Thursday, January 31, 2013

DC United Extends Olsen's Contract Through 2014 Season

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Thursday an extension to the contract of current head coach and former player Ben Olsen through the 2014 season.

For the first time in five years, Olsen led the United to the MLS Cup playoffs after they had a 16-match regular season unbeaten streak at RFK Stadium, 12 of them wins, and reached the Eastern Conference Championship game before losing to the eventual two-time conference champion Houston Dynamo.

After retiring as a player with DC November 24, 2009, he joined head coach Curt Onalfo's coaching staff as an assistant, was promoted to interim head coach in August 2010 after Onalfo's firing, and had the interim tag removed November 29, 2010.

FC Dallas' Shea Makes Way To Stoke City

On the final day of the current international transfer period, Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Thursday English Premier League franchise Stoke City paid a $4 million fee to obtain midfielder Brek Shea, then he signed a 4 1/2 year contract with his new team.

Shea had been on a training stint there this month and had been awaiting his work permit before a transfer was completed.

Strikers Sign Two With Ties To Broward County

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League announced the signings Thursday of two players who played high school soccer in Broward County, FL.

Gonzalo de Mujica played for Cypress Bay High School, then went to Stetson University in DeLand, FL. He played last season in the USL Premier Development League for Orlando City U-23.

Manuel Gonzalez played less than two miles from the Strikers' home of Lockart Stadium at Northeast High School, then went to Florida Gulf Coast University. He was with the Strikers last season as a non-roster player.

Cosmos Add Reynish, Dimitrov

The New York Cosmos, who will join the North American Soccer League for the second half of the 2013 season this summer, announced the signings Thursday of goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and forward Stefan Dimitrov.

Reynish spent six seasons with Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake as the backup to goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

He led the University of California-Santa Barbara to their first NCAA College Cup championship in 2006 and was 33-13-4 in 57 games, 49 of them starts, with 23 shutouts and a 0.82 goals against average.

Dimitrov played on the Cosmos' USL Premier Development League team in 2011 after spending the previous two seasons with MLS' Chicago Fire.

Three Canadian National Team Players Join Whitecaps As Trialists

After ending their current training camp Tuesday in Houston with a scoreless draw versus the US Men's National Team, Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced Thursday Canadian national team players Andres Fresenga, Evan James and Simon Thomas have joined the team as trialists.

Fresenga is currently under contract to Uruguay's Racing Club de Montevideo.

James was the first overall pick in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Montreal Impact, but was released without playing in a single game last season.

Thomas played for the Whitecaps in the lone season of the US Soccer Federation's Division 1 Pro League and has been out of contract with England's Huddersfield Town since last June.

Fire Signs Former Fire PDL Player King

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced the signing Thursday of midfielder Brendan King, who played for the team's affiliate franchise in the USL Premier Development League.

King, selected 27th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Portland Timbers after scoring six goals and 14 assists in 81 career games at Notre Dame, chose to play abroad last season, playing in seven games for Alta IF in Norway's Division One and once for the Bray Wanderers in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Hammerheads Re-Sign Three For 2013 Season

The Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO announced the re-signings Thursday of midfielder Paul Nicholson, defender Gareth Evans, and midfielder/assistant coach Mark Briggs.

Nicholson and Briggs each had a goal and two assists in 20 games in 2012, while Evans had a goal over 22 games.

W-League's Blues Signs Four Bruins To Roster

The Pali Blues of the USL W-League announced the signings Thursday of four UCLA Bruins -- midfielder Jenna Richmond, defender Abby Dahlkenper, midfielder Sarah Killion, and midfielder Sarah Mewis.

Killion and Mewis played on the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World champion US team.

Richmond, a senior at UCLA, had a team-high seven assists in 2012. In 2001, starting 20 of 21 games, she had four goals and was tied with Mewis in assists with seven. She started all 21 games as a freshman in 2010, had five goals and four assists for 14 points, and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

She has played for the US U-15 through U-20 women's national team and was part of a 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Championship team that earned their berth into the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament.

Dahlkemper has been at UCLA for two seasons and has played on the US U-17 and U-20 teams. She assisted on two goals in her freshman season and had three goals and three assists last season.

Killion, a junior with the Bruins, was fourth on the team in points in 2012 with three goals and six assists, despite missing part of the season by being on national team duty and playing of the FIFA U-20 WWC team.

Mewis was second on the Bruins in scoring in 2011 behind US Women's National Team forward Sydney Leroux with six goals and seven assists and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.

NWSL To Hold Supplemental Draft February 7

The National Women's Soccer League announced Thursday they will conduct a six-round supplemental draft via conference call from US Soccer headquarters in Chicago February 7, allowing the league's eight franchises to continue to build their inaugural season rosters.

Clubs began building those rosters January 9, when each team were allocated three US Women's National Team players, except for the Western New York Flash, who were allocated two, and two each from the national team of Mexico and Canada.

On January 18, the league held its inaugural College Draft in Indianapolis and each team added four players, growing rosters to ten or 11 players.

A two-week period that allowed teams to sign four, or, in the case of the Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash due to unforeseen absences or late season arrivals of allocated players, five additional players began after the draft and ends Thursday, bringing rosters to a maximum of 15 players each.

Each team will now submit a list of between eight and ten players, combining domestic and international players, for eligibility into the Supplemental Draft, with teams being able to add two more international players in addition to ones already allocated.

Finally, after next Thursday's Supplemental Draft, teams can sign up to four Discovery Players and secure the rights to three of them heading into preseason training camps.

Discovery Players can be those who were eligible for, but not selected during, next week's Supplemental Draft.

Rights to those players will be given to a team on a "date of submission priority" basis and, if two teams submit the same player for this process, the team that submitted the name first will be able to sign that player.

When the league's regular season begins, teams will be allowed to carry 18-20 players.

Dynamo Signs Three-Year Deal With Comcast SportsNet Houston

The two-time defending Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo announced the signing Wednesday of a three-year deal with Comcast SportsNet Houston to become the team's official regional sports network.

CSN Houston will air 15 to 20 Dynamo games each season of the deal, beginning with their first March 23 at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as pre- and postgame shows, a weekly in-season magazine (Dynamo Weekly, debuting March 7), a monthly off-season show, a 2013 preseason preview (to air February 25), and a behind-the-scenes documentary series.

Crew Put Out Fire In Next-To-Last Game In Bradenton

Federico Higuan converted a 21st minute penalty kick and trialist Sercan Guvenisik scored on a 65th minute goal for Ryan Finley as the Columbus Crew edged the Chicago Fire, 2-1, Wednesday in the next-to-last Major League Soccer preseason game from IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Yazid Atuoba scored Chicago's lone goal unassisted in the 89th minute.

Columbus faces the New York Red Bulls in their final game in Bradenton Friday before returning to Columbus Saturday.

Chicago heads to Ventura, CA for the next phase of their training camp, running this Saturday through February 10, and will play Chivas USA Tuesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bolanos Brace Gives Chivas USA Win Over Storm

Miller Bolanos had two goals and Jose Correa and Jose Manuel Rivera added goals as Chivas USA defeated the Santa Clarita Storm of the National Premier Soccer League, 4-1, Wednesday to win their second Major League Soccer preseason game at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Chivas next hosts MLS' Chicago Fire Tuesday.

Two-Time Defending MLS Champs To Face New Liga MX Champ February 19

Major League Soccer's two-time defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy announced Wednesday they will play current Club Tijuana, winner of December's Apertura tournament in Mexico's Liga MX, in an exhibition game February 19 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Both teams' U-18 squads will face each other earlier in the day.

DC United Transfers Najar To Belgium's RSC Anderlecht

Major League Soccer's DC United announced the transfer Wednesday of defender/midfielder Andy Najar to Belgium's RSC Anderlecht.

He was under a training stint with them in December 2012, then was loaned to them this month, where he played the full 90 minutes in a 4-2 win over SC Heracles Almelo, then scored a goal in a reserve team game a week later.

In 2012, Najar started 22 of 25 games and had four assists.

Najar becomes the first MLS Homegrown Player to complete a permanent transfer to a European club.

Lovegrove Nameed PASL Week 13 Player Of The Week

Dallas Sidekicks forward Jamie Lovegrove, who scored four goals in the team's historic 6-5 overtime victory over the three-time defending Professional Arena Soccer League champion San Diego Sockers, ending San Diego's US pro sports record winning streak of 48 games over 25 months, was named Wednesday the league's Player of the Week for Week 13 of the 2012-13 season.

Sparc Joins Battery As Major Sponsor

The defending USL PRO champion Charleston Battery announced a multi-year partnership Wednesday with Charlotte-based software company Sparc.

Among details of the partnership, Sparc will revamp the team's website, which will be re-launched February 15, the same day the Battery will hold a press conference to show off their new jerseys, which will have Sparc's logo on them.

VSI Tampa Bay Promotes Thuriere To USL PRO Team

Expansion VSI Tampa Bay FC of USL PRO announced Wednesday former University of South Florida player and team captain Sebastien Thuriere signed a contract after playing last season for their USL Premier Development League team, scoring two goals in 15 appearances.

Fraser Becoming Assistant Coach On New Coach Petke's Staff

Major League Soccer;s New York Red Bulls announced Wednesday former Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser will become an assistant coach on new head coach Mike Petke's staff.

Fraser was an assistant coach from 2007 to 2010 at Real Salt Lake and led them to their 2009 MLS Cup championship.

He would replace Martin Vasquez as head coach of Chivas in 2011 but was fired after the 2012 season after winning only seven of 34 games and the team ended the season with a 14-game losing streak.

Toronto FC Trades Plata To RSL For 2015 Draft Pick

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC traded forward and fan favorite Joao Plata to Real Salt Lake Wednesday in exchange for a second round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick.

Plata, a native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, played ten games for Toronto last season, then was loaned back to Ecuador's LDU Quito, where he scored a goal over 13 games.

In 2011, he scored three goals in 26 appearances for Toronto.

Rapids Lose Rivero For 2-3 Months With Broken Foot

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Wednesday they have lost midfielder Martin Rivero for the next two to three months after he suffered a broken foot in the team's first preseason game Tuesday in Tucson, AZ against the Portland Timbers.

He has been on a two-year loan to the Rapids from Rosario Central in Argentina's second division since February 2011 and has started 30 of 31 games.

In 2012, he led the team in assists with eight and scored two goals.

SKC Loans Kamara To Norwich City, Misses First Two Months Of MISL Season

Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City announced Wednesday it has loaned forward Kei Kamara to Norwich City of the English Premier League through May 6, meaning Kamara will miss the first two months of the 2013 MLS season.

After the loan ends, Norwich has the option to acquire him on a full transfer.

In 178 appearances over seven seasons, Kamara has scored 45 goals and 21 assists.

He has led the team in scoring the last three seasons and, in 2012, had a career-high 11 goals and eight assists.

Dynamo Partner With Newtown Kindness On Award

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo announced Tuesday a partnership with Newtown Kindness for the inaugural Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award, named after a six-year-old girl who died in last December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

The award has been created to encourage children around the world to think about and perform simple acts of kindness in their own communities.

As part of the partnership, Dynamo defender Corey Ashe, midfielders Ricardo Clark, and forwards Brian Ching and Cam Weaver will serve as spokespeople for the award.

All children 18 years of age and younger are eligible to compete in a essay contest for a minimum donation of $5 for a chance to win the award and receive a Dynamo prize pack that includes roundtrip airfare for four people to Houston, a two-night hotel stay, four tickets to a Dynamo home game, and $100 in concession stand vouchers.

For more information about the essay contest or to donate to the Charlotte Bacon Kindness Fund without entering the contest, visit www.newtownkindeness.org.

Ianni Out 4-6 Weeks For Sounders With Broken Left Foot Bone

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Tuesday defender Patrick Ianni will be out four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot doing a jump test at training camp.

Ianni, who has started 15 games over the last two seasons, due to numerous injuries, had his healthiest season to date in 2010, when he had career highs in starts with 24 and minutes played at 2,096.

Mattocks Hat Trick Guides Whitecaps Over Revs In Preseason Play

Darren Mattocks had a hat trick and Kenny Miller posted a goal as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the New England Revolution, 4-1, Tuesday in Major League Soccer preseason play in Casa Grande, AZ.

Chris Tierney scored the lone Revolution goal.

Vancouver next faces the Houston Dynamo Saturday at The Desert Friendlies in Tucson, AZ.

Sidekicks To Retire Tatu's Jersey At Next Home Game

The Dallas Sidekicks of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced Tuesday they will retire the number 9 jersey of former player and current head coach Tatu, born Antonio Pecorari, at halftime of their February 9 game at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX against the Rockford Rampage.

Tatu played 18 seasons for Dallas from 1984 to 2003, was on all four of the Sidekicks' league championship teams in 1987, 1993, 1998 and 2001), and still holds numerous franchise records.

Trialist Emerson Makes Waves For Quakes In Preseason Win

Trialist Alexandre Emerson may have earned himself a spot on the roster of Major League Soccer's defending Supporters Shield champion San Jose Earthquakes after scoring both his team's goals in a 2-0 shutout of the Houston Dynamo Tuesday at The Desert Friendlies presented by USL Premier Development League franchise FC Tucson at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ.

The Earthquakes are now off until Saturday, when they take on the Colorado Rapids, who face the Dynamo Thursday.

SKC, FC Tucson Play To 1-1 Draw At Desert Friendlies

Major League Soccer's two-time defending Eastern Conference regular season champion, Sporting Kansas City, and FC Tucson, joining the USL Premier Development League for their first season, played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday at The Desert Friendlies at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ.

Soony Saad scored for SKC in the seventh minute, with Patrick Wallen of Tucson hitting the equalizer minutes later.

Sporting Kansas City will next face MLS' Portland Timbers Friday.

USMNT Opens 2013 Season With Lackluster Scoreless Draw Versus Canada

The US Men's National Team, opening their 2013 season Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, played Canada to a scoreless draw.

The Americans will begin final round in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying February 6 against Honduras in San Pedro Sula.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NASL Announes Invitees To Combine In Fort Lauderdale

The North American Soccer League released the names Tuesday of 68 players invited to attend the league's third annual player combine February 1-3 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers:

Anthony Hobbs
Charles Rodriguez
Chris Dillon
Cristian Morales
Daniel Horst
James Farenhorst
Jeff DeGroot
Marc Tonkel
Matt Griffin
Nick Bibbs
Patrick McMahon
Ryan Bennett
Uzi Tayou
Selim Kaabi
Joseph Dawkins
Pascal Chimbonda
Josh Danza
Fernando Garza
Justin Chavez
Travis Campbell
Ronald Flores
Kamali Webson
Brendon Boucand
Jordan Gafa
David Santamaria
David Cornwell
Edgar Alberto Gomez Puello
Jesus Toscanini
Karim Khir
Steven Miller
Tamba Samba
Wiston Giron
Mickael Oliveira Barroso
Tom Jackson
George Tor
Alejandrro Botero
Alex Blackburn
Corey Whisenhunt
Daniel Santiago Ramirez Acevedo
Grant Schonberg
Wail Mohammed
Cody DeGrood
David Hincapie Roman
Dawyne Smith
Dominic Adams
James Mack
John Daniele
Josh Mulvany
Joshua Bennett
Juan Gonzalez
Juan Jose Pena Bedoya
Karou Forbess
Kendall Sealy
Kraesher Mooke
Laurent Merlin
Michael Dietze
Murphy Campbell
Richard Nyarko
Robbie Tice
Sami Khir
Serisay Barthelemy
Sean Arters
Yoximar Granado
Ferretty Sousa
Hector Robinson Lara
Jose Juan Pena Murillo
Dustin McCarty
Craig Wilson
Alvaro Castiella

MISL Announces Week 13 Player, Team Of The Week

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday Chicago Soul midfielder Carlos Farias, who scored 20 points in three games last week, including setting a new league record for three-point goals in a single game, was named the league's Player of the Week for the 13th week of the 2012-13 season.

Farias, who leads the league in three-pointers this season with seven, had three in a 23-14 win last Monday against the Wichita Wings.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Week 13 Team of the Week:

GOALKEEPER
Marcel Feenstra - Milwaukee Wave

DEFENDER
Leo Gibson - Missouri Comets

MIDFIELDER
Luan Oliveira - Milwaukee Wave

FORWARDS
Lucio Gonzaga - Baltimore Blast
Doug Miller - Rochester Rhinos

HONORABLE MENTION
Mike Lookingland - Baltimore Blast
Aduato Neto - Baltimore Blast
Carlos Munoz - Chicago Soul
Bato Radonic - Chicago Soul
Ian Bennett - Milwaukee Wave
Hewerton - Milwaukee Wave
Stefan St. Louis - Missouri Comets
Danny Waltman - Missouri Comets
Mauricio Salles - Rochester Rhinos
Kevin Ten Eyck - Wichita Wings
Frederico Moojen - Wichita Wings

Stigall Signs With VSI Tampa Bay FC

New USL PRO franchise VSI Tampa Bay FC announced the signing Tuesday of Dallas native and former University of Denver midfielder Jared Stigall.

Stigall appeared in all 16 regular season games last season for IMG Academy Bradenton in the USL Premier Development League, leading the team in minutes played at 1.375.

Chandler Called Up To USMNT Roster For Honduras Game

According to the Twitter account of New York Times soccer reporter and Yanks-Abroad.com blogger Brian Sciaretta, US Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klismann Tuesday called up fullback Timmy Chandler, currently playing for Nurnberg in Germany's Bundesliga, to play in the team's World Cup qualifying game next Wednesday in San Pedro Sula against Honduras, due to injuries to Steve Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson at the position.

The move, though, would end plans Chandler had of playing for the German national team, under FIFA regulations.

Valencia, Timbers Top Rapids In Desert Friendlies Opener

Jose Valencia assisted on a 63rd minute Kalif Alhassan goal, then had an unassisted 79th minute strike to lead the Portland Timbers over the Colorado Rapids, 3-1, Tuesday in a Major League Soccer preseason game at The Desert Friendlies presented by FC Tuscon of the USL Premier Development League in Tucson, AZ.

Diego Valeri scored his first goal for the Timbers in the 28th minute.

Colorado's goal came from Deshorn Brown off a Kory Kindle pass.

The Timbers next face Sporting Kansas City in the preseason event Friday, while Colorado is off until they play the defending Supporters Shield champion San Jose Earthquakes Saturday.

RSL Shut Out By Denmark's U-20 Boys In Preseason Opener

Uffe Bech converted a 38th minute penalty kick for Denmark's U-20 boys team, but Real Salt Lake's Yordany Alvarez's own goal in the 72nd minute gave the international visitors a 2-0 lead over their Major League Soccer opponent in their 2013 preseason opener Monday at Casa Grande, AZ.

RSL is now off until starting the next phase of their preseason training camp in Irvine, CA starting Friday through February 8, then head to Tucson, AZ February 11-24 to compete in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament.

Monday, January 28, 2013

MLS' DC United Announces New Executive Management For 2013

Major League Soccer's DC United made the following executive management moves Monday ahead of the 2013 season:

- Michael Williamson has become the team's chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

- Doug Hicks has become the team's chief marketing officer.

- Mike Schoenbrun has been named vice president of business development and partnerships.

- Josh Cohen (ticket operations), Amanda Farina (marketing), Rebecca Payne (digital media), Andrew Skorupski (finance), Roy Tewell (ticket sales) and Ryan Townsend (media relations) have all been promoted to heads of their departments.

Cobras Add GM Duties To Head Coach Burns, Hire Consultant

The Carolina Elite Cobras, formerly the Central South Carolina Cobras, of the USL W-League announced Monday they have given head coach Sandy Burns the added duties of general manager and have hired Cindy Hunt as a consultant.

Bohemians To Now Call Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex Home

The Baltimore Bohemians of the USL Premier Development League announced Monday they will move home games for the 2013 season to 6,000-seat Ridley Athletic Complex on the campus of Loyola University, the alma mater of head coach Steve Nichols, who was a back-to-back All Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Team player.

Dixon Signs With USL PRO's VSI Tampa Bay FC

After being invited to a trial last weekend at St. Leo University in St. Leo, FL and impressing team officials, expansion USL PRO franchise VSI Tampa Bay FC announced the signing Monday of Jamaican native and former University of West Florida University defender Richard Dixon.

MLS' Revolution Names USL PRO's Rhinos As Affiliate

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution announced Monday the Rochester Rhinos of USL PRO will become the senior team's official affiliate franchise.

The deal, part of an announcement last week between the two leagues, will see the Revolution loan a minimum of four players to the Rhinos to gain playing experience.

Buddle Right Knee Injury Keeps Him Out Of Desert Friendlies

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Monday forward Edson Buddle, who has forced to pull out of the US Men's National Team's first training camp of the year last Tuesday due to a right knee injury he initially suffered in June and underwent surgery to repair, will miss competing at The Desert Friendlies presented by FC Tucson of the USL Premier Development League, starting Tuesday in Tucson, AZ.

The Rapids will play the Portland Timbers Tuesday, the Houston Dynamo Thursday, and the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday.


Klein Promoted To LA Galaxy President

Chris Klein, a former player with the Los Angeles Galaxy, along with the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) and Real Salt Lake over his ten-year playing career, was promoted Monday by Anschutz Entertainment Group to president of the two-time defending Major League Soccer champions Monday.

After retiring as a player after the 2010 season, Klein became senior director of the Galaxy's youth academy, then, in February 2012, was promoted to team vice president.

He is now the highest ranking executive at AEG, alongside AEG Sports CEO Kelly Cheeseman, and becomes the second former MLS player to become a team president, joining current ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, who served in that post for three teams (San Jose Earthquakes - 2003, New York Red Bulls - 2005, Galaxy - 2006).

Crew Inks Viana To Discovery Signing Deal

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced Monday they have signed American-born and Uruguayan-bred defender/midfielder Agustin Viana to a contract as a Discovery Signing.

He recently started all 15 games for Bella Vista in Uruguay's Primera Division during the 2012-13 Apertura tournament, scoring two goals in his second stint with the club. Viana began his career there from 2001 to 2005, appearing in over 50 games.

Viana also has played in Greece, Italy, Romania and Brazil.

Whitecaps Sign Japanese Midfielder Kobayashi

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing Monday of midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, who spent the last two seasons with Shimizu S-Pulse of Japan's J-League Division 1, playing in a combined 38 games.

Kobayashi also played in the league for Omiya Ardija and Tokyo Verdy, where he led them to the 2004 Emperors Cup and 2005 Japanese Super Cup titles, in Norway for Stabaek Fotball, where they won the 2009 Tippeligaen championship, and in Greece for Iraklis FC in their Super League.

He appeared in one match for Japan's men's national team, a 2006 friendly versus Trinidad & Tobago.

Kobayashi led the country's U-18 national team to a FIFA World Youth Championship (now FIFA U-20 World Cup) title.

USL W-League Releases 2013 Schedule

The USL W-League officially released its 2013 schedule and divisional alignment Monday.

The league starts its 145-game regular season with two games May 11 and ends with five games June 30, with the defending champion Ottawa Fury beginning the season with four road games -- at the Quebec City Amiral May 25, the London Gryphons June 1, K-W United FC June 2, and the Toronto Lynx June 8 -- before opening their home season June 12 against the Laval Comets.

25 teams will play in the W-League this season, with the only newcomer being the Bay City Breeze.

The league will again be divided into a 12-team, two-division Eastern Conference, and seven-team Central and Western Conferences.

Five teams have changed their names in 2013:

- The Central South Carolina Cobras are now the Carolina Elite Cobras.

- The Hamilton FC Rage is now K-W United FC.

- The New York Magic is now New York Magic - FA Euro

- The VSI Tampa Bay Flames are now VSI Tampa Bay.

- DC United Women are now the Washington Spirit Reserves.

Here is how the conferences will be aligned:

EASTERN CONFERENCE - NORTHEAST DIVISION
Fredericksburg Impact
Long Island Rough Riders
New Jersey Wildcats
New York Magic - FA Euro
North Jersey Valkyries
Virginia Beach Piranhas
Washington Spirit Reserves

EASTERN CONFERENCE - SOUTHEAST DIVISION
Atlanta Silverbacks
Carolina Elite Cobras
Charlotte Lady Eagles
Dayton Dutch Lions
VSI Tampa Bay FC

CENTRAL CONFERENCE
K-W United FC
Laval Comets
London Gryphons
Ottawa Fury
Quebec City Amiral
Toronto Lady Lynx

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Bay Area Breeze
Colorado Rapids Women
Colorado Rush
LA Strikers
Pali Blues
Santa Clarita Blue Heat
Seattle Sounders Women

Ten teams will qualify for postseason play with one champion from each conference playing in the 2013 W-League Championship, presented by Nike, a "final four"-style tournament to be held July 26-28 at a yet-to-be-determined host site.

To see the complete 2013 USL W-League schedule, go to http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/schedules/index_E.html.

Wave Extends Winning Streak To 14 On Four Oliveira Goals

The defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave, now leading the league standings by 1 1/2 games over the Baltimore Blast, extended their winning streak to 14 games as Luan Oliveira scored four goals and Ian Bennett had a brace in an 18-10 victory over the expansion Chicago Soul Sunday at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee and officialy clinched one of the league's four playoff berths.

Semir Mesanovic led the Soul with two goals, while Carlos Farias, Erik Lukin and Cuitlahuac Meza each added goals in the loss.

The Wave next host the Missouri Comets this Saturday.

The Soul, in fourth place in the standings at 8-12, 8 1/2 games behind the Wave, host the Wichita Wings Thursday.

Barbirato Barrage Helps Legends Weather Storm

Rodrigo Barbirato had four goals and an assist Sunday as the Las Vegas Legends, the Professional Arena Soccer League's Southwestern Division champion in their first year as a franchise, defeated the Arizona Storm, 17-7, Sunday at the Arizona Sports Complex.

Enrique Tovar tallied a pair of goals and assists in the win and Eric Guzman, Felipe Gonzalez and Luis Suarez each had a brace and an assist for Las Vegas, 11-2 this season and hosting the Dallas Sidekicks this Thursday.

Andrew Szerlag had two goals and an assist for Arizona and Reid Schmitt added two more goals.

The Storm is tied for last place in the division with Real Phoenix (same record) and travels to the Turlock Express this Saturday.

Flash Strikes Strikers Hard

Erick Flores had a hat trick, Juan Jalomo had a pair of goals and assists, and Jorge Quiroz braced as the host Rio Grande Valley Flash dominated the Texas Strikers, 12-3, Sunday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.

Chris Bradford, Chris Meyer and Tavo Mena each scored for the Strikers.

Rio Grande Valley is in third place in the Central Division at 7-4, 2 1/2 games behind the Dallas Sidekicks (10-2) for the lead.

Texas has the worst record in the division at 1-11, nine games behind Dallas.

Both teams have Real Phoenix as their next home guest -- Rio Grande Valley Friday, Texas Saturday.

Waza Corrals Mustangs, Will Face Defending Champion Sockers For USOASC Title

Costea Decu had two goals and an assist and Fernando Gatica and Zane Polack tallied braces as the Professional Arena Soccer League's Detroit Waza defeated the host Chicago Mustangs, 9-6, Sunday in a game at Grand Sports Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL that also served as the Eastern Division Championship game of the 2012-13 US Open Arena Soccer Championship tournament.

The Waza will face the Western Division champion and three-time tournament defending champion San Diego Sockers for the championship at a site and date to be announced.

Nestor Hernandez had a hat trick for the Mustangs, with Omar Tapia and Miguel Vaca each having a goal and an assist.

Detroit, leader of the league's Eastern Division, is 12-3, three games ahead of the Cincinnati Saints (8-4), and hosts the Ohio Vortex this Saturday.

Chicago, 10-4 and in second place in the Central Division, a game behind the Dallas Sidekicks (10-2), hosts the Harrisburg Heat Friday.

Oduro Goal, Assist Gives Fire MLS Preseason Opening Win At FGCU

Dominic Oduro had an unassisted 39th minute goal and fed a pass to Daniel Paladini in the 47th minute as Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire opened preseason play Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast University at North Park in Ave Maria, FL.

The Fire continue their preseason schedule Wednesday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL against the Columbus Crew.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sidekicks End Sockers' US Sports Record Winning Streak

Shaun David's second goal of the game at 2:47 of overtime allowed the host Dallas Sidekicks to do what no other Professional Arena Soccer League franchise has been able to do to the San Diego Sockers since December 29, 2010 -- beat them.

The Sidekicks, in their first league season, ended a US professional sports record 48-game winning streak, a 35-game league regular season winning streak, and a 20-game road winning streak of the three-time defending league champions with a 6-5 victory at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX.

San Diego is still undefeated at home -- 30-0 between Del Mar Arena and their new home of Valley View Casino Arena, formerly the San Diego Sports Arena

Jamie Lovegrove scored four goals in the victory for Dallas, sole leader of the Central Division at 10-2.

Raymundo Reza and Kraig Chiles scored twice for the Sockers and Anthony Medina added another as the recently crowned four-time Pacific Division champions fell to 11-1.

The Sidekicks will meet the Sockers again this Saturday in San Diego after traveling to the Las Vegas Legends Thursday.

Lancers Dodge Comets With Miller's 11-Point Performance

Doug Miller had an 11-point afternoon on a three-point goal, a hat trick of natural goals, and a pair of assists as the Rochester Lancers defeated the Missouri Comets, 17-8, Sunday before a franchise-record crowd of 10,320 at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

Ryan Junge had a goal and an assist for the Comets and Ramone Palmer, Vahid Assadpour and Robert Palmer added goals.

Rochester is 7-12 and in fifth place in the league standings, 8 1/2 games behind the league-leading and defending champion Milwaukee Wave (14-2).

Missouri, 9-10, is third in the standings, 6 1/2 games back of the Wave.

The Comets host the Lancers this Friday.

Sounders Get Neagle For Third Stint In Trade With Impact

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced Sunday they have, for the third time in his career, acquired midfielder Lamar Neagle, this time from the Montreal Impact, in exchange for an international roster spot, good through the 2014 season.

Neagle previously played in Seattle in 2009 and 2011, where he became the second player in team history to score a hat trick in a regular season game.

In 23 appearances last season with Montreal, he had two goals and two assists.

Weinberg Carries Stars To Win Over League-Worst Surge

Ian Weinberg had a hat trick and two assists as the Tacoma Stars defeated the worst team in the Professional Arena Soccer League this season, the expansion Sacramento Surge, 9-5, Saturday at Off The Wall Indoor Soccer in Sacramento, CA.

Amos Freiheit and Daniel Gray both braced for the Stars, 8-6 and in second place in the Pacific Division. They will host Toros Mexico next Saturday.

Sacramento, 1-13 and in last place in that division, hosts the Arizona Storm next Saturday.

Madrid's OT Goal Lifts Toros Mexico Over Real Phoenix

Roman Madrid's goal at 1:32 of overtime led Toros Mexico to an 8-7 victory over host Real Phoenix Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League action from the Arizona Sports Complex.

Israel Salcido and Jose Juan Caballero scored braces in regulation play for Mexico and Greg Veateh and Ryan Hays did the same for Phoenix.

Toros Mexico is in second place in the Southwestern Division at 7-6 and will face the Tacoma Stars on the road next Saturday.

Real Phoenix, 4-8 and in last place in the division, travels next Sunday to the Rio Grande Valley Flash.

Soul Slip Past Wings At Hartman Arena

Bato Radoncic had a hat trick and Carlos Munoz braced as the Chicago Soul got past the host Wichita Wings, 15-12, Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League play at Hartman Arena.

Frederico Moojen led the Wings with three goals and an assist and Kevin Ten Eyck posted two goals.

The Soul, the league's only new team this season, are 8-11 and in fourth place in the standings, 7 1/2 games behind the defending league champion Milwaukee Wave (14-2).

Wichita, 6-12 and tied for fifth with the Rochester Lancers (same record), is nine games behind the Wave.

Both teams meet again this Thursday at the Soul's Sears Centre Arena.

Gibson, Comets Snap Blast's Home Winning Streak

The current Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week, Leo Gibson of the Missouri Comets, had a hat trick and an assist as they ended the Baltimore Blast's nine-game winning streak at First Mariner Arena with a 14-11 victory Saturday.

Missouri, at 9-9 and third in the league standings, six games behind the league-leading and defending champion Milwaukee Wave (14-2), travels to the Rochester Lancers Sunday.

Baltimore, now 15-5 and in second place, a game behind the Wave, play this Friday and next Saturday at the Syracuse Silver Knights.

Waza Riles Rampage At Victory Sports Complex

Worteh Sampson (hat trick), Fernando Gatica (goal, two assists) and Zach Wilkes (two goals, assist) had three-point nights as the Professional Arena Soccer League's Detroit Waza edged the host Rockford Rampage, 14-10, Saturday at Victory Sports Complex in Loves Park, IL.

Nik Djokic and Miki Djerisilo each scored two goals for the Waza, leader of the Eastern Division at 11-2, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cincinnati Kings (8-4).

Detroit travels Sunday to the Chicago Mustangs (10-3), sharing the lead in the Central Division with the Dallas Sidekicks (9-2).

Rockford. led by Cristian Vences' hat trick, is fourth in the Central Division at 6-7, four games behind the division co-leaders, and will host the Harrisburg Heat next Saturday.

Heat Beat Piasa With Three Braces

Tyler Witmer, Yann Ekra and Andrew Marshall each scored two goals as the host Harrisburg Heat defeated the Illinois Piasa, 10-5, Saturday in Professional Arena Soccer League action from Farm Show Arena.

Greg Crook had a hat trick for the Piasa and Jon Fridal and Matt Harris tallied solo goals.

Harrisburg is 5-8 and in third place in the Eastern Division, six games behind the Detroit Waza (11-2). The Heat travel this Friday to the Chicago Mustangs and next Saturday to the Rockford Rampage.

Illinois, 3-10 and in fourth place, eight behind Detroit, hosts the Cincinnati Kings next Saturday.

Unanswered Trio Of Goals Leads Chivas Over UC Irvine

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA scored three unanswered second half goals to defeat UC Irvine, 4-1, in their preseason opener Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Jose Correa put Chivas on the scoreboard in the tenth minute off a pass from Edgar Mejia, but Cameron Iwasa tied the game at 1-1 in the 29th minute with an assist by Enrique Cardenas.

Tristan Bowen scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute, followed three minutes later by a Rodrigo Lopez blast, and then, six minutes after that, Ben Zemanski's unassisted goal.

Chivas next hosts FC Santa Clarita of the National Premier Soccer League Wednesday.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fire's Puppo Loaned To Quito For Season

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Saturday they have loaned forward Federico Puppo to Ecuador's LDU Quito for the 2013 season.

Puppo joined the Fire in January 2011 and scored two goals and scored two goals and an assist in 12 appearances.

Last July, he was loaned to Uruguay's Defensor Sporting, where he had five goals in 12 games and led them to a second place finish in the Uruguayan Primera Division's Apertura tournament.

Crew Shuts Out DC United In MLS Preseason Play

Sercan Guvenisik scored the game's only goal on a 66th minute penalty kick as the Columbus Crew shut out DC United, 1-0, in Major League Soccer preseason play Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Ashe, Cummings Undergo Surgeries Friday

The two-time defending Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo announced Friday defender Corey Ashe and forward Omar Cummings underwent separate and successful surgeries and will be out for the next four to six weeks.

Ashe had surgery to deal with minor, but chronic, inflammation of his left knee, while Cummings re-aggravated a right knee injury originally caused when last playing for Jamaica's national team.

Mesanovic Signs With Third Chicago Indoor Soccer Team

Midfielder Semir Mesanovic, who played for the MISL's Chicago Storm and Chicago Riot, is the newest member of the city's third league franchise, the Chicago Soul, after signing a contract Friday.

He last played in the Professional Arena Soccer League for the Rockford Rampage, scoring 14 goals in 11 games this season.

He has also played in MISL for the California Cougars and Milwaukee Wave and outdoors for the Minnesota Thunder, Indiana Blast and Toronto Croatia.

Deuces Wild For Blast Over Rhinos

Lucio Gonzaga, Adriano De Lima, Adauto Neto and Tino Nunez all had two goals each as the host Baltimore Blast defeated the Rochester Lancers, 20-9, Friday in Major Indoor Soccer League action from First Mariner Arena.

Gonzaga also tallied a pair of assists in the win.

Doug Miller led the Lancers with five points on a three-point and a two-point goal.

The Blast are 15-4 and in second place in the league standings, a half-game behind the defending league champion Milwaukee Wave (14-2).

Rochester, 6-12 and in sixth place, is nine games behind Milwaukee.

Both Baltimore and Rochester host the Missouri Comets next -- the Blast Saturday, the Lancers Sunday.

Hewarton Hat Trick Rides Wave To 13th Straight Win

Hewerton scored a hat trick that included a game-winning goal with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, as the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave edged the host Wichita Wings, 12-10, Friday at Hartman Arena for their 13th straight victory.

Nicolas Perera had two goals for the Wave and Luan Oliveira added the other goal.

Chris Lemons led the Wings with a brace.

Milwaukee, now 14-2 and a half-game ahead of the Baltimore Blast in the standings, host the Chicago Soul Sunday at US Cellular Arena.

Wichita, 6-11 and in fifth place, 8 1/2 games behind the Wave, host the Soul Saturday.

Farber's Four-Point Night Cools Off Heat, Extends Sockers' Winning Streak

Brian Farber, named the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 12 of the season, made a bid for Week 13 honors Friday with a hat trick and an assist as the three-time defending league champion and current three-time Pacific Division champion San Diego Sockers cooled off the host Harrisburg Heat, 10-3, Friday at Farm Show Arena for their 11th win of the season, their 35th straight regular season win, and their US professional sports record 48th straight win.

Aaron Susi had two goals and an assist for San Diego and Kraig Chiles also had a brace.

The Sockers travel to the Dallas Sidekicks this Sunday.

Val Texeira, Tyler Whitmer and Yann Ekra scored Harrisburg's goals.

The Heat, 4-8 and in third place in the Eastern Division, six games behind the Detroit Waza (10-2), hosts the Illinois Piasa Saturday.

Lee's Brace Leads Stars Over Express

Mark Lee had a pair of goals as the Tacoma Stars defeated the host Turlock Express Friday, 6-4, in Professional Arena Soccer League play from Off The Wall Indoor Soccer.

Ivan Campos led the Express with a brace and an assist.

Tacoma, 6-6 and second place in the Pacific Division, won for the third straight season by the three-time defending champion San Diego Sockers, travels to the Sacramento Surge Saturday.

Turlock, at 6-7 and tied for third with the Anaheim Bolts (same record), host the Arizona Storm next Friday.

DC United Waives Forward Long Tan

Major League Soccer's DC United Friday waived defender and Dalian, China native Long Tan, who joined the team last summer, scored one goal in 2012, and started three of six games.

Earthquakes Sign Defenders Gargan, Harden

The defending Major League Soccer Supporters Shield champion San Jose Earthquakes signed defends Dan Gargan and Ty Harden to contracts Friday.

Gargan, a seven-year veteran who has played for the Colorado Rapids (2007-08), Chivas USA (2008) and Toronto FC (2010-11), spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Fire.

He has scored two goals and assists in 123 career appearances.

Harden, a five-year veteran who has played for the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Rapids, started 64 of 74 games in his last three seasons with Toronto FC.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fire Loans Fernandez To Qatar Team For Six Months

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced Friday midfielder Alvaro Fernandez has been loaned for six months to Qatar's Al-Rayyan.

He joined the Fire July 27, 2012 from the Seattle Sounders and had two goals and an assist over 13 regular season games last year.

Comets Add Hughes To Roster In Time For Weekend Games

Filling a roster void after defender Stefan Stokic suffered a knee injury last week, the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced they signed midfielder Jeff Hughes in time to play in road games Saturday against the Baltimore Blast and Sunday versus the Rochester Lancers.

He spent his rookie season in the MISL last season with the Syracuse Silver Knights, where his 53 points led all defenders and his 21 goals ranked him ninth among all scorers.

Hughes played one season each of collegiate soccer at Western Michigan University and the University of Cincinnati, then left to join 1860 Munchen of Germany's Bundesliga 2.

He returned to Cincinnati in 2005 to play for the Cincinnati Kings in the USL Premier Development League.

New England Revolution Signs Former Silverbacks Foward Horth

Major League Soccer's New England Revolution signed former North American Soccer League Atlanta Silverbacks forward Matt Horth, who had a guest training stint wirh them last fall.

In 49 games over two seasons with Atlanta, Horth scored 18 goals.

He started 72 of 74 games for Gordon College in Wenham, MA, scoring 36 goals and 26 assists, and was named a three-time All-New England selection and a two-time all-conference pick.

He also played during his college career with the USL Premier Development League with the Cape Cod Crusaders (2008), Southern California Seahorses (2009) and Cleveland Internationals (2010).

National Soccer HOF Announces 2013 Nominees

The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced the nominees for their 2013 class in three categories -- Players, Veterans and Builders -- with voting on the nominees running Friday through February 22.

Player nominees must have been retired for between three and ten years and have either played 20 times for a US national team or played five seasons in a US first division professional league and named once to an All-League or All-Star team.

Each member of the voting panel can select up to ten candidates for induction, with any player getting named to 66.7 percent of ballots earning election, while any player's name who fails to appear on at least five percent of ballots being dropped from the ballot.

Veteran nominees must be retired for over ten years and have played in at least ten US national team games if those games came before 1990.

Those voting of the Veterans panel can select five names to their ballots with any name appearing on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots being inducted, but, if no nominees are named on that minimum, no one is elected from the ballot.

Builders nominees must have made their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on the sport at the national federation or first-division level for ten years. Referees must have served for FIFA for at least seven years or as a US first-division referee for ten years, if less than seven served for FIFA.

Builders voters follow the same rules at those for Veterans candidates.

Here are the nominees on all three ballots:

2013 NSHOF PLAYER BALLOT
Chris Armas
Wade Barrett (first year of eligibility)
Mauricio Cienfuegos (final year of eligibility, moves to Veterans ballot in 2014)
Raul Diaz Arce
Marco Etcheverry
Lorrie Fair
Robin Fraser
Chris Henderson
Angela Hucles (first year of eligibility)
Jason Kreis
Roy Lassiter (final year of eligibility, moves to Veterans ballot in 2014)
Shannon MacMillan
Joe-Max Moore
Victor Nogueira
John O'Brien
Ben Olsen (first year of eligibility)
Cindy Parlow
Ante Razov
Tiffany Roberts
Tony Sanneh (first year of eligibility)
Taylor Twellman (first year of eligibility)
Tisha Venturini-Hoch (final year of eligibility, moves to Veterans ballot in 2014)

2013 NSHOF VETERANS BALLOT
George Best
Mike Burns
Julio "Ringo" Cantillo
Teofilo "Nene" Cubillas
John Doyle
Linda Hamilton
Lori Henry
Bill McPherson
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
John "Harp" O'Connell
Mike Sorber
Carlos Valderrama
Peter Vermes

20313 NSHOF BUILDERS BALLOT
Esse Baharmast
Chuck Blazer
Bob Bradley
Bob Contiguglia
Don Garber
Burton Haimes
Tim Leiwecke
Francisco Marcos
Fritz Marth
Sigi Schmid

Voting results will be announced shortly after the February 22 deadline and details on the Class of 2013 induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Blast To Add Walker To Hall of Fame February 16

The Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Friday former player and assistant coach Tarik Walker will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame at halftime of their February 16 game at First Mariner Arena against the Wichita Wings.

Walker was a player and assistant coach for part of the 2005-06 season and all of the 2006-07 season before retiring.

Drafted by the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League in 1993, he was the league's Rookie of the Year in 1994.

He led the Blast to MISL Championship titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006, was team captain from 2003 to 2005, and is second on the Blast's all-time scoring list (582 points), second in goals, two-point goals and game-winning goals; third all-time in games played, and fourth all-time in assists.

Dynamo, Liberman Broadcasting Announce Deal Extension

The two-time defending Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo and Spanish language broadcaster Liberman Broadcasting signed a multi-year partnership extension Friday that will have all regular season and postseason games aired on either KEYH 850 AM or KNTE 101.7 FM.

Liberman has broadcast Dynamo games since 2006.

KEYH will continue to air the weekly La Hora Del Dynamo show Mondays from 6-7 p.m.

For his fifth season with Liberman and seventh season overall, Daniel Mejia will handle play-by-play duties.

All game broadcasts include 30-minute pregame and postgame shows, with home games getting an additional 30-minute call-in show after the postgame show.

Tulsa Revolution Finally Joining PASL In 2013-14 Season

Originally set to join the Professional Arena Soccer League this season, the Tulsa Revolution announced Friday they will join the league for the 2013-14 season and will play home games at the Maxwell Convention Center.

The Revolution played the 2007-08 season in the American Indoor Soccer League, but the league folded after that season.

FC Edmonton Names Proudfoot New GM

FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League named Rod Proudfoot their new general manager Friday, replacing Tom Leip, whose contract was not going to be renewed.

Proudfoot last served the city of Edmonton as a special projects officer and had worked for the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders as their marketing director.

Whitecaps Says Bonjour To Bonjour

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps Friday waived defender Martin Bonjour, who joined the team in 2012 after four seasons in Uruguay and scored one goal over 31 appearances.

DCU Signs Alam On Loan, Gets Townsend In Trade With Chivas

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Friday they signed Indonesian midfielder Syamsir Alam on loan from CS Vise in Belgium and acquired forward Casey Townsend from Chivas USA in exchange for a second round 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick.

Alam played with his country's U-11 through U-23 national teams and joined CS Vise from Club Atletico Penarol in Uruguay's Primera Division. He also played in the Dutch Eredivisie for SC Heerenveen and Vitresse Arnhem.

Townsend, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 SuperDraft out of Maryland, where he had 43 goals and 12 assists in 85 career games, 83 of them starts, was a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team pick for the second time, and a National Soccer Coaches Association of American Second Team selection -- all in his 2012 senior season.

He also played on the US U-18 and U-20 national team.

At Chivas in his only season, he had a goal and two assists and started ten of 17 games.

Rapids Win Eloundou's Rights In Lottery Over RSL, DC United; Welcomes Back LaBrocca

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rights won the rights to 18-year-old Cameroon national team forward Charles Eloundou over Real Salt Lake and DC United in a weighted lottery held Friday at league headquarters in New York City.

The league signed him last week to a one-year loan with an option to buy from AS Fortuna in Cameroon.

He will join the Rapids following his team's friendly match February 6 against Tanzania.

Eloundou scored eight goals in seven games for their U-20 national team during qualifying for the African Nations Cup in 2012 and had nine goals in 20 games that same year for Unisport in the country's first division.

He made his debut with Cameroon's U-17 national team in 2004 at 14 and played for them through 2012.

Also Friday, the Rapids welcomed back midfielder Nick LaBrocca after he was traded by Chivas USA Tuesday.

LaBrocca was the 35th overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and led them to the MLS Reserve League Championship that year.

After three seasons in Colorado (2007-10), he was traded to Toronto FC in exchange for Marvell Wynne in 2011, then traded again to Chivas, where he scored eight goals over 34 games last season and was named to the MLS All-Star Team.

In his MLS career, he has scored 15 goals over 152 regular season games, 141 of them starts.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

PASL Hands Down Suspensions To Five Players

The Professional Arena Soccer League Thursday handed down one-game suspensions to the following players for receiving red cards in last weekend's play:

- Dominic Scicluna and Ryan Mallard of the Detroit Waza at the Harrisburg Heat

- Omar Mena of the Texas Strikers against Real Phoenix, but he served the suspension Sunday

- Antonio Sutton of the San Diego Sockers against the Las Vegas Legends

- Sasha Djoric of the Ohio Vortex against the Cincinnati Kings

Silverbacks Unveil New Logo

At a team function Wednesday at Brewhouse Cafe in Little Five Points, GA, the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League unveiled a new logo, created by Wisconsin native Ryan Foose, one of four finalists in a contest that began in mid-November.


The new main logo will replace the team's 15-year-old logo that featured a silverback gorilla in a shield, but team officials say they will retain that logo as a secondary item.

Strikers Sign Former Honduran, MLS Defender Guerrero

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League announced the signing Thursday of former Honduran national team and Major League Soccer defender Ivan Guerrero.

Guerrero will be reunited at Fort Lauderdale with former teammates Andy Herron and Daryl Shore, whom he played three seasons with for the Chicago Fire (2005-08).

He was named to the MLS All-Star Team and was named the Fire's Most Valuable Player in 2005, then he played for the San Jose Earthquakes and DC United.

Guerrero began his career in 1996 with Honduras first division team Club Deportivo Motagua, then moved on to play in England for Coventry Club and Club Atletico Penarol in Uruguay before joining MLS.

He played 84 times for his national team between 1999 and 2010, scoring four goals, and played in the 2000, 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments.

Union Signs Harrisburg Native Mendoza

Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union announced the signing Thursday of midfielder Alex Mendoza, a native of Harrisburg, PA and a former member of USL PRO franchise Harrisburg City Islanders' youth academy.

Holding dual citizenship in the US and Mexico, Mendoza spent the last three seasons in Mexico with UNAM Pumas.

He played prep soccer in Harrisburg for Red Land High School and club soccer at Red Land Soccer Club.

Mendoza also played for the LDC United U-16 and U-18 teams and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League's U-10 and U-15 Select and Alliance teams, and was named to the state's U-13 and U-17 Olympic Development Program player pools.

Dynamo Dumps Soto

Major League Soccer's two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo announced Thursday they have waived midfielder Josue Soto, who did not play in any league regular season or postseason games since signing a Homegrown Player deal January 19, 2011.

He did play as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League in the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

He was loaned to the Scorpions and scored two goals and three assists over 24 games.

RSL Ownership Transferred To Hansen

Dave Checketts, owner and founder of Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake, announced Thursday Utah businessman Dell Loy Hansen, who has served as vice chairman and alternate governor of the franchise since October 2009, has acquired complete ownership of the team and its properties, including Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

The New York Times reports Checketts is returning to New York to become chairman and chief executive of Legends Sports Hospitality Management, a food service and premium ticketing marketing company.

USL's Eagles Find New Home In Charlotte

The Charlotte Eagles of USL PRO and the Charlotte Lady Eagles of USL W-League announced Thursday they will play 2013 season home games at Dickson Field, located on the 65-acre Queens Sports Complex at Queens University in Charlotte, NC.

DC United Announces USL PRO Affiliation With Kickers

Major League Soccer's DC United announced Thursday an affiliation deal with USL PRO's Richmond Kickers that will see the MLS franchise loan a minimum of four players to Richmond.

Over the last 20 years, 18 DC United players have played for the Kickers and, in Kickers history, 22 of their players have gone to MLS teams.

Red Bulls Promote Petke To Head Coach

Since going outside the organization to find a new head coach proved fruitless, Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls announced Thursday they have promoted assistant coach and former defender Mike Petke to the position after serving two seasons under former coach Hans Backe.

Petke spent 13 seasons in MLS as a player with two stints at the Red Bulls -- 1998-02 and 2008-10.

He holds club records for games played with 169 league games (196 over all competitions), games started (158 regular season) and minutes played (14,160 regular season minutes).

USL PRO Announces Rosters For Annual Combine

USL PRO Thursday announced the rosters for the six teams that will take part in the 2013 USL PRO Combine, presented by Umbro, beginning Thursday through Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

TEAM 1
Coaches: Phil Wheedon, Tony Glavin

GOALKEEPERS
Brian Hale
Chip Sanders

DEFENDERS
Kevin Bocanegra
Malcolm Calbert
Shawn Ferguson
Ryan Coffman
Trevor Whelan

MIDFIELDERS
Clarke Bentley
Oscar Barbosa
Emmanuel Joseph
Ralph Lundy
Matthew Bahner
Riley Sumpter

FORWARDS
Shayne Hollis
Chris Tsonis
Steven Miller
Matthew Baldeh

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TEAM 2
Coaches: Gordon Hill, Paul Rogers

GOALKEEPERS
Sean Teepin
Dustin Butcher

DEFENDERS
Logan McDaniel
Kevin Curran
Andrew Pastoric
Nicky MacKain
Austin Brown

MIDFIELDERS
Jamiel Hardware
Ruben Resendes
Andrew Derayeh
Raffi Gregorian
Facundo Dipasquale
Mike Dietze

FORWARDS
Westin Vallentine
Jordan Roylance
Dillon Tufty
Macca Wilde

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TEAM 3
Coaches: Duncan Wilder, Scott Bowers

GOALKEEPERS
Robert Mueller
William Williams

DEFENDERS
Joseph Toby
Matthew Kuehl
Andy Hackbarth
Cayle Lackten

MIDFIELDERS
Anthony Arico
Douglas Armstrong
Christopher Matthews
Juan Lozoya
Amar Brkic

FORWARDS
Peter Bow
Sasa Plavsic
Adrian Pena
Philip Surprise

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TEAM 4
Coaches: Jeff Tipping, David Winner

Coaches: Duncan Wilder, Scott Bowers

GOALKEEPERS
Derrick Hackett
Bret Mollon

DEFENDERS
Gabe Cause
Dominic Cutrofello
Ashley Walker
Aldo Maiorano
Ronald Caicedo
Menesky Magliore

MIDFIELDERS
Patrice Mbong On
Robbie McLarney
Colby Bauer
Eduardo Arroyo
Federico Diaz

FORWARDS
Moses Aduny
Uche Onyeador
David Freeland

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TEAM 5
Coaches: Gwynne Williams, Abe Thompson

GOALKEEPERS
Vincent Papageorgiou
Jonathan Viscosi

DEFENDERS
Josh Danza
Isair Castro
Justin Sass
Chris Pearson
Dean Lovegrove
Hany Helmy

MIDFIELDERS
Corey Adamson
Diego Nicholson
Matt Seinfeld
Emir Zrnic
Ferretty Sousa
Sean De Silva
Brian Greco

FORWARDS
Leigh Viedman
Garrett Losee

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TEAM 6
Coaches: Billy Steele, Mark Litton

GOALKEEPERS
Corey Whisenhunt
Roberto Perez

DEFENDERS
Paul Andrews
Chris Dillon
Michael Stewart
Dan Nederhoed

MIDFIELDERS
Leyon Croes
Ofili Christian Ibeh
Tom Shaw
Aaron Walker
Nuno Gourgel
Gerard John-Williams
Lynvan Da Costa

FORWARDS
Steve Beattie
Ryan Asare-Bediako
Rene Garay

USL PRO Announces 2013 Schedule, Interleague Games With MLS Reserve League Teams

USL PRO Thursday announced its 182-game 2013 regular season schedule, featuring all 13 teams playing 26 games each, including games with Major League Soccer Reserve League teams as part of a groundbreaking announcement Wednesday between both leagues.

The 2013 schedule can be seen at http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/schedules/2013/58092584.20133.html.

Two teams -- Phoenix FC Wolves and VSI Tampa Bay FC -- join the league's 11 other teams (Antigua Barracuda FC, defending league champion Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lios, Harrisburg City Islanders, Los Angeles Blues, two-time regular season champion Orlando City Lions, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos and Wilimington Hammerheads) in a single standings table for the season.

The season begins March 23 with the Blues hosting the Wolves at Titan Stadium at Cal State Fullerton and ends August 17 with a five-game slate.

The top eight teams at the end of the season advance to the playoffs, all single-game rounds, beginning with quarterfinal play August 23-25 (No. 1 vs No. 8, No. 2 vs No. 7, etc.) Winners advance to the semifinals the weekend of August 30-September 1, with those winners playing for the USL PRO Championship the weekend of September 6-8.

26 games will take place during the season between MLSRL teams and USL PRO teams with games counting in both teams' records.

They are as follows:

April 7
VSI Tampa Bay @ Portland Timbers
Los Angeles Galaxy @ Los Angeles Blues

April 20
Harrisburg City Islanders @ Colorado Rapids

April 22
Phoenix FC Wolves @ Real Salt Lake

May 7
Los Angeles Blues @ Los Angeles Galaxy

May 12
Orlando City @ Seattle Sounders

May 19
Charleston Battery @ Houston Dynamo

June 1
Portland Timbers @ VSI Tampa Bay

June 7
Toronto FC @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Montreal Impact @ Rochester Rhinos

June 8
Colorado Rapids @ Harrisburg City Islanders
Houston Dynamo @ Charleston Battery
Columbus Crew @ Dayton Dutch Lions

June 14
Chicago Fire @ Charlotte Eagles

June 15
New York Red Bulls @ Wilmington Hammerheads
Real Salt Lake @ Phoenix FC Wolves

June 22
Vancouver Whitecaps @ Richmond Kickers

June 29
Charlotte Eagles @ Chicago Fire

June 30
Wilmington Hammerheads @ New York Red Bulls

July 13
Dayton Dutch Lions @ Columbus Crew

July 15
Antigua Barracuda @ San Jose Earthquakes

July 21
Rochester Rhinos @ Montreal Impact

July 23
Antigua Barracuda @ FC Dallas
Richmond Kickers @ Vancouver Whitecaps

July 28
Pittsburgh Riverhounds @ Toronto FC

August 11
Seattle Sounders @ Orlando City

Scorpions Sign Dzafic To Deal

The North American Soccer League's San Antonio Scorpions announced the signing Wednesday of forward/defender Adin Dzafic, who has competed on first division teams in Bosnia and Croatia.

The Scorpions open their first-half season April 6 at the Minnesota Stars and welcome the defending Soccer Bowl champion Tampa Bay Rowdies April 13 for their home opener at new Toyota Field.

Sockers Forward Farber Named PASL Week 12 Player Of The Week

San Diego Sockers forward Brian Farber, who scored the second of his two goals with 2.2 seconds left to edge the host Las Vegas Legends, 6-5, last Friday for their 47th straight victory, their 34th straight regular season win, their tenth straight of the 2012-13 season, and their fourth Pacific Division championship, was named the Professional Arena Soccer League's Player of the Week for Week 12 of the season Wednesday

The 2008-09 league Most Valuable Player also assisted on two goals in the win and has scored at least one point in every games this season and 16 straight dating back to last season.

Whitecaps Sign Paulo, Heinemann, Hertzog

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signings Wednesday of midfielder/forward Paulo, Jr. and forwards Tom Heinemann and Corey Hertzog.

Paulo had seven goals and seven assists over 43 games in all competitions at Real Salt Lake from 2010 to 2012. He was selected by Vancouver with the tenth pick in Stage 2 of last month's MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Heinemann will be reunited with Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie, who served in the same position with the North American Soccer League's Carolina RailHawks. In two seasons with MLS' Columbus Crew, he had three goals and an assist.

Hertzog, the 13th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls, played two seasons there. He also led NCAA Division I in goals in 2010 with 20.

FC Dallas Waives Midfielder Marcelin, Villar

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas announced Wednesday they have waived midfielders James Marcelin and Ricardo Villar.

Marcelin appeared in 16 games last season after joining Dallas last May from the Portland Timbers.

Villar, who has two goals and two assists in 29 games over two seasons, started two of three games last season and missed three months of the season with injury issues.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Red Bulls Terminate Conde's Contract

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls announced the termination of defender Wilman Conde's contract Wednesday after he scored a goal and an assist over 17 games in 2012, his only season there.

His MLS right of first refusal was traded to New York by the Chicago Fire January 30, 2012 in exchange for allocation money.

Heat To Honor Lilley At Halftime Of Friday's Game

The Harrisburg Heat of the Professional Arena Soccer League announced Wednesday they will honor former defender Bob Lilley with a halftime ceremony at Friday's home game at Farm Show Arena against the three-time defending league champion San Diego Sockers.

Lilley, a native of Carlisle, PA, played six seasons for the Heat, leading them to the 1995 National Professional Soccer League's American Conference Championship.

He also was an original member of the Hershey (PA) Impact.

Lilley coached outdoors with the Hershey Wildcats, Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Rochester in USL First Division and indoors with the MISL's Detroit Ignition.

Crew To Hold Game In Honor Of Urso February 24

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew and its charitable arm, the Crew Soccer Foundation, announced Wednesday the inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match will be played against Urso's alma mater, North Carolina, February 24 at Macpherson Stadium in Brown's Summit, NC, with all proceeds benefiting the foundation's Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

The fund was created to support heart health research and programming after Urso, a midfielder and tenth overall pick of the Crew in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, died in August 2012 at age 22 to a congenital heart defect.

After leading the Tar Heels to four straight Final Four appearances at the NCAA Men's College Cup and a 2011 NCAA championship, Urso had an assist over six games, five of them starts, with the Crew before being sidelined with an injury.

USL PDL's FC Tucson To Open New Stadium In 2014

FC Tucson of the USL Premier Development League, in conjunction with Pima County, AZ, announced plans Wednesday to build a new 2,000-seat stadium at the site of Field #1 at Kino Sports Complex North, where the team will play their 2014 season, and a sixth field to the complex.

The county will also build a new entrance to the north side of the complex, in addition to new concession stands and restrooms.

Stars Bulk Up For 2013 NASL Seasons With Major Signings

The Minnesota Stars announced six major player moves designed to make them the favorite to hoist the Soccer Bowl championship for their second time in 2013 after winning the 2011 title, then losing in the 2012 championship game to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The team signed the league's first two Most Valuable Players, forwards Etienne Barbara and Pablo Campos (both to three-year deals), the 2012 NASL Golden Glove in goalkeeper Daryl Sattler (signed to a three-year deal), and midfielders Bryan Arguez (two-year deal) and Aaron Pitchkolan (two-year deal), and re-signed forward Simone Bracalello (two-year deal).

Barbara and Campos, teammates with the Carolina RailHawks in 2011 and each signed for three seasons with Minnesota, combined for 35 goals, leading them to the league's regular season championship and to the semifinals of the Soccer Bowl playoffs.

Barbara moved last season to Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps, while Campos joined the NASL's lone expansion franchise last season, the San Antonio Scorpions, where he scored a league-high 21 goals and led the team to the regular season title.

Sattler had an 0.79 goals against average and 13 shutouts in 24 games with the Scorpions last season. He began his NASL career with Tampa Bay in 2010, but a knee injury ended his 2011 season there prematurely.

Arguez spent half of last season on loan from MLS' Montreal Impact to FC Edmonton, began his career in MLS with DC United as the 11th overall pick in the 2007 SuperDraft, then played two seasons in Germany with Hertha Berlin before returning to the US.

Pitchkolan also spent 2012 with the Scorpions and has played for MLS' FC Dallas and San Jose Earthquakes, as well as the Rochester Rhinos and Puerto Rico Islanders in NASL.

Bracalello, in his fourth season with the Stars, has scored 20 goals in his first three seasons, the most in team history.

Minnesota opens the league's first split-season schedule April 6 at the Metrodome against the Scorpions, then, after five games there, will play the rest of the 2013 season's home games at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Field Nearly Set, Host Sites Announced

The US Men's National Team will play host to 11 other teams from CONCACAF in the 2012 Gold Cup tournament July 7-28 and, Wednesday, CONCACAF announced most of the teams in the field and the 13 US cities that will host tournament games.

As host, the US is an automatic qualifier, as do Mexico and Canada.

Joining the field through qualifying tournaments are Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Martinique, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and first-time entrant Belize.

The 11th team will be decided Friday when Guatemala and Panama meet for fifth place in the current Copa Centroamericano tournament and the final Central American berth in the bi-annual Gold Cup field.

Also Friday, Honduras meets Belize and Costa Rica faces El Salvador in the semifinals of the tournament, with winners playing for the title and losers for third place Sunday.

As for the 13 venues, five have held previous Gold Cup tournaments -- Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX (2009 and 2011), Soldier Field in Chicago (2007, 2009, 2011), the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA (1991, 2002, 2012), Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (2011) and CenturyLink Field in Seattle (2005, 2009).

The others are:

- Georgia Dome in Atlanta

- M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore

- Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver

- Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT

- BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston

- Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL

- JELD-WEN Field in Portland, OR

- Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT

A venue for the championship final will soon be announced by CONCACAF.

MLS To Restructure Reserve League With USL PRO

Major League Soccer and USL PRO announced a historic multi-year partnership Wednesday that will see all 13 USL PRO teams face MLS Reserve League teams in games that will count in both league's standings, beginning this season.

The goal of the new agreement is to immediately improve professional player development in the US and Canada and provide more and better competition for players who have dreams of making an MLS roster.

Under the terms of the deal, all 13 USL PRO teams will be paired with one MLSRL team to play a home-and-home series, except for Antigua Barracuda FC, in which their games will be played at the site of their chosen MLSRL team.

Also, no fewer than four MLS players will be loaned on a long-term basis to their USL PRO affiliate for the purpose of getting playing time ahead of being called up by their MLS team.

If an MLS team chooses to establish an affiliation with a USL PRO franchise, that team will not play in the 2013 MLSRL, such as Sporting Kansas City, who announced Wednesday a multi-year deal with two-time USL PRO regular season champion Orlando City Soccer Club.

More details about this partnership will be announced in the coming months with the highlight being the release of the 2013 USL PRO schedule.

New Toronto FC Head Coach Sets February 1 Start Date

Ryan Nelsen, the new head coach for Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, hired two weeks ago Tuesday, announced at the team's media day in Toronto he will begin his duties February 1 when the team begins its preseason training phase in Orlando, FL.

That's because, at the moment, Nelson is a player at Queens Park Rangers of the English Premier League and he is helping the franchise avoid relegation.

USMNT Wins 3-0 Closed Scrimmage Over Club Tijuana Reserves

In a scrimmage closed to fans and the media Tuesday, Will Bruin scored two goals and Jeff Parke added a third as the US Men's National Team shut out the reserve team of Liga MX franchise Club Tijuana, 3-0, Tuesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The game is a warm-up for the US team's 2013 debut this coming Tuesday against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and is their only game before the start of Hexagonal round play in the CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying tournament, which begins February 6 against host Honduras in San Pedro Sula.

So, if fans and media weren't present Tuesday, how do we know what took place at the game?

The results were posted on the Twitter account of Aaron Maines, director of global soccer at Wasserman Media Group.

US Soccer, however, will not confirm or deny whether the results given are accurate.

Chivas USA Trades Defenders With Rapids

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA acquired midfielder Eric Avila from the Colorado Rapids Tuesday in exchange for midfielder Nick LaBrocca.

The Rapids gained Avila's rights from Toronto FC in the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft.

He spent two seasons with Toronto after being traded by FC Dallas, where he played in 63 games between 2008 and 2011, when he was traded during the seasons to the Reds, where he earned career-highs last season in games played (24), games started (16) and minutes played (1,366)/

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

USL PDL's Rangers Re-Sign Killian

The USL Premier Development League's New Jersey LUSO Rangers announced the re-signing Tuesday of goalkeeper Paul Killian, who was a D3Soccer.com First Team All-American and National Goalkeeper of the Year this past season at NCAA Division III Stevens Institute of Technology.

Killian led his team to a Top 10 placement in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Coaches Poll by having 12 shutouts.

He also had a 0.33 goals against average, third-best in Division III, and a .910 save percentage, second-best in the division.

Among the honors he picked up last season, Killian was named a First Team All-Empire 8 Conference player, to the conference's All-Tournament Team and was its tournament Most Valuable Player, a NSCAA First Team All-East Region selection, and to the East Coast Athletic Conference All-Star First Team.

Beitashour, Buddle Out For USMNT Opener Versus Canada

US Soccer announced Tuesday San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour and Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle will not play in the US Men's National Team's 2013 season opener versus Canada next Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and their spots on the roster will not be filled.

Beitashour will return to San Jose to be evaluated after undergoind sports hernia surgery and Buddle said he has "problems in his right knee".

Sousa Out As Next Red Bulls Head Coach

Portuguese publication O Jogo Tuesday announced Paulo Sousa, who last managed Hungary's Videoton until weeks ago, will not become the new head coach of Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, replacing former head coach Hans Backe, after the two sides failed to agree on terms for a contract.

Toronto FC Hires Onstad To Front Office Staff

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC announced former league and Canadian national team goalkeeper Pat Onstad will become the team's chief scout and manager of football partnerships.

Onstad comes to Toronto after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach for DC United.

He was a three-time MLS Cup champion (2003 with San Jose Earthquakes, 2006 and 2007 with the Houston Dynamo), a two-time league Goalkeeper of the Year and Best XI (both in 2003 and 2005), and led the Earthquakes to the 2005 MLS Supporters Shield.

Onstad played 57 games for Canada, led them to the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, and was named his country's Player of the Year in 2003.

Crew Signs Glauber As Discovery Signing

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew announced the signing Tuesday of defender Glauber Leandro Honorato Berti as a Discovery Signing.

He scored one goal over 46 appearances in all competitions for Romanian First Division team Rapid Bucharest and has played in England for Manchester City, Germany for Nurnberg, and Brazil for Palmeiras and Atletico Minero.

USL PRO's Eagles Re-Sign Goalkeeper, Captain Reed

The Charlotte Eagles of USL PRO announced Tuesday they have re-signed goalkeeper and team captain Eric Reed for the 2013 season.

Reed has played in USL PRO (then USL First Division) for the Carolina RailHawks, Cleveland City Stars and California Victory.

He finished tied for third in the league in goals against average in 2012 with a 1.00, had seven shutouts, played 1,890 minutes over 20 games, was sixth in the league in wins (nine) and seventh in saves (64).

MISL Announces Week 12 Player, Team Of The Week

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday Missouri Comets defender Leo Gibson, who set a new league single game record for points with 16 versus the Rochester Lancers last Saturday, was named the league's Player of the Week for the 12th week of the 2012-13 season.

He broke the previous league record of 13 points, set last season by teammate Byron Alvarez.

Here are the other players who were named to the league's Week 12 Team of the Week:

GOALKEEPER
Marcel Feenstra - Milwaukee Wave

DEFENDER
Joe Hammes - Milwaukee Wave

MIDFIELDER
Tony Donatelli - Baltimore Blast

FORWARDS
Mauricio Salles - Rochester Lancers
Machel Millwood - Baltimore Blast

HONORABLE MENTION
Mike Lookingland - Baltimore Blast
Carlos Munoz - Chicago Soul
Giuliano Oliviero - Milwaukee Wave
Ian Bennett - Milwaukee Wave
Ryan Junge - Missouri Comets
Vahid Assadpour - Missouri Comets
Cristiano - Missouri Comets
Andy Tiedt - Rochester Lancers
Evan McNeley - Rochester Lancers
Neto - Syracuse Silver Knights
Slavisa Ubiparipovic - Syracuse Silver Knights
Andrew Hoxie - Wichita Wings
Frederico Moojen - Wichita Wings

New USWNT Head Coach Sermanni Names Training Camp Roster For Scotland Series

New US Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni, officially taking over the reigns from former head coach Pia Sundhage, announced Tuesday a 29-player training camp roster for their first two games of the 2013 season against his native home country of Scotland February 9 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL and February 13 at LP Field in Nashville.

Sermanni also said he will use this training camp to evaluate players to be on his roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup tournament March 6-13 throughout Portugal.

Here is the roster, by position and with player's current team:

GOALKEEPERS
Nicole Barnhart - FC Kansas City
Jane Campbell - Concorde Fire South
Ashlyn Harris - Washington Spirit
Jill Loyden - Sky Blue FC
Hope Solo - Seattle Reign FC

DEFENDERS
Rachel Buehler - Portland Thorns FC
Crystal Dunn - North Carolina
Whitney Engen - Liverpool FC
Julie Johnston - Santa Clara
Ali Krieger - Washington Spirit
Heather Mitts - Boston Breakers
Kelley O'Hara - Sky Blue FC
Christie Rampone - Sky Blue FC
Becky Sauerbrunn - FC Kansas City

MIDFIELDERS
Yael Averbuch - Goteborg FC
Shannon Boxx - Chicago Red Stars
Lauren Cheney - FC Kansas City
Tobin Heath - Portland Thorns FC
Lori Lindsey - Washington Spirit
Carli Lloyd - Western New York Flash
Kristie Mewis - FC Kansas City
Heather O'Reilly - Boston Breakers
Megan Rapinoe - Seattle Reign FC
Keelin Winters - Chicago Red Stars

FORWARDS
Sydney Leroux - Boston Breakers
Alex Morgan - Portland Thorms FC
Christen Press - Tyreso FF
Amy Rodriguez - Seattle Reign FC
Abby Wambach - Western New York Flash

MLS Holds 2013 Supplemental Draft

Major League Soccer held its 2013 Supplemental Draft Tuesday via conference call from their headquarters in New York City.

Here is the complete list of selections made over the draft's four rounds:

ROUND 1
1. New York Red Bulls - Ryan Clark (Monmouth) - a
2. Chivas USA - Jose Diaz (UC Riverside)
3. Portland Timbers - David Meves (Akron)
4. New England Revolution - Jossimar Sanchez (Connecticut)
5. Seattle Sounders - Will Bates (Virginia) - b
6. Los Angeles Galaxy - Andy Riemer (Georgetown) - c
7. FC Dallas - Cameron Brown (North Carolina)
8. Montreal Impact - Hakan Ikhan (UNC Greensboro)
9. Columbus Crew - Reed Matte (UAB)
10. Vancouver Whitecaps - Adam Mena (Notre Dame)
11. Vancouver Whitecaps - Michael Rose (Notre Dame) - d
12. Philadelphia Union - Eric Schoenle (West Virginia) - e
13. New York - Michael Bustamente (Boston)
14. Sporting Kansas City - Christian Duke (San Diego)
15. San Jose Earthquakes - Adam Jahn (Stanford)
16. Seattle - Kevin Durr (Air Force)
17. Philadelphia - Uriah Bentick (Liberty) - f
18. Houston Dynamo - Anthony Arena (Wake Forest)
19. Chivas - Paul Islas (Fresno Pacific) - g

a - from Toronto FC
b - from Philadelphia Union
c - from Colorado Rapids
d - from Chicago Fire
e - from Real Salt Lake
f - from Real Salt Lake and DC United
g - from Los Angeles Galaxy

ROUND 2
20. Toronto - Ashton Bennett (Coastal Carolina)
21. Chivas - Joe Franco (CSU Northridge)
22. Portland - Chris Hegngi (Ohio State)
23. New England - Chris Thomas (Elon)
24. Philadelphia - Mark Linnville (Princeton)
25. Colorado Rapids - Brenton Griffiths (South Florida)
26. FC Dallas - Kyle Zobeck (Valparaiso)
27. Montreal - Jordan Leblanc (Old Dominion)
28. Columbus - Daniel Withrow (Marshall)
29. Vancouver - Brian Rogers (Harvard)
30. Chicago Fire - John Gallagher (Penn State)
31. Vancouver - Adam Clement (Duquesne) - h
32. New York - Ben Fisk (Washington)
33. SKC - Mitchell Cardenas (Campbell)
34. New York - Marc Clinton (Providence) - i
35. Seattle - Kevin Olali (South Florida)
36. DC United - Evan Raynr (UCLA)
37. Colorado - Stefano Pinho (Fluminese) - j
38. Toronto - Jose Gomez (Creighton) - k

h - from Real Salt Lake
i - from San Jose Earthquakes
j - from Houston Dynamo
k - from Los Angeles Galaxy

ROUND 3
39. Toronto - Nik Robson (New Mexico)
40. Chivas - pass
41. Portland - pass
42. New England - Alex DeJohn (Old Dominion)
43. Philadelphia - Jake Keegan (Binghampton)
44. Colorado Rapids - Machael David (UCSB)
45. FC Dallas - Cam Wilder (Kentucky)
46. Montreal - Luciano Delbono (Wake Forest)
47. Montreal - Juan Arbelaez (Virginia Commonwealth) - l
48. Vancouver - Joshua Patterson (Duquesne)
49. Chicago - James Belshaw (Duke)
50. Real Salt Lake - Brock Granger (Lousville)
51. New York - Stephane Diop (Connecticut)
52. SKC - Brian Feteke (Tampa)
53. San Jose - Colin Mitchell (Oregon State)
54. Seattle - Lebogang Moloto (Lindsey Wilson)
55. DC United - pass
56. Houston - Nic Ryan (UCSB)
57. Los Angeles - pass

l - from Columbus Crew

ROUND 4
58. Toronto - Taylor Morgan (George Mason)
59. Chivas - pass
60. Portland - pass
61. New England - Gabe Latigue (Elon)
62. Philadelphia - Lenardo Fernandes (Stony Brook)
63. Colorado - Marcello Castro (Sacred Heart)
64. FC Dallas - T.J. Nelson (SMU)
65. Montreal - pass
66. Columbus - Shawn Sloan (High Point)
67. Vancouver - Alejandro Sucre (Amherst)
68. Chicago - Caleb Konstanski (Indiana)
69. RSL - Max Wasserman (Connecticut)
70. New York - Andrew Robeiro (Creighton)
71. SKC - Mike Reidy (Colgate)
72. San Jose - Peter McGlynn (UCSB)
73. Seattle - Jennings Rex (UNC Charlotte)
74. Houston - Yannick Smith (Old Dominion)
75. Los Angeles - pass

Whitecaps Releases Midfielder Robson

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps announced the release Monday of midfielder Barry Robson, who scored three goals in 18 appearances after joining the team in June 2012 following 2 1/s seasons at English League Championship team Middlesbrough FC.

Farias Sets Current Era MISL Single-Game Record For Three-Point Goals In Soul's 23-14 Win Over Wings

Carlos Farias had a 13-point night, highlighted by a current era Major Indoor Soccer League single game record for three-point goals with three, as the host Chicago Soul defeated the Wichita Wings, 23-14, in a Monday afternoon contest at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Farias also had a two-point goal and a pair of assists in the victory.

Pablo Da Silva and Bado Radoncic each had a brace and an assist for Chicago.

Andre Berenzon led the Wings with a three-point and a two-point goal.

Chicago is 7-11, tied with Wichita (6-10) for fourth place in the standings, seven games behind the league-leading Milwaukee Wave (13-2).

The Wings host the Wave Friday night at Hartman Arena, then welcome the Soul Saturday night.

Monday, January 21, 2013

FC Edmonton Owner, President Fires GM Leip

Tom Fath, owner and president of the North American Soccer League's FC Edmonton, announced Monday he has fired general manager Tom Leip, whose contract was set to expire this April.

Leip joined the team in May 2011 to replace acting general manager Andy Smith.

In 2011, Edmonton finished fifth in the league's regular season at 10-12-6, earning a trip to the playoffs, where they lost in the quarterfinals to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but, in 2012, the team posted a disappointing 5-10-13 record.

Fath said a new general manager would be introduced to the media next week.

USL PDL's Ocala Stampede Name Roberts New Head Coach

The Ocala Stampede of the USL Premier Development League announced Monday Cheyne Roberts, who played in the 2012 USL PRO season with the Charlotte Eagles, has been named their second head coach in as many seasons.

Roberts was sixth on the Eagles in minutes played last season and had an assist over 18 appearances.

After playing for NCAA Division 2 school Palm Beach Atlantic from 2006-10, he joined the coaching staff in 2010 as an assistant coach.

Stars Spilt Weekend Series In Tacoma With Bolts

Ian Weinberg had two goals and an assist and Amos Freiheit also posted a brace as the host Tacoma Stars defeated the Anaheim Bolts, 9-7, Sunday at Pacific Sports Center to split a weekend Professional Arena Soccer League series.

Adriano De Lima led the Bolts with four goals and an assist, Jhonatan Bravo braced, and Cameron White added a goal.

Tacoma is now 5-6 and in third place in the Pacific Division, a half-game behind the Turlock Express (6-6) for second place. The Stars travel to Turlock Friday.

Anaheim, 5-7, is in fourth place in the division, a game behind Turlock for second, and hosts the four-time division champion and three-time league champion San Diego Sockers February 2.

DC United Signs Re-Entry Draft Pick Thorrington

Major League Soccer's DC United announced the signing Monday of midfielder John Thorrington, who was selected in the second round of last month's MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Thorrington started 14 of 19 games for the Vancouver Whitecaps last season and played in four games for the US Men's National Team.

In his eight-year MLS career, he has scored eight goals and three assists in 89 appearances, starting 72 of them.

Sounders Officially Loan Montero To Milonarios For 2013

Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders Monday officially loaned forward Fredy Montero, a three-time All-Star and the league's 2009 Newcomer of the Year, to Colombia first division team Millonarios for the 2013 season.

Montero came to the Sounders in their inaugural MLS season of 2009 from Colombia's Deportivo Cali and is Seattle's all-time leading scorer with 47 goals, third most by any league player since arriving in '09.

In all competitions with Seattle, Montero has 60 goals and 43 assists, has scored 23 game-winning goals and assisted on 12 other game-winning goals.

Timbers Ink Miller, Valencia To Deals

As had been previously reported, Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers Monday officially signed defender Ryan Miller to a 2013 contract after he spent the last four seasons in Sweden.

Originally selected by the Columbus Crew at the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, he later joined DC United before leaving the States and starting his Swedish playing career with a season at Ljungskile SK before playing 73 games over the next three seasons with Halmstads.

Also Monday, the Timbers signed forward Jose Valencia to a multi-year contract after ending an initial loan of his services by Colombia's Independente Santa Fe.

Fire Heats Up Monday MLS News

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire made a number of announcements on a busy Monday:

- First, they have re-signed midfielder Corben Bone and exercised the option years on the contracts of Brazilian midfielder Alex and American midfielder Michael Videira.

Bone has appeared in 17 games over the last three seasons.

Alex joined the Fire last summer and scored two goals in 17 appearances

Videira, a second round 2008 MLS SuperDraft pick by the New England Revolution, played one season in Scotland with Hamilton in Scotland before returning to New England, then moved to Chicago in 2011, playing in 12 games since then.

- Second, the Fire declined to exercise the option year on Mexican foward Guillermo Franco's contract.

He appeared in three games last season after being in September 2012.

- Finally, Fire defender Arne Friedrich received his Green Card, making him a permanent US resident and freeing up an international roster spot for the team.

He was signed as a free agent March 7, 2012, was named last season's league Defender of the Year, and was re-signed November 7, 2012.

Shadeed's Deed Ends Losing Streak For Strikers

Jordan Shadeed had a pair of goals, including the game-winner off a Mike Balogun assist with six seconds left in regulation play, as the Texas Strikers ended their season-long Professional Arena Soccer League losing streak at ten games with a 9-8 victory over the host Arizona Storm Sunday at the Arizona Sports Complex.

Ried Schmitt had a brace for the Storm in the loss.

Texas, now 1-10 but still in last place in the Central Division, eight games behind the Dallas Sidekicks (9-2), travels to the Rio Grande Valley Flash next Sunday.

Arizona, at 4-7, is tied with Real Phoenix for last place in the Southwestern Division, host the division champion Las Vegas Legends next Sunday.

Flash Surprise Division-Leading Sidekicks

Edgar Flores has a goal and two assists and Robson De Souza and Efrain Martinez each had a goal and an assist as the host Rio Grande Valley Flash edged the Professional Arena Soccer League Central Division-leading Dallas Sidekicks, 8-6, Sunday at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.

Patrick Shamu had a hat trick for the Sidekicks in the loss.

Rio Grande Valley is 6-4 and in third place in the division, 2 1/2 games behind Dallas (9-2).

The Flash and Sidekicks both play again next Sunday -- Rio Grande Valley hosting the Texas Strikers, Dallas hosting the three-time league champion and just-crowned four-time Pacific Division champion Sam Diego Sockers.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Union Signs Former Trialists Wheeler, Richards

Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union announced the signings Saturday of former trialists Aaron Wheeler and Damani Richards, according to the Daily News of Delaware County, PA.

Wheeler, a forward, was on trial with Philadelphia in 2011 before joining FC KooTeePee, a second division team in Finland.

He played collegiately at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, where he scored 25 goals over three seasons.

Wheeler then played for numerous lower division teams, including the USL Premier Development League's Reading Rage (now called Reading United), where he led the league in goals with 17.

He also tried out for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2009 when they played in USL First Division.

Richards, a defender from Trinidad & Tobago, spent ten days with the Union in October 2012 and played for his country's U-17 and U-20 national teams.

Blast Devastates Silver Knights In Syracuse

Lucio Gonzaga had a hat trick to lead the Baltimore Blast to a 27-13 thrashing of the host Syracuse Silver Knights in a Sunday Major Indoor Soccer League matinee game at the War Memorial at the Oncenter to the 14-4 team a half-game behind the defending league champion Milwaukee Wave (13-2) for the lead in the standings.

Machel Millwood had two goals an an assist and Marco Mangione hit a three-point goal and has an assist for Baltimore.

Neto (three-point goal, two-point goal) and Andriy Budnyy (two two-pointers, assist) had five points to lead the Silver Knights, in last place in the standings at 6-13, nine behind the Wave.

While the Blast hosts the Rochester Lancers Friday and the Missouri Comets Saturday, Syracuse is off until February 1, when Baltimore returns to town.