Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Channel Catalog


Channel Description:

News from USL

older | 1 | .... | 126 | 127 | (Page 128) | 129 | 130 | .... | 235 | newer

    0 0
  • 03/31/13--00:54: Orlando Claims I-4 Derby
  • Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orlando City SC took down the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-2 on Saturday night at Al Lang Field, capturing the inaugural I-4 Derby presented by United World Soccer on aggregate, 6-4. More than 150 Orlando City supporters travelled to see the Lions hoist the I-4 trophy, which wraps up the 2013 preseason for the Lions.

    "It was an unbelievable atmosphere," said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. "I’m pleased for our players as they worked really hard tonight, and I’m really pleased for the supporters as they’ve been unbelievable. This one is for them."

    The Lions didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard, with a well placed through-ball by Adama Mbengue to a charging Kevin Molino giving Orlando the early advantage. The 2012 USL PRO MVP found the pass in stride right outside the 18-yard box from Mbengue, rounding Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein in the fifth minute to put the Lions up 1-0.

    Orlando kept pushing on the attack, with it paying off in the 32nd minute. Forward and Sporting Kansas City loanee Dom Dwyer blasted a shot that was deflected by Fontein, only for Mbengue to put in the rebound to give Orlando a two-goal advantage.

    Tampa responded just before halftime, with a penalty kick converted by Tayuka Yamada in the 41st minute cutting the Lions’ lead to one. Defender Rob Valentino entangled with Tampa's Georgi Hristov inside the Orlando penalty area, with the referee pointing to the spot immediately after both fell from the collision. Yamada slid it by goalkeeper Jon Kempin, who made his first start for Orlando since being loaned from affiliate Sporting Kansas City, to give the Rowdies some hope before halftime.

    Tampa kicked off the second half with another goal, this time from Amani Walker. The striker received a well-placed chip from a Rowdies midfielder, placing it past Kempin to tie the match at 2-2 in the 51st minute.

    After the Rowdies' quick two scores, Orlando’s defense tightened in the latter part of the second half, not allowing Tampa to gain solid footing on the offensive side of the ball. A late goal by Dwyer secured the win and championship for Orlando, slotting the ball from 18 yards out in the 90th minute to give Orlando the 3-2 advantage and 6-4 lead on aggregate.

    Orlando now turns its attention to the 2013 USL PRO regular season, with the Lions traveling to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University to face expansion side Phoenix FC on Sunday, April 7. The match will be streamed on USLNation.com. For more information leading up to the regular season opener in Phoenix, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com.


    0 0
  • 03/31/13--03:17: Phoenix Takes First Victory
  • Saturday, March 30, 2013

    PHOENIX -- Arizona’s newest sports franchise, the Phoenix FC Wolves, celebrated its first ever home game at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. with a 1-0 win over VSI Tampa Bay FC on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 4,198. Netinho scored the only goal of the game, and the first in club history, while Andrew Weber recorded six saves to record the Wolves’ first shutout.

    Phoenix opened the game sharply, with Diego Faria forcing the first opportunity in the fifth minute, drawing a save from VSI’s Alex Horwath. Ten minutes later, though, there was nothing Tampa Bay’s goalkeeper could do as a fine curling effort from 22 yards by Netinho gave the Wolves the lead, and their first goal in club history.

    The Wolves continued to push forward, and Horwath had to be sharp to turn a header by Aaron King over the crossbar after a good cross by Donny Toia from the left. Tampa Bay gradually came into the game, and Phoenix goalkeeper twice had to make good saves to deny Shawn Chin and Andriy Budnyy before the halftime break.

    Phoenix almost took a two-goal lead early in the second half, Diego Faria’s goal being ruled out for offside after Aaron King’s header had rebounded off the left post. Tampa Bay then went close as Weber turned away a looping shot from 20 yards in the 55th minute, and both Cyprian Hedrick and Devon Grousis had to make important interceptions as VSI continued to push for an equalizer later in the half.

    The Wolves had to withstand some late pressure in stoppage time, as they cleared a Tampa Bay corner kick and a free kick in the final seconds before the final whistle blew, sending the capacity crowd home happy.

    Phoenix FC returns to action next Sunday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. PT against Orlando City. VSI Tampa Bay FC continues its west-coast trip with a visit to the Los Angeles Blues on Tuesday evening at 4 p.m. PT.


    0 0
  • 04/01/13--10:16: Cobras Sign India Trotter
  • Carolina Elite Cobras News Release - www.carolinaelitecobras.com

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -
    The Carolina Elite Cobras are excited to announce India Trotter, a former U.S. Women’s National Team member and Florida State All-American, has signed with the team for the 2013 season. Trotter, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2006-09 was an alternate for the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics squads.

    "India is a great addition to the Cobras," Cobras Head Coach Sandy Burris said. "I am extremely happy she has decided to lace up her boots again. Her attitude and experience will add many positive aspects to this young team. She is a great player who has now had the chance to coach at a high level and I think that will add a new dimension to her game."

    Trotter made a name for herself as a college player at Florida State. She was a member of the Seminoles from 2003-06 and helped lead FSU to tremendous success. She finished her Florida State career with 24 goals, 18 assists and 66 points, and was a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Herman Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate soccer player, a finalist for the Honda Award, and a three-time first team All-ACC selection.

    After college she was drafted by the St. Louis Athletica, played for the New Jersey Sky, Atlanta Beat, and Dalsjofors in the Elite Division in Sweden.

    To Learn more about the Cobras and follow continuing developments, follow them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/CarolinaEliteCobras, on Twitter @CE_Cobras, or see more on their website at www.carolinaelitecobras.com.


    0 0
  • 04/01/13--10:22: Orlando City Sweeps Rowdies
  • Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orlando City claimed its third consecutive victory of the preseason against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday night, as a late goal by Dom Dwyer earned a 3-2 victory at Al Lang Field. The Lions had previously defeated the Rowdies 2-0 at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic and 3-2 at the Florida Citrus Bowl on March 9.

    "It was an unbelievable atmosphere," said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. "I’m pleased for our players as they worked really hard tonight, and I’m really pleased for the supporters as they’ve been unbelievable. This one is for them."

    The Lions didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard, with a well placed through-ball by Adama Mbengue to a charging Kevin Molino giving Orlando the early advantage. The 2012 USL PRO MVP found the pass in stride right outside the 18-yard box from Mbengue, rounding Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein in the fifth minute to put the Lions up 1-0.

    Orlando kept pushing on the attack, with it paying off in the 32nd minute. Forward and Sporting Kansas City loanee Dom Dwyer blasted a shot that was deflected by Fontein, only for Mbengue to put in the rebound to give Orlando a two-goal advantage.

    Tampa responded just before halftime, with a penalty kick converted by Tayuka Yamada in the 41st minute cutting the Lions’ lead to one. Defender Rob Valentino entangled with Tampa’s Georgi Hristov inside the Orlando penalty area, with the referee pointing to the spot immediately after both fell from the collision. Yamada slid it by goalkeeper Jon Kempin, who made his first start for Orlando since being loaned from affiliate Sporting Kansas City, to give the Rowdies some hope before halftime.

    Tampa kicked off the second half with another goal, this time from Amani Walker. The striker received a well-placed chip from a Rowdies midfielder, placing it past Kempin to tie the match at 2-2 in the 51st minute.

    After the Rowdies’ quick two scores, Orlando’s defense tightened in the latter part of the second half, not allowing Tampa to gain solid footing on the offensive side of the ball. A late goal by Dwyer secured the win and championship for Orlando, slotting the ball from 18 yards out in the 90th minute to give Orlando the 3-2 advantage and 6-4 lead on aggregate.

    Orlando now turns its attention to the 2013 USL PRO regular season, with the Lions traveling to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University to face expansion side Phoenix FC on Sunday, April 7. The match will be streamed on USLNation.com. For more information leading up to the regular season opener in Phoenix, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com.


    0 0
  • 04/02/13--09:50: Neumann Returns To Reading
  • Reading United News Release -- www.readingunitedac.com

    Tuesday, March 2, 2013

    READING, Pa. – One of college soccer’s top prospects is coming back to Reading this summer. Reading United A.C. welcome Georgetown University midfielder Steve Neumann back to the club for his third season. The dynamic midfielder from New Hope, Pa. has also been named the team captain for the 2013 Premier Development League season, which kickoffs on Saturday, May 11th at Exeter High School’s Don Thomas Stadium.

    Neumann enters the 2013 PDL season with a sterling resume highlighted by his impressive 2012 NCAA season at Georgetown University. The midfielder earned All-Big East First Team honors for the second consecutive year in 2012, scoring 10 goals and recording 13 assists while starting all 26 matches for the Georgetown Men’s Soccer Team. The former Council Rock North grad scored a hat-trick in the Hoyas’ College Cup semifinal victory against local rival, the University of Maryland. Neumann’s performance helped Georgetown reach the College Cup final for the first time in school history and propelled Neumann to the top of many 2014 MLS SuperDraft watch lists.

    United Head Coach Brendan Burke is thrilled to have Neumann back at Reading for another season. “Steve will be entering his third year with our club and the progression he has shown from year to year has been fantastic. He was a major difference maker for us last year and lit up the Final Four last fall with Georgetown. He will be our club captain this year for a number of reasons and I don't think there is any more that the coach of a team at any level can say about how they view a guy than giving him the armband. We believe that this is a player with special qualities and a player that also works very hard on a daily basis, we are very excited to have Neumann lead the group this year.”

    Neumann is very happy to be back with United and is looking forward to the challenge of bringing a PDL Championship to Reading. “Reading United is an organization that I had always heard to have a great reputation in terms of how it's run and the quality of the soccer that Reading plays. It has honestly been an honor to play with such high quality players. It has been very beneficial for me as a player to be on a team that I could play with in the summer months that has this type of commitment to improving players while also bringing in great players.”

    On being chosen to wear the captain’s armband for United, Neumann was humbled by the selection. “It was quite an honor to be named the captain of Reading United. Knowing of the quality of players to have played for Reading in prior years that are now in the pros, it will be my goal to maintain this type of quality for the club.”

    Reading United kickoff their 2013 PDL campaign on May 11 at 7PM against the Westchester Flames. Tickets are available at www.readingunitedac.com. Reading United offer 2013 Game Day Youth Packages, Group Discount Packages, Birthday Parties and Fundraising Ticket Packages. Contact Denise Strohmayr at denise@readingunitedac.com for all your group needs. 


    0 0

    LA Blues News Release -- www.labluesprosoccer.com

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    FULLERTON, Calif. — The LA Blues head into their second week of USL PRO action taking on expansion team, VSI Tampa Bay FC. The Blues look to win their second game of the season on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. PT at Sherbeck Field.

    The Blues opened their 2013 USL PRO campaign with a 2-0 win against Phoenix FC on March 23 at Titan Stadium. Forward George Davis IV scored the first USL PRO goal of the season in the 25th minute to give the Blues the lead before former MLS player Chris Cortez scored his first goal of the season in the 49th minute.

    After falling 1-0 to Phoenix FC in the first game in franchise history on the road on Saturday, VSI Tampa Bay FC is looking for its first win of the season. The Blues defense will look to shut down Tampa Bay forward Andriy Budnyy and midfielder J.T. Noone, while Blues forwards Davis and Cortez will try to break down the Tampa Bay defense led by former Charlotte Eagles center back Josh Rife and Wilmington Hammerheads goalkeeper Alex Horwath.

    The Blues will also hope to see strong performances from the midfield duo of Rodrigo Lopez and Allan Russell, who both had positive games in the season-opening win against Phoenix.

    This is the first of two meetings between the LA Blues and VSI Tampa Bay FC this season. The Blues will visit Tampa Bay on Sunday, April 21 for the return fixture. Tuesday's game can be seen on USLNation.com, for tickets visit www.labluesprosoccer.com.


    0 0
  • 04/03/13--11:52: Kelley Returns To Orlando
  • Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    ORLANDO — Orlando City SC announced Wednesday that the team has signed former backup Goalkeeper Sean Kelley, pending USSF approval. The move comes as starting Goalkeeper and Team Captain Miguel Gallardo sustained a knee injury in training and will be out 4-6 weeks. The team begins the 2013 USL PRO season away against expansion franchise Phoenix FC on Sunday, April 7 with kickoff set for 10:30 p.m. ET.

    “We hope Miguel has a speedy recovery,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “But we are lucky to have Sean with us. He’s been with us and knows the team. It’s a great opportunity for him and it’s good to have him back.“

    Kelley is familiar to Heath’s system, signing with the team in 2010 in Austin, Texas, and moving with the franchise to Orlando in 2011. The backup famously came in for Gallardo in the 2011 USL PRO Championship game, making key saves in the penalty shootout against the Harrisburg City Islanders to help secure the league championship. The Kentucky native appeared in four matches for the Lions in 2012, recording an 0.571 goals against average and two shutouts.

    Kelley, along with new Sporting Kansas City loanee Jon Kempin, will have to fill in for the injured Gallardo for the beginning of the 2013 USL PRO season. Gallardo appeared in 21 games for the Lions in 2012, leading the league is GAA (.780) while recording eight clean sheets. The 2011 USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year holds the record for clean sheets in a season with 11 in 2011.


    0 0

    Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    HARRISBURG, PA. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are pleased to announce the return of three more players for the 2013 season including left back Stephen Basso. Defender Tom Brandt and forward Yann Ekra also return for their second season with the Isles.

    Basso returns from spending his offseason with the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Basso was named to the 2012-13 MISL All-Rookie Team. Entering his third season with the Islanders, Basso has proven himself to be a force in the Islanders’ back line. He made 17 appearances, logging 1,469 minutes last season.

    In 2011, he made 21 appearances, logging 1,794 minutes, while making an appearance on the USL PRO Team of the Week. In addition to his contributions on defense, Basso also proved to be clutch on offense, tallying a first-half goal that sparked the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over Rochester in the National Division Final.

    Well-traveled despite his young age, Basso joined the City Islanders from Crystal Palace Baltimore, where he played in 24 games over the 2009-10 seasons. Born in Costa Rica, he started playing soccer at age five in New Delhi, India, where his father (a foreign service officer with the State Department) worked. After spending some time in Columbia, Md., he moved to Germany, where he played for lower-league side PSV Blau Gelb in 2003. In 2004, he returned to the U.S. and spent two years with D.C. United’s youth academy. He went back to Germany in 2007, playing with the reserve team of SV Darmstadt. Basso brought his career stateside once more in 2008 when he signed for the USL Second Division’s Real Maryland Monarchs (playing 17 games).

    “Stephen brings experience and leadership to the 2013 roster," said Coach Bill Becher. "He has been solid for us in the post two seasons and we are expecting ever more from him his year.”

    Brandt returns for his second season after becoming a fixture in the back line in his rookie season. The former University of Pennsylvania standout played in 18 games and saw 1,357 minutes of action, recording one assist.

    Brandt was a three-year starter at the University of Pennsylvania, and received First-Team All-Ivy recognition in both his junior and senior seasons. The Palmyra native served as a team captain for both his junior and senior seasons and received NSCAA All-Region honors for both of these years.

    Brandt returns to the Harrisburg area, where he enjoyed similar success at Palmyra High School. He was a two-time captain and four-year starter, leading the team to a Pennsylvania State title in 2007. He was a two-time All-Lebanon County first team selection and, as a senior, received NSCAA/adidas High School Boys All-Region II honors, while being named Mid Penn Keystone Player of the Year.

    “Tommy stepped in three different defensive positions last year and did very well in all three. His versatility gives us a lot of option,” said Becher.

    Ekra also returns for his second season with the club. The native of France has become a staple in Harrisburg’s lineup, and is hoping to build off an impressive 2012 season where he was the team’s second-leading scorer. Ekra appeared in 21 games, registering 13 points with six goals and one assist.

    Before joining the Islanders, Ekra was an extremely well-traveled player. The speedy striker played for the French club Lyon for the 2008 season, before spending the first part of 2009 playing for the youth team of the Premier League’s Hull City before heading to Greece to join Panionios. He spent the 2011 season back in France, playing for Châteauroux in Ligue 2, France’s second division.

    “Yann played a key role in our attack in 2012," said Becher. "He scored some big goals including the game winner in L.A. on the last days of the season to secure our playoff spot.”

    Training camp continues this week with the last two of six preseason matches occurs. On Thursday, April 4 the Isles faces Villanova at 7:30 p.m. at In the Net, Palmyra. They end the preseason matches on the road on Friday, April 5 at 5 p.m. against the University Of Maryland. The Islanders 10th Anniversary season kicks off at Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 13 and the home opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. against the Rochester Rhinos. For more information about the Harrisburg City Islanders visit the website at cityislanders.com or phone 717-441-4625.


    0 0
  • 04/02/13--23:06: Tampa Bay Edges Past Blues
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    FULLERTON, Calif. — VSI Tampa Bay FC claimed its first victory in franchise history as it defeated the Los Angeles Blues 1-0 on Tuesday evening at Sherbeck Field. Tampa’s Brazilian midfielder Antonio Neto scored the game’s lone goal in the 70th minute off a chance created by Douglas Dos Santos, handing the Blues their first loss of the season.

    Tampa Bay controlled the first 20 minutes of the game, but the first chance of the game came to the Blues when VSI was called for a back-pass just inside its own penalty area. Blues captain Allan Russell stepped up to take the indirect free kick, just curling it over the crossbar after a teammate had tapped him a pass.

    VSI’s first chance at goal came five minutes later when Alex Freitas was played in down the right, only to miss the target with his finish. Both teams had other chances before halftime, Mehrshed Momeni just shooting wide of the left post after a good break by the Blues, and Tampa Bay's Andriy Budnyy missing the target after a blocked clearance came to him inside the penalty area.

    With six yellow cards given in the second half, three apiece to each team, the last 45 minutes was more physical battle. Tampa Bay, again, dominated the early minutes of the half, with a shot by Dos Santos going wide of the left post after he found space in midfield.

    With 20 minutes to go, however, second-half substitute Maurico Salles passed the ball to Dos Santos, who beat his man down the right before cutting back to Neto, who drove home his finish from 15 yards out.

    With 10 minutes remaining, Los Angeles tried to get on level terms with shots on goal by Russell, Duran Stanley and Chris Cortez, but the Blues were unable to find a reply as VSI goalkeeper Alex Horwath recorded a shutout.

    The Blues next host Orlando City next Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. PT at Sherbeck Field on the campus of Fullerton College. Tampa Bay moves on to complete its three-game road trip on Sunday as it visits the Portland Timbers Reserves at JELD-Wen Field at 2 p.m. PT.


    0 0
  • 04/03/13--13:56: Battery Make Local Signings
  • Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery have added three players to the club's roster prior to the start of the USL PRO season. Midfielder Zach Prince returns to the Battery for a fourth season while defender Shawn Ferguson and forward Austin Savage arrive for their rookie pro seasons, pending USSF approval.

    “Zach, Shawn and Austin all bring a local flavor to the Battery," Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser said. "Prince comes back for his fourth season to give us midfield depth while rookies Ferguson and Savage help solidify our defensive and offensive ranks”.

    A native of Columbia, S.C., Prince has won two USL championships with the Charleston Battery in 2010 and 2012. Prince has played 64 games for the Battery with two goals and two assists. The 24-year-old Prince, 6-foot-0, 175 pounds, was a four-year starter with the College of Charleston and attended Irmo High School in Columbia, S.C.

    Ferguson played four years at the College of Charleston after attending Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC. The 22-year-old rookie, 6-foot-3, 175 lbs., impressed at the Charleston Battery player trials and featured for the Battery on trial during the Carolina Challenge Cup tournament.

    Savage joins the Battery after playing four years at Clemson University. A native of Summerville, S.C. the 21-year-old Savage, 5-foot-9, 175 lbs., attended Stratford High School where he scored a school record 113 goals. Last summer, he also played for the PDL's Palmetto FC Bantams, scoring four goals and adding an assist in 14 appearances.

    While he was at Stratford High School Savage also played for the Charleston Battery’s affiliate USSF Development Academy team, Bridge FA from 2007-09 coached by Academy Director Clark Brisson and becomes the first Battery Academy player to sign a full pro contract with the Charleston Battery.

    Battery to open USL PRO season in Richmond, Va.

    The Charleston Battery will open the defense of its USL PRO championship in Richmond, Va. with a match versus long-time rival the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, April 13; kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

    The Charleston Battery home opener is set for Saturday, April 20 against Antigua Barracuda FC at Blackbaud Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. – kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ($10 - $18, 843-971-4625 / www.charlestonbattery.com).


    0 0

    USL News Release

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – Youth soccer players will continue to benefit from the recent partnership between USL and the National Guard as Rage Soccer Club and the S.C. United FC Bantams will host free youth clinics May 4-5.

    Both clubs will host 75+ high school-age players each day, with boys participating on May 4 and girls on May 5. The clinics will feature drills and games under the supervision of professional trainers, and are designed to challenge every player and take them to the next level of their development. Each day will also feature a National Guard educational benefits presentation for players and parents.

    Rage SC will host its clinics at Daniel Boone Area High School in Birdsboro, Penn. The free camps will run 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with small-sided games concluding each day’s activities.

    "Rage SC is extremely excited to be working with both USL and the National Guard to offer this clinic,” Rage Operations Director Ged Quinn said. “This is an excellent opportunity for the high school-aged players in the Berks County area to get some great soccer training and preparation for future college careers. We are honored to be one of the clubs involved within this program and would like to thank both USL and the National Guard for their continued support in helping to make this a great experience for all involved."

    The S.C. United FC Bantams will host their clinics at BB&T Fields at Ballentine Park in Ballentine, S.C., with the sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. both days. The clinics will include technical and tactical sessions and will conclude with a tournament.

    “Our PDL organization, the SC United FC Bantams, is excited about the opportunity to host the National Guard soccer clinic May 4-5,” Bantams President Mark Riddle said. “The SC United FC youth club is recognized as one of the largest premier youth clubs in the United States and we are privileged to be partnered with them to host this wonderful clinic. We want to offer every player an opportunity to learn more about the game of soccer, and to hear about what the National Guard can offer them once they graduate from high school. We hope after the clinic each young person will have a better understanding of the game of soccer and of what the National Guard can offer them for the future.”

    Participants at both events will receive lunch and a t-shirt, water bottle and cinch bag, courtesy of the National Guard.

    "The National Guard is honored to be working in conjunction with USL, Rage SC and the S.C. United FC Bantams to host local high school-aged soccer players in these upcoming clinics,” SFC David Therrell said. “Our goal is to provide these young athletes with exceptional training and an opportunity to learn about the benefits of the National Guard. It is important to us that these players are given the opportunity to learn more about playing soccer in college from college coaches and the many benefits of National Guard service from local Guardsmen, all at no cost to them."


    0 0

    Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that their MLS affiliate, D.C. United, will send goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to Richmond on loan. Dykstra will train during the week with the Black-and-Red’s First Team and join the Kickers for games.

    “We are pleased that Andrew has agreed to be loaned to us for games this upcoming year,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “He led Charleston to a championship under similar circumstances last season and we are fortunate to add a goalkeeper with such extensive experience. This is another positive example of how the USL PRO and MLS partnership can work to benefit all involved.”

    A standout at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dykstra played in 73 matches over four seasons, totaling more than 6,500 minutes. He earned All-CAA honors twice and finished his collegiate career with 18 career shutouts. Spending four seasons with the Kickers Premier Development team (2005-2008), he made 50 appearances in a Kickers uniform, amassing nearly 5,000 minutes and posting eight shutouts.

    Signing with D.C. United prior to the 2012 campaign, Dykstra spent most of the season on loan with Kickers USL PRO rivals Charleston Battery. Leading the Battery to a 12-6-2 record, he made 23 appearances en route to the USL PRO Championship title. While with Charleston in 2011, he led the league with a 0.98 goals-against average and 16 goals against, while earning the club’s Betsy McAdams Newcomer of the Year award.

    Dykstra previously spent time with the Chicago Fire, signing with the MLS side in June of 2009, making 17 total appearances over two seasons. The former VCU goalkeeper made his MLS debut with the Fire on March 27, 2010 in the season opener against New York Red Bulls. Dykstra finished the season with a 5-6-6 record, including five shutouts and an 1.28 goals-against average.

    Don't miss a minute of exciting Kickers Pro action as they kick off their 21st season this Saturday, April 6. Richmond Kickers season passes offer unbeatable value, VIP benefits and incredibly low prices to all regular season home games. Guaranteed to see at least 14 USL PRO games for the best possible pricing, Kickers games are a fantastic way to get together with friends, family and colleagues for an unforgettable entertainment experience - order now! 


    0 0

    USL PRO News Release

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is pleased to announce that for the first time, all USL PRO games will be available online through USL Live, the popular online video destination launched in 2007 to make USL matches more accessible to its fans.

    In addition, more than half of the 2013 USL PRO interleague games vs. MLS Reserve teams will also be seen on USL Live. Thanks to a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership that will enhance the development of professional players in North America, 12 USL PRO teams will play two games each vs. MLS Reserve League competition in 2013.

    USL Live will continue highlighting the teams and personalities throughout USL PRO with interviews and features, in addition to providing live games and full-length game archives. All USL Live broadcasts can be viewed at www.USLnation.com.

    With all USL PRO teams streaming games live in 2013, fans will have access to their favorite teams like never before. Whether your team is at home or on the road, the action will be available online via computer or mobile device. Through USL Live on UNATION, fans will also have the ability to chat and interact during live game broadcasts.

    Additional games will be available on USL Live throughout the season, including international friendlies and select Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches.

    The Richmond Kickers kickoff their 2013 season this Saturday evening at City Stadium hosting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 7 p.m. ET while expansion side Phoenix FC hosts Orlando City in a Sunday night match at 10:30 p.m. ET.

    USL Live made its debut in 2007 and is focused on providing compelling video content for fans, both live and on-demand. The broadband network is completely free to viewers.


    0 0
  • 04/04/13--09:10: Something To Prove For Jones
  • Sounders FC U-23 Feature -- www.soundersu23.com

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    TACOMA, Wash. – Coming off a fantastic 2011 fall season at Highline Community College, Darwin tallied 15 goals and 10 assists for the Thunderbirds and was set to transfer the University of Washington for the fall of 2012. He was looking to prepare for the Huskies' season by playing with the Sounders FC U-23 in the spring and summer. Unfortunately, a lingering injury limited Jones' performance for the Sounders U-23 and transfer complications prevented him from joining the University of Washington in the fall, as planned.

    Photo courtesy SoundersPhotos.comLast season with the Sounders U-23, Jones finished the regular season with four goals, two assists in nine appearances and was instrumental in helping the team advance to the PDL's National Semifinals.

    By Jones' standards and expectations, last season was a disappointment and he feels that he has something to prove to himself and the coaching staffs of the Sounders and Huskies.

    “The team we had last year was really good and of course we felt we could have won it all,” said Jones. “It has given me a feeling that I can't wait to play this year, because we have a lot to prove. Even though last year was a first year and we made it pretty far, I think we have a lot in us this season."

    Throughout the fall of 2012, Jones regularly trained with the Seattle Sounders FC first team, helped out the staff around the Sounders organization and has worked to get his transfer to the University of Washington in order.

    The Sounders FC staff has been extremely supportive, explains Jones, “They basically tell me that if I ever need anything that they're always there for me. They tell me to stay focused. They know my ability and they want to see me in action."

    Jones is enrolled at the University of Washington for spring classes and will be playing spring soccer for the Huskies.

    "I'm looking at playing with the U-23s as an additional preseason. I'm going to work hard with them so I can go into the fall flying," said Jones.

    The expectations are high when the Sounders U-23 take the field this spring. Darwin Jones will be an important player for the team and a crucial component for the success they hope to achieve for the 2013 season.

    “Darwin is a fast and powerful striker with a great demeanor and personality. The summer PDL season should get him ready for a tough PAC 12 fall season and see where he is in terms of developing more and more for the next level,” said Sounders U-23 manager, Darren Sawatzky.

    The Sounders U-23 begin their quest to repeat as PDL Northwest Division champs on Thursday, May 16th. They will take on their Cascadia rival Portland Timbers U-23 at JELD-WEN Field at 11:00 a.m. The Sounders U-23s’ first home match takes place May 24th, against the Kitsap Pumas.

    For more information on roster, schedules, and the U.S. Open Cup draw, see SoundersU23.com, follow @SoundersU23 on twitter, or like us on Facebook.


    0 0

    Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads have officially announced the return of Canadian goalkeeper Troy Hernandez for the forthcoming 2013 USL PRO regular season. Hernandez will rejoin the Hammerheads following his debut season with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).

    Hernandez ended his first season with the Blast winning the 2013 MISL Championship after defeating the Missouri Comets, 8-6, in Game Two of the MISL Championship Series.

    “I’m excited to be back with the team for another season,” said Hernandez. “I’m ready to make a go at the title once more.”

    Hernandez saw his first game action in the Hammerheads’ 3-2 quarterfinal win over the Richmond Kickers during playoffs when starting goalkeeper Alex Horwath left the game due to injury. Hernandez then delivered an excellent performance in a 4-3 win against Orlando City in the semifinals that led to the Hammerheads’ advance into the 2012 USL PRO Championship.

    Hernandez first signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads in June 2012 after he attended a Florida combine in 2011 and joined a 2012 European Showcase Tour, both hosted by Pro Soccer Consulting (PSC). Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving has worked closely with PSC to scout and recruit potential talent each season and has partnered with them to host numerous combines in Florida, England, Maryland, as well as a recent preseason tour in Turkey.

    For further information, please contact the Wilmington Hammerheads at (910) 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.


    0 0

    Seattle Sounders Women News Release - www.SoundersWomen.com

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    TUKWILA, WA. – The Seattle Sounders Women have signed Australian Under-20 Women’s National Team member Hannah Brewer for the 2013 W-League campaign. The defender joins the Sounders Women from the Newcastle Jets of the Australian W-League.

    “We are pleased to have Hannah join us this year," said Sounders Women head coach and general manager Hubert Busby Jr. "Hannah has all the qualities needed to be a senior international player for Australia.”

    In 2009, at age 15, Brewer became the youngest player ever signed by the Newcastle Jets. The outside-back appeared 29 times for the Jets spending four seasons with the club. Just 19 years old Brewer carries a wealth of experience representing Australia, playing with the Jets, and now moving overseas to join the Sounders.

    “She has tremendous poise and maturity for a player her age," added Busby.

    From Blue Ray on the central coast of Australia Brewer has earned caps at both the U-17 and U-20 levels and represented Australia at the U-17 World Cup.

    The Sounders Women open up preseason on April 14 against Oregon State University.  Single match and season tickets are currently on sale on SoundersWomen.com.


    0 0

    VSI Tampa Bay FC News Release -- www.vsi-fc.com

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. -- VSI Tampa Bay FC is pleased to announce that it will play its 2013 USL PRO, W-League and PDL franchise soccer matches at Plant City Stadium.

    At their recent meeting at City Hall, the City of Plant City Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of VSI Tampa Bay FC leasing Plant City Stadium for all its home USL franchise matches for the 2013 season.

    The 6,700-seat stadium, which includes first-class facilities, will be converted to a soccer-specific stadium with additional seating that will further enclose the field to ensure a traditional soccer atmosphere.

    VSI Tampa Bay FC will host its inaugural USL PRO home match on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET against the Rochester Rhinos, with its PDL and W-League seasons set to open on Friday, May 17 against the Ocala Stampede and the Carolina Elite Cobras, respectively.

    The entire City Commission and Mayor Michael S. Sparkman were excited about the economic impact and raised profile VSI Tampa Bay FC and USL will bring to Plant City, which is one of Florida’s fastest growing communities with easy access to interstate highways.

    “This is already a tremendous facility and with the adjustments we are immediately undertaking, it will make the stadium a great place to host elite soccer matches,” VSI Director of Soccer Clay Roberts said. “We very much look forward to playing our first USL PRO match on Saturday April 13 against the Rochester Rhinos [7:30 PM ET].”

    “We are thrilled to have VSI Tampa Bay FC coming to Plant City," said Plant City Mayor Michael Sparkman. "Soccer is such a growing sport, especially with the youth of today, and specifically here in Plant City. To be able to have one of our city stadium’s being used is wonderful and we know this partnership will bring great excitement within our community.”

    “This agreement enables VSI to play its competitive USL franchise matches in an environment that is soccer friendly,” said John Mitchell, VSI Head of Operations, North America. “VSI would like to thank the mayor and commissioners of the City of Plant City for their support to our submission and we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with them as part of our overall soccer strategy in the US. This now enables VSI to fully focus on its other soccer projects including a main stadium development (28,888 seats) in the Tampa Bay area.”

    For all inquiries, please contact info@vsi-fc.com.


    0 0

    Bay Area Breeze News Release - www.bayareabreeze.com

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Bay Area Breeze have named former Australian U17 Women’s National Team Coach Vicki Linton as head coach, General Manager Maria Lashinger announced today. A two-time championship qualifier with the U17 Australian Women’s National Team, Linton has signed a two-year deal with the Breeze and is expected to provide an immediate contribution to the club’s inaugural season in the W-League.

    A native of Sydney, Australia, Linton spent two seasons as head coach with the Melbourne Victory of the Australian W-League, posting some of the best records in club history and remaining undefeated at home in the 2012 season.

    “We are extremely fortunate to work with a coach of Vicki’s caliber, and we are excited about the level of prrofessionalism, knowledge, and talent that she brings to the Breeze organization,” Lashinger said.

    Linton enjoyed a successful career as a professional player before taking her first coaching job as an assistant with the New South Wales Sapphires in Sydney in 1999. Linton was named head coach of the New South Wales U17 State Team in 2000, where she won two National Championships. Linton spent one seasoon in the United States as the assistant coach of the W-League's Boston Renegades.

    “I’m excited and honored to be joining the Breeze. I am grateful for the opportunity and trust that they have given me to lead the team into the W-League this season on a full-time basis,” Linton said. “The Breeze are leading the way in the W-League and I am really looking forward to being a part of the club at this exciting time.”

    The Breeze will open their 2013 W-League season on May 25 against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat.


    0 0

    USL News Release

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL announced the debut of the W-20 league today, rebranding the premier North American under-20 women’s league, previously known as the Super-20 Women. W-20 will align operationally with the W-League and will benefit from the established infrastructure of the first and longest standing women’s league in North America, which emphasizes quality ownership, league standards and player development.

    Amanda Duffy, senior director of the W-League, will serve in the same role for W-20, and the leagues will share an online home when a new website is unveiled prior to the kickoff of the 2013 seasons.

    “Aligning the W-20 league with the W-League from a branding and a competition structure standpoint makes complete sense,” Duffy said. “I’m excited to streamline these two levels of adult women’s soccer to better equip players and clubs for the next levels in the development pyramid of women’s soccer. The improved player development opportunities are significant, and the W-20 growth potential will be unlimited and exciting to explore.”

    W-20 will be committed to providing a stabilized platform to aid competitive players from the youth level to the adult-amateur and professional levels. It will also provide a reliable competition structure for these higher level women’s teams to utilize for young players requiring increased exposure and development opportunities.

    W-20 will also help to maintain consistency in the soccer calendar by operating simultaneously with the W-League, allowing for player promotion opportunities for those ready to play at a higher level.

    “This is an important step toward providing a more organized structure for women’s soccer,” Duffy said. “With U.S. Soccer’s newly formed women’s professional league, the need for more clearly defined levels of soccer exists after players age out of youth soccer. We will make future announcements related to player identification that will provide W-20 teams and players additional exposure opportunities, further defining the relevance of the W-League and W-20 in the North American women’s soccer pyramid.”

    W-20 currently features six teams that serve as reserve teams for W-League clubs, including the Carolina Elite Cobras, the Dayton Dutch Lions, FASA (Fredericksburg Impact), the Ottawa Fury, the Toronto Lynx Jrs. (Toronto Lady Lynx) and the Washington Spirit Academy (Washington Spirit Reserves). The Washington Spirit Reserves of the W-League serve in the same capacity for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

    The 2013 W-20 season features 23 teams aligned in four regional divisions, playing 8-10 regular season matches from May through July, with a national championship set at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

    The Super-20 League is the longest standing and most sophisticated U20 men’s and women’s North American amateur league. The Super-20 Men will feature more than 50 teams playing in six geographic divisions in 2013.

    The W-League is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans across North America. The caliber of W-League talent continues to grow, with 22 of the 29 players recently called into the U.S. Women’s National Team camp boasting W-League experience.


    0 0

    Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads are pleased to announce the return of 2012 All-USL PRO Second Team midfielder Bryce Taylor for his second consecutive season with the team. Taylor made his debut in USL PRO last season with the Hammerheads appearing in all 24 regular season games while tallying five goals and three assists.

    Taylor came out strongly at the start of the 2012 USL PRO regular season, scoring his first career goal against Orlando City during the Hammerheads’ first match of the season. A key player in the outside midfield, Taylor was voted by Hammerheads supporters as ‘Rookie of the Year’ for the 2012 season with his impressive inaugural season performance.

    “I’m very excited to be returning to Wilmington for another season,” said Taylor. “I have high expectations for both the team and myself this year. We came so close last year, therefore nothing less than bringing a championship back to Wilmington will do.”

    Head Coach David Irving scouted Taylor during the 2012 USL PRO Combine, which provides opportunities for some of the best players from U.S. collegiate soccer and USL’s Premier Development League (PDL) to show their potential in front of USL PRO clubs. Prior to the Hammerheads, Taylor played for PDL’s Mississippi Brilla following his stint at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

    The Wilmington Hammerheads kick off their 2013 USL PRO regular season at Legion Stadium on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. against Antigua Barracuda FC.

    For more information regarding the upcoming 2013 Wilmington Hammerheads season, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.


older | 1 | .... | 126 | 127 | (Page 128) | 129 | 130 | .... | 235 | newer