilla in 2009.

Average Attendance Rises In NASL In 2012

The North American Soccer League announced Tuesday the league saw its average audience for regular season games grow from 3,777 per game in 2011 to 3,810 this season.

The expansion San Anronio Scorpions (9,176) had the best team average, followed by the Atlanta Silverbacks (4,505), Carolina RailHawks (3,883), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3,615), Tampa Bay Rowdies (3,116), Minnesota Stars (2,796), Puerto Rico Islanders (1,864) and FC Edmonton (1.525).

FC Dallas Reserves Shut Out SKC For Three-Way Division Tie

Bryan Leyva's unassisted goals in the 34th and 59th minute were enough to lead host FC Dallas to a 2-0 shutout of Sporting Kansas City Tuesday in Major League Soccer Reserve League play at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, TX.

FC Dallas improved their record in the Central/Mountain Division to 5-3-1 with 16 points, tying them for first place with the Houston Dynamo (5-2-1) and the Colorado Rapids (5-4-1), and they will play the Chicago Fire in Frisco in Dallas' final regular and home season game in the MLSRL.

SKC finishes its ten-game schedule with a 2-6-2 record and eight points.

Dunfield Brace Leads Toronto FC To CCL Group 1 Win Over CD Aguila

Terry Dunfield scored a brace and Quincy Amarikwa had a goal and an assist as Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, the worst team in the league this season, shut out host CD Aguila of El Salvador 3-0 in Group 1 play of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League tournament Tuesday.

Toronto completed a sweep of the two-game series, having defeated them 5-1 August 1 at BMO Field, and is in second place in the group standings with a 2-1-0 record and six points.

Toronto, who returns to MLS play Saturday at the New York Red Bulls, meets Mexico's Santos Laguna in their final group match October 24.

Nominees Announced For Week 29 MLS Save Of The Week Award

Voting has opened for fans to select the Week 29 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 29 are Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Freddy Hall (Toronto FC), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA) and Brad Knighton (Vancouver Whitecaps).



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Week 29 MLS Team Of The Week Announced

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the members of the league's Team of the Week for Week 29 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
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Victor Bernardez - San Jose Earthquakes
Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City

MIDFIELDERS
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy
Juninho - Los Angeles Galaxy
Sam Cronin - San Jose Earthquakes
Javier Morales - Real Salt Lake

FORWARDS
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia Union
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes (MLS Week 29 Player of the Week)
Chris Wolfe - Chicago Fire

HEAD COACH
Ben Olsen - DC United

HONORABLE MENTION
Davy Arnaud - Montreal Impact
Jairo Arrieta - Columbus Crew
Joe Bendik - Portland Timbers
Branko Boskovic - DC United
Omar Cummings - Colorado Rapids
Fabian Espindola - Real Salt Lake
Raymon Gaddis - Philadelphia Union
Bill Gaudette - New York Red Bulls
Robbie Keane - Los Angeles Galaxy
Dan Kennedy - Chivas USA
Gershon Koffie - Vancouver Whitecaps
Justin Meram - Columbus Crew
Danny Mwanga - Portland Timbers
Andy Najar - DC United
Lee Nguyen - New England Revolution
Barry Robson - Vancouver Whitecaps
Sammy Ochoa - Seattle Sounders
Lionard Pijoy - DC United
C.J. Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Jamie Smith - Colorado Rapids
Tony Tchani - Columbus Crew
Marvell Wynne - Colorado Rapids
Steve Zakuani - Seattle Sounders
Sal Zizzo - Portland Timbers

Wings Add Former SharX Bryant

The Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced defender Brady Bryant, who played last season for the now-defunct Norfolk SharX, signed with the team Tuesday.

Bryant scored 12 points for the SharX last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Bryant split his collegiate career between The Citadel and the University of Mobile in Alabama and also played in the USL Premier Development League with Chicago Eagles Select and the West Michigan Edge.

He then moved to professional soccer in 2004 with the Wilmington Hammerheads, then of USL Second Division, for three seasons, then took a season off to play as a wide receiver and kicker for the Columbia (SC) Stingers of the National Indoor Football League before returning to USL2 in 2008 with the Charlotte Eagles.

Soul Names New Inaugural Head Coach In Rojos

The Chicago Soul, joining the Major Indoor Soccer League this season, announced Tuesday Manny Rojas will take over as their inaugural head coach, replacing Narciso "Chicho" Cuevas, who recently resigned for family reasons.

Among the many stops in a 20-year playing career, Rojas led the Chicago Sting to the North American Soccer League's Soccer Bowl championship in 1984, then transitioned with the team when they joined the original MISL the next season, and won a National Professional Soccer League title with the Chicago Power in the 1990-91 season.

The Soul also announced veteran player Novica "Novi" Marojevic will be their assistant coach.

Chicago Mustangs Join PASL For 2012-13 Season

The Professional Arena Soccer League announced the addition Tuesday of the Chicago Mustangs franchise for the 2012-13 season, joining the Dallas Sidekicks, Harrisburg Heat, Las Vegas Legends, Sacramento Surge, Rockford Rampage and Real Phoenix as expansion teams.

The Mustangs will be run by general manager Nasser Rafidia and will play home games at the Grand Sports Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL. They will be placed in the league's new Central Division, joining regional rivals Rockford and the Illinois Piasa.

PASL's Real Phoenix Announces Five Signings

Real Phoenix, joining the Professional Arena Soccer League this season as one of seven expansion teams, announced Tuesday the signings of head coach Randy Soderman, player-coach Greg Veetch, and players Davey Lopez, Rodolfo B. "Fito" Callazo and Eric Tate.

NY Cosmos To Return To Hofstra University In 2013

The New York Cosmos, returning to the world of professional soccer next season with the North American Soccer League, announced Tuesday they will play home games at 13,000-seat James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, the same stadium where they played games during the 1972 and 1973 seasons in the original NASL.

The Cosmos played from 1971 to 1985 in the original league and won five Soccer Bowl championships.

Campos Wins 2012 NASL Golden Ball Award

San Antonio Scorpions forward Pablo Campos, who scored 20 goals this season to tie a league single-season record set last year by Etienne Barbara, then of the Carolina RailHawks, was named the winner Tuesday of the North American Soccer League's Golden Ball for the 2012 season.

Campos was a five-time Offensive Player of the Week this season and was the league's Player of the Month in July.

Revs Midfielder Nguyen Done For Season Following Shoulder Surgery

After undergoing surgery on his right shoulder Monday, Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced he will miss the rest of the 2012 season.

Nguyen was their only player this season to appear in all 30 games so far, starting 27, and finished his season with five goals and two assists.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Silver Knights Sign Former SharX To Roster

The Syracuse Silver Knights of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing of forward Matt Clare, who played his rookie indoor season for the disbanded Norfolk SharX and finished 12th in the league in goals with 20 and 17th in points with 48.

Clare will join the team following the completion of his season in the North American Soccer League with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who earned a berth in that league's playoffs.

NASL Names Final Players Of The Week For 2012 Season

The North American Soccer League Monday named Atlanta Silverbacks forward Danny Barrera and Tampa Bay Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Attinella the Week 25 and final Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the 2012 season.

Barrera scored a combined goal and three assists over his team's last two games -- a 3-1 upset victory at home over the 2012 regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions Wednesday and a 1-1 road draw with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Attinella won this award for the fifth time this season, most in the league, and tied with Scorpions defender Pablo Campos for most weekly awards this season. It's also Attinella's seventh career weekly award.

In a two-game, season-ending series with the Carolina RailHawks, he had nine saves in a 1-1 draw in Cary, NC Wed, then ended his season with his eleventh shutout and 16th of his career in a scoreless draw Saurday in St. Petersburg, FL.

Attinella ended the league's regular season as its saves leader with 118 and finished second in goals against average at 1.07.

MLS Announces Week 29 Goal Of The Week Nominees

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 29 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) Danny Mwanga of the Portland Timbers (G1), Juninho of the Los Angeles Galaxy (G2), Javier Morales of Real Salt Lake (G3), Robbie Keane of the Galaxy (G4) and Simon Dawkins of the San Jose Earthquakes (G5).

Wondolowski Named MLS Week 29 Player Of The Week

For the third time in the 2012 season, San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, who leads the Golden Boot race with 22 goals, was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week, this time for Week 29.

He previously earned the award in Weeks 9 and 19 and was twice named the league's Player of the Month in April and June.

NASL Announces Single-Game Quarterfinal Playoff Matchups

With the regular season coming to a close Sunday, the North American Soccer League announced its playoff schedule.

The top two teams in the single table standings, the regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions and the second-place Tampa Bay Rowdies, earn a bye into next weekend's two-game aggregate goal series against the winner of this weekend's single-game quarterfinal matchups.

Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC, the fourth-seeded Carolina RailHawks will host the fifth-seeded Fort Lauderdale Strikers and, this Sunday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the third-seeded Puerto Rico Islanders host the sixth-seeded and defending league champion Minnesota Stars FC.

If either of this weekend's game end in a tie after 90 minutes, teams will play a 30-minute extra time period with no golden goal. If games are still tied after that, penalty kicks will decide the winner.

The highest-ranked quarterfinal winner will face the Scorpions in the semifinals, while the lowest-ranked winner takes on the Rowdies.

Scorpions Officially NASL RS Champs After Draw To Stars

The expansion San Antonio Scorpions officially became the 2012 regular season champions of the North American Soccer League after playing the defending league champion Minnesota Stars to a 1-1 draw in both teams' final game of the season Sunday at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.

Pablo Campos scored San Antonio's goal in the ninth minute off a Ryan Cochrane assist, but Minnesota leveled the score in the 69th minute as Shaun Chin fed a pass to Kevin Friedland.

The Scorpions end their debut season in the league at 13-7-8 with 47 points and earns a bye into the semifinal round of the playoffs, which begin this weekend.

Minnesota, 8-9-11 with 35 points, is the sixth and final seed in the playoffs and will travel to the third-seeded Puerto Rico Islanders this Sunday.

FC Edmonton Scores Late To Level Strikers At Clarke Stadium

Elvir Gigolaj and Paul Craig scored late goals as host FC Edmonton played the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to a 2-2 draw Sunday at Clarke Stadium to end both teams' North American Soccer League regular season schedules.

Abe Thompson had a goal and assisted on Aly Hassan's goal for the Strikers.

FC Edmonton ended their season in last place with a 5-13-10 record and 25 points.

Fort Lauderdale, meanwhile, finished the season in fifth place at 9-10-9 with 36 points and will face the Carolina RailHawks in a quarterfinal playoff match Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Sounders Shut Out Earthquakes In MLSRL Finale For Both Teams

David Estrada scored a goal and teamed with Michael Seamon on a Mario Martinez goal to lead the host Seattle Sounders to a 3-0 Major League Soccer Reserve League victory over the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

Alex Caskey also had a goal and the Sounders end their ten-game regular season league schedule at 4-5-1 with 13 points in the Western Conference.

San Jose leads the conference at the moment at 5-3-2 with 17 points.

Whitecaps, Rapids Fight To Draw At BC Place

The host Vancouver Whitecaps and the Colorado Rapids played to a 2-2 draw Sunday in Major League Soccer play at BC Place.

Omar Cummings opened the scoring for Colorado on a 34th minute unassisted goal, but back-to-back goals in the 64th and 68th minutes by Alain Rochat, off Gershon Koffie, and Kenny Miller, off Barry Robson, gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead before Jamie Smith evened the game for Colorado in the 86th minute.

Vancouver, 10-12-8 with 38 points, has the fifth and last playoff spot in the Western Conference and hosts the Seattle Sounders Saturday.

Colorado, 9-18-3 with 30 points and in seventh place, hosts the defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy next Sunday.

DC United Wins Over Chivas USA On Boskovic Header

Branko Boskovic's first goal of his Major League Soccer, a 64th minute header off a Lionard Pajoy pass, gave host DC United a 1-0 win over Chivas USA for their franchise-record 15th straight victory at RFK Stadium this season Sunday.

DC (15-10-5, 50 points) is tied for third place in the Eastern Conference standings with the New York Red Bulls (14-8-8) and will travel to the Western Conference's Portland Timbers Saturday.

Chivas, winless in their last nine games, is now the worst team in the Western Conference at 7-15-7 with 28 points and hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday.

Union Stuns Dynamo Off Adu Brace, Martinez Goal

Freddy Adu had an unassisted brace and Josue Martinez scored his first career Major League Soccer goal off a pass from Amobi Okugo as the host Philadelphia Union defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1 Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

Oscar Boniek Garcia tied the game for Houston off feeds from Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie.

Philadelphia is now 8-14-6 with 30 points for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings and travels to the Columbus Crew this Saturday.

Houston holds the fifth playoff berth in the conference at 12-8-10 with 46 points and hosts the New England Revolution Saturday.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Islanders, Silverbacks End NASL Season With Draw

Danny Barrera scored for the Atlanta Silverbacks, but couldn't hold back a challenge from Justin Fojo as Fojo's Puerto Rico Islanders, one of six teams headed to next week's North American Soccer League playoffs, played the eliminated Silverbacks to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Juan Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR Saturday.

The Islanders end their 2012 regular season campaign at 11-9-8 with 40 points, good for third place ahead of the league's final games of the season Sunday.

Atlanta, who spent most of the season again in its cellar, was 7-12-9 this season with 30 points for a seventh place finish.

Revs Rout Red Bulls In MLSRL Action

Goals by Stephen Keel and Jose Angulo gave the New York Red Bulls a 2-0 victory over the host New England Revolution Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA in Major League Soccer Reserve Division play.

The Revolution end their ten-game season with a record of 2-5-3 with nine points in the East Division.

The Red Bulls, 2-5-2 with eight points, is tied for fourth place with Toronto FC (2-3-2), who they host in their season finale at Montclair State University in New Jersey next Sunday.

Wondolowski Game-Winner Locks Up Conference Title

Chris Wondolowski's game-winning 30th minute goal off Victor Bernardez gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 win over the host Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field Saturday to virtually clinch the regular season title in Major League Soccer's Western Conference and allowed them to sweep their three-game series this season, winning two at Seattle.

San Jose (18-6-6, 60 points) has a five-point lead over current Eastern Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City (16-7-7, 55 points) for the Supporters Shield, which goes to the MLS franchise with the best overall record.

Simon Dawkins scored for San Jose in the second minute off an Alan Gordon assist, but Samuel Ochoa tied the game at 1-1 with an assist on Steve Zakuani's goal.

The Earthquakes next host FC Dallas next Saturday.

The Sounders, 13-7-9 with 48 points and in a playoff spot at fourth place in the Western Conference, travels to BC Place to face the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Galaxy Clinches Playoff Berth In First Win Over TFC In Three Seasons

The Los Angeles Galaxy will be able to defend their Major League Soccer championship in this season's playoffs, following braces by Juninho and Robbie Keane that led to a 4-2 victory over Toronto FC Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, their first against this season's worst team in the league in three seasons.

It was also the Galaxy's fourth straight victory.

Luis Silva assisted on a Terry Dunfield goal and was assisted by Eric Avila on Toronto's other goal in the loss.

The Galaxy, 15-11-4 with 49 points, are tied for second place with Real Salt Lake, who hold a similar mark after a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers. Los Angeles travels to the Colorado Rapids next Sunday.

Toronto FC, 5-18-7 with 22 points and last in the Eastern Conference, takes on the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ next Saturday.

Fire Wins Seventh Of Last Eight, Fourth Come-From-Behind Victory In Eight

Chris Rolfe led the host Chicago Fire to their seventh win in their last eight Major League Soccer games and their fourth come-from-behind victory in that stretch with goals in the 23rd and 26th minute in a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Jairo Arrieta had put the Crew on top in the 15th minute with an unassisted goal before Rolfe's brace turned the game around, handing the Crew their third loss in their last four games and, for the moment, knocking them out of a possible Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Chicago, 16-8-5 with 53 points and in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, faces conference-leading Sporting Kansas City (16-7-7, 55 points) next Saturday in Kansas City, KS.

Columbus, 13-11-6 with 45 points and in sixth place, hosts the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

Morales Has Assist, Goal As RSL Clinches Playoff Berth

Javier Morales assisted on a Fabian Espindola goal in the 14th minute and added an unassisted shot in the 36th minute as Real Salt Lake edged the Portland Timbers Saturday 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT to claim their fifth straight Major League Soccer playoff appearance.

Bright Dike ended the shutout for RSL in the 61st minute as Sal Zizzo fed a pass to him for a goal.

RSL is 15-11-4 with 49 points and are tied for second place in the Western Conference with the defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy, who won over Toronto FC 4-2 Saturday at The Home Depot Center. RSL next hosts Chivas USA next Saturday.

Portland, 7-15-8 with 29 points, is tied for seventh place in the conference standings with the Colorado Rapids (9-18-2). The Timbers host DC United next Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.

Barnes Blast Forces Draw With Revs, Red Bulls

Darrius Barnes' 95th minute game-tying goal off assists from Ryan Guy and Kelyn Rowe allowed the host New England Revolution to play the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and extend the Red Bull's winless streak at the facility to 16 games.

After no scoring for the regulation 90 minutes, Tim Cahill fed a pass to Joel Lindpere in the first minute of stoppage time to give New York the lead before Barnes' blast.

Despite the draw, the Red Bulls are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings at 14-8-8 with 50 points and will host Toronto FC, the league's worst team this season, next Saturday.

The Revolution are 7-15-8 with 29 points and are in eighth place. New England travels to the Houston Dynamo next Saturday.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Boyd Done With Timbers For Season

After suffering a groin injury early in a game Wednesday at Sporting Kansas City, Timbers forward Kris Boyd will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Friday.

He leads the club with seven goals, three of those scored in the first 11 games he's played, and has started six of their last 12 games since former head coach John Spencer, a fellow Scottish player like Boyd, was fired and replaced on an interim basis by general manager Gavin Wilkinson.

Boyd is the all-time leading scorer in the Scottish Premiere League.

Former Crew Midfielder Urso Officially Died Of Heart Defect

The Franklin County (OH) Coroner's Office announced Friday former Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso, who died suddenly August 5, hours before a scheduled Major League Soccer game, died from Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, a rare genetic heart disease.

Friday, September 21, 2012

MLS Fans Named Montero, Sarvas Week 29's Award Winners

Major League Soccer fans selected Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas as the Week 29 winners of the AT&T Goal of the Week and the Save of the Week competitions.

Montero, in one of the closest margins in the award's history, edged out New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry 37.7 percent to 36.3 percent.

Julian de Guzman of FC Dallas was third in the voting at 15.8 percent, followed by Alex of the Chicago Fire (7.5 percent) and Brad Davis of the Houston Dynamo (2.6 percent).

Sarvas joins San Jose Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez (Week 16) and Portland Timbers defender Steven Smith (Week 25) as non-goalkeepers to win the award this season.

Sarvas won with 48.56 percent of the vote, more than double what second place finisher Tally Hall of Houston (20.96) and third place finisher Andy Gruenebaum of the Columbus Crew (20.19) earned. Matt Reis of the New England Revolution was fourth at 5.48 percent and Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire was last at 4.81 percent.

Henry Fined, Suspended For Revolution Game

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced Friday New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry has been fined and suspended for Saturday's game at the New England Revolution for violent conduct that endangered the safety of Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara in their game Wednesday at Red Bull Arena.

Henry faced a similar punishment last October for running into the back of SKC midfielder Roger Espinoza.

Pajoy Catapults DC United Into MLS Hunt

Lionard Pajoy scored the lone DC United goal in the 67th minute off assists from Chris Pontius and Maicon Santos en route to a 1-0 victory over the host Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, PA to vault themselves into the Major League Soccer playoff race.

DC United, now fourth in the Eastern Conference standings at 14-10-5 with 47 points, hosts Chivas USA Sunday.

Philadelphia, winless in their last eight games, are in ninth place in the standings at 7-14-6 with 27 points and will host the Houston Dynamo Sunday.

Dymanic Houston Shuts Out CD FAS In CCL Play

Can Weaver scored a goal and two assists and Bobby Boswell,  Giles Barnes and Calen Carr added goals as Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo shut out El Salvador's CD FAS 4-0 Thursday in 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 play from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Dynamo, who return to league play Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Union, led their three-team CCL qualifying group with a 2-0-1 record and seven points. Houston next hosts Olimpia of Honduras October 23.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wave Add Former Galaxy Midfielder Sesay

The defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave announced the signing Thursday of midfielder Israel Sesay, who has played the last two seasons in USL PRO with the Los Angeles Blues after a stint with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, where he made history at age 17 as the youngest to ever play for them.

Born in Sierra Leone, Africa, his family emigrated to the US when he was 11.

NASL Announces Week 24 POTW Nominees, Watson Wins Week 23 Award

The North American Soccer League announced Thursday the nominees for Week 24 of their Play of the Week competition.

Fans can go to www.nasl.com to see the Week 24 nominees and select their favorite highlight.

The nominees are Anthony Vasquez of the Puerto Rico Islanders, Matt Horth of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Mike Ambersley of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Pablo Campos of the San Antonio Scorpions and Ty Shipalane of the Carolina RailHawks

Jamie Watson of the Minnesota Stars was named the winner Thursday of the Week 23 competition.

Morgan Sends Sundhage Away With Big Friendly Win Over Australia

Alex Morgan had a brace and assisted on goals by Heather O'Reilly and Abby Wambach, and Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux added goals as the US Women's National Team. continuing their ten-match Fan Tribute Tour after winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, gave head coach Pia Sundhage her final win as coach of the team Wednesday with a 6-2 rout at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO, extending their current winning streak this season to 14 games.

Sundhage, who recently announced she would resign to pursue opportunities in her native Sweden, possibly an opening as that country's head of the women's soccer program.

Sundhage, in five years as coach, ends with a record of 91-6-10.

Australia's goals came from Lisa de Vanna and Sarah Walsh, playing in her last game for her country.

The USWNT's next games on the victory tour will be a two-game series with Germany October 20 at Toyota Pakr in Bridgeview, IL and October 23 at Rentschler Field at East Hartford, CT.

Draw Locks In Home Playoff Games For Rowdies, RailHawks

Despite playing to a 1-1 draw in North American Soccer League action from Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL, both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Carolina RailHawks, the defending league champion, earned home playoff games with the two-point split.

Tampa Bay scored in the 14th minute when Luke Mulholland found Andres Arango for the 1-0 lead, but Ty Shipalane, assisted by Brian Shriver, leveled the game for the RailHawks in the 62nd minute.

The two teams will end their 2012 seasons Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Silverbacks Stun Scorpions In Home Season Finale

Danny Barrera assisted on goals by Willie Hurst and Pedro Morales as the Atlanta Silverbacks stunned the North American Soccer League-leading San Antonio Scorpions 3-1 in Atlanta's regular season home finale at Atlanta Silverbacks Park Wednesday.

Josue Soto had San Antonio's lone goal.

The Scorpions, the league's only expansion team this season, is 13-7-7 with 46 points and will play their final home game and regular season match Saturday against the defending league champion Minnesota Stars.

Atlanta is 7-12-8 with 29 points and in seventh place in the standings. They end their regular season schedule Saturday at the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Countering Braces Cause Draw With 'Quakes, Timbers

Danny Mwanga had a pair of goals for the Portland Timbers in the 45th and 52nd minute, but Chris Wondolowski countered for Major League Soccer's best team, the Western Conference and Supporters Shield-leading San Jose Earthquakes, causing a 2-2 draw Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

San Jose, 17-6-6 with 57 points, travels to the Seattle Sounders Sunday.

Portland, 7-14-8 with 29 points and tied for seventh place in the Western standings with the Colorado Rapids (9-18-2), faces Real Salt Lake in a road contest Saturday.

Meram Lone Goal Gives Shutout Over Chivas USA

Justin Meram's 89th minute unassisted goal helped the Columbus Crew end a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer action Wednesday from Crew Stadium.

Chivas is now 0-6-2 in the last eight games.

Columbus is in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at 13-10-6 with 45 points and will travel to the Chicago Fire Saturday.

Chivas is the worst team in the Western Conference at 7-14-7 with 28 points and next faces DC United in our nation's capital Sunday.

SKC Ends Red Bulls' Home Unbeaten Streak

C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara scored goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, then coasted as Sporting Kansas City continued its grip on Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference lead with a 2-0 victory over the host New York Red Bulls Wednesday, ending their unbeaten streak this season at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

SKC is 16-7-6 with 54 points and travels to the Montreal Impact Saturday, while the Red Bulls, in third in the conference, is 14-8-7 with 49 points and faces the New England Revolution on the road.

Sounders, Galaxy Clinch CCL Quarterfinal Berths

The Seattle Sounders and the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders clinch group stage titles in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League and will advance to quarterfinal play.

The Sounders won the Group 4 title with a 3-2 victory at Honduras' Marathon on goals by Samuel Ochoa, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans.

Marathon gained a brace by Mario Rene Barrios.

Seattle, 3-0-0 with nine points, hosts the best team in MLS, the Western Conference's San Jose Earthquakes, Sunday, and plays their final CCL group stage game October 24 at CenturyLink Field against Metapan of El Salvador.

The Galaxy took the Group 5 title with a scoreless draw to the Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League in Bayamon, PR, improving their record to 2-0-1 with seven points.

Los Angeles returns to MLS play Saturday when they host the league's worst team in Toronto FC.

The Galaxy ends CCL group play October 25 against Metapan.

Puerto Rico, eliminated with a 0-2-1 record and a point, hosts the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday and hosts Metapan in their CCL finale next Thursday

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

PASL Announces Changes Involving Arizona Franchises

The Professional Arena Soccer League announced Tuesday some changes involving their Arizona-based franchises that will allow Real Phoenix to join the league this season instead of the 2013-14 season.

Real Phoenix, owned by Rosario Lopez, Jr. a 19-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, a former player for the Arizona Cotton in the United States Interregional Soccer League, and the current CEO of Real Phoenix Football Club, will play home games at the Phoenix Sports Centre.

The moves are:

- The Arizona Storm will return for its second season this November, but will home games from Phoenix to Prescott Valley, where they will play at 5,100-seat Tim's Toyota Center.

- The Tucson Extreme, which was set to join the league this season, will join next season due to "changes within the Tucson Convention Center staffing (that) created conflicts in scheduling", according to the team's executive managing partner Tm Mitchell.

Timbers Lose Ricketts, Chara For 2-4 Weeks

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers announced Tuesday goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and midfielder Diego Chara will miss two to four weeks of action due to injuries.

Ricketts suffered a Grade 1 shoulder separation after colliding with Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson in Saturday's 1-1 draw.

To help fill a hole at the position, the Sounders called up goalkeeper Scott Angevine from the league's player pool.

Angevine has played this season for the Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City.

He played his freshman season of college soccer for Northern Illinois University in 2007, then transferred to Coastal Carolina University, where he set a career record for shutouts with 16, was a two-time All-Big South Conference selection, played on three conference championship teams, and played in two NCAA College Cup tournaments.

Chara sprained a groin during the Sounders game.

Saborio Goal Gives RSL Shutout Over Tauro FC In CCL Play

Alvaro Saborio's 93rd minute unassisted goal gave Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake a 1-0 victory over host Tauro FC of Panama Tuesday in Group 2 play of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League from Rommel Fernandez Stadium.

RSL is now 2-1-0 with six points in pool play and is tied for the group lead with Costa Rica's Herediano (2-0-0), who they host October 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

RSL returns to MLS play Saturday when they host the Portland Timbers.

Week 28 MLS Team Of The Week Announced

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the members of the league's Team of the Week for Week 28 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
Tally Hall - Houston Dynamo

DEFENDERS
Jalil Anibaba - Chicago Fire
David Horst - Portland Timbers
Matt Hedges - FC Dallas

MIDFIELDERS
Chris Pontius - DC United
Julian de Guzman - FC Dallas
Marcelo Sarvas - Los Angeles Galaxy
Alvaro Fernandez - Chicago Fire

FORWARDS
Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes
Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls (MLS Week 28 Player of the Week)

HEAD COACH
Frank Klopas - Chicago Fire

HONORABLE MENTION
Alex - Chicago Fire
Osvaldo Alonso - Seattle Sounders
Kevin Alston - New England Revolution
Sam Cronin - San Jose Earthquakes
Terry Dunfield - Toronto FC
David Ferreira - FC Dallas
Alan Gordon - San Jose Earthquakes
Andy Gruenebaum - Columbus Crew
Hector Jimenez - Los Angeles Galaxy
Robbie Keane - Los Angeles Galaxy
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Brad Knighton - Vancouver Whitecaps
Rafa Marquez - New York Red Bulls
Dax McCarty - New York Red Bulls
Justin Morrow - San Jose Earthquakes
Pavel Prado - Chicago Fire
Chris Rolfe - Chicago Fire
Luis Silva - Toronto FC
C.J. Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Rodney Wallace - Portland Timbers
Sheanon Williams - Philadelphia Union

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

RSL Signed Trialist Viana Before Roster Freeze Deadline

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake signed midfielder David Viana to a contract Friday before the league's imposed roster freeze deadline, the team announced Tuesday.

Viana, who had been on trial with them since last Monday, joins on a free transfer from Spain's Atletico Madrid "C" team.

He started and played 80 minutes in last Tuesday's 1-0 win at Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Reserve League.

DC United's Wolff Out Indefinitely After Back Surgery

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Tuesday player-assistant coach Josh Wolff will be out for an indefinite period of time after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated lower back disc.

He has played in nine games this season, starting one, after starting 23 of 30 games last season and scoring five goals and seven assists.

Wolff joined United after seven seasons with Kansas City Wizards/Sporting Kansas City.

Wolff played 52 times for the US Men's National Team, scoring nine goals and five assists, and played on the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams, the latter with current United head coach Ben Olsen.

Fire Burns Dallas In First Half Of MLSRL Victory

Hunter Jumper scored in the fifth minute off a Victor Pineda assist and Dominic Oduro added an insurance goal in the 42nd minute via a Corben Bone feed as the Chicago Fire, playing their home game of the Major League Soccer Reserve League season Tuesday at Toyota Park, defeated FC Dallas 2-1.

Scott Sealy had Dallas' goal in the 78th minute, assisted by Ricardo Villar.

The two teams will meet again October 10 at FC Dallas Stadium.

Chicago is 4-4-0 with 12 points and in fourth place in the Central/Mountain Division, while FC Dallas is in third at 4-3-1 with 13 points.

Nominees Announced For Week 28 MLS Save Of The Week

Voting has opened for fans to select the Week 28 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 28 are Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Marcelo Sarvas (Los Angeles Galaxy), Andy Gruenebaum (Columbus Crew) and Matt Reis (New England Revolution).

Monday, September 17, 2012

PDL's BYU Cougars Shut Out Utah State University

Romy Lakip, Toni Niccoli and Jace Green scored goals as the BYU Cougars of the USL Premier Development League shut out Utah State University 3-0 Saturday to open their exhibition schedule at BYU South Field in Provo, UT.

The Cougars will next host the University of Utah Friday and Utah Valley State University this Saturday.

Shipalane, Vasquez Named Week 24's Best In NASL

The North American Soccer League announced Monday Carolina RailHawks midfielder Ty Shipalane and Puerto Rico Islanders defender Anthony Vasquez were named the league's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for Week 24 of the 2012 season.

Shipalane assisted on Nick Zimmerman's goal in a 2-2 draw to FC Edmonton Wednesday, then scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minute of a 2-1 upset Saturday against the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions.

Vasquez had a set piece goal off a David Foley pass in their team's 2-0 win Saturday over the defending league champion Minnesota Stars.

MLS Announces Week 28 Goal Of The Week Nominees

Major League Soccer Tuesday announced the five nominees for the AT&T Goal of the Week award for Week 28 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) Brad Davis of the Houston Dynamo (G1), Fredy Montero of the Seattle Sounders (G2), Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls (G3), Alex of the Chicago Fire (G4) and Julian de Guzman of FC Dallas (G5).



Henry Wins MLS POTW Award For Fourth Time

After previously winning the honor in Weeks 3 through 5, New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was named Monday Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 28 of the 2012 season after scoring two goals and assisting on Dax McCarty's goal in a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Henry is also up for MLS Goal of the Week for Week 28.

Franks Assists On Goals In RailHawks Upset Of Scorpions

Floyd Franks assisted on Gale Agbossoumonde's 42nd minute opening goal, then fed a pass to Ty Shipalane on the 69th minute game-winning goal as the defending North American Soccer League regular season champion Carolina RailHawks upset the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 Sunday at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.

Pablo Campos tied the game for the Scorpions in the 64th minute off a Jeff Cunningham assist.

The RailHawks, 10-8-8 with 38 points and in fourth place in the standings, ends their season with two games against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, traveling there Wednesday before they come to Cary, NC Sunday to close out the season.

San Antonio leads the league with a 13-7-6 record and play their final regular season game next Sunday against the defending league champion Minnesota Stars.

Rowdies Shut Out FC Edmonton On The Road

Luke Mulholland and Daniel Antoniuk each had a goal and an assist and Mike Ambersley added a goal as the Tampa Bay Rowdies shut out host FC Edmonton 3-0 Sunday in North American Soccer League play Sunday at Clarke Stadium and handed goalkeeper Jeff Attinella his tenth shutout of the season and 15th in his career.

Tampa Bay, in second place in the league standings, at 12-7-7 with 43 points, is unbeaten in nine out of their last ten games and is on a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2).

The Rowdies end their 2012 season with a home-and-home series against the defending regular season champions Carolina RailHawks, beginning at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg Wednesday, then ending Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

FC Edmonton is in last place in the standings at 5-13-9 with 24 points and plays its home and regular season finale next Sunday against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Timbers Edge Sounders In MLSRL Match Sunday

Kris Boyd had a goal and an assist and Mike Fucito and Brent Richards each added goals as the host Portland Timbers edged the Seattle Sounders 3-2 Sunday in a Major League Soccer Reserve Division match at JELD-WEN Field.

Sounders Academy players Jordan Morris and Isidro Prado-Huerta scored Seattle's goals.

The win ended Portland's MLSRL season with a 4-5-1 record and 13 points in the West Division.

Seattle, 3-5-1 with ten points and in last place, hosts the San Jose Earthquakes in their final game of the season next Sunday.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

USWNT Wins First Of Two Friendlies Against Australia

After allowing Lisa de Vanna to get off an unassisted shot in the 34th minute to take the early lead, the US Women's National Team, continuing their post-London Olympics Fan Tribute Tour, saw Alex Morgan score a 55th minute game-tying goal off a Heather O'Reilly assist and Shannon Boxx hit the unassisted game-winner in the 63rd minute as they rallied to defeat Australia 2-1 Sunday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The two teams will meet again in a friendly match Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Wondo-ful Result For 'Quakes Over Chivas USA

Chris Wondolowski scored an unassisted 40th minute goal, then assisted nine minutes later with Justin Morrow on Alan Gorden's goal as the league- and conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes shut out host Chivas USA 2-0 in Major League Soccer play from The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

San Jose is 17-6-5 with 56 points and hosts the Portlnd Timbers Wednesday, then travels to the Seattle Sounders next Sunday.

Chivas USA is 7-13-7 with 28 points and is tied in last place with the Portland Timbers (7-14-7). Chivas takes on the Crew on the road Wednesday, then heads to DC United next Sunday.

De Guzman Scores GWG In Sixth Minute Of Injury Time

Julian De Guzman had an unassisted goal in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time as host FC Dallas shut out the Vancouver Whitecaps, losers of their last five Major League Soccer games, 1-0 at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday.

Dallas is 9-12-9 with 36 points and is in sixth place in the Western Conference standings. Their next game will be September 29 at the current league- and conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes.

Vancouver is 10-12-7 with 37 points and in the playoff race with the conference's fifth pick. They will host the Colorado Rapids next Sunday.

Fernandez Goal, Assist Lift Fire Over Impact

Alvaro Fernandez scored and assisted on another point as the host Chicago Fire defeated the Montreal Impact 3-1 Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL in Major League Soccer action.

Sherjill McDonald also scored for Chicago, while, meanwhile, Marco Di Vaio had the Impact's lone goal in the 20th minute for the first lead of the game.

Chicago, 15-8-5 with 30 points and in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, has won six of their last seven games.

Montreal, losers of two straight, is 12-15-3 with 39 points and hosts conference-leading Sporting Kansas City next Saturday.

Pontius Powers United DC To Win Over Revolution

Chris Pontius had a goal in the 32nd minute off a Branko Boskovic assist, then returned the favor on a Lewis Neal goal in the 93rd minute as host DC United edged the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday at RFK Stadium in Major League Soccer play.

United snapped a three-game losing streak with the win, while the Revolution lost for the first time in three games.

Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring for New England with an assist from Diego Fagundez.

DC is now in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 13-10-5 with 44 points. The United travel to the Philadelphia Union this Thursday, then host Chivas USA next Sunday.

New England, 7-15-7 with 28 points and in eighth place, hosts the New York Red Bulls next Saturday.

Henry Brace Keeps Red Bulls Unbeaten At Home Over Crew

Following a sixth-minute goal from the Columbus Crew's Milovan Mirosevic off Jairo Arrieta , Thierry Henry had a game-tying goal three minutes later, assisted on the game-winning shot by Dax McCarty in the 79th minute, and had an unassisted 93rd minute goal as the host New York Red Bulls defeated the Crew 3-1 Saturday in Major League Soccer play Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

The Red Bulls, undefeated at home this season (10-0-3), also won their fifth straight game.

New York is 14-7-7 with 49 points for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Red Bulls host the conference-leading Sporting Kansas City Wednesday, then travel to the New England Revolution next Saturday.

The Crew are in the playoff hunt at 12-10-6 with 42 points and in sixth place. Columbus hosts Chivas USA Wednesday, then plays at the Chicago Fire next Saturday.

Foley Leads Islanders Attack Over Stars

David Foley assisted on Anthony Vasquez's 21st minute goal, then scored off a Joshua Hansen pass in the 84th minute as the host Puerto Rico Islanders shut out the defending North American Soccer League champion Minnesota Stars 2-0 Saturday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR.

The Islanders are 11-9-7 with 40 points and are tied for second place in the standings with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (11-7-7). Puerto Rico plays their 2012 regular season and home finale next Sunday against the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Silverbacks Shut Out Strikers In Atlanta

Matt Horth's 11th minute goal off a Lucas Paulini pass was the lone goal in a 1-0 Atlanta Silverbacks win Saturday over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in North American Soccer League play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Atlanta is now 6-12-8 with 26 points and in seventh place in the league standings. They end their home season Wednesday against the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions and play their regular season finale next Saturday at the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Timbers Tie Sounders In Cascadia Cup Match

The host Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders played to a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer play Saturday from JELD-WEN Field in a Cascadia Cup match.

After a scoreless first half, Seattle took the lead in the 57th minute as Michael Gspurning assisted Fredy Montero, but Portland leveled the score for good in the 78th minute on a Rodney Wallace goal from a Jack Jewsbury assist.

Seattle is now 13-6-9 with 48 points and is in second place in the Western Conference standings. The Sounders next play the league- and conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes next Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Portland, 7-14-7 with 28 points, is tied for last place in the conference with Chivas USA (7-12-7) and has road dates this Wednesday with the Earthquakes this Wednesday and Real Salt Lake next Saturday.

Goalkeepers Mayer, Litton Names To MISL Combine Coaching Staff

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Thursday goalkeepers Alan Mayer and Mark Litton will be members of the coaching staff during the league's annual combine, which starts September 27 at Independence Events Center in Kansas City, MO.

Mayer, MISL's Most  Valuable Player in the 1982-83 season with the San Diego Sockers, also played seven season for the Kansas City Comets.

Litton serves as an assistant coach of Keith Tozer's defending MISL Champion Milwaukee Wave team and the US National Futsal Team.

Toronto Winless Streak At Nine Games After Draw With Union

Sheanon Williams scored a game-tying 85th minute goal off an Antoine Hoppenot assist to force the Philadelphia Union and host Toronto FC to play to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw Saturday at BMO Field.

Toronto, who saw their winless streak extend to nine games, took the lead in the 58th minute when Luis Silva and Darren O'Dea teamed to help Eric Hassli score.

Philadelphia is now in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings at 7-13-6 with 27 points. The Union hosts DC United this Thursday and the Houston Dynamo next Saturday.

Toronto is the worst team in the conference and the league at 5-17-7 with 22 points. They will face the defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Sarvas Assists Boost Galaxy To 2-0 Shutout Of Rapids

Marcelo Sarvas teamed with Landon Donovan to assist Robbie Keane on a 15th minute goal, then fed a pass to newcomer Christian Wilhelmsson for his first career goal in the 58th minute as the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy, once left for dead in the Western Conference standings, shut out the Colorado Rapids 2-0 Friday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA and improved to second place in the conference table at 15-11-4 with 49 points.

The Galaxy will host the league's worst team, Toronto FC of the Eastern Conference, next Saturday.

Colorado, meanwhile, is 9-19-2 with 29 points and in seventh place in the conference. They will face the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place next Sunday.

Rapids Get Klute On Year-Long Loan From Silverbacks

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Friday they have acquired the services of defender Chris Klute on a one-year loan from the last place Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League.

Klute was moved up to the senior Silverbacks' franchise in June 2012 after playing the 2011 and 2012 season on their reserve team, which plays in the semi-pro National Premier Soccer League, played the full 90 minutes in 11 of 12 games he started with Atlanta.

Klute was a member of the US U-17 and U-20 national teams.

Sapong Fires Off Game-Tying Goal For SKC

Off a 93rd minute assist from Graham Zusi, C.J. Sapong scored as host Sporting Kansas City  played the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer play at Kansas City, KS.

SKC remains the leader in the Eastern Conference with a 15-7-6 record and 51 points and goes to the New York Red Bulls this Wednesday and the Montreal Impact next Saturday.

Houston, who scored on a Brad Davis goal from an Oscar Boniek Garcia pass in the 58th minute, is 12-7-10 with 46 points and is tied for third in the conference with the Red Bulls (13-7-7). The Dynamo are at the Philadelphia Union next Sunday.

Sounders Trade With Toronto FC To Acquire Hahnemann

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders acquired former Seattle Pacific University and US Men's National Team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann from Toronto FC during an allocation draft Friday in exchange for a future conditional draft pick.

Hahnemann signed a contract Friday to return to the league after 13 seasons playing in the English Premier League with Fulham, Reading and, most recently, Everton.

He played nine times for the USMNT and was on their 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup teams.

He last played in MLS for the Colorado Rapids from 1997 to 1999 and led them to their first MLS Cup final appearance.

Friday, September 14, 2012

RailHawks Sign Defenders Kalungi, Graye, Forward Luzanaris

The Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League announced the signings Friday of defenders Henry Kalungi and Jordan Graye and forward Matt Luzunaris for the rest of the regular season and the upcoming playoffs.

Kalungi was loaned to Carolina by USL PRO's Richmond Kickers, where he spent the last four season. He was a member of their then-2009 USL First Division championship team and, this season, he played in 1,526 minutes over 17 games.

Graye was signed as a free agent after spending the 2011 Major League Soccer season with the Houston Dynamo and the 2010 season at DC United.

Luzunaris was loaned by two-time USL PRO regular season champion Orlando City Soccer Club, where he had nine goals in 18 games this season.

He played three season in Europe before signing in 2011 with MLS' San Jose Earthquakes, who loamed him to Orlando City, where he was eventuallly signed permanently.

Argentine-Born Mexican Forward Franco Joins Fire

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced the signing Friday of Argentine-born Mexican forward Guillermo Franco.

Franco played for Mexico from 2005 to 2010 and appeared on their 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup teams before retiring from international play.

He last played in Liga MX, then the Mexican Primera Division, for Pachuca, but also had stints with San Lorenzo, Monterrey, Villareal, West Ham United and Velez Sarsfield.

Red Bulls Signs Kaka's Brother To Deal

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls announced Friday they will sign defender Diago, better known under his real name Rodrigo Izecson dos Santos Leite, to a contact Friday after giving a tryout against midfielder Nicki Paterson of the recently-crowned USL PRO champion Charleston Battery.

Diago is the younger brother of Brazilian defender Kaka, who plays for Real Madrid in Spain's La Liga.

Diago began his career in La Liga with AC Milan in 2004, but was loaned to AC Rimini of Italy from 2005 to 2007. He returned to Milan for the 2007-08 season, but appeared in one game in March 2008.

He was later loaned to Standard Liege in Belgium and US Lecce and FC Corotone in Italy before last playing on loan to Portugal's FC Penafiel, where he appeared in ten games.

Hahnemann Signs For MLS Return, New Name To Be Chosen Friday

Former US Men's National Team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who played on their 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup teams, signed a contract with Major League Soccer Friday to return to them after leaving the States in 1999 for playing opportunities in Europe and was set to learn, via an allocation draft later in the day, what team would gain his services.

Toronto FC, the worst team in the league and the Eastern Conference, has the first potential chance to choose him.

He began his career in the A-League with the Seattle Sounders in 1994 and played on their 1996 league championship team, then joined MLS' Colorado Rapids in 1997 and stayed through 1999, leading them to the MLS Cup final for the first time in team history and playing in 65 regular season games.

In England, he played for Fulham, Rochdale, Reading,Wolverhampton and Everton, who released him in May 2012.

Johnson Takes First MLS GOTW Award, Rimando Wins Fifth SOTW Award

Major League Soccer fans overwhelming selected Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando as the league's Week 27 Goal and Save of the Week winner as voting results were announced Friday.

Johnson, who was named this week's Player of the Week Tuesday, earned 82 percent of online and text votes to beat out Jaime Castrillion of the Colorado Rapids (11 percent) and Chivas USA's Nick LaBrocca (seven percent).

Rimando, who won his award for the fifth time this season and won it four of the first ten weeks of the season (Weeks 1, 6, 8 and 9), had 48.15 percent of the vote to defeat Tally Hall of the Houston Dynamo (30.14 percent), Donovan Ricketts of the Portland Timbers (13.3), Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA (5.7) and Matt Pickens of the Colorado Rapids (2.71).

DC United Signs Pontius To Multi-Year Deal

After announcing Thursday the loss of midfielder/forward and defending Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player Dwayne De Rosario for the remainder of the season due to a medial collateral ligament injury, the team Friday announced the signing of midfielder/forward Chris Pontius, their longest tenured player, to a multi-year deal.

Since being selected seventh overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Pontius has started 80 of 94 career games and has 23 goals and 11 assists.

He has started 19 of 24 games this season and has ten goals, placing him in the top 15 in the league in that category, with six of those goal being game-winners, second-most in MLS this season.

He was also the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea FC of the English Premier League, where he scored the game-tying goal in the 73rd minute and assisted Eddie Johnson of the Seattle Sounders of a game-winning 91st minute goal.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

United Loses De Rosario For Rest Of Seaon

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Thursday midfielder/forward, team captain and defending league Most Valuable Player Dwayne De Rosario will miss the rest of the 2012 regular season after suffering a Grade 3 sprain to a medial collateral ligament during Canada's recent 2-0 loss to Panama during CONCACAF semifinal round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

In 26 games this season for United, De Rosario has seven goals and 12 assists, second-most in the category in the league.

NASL Announces Week 23 POTW Nominees, Horth Wins Week 22 Award

The North American Soccer League announced Thursday the nominees for Week 23 of their Play of the Week competition.

Fans can go to www.nasl.com to see the Week 23 nominees and select their favorite highlight.

The nominees are Shaun Saiko of FC Edmonton, Jeff Cunningham of the San Antonio Scorpions, Nicholas Addlery and Richard Martin of the Puerto Rico Islanders, and Jamie Watson of the Carolina RailHawks.

Matt Horth of the Atlanta Silverbacks was named the winner Thursday of the Week 22 competition.



 

Fire Loans Barouch To Israeli Team

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Thursday the immediate loaning of forward Orr Barouch to Briei Yehuda Tel Aviv FC.

Barouch was originally loaned to the Fire by Mexico's Tigres UANL in March 2011 and Chicago purchased his rights in December of that year after leading them in scoring at the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament with three goals, then scoring five more goals in MLS Reserve League games that season.

Earthquakes Win Lottery For Tracy's Rights

Major League Soccer's best team this season, the Western Conference- and Supporters Shield-leading San Jose Earthquakes, got just a little more better Thursday after winning a weighted lottery to acquire the rights to former Wake Forest forward and 2008 Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy.

Tracy was drafted in 2009 by the Houston Dynamo at the MLS SuperDraft and was offered a contract, but refused it and accepted a deal to play for Aalborg BK in the Danish league, where he spent three years and dealt with numerous knee injuries along the way.

Tracy has been out of contract since his release by Aalborg in January and had been training this week with the Philadelphia Union, one of eight teams who took part in the lottery.

San Jose has the second-lowest probability of winning Tracy's rights at 4.6 percent.

Silver Knights Re-Sign Berenzon To Two-Year Deal

Despite missing most of last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the Syracuse Silver Knights of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Thursday they have re-signed Brazilian midfielder Andre Berenzon to a two-year deal.

He set career highs for most goals in a regular season game with three, all coming in a hat trick versus the disbanded Norfolk SharX in his first game of the season, and most points in a season with 20.

Braces Caused FC Edmonton, RailHawks To Play To Draw

Nick Zimmerman and Kyle Porter had two goals each for their respective teams as host FC Edmonton and the Carolina RailHawks played to a 2-2 draw in North American Soccer League play Wednesday at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Carolina is now 9-8-8 with 35 points and is tied for fourth place in the league standings with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (9-9-8). The RailHawks, the 2011 league regular season champion, travel Sunday to face the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions.

FC Edmonton is in seventh place at 5-12-9 with 24 points and host the Tampa Bay Rowdies Sunday.

In a related note, the Scorpions clinched a first-round playoff bye August 19 with a victory over the Rowdies and will host one of the league's semifinal playoff games October 14 at Heroes Stadium.

Should the Scorpions beat the RailHawks and Tampa Bay plays to a loss or their game ends in a draw, San Antonio would become the first expansion team in NASL history to win the regular season championship.

Fire Burns Toronto FC At BMO Field

Alvaro Fernandez scored the game-winning goal off a Pavel Pardo pass in the 13th minute and Chris Rolfe cemented the victory with a 42nd minute unassisted goal as the Chicago Fire edged host Toronto FC 2-1 Wednesday in Major League Soccer play at BMO Field.

Chicago improved to 14-8-5 with 47 points and are in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Fire host the Montreal Impact Saturday.

Toronto extended their current winless streak to eight games and remains the worst team in the conference and the league at 5-17-6 with 21 points. They will host the Philadelphia Union Saturday.

MLS Announces Eight Teams To Compete In Tracy Lottery

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday eight teams -- the New England Revolution, FC Dallas, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, the Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls, San Jose Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders -- will compete in a weighted lottery Thursday morning to gain the playing rights to former Wake Forest forward and 2008 Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy, who signed a contract Tuesday with the league.

Drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the 2009 SuperDraft, Tracy was offered a contract, but turned it down to play for Aalborg FC in the Netherlands, where he played for three seasons and dealt with tendinitis in a knee the entire time.

Houston's rights to Terry expired in 2011, making him eligible to be selected by any team willing to take part in the lottery.

Tracy had been training recently with the Union.

Based on the formula used for the process, which issues percentage chances for winning the lottery, each team are evaluated based on the last 34 matches dating back to the 2011 season, with playoff performance also factored, the Revolution have the best chance to win Tracy's rights (33.2 percent), followed by FC Dallas (19.7), the Union (16.8), RSL (9.7), Chicago (7.8), New York (6.1), San Jose (4.6) and Seattle (2.1).

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids, who gained the respective rights to Lee Nguyen and Kamani Hill in previous lotteries, were ineligible to take part in this event.






Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the signing of a contract by former Wake Forest forward and 2008 Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy, who has played the last three seasons at Aalborg BK.

Tracy was selected by the Houston Dynamo in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft but chose to sign with Aalborg instead and the Dynamo have since lost their rights to him.

Tracy's future MLS franchise will be determined in a weighted lottery Thursday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

PASL's Tacoma Stars Name Waters Head Coach

The Tacoma Stars of the Professional Arena Soccer League Wednesday named former player Joey Waters as their new head coach, replacing Greg Howes, who has become the head coach of the league's new Las Vegas Legends franchise.

Waters, born in Limerick, Ireland, played for numerous teams in his native country and in the United Kingdom before coming to the US in 1984 and joining the Stars in the original Major Indoor Soccer League until 1992, when he retired as a player.

He would stay on with the team as an assistant coach, then became head coach of teams at Bellermine Preparatory School, Gig Harbor High School and Pacific Lutheran University.

In 2010, Waters led the Stars' franchise in the semi-pro Premier Arena Soccer League to a National Championship.

RailHawks Acquire Sassano On Loan Through Rest Of NASL Season

The Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League, the league's 2011 regular season champion, announced Wednesday they have acquired midfielder Luke Sassano of Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City on loan through the rest of their season.

Drafted by the New York Red Bulls in 2008, he joined SKC in 2010.

Rowdies To Stay At Al Lang Stadium Through 2017

The Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League announced Wednesday they have signed a new four-year deal to remain the primary tenant of Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, beginning with the 2013 season.

The team played there during the 2011 and 2012 seasons through a partnership with the city of St. Petersburg and its baseball commission.

Fever Head Coach Driver Named USASA Region 1 Coach Of The Year

The Philadelphia Fever of the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite League announced Wednesday head coach Matt Driver has been named US Adult Soccer Association Region 1 Coach of the Year and is now a finalist for overall Coach of the Year.

Driver created the Fever after the folding of Women's Professional Soccer and the loss of the Philadelphia Independence franchise as a result.

He also recently revived the Philadelphia Fury, a former franchise in the original North American Soccer League, and they won US Club Soccer's National Adult League Men's Open Premier Division.

Driver also works for the National Premier Soccer League as its technical director and is the owner and head coach of the league's AC Crusaders.

Driver also coaches several youth league teams in the area,

Red Bulls May Add Brother Of Kaka By Friday

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls told the NY Post Wednesday they may sign former AC Milan defender Rodrigo Izecson dos Santos Leite, also known as Diago and as the brother of Kaka, before a Friday roster freeze deadline.

Diago has been on trial with the franchise since last week, but team officials are concerned about his current level of fitness.

They are also trying out midfielder Nicki Patterson of the newly-crowned USL PRO champion Charleston Battery and admit they will not be able to sign both players.

Pittsburgh Bank Signs Sponsorship Deal With New Riverhounds Stadium

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL PRO announced Wednesday First National Bank of Pennsylvania signed an agreement last week to join Trib Total Media and #1 Cochran as sponsor of Highmark Stadium, a new multi-sport and entertainment venue that will replace Chartiers Valley High School as the team's home pitch, beginning in 2013.

The bank will also house a company-sponsored hot air balloon on the site, year-round.

In July, the bank approved a $1.6 million loan to be used for construction costs.

Week 27 MLS Team Of The Week Announced

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the members of the league's Team of the Week for Week 27 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
Tally Hall - Houston Dynamo

DEFENDERS
Ricardo Clark - Houston Dynamo
Drew Moor - Colorado Rapids
Chris Schuler - Real Salt Lake

MIDFIELDERS
Lee Nguyen - New England Revolution
Christian Tiffert - Seattle Sounders
Jaime Castrillon - Colorado Rapids
Tony Cascio - Colorado Rapids

FORWARDS
Diego Fagundez - New England Revolution
Dimitry Imbongo - New England Revolution
Eddie Johnson - Seattle Sounders (MLS Week 27 Player of the Week)

HEAD COACH
Oscar Pareja - Colorado Rapids

HONORABLE MENTION
Andre Akpan - Colorado Rapids
Yordany Alvarez - Real Salt Lake
Miller Bolanos - Chivas USA
Bobby Boswell - Houston Dynamo
Alex Caskey - Seattle Sounders
Fabian Espindola - Real Salt Lake
Brad Evans - Seattle Sounders
Andy Gruenebaum - Columbus Crew
Ryan Guy - New England Revolution
Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders
Matt Reis - New England Revolution
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Jonny Steele - Real Salt lake

Defending NASL Champs Clinch Last Playoff Berth

Jamie Watson and Amain Walker had a goal and an assist each, Miguel Ibarra had a goal and a pair of assists, and Nate Polak added a goal as the defending North American Soccer League champion Minnesota Stars clinched the sixth and final playoff berth Tuesday with a 4-0 home victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders at NSC Stadium in Blaine, MN.

The Stars, 8-8-10 with 34 points and tied for fifth place with the defending regular season league champion Carolina RailHawks (9-8-7), will travel to the Islanders (10-9-7, third with 37 points) this Saturday.

Sealy Scores FC Dallas' Goal In MLSRL Win Over Rapids

Scott Sealy's 64th minute unassisted goal gave host FC Dallas a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer Reserve League play at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, TX Tuesday.

FC Dallas improved to 4-2-1 with 13 points and is in third place in the Central/Mountain Division. Their next game will be September 25 when they host Sporting Kansas City.

The Rapids ended their 10-game season with a record of 5-4-1 and 16 points and are currently tied for the division lead with the Houston Dynamo (5-2-1).

Mighty Herculez Gives USMNT Win Over Jamaica In Columbus, OH

Herculez Gomez scored an unassisted 55th minute goal to give the US Men's National Team a 1-0 victory over Jamaica in the fourth game of semifinal play in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tuesday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.

The win allowed the team some revenge after Jamaica defeated them 2-1 last Friday in Kingston, Jamaica for their first win in 19 tries.

The US and Jamaica are both tied for the lead in the four-team Group A with Guatemala at 2-1-1 with seven points, but the US and Guatemala currently have a +2 goal differential versus Jamaica's +1.

The top two teams at the end of group play move to final hexagonal round play, with the top three teams earning berths in the World Cup in Rio de Janiero and the fourth place team competing in a one-game playoff with the fifth place team from the Oceania region for a wild-card berth.

The US next plays Antigua & Barbuda on the road October 12. The Americans opened World Cup qualifying play June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa with a 3-1 victory.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PASl Approves Sale Of Revolucion Tijuana, Team Rebranded Toros Mexico

The Professional Arena Soccer League Tuesday approved the sale of Revolucion Tijuana from previous owners Ramon Quezada and Eduardo Velez to head coach Joe Pollard, who officially renamed the team Toros Mexico and will be affiliated with Toros Premier in the semi-pro Premier Arena Soccer League.

Quezada and Velez will retain the rights to the Revolucion Tijuana name, should they decide to buy another PASL franchise.

Atlanta Letting Fans Decide Future NASL Name

Currently the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League, the franchise announced Tuesday it will hold Decision 2012, a campaign to allow fans to decide what name they should use, beginning next season -- the current Silverbacks or the Atlanta Chiefs.

The Chiefs were the name of Atlanta's franchise in the original NASL in 1968, where they were a charter member.

The team was co-owned by former Atlanta Braves owner and CNN founder Ted Turner and they played home games at Fulton County Stadium, also the former home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

The Chiefs' first head coach, Phil Woosnam, eventually became commissioner of the NASL and a former head coach of the US Men's National Team.

The Silverbacks came into existence in 1998 and the team played in USL First Division and the US Soccer Federation's Division 2 Pro League before joining the revived NASL.

The team was named for Willie B, a gorilla at Zoo Atlanta, and they currently play home games at 5,000-seat Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Beginning Tuesday, fans will be able to decide on the team's future name by voting at their website, at the team's final two home games (Saturday against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, next Wednesday versus the San Antonio Scorpions), and at events throughout the city through November 6, the day Americans go to the polls to vote for a new president.

One lucky voter will win a trip to New York to join the franchise when they play the expansion New York Cosmos and five other fans will win jerseys signed by the Atlanta players.

Bonfigli PK Leads Road RSL Over SKC In Home Finale

Emiliano Bonfigli's penalty kick in the 61st minute was the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout of host Sporting Kansas City by Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer Reserve League play Tuesday at SKC's training facility.

RSL, 3-5-1 with ten points and tied for third with FC Dallas (3-2-1) in the Central/Mountain Division, plays their home and regular season finale October 10 against the Houston Dynamo.

SKC, last in the division at 2-5-2 with eight points, ends their season September 25 at FC Dallas.

Impact Ends MLSRL Season With Best Overall Record

Calum Mallace scored in the 58th minute off a Josh Gardner assist and Eddie Sebrango fired off an 84th minute unassisted strike as the Montreal Impact shut out DC United 2-0 in Montreal's final game of the 2012 Major League Soccer Reserve League season Tuesday at United's training facility.

The Impact now lead the league and its East Division with a 7-2-1 record and 22 points.

The league champion is determined by the team who has the best record at the end of the season, not through a playoff system.

DC United is 2-3-1 with seven points and is tied for fifth place in the division with the Philadelphia Union (same record). Their next game will be at Toronto FC October 6.

MLS Signs Former Demon Deacon, Hermann Trophy Winner To Contract

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the signing of a contract by former Wake Forest forward and 2008 Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy, who has played the last three seasons at Aalborg BK.

Tracy was selected by the Houston Dynamo in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft but chose to sign with Aalborg instead and the Dynamo have since lost their rights to him.

Tracy's future MLS franchise will be determined in a weighted lottery Thursday.

Nominees Announced For Week 27 MLS Save Of The Week

Voting has opened for fans to select the Week 27 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 27 are Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo) and Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA).

Strikers Captain Retires To Become W-League Team's GM

The Los Angeles Strikers of the USL W-League announced Tuesday team captain Vanessa Valentine retired as a player to become the team's new general manager, replacing Rebecca Neuren, who accepted a position with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.

MISL Champion Wave Sign Brazilian Midfielder

The defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave announced Tuesday they have signed Brazilian midfielder Luan Sales Oliveira to a contract.

He joins the Wave from Ajax Futbol in Brazil.

Oliveira began his professional career in 2006 and, in 2009, was the second-leading scorer for Parana, who he led to a championship.

In 2010, he was named to the Sergipe All-State Futsal team, and, in 2011, he was named best left midfielder in the Sergipe State League and played on a championship team.

W-League Champion Fury Defender Ramriez Joins Danish Team

The defending USL W-League champion Ottawa Fury announced Tuesday defender Casey Ramirez, who played over 2,400 minutes in three seasons, leading them to three division titles, a conference title and the 2012 championship, signed a contract to play for Fortuna Hjorring in the Danish Elite League.

She will be reunited with Fury teammate Lisa-Marie Woods.

Earthquakes Rock Whitecaps With Morales Game-Winner In MLSRL Play

Jesus Morales scored a game-winning unassisted goal in the 75th minute as the San Jose Earthquakes edged the host Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Monday in their final Major League Soccer Reserve League home game of the 2012 season at the University of British Columbia.

Matt Fondy put the Quakes on the board in the tenth minute off a pass from Brian Burke, but Vancouver tied the game in the 21st minute as Russell Teibart connected with Atiba Harris on a goal.

San Jose leads the Western Division at 5-2-2 with 17 points and ends their Reserve League season at the Seattle Sounders September 25.

The Whitecaps, 3-4-2 with 11 points and in fourth, end their 2012 MLSRL campaign at the Los Angeles Galaxy October 7.

Rapids Trade Thompson To Fire For Conditional Draft Pick

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids traded midfielder Wells Thompson, a member of their 2010 MLS Cup championship team who requested a trade due to a lack of playing time, to the Chicago Fire Monday in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Between the New England Revolution, who selected him fifth overall in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft out of Wake Forest University, and the Rapids, Thompson has five goals and four assists in 75 regular season games.

Ironically, Thompson made his MLS debut April 7, 2007 against the Fire and scored his first goal against them nearly a month later, on May 6, 2007.

Donovan Returns To Action In Galaxy's Reserve League Rout Of Timbers

Midfielder Landon Donovan, who has been out of action for the last month due to a strained left hamstring, played 33 minutes and had a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 4-0 rout of the Portland Timbers Monday in Major League Soccer Reserve League play at The Home Depot Center.

After the game, Donovan stated he would be ready to return to MLS play Friday when the senior team hosts the Colorado Rapids.

Pat Noonan also had a goal and an assist for the Galaxy and Andrew Boyens and Jack McBean also tallied goals in the victory.

The four-goal margin was the Reserve League team's largest in history and were the most goals scored in such a game since getting five against Chivas USA in July 2008.

The Galaxy, 5-3-1 with 16 points and in second place in the West Division standings, end their ten-game Reserve League schedule by hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps October 7.

Portland, 3-5-1 with 10 points, is tied for fifth in the division with the Seattle Sounders (3-4-1), who they host at JELD-WEN Field September this Sunday.