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    Portland Timbers U-23s News Release -- www.portlandtimbers.com

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers U-23s today announced their first four roster players for the upcoming 2013 Premier Development League (PDL) season. Defenders Evyn Hewett, Anthony Hobbs and Will Seymore return for a second season and joining the team is goalkeeper Blake Hylen.

    Hewett, Hobbs and Seymore all contributed to a Timbers U-23s backline in 2012 that allowed just 16 goals, tied for the fewest in the Western Conference. Hylen is a collegiate teammate of Hewett’s at San Diego State University and recently completed his junior season.

    Hewett (La Palma, Calif.) played his junior season at San Diego State last fall, where he was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 Conference first team. In 19 games (all starts), Hewett registered two goals and three assists, including the game-winning goal in the Aztecs’ 1-0 win over Clemson on Oct. 19, 2012. In total, Hewett has played in 30 games (26 starts) for the Aztecs, logging three goals and three assists. For the Timbers U-23s, Hewett appeared in 15 games, leading the team with 1,340 minutes played, as Portland reached the Western Conference semifinals.

    Hobbs (Auckland, New Zealand) played in 16 games for the U-23s in 2012. He recently finished his collegiate career at Florida International University, appearing in 18 games as a senior in 2012. Hobbs was a four-year starter at FIU and a four-time All-Conference USA selection. He was named a finalist for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award for his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Hobbs was a member of the New Zealand U-23 National Team in 2012 and helped the team qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. He has also represented New Zealand at the U-17 and U-20 levels, playing in both the 2007 FIFA U-17 and 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cups.

    Hylen (San Diego, Calif.) started 12 games and recorded two shutouts as a junior at San Diego State last season. He recorded a career-high 11 saves in a scoreless, double-overtime draw against Indiana on Sept. 2, 2012. In three seasons with the Aztecs, Hylen has played in 31 games, recording 121 saves and a 1.41 goals-against average. He was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2011 following his sophomore campaign in which he made 18 starts and registered 71 saves.

    Seymore (Soham, England) recently completed his sophomore season at Oregon State University in 2012. He made an immediate impact for the Beavers upon his arrival, starting all 34 of his appearances and recording three goals and three assists in his first two collegiate seasons. Seymore, who appeared in 12 games for the Timbers U-23s last season, played four seasons (2007-10) with English club Soham Town Rangers prior attending Oregon State.

    The Timbers U-23s open the 2013 season Thursday, May 16, as they play host to the Seattle Sounders FC U-23 as part of Providence Health & Fitness Day at JELD-WEN Field. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (Pacific). 


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    Sounders Women News Release - www.sounderswomen.com

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    TUKWILA, Wash. – The Sounders Women have signed Oregon State University standout and U-20 Canadian International Jenna Richardson for the 2013 W-League season, pending international transfer clearance. In Sunday’s exhibition game against OSU, fans were given a glimpse of the talented forward as Richardson helped elevate the Beavers to a 1-0 victory against the Sounders Women.

    “I coached Jenna as a youth in Canada, and to have her join us here in Seattle is fantastic," Head Coach & GM hubert Busby, Jr. said. "She stretches the game with her speed and she has the ability to beat players 1 v 1.”

    A junior at Oregon State University, the 5-foot-7 forward is regarded as one of the best players in college soccer. Her performance during the 2012 season with the Beavers earned her a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Women’s National Top 100 player rankings, as well as numerous Pac-12 awards and honors.

    Prior to signing with the Sounders Women, Richardson spent three years with the W-League’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In 2012, Richardson was named to the W-League’s All Western Conference Team after leading the Whitecaps in total points with four goals and four assists during the season.

    “I’m extremely excited to play for Coach Hubert again and be a part of the Sounder’s organization," Richardson said. "When I played for the Whitecaps, the Sounders were our biggest competition, so I’m excited to have this new experience on a new team.”

    A native to Surrey, B.C., the 20-year-old striker represented team Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, adding international experience to a Sounders roster already laden with youth national team players.

    The Sounders Women play their second match of the preseason on April 26 against Seattle University. Single-match tickets are currently on sale on www.SoundersWomen.com.


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    USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week Four of the season on Tuesday, with the Los Angeles Blues’ Carl Woszczynski earning Player of the Week honors after recording an eight-save shutout against Orlando City during the Blues’ 1-0 victory this past Wednesday, the first of two wins for Los Angeles during the week.

    Woszczynski had a standout performance against the Lions, keeping the Blues in the game in the opening 45 minutes. Seven of his eight saves came in the first half as he denied good opportunities for both Long Tan and Dom Dwyer to keep the game scoreless. Woszczynski also put in a solid performance in the Blues’ second game of the week, as they took a 3-1 win against Phoenix FC to remain on top of the USL PRO standings.

    Woszczynski’s Blues teammate, Cory Miller, earned a second consecutive berth on the Team of the Week after scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Blues’ win against Phoenix. After heading up field for a free kick, the tall center back headed home a cross from Rodrigo Lopez to give his side an early 2-0 lead.

    Richmond’s William Yomby joined Miller in earning a second Team of the Week selection as he anchored the Kickers’ defensive line in their victory against the Charleston Battery. Richmond’s Casey Townsend, who is on a season-long loan from D.C. United, was also selected after he scored a pair of goals in the 4-1 win.

    USL PRO’s two Florida sides each had a pair of players named, with VSI Tampa Bay’s Douglas Dos Santos earning his selection after an outstanding goal and overall performance in his side’s 3-0 win against Rochester. He was joined by Josh Rife, who played a solid 90 minutes marshalling VSI’s back four.

    Orlando City’s Jamie Watson earned his selection after being a consistent threat for the Lions in their 3-1 win against the Rhinos, while Bryan Burke was also named after a good night of work down the right side that saw him earn an assist on Dom Dwyer’s goal early in the second half.

    Rounding out the Team of the Week, Charlotte’s Christian Ramirez had a strong performance in his professional debut, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win against Antigua. Pittsburgh’s Matt Dallman was also named as he had a positive impact coming on as a substitute, providing the assist for Jose Angulo to score the first goal in Highmark Stadium History, while Harrisburg’s Sainey Touray earned his selection after acting as a catalyst for the City Islanders’ comeback victory against the Riverhounds.

    The 2013 USL PRO season continues on Friday night as the Los Angeles Blues visit Orlando City at 7:30 p.m. ET in a contest between two sides that have made strong starts to the season. Also on Friday night, the Rochester Rhinos visit the Charlotte Eagles at 7 p.m. ET, and the Wilmington Hammerheads open their campaign with a visit from Antigua Barracuda FC.

    Saturday night sees four games, with the Dayton Dutch Lions opening their season by hosting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Charleston Battery also host their home opener as Antigua visits Blackbaud Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Rochester completes its weekend road trip with a visit to the Richmond Kickers at 7 p.m. ET. Interleague play with the MLS Reserve league also resumes, with the Harrisburg City Islanders visiting the Colorado Rapids Reserves at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 9 p.m. ET.

    The weekend’s action concludes on Sunday evening as VSI Tampa Bay FC hosts the Los Angeles Blues at 6:30 p.m. ET. Every game of the USL PRO season can be seen on USLNation.com, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+.

    USL PRO Team of the Week

    Pos

    Player 

    Team

    Highlights

    GK

    Carl Woszczynski

    Los Angeles

    Eight-save shutout was key in Blues win against Orlando

    D

    William Yomby

    Richmond

    Strong defensive performance as Kickers took victory

    D

    Bryan Burke

    Orlando

    Had assist, and was strong on right side against Rhinos

    D

    Josh Rife

    Tampa Bay

    Helped hold Rhinos attack in check as VSI won home opener

    D

    Cory Miller

    Los Angeles

    Solid defensively in two wins, added goal against Phoenix

    M

    Jamie Watson

    Orlando

    Had third goal, consistently threatened against Rochester

    M

    Matt Dallman

    Pittsburgh

    Had impact off bench, recording assist on Riverhounds’ goal

    M

    Douglas Dos Santos

    Tampa Bay

    Had standout goal, strong performance against Rochester

    F

    Christian Ramirez

    Charlotte

    Scored on professional debut in Eagles’ home-opener win

    F

    Sainey Touray

    Harrisburg

    Scored standout goal as City Islanders rallied for victory

    F

    Casey Townsend

    Richmond

    Had two goals as Kickers took impressive win against Battery

    Honorable Mention: Charleston – Nicki Paterson; Charlotte – Nate Thornton, Juan Guzman; Harrisburg: Lucky Mkosana, Nick Noble; Los Angeles: George Davis IV, Matt Hall; Orlando – Dom Dwyer, Long Tan; Phoenix – Scott Morrison, Travis Bowen; Pittsburgh – Jose Angulo, Jhonny Arteaga; Richmond – Brian Ownby, Joseph Ngwenya; Rochester – Blake Brettschneider; Tampa Bay – Karamba Janneh, Shawn Chin.


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  • 04/17/13--11:24: City Islanders To Host Union
  • Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union will travel to Harrisburg to take on their USL PRO affiliate partner, the Harrisburg City Islanders, in an exhibition match on Tuesday, June 18 at Skyline Sports Complex. The match, which kicks off at 7 p.m., will be the fourth time that these two clubs have played each other in a friendly since they became official partners in March 2010.

    Tickets are available at www.cityislanders.com at rates of $20 for adults (ages 18 and older) and $15 for youth (ages 4-18). Group rates are also available at $15 for 20 or more adults or $12 for 20 or more children.

    Philadelphia Union and the Harrisburg City Islanders announced on March 6 that the clubs expanded their partnership, allowing players to stay, practice and play vital games with their USL counterparts for an extended period of time. The Union will no longer field a Reserve League team, instead incorporating reserve players into the City Islanders to help the team compete for a USL PRO championship.

    Officially signed in March of 2010, the original partnership with Harrisburg provided the Union with an option to loan players to the Islanders for increased playing time, as well as scout up and coming talent, such as Union starting right back Sheanon Williams, who suited up for the City Islanders in 2010.

    The Harrisburg City Islanders began their 2013 USL PRO campaign last Saturday, as the club defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2-1. The Islanders will play their home opener at Skyline Sports Complex on April 27 against the Rochester Rhinos. 


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  • 04/17/13--14:50: Brown Starting To Shine
  • MLS Round-Up

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Wherever Deshorn Brown has gone, he has found the back of the net.

    It was true in the PDL, where in back-to-back seasons the standout striker recorded 22 goals for the Des Moines Menace and Reading United. It was also true in college soccer, where Brown scored 13 goals in 16 games for the University of Central Florida in 2012.

    The standout rookie hasn’t quite achieved the same strike rate so far for the Colorado Rapids, but his speed and willingness to shoot have certainly drawn attention in his short time in Major League Soccer. Finding the back of the net for the second time this season against Chivas USA on Saturday, drawing a penalty and then converting from the spot for what proved to be the game-winning goal, Brown claimed SoccerByIves.net’s Rookie of the Week honor and continued to make his early case in the Rookie of the Year race.

    Brown credits some of his development to the time he spent with both Des Moines and Reading, as he revealed in a recent Q&A with the Rapids website.

    “Brendan Burke, he coaches the [Reading’s PDL] team, he’s a great guy,” Brown told Brian Jennings. “We worked a lot on my weaknesses, my finishing, when to hold the ball, my control. I’ve been able to achieve what I wanted to achieve and just keep going upwards. I went to the combine, and ended up here.”

    With his first goal coming as part of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry with Real Salt Lake, and a clear nose for goal, Brown is on his way to establishing himself as a key piece for the future alongside former Austin Aztex standout Dillon Powers, who is also finding early success with the Rapids.

    Brown’s performance during the weekend earned him an honorable mention on MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week, announced Tuesday, which also saw other former PDL standouts honored. Another former Reading standout, FC Dallas’ Matt Hedges, was named to the team after a solid performance in his club’s 1-0 win against the Los Angeles Galaxy that pushed Dallas to the top of the MLS standings.

    The New York Red Bulls’ Dax McCarty, who earned All-Conference honors in the PDL with Ajax Orlando in 2005, also put in another sterling display to lead his side to a 2-0 victory against D.C. United. Also selected was Mamadou ‘Futty’ Danso of the Portland Timbers, who transitioned with the club from the USL First Division to Major League Soccer. Danso played a key role in stifling the potent attack of the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night as the Timbers took a 1-0 win.


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

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. - VSI Tampa Bay FC is pleased to announce George Fotopoulos as its 2013 W-League head coach. Fotopoulos joins VSI with a wealth of soccer-specific knowledge and experience.
     
    "We are thrilled to have George Fotopoulos as the head coach for our W-League team," VSI Director of Soccer Clay Roberts said. "George is not only a proven player and coach on the field, but his professionalism off the field mirrors the success he has had on the field. His passion for the game and for his players reflects the values that VSI is all about. I know we are in for an exciting season."

    The University of Tampa graduate began his coaching career in 1995 as the director of coaching for the Heather Soccer Club and as a member of the Florida Olympic Development Program staff. In his first year, Fotopoulos directed the Tampa Bay Heather to the USYSA National Championship.

    Fotopoulos quickly found his way to the college game. In 1997 he took the lead for the University of Tampa women’s program. 
    Tampa's women’s soccer program broke into the NSCAA national rankings in the 1999 season, which propelled Fotopoulos’ into the women’s head coaching role at Louisiana State University.
     
    With Fotopoulos’ direction, the Tigers received the Most Improved Team in the Country award in 2000. During his time at LSU, from 1999-2004, the Tigers earned the NSCAA/Soccer Times Top 25 award, and were SEC tournament Finalists in both 2000 and 2001.
    Fotopoulos made the move back to Tampa in 2008 where he stepped into the head coaching position of the W-League’s Tampa Bay Hellenic. In 2009, Fotopoulos was a W-League Coach of the Year finalist.

    Fotopoulos’ success in coaching was highlighted again when he was chosen to evaluate as a W-League Combine coach and Super Y-League National ODP Staff Coach.

    Currently Fotopoulos works as the Director of Coaching for the Tampa Bay United youth soccer club and as a United States Soccer National Center Staff Coach.
     
    Fotopoulos holds the USSF “A” License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, and USSF National Goalkeeper License.

    "I am very excited to be joining VSI Tampa Bay FC and a club that is so committed to the advancement of soccer in the U.S., Fotopoulos said. "The W-League is one of the top women’s leagues in the world and we hope to field a team that will be competitive. The Tampa Bay area has produced so many of the top, young, female players in the college game and with some quality senior players we hope to represent VSI and the Greater Tampa Bay area with an exciting team."

    VSI Tampa Bay FC will hold an open trial this Saturday (April 20) from 2-4 p.m. at Collier Park in Land O’Lakes, Florida.


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    Washington Spirit Reserves News Release - www.washingtonspirit.com

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    BOYDS, Md. –
    In continued preparation for the start of the 2013 season, the Washington Spirit Reserves announced today the re-signing of three returning players from their previous incarnation, D.C. United Women. Midfielder Andi Sullivan, goalkeeper Didi Haracic, and forward Ashley Herndon will rejoin the revamped W-League squad, which now falls under the Washington Spirit reserve team banner.

    Bound for Stanford this coming fall, U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team member Sullivan is expected to bring an attacking flair into the Spirit Reserves midfield. The Lorton, Virginia native is currently ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2014 on topdrawersoccer.com’s Top 150 list.

    Also returning to Washington, Loyola University goalkeeper Haracic joins the W-league team for her third consecutive summer and has already established herself as a mainstay in the net. Haracic surrendered only five goals in eight games for D.C. United Women in 2012 and the Spirit Reserves veteran promises to be a force to contend with throughout the season.

    Rounding out the returnees, James Madison University-bound Herndon will suit up in a familiar role, although trading the black and red colors for the Spirit red and white. Herndon finished last season with five goals and three assists, tripling her 2011 points total. The crafty wing brings flair and speed to already potent Washington attack.

    All three signees played under current NWSL pro Washington Spirit head coach Mike Jorden the previous year, but were ineligible for training camp due to their NCAA status. The signing of the trio affords Jorden the opportunity to keep them in the Spirit system as true amateurs, retaining their college eligibility.

    “Andi brings plenty of energy, tenacity and creativity back to the Spirit this summer and Ashley is a very skillful and exciting attacking player that will give us superb options up front,” Reserves head coach Mark Parsons said. “Adding to that, Didi brings back great ability and leadership and will be an important player on and off the field.

    “The signings show our exciting potential this summer as all three bring huge amounts of ability, character and love for the game."

    The Spirit Reserves tryouts continue this weekend on Saturday (April 20) at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Maryland. Tryouts are slated to run from 4-6 p.m. on Soccerplex Field #14. Interested players must register prior to attending at www.washingtonspirit.com.

    The Washington Spirit Reserves face a challenging schedule of opponents in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference for the W-League season, which includes 2012 playoff contenders the Long Island Rough Riders and the Virginia Beach Piranhas.

    The Spirit Reserves will kick off their home season Saturday, May 11 against the New York Magic. Match time is set for 4 p.m. at the Maryland Soccerplex and is the first of a doubleheader. The Washington Spirit professional side face the Boston Breakers at 7 p.m.


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  • 04/18/13--14:37: Sounders U-23 Sign David
  • Sounders FC U-23 News Release -- www.soundersu23.com

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    TACOMA, Wash. – The Sounders FC U-23 announced today that Machael David, a midfielder from UC Santa Barbara, has been signed for the 2013 Premier Development League season.

    David's story is one that has been beautifully chronicled by Graham Parker in Grantland. This is article concludes with David being selected by Colorado Rapids in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. A lot has happened for David since January and he has aims to use the 2013 PDL season with Sounders U-23 as a launching pad to something great.

    Anyone that has spent more than a few minutes with David has surely been struck by his enthusiasm, passion and generosity. This is a young man that has overcome many obstacles, but remains resolute and focused on proving himself as a professional soccer player.

    "He is an exciting and quality player with a bright future, but better, is a wonderful person with a story of strength and perseverance," said Sounders U-23 Technical Director, Michael Jennings.

    For the first time in nearly two years, David is healthy, and ready to showcase his abilities that made him such a sought after player, out of Gig Harbor High School. It has been a frustrating couple of years for the talented midfielder. While many players would have loved the opportunity to participate in the MLS Combine and better yet, get drafted, David knew he was not at his best.

    "I was coming back from an injury two years in a row and I wasn't really prepared," David said. "I wasn't ready for the combine; I was just getting through my rehab. It didn't work out in Colorado but I'm really glad to be back here in Seattle."

    Looking for a fresh start, David reached-out to a couple Seattle-area coaches for guidance and support, Brian Schmetzer, Seattle Sounders FC Assistant Coach and Darren Sawatzky, Sounders U-23 Head Coach and GM.

    “We are excited that Machael has come back to the northwest to work his way up the soccer ladder. He is a very talented player that we have been watching for more than a decade now. His demeanor both on and off the field will make the summer enjoyable,” said Sawatzky.

    With a support structure in place and enjoying the comforts of home, David is excited to join the reigning Western Conference Champions.

    "I want to win something; in college, I never actually won something and I want to do it here,” David said. “I'm excited to be here!"

    A box-to-box midfielder, who works both sides of the ball, you can expect to see a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in his play.

    "When I'm playing, if I'm not talking, I'm not happy and soccer makes me happy! Soccer is like therapy for me--when I'm on the field, I like to talk. I like to communicate. I'm very crafty, I like to work hard and help my teammates be better players. Expect a hard working player," said Machael David, of what fans can expect to see from him this upcoming season.

    And so, the story of Machael David continues; a new chapter in the life of a remarkable young man, looking to fulfill a dream.

    "People think of me with the injuries that I've had and I want to prove myself and help the team to win," David said. "This is an audition for me--for me to show the coaches I'm back!"

    For more information on roster signings, schedule and U.S. Open Cup draw, visit SoundersU23.com, follow us on Twitter: @SoundersU23, or 'Like' us on Facebook.


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    Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – As most of the teams in USL PRO have already begun their season in the prior weeks, the Wilmington Hammerheads will officially commence their 2013 USL PRO regular season on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. as they host Antigua Barracuda FC at Legion Stadium. The Hammerheads completed preseason on Monday with a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Railhawks, finishing with an overall record of 6-1-1.

    The Hammerheads not only begin their season playing Antigua at home, they will also close their year against the same opposition on August 17 at Legion – the only team they will play twice on their home turf during regular season play. Friday’s match against Antigua will be Wilmington’s first of their 14 scheduled regular season home games this season.

    Coming off a solid season in 2012, Head Coach David Irving and the squad are looking to come out onto the pitch setting high standards early in the new season. With veteran players Paul Nicholson, Gareth Evans, and Assistant Coach Mark Briggs returning along with a number of second-year players, the experience on the field is heavy.

    Hammerheads supporters will be introduced to new, season-long partnerships when they pass through the entrance of Legion Stadium this year. Locally owned and popular Wilmington restaurant, Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn, will have their Sacred Burrito Bus food truck parked pitch-side in ‘LandShark Landing’. Across the way will be the newly added Kickin’ Kids Zone which features a large, inflatable bounce house courtesy of Monkey Joe’s, along with other activities.

    Friday night’s match is sponsored by Stevenson Automotive Group of Wilmington. The gates open to the public promptly at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the front gate or online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com. Supporters can also catch all the action via live stream on UNATION at www.uslnation.com.

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


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  • 04/19/13--10:00: Bantams Sign ACC Quartet
  • SC United Bantams News Release -- www.southcarolinaunitedfc.com

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    GREENWOOD, S.C. -- The SC United Bantams are pleased to announce the addition of four players from schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference as they aim to replicate the success found with former Clemson standout Austin Savage, who recently signed with USL PRO's Charleston Battery. The Bantams have signed UNC’s Nico Rittmeyer, Clemson's Ara Amirkhanian and Alex Stockinger, pictured, and the University of Pittsburgh's Kevin Fielden for the upcoming season.

    Rittmeyer was a standout freshman for North Carolina in 2012, coming off an illustrious high-school career that saw him ranked as the No. 51 player in the nation by ESPN and No. 75 by Top Drawer Soccer. Rittmeyer also earned ESPN All-America honors while setting a high school record by scoring 50 goals in a season and a national record of 10 straight games with hat tricks. He played for the U19 US National Team that participated in Stuttgart Cup, in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a former member of the 2011 SC United Academy team.

    The midfielder duo of Amirkhanian and Stockinger are also players who can come in and make a difference right away. Amirkhanian played his high school soccer at Daniel High before signing with Clemson and was the Anderson Player of the Year. He was an All-State performer and played in the North/South All-Star Classic. He played his club ball with the Alpharetta Ambush 93 team, which he played a key role in his team winning the2010 USYSA National Championship.

    Stockinger, from London, England, will be a rising senior next year at Clemson where he’s been a starter since he arrived at the school. He also was named to the All-ACC Academic team. He played his youth soccer for Reading Football Club, and was a member of the U17 and U19 Norway National teams.

    Fielden, who arrives from new ACC member Pitt, made 17 appearances as a freshman for the Panthers in 2012. A defender and former Fort Mill, S.C. high school star, Fielden was 2012 HSSR High School 3A Player of the Year and led his team to the state championship, in addition to being a four-year starter and three-year captain. He was named to the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star team and All-State Super XXll Team. He played his club soccer for CESA 93 premier team.

    "Alex, Ara, Kevin and Nico are exciting additions to our 2013 squad," said Coach Gary Winchester. "All four have experience playing in one of the country’s leading soccer conferences. Alex, Ara, Kevin, and Nico will bring confidence and belief with them, which will yet again position the performance bar a little higher.

    "Having Clemson, UNC, and Pittsburgh all represented in our squad shows the caliber of playing staff SCUFC Bantams are attracting and committing. It again, establishes the USL for player development.

    "Our coaching staff and I are very much looking forward to working our 2013 squad and the addition of Alex, Ara, Kevin and Nico add to the buzz."


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  • 04/19/13--09:58: Orlando Ready To Host Blues
  • Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City continues its home stand this Friday night against the LA Blues at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. The two met last week in California, with the Lions upended 1-0 by the upstart Blues on their second road match in three days to begin the regular season.

    “We haven’t strung a full 90 together that we’ve all been proud of, but we’re improving,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “I feel that we’re getting into some sort of rhythm and we’re looking forward to the game on Friday.”

    The Lions (2-1-0, 6 points) most recently topped Rochester 3-1 at their home opener on Sunday night. Inclement weather caused the game to be delayed nearly two hours, with Dom Dwyer, Long Tan and Jamie Watson scoring for Orlando after the long delay for the win.

    LA (3-1-0, 9 points) stands at the top of the table through the early 2013 USL PRO season. Orlando fell to the Blues last week 1-0 at Cal State Fullerton Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. A goal in the 80th minute from former Orlando striker George Davis IV put LA on top, giving them their first-ever victory over the Lions in franchise history.

    Orlando is 2-1-1 all-time against LA, with Heath stating this year's Blues squad is much improved over last season’s team.

    “I told the guys before we played LA the first time that the Blues are going to be a lot better than last year,” Heath added. “The coach and GM are serious football people over there and we expect them to be strong.”

    Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with pregame festivities including a concert by local band The Crazy Carls. Friday night’s game will be live streamed on USLNation.com. For more information on Friday’s match, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com.


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

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Harrisburg City Islander history will be made on Saturday when the team takes on the Colorado Rapids Reserve team at Dick's Sporting Goods Park at 9 p.m. ET. This is the first of two games between the Islanders and an MLS reserve team.

    “This is a great opportunity for our players to play in an MLS stadium against the Rapids reserve team," said City Islanders coach Bill Becher. "This is part of the agreement between the two leagues and we look forward to this game.”

    This is one of the first visible impacts of the recent partnership between USL PRO and Major League Soccer, which aims to further the development of players in both leagues. The second contest against the Colorado Rapids Reserves will arrive later this season for the City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex on June 8th.

    In years past the Islanders have played and had success against 10 MLS teams. In 2013, the Islanders faced MLS opponents three times during the U.S. Open Cup Tournament. During that run, the club had with two wins in overtime against the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls.

    “This is another historic event for the Harrisburg City Islander's and USL PRO," said City Islanders owner Eric Pettis. "We are very excited about the trip and the home and away with the Rapids Reserves. For the continued development of soccer on all levels this is another stride in the right direction. I am anxious to see where this all goes over the next five years, but clearly, soccer has hit another level in this great country.”

    Pettis and Union Present Nick Sakiewicz were pioneers in both leagues with the affiliate partnership developed in 2009 with the Philadelphia Union and Harrisburg City Islanders.

    The Islanders opened up their 10th Anniversary season on Saturday with a 2-1 victory against their cross-state rivals the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Sainey Touray and Lucky Mkosana both netted late second-half goals to rally past the Riverhounds in the opening game of the Keystone Derby. The teams will meet again on June 21st at Skyline Sports Complex.

    The first home game of the 10th Anniversary season for the Islanders will be on April 27th at 7 p.m. The team will kick off its home campaign against the Rochester Rhinos. Tickets may be purchased on the web at www.cityislanders.com or phone 717-441-GOAL (4625).


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    Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery will officially open the gates at Blackbaud Stadium this Saturday for the club's USL PRO home opener against Antigua Barracuda FC (gates 6 p.m. – kick off 7:30 p.m.). Saturday’s match will be the Battery’s first competitive fixture at Blackbaud since last September’s USL PRO Championship Game win against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

    Photo courtesy Pattie AndersonAntigua finished in last place during the 2012 USL PRO season; however, Antigua defeated the Battery last year in the final of four meetings, and have produced some talented young players in their opening seasons. One of these players is recent Battery signee, Quinton Griffith, who played two years for the Barracudas and is a current member of the Antigua and Barbuda national team.

    The Battery are 0-1-0 so far this season after a 4-1 loss in their USL PRO opener to rival squad, Richmond Kickers in a game played last Saturday night in Richmond. Richmond jumped out to a 2-0 early lead before veteran defender John Wilson pulled a goal back at the stroke of half time. Charleston’s thoughts of a comeback were denied by two unanswered second-half Richmond goals.

    Antigua Three Players to Watch
    Orlando Mitchum: Mitchum is a talented defender for the Barracudas with the ability to score goals and produce assists. Last year he had three goals and three assists for nine points for the Barracudas.

    Randolph Burton: Burton is a strong midfielder who is going to be a scoring threat. Burton had three goals last season and also has 12 for his national squad, Antigua and Barbuda, over 28 appearances with the team.

    Tamorley Thomas: Thomas provides the Barracuda with some solid veteran leadership as well as some quality play through the midfield. He had three goals last year and is not afraid to shoot the ball as he took a team high 30 shots in the 2012 season.

    FIREWORKS and t-shirts compliments of SPARC
    The first 500 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a SPARC-designed Charleston Battery T-Shirt compliments of the presenting game sponsor, SPARC. Immediately following the game there will be a season opening FIREWORKS display. Tickets are still available starting at just $10; to purchase tickets, for directions or more information please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).


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    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers earned three points Saturday night with a dramatic 4-1 win against the Rochester Rhinos. A crowd of 2,270 saw a pair of red card ejections in between a barrage of goals as Rochester was forced to play two-men down after earning an early lead on a Matt Luzunaris tally. The Kickers retaliated with four unanswered goals as Mike Callahan, Joseph Ngwenya, Jason Yeisley and Stanley Nyazamba led the Kickers to their second consecutive victory at City Stadium.

    The Rhinos claimed the lead inside the first three minutes of the opening whistle when Luzunaris stole the ball at midfield and carried it down the left wing on a breakaway, taking on Kickers goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra one-on-one. As Dykstra charged off his line to challenge the streaking forward, Luzunaris swiftly drove a low ball into the far right corner.

    Searching for the equalizer six minutes later, Kickers defender Sascha Görres threaded the ball through a crowded midfield, connecting with Brian Ownby who served a long ball over the Rhinos back line to find Nate Robinson deep on the left flank. The Kickers newcomer delivered the ball to the far post, finding Yeisley in the air but the forward’s header soared just wide.

    A physical battle ensued in the midfield until the 37th minute when Robinson sent a long throw in from the left wing to Vercollone stationed at the top of the box. The Kickers veteran laid the ball off to an onrushing Callahan who one-timed a dipping ball on target but Rhinos goalkeeper Kristian Nicht leapt to tip the bar just over the crossbar.

    The pair teamed up once more with seconds remaining in the half and this time were not to be denied when Robinson played a well placed cross into the penalty area as Callahan ran onto the ball and blasted it from point blank range for his first-ever goal in a Kickers uniform.

    Minutes after the restart, the Kickers regained the advantage when Ngwenya was taken down in the box. After Rhinos defender George Kyriasis was shown a red card for committing the foul, Ngwenya calmly stepped up to the spot and made no mistake as he buried the resulting penalty.

    Later, Robinson attempted to get on the scoreboard himself but his strike towards the far post was just wide in the 60th minute. Then, six minutes later he received the ball from Görres at the left corner and eluded defenders as he made way toward the box. Evading his final mark, he fired from close range to the far post, finding Yeisley who tapped it over the line.

    The Rhinos were dealt another blow soon after, when midfielder Tyler Roselund was ejected following a dangerous tackle, leaving Rochester with nine men for the final 15 minutes of regulation. The home side capitalized on the two-man advantage when Nyazamba registered the Kickers fourth goal of the night, seconds after entering the match. Luke Vercollone received the ball at the top of the box and played it wide to Nyazamba who buried the ball into the far corner.

    After a week off, the Kickers embark on their first road trip of the season when they face the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium on Friday, May 3 before returning to City Stadium 24 hours later to host the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday, May 4. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.


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    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Harrisburg City Islanders took their second victory in as many outings as they defeated the Colorado Rapids Reserves 2-1 on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in an interleague contest. Cris Hernandez and Greg Jordan, both with the City Islanders under their partnership agreement with the Philadelphia Union, scored the goals for Harrisburg as they claimed their 99th victory in club history.

    The City Islanders got off to an ideal start as Hernandez opened the scoring in just the second minute. After Sainey Touray and Colin Zizzi forced a turnover in the Rapids end, the ball came to Hernandez 20 yards from goal. The forward cut onto his left foot and rifled a finish just inside the right post for a 1-0 lead.

    Hernandez came close to adding to the City Islanders lead just before the halftime break, only for his effort to ring off the crossbar. The Rapids would get back on even terms 10 minutes into the second half, Dillon Serna finding the back of the net, but Hernandez played provider in the 64th minute as Jordan restored the City Islanders’ lead. The goal would prove decisive, as Harrisburg became the first USL PRO side to defeat an MLS Reserve side in interleague play this season.

    Harrisburg will now have the opportunity to claim the franchise’s 100th victory at home next weekend as it hosts the Rochester Rhinos at Skyline Sports Complex at 7 p.m. Visit www.cityislanders.com to buy season or single-game tickets as the City Islanders celebrate their 10th anniversary season.


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    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio -- The Dayton Dutch Lions began the 2013 season on a high note at Beavercreek Stadium with a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday night as a stoppage-time goal by Remco Klaasse gave the Dutch Lions victory despite having to play down a man for more than an hour. 

    The Dutch Lions were reduced to 10 men in the 28th minute as Eli Garner was shown a red card for punching a Riverhounds’ defender. Despite that, Dayton would take the lead a minute before halftime as Gibson Bardsley navigated through three Riverhounds defenders to record the first Dutch Lions goal of the season. The lead would not last long, however, as Jose Angulo tied the game in first-half stoppage time after a good angled cross from the left by Alfonso Motagalvan was put away with a diving header.

    Neither side was able to gain the upper hand at the beginning of the second half with several runs on both teams’ goals. In the 57th minute, Dutch Lions’ goalkeeper Matt Williams punched out a Riverhounds’ attempt, and Pittsburgh used their man-advantage well, controlling more possesion as they tried to find a go-ahead goal.

    Williams again had to be sharp as the second half entered stoppage time, making a good save to keep the game level. The save would prove crucial in the third minute of stoppage time as a corner by Eric Kissinger corner kick was knocked down by Joe Broekhuizen to Klaasse, who finished strongly from close range to give his side a 2-1 win in its opening game of the season.

    “I think we started really well in the first half -- I actually lost my voice because of the enthusiasm," said Dutch Lions coach Patrick Bal. "We had a couple of chances to get up early in the game, but after the red card, it changes the game. The second half we didn’t play as well, only at moments, but they worked so hard. After three weeks of preseason, we had more chances and converted better for the win. I am absolutely, extremely happy.”

    Dayton hits the road early for the next two games, beginning with the VSI Tampa Bay on Friday night, immediately followed by a match up with Orlando City on Saturday night. The Dutch Lions return home for a matchup against the Charleston Battery on Friday May 3rd at Beavercreek Stadium. Game time is at 7 p.m. For season and individual game tickets, visit the Dutch Lions website.


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  • 04/21/13--12:10: Tampa Bay Ready For Blues
  • VSI Tampa Bay FC News Release -- www.vsi-fc.com

    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – Following VSI Tampa Bay FC's 3-0 win against the Rochester Rhinos in VSI’s inaugural season home opener last week, Matt Weston's side is ready for its second meeting with the LA Blues this season. Los Angeles visits Plant City Stadium on Sunday night, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

    The first meeting of the two sides was in California at Sherbeck Field, with Tampa Bay taking a 1-0 victory at the Los Angeles Blues’ home, the team’s first win in franchise history. VSI midfielder Antonio Neto went down in history with the club's first goal, as he scored the game-winner in the second half.

    Los Angeles enters Sunday's game after falling 3-2 on Friday night against Orlando City, the second game of a three-game road trip that concludes on Sunday. Rodrigo Lopez had a goal and assist for the Blues against the Lions, but Orlando was able to take victory thanks to two goals and an assist by Jamie Watson at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

    Players to watch for VSI Tampa Bay FC include Douglas Dos Santos and Karamba Janneh. Offensive threats, Dos Santos and Janneh both scored in VSI’s last game against the Rochester Rhinos and have created numerous opportunities for VSI Tampa Bay FC early on this season. A rookie, Dos Santos is tied with Mauricio Salles for the team lead with three points this season.

    On the Los Angeles Blues side, look for George Davis IV, who has a pair of goals this season, and Chris Cortez to cause trouble for Tampa Bay's defense. Both Blues forwards are dangerous in the final third and may cause VSI keeper Alex Horwath to make some saves this Sunday.

    In-match concessions are provided by Alessi Catering and Sunday night’s special guests are youth and adult soccer players of the Plant City Lancers soccer club. Sunday evening’s match is being streamed by estrellaTV television crew and UNATION and is viewable on USL LIVE. To watch online visit www.uslnation.com.

    Tickets to the match are $10 for adults and $5 for children. This week tickets are buy one get one of equal or lesser value free online or at the gates. To order tickets visit www.vsi-fc.com or the gates open at 6 p.m. ET.


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  • 04/22/13--00:33: Tampa Bay Edges Past Blues
  • Sunday, April 21, 2013

    PLANT CITY, Fla. – VSI Tampa Bay FC took its second consecutive victory with a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Blues on Sunday night at Plant City Stadium. Andriy Budnyy scored the decisive goal after coming on as a second-half substitute in a back-and-forth contest.

    Tampa Bay had slightly the better of a balanced opening 15 minutes, with Douglas Dos Santos heading wide under pressure in the eighth minute. Karamba Janneh also had an opportunity, but his shot from the top of the penalty area went straight at Blues goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski for a simple save. Woszczynski was also on hand to deny Mauricio Salles in the 21st minute, smothering a low free kick that curled around the wall.

    The Blues were able to create chances of their own, and they took the lead in the 24th minute as Gabriel Gonzalez created space to cross on the right side and found George Davis IV, who headed home at the back post for his third goal of the season. Tampa Bay answered immediately, however, with Shawn Chin cutting in from the left before pulling a shot into the left corner of the net from 20 yards.

    The game was delayed for an hour at the halftime break after a lightning strike, and Salles went close from a free kick in the 49th minute as his shot went just over the crossbar. Tony Donatelli also went close, forcing Woszczynski to tip his shot around the post. The pressure paid off on the ensuing corner, as the Blues half-cleared to Donatelli, who floated an angled cross back into the penalty area for Sean Reynolds to head home.

    The Blues got back on even terms on the hour-mark as Shay Spitz found space on the left, and his cross was turned into the net by Davis for his second goal of the night. Davis came close to a hat trick four minutes later, only to be adjudged to have handled to control as he broke in on goal.

    Tampa Bay regained the lead with just over 15 minutes to go as a fine pass slipped Dos Santos into the center of the penalty area. Woszczynski was able to make the initial save, but Dos Santos was able to control the rebound, and centered to Budnyy, whose shot found its way past three Blues defenders from nine yards.

    Los Angeles had a chance to tie the game with eight minutes to play, a good low cross by James Turner being met by Chris Cortez, only for VSI goalkeeper Alex Horwath to parry and then clear to safety. Rodrigo Lopez almost set up a chance for Cortez moments later, but his cross was just too far in front of the striker to connect in front of goal. Tampa Bay would hold on in the closing stages, however, to take their complete a season-sweep of its two games against Los Angeles.

    Tampa Bay remains at home next Friday as the Dayton Dutch Lions visit Plant City Stadium at 8 p.m. ET. The Blues also return to action on Friday as they host the Wilmington Hammerheads at Titan Stadium at 10:30 p.m. ET. 


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    North Sound SeaWolves News Release -- www.seawolvesfc.com

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    EDMONDS, Wash. — Three-year starter Brady Ballew highlights a list of 11 players who have signed to play with the North Sound SeaWolves FC for the 2013 Premier Development League season. Among those signed are two players with United States National Team experience and six players with past PDL experience, as well as a member of the 2011 SeaWolves.

    “This is a good, young, hungry group of players,” SeaWolves owner Alex Silva said. “We’re focused on getting guys who can not only play, but who are serious about being a part of what we’re doing on the field and in the community.”

    Ballew, a Marysville-Pilchuck High School graduate and current Seattle University player, has been a starting midfielder/forward for the SeaWolves the past two seasons. For Seattle U this past season, he scored three goals while playing for new SeaWolves coach Ed Moore.

    “We love having Brady back,” Silva said. “He’s a very good player, he works hard and he’s a leader. And it’s nice any time we can have a Snohomish County guy on the team.”

    Two talented goalies were among the signees. Ryan Herman redshirted at the University of Washington after transferring from Santa Clara University, and Keegan Rogers started at Western Washington University this past season. The 6-foot-7 Herman was the No. 5-ranked recruit in the nation as a high school senior by ESPNU, has been in the U.S. National Team pool since he was 16 – playing for the U-18 National Team – and spent last summer in the PDL with the Seattle Sounders U-23s. Rogers was an honorable mention all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference pick for WWU this past season and played last summer with the Portland Timbers U-23s.

    “It’s so important to have a strong keeper and we feel good about these two guys,” Silva said. “They both have experience in the PDL and are going to push each other.”

    The SeaWolves also signed Gonzaga midfielder Nick Hamer, who played last season with the Portland Timbers U-23s. The Spokane native was a first-team all-West Coast Conference pick for the Zags.

    “He wins a lot of balls and has a great presence in the midfield,” Silva said. “He’s an aggressive, physical player.”

    Three former members of powerful Boise High School and the Idaho Rush also signed – forward Nicholas Davey, now at Harvard, and Seattle Pacific University teammates Garrett Jones and Graham Reid.

    “Those guys know how to win,” Silva said. “They expect to win and that’s an attitude we’re looking to have here.”

    A pair of Humboldt State University players – forward Braxton Griffin and midfielder Zach Hammond – signed. Hammond played with the SeaWolves in 2011 and Griffin is the second-all-time leading scorer at Issaquah’s Skyline High School.

    Rounding out the signees are University of Washington forward Josh Heard, who played in the PDL with the Victoria Highlanders in 2012, and defender/midfielder Victor Vasquez, who played for the Chivas USA youth team and participated in the U.S. U-18 National Team camp.

    The SeaWolves meet Gonzaga in an exhibition game at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, designed to give trialists an opportunity to play in a game setting.

    The SeaWolves are a member of the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. The team plays its home games at Edmonds Stadium between May and July, with the home-opener set for May 18 against the Portland Timbers U-23.


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    Phoenix FC News Release -- www.phoenixfc.com

    Sunday, April 21, 2013

    PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Phoenix FC's recent three-match homestand gives way to a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake, to take on RSL's Reserves on Monday night at 6 p.m. PT. This is a match that counts in the USL PRO League standings for the Wolves as well as the MLS Reserve League standings for Real Salt Lake, as determined in an agreement the two leagues reached earlier this year. As part of the partnership, USL PRO teams and MLS reserve clubs will play a home and away series in counting matches this season.

    Phoenix FC is 1-3 after back-to-back home losses to Orlando City SC and the Los Angeles Blues. The Wolves lost their only other road match this season, 2-0 in the opener on March 23 in Southern California against the Blues.

    RSL's reserves will play other home matches at a different venue but come April 22, both clubs get to play at one of the great soccer-specific stadiums in North America, Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah just outside of Salt Lake City. RSL's Reserves are 2-1-1 on the season after suffering its first loss in league play on April 14 in Canada against the Vancouver Whitecaps' Reserves. Forward Devon Sandoval, a 21-year-old rookie out of New Mexico taken in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft earlier this year, leads Real Salt Lake's reserves with two goals on the season.

    There figures to be some MLS experience on the field for the home team. Reserve league games aren't just for young and developing players, they are also used in MLS to give playing time to veterans who saw little to no action in the main league's regular-season match, or matches in the same week.

    Phoenix FC played shorthanded last Sunday in losing to Los Angeles 3-1. Missing two key players due to injury in forward Darren Mackie and goalkeeper Andrew Weber going into the match, the Wolves also lost defender Devon Grousis to a leg injury early on, as he had to be replaced. The status of the three players for Monday's game is yet to be determined. Netinho, Diego Faria and Scott Morrison have the three goals for Phoenix FC in its four matches this season.

    Phoenix FC and RSL's reserves will meet for the return match on June 15 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.


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