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    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. -- The Long Island Rough Riders defeated the Central Jersey Spartans for the second time in one week on Tuesday night as they took a 1-0 win at Cy Donnelly Stadium. In a game that lacked inspiration for the majority of the game, Tyler Botte secured the win for his side in the 56th minute.

    In their first game after a 3-1 loss to Ocean City, the Rough Riders were determined to close the gap to the Mid Atlantic Division's top teams and attacked the Spartans’ defense from the opening minute. Pressing early and winning many balls in the attacking half, Stephen Roche and Orlando Castaneda recorded early shots for the home team. In the 13th minute, Tom Wharf had an excellent scoring opportunity when Tyler Arnone clipped the ball over the defense and Wharf found himself wide open in front of Spartans goalkeeper John Richards. Wharf’s attempt was saved by Richards, as was another effort by Arnone four minutes later.

    The Rough Riders’ attacking phase came to an end after seven shots in the first 25 minutes. Tyler Botte had the last chance of the first half when he headed a Danny Kramer cross just inches over the crossbar in the 36th minute. While the home side was dominant throughout the first half, their lack of inspiration and precision in the final third kept the game scoreless going into halftime.

    After the intermission the game never reached the intensity of the opening minutes. Neither team was able to gain control due to slow passing and numerous turnovers. Botte continued to stay the most dangerous Rough Riders forward when his header off a Sarle cross narrowly missed the goal in the 54th minute. Only two minutes later, Richards blocked a shot by Dom Iovino from the left corner of the penalty box in front of Botte’s feet. Long Island’s leading scorer this season needed only one touch to convert the rebound for the 1-0 lead.

    Besides a wide open Brian Pereira header in the 59th minute and a rebound opportunity by Kevin Knowles in the 80th minute, neither team was able to create valuable chances beyond Botte's goal, but the Rough Riders were able to walk away with a comfortable victory.

    “It is great to be back to winning ways”, says a relieved Rough Riders head coach Paul Roderick. “Results are sometimes more important than an attractive style of playing and we desperately needed this win.”

    With this victory, the Rough Riders remain in fifth place in the Mid Atlantic Division with 14 points. They were able to close the gap to the teams ahead of them and are back in the run for a highly sought-after playoff spot.

    The Rough Riders will return to action on Saturday, June 29th for another Rough Riders doubleheader. Following the Women’s game against the Washington Spirit Reserves at 5 p.m., the Men’s Team will take on the Westchester Flames at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.liroughriders.com/tickets or at the box office on game day (opens at 4:00pm).


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    Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release -- www.riverhounds.com

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the addition of Terry “Tuffy” Shallenberger to the club’s ownership in a move that will immediately position the club to become one of the nation’s benchmark professional organizations.

    An extremely successful business owner in the field of construction project management, the 46-year-old Shallenberger has played a key role in the development of soccer facilities in his hometown of Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Shallenberger began discussions with The Riverhounds Academy management out of an interest in bringing the technical training model to young players from the Connellsville area.

    The addition of Shallenberger is a powerful step forward in the development of the Riverhounds full professional model, a step that will include the geographic expansion of The Riverhounds Academy into new markets, immediate access to indoor and outdoor facilities for the launch of new skill-based league programming east of the City, state-of-the-art facilities currently in conceptual design phase, corporate sponsorship to support youth players involved in the highly successful Riverhounds Academy system, and new permanent staffing to offer unparalleled resources to local athletes as the area’s only professional soccer organization.

    Shallenberger officially marks his new position within the ownership group of the 14-year-old club in extremely exciting fashion, bringing the first-ever international soccer match to Highmark Stadium and setting the red-hot Hounds against current F.A. Cup holders, Wigan Athletic F.C. of England.

    The July 19 match will be the first international friendly in downtown Pittsburgh since AS Roma fell to Chelsea at Heinz Field in July of 2004, in front of 25,137 fans. Immediately following the match, Pyrotecnico will dazzle all in attendance with an amazing fireworks display, capping off a truly memorable sports event in America’s most passionate sports city.

    The intimate seating, majestic views of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline, and a full array of beers from around the globe will enhance the international sporting experience at America’s newest soccer stadium. The night before the match, Wigan will take to the field for a training session led by recently hired manager and ex-Irish international, Owen Coyle. Coyle, previously with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League, will make the team available for autographs and photo opportunities following the session, including the chance for fans to snap shots with the F.A. Cup trophy.

    According to Riverhounds CEO, Jason Kutney, the two-night event, which will provide an up close and personal fan experience with top level pro players, is an indication of what the Riverhounds are all about, and the direction they are heading with Shallenberger on board.

    “Tuffy is 100% in this to push the game forward through unique soccer opportunities in a world-class professional environment,” said Kutney. “He is a self-made success story who has a vision that completely aligns with our own. This is an enormous step forward for the game of soccer in Western Pennsylvania and I truly believe people will look back on this as a pivotal moment for the evolution of the game in our market.”

    Individual and group ticket packages will be going on sale for the international friendly on Monday, July 1. However, as part of a special pre-sale event for all current Personal Seat License (PSL) holders and members of the Club’s Supporters Group, the Steel Army, secure ticketing options will open on Friday so as to provide a first-shot at tickets that are expected to sell out very quickly. The opportunity to watch one of England’s most well-known Clubs take on Pittsburgh’s pro team will make for an amazing experience for all soccer fans, many of whom are expected to be driving in from outside areas to take in the event.

    “This is a must-see for any fan of the game,” said Kutney, who on Friday was honored as the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. “To bring one of the world’s top Clubs to Pittsburgh, to play within a first-class facility like Highmark Stadium, and to add a brilliant fireworks show following the match, this will be an absolute treat for any sports fan, and a fitting way to introduce the new-look Riverhounds ownership group to Pittsburgh!”

    Wigan is currently the holder of England’s most storied trophy, the FA Cup, following their 1-0 defeat of Manchester City at the end of the 2012-2013 season. In winning the Cup, Wigan has earned a spot in the UEFA Europa League where they will compete against Europe’s top Club in the coming year.

    “This is such a great opportunity for the Riverhounds organization, its pro team, and all Hounds fans to take in a game of the highest level right here in our own back yard, at our very own, brand new stadium. As a soccer fan, I am not sure what else you could really want - it is quite simply going to be a spectacular night for all to enjoy,” stated Riverhounds Head Coach, Justin Evans.

    Shallenberger will join Kutney and other members of the ownership group at the end of July, heading to Kansas City for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. There, the group will convene with USL Pro ownership and management and will enter into dialogue with Major League Soccer in order to ensure the Pittsburgh side is doing its part to align with the highest standards of the domestic game.

    “It is important that the Pittsburgh Riverhounds develop a tradition of winning, and for this to happen, there needs to be a sharp focus on what it takes to be the best and the resources to reach and sustain that point must be made available,” commented Shallenberger. “I believe this Club is headed in the right direction and is doing things the right way, focusing on quality, and I am committed to helping us reach the next level.”

    Due to the international friendly, the Riverhounds USL PRO match against the Wilmington Hammerheads that is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. If patrons are unable to make the rescheduled game, Ticketmaster will provide a full refund to them. More information will be sending an email to all patrons who have currently purchased tickets regarding information for the July 20 game change.

    To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. 


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  • 06/27/13--12:17: King's Warriors Defeat Chaos
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors won their second straight contest on Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over the West Virginia Chaos at Carter Field in Beckley. The King's Warriors' win allowed Southern West Virginia to capture the annual Coal Cup Clash series with the Chaos for the first time in club history. The King's Warriors defeated the Chaos twice this season in the three-game series to take the Coal Cup Clash trophy for a year. The Chaos won the inaugural Coal Cup Clash series last season.

    Southern West Virginia scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead through the first 34 minutes. Curt Hays scored his second in as many games off an unselfish assist by Billy Forbes to cap off a two-on-none break in the 15th minute.

    The King's Warriors made it 2-0 in the 34th minute as Forbes placed a perfect shot into the lower-right corner of the Chaos goal past West Virginia goalkeeper Tyler Atwell.

    The Chaos (4-5-2) closed the gap as leading scorer James Pucci headed in his ninth goal of the season off an assist by Jose Noriega to make it 2-1 at the half.

    Both teams had chances in the second half, but Southern West Virginia (3-4-0) got its third goal in the 80th minute for a 3-1 advantage. Joe Jackson made a 60-yard run at full steam, worked his way around a Chaos defender and found Zari Prescod all alone in front of an open net.

    Southern West Virginia goalie Stephen Moffitt earned his first win while facing eight shots and making two saves.

    NEXT HOME GAME: The King's Warriors will meet the Virginia Beach Paranhas at home on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Carter Field at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.


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    Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Orlando City SC fell to Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Chicago Fire 5-1 on Wednesday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals. The loss ended the team’s impressive run in the tournament as the last USL PRO team standing, and the deepest run in the club's history after a pair of victories against MLS opposition.

    The Fire got on the board early, with forward Chris Rolfe on the receiving end of a well-placed ball from Dilly Duka in the 6th minute. Duka found Rolfe at the top of the six, whipping in a cross past Orlando goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo for the 1-0 advantage.

    After the early score, Orlando settled down, gaining possession while making key defensive stops against the MLS side. One of those stops included a save by Gallardo in the 29th minute as Patrick Nyarko’s laser inside the 18-yard-box deflected up and out of danger by the 2011 USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year.

    Orlando equalized in the second half, with Kevin Molino whipping a low, driven cross in the box to defender Rob Valentino, who put the ball past former UCF Knight Sean Johnson in the lower-right corner, tying the match at 1-1 in the 53rd minute.

    A few minutes later the Fire responded, with fancy footwork by Nyarko resulting in Chicago’s second score of the night. The speedy midfielder took the ball away from the Lions’ backline, slotting it past Gallardo on the left side for a 2-1 Chicago lead.

    The Fire added to their lead in the 64th minute, with Rolfe slotting home his second goal after chipping the ball up and over Gallardo. Jeff Larentowicz began the play with a through-ball to the forward in space, with Rolfe converting for the third Chicago goal.

    Orlando went down to 10 men in the 73rd minute after defender Yann Songo’o received a red card for denying Joel Lindpere a scoring opportunity, leaving the Lions down a man with a little over 15 minutes to play. Adama Mbengue was also sent off in the 87th minute due to a red card, leaving Orlando with a big disadvantage heading into the closing parts of the match. Two more Chicago goals were scored in the 83rd and 90th minutes by Chicago’s Mike Magee and Joel Lindpere, respectively, pushing the Fire to a 5-1 advantage and victory.

    The Lions return to regular-season action this Saturday night against the unbeaten Richmond Kickers (7-0-5) at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with tickets starting at just $15.

    For more info on the match, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com.


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    Southern West Virginia News Release -- www.wvkingswarriors.org

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors are set to host the West Virginia Chaos on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Carter Field at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex. Wednesday's clash between the King's Warriors and Chaos is a makeup game from Tuesday, June 18 which was postponed due to bad weather causing unplayable conditions at Carter Field.

    "As a Christian organization and with respect to the churches in our area that offer Wednesday evening services, it is our general policy not to schedule home games on Wednesdays," said Dr. James Blume Jr., the Founder and President of the King's Warriors ownership group, the Nehemiah Group. "However, this game is a makeup game from the June 18 match that was postponed and was rescheduled by the United Soccer Leagues for this date. Because of the unusual circumstances we have agreed to play on Wednesday, but moving forward we will continue our policy of not scheduling home games on Wednesdays."

    Wednesday's game will be the deciding game in the 2013 "Coal Cup Clash" series between the two teams. Southern West Virginia took a 3-1 win against the Chaos in the season-opener played on May 18 in Beckley, while West Virginia took a 4-0 victory against the King's Warriors on May 28 in Charleston.

    Southern West Virginia (2-4-0) will looks for its second win in a row after snapping a four-game losing streak last Friday in a 3-2 home victory over the SC United Bantams. Harry Sherwood, Curt Hays and Billy Forbes all scored for the King's Warriors while Southern West Virginia goalie Erik Mozzo earned the win in net making two saves while facing five shots.

    The Chaos (4-4-2) are coming off a two-game road trip to Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach. Last Friday, the Royals shut out West Virginia 2-0. Saturday night the Chaos scored in stoppage time on a James Pucci goal to earn a 1-1 tie against the Piranhas. 

    Wednesday's game will conclude the 2013 three-game season series between the two in-state rivals. Lifetime the King's Warriors are 1-3-0 versus West Virginia.

    NEXT HOME GAME: Following Wednesday's makeup with the West Virginia Chaos, the King's Warriors next home game will be this Saturday night at 7 p.m. when Southern West Virginia will host the Virginia Beach Piranhas at Carter Field at the YMCA's Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.

    KING'S WARRIORS TICKET INFO: Tickets for all King's Warriors home games at Carter Field at the YMCA's Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex in Beckley are available by calling the team's office at (304) 466-9080, or by e-mail at wvkingswarriors@yahoo.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

    Single-game tickets are priced at $8 for adults, $5 for students 16 years of age and under, and $5 for senior citizens 60 and over. Adult tickets purchased at least one day in advance of the match will be discounted to $5. Season tickets are also available and will be pro-rated for the four remaining regular-season home games in the 2013 season.


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

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers U-23s play host to a pair of league matches this weekend, facing the Washington Crossfire on Friday at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas, Wash., at 7 p.m. (Pacific), and then Victoria Highlanders FC at Hare Field in Hillsboro, Ore., on Sunday at 12 noon (Pacific).

    Additionally, the Timbers U-23s will play the Martinique National Team in a friendly on Saturday at Portland’s Buckman Field at 7 p.m. (Pacific). The match is open to the public.

    Sunday’s match against Highlanders FC will feature two of the top teams in the Premier Development League’s Northwest Division. Victoria (7-1-1, 22pts) overtook the Timbers U-23s (6-1-2, 20pts) for first place in the division with a 2-1 win over the Kitsap Pumas on June 23. The Timbers U-23s sit just two points back of Highlanders FC in second place entering the weekend.

    The Timbers U-23s have won all four of their home matches during the regular season and have yet to concede a goal, posting a 360-minute home shutout streak in 2013. The Timbers U-23s extended their home winning streak to four games on June 22, as midfielder Zach Barnes converted a first-half penalty kick in a 1-0 victory against Kitsap at Alder Creek Middle School.

    The Timbers U-23s and Crossfire (2-5-1, 7pts) meet for the second and final time during the regular season. Washington handed Portland its only loss of the season with a 1-0 win at Redmond High School on June 5. The loss came despite an 11-4 shot advantage for the Timbers U-23s.

    The Crossfire have lost three of their last four matches since defeating the Timbers U-23s, and have been shut out in all three losses. In sixth place in the division, Washington as tallied just four goals this season, but ranks among Western Conference leaders defensively, having surrendered only seven goals during the regular season.

    The matchup between the Timbers U-23s and Highlanders FC will pit the Western Conference’s leading offense against one of the conference’s best defensive teams. Led by forward Jordan Hughes, Victoria has scored 24 goals in nine matches and has registered at least two goals in each match this season. Portland’s defense is tied for the fewest goals allowed (4) in the Western Conference and goalkeeper David Meves has recorded a PDL-leading six shutouts.

    Victoria visits Portland as part of a five-game road stretch, which also will include a match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 on Friday at Thunderbird Stadium. Whitecaps FC U-23 handed Highlanders FC its lone loss earlier this season in a 5-3 win on May 31. On a four-game winning streak, Highlanders FC has yet to suffer defeat on the road this season.

    The Timbers U-23s are 5-4-1 in the all-time series against the Crossfire. In the all-times series against Highlanders FC, the Timbers U-23s are 4-1-3. Portland and Victoria wrap up the 2013 season series between the teams on Saturday, July 13, at Royal Athletic Park. 


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    W-League News Release

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 7 of the 2013 season today, honoring Pali Blues midfielder Mele French as Player of the Week after she scored twice in a 3-0 win against the Seattle Sounders Women. The win moved the Blues within a point of the Western Conference-leading Sounders with a game in hand.

    French, a University of Oregon grad, opened the scoring for the Blues in the 15th minute against the Sounders, picking up a pass by Samantha Mewes and volleying home a finish off the right post. French then doubled Pali’s lead 11 minutes later as a cross by Sarah Killion found French on the left side of the penalty area, where she was able to create enough space for a curling shot into the top-right corner of the net.

    French is joined in the Team of the Week midfield by Fredericksburg’s Shaniece Thorpe, who helped create a pair of goals in the Impact’s 3-2 win against Long Island, and London’s Jessica Bujouves, who recorded a pair of assists in her side’s 2-2 draw with Toronto.

    VSI Tampa Bay FC’s Tori Abnathy is honored for scoring both goals in her side’s 2-1 win against Charlotte, and fellow two-goal scorer Jessica Fucello was also named to the Team of the Week’s forward line as she led the New Jersey Wildcats past the New York Magic – F.A. Euro. Virginia Beach’s Shan Jones completes the attacking trio after recording a goal and an assist as the Piranhas defeated Long Island.

    French’s Pali teammate Anna Picarelli is named to the goalkeeper’s berth as she had a seven-save shutout in the Blues’ victory against Seattle, while a quartet of defenders is led by North Jersey’s Arielle Aikens after she helped the Valkyries earn a point in a 0-0 draw with the Washington Spirit Reserves. Washington’s Jennifer Skogerboe also earns selection after the Spirit Reserves recorded a pair of shutouts during the week, while London’s Krista Lee and Laval’s Marie-Pier Gougeon also earned selection, with Gougeon having recorded a pair of assists in the Comets’ victory against Quebec City.

    W-League Team of the Week

    Pos

    Player 

    Team

    Highlights

    GK

    Anna Picarelli

    Pali

    Made 7 saves in 3-0 shutout of Seattle

    D

    Krista Lee

    London

    Helped London shut out Laval

    D

    Jennifer Skogerboe

    Washington

    Scored a goal, helped shut out both LI and North Jersey

    D

    Arielle Aikens

    North Jersey

    Led D that shut out high-scoring Spirit Reserves

    D

    Marie-Pier Gougeon

    Laval

    Pair of assists, helped lead defense to shutout vs. QC

    M

    Jessica Bujouves

    London

    Assisted on both goals, excellent D in 2-2 tie with Toronto

    M

    Mele French

    Pali

    Scored twice in huge 3-0 win vs. Sounders

    M

    Shaniece Thorpe

    Fredericksburg

    Helped create two goals in 3-2 win vs. Long Island

    F

    Tori Abnathy

    VSI Tampa Bay

    Scored both goals in 2-1 comeback win at Charlotte

    F

    Jessica Fucello

    New Jersey

    Scored twice in 3-1 win vs. NY

    F

    Shan Jones

    Virginia Beach

    Goal, assist as Piranhas r

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Honorable Mention
    Laval - Catherine Charron-Delage; London - Miranda Horn; Long Island - Grace Hawkins; Los Angeles - Melissa Fernandez; New Jersey - Rachael Ivanicki, Carlie Till; North Jersey - Leanne Champ, Alicia Tirelli, Julie Vajda; Ottawa - Amanda Fancher; Santa Clarita - Diane Hare; Seattle - Erin McNulty; Toronto - Furtuna Velaj.


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

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Phoenix FC will make its first ever trip to City Island to face the Harrisburg City Islanders on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Skyline Sports Complex. The City Islanders will be aiming to bounce back from a tough defeat in their last outing as they try to close the gap at the top of the USL PRO standings on Orlando City against the Wolves.

    Phoenix currently sits in second to last place in the league but have been competitive in every single game this season. They have lost a total of nine games but seven of them have been by one-goal differences. They have also had three ties in their inaugural season in USL PRO. With half of the season left and almost every team still in the playoff hunt, this is a huge game for the Wolves.

    The Islanders, although still in second place behind Orlando City, have been falling short and not looking as sharp as of late. This game comes after the Islanders let a 2-0 lead to their cross-state rival, Pittsburgh, slip away in the second half. The match with Phoenix comes at the end of a very long homestand for the Islanders, in which the Islanders have gone 2-2 in league play.

    The Islanders have a chance to strengthen their grip on second plce in USL PRO on Friday night as they take on a team that has been in every game but has often fallen short. Phoenix has only scored 14 goals in their 16 games and have failed to score in five games. Three of them have been 0-0 draws. Their games have all come down to the wire and have been competitive.

    Last Friday, the Islanders scored two quick goals in the first 25 minutes with Jimmy McLaughlin and Tom Mellor looking quick early on in the game. Mellor has had a stretch of solid games where he has been creating quality chances for everyone else on the pitch, on Friday he did it himself. McLaughlin was his speedy, pesky self in front of goal, which paid off. Sainey Touray was able to net his eight goal of the season to stay third in USL PRO in goals.

    The Islanders will also host their fourth microbrew night on the Island on Friday night with this week's guest being the Boston Beer Company. Each brew night has been a success this season and this brewery is no slouch. When you arrive on the Island make sure to head back to the beer garden located next to the concession stand for your free pint glass. Only the first 100 will get one! You might be surprised at what Boston Beer decides to bring. In addition all fans will receive a free TGI Friday’s magnet and free appetizer coupons at the front gate.

    For information and ticket please visit www.cityislanders.com or call (717)-441-GOAL.


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    MBS News Release

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – Major Beach Soccer is proud to announce the renewal of its partnership with Farpost Soccer Company as the official Major Beach Soccer goal supplier through the 2013 season. British Columbia-based Farpost Soccer Company returns for a third season as the official goal supplier of Major Beach Soccer, and also becomes a strategic partner of United Soccer Leagues.

    “MBS is extremely lucky to have a partner such as Farpost Soccer Company to help us grow the game of beach soccer in North America,” MBS Founder and Director Peter Mellor said. “Farpost Soccer goals provide our events with goals that are durable, mobile, flexible and easy to set up and take down, which adds tremendous professionalism and efficiency to our operation.”

    Founded in 1999, Farpost Soccer Company started with the idea of creating a safe, portable goal that would be easy to transport, set up and take down. Today, more than 600 clubs throughout North America utilize Farpost goals for their programs including the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer and the Manchester United Soccer Schools.

    “We are proud to support Major Beach Soccer and USL,” Farpost Soccer Company Owner Michael Cash said. “Being part of this event on an ongoing basis allows us the opportunity to reach new players and fans of the sport while displaying the versatility of our products. It’s all about the love of the game to us.”

    Major Beach Soccer is in its 23rd year of bringing the top beach soccer tournament action to Florida’s shores. Registration is open at www.majorbeachsoccer.com for this year’s remaining qualifying tournaments in Clearwater Beach (July 12-14) and Fort Myers Beach (July 27-28).

    The third annual MBS National Championship will set the bar even higher in 2013 with the addition of the Coed Over 30 Division to go along with the U14 through U18 boys and girls divisions. The inaugural MBS National Championship in 2011 featured 12 teams, with that number growing to 38 in 2012.

    MBS is also supported by Nike, Saint Leo University, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, Volusia County, the Lee County Sports Authority, Soccer on the Beach, Soccer in the Sand and the Long Island Rough Riders.


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    PDL News Release

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its Team of the Week for the eighth week of the season today, with Western Mass Pioneers forward Alencar Junior being honored as the Player of the Week. Junior, a native of Brazil, had five goals in two games as the Pioneers joined the race for the playoffs in the Northeast Division as they reached the midway point of their season.

    Junior opened the week on Wednesday night by leading the Pioneers to a 4-1 victory against the Real Boston Rams as he scored the opening goal in the 27th minute to put his side ahead. After Tommaso D’Agostino doubled Western Mass’ lead before halftime, Junior put the game away in the second half as he scored a pair of goals eight minutes apart to complete his hat trick.

    Three days later, Junior had both goals in a 2-1 victory against the Vermont Voltage. After Junior gave the Pioneers a 15th-minute lead, Western Mass appeared to be on its way to a draw after Vermont pulled level early in the second half. Junior was able to grab victory for the Pioneers as he scored in the 89th minute. Western Mass now sits three points behind both the GPS Portland Phoenix and the Ottawa Fury, but with a game in hand, as the three teams enter the second half of the PDL season.

    Junior was joined by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23’s Bobby Jhutty, who had a hat trick and an assist in his side’s 4-2 win against the Sounders FC U-23 on Friday night, and Baltimore’s Pete Caringi, who had a hat trick in the Bohemians’ win against the F.A. Euro – New York Magic on Saturday night.

    Oklahoma City FC goalkeeper Bryan Byars was honored after recording a six-save shutout in his side’s 0-0 draw with the previously perfect Austin Aztex, and he was joined by a trio of defenders led by Virginia Beach’s Shaun Russell, who scored the only goal in the Piranhas’ 1-0 win against the Carolina Dynamo. Thunder Bay’s Axel Sjoberg was also selected after he scored two goals in the Chill’s 5-2 win against Springfield on Saturday night, while Jersey’s Lebo Pila was honored after played a decisive role in the Express’ 2-0 win against the Ocean City Nor’easters.

    Michigan’s Matt Walker led a quartet of midfielders honored after he recorded two goals and four assists in the Bucks’ two wins that put them on top of the Great Lakes Division. Ventura County’s Anthony Salciccia was also selected after leading the Fusion to a pair of wins with three goals in two games during the week, while Toronto’s Maxim Kowal was honored after rallying the Lynx with two goals in a 3-2 victory against K-W United. Fresno’s Paul Islas continued his outstanding season, and was selected after helping the Fuego remain undefeated with a 3-1 win against FC Tucson.

    PDL Team of the Week

    Pos

    Player 

    Team

    Highlights

    GK

    Bryan Byars

    Oklahoma City

    Recorded six-save shutouts as OKC drew with Austin

    D

    Shaun Russell

    Virginia Beach

    Had only goal, and played key role in shutout, against Carolina

    D

    Axel Sjoberg

    Thunder Bay

    Pair of goals helped Chill remain perfect by defeating Springfield

    D

    Lebo Plia

    Jersey

    Was integral to containing Ocean City attack in 2-0 victory

    M

    Matt Walker

    Michigan

    Had two goals, four assists as Bucks took pair of victories

    M

    Paul Islas

    Fresno

    Scored a goal, added assist as Fresno downed Tucson

    M

    Maxim Kowal

    Toronto

    Came off bench to score twice, key 3-2 win against K-W United

    M

    Anthony Salciccia

    Ventura County

    Had three goals in two games as Fusion won pair of games

    F

    Alencar Junior

    Western Mass

    Had five goals in two games as Pioneers earned two victories

    F

    Bobby Jhutty

    Vancouver

    Scored a hat trick to lead Whitecaps U-23 past Sounders U-23

    F

    Pete Caringi

    Baltimore

    Recorded a hat trick as Bohemians remained in playoff race

    Honorable Mention – Austin: Eddie Campbell, Walker Hume; Baltimore: Marquez Fernandez; Boston: Ali Sozeri; Bradenton: Mark Magee, Zak Boggs; Carolina: Sebastian Ibeagha, Hakan Ilhan; CFC Azul: Mark Grant; Des Moines: Nico Wright; Fresno: Nick Murphy, Tyler Reinhart; Jersey: Brayan Martinez, Joseph Ovenseri; Kansas City: Michael Oakley, Nick McDonald; Kitsap: Neil Shaffer; K-W United: Tomislav Zadro, Jack Warburton; LA Misioneros: Vincent Weijl; Laredo: Daniel Garza, Greg Mulamba; London: Jordan Ayris, Aaron Boyd; Michigan: Gerald Ben, Kevin Cope; Mississippi: Cedric Muteshi; North Sound: Brady Ballew, Ryan Herman; Northern Virginia: Eber Martinez; Ocala: Jack Bailey, Kenny Hogg; Ocean City: Dwayne Reid; Orlando: David Graydon, Tyler Blackwood; Portland: Zach Barnes; Reading: Jimmy Ockford; River City: Lepe Seetane; SC United: Danny Cates; Southern West Virginia: Billy Forbes; Tampa Bay: Ricardo Webb, Stivan Salinas; Thunder Bay: Pedro Adan, Sunny Omoregie; Toronto: Callum Home, Mackenzie Wilde; Tucson: Gabe Silveira; Ventura County: Harrison Delbridge, Mark Knight; Virginia Beach: Charles Nweke; Washington: Spencer Richey; West Texas: Len Smith, David Gonzalez; West Virginia: James Pucci.


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    Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City (USL PRO) and Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer) announced Thursday that forward Dom Dwyer will be recalled from the Lions, returning to Kansas City today. Dwyer holds the USL PRO all-time single-season scoring record with 15 goals through 13 games.

    “We are always aware of the loan agreement that they (Sporting) could call him up,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “We respect that decision and it’s something we knew that could happen. He’s a great kid to have around with a great personality, but we are going to continue on with our season. It’s time for one or two players to step up and continue that goal scoring Dom brought to the team.”

    The striker broke the scoring record, originally held by Jhonny Arteaga of FC New York, back on June 7 against Phoenix FC. Dwyer has a total of 18 goals in all competitions in 2013, a franchise record for goals in a single season. In USL PRO action, Dwyer totalled 1,017 minutes and 31 points.

    Dwyer, 22, was one of four Sporting KC players loaned to Orlando City in March along with Christian Duke, Jon Kempin and Yann Songo’o. A Generation Adidas signing, Dwyer was selected by Sporting KC in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of South Florida (USF). He made two MLS appearances (including playoffs) during his rookie season in addition to minutes in nine MLS Reserve League games and two international friendlies.

    Dwyer will be available for selection this Saturday when Sporting Kansas City hosts the Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. CT at Sporting Park.

    Orlando also announced the addition of Phoenix FC defender Renan Boufleur on loan to the Lions for the remainder of the 2013 season. Boufleur will be available for selection as Orlando takes on the visiting Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

    The Brazil native has appeared in 15 games this season for the expansion Phoenix side, totalling 1,289 minutes – good for fifth best on the team. The Wolves are currently 2-9-5 in 2013, compiling 11 points in the league table. Boufler began playing professionally in 2008 with renowned club Santos FC. Following a season with Belgium’s RSC Anderlecht in 2009, Boufleur joined the USL PRO’s Phoenix FC for its inaugural season.

    The loan boosts the Orlando City backline, which saw Kieron Bernard retire on April 30 due to injuries. Orlando has only allowed 11 goals through 13 games played in 2013, good for second best in the league behind the Kickers.


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    K-W United News Release -- www.kwunitedfc.com

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    WATERLOO, Ontario -- K-W United FC is excited to announce a friendly match with world-renowned Portuguese club, Sporting Lisbon on July 17th at Budd Park in Kitchener, Ont.

    Sporting will be holding their preseason training in Alliston, Ont., at Nottawasaga Inn and will be bringing their first team for a pair of exhibition matches against teams in Southern Ontario. 

    Sporting Club de Portugal has won 18 Portuguese Championships and a European Cup Winners Cup in their over 100 years of existence. Sporting is well known for their system of player development, including international superstars such as Christiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo. Sporting will play K-W United FC in their inaugural season.

    "This is a coup for our club and the region," United President Barry MacLean said. "K-W has never hosted a team of the calibre of Sporting and we are excited to have the opportunity to compete with such a skillful and quality soccer club."

    Sporting are slated to play K-W United FC at Budd Park in Kitchener on July 17 at 6:30 pm. Sporting will also play at BMO Field in Toronto on July 21 against Uruguayan champions Penarol. Tickets for the K-W United friendly will go on sale early next week, on July 1, through Ticketmaster and online atwww.kwunitedfc.com.

    Any questions or concerns can be relayed through the Director of Communications, Shelby Blackley, atsblackley@kwunitedfc.com or the Director of Marketing, Gill Heidary, at gheidary@kwunitedfc.com.


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    Long Island Rough Riders News Release - www.liroughriders.com

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    PLAINVIEW, N.Y. - The Long Island Rough Riders will host the season's final PDL/W-League doubleheader on Saturday at Cy Donnelly Stadium in South Huntington. The women will take on the Washington Spirit Reserves at 5 p.m. and the men kick off against the Westchester Flames at 7:30.

    The W-League Rough Riders are coming off a devastating three-game road trip. After losing to the Washington Spirit Reserves, the Virginia Beach Piranhas and the Fredericksburg Impact, the Rough Riders fell behind in the race for a sought-after playoff spot. Additionally, two key players - Kim DeCesare and Sue Weber - suffered ankle injuries and will miss the game against the Reserves.

    With their three losses, the Rough Riders sit in third place in the Northeastern Conference with 12 points. They are four points behind the Piranhas and the Spirit Reserves, who both have a game in hand.

    Washington has proven to be one of the toughest opponents of the season, as it is currently tied for first place with 16 points. Spirit Reserves forward Amber Stobbs has recorded three goals and seven assists in seven games, and midfielder Katie Yensen and forward Ashley Herndon have each scored three goals. The Reserves are coming off a scoreless tie against the North Jersey Valkyries this past weekend in which they outshot the Valkyries 10-3 but could not capitalize on their chances or break through the strong Valkyries defense.

    Long Island and Washington met for the first time last week, when the Rough Riders fell short 2-0. Their plan to dominate the center of the field became more difficult after defender Weber rolled her ankle and had to be carried off the field. Stobbs scored in the 17th minute off a precise cross by Katie Yensen. Minutes after the first goal, midfielder DeCesare also rolled her ankle and joined Weber on the bench. Jenn Skogerboe completed the scoring with her goal in second-half stoppage time.

    The PDL Rough Riders are coming off a 1-0 win against the Central Jersey Spartans on Tuesday night. In an uninspired game, Tyler Botte made the difference when he one-touched the ball into the back of the net after a Dom Iovino shot rebounded right to his feet.
    The Rough Riders are currently in fifth place with 14 points in the Mid Atlantic Division. They were able to close the gap on the teams ahead of them and are back in the run for a playoff spot.

    The Westchester Flames are having a difficult season thus far. They are currently in ninth place with one point in the division. Having conceded 34 goals, the Flames' vulnerability lies in their defense. They are led by midfielders Richard Heredia, Housainou Ogoo and forward Rilwan Salawu, who have each contributed to the Flames' seven goals this season.

    In their last match on Wednesday, the Flames were defeated 4-1 by first-place Reading United. Forward Mario Pinto-Neto (two goals) and defender Damion Lowe (goal) gave Reading the 3-0 lead going into the half. United came out strong in the second half and Pinto added another goal to complete his hat trick. In the closing minutes of the game, Flames midfielder Michael Abraham tallied a goal, completing the score.

    The Rough Riders and the Flames met twice in the 2012 season. In the first meeting the Rough Riders traveled to Westchester and defeated the Flames 1-0 in a close match in which both teams had several scoring opportunities. Danny Kramer converted in the 40th minute to give the Rough Riders the victory.In the return match at Cy Donnelly Stadium, the Rough Riders defeated the Flames 5-1 as Ben Arikian scored two goals in the first half and another in the second half, completing his hat trick.


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    Dayton Dutch Lions News Release -- www.dutchlionsfc.com

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    DAYTON, Ohio – After a road trip that included a draw against Phoenix and a win over Los Angeles, the Dayton Dutch Lions return home to face the Charlotte Eagles on Friday evening at Beavercreek Stadium. Dayton was able to stay ahead of Charlotte in the USL PRO standings last weekend thanks to the four points the Dutch Lions earned out west. The Eagles, though, are only one point behind the Dutch Lions.

    The Dutch Lions have strung together eight games in a row without suffering a defeat, which has run their record to 6-2-4. With 22 points to their credit, Dayton sits in sixth place in the league. With only three points separating the fifth through ninth place teams, the Dutch Lions realize the importance of every contest.

    Charlotte was one of the last two undefeated teams in the league before dropping consecutive matches a few weeks ago. The Eagles have rebounded from that mini-slump by earning eight points over their last four matches, including victories over the Chicago Fire Reserves and VSI Tampa Bay FC.

    This will be the first match-up between the Dutch Lions and the Eagles this season. The teams competed in a home-and-away series last season. Both games resulted in draws, including a 2-2 finish at Dayton in which the Eagles rallied to find the equalizer in the waning moments.

    The Dutch Lions game against the Eagles will be the main event in a full evening of soccer at Beavercreek Stadium. The women of the Dutch Lions W-League team will host the Atlanta Silverbacks at 4:30 p.m. The men are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. For ticket information, please visit www.daytondutchlionsfc.com.


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  • 06/28/13--15:14: Fresno Makes Return To Form
  • PDL Feature

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    FRESNO, Calif. - Few clubs promise the atmosphere that the Fresno Fuego can provide. The longstanding PDL club from central California has featured some of the highest attendances and loudest fans in the league over the years. Their success off the pitch can be directly tied to their success on it. The Fuego have won the Southwest Division three times and reached the playoffs six times since 2003, as well as a U.S. Open Cup run that saw them reach the fourth round in their inaugural season before being eliminated by the LA Galaxy.

    However, the 2012 season was not what Fresno had hoped for. The Fuego finished third in the division, just outside the playoff cut, even though they managed a solid 27 points.

    “Last year left a bitter-sweet taste in our mouths,” said Fresno Fuego Captain Gaston Cignetti. “We started well in our first games and had a good run in the U.S. Open Cup. But the demanding traveling and accumulation of games while trying to play two tournaments can sometimes hurt you if you don’t have a deep roster. We suffered some injuries and lost some important points where we shouldn’t have. At the end of the year you look back at some games and you know where you could have done better.”

    “Last year was a transition year,” Head Coach Scott Alcorn said. “Young players got valuable playing time…We only had two games last year with same starting 11. But, our young players still learned a lot.”
    Cignetti’s 12 years of PDL experience, 11 of which have been with Fresno, make him one of the most seasoned players on the team and in the league. A tough box-to-box player, Cignetti has cashed in on five points in seven games this year. According to his coaches and peers, Cignetti turns 50/50 balls into something more like 60/40.

    No newcomer to the Fuego either, Alcorn has been with Fresno since 2007. In the five-and-a-half seasons since Alcorn took the reins the Fuego have posted a 66-28-19 record, making them one of the league’s most successful franchises. Fresno has had a history of success on the field but one prize remains elusive, the PDL Championship.

    “We’ve won the [conference] and division championships in the past. Even though these are great accomplishments I believe that we owe our fans and the Fuego organization a national title, and I think the rest of the club is looking for the same,” Cignetti said.

    The 2013 season has brought high hopes for the Californian club. Currently the Fuego top the division with 25 points and are one of four undefeated teams left in the league.

    “[Paul Islas] is the type of player that gives you the edge,” Cignetti said. “With him it’s like coming out 1-0 from the locker room. Islas also found a great partner up top with Tyler Reinhart.”

    Alcorn echoed Cignetti’s statements.

    “In our team all 26 players have a role and they do it well,” he said. “This is a humble group. No one really wants the spotlight. But with that being said we count on a few players to impact the game. Paul Islas is a pro. He’s dangerous every time he touches the ball. Tyler Reinhart has grown into one of the elite target forwards in the league.”

    So far this season Islas has put away seven goals and notched five assists and target-man Reinhart has put away five goals of his own and equaled Islas in assists. However, attack will only take a team so far. Fresno has improved from a struggling defense last year that gave up 24 goals to an elite unite that has conceded just four times in 2013.

    “Nick Murphy was our best addition this year. He’s the best central defender I’ve seen in this league,” Alcorn said. “Beau Diaz in goal is the reason our goals-against average is one of the best in the PDL. He’s made one or two big saves each game to keep us in the game until we put it away. And of course our team captain Gaston Cignetti. Our most veteran player leads by example. He wins most 50/50 balls and dominates in the air… His passion for Fresno Fuego is unmatched.”

    “It’s not for nothing that people say great defense wins championships,” Cignetti said of his teammates on the backline.

    Such a quick turnaround is quite the feat. Alcorn pointed out General Manager Jeremy Schultz and his assistant coaches as pivotal in Fresno’s rebound.

    “After last year [Schultz] asked what I needed to improve our 8-5-3 record. Our local talent was running thin. I needed some out of town players to fill some spots. Ownership provided two apartments and Jeremy brought in six new players. This is the first year we’ve had apartments to offer and we recruited players,” Alcorn said. “I have one associate head coach and three more assistant coaches. I’m extremely grateful for these guys.”

    “It’s great to play [at Fresno] because our management staff treats us like professionals, from the training facilities, locker room and the stadium we play in,” Cignetti said.

    The off the pitch contributions to Fresno’s success come from more than just the front office. The boisterous crowd at Chukchansi Park helps Fresno claim points at home and offers extra motivation to the Fuego players.

    “It means a lot to our players,” Alcorn said. “We don’t want to let the fans down. When we lose or don’t play well we feel like we’ve let the fans down. Our players enjoy the fans as much as they enjoy watching us. Without our community support we would not be the team we are today.”
    “Our fans have been really supportive. In the past we’ve led the nation in attendance; we are lucky to represent them. We have a great amount of kids coming to our games and they look up to you as a role model. Hopefully we can inspire them to play soccer at their highest potential. That is one of my biggest motivations -- to make an impact in our youth,” Cignetti added. “Our fans are used to good soccer and we don’t want to lose them. So every year we have to do better for them to come back.”
    With five games left in the season, and a four-point lead over rivals Ventura County Fusion, the Southwest Division is Fresno’s to claim. That doesn’t mean the club is looking past anyone in its pursuit of a fourth division title.

    When asked if there was any particular opponent Alcorn wanted to beat, he responded “the next.”


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    USL News Release

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – International soccer executive Jake Edwards has joined the United Soccer Leagues management team as Vice President, USL PRO, it was announced today. Edwards will work on all aspects of the development of USL PRO as it enters into a new chapter of growth following the recent announcement of its formal affiliation with Major League Soccer.

    “Jake Edwards brings a background in a wide range of areas that will make him a key player as USL PRO continues to build its position as the strongest, best operated and most experienced North American men’s professional soccer league below and in support of MLS,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “Jake’s hiring is part of our continued efforts to strengthen USL PRO through the addition of experienced and talented sports executives that can help create new business opportunities to benefit the league and its teams.”

    Edwards played professionally both in the U.K. and U.S. before embarking on a management career that led him to serve as a strategy consultant in London for Octagon Worldwide, the world’s largest sponsorship consulting practice. With Octagon Edwards worked with global leagues and clubs, building business models and strategies while offering real-time strategic support.

    “I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of USL PRO as it moves into the next phase of its growth,” Edwards said. “In USL PRO I see a league with unlimited potential, buoyed by its partnership with MLS, and I’m looking forward to being part of its future as it continues to redefine professional soccer in North America.”

    Edwards completed his MBA from Warwick Business School in 2010 while also serving as commercial manager for Solihull Moors Football Club, where he increased on-field advertising by 50 percent and sourced the club’s first stadium naming rights sponsorship.

    A native of Manchester, England, Edwards attended and played collegiately for James Madison University in Virginia before going on to play 10 years professionally in both the U.K. and with USL PRO’s Charleston Battery in the U.S.


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    USL Feature

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – Reigning USL PRO Most Valuable Player Kevin Molino of Orlando City is set to lead a contingent of 16 USL alumni set to compete in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. USL alumni will be represented on four national team squads for this summer’s tournament, set to kick off on Sunday, July 7 in Pasadena, Calif.

    Molino, who has scored five goals and added 12 assists for the Lions in the past three seasons, is one of two USL representatives selected by Trinidad and Tobago for the tournament. He will be joined by former Charlotte Eagles forward Darryl Roberts, who now plays for Turkish side Samsunspor.

    One current and one former teammate of Molino’s will team up to represent Haiti in the tournament, with Lions midfielder Jean Alexandre and current Sporting Kansas City full back Mechack Jerom both being selected after good recent performances against Italy and Spain in international exhibitions. They are joined by former Chicago Fire PDL midfielder Pascal Millien, who currently plays for Sligo Rovers in Ireland.

    A number of USL alumni will also suit up for the United States, led by former Seattle Sounder Herculez Gomez and newly-signed San Jose Earthquake Clarence Goodson, who played in the PDL for the Colorado Rapids U-23 before turning professional. Other PDL alumni in the U.S. squad include Corey Ashe (Virginia Beach), Tony Beltran (LA Legends), Sean Johnson (Atlanta Blackhawks) and Michael Parkhurst (IMG Bradenton).

    Canada also has five representatives with USL ties, with both Marcus Haber and Randy Edwini-Bonsu having played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the USL First Division before the club’s elevation to MLS. Former Whitecaps FC U-23 players Adam Straith, Russell Teibert and Simon Thomas are also included in the squad. 


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  • 06/28/13--22:52: Fury Earns Point in Laval
  • Ottawa Fury News Release

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    LAVAL, QC - The Ottawa Fury and Laval Comets clashed Friday with the Comets looking to pad their Central Conference lead, while the Fury were looking to reclaim their spot atop the standings. After surrendering two early goals Alyscha Mottershead’s brace for the Fury claimed a point on the road for the defending W-League champs.

    Ottawa (5-1-2) remain a single point behind Laval (5-1-3), but have a game in hand and play Quebec City on Saturday afternoon. A win would vault the Fury into the Central Conference lead heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. 

    It was not the start to the game that the Fury had drawn up as the Comets took the lead in the fifth minute as Catherine Charron-Delage, who scored the game winner when these two teams last met on June 12, opened the scoring for the home side. A few minutes later Laval found themselves ahead by two with the Fury still flustered from the opening goal. In the 13th minute the offensive onslaught continued, but this time it was the Fury getting on the score sheet as Alyscha Mottershead netted her second of the season to put life back into the Fury. The duration of the first half was a seesaw affair and the two rivals would head to the dressing rooms with Laval leading 2-1.

    Ottawa had the brighter start to the second half and while they applied their fair share of pressure too many shots were directly at Genevieve Richard who proved solid once again in the Laval goal. Ottawa had a few set pieces with time winding, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. The Fury pushed forward desperately searching for the tying goal. With the final whistle mere moments away Alyscha Mottershead provided the late heroics netting the equalizer in injury time to pull the Fury level with her second goal of the game and third of the season.

    The Comets and Fury will have one more chapter to their rivalry on July 10 when Ottawa hosts Laval which should play a major role in determining seeding for the playoffs and determine if the Fury can continue their run of division titles as they look to make it ten continuous years of dominance. 


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    Friday, June 28, 2013

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders got a much-needed three points to keep their hold on second place in the league with a 2-1 win on Friday night against Phoenix FC. The victory moved the City Islanders within a point of Orlando City at the top of the USL PRO standings. 

    The game was played primarily in the midfield, where no team seemed to be able to break through to break the tie. Tom Mellor made the key difference after coming on as a second-half substitute for Jimmy Mclaughlin, however, as he got open and was able to run onto a pass from Colin Zizzi that spread out the Wolves' defense. The pass opened up the sideline for Mellor to make a run into the Phoenix penalty area. The ensuing cross off Mellor’s foot found Sainey Touray, who guided it in for the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute.

    With the win, the Islanders finished their five-game homestand with an overall 3-2-0 record, with the rubber match gaming coming against a team that has struggled to score in their past few games.

    The opening goal, which was almost called off because of an offiside call, came in the 15th minute off the foot of Yann Ekra. The ball was played into the penalty area after a couple of great midfield moves between Touray and McLaughlin. McLaughlin sprung Touray down the flank and into the penaty area with speed. Touray passed the ball back through the box to Ekra, who struck a shot that was deflected on the way to the back of the net.

    The game slowed down following the goal, with neither side able to create many opportunities as sloppy passing and offsides dominating a large portion of the first half. 

    The Wolves were finally able to breakthough with their first goal in their last five games off a corner kick in the 37th minute. The corner was a high, hard delivery from Reid Schmitt that went to the back post, where it found its way to Isiah Schafer, who headed home past Harrisburg goalkeeper Nick Noble, who never had a chance.

    The second half opened up with a string of good chances created by the Islanders' top three scorers of the year, playing together for the first time this season. McLaughlin had the first chance, as he got a pass in the middle of the penalty area but curled his shot just over the bar. Mkosana and Touray followed suit by getting into the attacking area but coming up short both times.

    The game started to look more like the first half after the quick start by the Islanders. There wasn’t much quality to the play, but Phoenix did threaten through Schmitt as he cut in from the left to fire a pair of shots, one of which forced Noble into a save. The game was flat, until Mellor entered the game and began to threated down the left. His play proved decisive as Touray's ninth goal of the season gave Harrisburg an important three points.

    Phoenix came on late with a barrage of shots in the dying minutes but Noble stood tall in goal and preserved the Islanders' lead.

    The City Islanders will return to Skyline Sports Complex on July 10th to face the Los Angeles Blues at 7 p.m. ET. For tickets and information visit www.cityislanders.com or call (717)-441-GOAL.


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    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    CLINTON, Miss. -- After a tough three-game road trip that saw the Mississippi Brilla lose three close games, the team fell 1-0 against the Panama City Beach Pirates on Saturday night in front of a crowd of nearly 900 at Clinton High School Stadium. Drew Russell scored the only goal of the game in the 90th minute, keeping the Pirates in second place in the PDL's Southeast Division. 

    The Pirates threatened early as they forced Brilla goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway into two fine saves. After the Brilla found their feet, they created a few chances of their own, but neither team was able to find the back of the net during the first half.

    The second half started much like the first with the Pirates forcing the action and holding possession. The Brilla began to turn the tide and threaten the goal midway through the second half, but the Pirates goalkeeper, Sean Lewis, thwarted AJ Arnold’s one-on-one effort.

    The match looked as if it was destined to end in a draw, but the Pirates stuck the winner in the 90th minute when Taian Souza found an open Russell 10 yards out. Russell stuck the ball with his first touch inside the near post of the Brilla’s goal to notch the winner for Panama City Beach.

    The loss leaves the Brilla nine points behind the Pirates and Ocala Stampde for the Southeast Division's two playoff places, leaving an uphill clinb to get back in contention in their final four games. The side will hold out hope as it embarks on the final regular season road trip to take on the division-leading Stampede and the third-placed Orlando City U23’s in its next two games.

    The Brilla’s next home match will be when they host Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy on July 11 at Clinton High School at 7 p.m. CT.


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