Friday, November 30, 2012

Revs Exercise 2013 Options On 13 Players, Decline Them To Four Others

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced Friday they will exercise 2013 contract options on 13 players.

They are:

GOALKEEPERS
Matt Reis
Bobby Shuttleworth

DEFENDERS
Kevin Alston
Darrius Barnes
Stephen McCarthy
A.J. Soares
Chris Tierney

MIDFIELDERS
Ryan Guy
Lee Nguyen
Sainey Nyassi
Clyde Simms
Juan Toja

FORWARDS
Diego Fagundez
Dimitry Imbongo
Saer Sene

The team also announced they have declined the 2013 options on midfielders Fernando Cardenas, Benny Feilhbaer and Blair Gavin, and goalkeeper Tim Murray.

City islanders Unveil New 10th Anniversary Logo

The Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO unveiled a new logo Friday to commemorate the franchise's tenth year of operation in 2013.

The logo will first appear on the team's website and social media sites and communications materials, then will be seen on uniforms for all the franchise's teams as the 2013 season approaches.

Comets Sign St. Louis To Deal, Will Play On Weekend Road Trip In NY

The Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing Thursday of forward Stefan St. Louis.

Born in Trinidad, he held records for most goals scored on three different teams and led his high school team to an overall 17-8 record.

He started 54 of 59 games at Oakland University, where he was named an All-Newcomer and Mid-Con All-Conference Second Team selection as a freshman, was a two-time All-Summit League First Team pick in his junior and senior seasons, and was a Third Team All-Midwest Region selection.

St. Louis will travel to games this weekend against the Syracuse Silver Knights Friday and the Rochester Lancers Saturday.

US Soccer Names Bailey Executive Director Of New Women's Pro Soccer League

US Soccer, set to launch a new eight-team professional women's soccer league in 2013 with the cooperation of women's federations in Canada and Mexico, named Cheryl Bailey as the league's first executive director Thursday.

Bailey spent 2007 through 2011 as general manager of the US Women's National Team and, before that, served 15 years (1990-2005) as senior associate athletic director and senior women's administrator at the University of Wisconsin.

USWNT's Wambach, Morgan, Former Coach Sundhage Finalists For FIFA Awards

At a press conference Thursday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, FIFA announced US Women's National Team players Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan are finalists for the 2012 Women's World Player of the Year award and former head coach Pia Sundhage is a finalist for 2012 Women's Coach of the Year, to be awarded January 7 at the annual Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.

Also a finalist for Women's Player of the Year in Brazil's Marta, who has won the award five times and was the runner-up for the 2011 award.

Sundhage is competing against France's Bruno Bini and Japan's Norio Sasaki.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crew Named Final Team In 2013 WDW Pro Soccer Classic Field

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced Thursday they are the eighth and final team in the field for the fourth annual Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic February 9-23 at ESPN's Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The Crew joins fellow MLS teams DC United, the Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, 2011 USL PRO champion and two-time regular season champion Orlando City, and the 2012 North American Soccer League champion Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Battery Announces 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup Schedule

The defending USL PRO champion Charleston Battery announced the schedule Thursday for the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup tournament February 16-23 at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Battery have never won this tournament in its history and are joined in the 2013 event by the Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps.

February 16
Chicago vs. Houston - 5 p.m. Eastern
Charleston vs. Vancouver - 7:15 p.m. Eastern

February 20
Houston vs. Vancouver - 5 p.m. Eastern
Charleston vs. Chicago - 7:15 p.m. Eastern

February 23
Chicago vs. Vancouver - 5 p.m. Eastern
Charleston vs. Houston - 7:15 p.m. Eastern

Union Adds Curtin As Assistant Coach

Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union announced Thursday Jim Curtin has joined the team as third assistant coach, along with Brendan Burke and Rob Vartughian on head coach John Hackworth's staff.

Curtin played ten seasons in MLS -- eight with the Chicago Fire (2001-08), two with Chivas USA (2009-10).

Burke also serves as head coach of the Union's developmental team, Reading United of the USL Premier Developmental League, and was given a contract extension in that capacity.

MLS Names Wondolowski 2012 MVP

In the final award presentation of the 2012 season, Major League Soccer announced Thursday San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was named Most Valuable Player in a poll of players, team officials, and media.

Wondolowski led the league in scoring for the third straight season, won four league Player of the Month awards, the most ever in a single season, led the Earthquakes to the 2012 Western Conference regular season championship and Supporters Shield, and was named to the league's Best XI Monday.

He also is the fifth US-born player to win the MVP award in league history and first since Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy won it in 2009.

The others are Jason Kreis (1999), Tony Meola (2000) and Taylor Twellman (2005).

Wondolowski beat out Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls and Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City for the 2012 award.

MLS Fans Name Goal, Save Of The Year Winners

After voting took place over several weeks, Major League Soccer fans announced Thursday Seattle Sounders forward Patrick Ianni and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando won the 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year competitions.

Ianni scored his only goal of the season and fourth in his seven-year MLS career June 20 in a 1-1 draw to Sporting Kansas City.

Rimando won for stopping a potential goal by Kei Kamara, despite Real Salt Lake losing, 1-0, to SKC this season.

Morgan, Leroux Lead USWNT To Shutout Of Ireland In Portland, OR

Alex Morgan had a first-half hat trick and Sydney Leroux had a second-half brace as the world number one ranked US Women's National Team shut out Ireland, 5-0, in an international friendly Wednesday at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, OR.

The US, now 24-1-3 on the year, hosts Ireland again Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Earthquakes Decline 2013 Options On Five Players

The San Jose Earthquakes, winners of Major League Soccer's 2012 Western Conference regular season and Supporters Shield titles, announced Wednesday they have declined to pick up the 2013 option years on the contracts of defenders Ramiro Corrales, Ike Opara and Tim Ward, and midfielders Joey Gjertsen and Khari Stephenson.

Corrales had two goals and seven assists in 27 games this season.

Opara played in 16 games this season after missing most of the 2010 and all of the 2011 season with foot injuries and had scored three goals in 35 career appearances there.

Ward was on the injured list for most of the 2011 season and all of this season and had 16 goals over three seasons in San Jose.

Gjertsen missed all of this season after having right knee surgery and scored two goals and four assists for them since 2010.

Stephenson had two goals and three assists this season and eight goals and eight assist in 69 overall appearances since 2010.

Crew Exercise 2013 Options On Ten Players, Decline Them On Seven

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced Wednesday they have exercised 2013 option years on the contracts of goalkeepers Andy Gruenebaum and Matt Lampson, defenders Eric Gehrig and Josh Williams, midfielders Bernardo Anor, Dilly Duka, Ethan Finley and Kevan George, and forwards Justin Meram and Aaron Schoenfeld, while declining options on goalkeeper William Hesmer, defenders Rich Balcham, Julius James and Sebastian Miranda, midfielders Chris Birchall and Tony Tchani, and forward Tommy Heinemann.

RailHawks Pick Up 2013 Option Years On 11 Players

The Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League announced Wednesday they have exercised the 2013 option years on 11 players -- defenders Austen King and Justin Willis, midfielders Austin de Luz, Floyd Franks, Breiner Ortiz, Tiyiselani Shipalane, Nick Zimmerman and Jake Bedford, and forwards Brian Ackley, Brian Shriver and Zack Schilawski.

Rowdies Make Roster Moves For 2013 NASL Title Defense

The new North American Soccer League champion Tampa Bay Rowdies announced the following roster moves ahead of the defense of their title in 2013:

- Midfielder Keith Savage was signed to a three-year deal and midfielder Evans Frimpong and defender Draymond Washington signed two-year deals.

- The 2013 option season was picked up on the contract of midfielder Shawn Hill, but declined for forward Fafa Picault.

Savage started 22 of 24 regular season games and all four postseason games last year and was second on the team in assists with six.

Frimpong started six of 11 regular season games and played in three of the four postseason games. He had one assist last season.

Washington started four of six regular season games.

Hill started 16 of 22 regular season games and all four preseason games and scored two goals and three assists.

Stars Exercise 13 Options, Decline Five For 2013 Season

The Minnesota Stars of the North American Soccer League announced Wednesday they have exercised the option seasons on the contracts of 13 players and declined them on five others for the 2013 season.

Staying with the Stars are goalkeepers Mitch Hildebrandt and Matt Van Oekel, defenders Ernest Tchoupe, Justin Davis, Brian Kallman and Connor Tobin, midfielders Kentaro Takada, Miguel Ibarra, Michael Reed, Edi Buro and Kevin Venegas, and forwards Travis Wall and Nate Ploak.

Leaving are defenders Evan Sassano and Gino Mauro, and midfielders Shawn Chin, Fuad Ibrahim and Andy Lorei.

Syracuse, Wichita Make First MISL Trade Of Season

The first trade of the 2012-13 Major Indoor Soccer League season took place Wednesday as the Syracuse Silver Knights received former league Most Valuable Player Jamar Beasley and Bryan Perez from the Wichita Wings in exchange for Andre Berenzon and Matt Clare.

Beasley, the 2003 MISL Rookie of the Year with the Kansas City Comets and the 2006-07 MVP with the Detroit Ignition, has seven goals and eight assists over 59 league games from 1998 to 2001.

Last season, he led the Wings in scoring with 55 points over 22 games.

Beasley also was named to the 2010-11 All-League team as a member of the Missouri Comets.

Perez had 38 points in 22 games for Wichita last season and five points this season in as many games.

Berenzon scored 20 points in five games last season before an injury ended his season prematurely.

Clare led the Norfolk SharX in scoring last season with 20 goals and 48 points.

Timbers Announce Field For Second Annual Preseason Tournament

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers announced Wednesday fellow franchises San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas will join Sweden's AIK in the field for the team's second annual tournament February 17 through 23 at JELD-WEN Field.

Of the three invited teams, FC Dallas did not play in last year's tournament.

Here is the schedule of games (all times Eastern):

February 17
AIK vs. FC Dallas - 5:30 p.m.
Portland vs. San Jose - 8 p.m.

February 20
AIK vs. San Jose - 8 p.m.
Portland vs. FC Dallas - 10:30 p.m.

February 23
San Jose vs. FC Dallas - 5:30 p.m.
Portland vs. AIK - 8 p.m.

Four Rapids Players To Train At Derby County FC

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Wednesday forward Andre Akpan, defender Chris Klute, and midfielders Tony Cascio and Martin Rivero will train December 3 through 12 with Derby County FC of the English Football League Championship.

Derby County is currently in 12th place in the league and 7-6-6 with 27 points, following a 1-1 draw Tuesday with league-leading Cardiff.

United's Wolff Ends Playing Career, Staying As Assistant Coach

Major League Soccer's DC United announced the retirement Wednesday of forward Josh Wolff after a 14-year playing career, but that he will remain with the team as an assistant coach.

Wolff started 210 of 267 career games in MLS with United, the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) and the Chicago Fire, scoring 80 goals and 49 assists.

He played the 2006 to 2008 seasons in Germany for 1860 Munich in Bundesliga 2, scoring two goals in 34 appearances.

He had nine goals and five assists in 52 appearances with the US Men's National Team.

Wolff played collegiately at South Carolina from 1995 to 1997, scoring 21 goals and eight assists in 43 games.

Payne Becomes President, GM Of MLS' Toronto FC

As expected, Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, the worst team in the league last season, announced Wednesday former DC United president and CEO Kevin Payne has joined them in the same positions.

Toronto finished 5-21-8 with 23 points last season, good for last place in the Eastern Conference.

Chivas USA Fires GM Domenic

According to the Los Angeles Times, Major League Soccer's Chivas USA, who finished with the worst record in the Western Conference at 7-18-9 with 30 points, failed to win a game past July, and missed the playoffs for the third straight season, fired general manager Jose Domenic Wednesday

The move comes after he joined the team in 2010, but comes less than three months after Jorge Vergara became the team's sole owner.

MLS Gives 2012 Awards To Nielsen, Higuain

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday Sporting Kansas City's Jimmy Nielsen was named 2012 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain the league's Newcomer of the Year.

Nielsen led the back-to-back Eastern Conference regular season champion to 15 shutouts, one shy of Tony Meola's league record of 16, and has a 0.79 goals against average.

He defeated Michael Gspurning of the Seattle Sounders and Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA for the honor.

Higuain has five goals and seven assists for the Crew and defeated Gspurning and defender Victor Bernandez of the San Jose Earthquakes for the award.

Bruin Big Winner At Dynamo Team Awards Ceremony

Forward Will Bruin, who had a franchise-record 16 goals this season and set a playoff record with four goals, won three awards at the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo team award ceremony Tuesday ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup championship game rematch with the Western Conference and defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Bruin was named the 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot, Young Player of the Year and MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year winner.

For the fourth straight season, midfielder Brad Davis was named the team's Most Valuable Player, scoring a career regular season high eight goals. He also assisted on 12 goals for the fourth straight season and earned his fifth career All-Star Game selection.

Midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia, who joined the Dynamo in June from Olimpia in Honduras, was named the Newcomer of the Year and the Player's Player of the Year after tallying four goals and six assists in his first MLS season.

For the third time in the last five seasons, Bobby Boswell was named Defender of the Year after playing in a team-high 33 regular season games and helped the defense record 12 shutouts this season.

Finally, goalkeeper Tally Hall was named Ironman of the Year for playing the most minutes on the team this season.

Sounders Reward Johnson For Comeback Player Of The Year Honor

After being named Major League Soccer's 2012 Comeback Player of the Year earlier in the day, the Seattle Sounders announced Tuesday they will exercise the 2013 option year on his contract.

Johnson scored 14 regular season goals for Seattle and 17 in all competitions.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NASL's FC Edmonton Names Miller New Head Coach

FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League announced Tuesday former Vancouver Whitecaps assistant coach Colin Miller has accepted the head coaching position.

Miller replaces Harry Sinkgraven, who led the team to last place in the standings, in 2012.

Born in Scotland, Miller was the youngest player in the original NASL when he was drafted by the Toronto Blizzard at age 17.

Before turning 20, he played for Canada's men's national team and for the Glasgow Rangers in his native country.

Miller played professionally for 18 years before moving into a full-time coaching career, working with Canada's men's and women's teams, Derby County FC in the English Premier League, and Major League Soccer's Whitecaps.

Chiles Named PASL's Week 4 Player Of The Week

San Diego Sockers forward Kraig Chiles, who scored eight goals in his team's 14-4 win over the Mexico Toros Saturday at Valley View Casino Center to set a new US pro sports record for most consecutive wins with 41, was named the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week Tuesday for Week 4 of the 2012-13 season.

Chiles has 19 goals and 22 points in his first four games this season and has his sights set on breaking two single-season league records -- his for most goals at 46 and Bernie Lilavois' record for most points at 68.

MISL Names Week 4 Player, Team Of The Week

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday Baltimore Blast midfielder Max Ferdinand, who led the team to weekend victories over the Wichita Wings and Missouri Comets to improve to a league-leading 7-0 record, was named the league's Player of the Week for the fourth week of the 2012-13 season.

He scored a goal and had three assists in a 15-8 win over the Wings last Friday and had a goal and two assists in a 12-4 over the Comets the next night.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Week 4 Team of the Week:

GOALKEEPER
Troy Hernandez - Baltimore Blast

DEFENDER
Brayton Knapp - Rochester Lancers

MIDFIELDERS
Matt Stewart - Chicago Soul
Carlos Munoz - Chicago Soul

FORWARD
Doug Miller - Rochester Lancers

HONORABLE MENTION
Machel Millwood - Baltimore Blast
Tino Nunez - Baltimore Blast
Ephraim Beard - Chicago Soul
Jeff Richey - Chicago Soul
Mauricio Salles - Rochester Lancers
Neto - Syracuse Silver Knights
Nelson Santana - Syracuse Silver Knights
Federico Moojen - Wichita Wings
Chris Lemons - Wichita Wings

PASL Announces Suspensions For Two Toros Players, Surge Assistant Coach

The Professional Arena Soccer League announced Tuesday Mexico Toros players Alberto Villasenor and Edgar Rivas have been suspended for two games and one game, respectively, for picking up red cards in their November 18 home game against the Las Vegas Legends and last Friday's road game at the San Diego Sockers, respectively.

The league also suspended Sacramento Surge assistant coach Mario Asterga one game for receiving a red card in last Saturday's road game against the Turlock Express.

Peterson Named New NASL Commissioner

The North American Soccer League announced Tuesday Bill Richardson has been named their new commissioner.

Richardson last worked for his own company, Solve4, which provided advisory and event services to clients in the US and Canada.

He spent six years (2000-06) as senior vice president of AEG Sports and was managing director of The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, home to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.

Richardson also held positions in his career with USA Cycling, the National Football League and the United Football League.

Impact May Name Concina Head Coach

According to a Twitter post Tuesday by TSN Radio 690 sports reporter Tony Marinaro, Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact may soon welcome back former defender Enzo Concina as head coach, replacing recently fired Jesse Marsch.

Concina, now technical director with SSC Napoli in Italy, his birthpace, was raised in Toronto and played on the Impact's 1994 American Professional Soccer League championship team.

He also played four times for Canada's men's national team between 1988 and 1993, scoring a goal in his debut with them.

In Italy, Concina played for Piacenza, Cesena, Paria, Nola and Forli.

DC United President Payne Steps Down, Heading To Toronto FC?

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Tuesday president and CEO Kevin Payne, who has been with the organization since the league's birth in 1996, has stepped down, with the Washington Post reporting he will accept the same position with rival Toronto FC.

During Payne's tenure, DC United won the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup and four MLS Cups (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004).

MLS Names Yallop Coach Of The Year, Johnson Comeback Player Of The Year

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday Frank Yallop of the San Jose Earthquakes was named their 2012 Coach of the Year and Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson was named 2012 Comeback Player of the Year in voting by players, team management and media.

Yallop, who also won the award with San Jose in 2001, led the Earthquakes to the 2012 Supporters Shield with a record of 19-6-9 and 66 points, and defeated Ben Olsen of DC United and Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City for the honor.

Johnson, returning to MLS after playing in England for Fulham, Cardiff City and Preston North End and Aris in Greece, all since 2008, had 14 goals and three assists in 28 games this past season.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gibbs Announces Retirement After 12 Seasons

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Monday defender Cory Gibbs has retired after 12 seasons.

Gibbs started only one of three games in the 2012 season before suffering a right meniscus injury April 4. He had surgery six days later and was declared out for the rest of the season.

In 2011, after joining the team through the MLS Re-Entry Draft, he had three goals and an assist over 26 appearances and was named the team's Defender of the Year.

Gibbs, a graduate of Brown University, was selected in the fourth round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Miami Fusion, but chose to play instead for FC St. Pauli in Germany's Bundesliga.

In 2004, he returned to the States and was allocated to the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas), assisting on a goal over 21 starts.

In January 2005, he was transferred to the Dutch team Feyenoord, where he scored a goal over 15 appearances.

A year later, he was loaned to ADO Den Haag and played in five games.

In May 2006, he signed a pre-contract deal with Charlton Athletic of the English Premier League.

He went back again to MLS in 2008, starting with the Colorado Rapids, then moving to the New England Revolution for the 2010 season.

Gibbs also played 19 times for the US Men's National Team.

Red Bulls Sign Barklage, Lade To New Contracts

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls announced Monday the signings of midfielder/defenders Brandon Barklage and Connor Lade to new contracts.

Barklage, who joined the team March 5 after two seasons with DC United, started 16 of 19 games in 2012, tallying two goals and five assists, good for a tie for third in team scoring.

Lade, who will train December 13-23 with Sevilla FC in Spain's La Liga, had three assists and started 22 of 26 games in 2012.

Raoids Women Name Patrick Player-Assistant Coach

The Colorado Rapids Women of the USL W-League announced Monday Rebekah Patrick will add playing duties to those of being an assistant coach in the 2013 season.

Patrick joined the Rapids last season after playing four seasons in Spain's Superliga between Sant Gabriel (2011-12), Prainsa Zaragosa (2009-10) and Euromat L'estartit (2007-09).

She also played in both the W-League and the Women's Premier Soccer League in the States, leading the Pali Blues to the W-League Championship in 2009, and was named to all-conference teams in both leagues every season she played.

A graduate of the University of Portland, where she led the Pilots to a NCAA Women's College Cup title, she won National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region and First Team All-American honors there.

MLS Announces 2012 Best XI Team

Highlighted by eight first-time selections, with four of them coming from two-time Eastern Conference regular season champion Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer Monday announced the 2012 Best XI, selected by players, club management and media:

GOALKEEPER
Jimmy Nielsen - Sporting Kansas City (first selection)

DEFENDERS
Victor Bernardez - San Jose Earthquakes (first selection)
Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City (first selection)
Aurelien Collin - Sporting Kansas City (first selection)

MIDFIELDERS
Osvaldo Alonzo - Seattle Sounders (first selection)
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (fifth straight selection and sixth overall)
Chris Pontius - DC United (first selection)
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City (first selection)

FORWARDS
Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls (second straight selection and second overall)
Robbie Keane - Los Angeles Galaxy (first selection)
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes (third straight selection and third overall)

Sidekicks Sideswipe Flash In PASL Play

Ricardinho and Carlos Videla led the Dallas Sidekicks to a 7-3 victory over the host Rio Grande Valley Flash in Professional Arena Soccer League play Sunday at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX with two goals apiece.

Angel Hernandez had a brace for the Flash and Jorge Duran added their other goal.

Dallas is 2-0 and tied for the lead in the Central Division with the Rockford Rampage (4-0), while Rio Grande Valley is 1-1 and tied for third with the Chicago Mustangs.

Both teams meet again Friday, this time in Dallas.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

USMNT's Bocanegra Out Six Weeks For Spanish Team; Will Not Miss Playing Time For US

US Men's National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra will miss six weeks for Spain's Racing Santander, where he is playing on loan from Scotland's Rangers, after suffering a muscle tear in his left leg during the US's 2-2 draw in a friendly at Russia, according to The Associated Press.

He will not miss any playing time for the US, as their next scheduled game is February 6 against Honduras in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Blast Now 7-0 In Battle Of MISL's Top Two Teams

Tino Nunez had a hat trick to lead the Baltimore Blast to a 12-4 victory Saturday over the host Missouri Comets in a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the Major Indoor Soccer League at the Independence Events Center in Independence, MO Saturday.

Vahid Assadpour and Byron Alvarez had goals for the Comets.

Baltimore, now 7-0 and leading the league, hosts the Wichita Wings this coming Friday.

Missouri, still second in the league at 4-1, travel to the Syracuse Silver Knights this Friday and the Rochester Lancers this coming Saturday.

Soul Edge Silver Knights With Two Hat Tricks

Matthew Stewart and Carlos Nunez tallied hat tricks as the expansion Chicago Soul picked up their second Major Indoor Soccer League win of the season with a 14-11 victory over the host Syracuse Silver Knights at The Oncenter Saturday.

Elmo Neto had a brace for Syracuse and Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored the game's only three-point goal.

Chicago, 2-4 and tied for fourth in the league standings with the defending league champion Milwaukee Wave (1-2), travel to US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee this Saturday.

Syracuse, 1-5 and in sixth place, hosts the Missouri Comets this Friday and the Rochester Lancers this Saturday.

Express Beats Surge In Turlock

Ivan Campos scored a brace and five others -- Samuel Saldate, Armando Martinez, Adrian Gutierrez, Martyn Arista and Bronil Koochoie -- had a goal and an assist each as the host Turlock Express defeated the Sacramento Surge, 8-5, Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at Turlock Indoor Soccer.

Hugo Brambila and Jorge Fernandez led the Surge with a goal and an assist each.

Turlock, 2-2 and tied for third place in the Pacific Division with the Tacoma Stars (1-1), will host the Anaheim Bolts this Friday.

Sacramento, winless and in last place in the division at 0-4, hosts the Bolts this Saturday.

Ljeljak Hits Game-Winner For Rampage To Stay Undefeated

Admir Ljeljak scored his only goal of the game with nine seconds to play, but it was enough for the host Rockford Rampage to remain undefeated in the Professional Arena Soccer League with a 7-6 win over the Chicago Mustangs at Victory Sports Center Saturday.

Eric Luken led the Rampage, leader of the Central Division at 3-0, with two goals, while Chicago, who also got a brace from Miguel Vaca, are in second place in the division at 1-1.

Both teams meet again at Chicago next Saturday.

Storm Gets Real On Phoenix

David Hague had a hat trick and Nicholas Barrizza and Mitch Garcia had braces to lead the host Arizona Storm to a 10-8 Professional Arena Soccer League win over Real Phoenix Saturday at the Phoenix Sports Center.

Randy Soderman and Kenny McAvoy has two goals each for Phoenix in the loss.

Arizona is 2-2 and in second place in the Southwestern Division, while Real Phoenix is 1-3 and tied for last place with Toros Mexico (1-3).

Both teams will meet again this Saturday at Real Phoenix.

Heat Beats Up Vortex For First Win In PASL

Five players -- Kenneth Fultz, Tyler Wittmer, David Schofield, Andrew Marshall and Brian Ombiji -- scored two goals apiece as the revived Harrisburg Heat won their first match in the Professional Arena Soccer League, 13-1, Saturday over the Ohio Vortex at Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

David Miller and Kent Ramirez added goals for the Heat, 1-2 and in third place in the Eastern Division standings. Harrisburg host the division-leading Detroit Waza December 15.

Ohio, whose lone goal came off a Igor Ilibasic pass to Zach Branca, is now 11-3 and in fourth place in the division. The host Vortex faces the Waza next Saturday.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sockers Make Professional Sports History With 41st Consecutive Victory; Chiles Scores Eight In 14-4 Win Over Toros Mexico

Kraig Chiles scored a career-high eight goals as the three-time defending Professional Arena Soccer League champion San Diego Sockers broke the record for longest winning streak in professional sports with their 41st victory, a 14-4 rout of Toros Mexico, Friday at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA.

The Sockers broke the old record of 40 wins, set by the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football from 2005 to 2008.

San Diego last lost a game December 27, 2010.

The team is also a combined 38-0 in home games between their former home of Del Mar Arena and their new home and 32-0 in games in which Brian Farber, a former PASL Most Valuable Player who joined the Sockers January 8, 2011, has appeared. Farber had a goal and three assists Friday.

Chiles became the second player in league history to score eight goals in a game and would have set a new league record with a ninth goal if it hadn't hit the crossbar with less than a minute left to play.

The Sockers have the best record in the PASL at 4-0, leading the Pacific Division, and will next travel to the Tacoma Stars next Saturday.

The Toros, in last place in the Southwestern Division at 1-3, are now off until they face the Las Veags Legends on the road December 9.

Blast Improve To 6-0 With 15-8 Win Over Wings

The Baltimore Blast hold the best record in the Major Indoor Soccer League at 6-0 after Machel Millwood scored two goals and assisted on a third and Michael Lookingland made the game's only three-point goal in a 15-8 win over the host Wichita Wings at Hartman Arena Friday.

Federico Moojen had a brace for the Wings and Andrew Hxoie and Bryan Perez added goals in the loss.

Baltimore will next face the only other undefeated team in the league, the 4-0 Missouri Comets, Saturday at Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

Wichita, now in a three-way tie for last place at 1-4 with the Syracuse Silver Knights and the expansion Chicago Soul, will face the Blast again next Friday at First Mariner Arena in Baltimore.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fire's Berry To Train With Spain's Atletico Madrid

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Friday defender Austin Berry, the league's 2012 Rookie of the Year, will train with Spanish La Liga franchise and 2012 UEFA Europa League champion Atletico Madrid, beginning Sunday through December 9.

Berry will be reunited in Madrid with fellow defender Jalil Anibaba, who started a training sting November 18 and will end it December 2.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lancers Defeat Soul In Thanksgiving Eve MISL Play

Brayton Knapp (three-point and two-point goal) and player-assistant coach Doug Miller (two goals, assist) finished with five points each as the host Rochester Lancers defeated the expansion Chicago Soul, 16-8, Wednesday in Major Indoor Soccer League play at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

Ephraim Beard led the Soul with a brace and Will Kleitzen and Alex Megson added goals.

Rochester, in third place at 2-2, host the Missouri Comets next Saturday.

Chicago, in last place at 1-4, travel to the Syracuse Silver Knights this Saturday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DC United, Boskovic Mutually Part Ways

Major League Soccer's DC United announced the franchise and midfielder Branko Boskovic have mutually parted ways Wednesday.

Boskovic started in 12 regular season games this year, came off the bench in 14 others, and assisted on seven goals.

USSF To Operate New Women's Professional League

The US Soccer Federation announced Wednesday the formation of a yet-to-be-named new women's professional soccer league that will begin play in the spring of 2013.

The league, to be operated out of the federation's office in Chicago, will receive financial support from theirs, Canada's and Mexico's federations, who will pay the salaries of a select number of players from each of their women's national teams.

Eight teams will make up the league:

- Three former Women's Professional Soccer franchises who played last season in WPSL Elite: the Chicago Red Stars, Boston Breakers and the Western New York Flash

- DC United Women of the USL W-League

- Sky Blue FC, a former WPS franchise

- FC Kansas City

- A Portland, OR team to be headed by MLS Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson

- A Seattle franchise that will have no affiliation with MLS' Seattle Sounders

VSI Tampa Flames Name Weston Coach Of USL PRO Team

VSI Tampa Flames, joining USL PRO as a 2013 season expansion franchise, announced Wednesday Matt Weston will be their inaugural head coach.

Weston served last season as head coach of the Ocala Stampede, an expansion team in the USL Premier Development League, and led them to the Southeast Division regular season title.

FCD Midfielder Retires, Joins Coaching Staff

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas Wednesday announced the retirement of midfielder Daniel Hernandez after a 15-year professional career and his transition to becoming a member of their coaching staff.

The 18th overall pick in the 1998 MLS College Draft (now called SuperDraft) out of Southern Methodist University, he was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy, but also played in MLS for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution before signing with FC Dallas in September 2009.

In three seasons there, he scored two goals and five assists over 89 games.

He also played for Necaxa, Puebla and Jaguares de Chiapas in Mexico's Primera Division.

Hernandez played in two games for the US Men's National Team -- a friendly against El Salvador in November 2002 and a World Cup qualifier versus Panama in October 2005.

USL Names Finalists For 2012 Organizational Awards

United Soccer Leagues announced the finalists Wednesday for its 2012 Organizational Awards, honoring teams in its USL PRO, Premier Development League and W-League operations, which will be handed out December 14 at the 2012 USL Hall of Fame Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa in Clearwater Beach, FL as part of the Annual General Meeting December 13-16.

2012 USL ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS FINALISTS

ROOKIE FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR

W-League
Central S.C. Cobras
VSI Tampa Flames

PDL
Austin Aztex
FC Tucson
Ocala Stampede

MARKETING AWARD

USL PRO
Orlando City
Richmond Kickers
Wilmington Hammerheads

W-League
D.C. United Women
Ottawa Fury
Pali Blues
Quebec City Amiral
Seattle Sounders Women

PDL
Austin Aztex
Baltimore Bohemians
FC Tucson
Reading United AC
Thunder Bay Chill

PROGRESS AWARD

USL PRO
Harrisburg City Islanders
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Wilmington Hammerheads

W-League
Fredericksburg Impact
Laval Comets
North Jersey Valkyries
Quebec City Amiral
Victoria Highlanders

PDL
Forest City London
Ocean City Nor’easters
River City Rovers
Sounders FC U23

MEDIA AWARD

USL PRO
Harrisburg City Islanders
Los Angeles Blues
Richmond Kickers

W-League
D.C. United Women
New Jersey Wildcats
Ottawa Fury
Seattle Sounders Women
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

PDL
Baltimore Bohemians
Michigan Bucks
Portland Timbers U-23s
Reading United AC

BETSY MCADAMS KEY GRIP AWARD

USL PRO
Whitney Woods, Charleston Battery
John Gregg, Harrisburg City Islanders
Alex Wolf, Orlando City

W-League
Dominique Hoecherl, Colorado Rush
Jean-Philippe Provost, Quebec City Amiral
Melanie Rutherford, Ottawa Fury
Chuck Perrin, Fredericksburg Impact
Jon Billings, Seattle sounders Women

PDL
Ric Granryd, Austin Aztex
Matt Baehr, IMG Bradenton Academics
Knox Strawbridge, Ocala Stampede
Darren Sawatzky, Sounders FC U23

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

USL PRO
Andrew Bell, Charleston Battery
Phil Rawlins, Orlando City
Pat Ercoli, Rochester Rhinos

W-League
Jeremy Auyer, Charlotte Lady Eagles
Chris Hummer, D.C. United Women
Peter Zaratin, Long Island Rough Riders
John Pugh, Ottawa Fury
Charlie Naimo, Pali Blues

PDL
Scott Zapko, Carolina Dynamo
Ian Campbell, Forest City London
JJ Vela, Laredo Heat
Dan Duggan, Michigan Bucks

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

USL PRO
Charleston Battery
Orlando City
Rochester Rhinos

W-League
Charlotte Lady Eagles
D.C. United Women
Ottawa Fury
Pali Blues
Seattle Sounders Women

PDL
Carolina Dynamo
Forest City London
Michigan Bucks


Vortex Goalkeeper Mason Named PASL Week 3 Player Of The Week

Ohio Vortex goalkeeper Mike Mason, who saved 18 shots in their Professional Arena Soccer League home season debut Sunday, a 7-0 shutout of the Illinois Piasa, was named Tuesday the league's Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2012-13 season.

The shutout was the fifth in league history and the first since February 5, 2011.

Mason was 3-4 last season with a 6.02 goals against average.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FC Dallas Names Ferruzzi Top Assiatant Coach

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Tuesday assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi has been promoted to first assistant coach on head coach Schellas Hyndman's staff.

Ferruzzi led the MLS Reserve League's team to a 6-3-1 record with 19 points, second place in the Central/Mountain Division and the fifth most points in the league.

Rowdies Retain Six Players, Release Five

The new North American Soccer League champion Tampa Bay Rowdies announced Tuesday they have exercised the contract options on forwards Mike Ambersley and Carl Cort, midfielders Raphael Cox and Luke Mulholland, defender Daniel Scott, and goalkeeper Andrew Fontein and will not do the same for defenders Eddie Ababio, Andres Arango and JP Rodriguez, midfielder Dan O'Brien, and forward Matt Clare.

Ambersley played in 27 regular season games and all four postseason games and, in the regular season, led them in points (25) and assists (eight) and was second in goals (eight).

Cort, who joined in August 2012, started two of four regular season games and all four postseason games, scoring two goals overall, one of them in the Soccer Bowl championship game series.

Cox played in six regular season and one postseason games.

Mulholland started 25 of 26 regular season games and all four postseason games and was tied for third on the team in goals (six) and second in assists (six).

DC United Signs Jakovic To New Deal

Major League Soccer's DC United announced the signing of defender Dejan Jakovic to a new contract Tuesday.

He started 21 of 23 games this past season and scored his first career goal May 26 in a 3-2 win over the New England Revolution.

MISL Names Week 3 Player, Team Of The Week

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday Baltimore Blast goalkeeper William Vanzek, who had 14 saves, half coming in the second quarter, in last Friday's 15-4 rout of the defending league champion Milwaukee Wave, was named the league's Player of the Week for the third week of the 2012-13 season.

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

DEFENDER
Mike Lookingland - Baltimore Blast

MIDFIELDERS
Jeremy Ortiz - Rochester Lancers
John Sosa - Missouri Comets
Tiguinho - Wichita Wings

FORWARD
Byron Alvarez - Missouri Comets

HONORABLE MENTION
Machel Millwood - Baltimore Blast
Max Ferdinand - Baltimore Blast
Jonathan Greenfield - Milwaukee Wave
Brian Harris - Missouri Comets
Coady Andrews - Missouri Comets
Gary Boughton - Rochester Lancers
Matt Clare - Syracuse Silver Knights
Bryan O'Quinn - Syracuse Silver Knights
Federico Moojen - Wichita Wings
Sanaldo - Wichita Wings

Battery Announces Dynamo To Play In Tenth Annual Carolina Challenge Cup

The 2012 USL PRO champion Charleston Battery announced Tuesday Major League Soccer's back-to-back Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo will join them, the Chicago Fire, and the Vancouver Whitecaps in the field for the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup February 16-23 at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Battery have never won this tournament in its ten-year history.

Houston won the tournament in 2006 and 2007.

MLS Hands Out Four More Year-End Awards

Major League Soccer Tuesday announcer the winners of four more 2012 season awards -- Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler as Defender of the Year, FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz as MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of Year, and Silviu Petrescu and Ian Anderson as Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year, respectively.

Besler started 30 games for the two-time Eastern Conference regular season champions, assisting on two goals. He also picked up three yellow cards.

Besler defeated teammate Aurelian Collin and the San Jose Earthquakes' Victor Bernarndez for the award.

Seitz was honored for undergoing surgery in September to have bone marrow taken from his pelvic bone to donate to an unknown leukemia patient after being told his marrow was a genetic match for the patient.

He beat out SKC's Kei Kamara and the Philadelphia Union's Michael Lahoud for the award.

Petrescu defeated Baldomero Toledo and Armando Villareal for the top refereeing honor, while Anderson ranked first over Gregory Barkey and Corey Parker.

Beckham To Play Last Game For Galaxy At MLS Cup

Major League Soccer's defending league and Western Conference champion Los Angeles Galaxy announced Monday midfielder David Beckham will play his last game for the franchise after six seasons December 1 when they host the repeating Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Beckham has scored 18 goals and 40 assists over 98 regular season games.

It is unclear whether Beckham will retire from professional soccer, whether he will play for another MLS franchise, or if he will try to land a spot on an international team.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sporting Kansas City Releases Four Players

Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City announced the release Monday of four players -- midfielders Julio Cesar and Konrad Warzycha, and defenders Cyprian Hedrick and Neven Markovic.

Cesar scored three goals and three assists in 58 league games over two seasons and started two games in the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, including the championship game.

Warzycha, the team's third round pick in the 2011 SuperDraft from Ohio State University, played only once for them -- a 2-0 victory June 16, 2012 over Toronto FC.

He missed the 2011 season with a knee injury, but played in all ten MLS Reserve League games, two LHUSOC games, and in friendlies against France's Montpelier Herault SC and England's Stoke City.

Hedrick, a 2012 SuperDraft second round pick from Coastal Carolina, appeared in three MLSRL games. In May, he fractured his left fibula and didn't play again this season.

Markovic, signed in July 2012, played in two regular season games, three MLSRL games, and in both of the friendlies.

Timbers Cut Braun, Renken, Hogg

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers announced the release Monday of midfielders Freddie Braun and Charles Renken and defender Ian Hogg.

Braun played in three senior and eight MLS Reserve League games in 2012. After signing in February 2011, he saw action in nine MLSRL games. In 2010, he played for the Timbers' U-23 team in the USL Premier Development League.

Renken had two assists over all ten games in the MLSRL this season and played in a friendly against England's Aston Villa.

Hogg played in two MLSRL games after signing in August 2012.

Real Salt Lake Releases Midfielder Nico Muniz

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake announced Monday midfielder Nico Muniz, the first player from their RSL-Arizona Academy to make the senior team roster, was released.

He did not play in any regular season or MLS Reserve League games for them this season.

US Soccer Fans Name Dempsey Male Athlete Of The Year For Second Straight Year, Third Time

For the first time in back-to-back years since midfielder Landon Donovan did it in 2009 and 2010, and for the third time overall, US Soccer announced Monday that, by fan voting, forward Clint Dempsey, winner of 2011 Male Athlete of the Year award, retained the honor.

He won the award for the first time in 2007 and joins goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999, 2005) as three-time winners of the award.

Dempsey led the team with six goals in 2012.

USL PRO's Phoenix FC Sign Schmitt, King

Expansion franchise Phoenix FC of USL PRO announced Monday they have signed midfielder/defender Reid Schmitt and forward Aaron King.

Schmitt, a local product, played all 16 games last season for FC Tucson in the USL Premier Development League, scoring a goal and assisting on two others.

King, who had nine goals in 2011 for FC Tampa Bay (now the Tampa Bay Rowdies) in the North American Soccer League before a preseason injury during a trial with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls ended his 2012 campaign.

Cosmos Name Savarese Head Coach

The expansion New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League Monday named Giovanni "Gio" Savarese their inaugural head coach.

Savarese previously served as director of the team's youth academy, manager of their U-23 team in the USL Premier Development League, and as a soccer commentator for ESPN Deportes.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela who played six games for his country's national team, he then came to the States to play collegiately for Long Island University.

After college, he played for the Long Island Rough Riders, then of the United States Interregional Soccer Leagues, leading them to a 1995 championship.

He was then drafted by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in the ninth round of Major League Soccer's first Player Draft in 1996.

Savarese started 44 games in all competitions over three seasons for them, a record that stayed on the books for 12 seasons.

He would return years later to the team as head of youth development and stayed with them during their rebranding as the New York Red Bulls.

MLS Cup Finalists Added To 2013-14 CCL Field

Major League Soccer's 2012 Eastern and Western Conference champions -- the Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively -- were officially added Monday to the 40-team field for the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.

They join the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup champion Sporting Kansas City and Supporters Shield winner San Jose Earthquakes as the league's representatives.

MLS's Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps will face off against FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League at the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship to determine that country's lone tournament entry.

FC Dallas Releases Defender Carlos Rodriguez

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas Monday released defender Carlos Rodriguez, who scored one goal over 24 regular season games this season after signing in January 2012.

Fire's Berry, Pause Claim First Two MLS 2012 Season Awards

Chicago Fire defender Austin Berry was named Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year and midfielder Logan Pause won the Xbox Individual Fair Play Award as Major League Soccer Monday named the first winners of 2012 season awards.

Berry, the first Fire player to win his award since Damani Ralph in 2003 and the third overall, beat out Nick DeLeon of DC United and Darren Mattocks of the Vancouver Whitecaps for the honor.

Berry set a new team record, breaking a mark previously held by 2000 MLS Rookie of the Year winner Carlos Bocanegra, by starting 28 consecutive games. He scored three goals this season and was on a defensive unit that allowed 41 goals, second-fewest in the league in 2012.

Pause started 31 of 32 games this season, committing only 11 fouls, and did not receive a yellow or red card.

He defeated Ante Jazic of Chivas USA and Heath Pierce of the New York Red Bulls for the award.

Also, Monday, the league announced the New England Revolution won the 2012 Xbox Team Fair Play Award by committed a second-best 260 fouls, getting a third-best 40 yellow cards and two red cards, tying them for second-lowest in the league.

They defeated the Houston Dynamo and the Fire for the award.

Red Bulls Release Ten Players

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls announced the release Monday of ten players -- midfielders Jan Gunnar Solli and Teemu Tainio, forwards Jose Angulo, Jhonny Arteaga and Corey Hertzog, defenders Jonathan Borrajo, Stephen Keel and Tyler Ruthven, and goalkeepers Bill Gaudette and Jeremy Vuolo.

Solli joined the team in January 2011 from Norway's SK Brann and had three goals and 12 assists in 55 regular season games over two seasons.

Tainio, who came in March 2011, started nine of 14 games in 2012 and had an assist. He started 37 of 42 games with the team over the last two seasons.

Angulo was signed in March 2012 but did not play in a regular season match. He came on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotpsur July 31.

Arteaga was also signed in March 2012 after playing for FC New York in USL PRO. He featured in five games and logged 17 minutes in 2012.

Hertzog, drafted 14th overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft out of Penn State University, made five career appearances for the Red Bulls over two seasons. He spent most of the 2012 season on loan with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO.

Borrajo was added by New York in January 2012 from Norwegian club Hamarkameratene. He played in one regular season match for New York this year.

Keel started six of nine games in 2012 and started 26 of 35 games for them over two seasons.

Ruthven started four of five games this season after coming from the North American Soccer League's Atlanta Silverbacks.

Gaudette, acquired July 13, 2012 from the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for New York's natural 2014 second round Supplemental Draft pick, make 12 starts for the Red Bulls, posting a 1.33 goals against average, three shutouts and a 5-3-4 record.

Vuolo joined in January 2012 from AC Oulu in Finland but did not play in a 2012 regular season game.

Revs Sign Cissie, Cut Four Others

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced the signing Monday of midfielder Kalifa Cisse on a free transfer from England's Bristol City, where he spent his last two seasons after coming over from Portugal's Boavista, and announced the release of four players -- forward Blake Brettschneider, defender Flo Lechner, and midfielders Alex Purdie and Michael Roach.

Brettschneider started ten of 17 games this season and had two goals and an assist. He also played seven games for their Reserve League team.

Lechner, signed in March 2012 after playing 11 seasons in Germany, had an assist over nine appearances, seven of them starts.

Purdie started one of five senior league and seven Reserve League games after being the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 SuperDraft.

Roach played in all ten Reserve League games and in their Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game in May against the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO after being the 60th overall pick in the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

Crew Cut Grossman, Vargas, Vukovic; Grossman Later Drafted By RSL

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced Monday they would not exercise 2013 contract options on midfielder Cole Grossman, forward Olman Vargas and defender Nemanja Vukovic.

Grossman, who later Monday was the only eligible player to be selected in the league's Waiver Draft by Real Salt Lake, was the Crew's 28th overall pick in the 2011 SuperDraft and started five of 12 games this season, scoring a goal.

He also had four goals and four assists over 16 MLS Reserve League matches over two seasons.

Vargas, signed in January 2012 from Costa Rica's Herediano, started seven of 11 games the season, scoring a goal, and played in three Reserve League games, scoring three goals.

Vukovic, signed in March 2012, started 12 of 15 games this season, assisting on three goals, and had six assists in eight Reserve League games this season.

USL Announces Ten Inductees For 2012 Halls Of Fame

United Soccer Leagues Monday announced the names of ten men and women who will be part of the 2012 induction class for the USL Men's, Women's and Major Indoor Soccer League Hall of Fame wings and will also honor three USL Premier Development League teams who have been in the league for ten years.

The USL Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be inducted at the USL Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Hyatt Clearwater Beach. Honorees were chosen through a vote of current Hall of Fame members, USL teams and the USL Hall of Fame Committee.

2012 USL Men’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Builder – Bill Rudisill, Wilmington Hammerheads
Rudisill oversaw some of the greatest successes in the Hammerheads’ history as the club’s owner, with Wilmington winning the USL Second Division championship in 2003, a year that also saw it reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. After the Hammerheads went on hiatus in 2010, he then returned to lead the club into USL PRO in 2011, which saw the Hammerheads average more than 4,000 fans a game, continuing his outstanding commitment to soccer in the Wilmington area. The success continued in 2012 as the Hammerheads reached the USL PRO Championship, falling against the Charleston Battery.

Coach – Laurie Calloway, Des Moines Menace, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Rochester Rhinos
Calloway, the all-time wins leader for the Des Moines Menace, found success as a manager in USL at both the professional and PDL levels. The PDL Coach of the Year in 2002 when he led the Menace to an undefeated regular season, Calloway also took the USL First Division’s Syracuse Salty Dogs and Rochester Rhinos to the verge of championships in his time in the professional ranks. He spent 1996-97 in MLS as coach of the San Jose Clash.

Player – Dustin Swinehart, Charlotte Eagles, Hampton Roads Mariners, Indiana Blast
One of the most enduring players in USL’s professional divisions, Swinehart joined the Charlotte Eagles in 1998 after a season each with the Hampton Roads Mariners (1996) and the Indiana Blast (1997), and remained in Charlotte for 12 seasons, calling it quits in 2009. With the exception of two brief loans to the Richmond Kickers, Swinehart spent his entire professional career with the Eagles, tallying 125 career goals in 228 appearances. The Eagles reached the playoffs in all but one of Swinehart’s seasons, capturing USL Second Division titles in 2000 and 2005 and reaching the final on four other occasions. Swinehart was named the MVP of the 2000 championship game, and in 2001, after the Eagles moved up to the USL First Division, he was named to the All-League First Team. He was named to the USL-2 All-League First Team in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and in 2008 he was also named the USL-2 MVP.

2012 USL Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Builder – John Pugh, Ottawa Fury
In July 2002, Pugh acquired the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club and transformed a single W-League franchise into a club that boasts W-League, PDL, Super Y-League and academy teams along with several grassroots programs. Since Pugh took over the Fury, the W-League team has captured nine consecutive division titles, five conference championships and has made seven Final Four appearances with four trips to the Championship Game. The club captured its first championship at home in 2012. Internationally, more than 50 Fury players have been capped by their respective countries. In 2010, the Fury U17 Girls captured the Super Y-League North American Championship, highlighting the success of the Club’s Youth Academy which has seen more than 85 players earn NCAA scholarships. Pugh is currently a member of the USL W-League Executive Committee, the OSA Technical Committee and was a member of the Site Organizing Committee for the Ottawa portion of the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Coach – Nino DePasquali, New York Magic
The man behind the bench for all 16 of the Magic’s W-League seasons, DePasquali has led the club to the conference quarterfinals in 2002 and 2003 and the final four in 1998, and 1999. The Magic were division champions in 1998. A native of Roma, Italy, his professional career spanned more than 15 years having played for Roma and and Brescia in Italy, Cologne in Germany, San Gallo in Switzerland and Real Betis in Spain. In 2005, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association.

Coach – Charlie Naimo, Pali Blues, Central Jersey, Jersey Sky Blue, New Brunswick, NJ Wildcats
Head coach of the Pali Blues, Naimo directed his squad to yet another title game in 2012, falling against Ottawa in the final. Naimo spearheaded the Blues to a cumulative 21-0-3 record in 2008 and 2009, capturing a pair of titles in the club’s first two years without experiencing defeat. Naimo spent the 2007 season coaching Jersey Sky Blue of the W-League with the team finishing 12-2 in the regular season before falling to the Ottawa Fury in the conference semifinal. Naimo first put on the head coaching hat in 1998 with the New Jersey Splash, receiving W-League Coach of the Year accolades in 1999. After a stop with the New Brunswick Power, he took over a struggling New Jersey Wildcats club and orchestrated an entire reconstruction of the organization. In his three seasons with the team, Naimo compiled a 41-1 regular season record, leading the club to regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while winning the W-League championship in 2005. In 2005 the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.

2012 MISL Hall of Fame Inductees

Builder - Earl Foreman
The driving force behind the creation of the MISL in 1977, Foreman served as the league’s commissioner from 1978-85 and again from 1989-92. Along with Ed Tepper, Foreman introduced a league that featured six teams that played a 24-game schedule from December, 1978 to March of the following year. Under Foreman’s leadership the MISL blossomed into a 14-team league averaging 9,000 a game with nationally televised games on ESPN and CBS.

Coach - Ron Newman, San Diego Sockers
A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Newman led the Sockers to eight MISL titles in nine years, posting a career regular season record of 286-158. His teams only lost one playoff series in nine years and carried an 80-37 playoff record. Newman won the 1987-88 MISL Coach of the Year award, and is credited with revolutionizing how the game was played.

Player - Hector Marinaro, Cleveland Crunch, Cleveland Force, Los Angeles Lazers, Minnesota Strikers
Marinaro began his MISL career as a sparingly used defender for the Cleveland Force in 1983, and after brief stops with the Minnesota Strikers and Los Angeles Lazers, he became one of the MISL’s great scoring stars upon his return to Cleveland in 1989. With the Crunch (renamed the Force in 2002), Marinaro tallied an amazing 1,099 goals in 533 games from 1989-2004. He led the MISL in scoring during the 1987-88 and 1991-92 seasons.

Player - Slavisa “Steve” Zungul, New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, Golden Bay Earthquakes, Tacoma Stars
The owner of nearly every MISL record thanks to a memorable 11-year career, Zungul, known as “The Lord of All Indoors,” scored 652 goals and added 471 assists for a total of 1,123 points in 423 games. He added another 189 points in 77 playoff games while winning eight championships with the New York Arrows and San Diego Sockers. Named MISL MVP six times, Zungul also captured the championship series MVP nod four times. Amongst his most impressive feats are his 108-goal season in 1980-81, a 76-game point scoring streak from 1978-81, and scoring three goals in 37 seconds in a game in 1982.

2012 USL 10+ Clubs

BYU Cougars
The BYU Cougars were a unique addition to the PDL in 2003, becoming the first team owned and operated by a university to join the league. BYU entered the PDL with a strong pedigree, having already dominated the Collegiate Club Soccer Championships for a decade, winning national championships in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001. The team enjoyed its best PDL season in 2007, posting a 13-1-2 record to claim the Northwest Division title before falling to Fresno in the Western Conference Final.

Fresno Fuego
The Fuego have been one of the PDL’s great success stories since joining the league in 2003, routinely packing thousands of fans into Chukchansi Park to always be at the top of the league’s attendance rankings. On the field, the Fuego have never endured a losing season, compiling an impressive 96-45-23 mark, three division titles and a trip to the conference final in 2011.

West Virginia Chaos
Founded in 2003, the West Virginia Chaos have provided West Virginia soccer talent with an opportunity for advancement for the past 10 seasons. Among the chaos alums who have moved on to play professionally is West Virginia native Chase Harrison of the Philadelphia Union. The Chaos are on the upswing recently, having put together back-to-back winning seasons in 2011 and 2012, narrowly missing out on a playoff berth this past summer.


Moojen OT Goal Breaks Losing Streak For Wings

Federico Moojen's unassisted goal at 7:03 of overtime allowed the host Wichita Wings to snap their three-game Major Indoor Soccer League losing streak with an 8-6 victory at Hartman Arena Sunday against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

Miguel Ferrer, Geison Moura and Andrew Hoxie each scored a goal for the Wings, 1-3 and tied for last in the league with the expansion Chicago Soul, who will next host the league-leading Baltimore Blast Friday.

Matt Clare had two goals for the Silver Knights and Elmo Neto had the other.

Syracuse is 1-4 and in fifth place in the league standings. The Silver Knights host the Soul this Saturday and the Missouri Comets next Sunday.

Legends Rock Toros Mexico On The Road

Franck Tayou had a hat trick and Enrique Tovar, Emmanuel Ayim and Josh Copeland had two goals each as the Las Vegas Legends routed Toros Mexico, 13-3, Sunday in a battle of Professional Arena Soccer League expansion teams at Unisantos Sports Park.

Jose Juan Caballero and Alexander Caceras had Mexico's goals in the loss.

Las Vegas leads the league's Southwestern Division at 4-1 and will host Mexico, in a three-way tie for second at 1-2 with Real Phoenix and the Arizona Storm, December 9.

Great Scott! Sounders Win Game, Galaxy Take Title, Heads To MLS Cup Versus Dynamo

Zach Scott assisted Eddie Johnson on a goal in the 12th minute, then scored off a Christian Tiffert pass in the 58th minute to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 second leg victory in Major League Soccer's Western Conference Championship series over the defending conference and league champion Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy came into the game with a 3-0 aggregate series lead and needed only a penalty kick from Robbie Keane in the 68th minute to clinch the series, 4-2, and advance to a league-record eighth MLS Cup championship game, their third in the last four seasons, and a rematch of the 2011 championship game against the defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo December 1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The Galaxy won last year's game, 1-0.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dynamo Return To MLS Cup Final After Defeating DC United For Eastern Conference Championship

Oscar Boniek Garcia scored in the 33rd minute off Brad Davis and Branko Boskovic countered in the 82nd minute off a Maicon Santos assist as the Houston Dynamo and host DC United played to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference Championship series Sunday at RFK Stadium but, thanks to a 3-1 first leg by the Dynamo, Houston won the series by an aggregate 4-2 score, won their second straight conference title, and advanced to the MLS Cup championship game December 1 for the fourth time in seven seasons.

The Dynamo will travel to whoever wins the Western Conference Championship series -- the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy or the Seattle Sounders -- for that single game.

Los Angeles won the first leg of their series last Sunday in a 3-0 shutout.

Express Splits Weekend Series With Stars

After falling in overtime to the Tacoma Stars Saturday night at the Pacific Sports Center, Artuto Pulido fired off six goals and an assist to lead the Turlock Express to a 15-10 victory Sunday to split their Professional Arena Soccer League weekend series.

Adrian Gutierrez had a brace and three assists and Uriel Robledo, Samuel Saldate and Bronil Koochoie each had two goals in the win, which ended Turlock's two-game winning streak (1-2) and put them in fourth place in the Pacific Division standings.

The Express host the expansion Sacramento Surge this Saturday.

Mark Lee, hero of Saturday night's game, had another hat trick for the Stars and Ian Weinberg had a brace and three assists.

The 1-1 Stars are in third place in the division and are off until December 1, when they host the three-time defending PASL champion San Diego Sockers.

Waza Hands Piasa Another Loss

Miko Djerisilo had a hat trick, Fernando Catica had a brace and two assists, and Tino Scicluna also braced and assisted on another goal as the Detroit Waza regained sole possession of the Professional Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division with a 12-4 victory over the Illinois Piasa Sunday at Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, MI.

The Waza are 3-1 and will host the expansion Chicago Mustangs December 1.

Jesse Semnacher, Tim Vance, Dana Byquest and Blake Ordell scored goals for the Piasa, who are in last place in the division and hold the league's worst record at 0-5. Illinois hosts the expansion Rockford Rampage December 9.

Lee Caps Hat Trick For Stars With OT Goal

Mark Lee capped off a hat trick for the host Tacoma Stars with a goal 20 seconds into overtime as they opened their 2012-13 Professional Arena Soccer League season at Pacific Indoor Soccer with a 9-8 victory over the Turlock Express Saturday.

The 1-0 Stars are now in third place in the Pacific Division standings, while the Express are fourth at 0-2.

Both teams meet again in Tacoma Sunday.

Blast Now Best In MISL; Beat Lancers, 17-11, In Rochester

Patrick Healey had a three-point goal, Max Ferdinand had a goal and an assist, and six others posted standard goals as the Baltimore Blast became the lone best team in the Major Indoor Soccer League with a 17-11 road victory over the Rochester Lancers Saturday at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

The 5-0 Blast continue their road schedule this Friday at the Wichita Wings, then next Saturday against the Missouri Comets.

Jeremy Ortiz had a three-pointer, two-pointer and an assist to lead the Lancers and Gary Boughton braced.

The Lancers are 1-2 and tied for third place with the defending league champion Milwaukee Wave. Rochester hosts the new Chicago Soul this Wednesday.

No Flash In The Pan: Rio Grande Valley Beats Texas In PASL Opener For Both

Alejandro Moreno had a hat trick and Damien Garcia and Erick Flores had braces as the host Rio Grande Valley won their home and regular season debut in the Professional Arena Soccer League over fellow expansion franchise Texas Strikers, 13-1, Saturday at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.

Chris Meyer has the lone Texas goal.

Rio Grande Valley, now tied for second in the Central Division at 1-0 with the Chicago Mustangs and Dallas Sidekicks, host the Sidekicks next Sunday.

Texas, 0-1 and in last place, hosts Dallas December 1.

Gillespie's Four Goals Lead Vortex In Shutout Of Piasa

Steve Gillespie had four goals and assisted on a fifth as the host Ohio Vortex shut out the Illinois Piasa, 7-0, Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play from Gameday Sports Center.

Jordan Zapotechne, Jared Dombrowski and Israel Jones each added goals for the Vortex, 1-2 and in third place in the Eastern Division standings. Ohio travels next Saturday to the Harrisburg Heat.

The Piasa, in last place in the division at 0-3, face the division co-leading Detroit Waza Sunday on the road.

Sockers Keep Winning Streak Going With Rout Of Storm

Kraig Chiles had six goals and an assist and Aaron Susi, Brian Farber and Eduardo Velez each posted two goals as the three-time defending Professional Arena Soccer League champion San Diego Sockers routed the host Arizona Storm, 18-3, Saturday at the Arizona Sports Complex.

San Diego has now won 40 straight games since returning to professional indoor soccer in December 2010. tying them with the Sioux Fallas Storm of United Indoor Football from 2005-08 for most consecutive wins by a professional sports franchise, and picked up their 27th straight regular season win.

The Sockers lead the Pacific Division at 3-0 and will host Toros Mexico this coming Friday at Valley View Casino Arena.

Mitch Garcia had two of Arizona's goals with David Hague scoring the other.

Arizona is 1-2 and tied for last place with Real Phoenix, who the Storm host next Saturday.

Kings Crown Heat At Farm Show Complex

Branden Stelmak and Salvatore Fiore posted braces while Shawn Rockey, Eddie Hertsenberg and Jeff Hughes added goals as the Cincinnati Kings defeated the Harrisburg Heat, 7-4, Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play Saturday at Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Brian Ombiji had a hat trick for the Heat and Tyler Witmer scored a goal.

Cincinnati is now 2-1 and tied for the Eastern Division lead with the Detroit Waza.

Both teams will meet again in Harrisburg December 8, but, before then, the Heat, in fourth place at 0-2, will host the Ohio Vortex next Saturday.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Comets Continue Undefeated Course With Win Over Silver Knights

Byron Alvarez had a hat trick, Brian Harris fired off a three-point goal, and Milan Ivanovic and Coady Andrews each had a goal and an assist as the host Missouri Comets edged the Syracuse Silver Knights, 17-10, Friday in Major League Soccer League play at Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

Neto led the Silver Knights with a brace and Kenardo Forbes, Slavisa Ubiparipovic and Andre Berenzon added goals in the loss.

Missouri hosts the Baltimore Blast, who are tied with them for the league's best record at 4-0, next Saturday.

Syracuse, 1-3 and tied for fifth with the expansion Chicago Soul, hosts them next Saturdau.

The Comets and Silver Knights next play each other November 30.

Blast Ride Out Wave In First Championship Series Rematch

Max Ferdinand scored a three-point goal and had an assist and Tony Donatelli and Mike Lookingland had a goal and an assist each as the host Baltimore Blast defeated the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave, 15-4, Friday at First Mariner Arena in the first matchup of the 2012-13 season since playing in last season's league championship series.

Guiliano Oliviero and Evan McNeley had goals for the Wave,

Baltimore, tied for the best record in the league at 4-0 with the Missouri Comets, travels to the Rochester Lancers Saturday.

Milwaukee, 1-2 and in fourth place, is off until December 1 when they host the expansion Chicago Soul.

Rapids Rapidly Clean House: Eight Players Released

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Friday, by mutual agreement, the release of Denver native and forward Conor Casey and that seven players -- goalkeeper Ian Joyce, forward Luis Eduardo "Edu" Schmidt, midfielder Joseph Nane, and defenders Tyrone Marshall, Scott Palguta, Tyson Wahl, and Luis Zapata will not have contract options exercised or be signed to new contracts.

Casey was traded to the Rapids in 2007 after playing six previous seasons in Germany, then playing in two games for Toronto FC. In 121 regular season games in Colorado, he scored 50 goals. Injuries have affected his performance the last two seasons, finishing the 2012 campaign with two goals and three assists over 18 games, 13 of which he started.

Joyce joined Colorado in 2010 after playing in England and appeared in one game -- a shutout victory over the Houston Dynamo on August 28 of that year.

Schmidt started three of nine matches with the Rapids after joining this April.

Nane was traded to the Rapids by Toronto before the 2011 season and had a goal over 19 games, eight of which he started.

Marshall, drafted by Colorado in 1998, played one game with the team, then was traded at midseason of that season, and was returned in 2011 via another trade. He is fourth in league history in regular season games among field players at 337 games over five teams.

Palguta, who came on board in 2009, started 30 of 50 games and had two goals, both game winners, in 2011 and appeared in two games this season.

Wahl was traded to Colorado by the Montreal Impact this midseason and had an assist over four games, all of them starts. He has played in the league since 2006.

Zapata joined in the 2012 preseason and had an assist over 27 regular season games, 26 of them starts.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kees Named New Head Coach Of USL PDL's Chicago Inferno

The Chicago Inferno of the USL Premier Development League announced Friday Tony Kees has been named their new head coach.

Kees currently serves as a staff coach for Chicago Magic Academy, a Under-16/Under-18 US Soccer Development Academy team, and is head coach of the Illinois Olympic Development Program.

Before joining the Magic Academy, he spent five years as assistant academy director at the USSDA for Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.

In 2007, Kees was named Illinois Youth Soccer Association Competitive Coach of the Year at EG Arsenal in Elk Grove, IL and Midwest Large High School Coach of the Year at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL, where he served 21 years as their head coach.

He later joined Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, leading his 2009 varsity team to the number two national ranking by ESPN Rise after finishing an undefeated regular season.

Kees graduated from Northern Arizona University.

The Inferno also announced the retention of Brian Colicchia as assistant coach.

He graduated from Ithaca College in New York, where he became the school's assistant coach after graduation before becoming as assistant coach at Syracuse and with the Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Heat Welcome Back Di Florio As New Assistant Coach

The Harrisburg Heat of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced Friday Gino Di Florio, who played for their Major Indoor Soccer League team from 1998 to 2001 and then again in 2002, among other indoor teams in his career, has been named an assistant coach on head coach Richard Chinapoo's staff.

Di Florio, born in Italy, raised in Canada, but now a US citizen, also played one season of outdoor soccer for the Toronto Rockets in the American Professional Soccer League and played in one game for Canada's national team.

He was the National Professional Soccer League/American Indoor Soccer Association's third all-time leading scorer with 1,594 points, its second all-time leading goal scorer with 610, an eight-time NPSL All-Star, a four-time All-NPSL selection, and the NPSL's 2000-01 Most Valuable Player.

The Heat host the Cincinnati Kings Friday.

The Results Are In: Silverbacks To Stay Silverbacks; Logo Contest Next Up

The soccer fans of Atlanta have spoken and, after two weeks of voting via the team's website, the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League will remain just that.

In an effort to revive interest in the franchise, officials started a Decision 2012 campaign with an opportunity for fans to vote on whether the team should keep its current name, go with a more European option (Atlanta FC) or accept a write-in candidate from fans, but fans spoke and the decision was announced Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Now, the second stage of the campaign will be begin with an announcement Friday of a vote to decide on whether to keep the team's current logo, go with a new design created by the team, or go with an idea from fans.

Fans will be able to offer designs over the next two weeks with all the ideas to be posted on the team's Facebook page. The design that gains the most likes will face off with the other two ideas to decide what logo represents the Silverbacks.

Whitecaps, Soehn Part Ways

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced Thursday the franchise and Tom Soehn, its director of soccer operations, have chosen to part ways.

The Whitecaps became the first Canadian-based franchise to qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs, but the team lost their Western Conference Knockout Round match, 2-1, to the defending conference and league champion Los Angeles Galaxy.

The team's current technical staff will now assume Soehn's responsibilities until a replacement is named, with no timetable given for when such an announcement would take place.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MLS Names Finalists For 2012 Year-End Awards

Major League Soccer announced the finalists Thursday for their 2012 year-end awards, selected through voting by current league players, team coaches and officials, and media, and to be awarded over a ten-day period, beginning Monday.

Here are the finalists for each award and the date the winner will be announced:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - November 19
Austin Berry - Chicago Fire
Nick DeLeon - DC United
Darren Mattocks - Vancouver Whitecaps

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR - November 20
Victor Bernardez - San Jose Earthquakes
Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City
Aurelien Collin - Sporting Kansas City

MLS W.O.R.K.S HUMANITARIAL OF THE YEAR - November 20
Kei Kamara - Sporting Kansas City
Michael Lahoud - Philadelphia Union
Chris Seitz - FC Dallas

REFEREE OF THE YEAR - November 20
Silviu Petrescu
Baldomero Toledo
Armando Villarreal

ASSISTANT REFEREE OF THE YEAR - November 20
Ian Anderson
Gregory Barkley
Corey Parker

MLS COACH OF THE YEAR - November 27
Ben Olsen - DC United
Peter Vermes - Sporting Kansas City
Frank Yallop - San Jose Earthquakes

MLS COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR - November 27
Alan Gordon - San Jose Earthquakes
Eddie Johnson - Seattle Sounders
Chris Pontius - DC United

ALLSTATE MLS GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR - November 28
Michael Gspurning - Seattle Sounders
Dan Kennedy - Chivas USA
Jimmy Nielsen - Sporting Kansas City

MLS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - November 28
Victor Bernardez - San Jose Earthquakes
Michael Gspurning - Seattle Sounders
Federico Higuain - Columbus Crew

VOLKSWAGEN MLS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - November 29
Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City

MLS also announced the finalists for the Xbox Individual and Team Fair Play awards.

Those awards are selected by the league based on criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games and minutes played, and a subjective evaluation of sportmanlike behavior.

XBOX INDIVIDUAL FAIR PLAY AWARD - November 19
Ante Jazic - Chivas USA
Logan Pause - Chicago Fire
Heath Pierce - New York Red Bulls

XBOX TEAM FAIR PLAY AWARD - November 19
Chicago Fire
Houston Dynamo
New England Revolution

On Monday, November 26, MLS will name the 2012 Best XI team.

FC Dallas' Ellinger Retiring To Spend Time With Family

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Thursday assistant coach John Ellinger has announced his retirement so he may return to Maryland and spend time with his family.

Ellinger spent the last five seasons under Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman after joining the franchise from US Youth Soccer, where he was the program's Under-17 head coach and director of youth development.

He left the organization after eight years to become the first head coach for MLS' Real Salt Lake in 2004 and stayed until 2007, then returned to US Youth Soccer as their technical director.

Ellinger began his coaching career as head coach of Maryland's Montgomery College in 1979, then went to the University of Maryland-Baltimore from 1981 to 1990.

He then became director of coaching for the Columbia Soccer Association from 1990 to 1998 and, in 1992, became a member of the US Men's National Team's coaching staff.

His first job in MLS was as assistant coach for the Columbus Crew in the league's inaugural season of 1996.

Toronto FC Declines 2013 Options On Six Players

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC announced Thursday they have declined the option years on the contracts of defenders Adrian Cann, Ty Harden, and Dicoy Williams, midfielder Oscar Cordon, and forwards Nicholas Lindsay and Kieth Makubaya.

Cann started eight of ten games last season and played in 65 games over the last three seasons there.

Harden played in five games in 2011 and 58 over all competitions over three seasons.

Williams played in 13 matches over that time, but two of them occurred this season.

Makubaya played once last season.

Cordon and Lindsay did not play in any games for them last season.

Revolution Welcomes Back Dorman

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced Thursday they have signed midfielder Andy Dorman for a second stint with the team after playing last in England.

Dorman, originally selected by them in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, played the 2004 through 2007 seasons there, leading them to the 2005 through 2007 MLS Cup championship game and the 2007 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup championship..

He then joined St, Mirren of the Scottish Premier League and scored 19 goals and 15 assists in 88 games over the next three seasons.

In 2010, he joined Crystal Palace of the English Championship, but was loaned for most of his time there to the Bristol Rovers in England's League Two.

Garcia Leads PASL's RGV Flash To Preseason Win

Damien Garcia had a brace that included the game-winning goal as the expansion Professional Arena Soccer League franchise Rio Grande Valley Flash got past the Texas South Devils, 6-5, in the Flash's only preseason game at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX Thursday before making their league debut at home Saturday against another expansion team, the Texas Strikers.

Battery Announces Whitecaps To Play In Tenth Annual Carolina Challenge Cup

The 2012 USL PRO champion Charleston Battery announced Thursday Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps will join them, the Chicago Fire, and one other yet-to-be-named MLS team in the field for the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup February 16-23 at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Battery have never won this tournament in its ten-year history.

This will be the first appearance for Vancouver in the tournament.

Chicago played in last year's tournament, defeating DC United, 1-0, in their first game and beating the Columbus Crew by the same score in the second game. The final game against the Battery was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms.

Impact Ends Italian Tour With Win Over ACF Fiorentina

Marco Di Vaio's 25th minute goal was the lone one scored if the game as Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact ended a tour of Italy with a 1-0 victory over Italian Serie A franchise ACF Fiorentina Thursday at Artemio Franci Stadium in Florence, Italy.

Pascale Announces Retirement From Professional Soccer

Goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale announced his retirement from professional soccer Thursday after 14 seasons, 13 of them in USL First Division (now USL PRO) with the Richmond Kickers.

Pascale played collegiately at Furman University, where he was a four-year starter, a four-time Southern Conference All-Conference selection, a three-time conference Goalkeeper of the Year, a two-time Second Team All-South pick, and the school's 1998-99 Male Athlete of the Year.

After playing his rookie professional season with the Atlanta Silverbacks, then in USL-1, now in the North American Soccer League, he joined the Kickers and became their starting goalkeeper in 2002, a position he never lost.

He led the Kickers to six Championship appearances in the league and two league titles.

In his 2012 season, he played every minute of every game and had eight shutouts.

USL PDL's Bohemians Retain Nichols As Head Coach

After a 5-7-4 record in their inaugural season in the USL Premier Development League, the Baltimore Bohemians announced Thursday they have retained head coach Steve Nichols for the 2013 season.

PASL Issues Suspension To Legends Star; Las Vegas Changes Scheduled Dates

Las Vegas Legends forward Rodrigo Barbirato received a one-game suspension from the Professional Arena Soccer League Wednesday for getting ejected from their team's game Sunday against the Sacramento Surge.

The league also announced that, due to the availability of better dates at Las Vegas' home arena, Orleans Arena, the following changes have been made to their schedule:

- Their December 6 game against Real Phoenix has been moved to December 15

- Their January 3 game against the Arizona Storm has been moved to December 29

- Their February 3 games against the San Diego Sockers has been moved to January 18

- Their December 15 games against Real Phoenix has been moved to February 9

Also, the PASL gave Toros Mexico permission to move the start time of their last six home games from 3 p.m. local time to 1 p.m.

Germany Soccer Federation Announces Possible Game With USMNT In June 2013

According to Germany's football federation Wednesday, the country will play the US Men's National Team June 2, 2013 in Washington, DC to celebrate the centennial of the US Soccer Federation, though the USSF has not confirmed this information.

Five days after this game takes place, if it does, the US would travel to Jamaica to play a World Cup qualifying Hexagonal game.

FC Dallas President/CEO Taking Indefinite Leave

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Wednesday president and CEO Doug Quinn would be taking an indefinite leave of absence to attend to a personal matter.

Hunt Sports Group vice president Dan Hunt will take over Quinn's duties on an interim basis.

MLS Disciplinary Committee Fines Two DC United Players

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee handed out undisclosed fines Wednesday to goalkeeper Bill Hamid and forward Lionard Pajoy for actions in last Thursday's Eastern Conference playoff game against the New York Red Bulls.

Hamid was disciplined for failure to leave the field in a timely manner after being given a red card and Pajoy put the game in disrepute by deliberating marring a line made for a penalty kick.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Scorpions Announce First Two Re-signings For 2013 Season

The 2012 North American Soccer League regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions announced the re-signings of their first two players for the 2013 season in midfielder Hans Denissen and defender Greg Janicki Wednesday.

Denissen had four goals and four assists over 25 games this season.

Janicki started in 20 games this season.

Diskerud Enters Scoring Mix For USMNT In 2-2 Draw To Russia

Playing in his third game for the 27th-ranked US Men's National Team, Mix Diskerud scored a game-tying 93rd minute goal, the team's second second-half stoppage time goal of the year, to end a 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia in the final game of their 2012 season Wednesday at Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar, Russia.

Russia opened the game with a ninth minute goal by Fedor Smolov off an Alexander Kershakov feed that would eventually be the halftime lead.

Michael Bradley leveled the game for the Americans in the 76th minute with an assist by Juan Agudelo, but Russia regained the lead seven minutes later on a Roman Shirokov penalty kick.

The US ended their season 9-2-3 for a .750 winning percentage, tying them with the 2005 team (13-3-4) for best winning percentage.

The US opens Hexagonal play in qualifying play for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janiero, Brazil February 6 at Honduras.

Earthquakes Re-Sign Hernandez, Cronin To New Deals

Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, the league's 2012 Western Conference regular season and Supporters Shield champion, announced the re-signing of defender Jason Hernandez and midfielder Sam Cronin Wednesday.

Hernandez was part of a defensive unit that produced seven shutouts last season and is ranked in the team's all-time top 10 in games played (123), games started (122), and minutes played (10,147).

Cronin, who joined the team in the 2010 season via a trade from Toronto FC, had a career-high six assists and one goal in 2012 and started 30 of their 31 games.

Lancers To Induct Six Into Wall Of Fame Saturday

The Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Wednesday they will induct six new members into the franchise's Wall of Fame at their game Saturday against the Baltimore Blast at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

They are as follows:

Tito Laurini: A member of the Italian American S.C. amateur side for 12 years and Lancers for two years. Played on the 1963 U.S. Amateur Cup National Championship IASC side. Coached national champion Gates Carter Girls U19 for five years and St. John Fisher College Women for eight years. Refereed High School and college soccer for many years. Retired from Delco after 30 years. Married to Helen for more than 50 years.

Mauro Felipe: Began playing soccer career at age 6 with the Bofete Futbal Club. Emigrated to the United States in 1965 and played for the Italian American S.C., Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Scorpions/Suns. Coached the Syracuse Suns, Penfield Rangers (boys), NYD ODP West (girls), RIT, NTID, Finney HS and Pittsford Salty Dawgs. Married to Peggy.

Nelson Cupello: An All-American at both MCC and Brockport State. First draft pick of the Lancers in 1975. Played for the Rochester Flash from 1981-83. Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at MCC 1978-1984. Head Coach at SUNY Fredonia from 1985-1990, taking the team to the NCAA final four twice. Head Coach at MCC since 1990, and competing for his first national championship with MCC this weekend. A member of six Halls of Fame. Married to wife Molly with three sons.

Charlie Mitchell: The captain of the Lancers who led the team to the NASL title in 1970. Played for the New York Cosmos in 1976 and was player/coach for Team Hawaii (1977), the Tulsa Roughnecks (1978) and Toronto (1979). Coached Tulsa in 1980 and 1981. Settled in Tulsa and coached Men’s and Women’s Soccer Program at Northeastern State College from 1995-2005. Founded Bixby Highlanders Futbol Club in 1987. Owns Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub featuring the “Rochester Lancers Dip”.

Wayne Fuller: Graduated from Batavia High School and SUNY Albany. Worked for radio stations in Albany and Rochester, including WHAM and WYSL and hometown WBTA in Batavia. Called nearly 200 matches on radio for the Lancers across the U.S. and Canada. Has also done play-by-play for the MISL Buffalo Stallions, USL Rochester Ravens and numerous high school and college sports. PA announcer for Batavia Single-A Baseball for 25 years. Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium press box is named after him.

Michael Lewis: Started with the Democrat and Chronicle after graduation from Syracuse University in 1974, covering the Lancers, Amerks, high school and college sports. The soccer writer for the New York Daily News for more than 20 years, covering 10 Men’s and Women’s World Cups and seven Olympic soccer tournaments. Editor of BigAppleSoccer.com and TropiGol.com. Author of six books on the World Cup and “Soccer for Dummies”. Currently writing a book about the Lancers. Lewis considers his time in Rochester an “experience and memories I would not have traded for the world”.

The additions increase the number of those inducted to 14.

MISL Names Miller Week 2 Player Of The Week

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday Rochester Lancers forward/assistant coach Doug Miller, who scored nine points in their 18-16 overtime home win against the Chicago Soul Saturday, was named the league's Player of the Week for the second week of the 2012-13 season.

Miller is fourth in the league in points with 12.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Week 2 Team of the Week:

GOALKEEPER
Nick Vorberg - Milwaukee Wave

DEFENDER
Pat Healey - Baltimore Blast
Coady Andrews - Missouri Comets

MIDFIELDERS
Christian Meza - Chicago Soul
Lucio Gonzaga - Baltimore Blast

HONORABLE MENTION
Michael Vanzela - Baltimore Blast
Aduato Neto - Baltimore Blast
Bato Radoncic - Chicago Soul
Carloa Munoz - Chicago Soul
Hewerton - Milwaukee Wave
Jonathan Greenfield - Milwaukee Wave
Byron Alvarez - Missouri Comets
Danny Waltman - Missouri Comets
Mauricio Salles - Rochester Lancers

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rampage's Cop Named PASL Week 2 Player Of The Week

Goalkeeper Ante Cop of the Rockford Rampage, who won both his team's games and has a 4.00 goals against average, was named Tuesday the Professional Arena Soccer League Player of the Week for Week 2 of the 2012-13 season.

Saturday, Cop led the Rampage to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Kings, the lowest scoring game in league history.

Impact Wins Against ACF Fiorentina Primavera On Italian Tour

Mircea Ilcu, Zakaria Messoudi and Oussama Essabr scored goals as Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact defeated ACF Fiorentina Primavera, 4-1, Tuesday at Centro Tecnico de Coverciano in Florence, Italy in an 80-minute game.

The Impact also earned an own goal.

NASL's Scorpions Name Cornfield New President, GM

The 2012 North American Soccer League regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions announced Tuesday Howard Cornfield will take over as president and general manger from Michael Hitchcock, who resigned due to expansion within his own company, Playbook Management International.

Cornfield was introduced at a construction tour for 8,000-seat Toyota Park, the team's new home pitch beginning with the 2013 season.

He joins the Scorpions after serving since 2005 as managing director of Beacon Sports Properties International, a Bettendorf, IA-based finance and consulting company assisting pro sports leagues in the US, Canada, China and Australia.

Before then, Cornfield was the owner and president of the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League for nine seasons.

He led the team to a 437-175 record and six straight appearances in the league championship series, winning three of them.

The Mallards also made Hockey Hall of Fame history by being the first pro hockey team to over 50 games in six straight seasons.

Battery Announce Fire To Play In Tenth Annual Carolina Challenge Cup

The 2012 USL PRO champion Charleston Battery announced Tuesday Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire will join them and two other yet-to-be-named MLS teams in the field for the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup February 16-23 at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Battery have never won this tournament in its ten-year history.

Chicago played in last year's tournament, defeating DC United, 1-0, in their first game and beating the Columbus Crew by the same score in the second game. The final game against the Battery was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms.

SKC's Peterson To Miss Four Months After Surgery

Forward Jacob Peterson of Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City will undergo surgery Friday on a subluxed right shoulder, suffered while diving for a header in the 67th minute of a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew July 28, and will be out for four months, the team said Monday.

He missed five games with the injury, then returned September 14, playing in a 1-1 draw to the Houston Dynamo.

In 23 appearances over 2012, he matched his career-high of four goals.

NASL Announces 2012 Play Of The Year Tournament

The North American Soccer League announced a 16-team nominee tournament, beginning Monday, that will allow fans to choose who had the most outstanding play of the 2012 season.

Fans can check out the tournament bracket at www.nasl.com.

The first series of four head-to-head nominees, which make up the left side of the tournament bracket can be voted on through Friday, with the top vote-getter in each round moving on in the event.

The second set of four, this time, on the right side of the bracket, will be voted on next Monday through the 23rd, with the same rules applying as the first set.

Quarterfinals for the bracket's left side takes place November 26-30 and December 3-7 for the right side, with those winners making it to the semifinals December 10-14, and those winners making the final four, to be decided December 17-21.

Here are the first four group of nominees, in order of their bracket placement: