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  • 05/13/13--17:49: Riverhounds Host RWB Adria
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release --

    Monday, May 13th, 2013

    PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will host RWB Adria Tuesday night for a first round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The first-ever meeting between the Riverhounds and Chicago-based Croatian side will take place in the nationʼs newest soccer stadium, Highmark Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick off.

    Carrying a three-game undefeated streak into Tuesday nightʼs matchup against RWB Adria, the Riverhounds will look to continue their momentum, as they host the Dayton Dutch Lions on Saturday night in league action. The Riverhounds are coming off their first win of the 2013 USL PRO season last Thursday night at Highmark Stadium. Pittsburgh striker Jose Angulo recorded a goal in each half to lift the Riverhounds past the Phoenix FC Wolves, 2-1. Angulo has been the only Riverhound to score at Highmark Stadium thus far, raising his goal tally to three in Station Square this year.

    RWB Adria was founded in 1959 by Croatian immigrants in the city of Chicago. A highly successful soccer club in Illinois, RWB Adria competes in the National Soccer League and is believed to have won the most trophies of any club in the state. This will be RWB Adriaʼs fifth appearance in the U.S. Open Cup. In their first-ever appearance in 1991, RWB Adria advanced into the semifinal round, but lost to the Brooklyn Italians 1-0.

    The Riverhounds return to USL PRO action this Saturday when they host the Dayton Dutch Lions at Highmark Stadium. Promoting the game as ʻArmed Forces Nightʼ, the Riverhounds will honor representatives from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy throughout the night. The grandstand is sold-out, but limited seats are still available in the supportersʼ section. Standing room only tickets along the highly favored river view concourse are also available. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Highmark Stadium Box Office at (412) 224-4900.

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    USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week Eight of the season on Tuesday, with the Richmond Kickers’ Joseph Ngwenya earning Player of the Week honors after recording a hat trick in the Kickers’ 4-1 victory against Antigua Barracuda FC on Saturday night. The victory allowed the Kickers to remain undefeated this season, while giving Ngwenya five goals.

    Photo courtesy Pattie AndersonNgwenya teamed with fellow Team of the Week selection Nate Robinson on a pair of goals, including the Kickers’ opener in the 18th minute. Robinson, who had three assists, found space down the left before sending a low ball across the top of the six-yard box that Ngwenya met at the far post.

    Five minutes later Ngwenya added a second, heading home a finish after Brian Ownby kept an attack alive with a looping overhead cross that found the midfielder near the right post. Ngwenya then completed his hat trick in the 44th minute, finishing a free kick by Robinson to give his side a 3-1 halftime lead.

    Robinson, who also assisted on Luke Vercollone’s second-half goal, and Ngwenya were joined in the Team of the Week’s midfielder by Dayton’s Joel DeLass, who had a pair of goals in the Dutch Lions’ 4-3 victory against Phoenix FC. DeLass’ 77th-minute penalty kick proved to be the game-winner as the Wolves rallied late. Completing the midfield quartet was Charleston’s Nicki Paterson, who had a goal and an assist in his side’s 4-2 win against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

    Paterson’s teammate John Wilson was also named to the team after scoring his second goal of the season, while Harrisburg’s Greg Jordan and Orlando’s Yann Songo’o also earned defensive berths after helping their team’s record shutouts against Antigua and the Seattle Sounders Reserves. Rochester’s Kristian Nicht earned the nod in goal after an excellent performance against Wilmington last Friday as the Rhinos took their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory.

    Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer earned his third consecutive selection to the Team of the Week as he reached double-digits for the season with a pair of goals against the Sounders Reserves. He was joined in attack by two others who struck twice over the weekend, with Harrisburg’s Sainey Touray recording two goals and an assist in the City Islanders’ win against Antigua, and Pittsburgh’s Jose Angulo scoring both goals as the Riverhounds won their first game of the season, 2-1 against Phoenix.

    The 2013 USL PRO season continues tonight as the Charlotte Eagles host the Charleston Battery at 7 p.m. ET in a clash that sees the undefeated Eagles aiming to end the Battery’s five-game winning streak. Friday night brings a pair of big games, with league-leader Orlando City visiting the third-place Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex at 7 p.m. ET. The fourth-place Richmond Kickers and fifth-place Los Angeles Blues also meet on Friday at 7 p.m. ET at City Stadium.

    The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Dayton Dutch Lions, both of whom begin U.S. Open Cup play tonight, meet on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. Orlando and Los Angeles also completed their weekend road trips, with the Lions visiting the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET and the Blues visiting the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 p.m. ET. The weekend concludes on Sunday as the Charleston Battery visit the Houston Dynamo for an interleague clash at BBVA Compass Stadium at 11 a.m. ET.

    Every game of the USL PRO season can be seen on, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+.

    USL PRO Team of the Week






    Kristian Nicht


    Made three saves as Rhinos earned first victory with shutout


    John Wilson


    Scored good goal as Battery took victory against Hammerheads


    Greg Jordan


    Curtailed aggressive Antigua attack in City Islanders’ victory


    Yann Songo’o


    Solid performance as Lions shut out Sounders Reserves


    Joel DeLass


    Pair of goals, including game-winner, in Dutch Lions’ victory


    Nicki Paterson


    Had a goal and assist in Battery’s win against Hammerheads


    Nate Robinson


    Three assists moved Robinson into tie for league-lead


    Joseph Ngwenya


    First-half hat trick led Kickers past Antigua


    Dom Dwyer


    Continued hot streak with two goals against Sounders Reserves


    Jose Angulo


    Had both goals in Riverhounds’ win against Phoenix


    Sainey Touray


    Two goals and assist in City Islanders’ win against Antigua

    Honorable Mention: Antigua – Tamorley Thomas, Molvin James; Charleston – Zach Prince, Dane Kelly; Dayton – Gibson Bardsley, Shintaro Harada; Harrisburg – Leo Fernandes, Morgan Langley; Los Angeles – Shay Spitz, Allan Russell; Orlando – Dennis Chin; Phoenix – Aaron King; Pittsburgh – Kevin Kerr, Hunter Gilstrap; Richmond – William Yomby; Rochester – Matt Horth; Wilmington – Paul Nicholson.

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  • 05/14/13--11:12: Tucson Prepared For Wolves
  • FC Tucson News Release --

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Heading into Tuesday night’s U.S. Open Cup match, one of Phoenix FC’s advantages may actually benefit FC Tucson: the Wolves have played a lot more matches.

    “We have an opportunity to play against a team we’ve really prepared for,” said FC Tucson Head Coach Rick Schantz. “We haven’t quite been able to prepare on the field as much as we would’ve liked, but we scouted all (nine) of their matches and we feel we know about as much of their team as we could possibly know.”

    What Schantz does know is that beating Phoenix FC (2-5-2), even after the club is coming off back-to-back road losses over the weekend, will be a difficult task. But Schantz said he has confidence in his club’s work rate and any conversation about an upset win has to start with outworking the USL PRO side who will likely be fitter and more cohesive and is already very athletic.

    “If we can outwork them and keep ourselves in the game and not make any silly mistakes, it gives us a shot,” Schantz said. “If we get to 15 minutes left to play and it’s still 0-0, it’s anybody’s game.”

    FC Tucson (0-0-1) has played just one match, a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Misioneros on Sunday afternoon and returned from its season-opening road trip late on Sunday night. Because of the quick turnaround between matches, the club didn’t go through a full training session on Monday and the players still haven’t had a chance to sit down with the staff and go over strategies for the match.

    But team captain Travis Campbell was confident despite the lack of on-the-field work FC Tucson will have heading into Tuesday night’s mach. He said the team did well coming together as a unit to defend in the second half of its match against the Misioneros and that the key to a win against the Wolves would be that continued growth on team defense.

    In Sunday’s match FC Tucson fell behind 1-0 after a deflected free kick found the back of the net. The defense allowed just two shots in the first half. It allowed zero shots in the second half.

    “We’ve been playing soccer for 14, 15 years,” said defender Edgar Reyna when asked about FC Tucson’s lack of matches played compared to Phoenix FC. “We’ll figure it out.”

    Should the match come down to the final moments, there’s no doubt the atmosphere will be electric. The match is not only a showdown between clubs from Arizona’s two biggest cities; it’s an historic event.

    This is the first time in the 100-year history of the U.S. Open Cup that two clubs from Arizona are squaring off in a tournament match. And it’s not just two Arizona clubs. It’s Tucson vs. Phoenix, a rivalry that is older than the state itself.

    “You put any teams, Phoenix vs. Tucson, there’s always going to be a rivalry” said Reyna, who grew up playing soccer for the Tucson Soccer Academy. “It’s going to be a hard game but it’s really exciting. Words can’t express it. You’re just going in front of your home crowd and it’s really exciting.”

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    VSI Tampa Bay FC News Release -

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – VSI Tampa Bay FC announced that former American college and professional soccer midfielder Stacy Bishop has signed with the team for the 2013 W-League season, pending USSF approval. Bishop, a native of the Tampa area who last played for the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer, will make her debut for VSI Tampa Bay FC this season.

    Bishop has experienced success at every stop in her career. She played for Land O’ Lakes high school and led it to the state title in her senior year. She still holds the all-time scoring record for Pasco County with 192 goals.

    After high school Bishop accepted a scholarship to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she played for the Tigers in 2003-04. After her sophomore year, she transferred to the University of Florida and played for coach Becky Burleigh’s Gators in 2006 and 2007.

    Bishop was recognized as a first-team All-American and a Mac Hermann semi-finalist in 2006. In both 2006 and 2007, she was an Academic All-American and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. She was named 2007 SEC Tournament MVP.

    Bishop made 10 appearances for the Boston Breakers in 2009, and signed with the Atlanta Beat for the 2010 WPS season. She appeared in every game for the Beat in 2010 and ranked in the top five in minutes played.

    With such a storied career, Bishop joins VSI Tampa Bay FC for the 2013 season and will suit up alongside former teammates as the squad chases the Southeastern Conference title. VSI opens its 2013 season Friday when hosts the Carolina Elite Cobras at 5 p.m. at Plant City Stadium.

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    New York Magic - F.A. Euro News Release -

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. - F.A. Euro recently sent two of its Under 14 players, Nick Garzon and Steven Fernandez, to AC Milan to spend a week training with the club’s youth academy and experience the sport from a professional and European perspective. For them, it was pure magic.

    The boys trained with both AC Milan and AS Varese and experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a professional when they were given a surprise tour at Milanello. In addition, the boys got to meet and spend time with AC Milan first team stars such as Stephen El Shaarawy, Robinho, and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

    Alongside F.A. Euro president Joe Balsamo and the club’s Angelo Orlando (1994 UEFA Europa Cup Winner with Inter Milan) and Lodovico Costacurta (AC Milan Youth Coach), the boys spent an intense week training competitively. It is thrilling to announce that both Steven and Nick were invited back to train with AC Milan this September, where they will be watched closely by scouts from the powerhouse Italian club.

    "I believe that Joe Balsamo and F.A. Euro have tapped into an innovative plan in discovering talent in the U.S. and giving players the opportunity to be seen by these European organizations,” Garzon’s father, John, said. “This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime for these two young aspiring players, with extremely promising futures in the sport. FA Euro has created a bridge between soccer in the US and Europe.”

    "My experience has been great. I feel I could’ve played my best if I wasn’t so nervous, but it made me realize that no matter where you are, you have to play your best because you never know who’s watching," Garzon said. "I’ve enjoyed playing with the 98 Varese team and the coach was impressed by my ability on the pitch.

    "As of now my goal is to play with the 98 Varese team, play with them competitively, and then work my way up to Milan’s youth side. I wish the trip had been longer than a week; I’m so excited to be invited back and I want to thank Joe and [F.A. Euro] for the opportunity and belief they have given me. I really will work hard back home in the states these next few months for when I go back, and to improve my ability as a player."

    Fernandez had a stellar campaign, scoring four goals in an exhibition match against a local side in Milan. He has been invited exclusively from AC Milan to return in September

    "Steven is only 12 years old and he has made a tremendous impact for a player so young, especially at Milan," Costacurta said. "He fit in perfectly with the side and is a player that is spoken much about. He has the potential to be extraordinary and I am very confident that we will see and hear much more about him in the coming months."










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    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Forward Mark Sherrod provided the game-winning goal in the 78th minute as the Portland Timbers U-23s overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Sacramento Gold 3-2 in the first round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at JELD-WEN Field.

    Photo courtesy David Blair/Portland TimbersAs a result of their first win in U.S. Open Cup play, the Timbers U-23s advance to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup and will play host to the Charleston Battery of USL PRO on Tuesday, May 21, at JELD-WEN Field at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase through the JELD-WEN Field box office or online at

    The Timbers U-23s, playing in their second consecutive U.S. Open Cup, controlled the tempo of the match, generating 31 shots and 14 corner kicks, but went down two goals on a first-half brace by Gold forward Max Alvarez. The Timbers U-23s responded with three unanswered goals, tallied by forward Zack Foxhoven, midfielder Gabriel Conelian and Sherrod to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time in the team’s history.

    The Gold, who compete in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), took a 2-0 lead by the 25th minute, with Alvarez scoring twice against the run of play. On a counter-attack in the fifth minute, Alvarez beat a defender on a run down the right channel and drilled a shot inside the top far corner of the goal. In the 25th minute, Alvarez chased down a bouncing cross into the box by midfielder Eliot Chambers from the right side and tapped a shot back towards the right post to beat a diving effort from Timbers U-23s goalkeeper David Meves.

    The Timbers U-23s scored twice within a three-minute span late in the first half to level the score before halftime. After receiving a pass from midfielder Eric Miller near the top right corner of the penalty area, Foxhoven drove a shot past Gold goalkeeper Dominic Jakubek inside the near post to cut the deficit in the 38th minute.

    Conelian leveled the score in the 41st minute. A pass from Sherrod in the final third was broken up by a Sacramento defender and the ball deflected off another Gold player and popped up into the air. The ball fell to Conelian and he drilled an uncontested shot into an open left side of goal to knot the score at 2-2.

    Portland continued to put the Sacramento defense under pressure in the second half. After close scoring chances by Foxhoven and midfielder Michael Escobar, Sherrod delivered the decisive goal in the 78th minute. Defender Mitch Lurie played a well-placed ball from his left back position up-field for Sherrod on a run towards goal. Sherrod had the advantage on his marker, settled the pass and, on his second touch, chipped Jakubek from just inside the box to seal the 3-2 victory.

    The Timbers U-23s attempted 17 shots and 11 corner kicks in the first half. Sherrod had a chance to put the home side on top just before halftime with one of his four first-half shots, but his side-winding effort from the edge of the six-yard box was parried away by Jakubek.

    In first-half stoppage time, Alvarez was denied his third goal of the half by the top right corner of the goal frame on a shot from distance.

    The Timbers U-23s open their fifth Premier Development League (PDL) season Thursday as they play host to the Seattle Sounders FC U-23 at JELD-WEN Field as part of a Providence Health & Fitness Day at 11 a.m. (Pacific). Tickets are available for purchase through the JELD-WEN Field box office and online at

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    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    PITTSBURGH -- In a physical first-round matchup in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated RWB Adria Tuesday night at Highmark Stadium 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the two teams had played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime. The Riverhounds advance into the second round to face the Ocean City Nor’easters next Tuesday at Carey Stadium in New Jersey.

    RWB Adria took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Riverhounds in the 17th minute of play to take the lead. Tracking back for a deep ball into the corner, a Riverhounds defender attempted to play goalkeeper Greg Blum, but his pass was intercepted by Carlos Munoz just inside the penalty area. Taking a touch to prepare his body, Munoz passed the ball into the empty net to open the scoring.

    The Riverhounds would begin to apply steady pressure on Adria’s defense following their goal, but stellar net-minding by Igor Dimov would deny the Riverhounds the equalizer in the first stanza.

    Following the intermission, the Riverhounds would jump in to the attack with pace and numbers, leading to a stretched Adria defense. The Riverhounds received a corner in the 53rd minute, which resulted in the equalizing tally from Seth C’deBaca. Ryan Kinne delivered a left-to-right corner kick towards the back post. The ball deflected off of a few players and landed at the feet of Mike Green near the edge of the penalty area. Green set the ball back for an on-rushing C’deBaca. Striking the ball cleanly and with pace, C’deBaca’s shot snuck just inside the near upright to bring the score level.

    Neither side would let their guard down throughout the next hour of play, forcing the match to end through a penalty shootout. The first three shooters for both sides converted their shots from the spot with ease. The Riverhounds would receive some help from the woodwork in the fourth frame, when Adria’s shot struck the bottom of the crossbar and ricocheted out from the goalmouth to deny the visitors. The Riverhounds then converted their final two shots to send them through into the second round of the tournment and a trip to Ocean City.

    The Riverhounds return to USL PRO action this Saturday when they host the Dayton Dutch Lions at Highmark Stadium. Promoting the game as ‘Armed Forces Night’, the Riverhounds will honor representatives from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy throughout the night. The grandstand is sold-out, but limited seats are still available in the supporters’ section. Standing room only tickets along the highly favored river view concourse are also available. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Highmark Stadium Box Office at (412) 224-4900.

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  • 05/15/13--02:30: Reading Advances Past Sonic
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    READING, Pa. – Reading United A.C. defeated the 2012 NPSL Champions FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Reading used a two-goal outburst shortly after halftime to secure the club’s second win in U.S. Open Cup history. With the win, Reading will face fellow Philadelphia Union affiliate the Harrisburg City Islanders next Tuesday in the second round.

    Photo courtesy Glenn RiegellThe first half saw Reading hold a decided advantage in possession. Much like Saturday’s 8-0 demolition of the Westchester Flames, United came out aggressively, playing large portions of the match in Lehigh Valley’s half of the field. Sonic countered by staying well organized, thwarting wave after wave of pressure.

    Reading’s first real opportunity of the match came in the 19th minute when midfielder Manolo Sanchez struck a ball from the right wing that hammered off the crossbar and was eventually cleared. Whether it was the excitement of a cup tie or excellent marking, several Reading players saw their shots sail over the goal. United outshot their opponents 7-3 in the first half, but only forced Sonic keeper Charlie Sales to make one save.

    Lehigh Valley had a golden opportunity to catch Reading on a counter in the 37th minute. Following a Reading corner kick, Sonic cleared and launched a counter-attack that saw them have a three-on-one advantage. Great hustle by United defender Jimmy Ockford and midfielder Keegan Rosenberry broke up the play and ended Sonic’s opportunity.

    With the half winding down, Larry Ndjock fired a shot that rattled the post. In the ensuing scramble to clear the ball, the Reading bench shouted for handball, but referee Eric Weisbrod allowed the final seconds of play to tick off before whistling for halftime.

    The second half began with United again exerting pressure in Sonic’s half. The aggressive tactics worked and in the 50th minute when Reading United found the breakthrough goal. Ndjock began a run down the right side of the field, with Philadelphia Union academy graduate Darius Madison tracking the run in the center channel. Njdock beat his mark and found Madison alone in the Sonic penalty area. With the goal at his mercy, Madison coolly stroked the ball into the back of the net to hand United a well-deserved 1-0 lead.

    With the advantage, Reading continued to press forward. Right back Wes Charpie earned a throw in following an aggressive run down the right flank. Charpie picked out captain Steve Neumann on the throw-in, who took the ball down the end line as he drove toward goal. From a nearly impossible angle, Neumann looked up and saw the keeper off his line and fired a shot that nestled just inside the side netting to double United’s advantage.

    "I just saw the goalie off a little bit, the guys were asking me if it was a shot or a cross," said Neumann. "I’ll take it to my grave that it was a shot," the Georgetown midfielder said with a smile.

    With the insurance goal, United went looking for a third goal to kill off the match. Creating more opportunities to score, Reading forced Sales into several acrobatic saves to keep the match at 2-0. As the scoreboard clock showed 10 minutes remaining, Sonic desperately went searching for a goal. It was end-to-end stuff in the closing moments as each team attacked and then counterattacked. United goalkeeper John McCarthy did well to save a stinging long-range effort from Sonic forward Joe Sales.

    The late surge by FC Lehigh Valley United came up empty as McCarthy, who made four saves on the evening, and his defense earned their second consecutive clean sheet to start the 2013 season.

    "Couldn’t be more pleased with the way the players listened and how they responded," Reading coach Brendan Burke said. "I’m going to enjoy coaching this team this summer," the head coach said with a grin from ear to ear.

    With the 2-0 victory, Reading will host fellow Union affiliate and USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders in the Second Round of the 100th U.S. Open Cup next Tuesday at Exeter’s Don Thomas Stadium. This will mark the second time the clubs have met in the Cup, with Harrisburg scoring twice in the final five minutes to come from behind and beat Reading 2-1 in 2011.

    Reading United return to Premier Development League action this Sunday when they host the New Jersey LUSO Rangers at Don Thomas Stadium. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Reading United offer 2013 Game Day Youth Packages, Group Discount Packages, Birthday Parties and Fundraising Ticket Packages. Contact Denise Strohmayr at for all your group needs.

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    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles remained undefeated in the 2013 USL PRO Season with a 1-0 victory against the Charleston Battery on Tuesday night at the Queens Sports Complex. Shaun Francis curled in the game winner on a free kick from just outside the penalty area. The Eagles, who have only allowed one goal at home this season, played some strong defense as Eric Reed recorded his fourth shutout of the season, ending the Battery's five-game winning streak.

    Charleston's first chance came in the 18th minute as Emmanuel Adjetey's shot curled just wide of the post. The Battery's Amadou Sanyang took a hard knock and would be subbed out in the 31st minute with Jarad Van Schaik replacing the midfielder as the game remained scoreless at the break. 

    The Eagles enjoyed the better of the possession in the second half, but as in the first half were not able to create many scoring chances against a tough Battery defense. Zach Prince created an opportunity for Charleston in the 60th minute with some fancy dribbling, but his cross was cleared away by Fejiro Okiomah.

    The Eagles were able to take the lead in the 66th minute as they were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. Francis stepped up and was able to bend it around the wall and into the left corner of the net. Charleston pushed for an equalizer, second-half substitute Austin Savage slicing a shot wide of the near post in the 78th minute and Dane Kelly sending a shot high of the crossbar in the 80th minute.

    The Battery mounted a late charge in an effort to tie the game but the Eagles defense was able to repel each chance and keep the clean sheet.

    The Eagles next outing comes in the U.S. Open Cup, as they host either the PDL's Sounders FC U23 or Doxa Italia in the second round next Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Queens Sports Complex. Make sure to check out for more details!

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    Sounders FC U23 News Release --

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    TACOMA, Wash. – On a beautiful Tuesday night in Sumner the Sounders FC U23 cruised to a 5-1 victory over Southern California club Doxa Italia in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup. They were led by forward David Geno’s four first-half goals. 

    A raucous crowd of nearly 500 were treated to an onslaught of Sounders U-23 first half goals as the chances came quickly and often. In the 13th minute the Sounders U-23 got on the board first. Darwin Jones connected with a through-ball into the box, took a look up at the goal, and sent a perfectly placed left-footed shot toward the far post. The ball hit off the inside of the post and in for the early 1-0 lead.

    Sounders U-23 goal keeper Zac Lubin was tested shortly after with a nice looking shot with power from Doxa midfielder Kyle Holland. Lubin was up for the challenge and sent the shot away, which was then cleared away from danger by the Sounders U-23 defense.

    In the 19th minute Aodhan Quinn calmly walked a ball into the left side of the penalty area. He sent a low, driving ball toward the back post where a sprinting Mauricio DeLeon had timed his run perfectly. Doxa Italia goal keeper Justin Commins came up with a huge save considering the point blank range of DeLeon’s shot, but Geno was there to follow up. With the ball bouncing up into his body, Geno got himself into position, and side-volleyed it into the top of the net for his first goal and a 2-0 lead for the Sounders U23.

    The Sounders U23 added to their lead when Jones broke free in the box again in the 36th minute. He spotted his fellow forward Geno making a run in front of the goal and sent a precise pass toward the his teammate’s feet. Geno calmly placed his shot past the Doxa Italia keeper for the 3-0 lead.

    Then the Sounders U-23 started to pour on the offense as Geno stuck another one in the net for his hat trick. This time, right-midfielder DeLeon sent a seeking ball into the box. With his back to the goal and on the run, Geno flicked the ball up and over his defender. The ball continued to sail and found its way over the keeper, just under the bar to extend the lead to 4-0.

    By halftime the Sounders U-23 had extended their lead to 5-0 thanks to yet another Geno goal. Geno got onto the end of a through-ball just outside the top of the penalty area, beat the last Doxa Italia defender, and then slid his shot into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the half.

    It was clear in the second half that the Sounders U-23 were focused on keeping possession of the ball as the pace slowed. They managed five shots on goal as opposed to the blistering 11 of the first half. Then, the Doxa Italia side got on the board in the 68th minute off a free kick just outside the Sounders U-23 box. Doxa took the free kick quickly catching the Sounders U-23 defense off guard. Doxa leading scorer Bryan Byrne snuck behind the defense and stuck his shot into the net, eliminating the shutout. However, despite a few more chances down the stretch, Doxa Italia could not overcome the deficit.

    Sounders U-23 return to the action for a busy week on May 16 and May 19 in Premier Development League play. The Sounders head on the road to face the Portland Timbers U-23 on Thursday for an 11 a.m. match and then head up to Victoria for a Sunday afternoon contest.

    In addition, with the victory on Tuesday, the Sounders U-23 advance for their first ever appearance in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. They will travel across the country to take on the Charlotte Eagles of USL PRO on May 21st.

    For more news and all things Sounders U-23, visit, follow us on Twitter: @SoundersU23, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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  • 05/15/13--13:02: El Paso Appoints Chavez
  • El Paso Patriots News Release --

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Patriots of the Premier Development League (PDL) announced today that Francisco “Paco” Chavez is taking over head coaching duties for the team that will play its 2013 home games at the Student Activities Complex (SAC) of the Socorro Independent School District.

    Former head coach Hugo Samano will become Assistant Head Coach and Director of Operations for the Patriots effective immediately. The Patriots, representing the highest level of soccer played in El Paso, will open their 2013 home schedule at the SAC against Oklahoma City FC at 7:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 23 with Coach Chavez at the helm.

    “We are so excited to have Paco Chavez back with the El Paso Patriots," said Patriots Vice President Diana Cervantes. "He was very successful here previously coaching the Patriots from 1996-2000. He also brings Mexican Division 1 playing and coaching experience to the mix. He played for Atlas de Guadalajara and Tecos de UAG among others. In addition to coaching the Patriots, he also coached Tecos de UAG and Cobras de Ciudad Juarez.”

    Also of note is the fact that Paco Chavez’ son Darvin Francisco Chavez is a defender for Rayados de Monterrey and was a member of the Mexico's 2012 Olympic Team that claimed the gold medal in London.

    The Patriots' home opener will be followed up two days later with the club's second home game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 against the Texas Dutch Lions. The Patriots are coming off of a 2-2 season-opening tie against the West Texas Sockers in Midland Saturday night.

    “That result was a solid performance on the road to open the 2013 season, earning one point in the standings,” said Cervantes. “The move to the SAC will provide a great soccer experience for our fans. The SAC has been recently renovated and the playing surface is fantastic. We invite all of our fans to come enjoy a fun, family-oriented soccer experience with the Patriots on May 23rd and May 25th.”

    The 2013 El Paso Patriots team will consist primarily of players from the El Paso/Las Cruces/Cd. Juarez area. Tickets will be just $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12 and are now on sale at Dream Arena, 6969 Industrial Ave., El Paso, TX, 79915. For more information call (915) 771-6620 or

    In recognition of the move to the SAC, all SISD students and staff will be admitted free to the games on May 23rd and 25th with their student or employee ID card or school logo shirt.

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    VSI Tampa Bay FC News Release -

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – VSI Tampa Bay FC is proud to announce the addition of Portugal National team midfielder Andrea "A-Rod" Rodrigues to its W-League team, pending USSF approval.

    Rodrigues recently completed her senior season at the University of Central Florida, helping the Knights to the Conference-USA title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament’s final eight.

    The St. Petersburg, Florida native participated in several U-19 and U-20 national team camps and made her senior international debut in June of 2010 representing Portugal in a 1-0 win against Slovenia. In February of 2011 she scored two goals and had an assist in a UEFA qualifying match against Armenia, a 6-0 win. Rodrigues was Portugal’s top scorer in the 2013 Euro qualifiers with four goals.

    The talented footballer has balanced her UCF and international commitments well. Rodrigues excelled athletically and academically at UCF, being named to the 2011-12 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. She also was a key contributor on the field for UCF, starting career-high 19 matches for the Knights in 2011 while scoring a goal and tallying three assists.

    After her time with the Knights, Rodrigues was invited to preseason with the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League, and was rostered for preseason matches against Boston College and Sky Blue FC in March.

    Rodrigues and the VSI Tampa Bay FC W-League team will open their 2013 season Friday when they welcome the Carolina Elite Cobras to Plant City Stadium at 5 p.m. ET. 

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    Des Moines Menace News Release --

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – For the second straight year, the Des Moines Menace’s Open Cup journey begins with a May 15 match against a National Premier Soccer League team from Wisconsin.

    Des Moines’ Premier Development League side advanced to the second round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with a wild, 3-1 overtime win at Milwaukee. This time around, the Menace opens at home – four days ahead of the team’s regular-season home opener.

    The winner between the Madison 56ers and the Menace – the only Open Cup action on Wednesday night, and the first-ever meeting between these clubs – earns a second-round match at pro side Minnesota United F.C. on May 21.

    A year ago, the Minnesota Stars ousted Des Moines, 2-0, in the cup’s second round.

    Eying the organization’s first Open Cup home win since 2006, Des Moines is 8-7 in seven previous appearances. This includes a 5-4 mark at home, including cup losses at Valley Stadium in each of the last three years.

    - Opened the PDL season with a 1-1 draw on Springfield on Saturday (May 11)
    - Finished 8-5-3 in 2012, missing the Heartland Division’s second and final playoff spot by a single point to Real Colorado (8-4-4).
    - Is under the direction of a new general manager (Matt Homonoff) and head coach (Mike Jeffries). The last time Des Moines did this, in 2005, the team ended the season as PDL champion (GM Alan Oatsvall and coach Casey Mann).
    - Welcomes back eight returners, including three Iowans who have spent multiple years with the team: Charlie Bales (hometown: Cedar Rapids; 2011-2013 with Menace), Brandon Fricke (Grimes; 2010-13) and Husref Jupic (Johnston; 2010-13).

    - Celebrates its 100th year, is the oldest and most storied running soccer tournament in American soccer.
    - Is a single-loss elimination style tournament with 68 teams – the most in the event’s history.
    - Welcomes the country’s 16 Major League Soccer teams in the third round (May 28).
    - The winner receives $250,000 and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League; runner-up gets $60,000; last amateur team left standing receives $15,000.

    - Making its fourth straight appearance in the U.S. Open Cup and eighth overall.
    - Is 8-7 all-time in the national tournament.
    - The team has a coach, a front-office member and a player who have each been part of Open Cup championship teams:
    - Head coach Mike Jefferies won the Open Cup as an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and 2000.
    - Menace general manager Matt Homonoff was in the front office of 2008 Open Cup champ D.C. United.
    - Goalkeeper Scott Angevine got a ring as part of Sporting KC, the 2012 champion.

    - On Saturday, May 18, the Menace welcomes WSA Winnipeg for a men’s-women’s doubleheader. The women kick off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30. The first 300 fans will receive magnet schedules.
    - On Saturday, May 25, the men’s and women’s Menace teams will play in St. Louis.

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    W-League News Release

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for the first week of the 2013 season today, honoring New York Magic – F.A. Euro forward Brittany Pfaff as Player of the Week after she led the Magic to an upset win on the road against 2012 conference champions the Washington Spirit Reserves.

    Pfaff, preparing for her senior season at Siena, started the Magic comeback when she set up fellow Team of the Week selection Lorena Maggio for the tying goal in the 75th minute at the Maryland Soccerplex. Pfaff then finished the upset with an 86th-minute goal to capture the three points.

    Magic defender Kelsey Hegg was also chosen after leading the defense in the win during a light opening weekend of W-League action. Joining her on the backline are Nataly Arias of the Atlanta Silverbacks, who anchored the defense in a 2-0 win at Carolina Elite, and Virginia Beach’s Jessica Kalongi, who recorded a pair of shots in a 2-1 victory against the Fredericksburg Impact.

    Joining Maggio in the midfield are Fredericksburg’s Kara Blosser, who scored the opening goal in the loss against Virginia Beach, and Washington’s Hayley Siegel, who was strong in a losing performance vs. New York. Atlanta’s Carolyn Campbell got the nod in goal as she made eight saves to notch the shutout at Carolina.

    Rounding out the forwards are Virginia Beach’s Shan Jones, who scored the game-winner vs. Fredericksburg, and Atlanta’s Cherie Sayon, who tallied both of her team’s goals to take the early scoring lead.

    The W-League ramps up this weekend with 11 of 25 teams in action in a seven-game slate. Teams playing their 2013 W-League openers include 2012 finalists the Pali Blues (Saturday vs. LA Strikers) and the Long Island Rough Riders, who play host to the Fredericksburg Impact on Saturday.

    W-League Team of the Week

    Pos Player Team Highlights
    GK Carolyn Campbell Atlanta Made 8 saves in shutout win vs. Carolina
    D Nataly Arias Atlanta Led defense in shutout win
    D Kelsey Hegg NY Magic Led defense in win at Washington
    D Jessica Kalongi Virg. Beach Anchored D, 2 SOG in 2-1 win
    MF Kara Blosser Fredericksburg Scored opening goal, led MF in 2-1 loss
    MF Lorena Maggio NY Magic 2nd-half sub scored tying goal at Wash.
    MF Hayley Siegel Washington Led Washington MF, linking D with attack
    F Rachel Garcia Atlanta Scored both in 2-0 Atlanta win
    F Shan Jones Virg. Beach Scored GWG in 2-1 win vs. Fredericksburg
    F Brittany Pfaff NY Magic GWG, assist in 2-1 win at Washington
    F Cherie Sayon Atlanta Tallied both assists in 2-0 win









    Honorable Mention Carolina Elite – India Trotter; Virginia Beach – Esther Anyanwu; Washington – Tiffany Brow, Meghan Cox.

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    U.S. Soccer News Release --

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    CHICAGO – The third-round possible pairings and locations for the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were announced today as Major League Soccer’s 16 domestic clubs kick off the tournament on May 28 or 29.

    Defending champion Sporting Kansas City begins its title defense on May 28 and will host either Minnesota United FC or the winner of tonight’s first-round game between the PDL’s Des Moines Menace and NPSL’s Madison 56ers. Sporting won the 2012 U.S. Open Cup in a penalty kick shootout against three-time champion Seattle Sounders FC on Aug. 8, 2012.

    The 2013 U.S. Open Cup marks the 100th edition of the tournament as U.S. Soccer is in the midst of its Centennial celebration. Following tonight’s Des Moines/Madison game, the tournament will reach the second-round stage on Tuesday, May 21.

    For a full breakdown of the upcoming schedule and previous results, complete with venue information, visit the following 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup pages:

    2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament Home
    2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule


    37. Philadelphia Union (MLS) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
    Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET


    Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
    PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

    38. D.C. United (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
    Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET


    Icon FC (USASA) at D.C. United (MLS)
    Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
    Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. ET

    39. New England Revolution (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)
    Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:35 p.m. ET


    GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) at New England Revolution (MLS)
    Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

    40. Chicago Fire (MLS) at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)
    Winthrop University Stadium; Rock Hill, S.C.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET


    Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
    Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. CT

    41. Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Orlando City SC (USL PRO)
    Florida Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET


    Ocala Stampede (PDL) at Colorado Rapids (MLS)
    Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. MT

    42. FC Dallas (MLS) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
    Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET


    FC Dallas (MLS) at Laredo Heat SC (PDL)
    Texas A&M International Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas
    Tuesday, May 28, at 8:15 p.m. CT

    43. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
    Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET


    San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL)
    JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. PT

    44. Minnesota United FC (NASL)/Des Moines Menace (PDL)/Madison 56ers (NPSL) winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
    Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. CT

    45. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)/Georgia Revolution (NPSL) winner at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
    Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. MT

    46. Chivas USA (MLS) at L.A. Blues (USL PRO)
    Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. PT


    Chivas USA (MLS) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
    Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.
    Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. PT

    47. LA Galaxy (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
    WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:15 p.m. ET


    LA Galaxy (MLS) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
    Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. ET

    48. Dayton Dutch Lions/Dearborn Stars (USASA) winner at Columbus Crew (MLS)
    Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

    49. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)/Reading United AC (PDL) winner at New York Red Bulls (MLS)
    Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

    50. Houston Dynamo (MLS) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
    Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. CT


    FC Tucson (PDL) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)
    BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. CT

    51. Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
    Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET


    VSI Tampa Bay FC (USL PRO) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)
    Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. PT

    52. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)/Austin Aztex (PDL) winner at Portland Timbers (MLS)
    JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
    Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. PT

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  • 10/11/10--15:14: Getting Back To His Roots
  • USL Feature

    Monday, October 11, 2010


    TAMPA, Fla. – Before the Rochester Rhinos and Carolina RailHawks, for Chris Economides, there was the Kansas City Attack.

    “I actually got my start in professional soccer in the indoor game,” Economides said, speaking at the USL offices. “I was one of the owners of the old Kansas City Attack in the NPSL in the early nineties. One of my early claims to fame was winning an indoor championship in my second season in Kansas City with the Attack beating some of my soon-to-be Rhino players that were members of the Cleveland Crunch.”

    Now the Senior Director of USL PRO is getting back to his indoor roots as the leader of the USL’s I-League, scheduled to begin play in November, 2011. With just over a year until the league’s launch, Economides is confident of finding success both on and off the field for the franchises that make up the league’s inaugural season.

    “I think just as you’ve seen with USL PRO, we’re trying to have a business model that makes sense,” Economides said. “The days of operating with multi-million dollar operating budgets, it just doesn’t make any sense from a financial perspective, from an operational perspective, so I think just as we’ve done with USL PRO, we’re trying to create a business model with the I-League that makes sense, which preaches financial prudence, which preaches income versus expenses.

    “It’s a pretty simple, common sense aspect where your expenses shouldn’t outweigh your income. We’re preaching financial prudence when it comes to the I-League, it will be a very structured budget, not with a lot of high costs.”

    The Rochester Lancers are, as yet, the only confirmed member of the I-League, but Economides expects to have at least eight, and even as many as 12, teams playing in regional competition. The main focus of the league in terms of franchises is currently the Northeast, Mid Atlantic and Midwest regions, but Economides believes that in the long-term, the league could grow across the country.

    “The sky is the limit. If the business model makes sense, if the franchises are profitable, as we grow this it will grow regionally,” Economides said. “As this thing grows, as we build the entire indoor pyramid structure of the USL, we hope to be in over 100 markets in the PDL, W-League and USL PRO perspective.”

    While building a pyramid similar to the one USL currently uses for the outdoor game, incorporating indoor youth leagues and potentially divisions that mirror the PDL and W-League, is part of the long-term strategy, Economides is also aiming to have I-League and USL PRO franchises develop partnerships that would offer the ability to build the brand with year-round exposure from the indoor and outdoor game.

    “As we looked at the overall model of the I-League, I think that’s one of the common synergies that needs to take place,” Economides said. “As we talk to potential I-League markets, we’re hoping that an I-League market will either have a relationship with a USL PRO team or even take it one step further, if a USL PRO market wants to take on and have what I call year-round exposure and year-round opportunity, that’s an ideal scenario to have both the indoor and outdoor operators own the franchises themselves.”

    It would also have a benefit for the players, who would have the ability to move between the two franchises and play year-round.

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    “I think it allows players to make soccer more of a year-round opportunity,” Economides said, “a year-round job to let them focus on their playing career, to let them focus on honing their skills, indoor and outdoor. As we look to build the sport in this country, I think it could be a key aspect that will provide players with year-round employment opportunities.”

    What Economides hopes most of all, though, is that the I-League can bring back the type of entertainment and excitement the sport saw in its heyday.

    “We’re in the entertainment business,” Economides said. “We’re competing with high school sports, we’re competing with movies, we’re competing with a whole host of things, so I think it has to be something that’s family-oriented, that’s family-affordable fun. I envision our ticket prices being very affordable for a family of four to go to a match and then make it an experience for the kids, for mom and dad to have a good time.”

    All this week, look for video conversations with USL Senior Director of USL PRO Chris Economides on the I-League on

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  • 05/16/13--09:06: Menace Advance In Open Cup
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – With a chip over the goalkeeper’s head, Jimmy Tulloch lifted the Des Moines Menace to their first home win in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup since 2006. The Menace got past the Madison 56ers, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Valley Stadium, setting up a second-round matchup at pro side Minnesota United F.C. next Tuesday night. 

    “It feels great to score for the Menace, especially in this tournament that the club takes so much pride in,” Tulloch said.

    The Jamaican forward scored in the 50th minute, following an offensive flurry by the home team. The win snaps a streak of futility in home matches in the national tournament; Des Moines lost Open Cup matches on this field in 2010, 2011 and 2012, by a combined 4-0 margin.

    On the attack for most of the night, the Menace controlled and moved the ball with ease throughout the middle third of the pitch. Des Moines was unable to find the back of the net in the first half, despite launching five shots on goal and receiving eight corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.

    The home team came out with vengeance after halftime, and it paid off just five minutes into the second stanza.

    “I’m happy and relieved,” Mike Jeffries said of his first win as the Menace’s head coach. “Credit to the guys. I thought they did a good job maintaining their composure, pushing in the second half and getting the win.”

    The victory improves the Menace’s all-time Open Cup mark to 9-7, and it sets up a rematch with Minnesota, which knocked Des Moines out of last year’s cup, 2-0.

    “I think our mentality and concentration will be top notch (at Minnesota),” said Jeffries. “Most of the guys here want to play professionally. This is a big opportunity to show themselves in a big game.”

    In the final match of the 2013 Open Cup’s first round – and the only one decided by a 1-0 count – the Menace become the 12th Premier Development League team (out of 16 in the 68-team tournament) to advance to the second round.

    With tonight’s dose of confidence, following a season-opening 1-1 draw at Springfield (Mo.) on May 11, the Menace prepares for its PDL home opener this Saturday against WSA Winnipeg.

    MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies: Jimmy Tulloch, whose goal caught 56ers goalie Ryan Onwukewe out of position. Tulloch is a native of Kingston, Jamaica who prepares for his senior year at Central Florida.

    “Fans can expect a lot of goals from our team this year,” Tulloch said. “We’ve got the speed, the skill, the creativity, a lot of talent. Very exciting to watch.”

    UP NEXT: The Menace plays its second home match in four days. Saturday’s match is preceded by the Menace women’s team’s home opener, at 4:30 p.m., also against WSA Winnipeg. The first 300 fans will receive magnet schedules. All PDL home matches start at 7:30 p.m.

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  • 05/16/13--13:18: Kickers Set To Host Blues
  • Richmond Kickers News Release --

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers continue their two-month long home stand this Friday night when they host the Los Angeles Blues and Ladies Night at City Stadium. The fun begins when the gates open at 6 p.m. with live music from the Salted Dawg Blues Band, boutique vendors and prizes, with the pro game kicking off at 7 p.m.

    “We are looking for an improved performance Friday night,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “We lacked intensity and work ethic last time out and that definitely needs to be on display versus LA. Those traits will be needed as we enter an important part of our season. We need to take advantage of our home stand so we can stay at the top of the standings and make sure we bring another MLS team to Richmond in the US Open Cup.”

    The Kickers enter Friday’s match following a 4-1 win over Antigua Barracuda FC last week. Midfielder Joseph Ngwenya posted a first-half hat trick and midfielder Nate Robinson contributed three assists before Luke Vercollone rounded out the scoring early in the second half to carry the home side to a 4-0-2 record to start the season.

    Meanwhile, the Blues are coming off a 10-day break after a dramatic 4-3 loss to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves. Conceding four goals before the hour mark, the Blues rallied after an own goal in their favor with Shay Spitz and Allan Russell cutting the deficit minutes before the fulltime whistle.

    This weekend, the Blues travel to Richmond for the first game of the 2013 home and away series, facing the Kickers for the fifth time in history. The two clubs last met on July 3, 2013 when the Kickers narrowly defeated the Blues 1-0 at City Stadium to draw the series record even at 1-1-2. Previously, the Blues edged the Kickers 2-1 in Richmond before the two clubs battled to back-to-back scoreless ties in Los Angeles to conclude the 2011 campaign.

    Players to Watch
    Kickers: Midfielder Joseph Ngwenya burst onto the scoring scene last weekend, posting a first half hat trick over Antigua, earning USL PRO Player of the Week honors. With 10 points on the season, he now resides in fourth place in the USL PRO standings after making just four appearances.

    Discovered at the Kickers combine and signing with the pro team just 24 hours before the season opener, Nate Robinson leads the league with five assists, contributing three against Antigua last week. Following his collegiate career at University of Detroit Mercy, the midfielder spent the 2012 season with the Michigan Bucks of the USL Premier Development League.

    Anchoring the Kickers defensive unit to start the season, Conor Shanosky registered his first professional goal with a stoppage-time equalizer in the Kickers thrilling 3-3 tie with Charlotte earlier this month. The 6-foot-4 defender joined the Kickers in April on a season-long loan from D.C. United.

    Blues: Forward George Davis continues to impress following a standout rookie campaign with the Dayton Dutch Lions in 2011 and a brief loan stint with Orlando City in 2012. He currently leads the team with three goals, including a lone tally in the Blues’ stunning 1-0 upset over Orlando City in April.

    Mexican-American midfielder Rodrigo Lopez signed with Los Angeles following an extensive career with Chivas USA and the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. He made eight appearances with Orlando City last season before signing with the Blues, where he has contributed one goal and four assists in his first nine games.

    Goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski leads the league with four shutouts in eight appearances to start the 2013 campaign. He spent time with the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew before signing with Los Angeles in 2012.

    Ladies Night
    This Friday, admission is $5 off at the gate with the donation of household items, personal items, canned and dry goods and gift cards, benefiting Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter. Founded in 2000 in Henrico County, Safe Harbor offers comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, including 24 hour helpline, children/youth services, community education and training, counseling, court advocacy, emergency shelter, and hospital accompaniment.

    In addition to a variety of food and beverage options, boutique vendors will be on site, such as Pandora, Deux Amis Med Spa, Mary Kay, Yohman’s Garden, Mac’s Smack, Bath Fitter, BeautiControl, Relay Foods and more, with Bikram Yoga and Vitality Massage providing demonstrations on the main concourse. Included in the more than $500 in raffle prizes are tickets to the Goochland Wine & Heritage Festival and all ladies in attendance will receive a $5 off coupon to the Kickers' retail trailer at City Stadium.

    The Loveland Distributing expansive outdoor bar area, located on the south side of the concourse, provides the perfect gathering place with a distinct vantage point of the field for fans before and during the game. Then, meet and mingle with the Richmond Kickers pro players at Gus’ Bar & Grill for the official post-game party. Conveniently located at 2701 W. Broad Street, Gus’ Bar & Grill will offer 10% off for all ladies in attendance after the game on May 17.

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    River City Rovers News Release --

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The River City Rovers will host Forest City London, the reigning PDL champions, in their regular-season opener this Saturday night at the Rovers’ new home stadium, the Shelby County Athletic Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    “This is an extraordinary event,” said Rovers coach Muhamed Fazlagic. “The Rovers are only three years in the PDL and already we are opening the season against the national champions.”

    For most of its second season in 2012, the Rovers sat in second place in the PDL's Great Lakes Division, even defeating the Michigan Bucks -- the PDL’s regular-season champion. London edged out River City for second place, and then made a remarkable run through the PDL playoffs, defeating the Carolina Dynamo 2-1 in Greensboro, N.C. in the 2012 PDL Championship Game. The PDL is the fourth-tier of organized soccer in the United States, with the Great Lakes Division’s standard of competition being consistently among the highest in the league.

    “This is a fantastic opportunity to see such competitive soccer right here in Kentucky,” said Rovers Executive Director Pete Laventis.

    Admission for Saturday's season-opener is $7. In honor of Armed Forces Day, active military with ID are free. Free water bottles will be given to the first 100 fans.

    The Rovers, one of 65 teams in the PDL nationwide, showcase the finest area players who currently play for independent club and college soccer teams. Already recognized for its diversity, the Rovers have featured local players from the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Centre College, Notre Dame, Bellarmine, as well as international players from Africa, Ireland, Mexico and Germany.

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    Charlotte Lady Eagles News Release -

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    The Charlotte Lady Eagles are ready to begin their 2013 season on the road Saturday as they travel to face the Atlanta Silverbacks at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Lady Eagles are eager to start strong and clinch three points in the opener.

    The Silverbacks are coming off of a 2-0 victory against the Carolina Elite Cobras, with both goals being scored by returnee Rachel Garcia.

    Lady Eagles Head Coach Lee Horton is back on the sideline for his 14th season.

    "We are a new group, a young team, and we expect to come out with lots of energy and begin our drive to the playoffs," Horton told the team after Monday's practice.

    The Lady Eagles are building cohesion and learning to work hard and play together as new players are reporting to the team.

    The Lady Eagles are led by returning players Amanda Naeher, Macky Wingo and Gloria Douglas in the attacking positions. Leah Fortune returns in midfield, and the defense is anchored by goalkeeper Robyn Jones, 2012 W-League Goalkeeper of the Year finalist. Other players to watch are forward Jamie Achten, outside player McCallie Jones, and defender Maddie Boone.

    Newcomers Jamie Achten and Alison Braun have played alongside Fortune and claimed a national title at Lee University. McKenna Martin and Jordan Hatler join the squad from Baylor University and are expected to make a an impact this season. North Carolina natives Chloe McCleary-Small, Rachel Stelter and Kristin Horton will also represent the Lady Eagles this summer.

    Charlotte was 9-1-2 last season, falling in the conference final against the D.C. United Women (now Washington Spirit Reserves). This season the Lady Eagles are hopeful of going even further in the playoffs.

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