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  • 03/31/14--09:48: Eagles Add Herrick To Squad
  • Charlotte Eagles News Release -- www.charlotteeagles.com

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles are excited to announce the signing of former Major League Soccer Pool-Goalkeeper, Doug Herrick.  

    Photo courtesy Chris Coulter/SoundersPhotos.comHerrick is a native of Seattle, Washington and played collegiately at St. Mary's College in California. While with the Gaels, Herrick was an All-West Coast Conference selection three times. He is also the school record holder in career wins (27), career shutouts (24), goals against average (1.04) and minutes played (5,810).

    In 2012 Herrick led the Sounders FC U-23s to the Western Conference Championship en route to a PDL Final Four appearance. Herrick led the PDL with 11 wins and posted five shutouts in 14 games played.

    As a member of the Guam National Team, Herrick has earned 12 international caps for the Matao. Herrick most recently was called up for the friendlies between Guam and Aruba on March 27th and March 30th.

    "Our coaching staff is excited that Doug Herrick will be with us this season," said Eagles coach Mark Steffens. "He's had some excellent training with the Seattle Sounders at the MLS level. His leadership skills in communicating with and directing the back four is very good. Doug is a real athletic keeper without any noticeable weaknesses. He is a hard worker, consequently he will get better and better as the season progresses. I believe this will be a breakout season for Doug."

    The Eagles open their season at Queens Sports Complex against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Friday April 4th at 7pm! Get your tickets HERE.


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    Austin Aztex News Release -- www.austinaztex.com

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas -- The Austin Aztex are proud to announce the return of Aztex trio Sito Seoane, Mikey Ambrose, and Travis Golden for the 2014 season, pending USL approval.

    Seoane, a 25-year-old forward from Houston, proved to be a dangerous attacking player for the Aztex in their 2013 postseason run when he had five goals in four games in the PDL Playoffs, including the game-winning goal in each of the Aztex’s four victories on the way to the championship. Seoane was born in Miami and was raised in Spain before he enrolled in college at San Jacinto College, where he was named an All-American in 2013 when he scored 30 goals and added 14 assists in 22 games played, leading the NJCAA in points scored. Seoane was listed on the preseason roster for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo in the preseason, where he scored two goals.

    Ambrose, a 20-year-old defender from Frisco, appeared in four games for the 2013 Aztex at left back, scoring one goal and adding an assist. Ambrose had a strong sophomore season at the University of Maryland after his time with the Aztex, where he started in 25 games for the Terrapins and was an All-ACC Second Team honoree. Ambrose was a member of the FC Dallas Academy program and was a member of the US U-17 and U-18 national teams and is currently a member of the US U-20 national team.

    Golden, a 21-year-old defender from Austin, was a starting centerback for the Aztex in 2012 and helped the squad concede the fewest goals in the Southern Conference. The left-footed James Bowie High School graduate appeared in 13 games and logged more than 1,000 minutes in 2012, but missed the 2013 season due to injury. Golden recovered from his injury in time to earn all-Big South recognition for the third straight hear in his senior season at Campbell. In January, Golden was selected with the 12th pick in the fourth round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by DC United.

    After the recent signings, the Aztex roster is now at 16 players, 13 of whom are returning players.

    The 2014 preseason begins with a match versus Southwestern University on Friday, April 4. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at Southwestern University’s home field in Georgetown. All preseason games are free and open to the public. The title defense begins with the regular season opener with at House Park on Saturday, May 10 in the Mid South Division versus the Houston Dutch Lions.


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    Colorado Rush News Release - www.coloradorushwomen.com

     

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

     

    LITTLETON, Colo. - The Colorado Rush Women are excited to welcome back three players from the U.S. 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup team who have committed to play with the Rush for the 2014 W-League season. Lizzy Raben, Morgan Stanton and Gabbi Miranda will return to their youth club roots and will look to lead the Colorado Rush Women to their first Western Conference Championship in 2014.

    Miranda, a freshman and recently crowned National Champion at UCLA, is excited to return to Colorado.

    “It’s uncommon to be able to train and compete at such a high level when going home, and I get to do so with my good friends and with a world-class staff," she said. "The Rush will forever be my all-time favorite soccer environment, and being able to return to the club through W-League is something I’m so grateful for!”

    Raben, who is attending Duke University, Stanton, a recent transfer to the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Miranda are all experienced veterans of the W-League despite only being in their second semester of college. Raben and Miranda will enter their fourth season of W-League play while Stanton enters her fifth and is one of only five players to play each season that the Colorado Rush Women have been in existence.

    “It is unique to have such young players be deemed veterans but indeed they are. They have accrued more experience than the average 18-year-old by getting involved in the W-League at such an early stage,” Rush Head Coach Erik Bushey said. “I expect these three players in particular to play a great role in the success of this year’s team.”

    Rush tryouts are slated for Sunday May 4.  Visit www.coloradorushwomen.com for details.


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    USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 2 of the 2014 season on Tuesday with the Richmond Kickers’ George Davis IV being named Player of the Week as he scored twice to help his side earn a 2-2 draw on the road against the Charleston Battery.

    Photo courtesy Kim GregoryDavis, a 2013 All-League pick, and fellow Team of the Week selection Collin Martin, on loan from D.C. United, combined on both of the Kickers’ goals against the Battery. Davis opened the scoring in the 14th minute as he ran onto an excellent through ball by Martin before finishing low into the right corner. Davis then salvaged a point for the Kickers in the 67th minute as his flicked near-post header from Martin’s cross made it 2-2.

    The Battery also had a pair of players selected to the team, with midfielders Jarad van Schaik and Amadou Sanyang both rewarded for solid performances. Van Schaik had a hand in both Charleston goals as he scored the first and then delivered an excellent free kick for Sanyang to head home.

    Sacramento Republic FC led all teams with three selections after it took a 1-1 draw on the road against the LA Galaxy II. Forward Justin Braun, who scored the first goal in club history, was joined by goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and defender Harrison Delbridge, with Gleeson in particular standing out as he made five saves to keep Republic FC in the game early.

    The Pittsburgh Riverhounds also earned a pair of selections with on-loan Houston Dynamo defender Anthony Arena and midfielder Anthony Obodai named to the team. Obodai, in particular, had a strong game as he helped break up numerous Orlando attacks and distributed well from the center of midfield.

    The teams is completed by Orlando City’s Luke Boden, who earns selection for a second consecutive week after recording his first league goal in more than a year to allow the Lions to take a 1-1 draw with the Riverhounds. Galaxy II defender Oscar Sorto was also selected after a solid performance at full back in his side’s 1-1 draw with Sacramento.

    The 2014 USL PRO season continues on Friday night as 2013 USL PRO runner-up the Charlotte Eagles make their first appearance as they host the Dayton Dutch Lions. OKC Energy FC is also set to make its debut on Saturday night as it visits the Orange County Blues FC, while the Wilmington Hammerheads host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the season opener for both teams.

    Also making their first appearance of the season are the Rochester Rhinos, who visit Orlando City on Saturday night, while the Richmond Kickers host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds with both teams looking to build off draws in their first games of the season.

    Every game of the 2014 USL PRO season can be seen live on YouTube, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+. Stay up to date with news, previews and match reports from throughout the league via USLPROSoccer.com.

    USL PRO Team of the Week

    Pos

    Player 

    Team

    Highlights

    GK

    Jake Gleeson

    Sacramento

    Had five saves to help Republic FC earn draw in opener

    D

    Luke Boden

    Orlando

    Scored equalizer as Lions took a point against Riverhounds

    D

    Anthony Arena

    Pittsburgh

    Solid defensive presence in debut for Riverhounds

    D

    Oscar Sorto

    LA Galaxy II

    Proved dangerous in attacking situations for LA

    D

    Harrison Delbridge

    Sacramento

    Strong debut performance against strong Galaxy II attack

    M

    Jarad van Schaik

    Charleston

    Goals and assist allowed Battery to claim point vs. Kickers

    M

    Anthony Obodai

    Pittsburgh

    Broke up play well, distributed efficiently for Riverhounds

    M

    Collin Martin

    Richmond

    Pair of assists as Kickers took point on road

    M

    Amadou Sanyang

    Charleston

    Outstanding work-rate, good header as Battery took point

    F

    Justin Braun

    Sacramento

    Strong presence, scored first goal in club history

    F

    George Davis IV

    Richmond

    Pair of well-taken finishes earned Kickers a point on road

    Honorable Mention – Charleston: Adam Mena, Heviel Cordoves; Dayton: Matt Williams, Matt Walker; LA Galaxy II: Raul Mendiola, Chandler Hoffman; Orlando: Yordany Alvarez, Kevin Molino; Pittsburgh: Greg Blum, Jose Angulo; Richmond: Henry Kalungi; Sacramento: Ivan Mirkovic, Rodrigo Lopez.


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    Michigan Bucks News Release -- www.buckssoccer.com

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    PONTIAC, Mich. -- Michigan Bucks owner Dan Duggan confirmed today that he has reached a preliminary agreement with USL PRO to bring a professional outdoor soccer team to the Detroit market starting in the 2015 season. The agreement (subject to league approval of the ownership group and stadium plan) represents the final chapter in the longtime local soccer executive's quest to bring a professional team and soccer-specific stadium to downtown Detroit, marking the first time professional outdoor soccer has been played in the city since 1968 when the Detroit Cougars hosted their games at Tiger Stadium.

    The 2014 USL PRO season kicked off on March 22 with its previous two league champions, Orlando City (2013) and the Charleston Battery (2012) squaring off at Charleston's Blackbaud Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. Orlando City has been the major story of soccer in North America as it became the fifth USL professional division team to move to Major League Soccer (MLS), joining the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact. Orlando City will complete its fourth and final season in USL PRO in 2014 before starting in MLS next season.

    Last year USL PRO entered into a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that has further reinforced the scope and visibility of the league as the strongest and best operated league below and in support of MLS on and off the field. As a component of this arrangement, it is anticipated that all MLS clubs will either own/operate a USL PRO team or forge an affiliation partnership with an existing USL PRO team by the 2015 season. 

    Duggan, Chairman and CEO of the Michigan Bucks of the USL's PDL (one level below USL PRO) have been working with USL and MLS to try and bring professional soccer to Detroit for over a decade. The Bucks began 19 years ago and have been one of the model franchises on and off the field in the PDL, which is the top U-23 league in North America focused on the development of top college players and young professionals that aspire to get paid to play professional soccer domestically or abroad. The Bucks hold many PDL records, including most wins, playoff appearances, playoff wins, and US Open Cup appearances/wins. The Bucks are also the only adult amateur team in history to have defeated two teams from MLS in the US Open Cup tournament. The storied PDL franchise has won four league titles, qualified for the playoffs in 16 of 18 seasons and has never had a losing record. 

    The Detroit native (raised in Livonia) has been working towards bringing a MLS team to Detroit since the league's inception and has been looking at launching the USL PRO team in the Detroit market for the past several seasons, but was held back due to a lack of a stadium deemed necessary to be an overwhelming success in the rabid Detroit sports marketplace. While exploring options in Pontiac, Livonia, Canton and other local areas to build a 5,000-seat stadium, Duggan decided to take the advice of the experts and turn his entire focus to downtown Detroit.

    Duggan's vision for the soccer-specific stadium (which is actually a multi-purpose venue that could host concerts and other small-scale events) is a 5,000-seat stadium with open hills in the end zones that would enable 8,000 fans to be a part of the USL PRO experience in downtown Detroit. The stadium could be incorporated into an existing developed area or be a stand-alone project, depending on the neighborhood.  Duggan estimates the land needed would be a minimum of 2.5 acres and as much as seven acres to develop two additional outdoor turf fields to accommodate the massive need for quality fields for youth soccer and adult leagues within the city limits.

    Duggan plans to host a media conference this spring to roll out additional details about the team's USL PRO franchise plans, its MLS aspirations, international partner, and plans for a youth academy to complete the entire pyramid of soccer within the state of Michigan. Additional details will be released in the coming weeks.

    For further information, please contact Dan Duggan at dduggan@buckssoccer.com.


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    Super Y-League News Release

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – Four former Super Y-League alumni have been selected as part of a 24-player squad named by U.S. U18 Men’s National Team coach Javier Perez for a training camp being held this week in Carson, Calif. Tommy Redding, Mauricio Pineda, Collin Fernandez and Cameron Lindley were all selected as preparations begin for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup with exhibitions against Mexico and Canada.

    Redding, a former player for FC America in the Super Y-League, recently joined the professional ranks as he signed as a Homegrown Player with USL PRO’s Orlando City, and is set to move with the Lions as they make the jump to Major League Soccer in 2015. Redding was previously a part of the U.S. U17 Residency Academy.

    Pineda, a member of the Chicago Fire Academy, was a Super Y-League ODP Camp selection in 2012 after he helped the Fire reach the Super Y-League North American Finals. Pineda is the younger brother of current Chicago Fire Homegrown Player Victor Pineda, who recently made his MLS debut.

    Fernandez is also a member of the Chicago Fire Academy, and competed in the Super Y-League in the 2010 season. A former member of the U.S. U15 National Team, Fernandez is currently ranked No. 28 in the IMG 150 for the class of 2015 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

    Lindley, meanwhile, was a standout player for the Fort Wayne Fever as he competed for the club’s U13 side as an 11-year-old in the 2009 season. The No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2016, Lindley has since moved on to join the Indiana Fire, and brings experience from the U17 U.S. National Team.


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    Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Tourbeau Sports Group. The video streaming production and sports development company, known especially for their work in the soccer industry, will stream all Richmond Kickers matches at City Stadium in HD quality in 2014, via the team’s YouTube Channel. Fans are encouraged to subscribe for free at YouTube.com/RichmondKickers.

    “With full HD capability, increased bandwidth and top-of-the-line equipment, we are thrilled to partner with Tourbeau Sports Group to raise the standard of our broadcasts from City Stadium,” said Shelley Sowers, Richmond Kickers General Manager. “We are looking forward to working with the leading experts in soccer-specific production to provide the most professional product possible for USL PRO fans worldwide.”

    Tourbeau Sports Group has produced live broadcasts of U.S. Soccer and USL events, including the 2013 W-League Championships and 2014 USL PRO Combine, and now multiple exclusive partnerships with clubs throughout the USL's soccer pyramid and other professional soccer organizations such as the Boston Breakers of the NWSL. They also provide content amongst several other top-level youth, club and collegiate leagues, conferences and national championships throughout the United States.

    “First and foremost, I want to thank the entire staff at the Richmond Kickers organization for their support to invest their resources and give TSG the opportunity to provide quality HD productions this season in Richmond,” said Chase Neidig, Tourbeau Sports Group President. “The Kickers, along with their affiliation with D.C. United, provide our brand with legitimacy and an additional level of awareness in the soccer market and Tourbeau Sports is honored to assist the club, the players and technical staff, and most importantly the fans with a quality video streaming experience for the 2014 season.”

    “As a soccer-specific production company, we see this partnership with the Kickers as the next step in our desire to provide professional video streaming services to soccer organizations at the professional level for a fraction of the price of most production houses,” added Neidig. “We know now with adding a second USL PRO club to our name, we will only continue to provide the league and all interested franchises with an alternative option that exists only with Tourbeau Sports Group, whose passion for the game of soccer is one our core values".

    The Kickers’ broadcast will once again feature commentators Mike Neville, Mark Bushman and former Kickers professional player, Ryan Heins, who bring a combined 85 years of soccer and broadcasting experience to City Stadium.  Some of the features YouTube Live will present to fans during live games include DVR, chat, full HD support, and social media interactivity.


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    Washington Spirit Reserves News Release - www.washingtonspirit.com

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    BOYDS, Md. – With the start of training just more than a month away, the Washington Spirit Reserves proudly announced the return of Ashley Herndon and Meghan Cox to the W-League squad for the 2014 season.  In their first year as members of the James Madison University women’s soccer team, Herndon and Cox started every game to lead the Dukes to an impressive 15-5-1 record.

    While both players just completed their freshman year in college soccer, Cox and Herndon are already W-League veterans with numerous years’ experience.  In addition to both starting for the Spirit Reserves in 2013, Herndon played the previous two years for D.C. United Women while Cox starred for the Northern Virginia Majestics.

    A native of Ashburn, Virginia, Herndon made an immediate impact on the James Madison attack.  The speedy forward finished second on the team in points courtesy of six goals and seven assists, including four game-winning tallies in her rookie campaign.  Following the season, she received the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Year award and was named All-CAA, All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-State.

    While listed as both a defender and midfielder, Cox demonstrated all season that she could fit in anywhere on the field for the Dukes.  In her first collegiate match, Cox transitioned forward to blast home the first goal of the season for JMU in a victory against the University of Richmond.  She followed it up in the next match with another goal against LaSalle to earn CAA Rookie of the Week honors.

    Most recently, Cox has announced she will transfer from James Madison to join the women’s soccer program at the University of Virginia next fall.

    “I've always enjoyed watching Ashley go at opposing players because she puts defenders on their heels and loves to go at goal,” Spirit Reserves Assistant Coach JP Sousa said. “And Meghan is a player who has the ability to play any position on the field.

    “Her versatility is really going to help us this summer.”

    The Washington Spirit Reserves face a challenging schedule of opponents in the Northeast Conference this season, including historic playoff contenders the Long Island Rough Riders and W-League veterans the New York Magic.

    The Spirit Reserves kick off their season Saturday, May 17 against the Braddock Road Stars Elite at the Maryland SoccerPlex.  Match time is currently slated for 3 p.m. and is the first match of a special doubleheader with the Washington Spirit professional side.  The Spirit take on Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash at 6:30 p.m.


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  • 04/02/14--14:42: Orlando Adds Span On Loan
  • Orlando City SC News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC announced today that the club will receive Midfielder Brian "Cobi" Span on loan from Major League Soccer (MLS) side FC Dallas for the 2014 USL PRO seaon, pending USSF approval.

    The 22-year-old was acquired by FC Dallas in a weighted lottery conducted by MLS in January of 2014, after spending the past two seasons with Swedish first-division side Djurgårdens IF where he made 14 appearances and scored one goal.

    The arrival of Span adds to the plethora of midfielders acquired by Heath and the technical staff this season, with 10 midfielders currently on the roster. Prior to turning pro, Span played for Reading United in the PDL, and compete colleagiately for the University of Virginia.

    Although the loan is effective for the entire 2014 season, FC Dallas has the right to recall Span at any time during the season.


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    Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced today the addition of defender Ashani Fairclough and midfielder Michael Calderon as the clubs approaches its first match of the 2014 USL PRO regular season this Saturday. Both players will be making their USL PRO debut with the Hammerheads in the upcoming season.

    Fairclough comes to the Hammerheads having spent time with Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders in 2013, making appearances in Reserve League action.

    “This is a great opportunity to be with the Hammerheads organization,” said Fairclough. “It is an exciting challenge ahead and I am looking forward to a productive year.”

    Fairclough was a member of the 2009 Jamaican U-20 National Team. He served as captain of the 2007-08 Jamaican U-17 team and competed in CONCACAF U-17 World Cup Qualifying in 2008. The Jamaican youth international played four seasons at University of South Florida, including all 21 games in his freshman year while being named one of College Soccer News’ “100 Freshmen to Watch.”

    Joining the midfield this season, Michael Calderon was a recent 2014 MLS SuperDraft fourth-round pick for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in January.

    The midfielder recently concluded his collegiate career with the University of New Mexico in 2013. The Costa Rican appeared on College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer’s National Team of the Week on six separate occasions during his time with New Mexico. He was also an All-NCAA Tournament Team and First Team All-Conference USA selection.

    “I am happy for the opportunity,” said Calderon. “I am looking forward to starting the season, winning games and getting to the Championship is our goal.”

    Calderon was also a member of Costa Rica’s U-17 and U-20 National Teams.

    Wilmington Hammerheads FC will kick off its regular season on Saturday, April 5 at Legion Stadium against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Before Saturday’s matchup, the Hammerheads have invited fans to attend a rally today from 6-to8 p.m. being held in their newly appointed Fan Zone space at Independence Mall. This will take place every Wednesday before a home match and all fans are encouraged to attend.

    For more information regarding Wilmington Hammerheads FC or to purchase tickets, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.


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

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Neil Shaffer. The Pittsburgh native joins the Islanders for 2014 after playing with the PDL team the Kitsap Pumas last season. Shaffer has been on trial with the Islanders during the 2014 preseason and has now officially signed with the club for the regular season. 

    Shaffer served as team captain for the Pumas in 2013 and was voted Player of the Year as he led the team in goals with five in 14 appearances. 

    Shaffer is no stranger to USL PRO, where he made 31 appearances for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds throughout the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Shaffer has also trained with Legia Warsaw of the Polish First Division. Prior to his professional career Shaffer played collegiality for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. During his senior season with the Colonials, Shaffer served as team captain and led the team in goals and overall points.

    With the 2014 USL PRO season rapidly approaching, the Isles are preparing for yet another action-packed season in USL PRO.  The Islanders kick off their season on the road on April 5th against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. The Isles' home opener is slated for April 19th against the Dayton Dutch Lions. For tickets and group packages for the upcoming Islanders season please visit our website at cityislanders.com or call us at 717-441-GOAL (4625).


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  • 04/03/14--09:37: Phoenix Q&A: Brian Fekete
  • GPS Portland Phoenix Feature -- www.mainepremiersoccer.com

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine -- As the PDL season approaches, the GPS Portland Phoenix will be featuring former players every week to see where their soccer career has taken them after playing for the Phoenix.

    First up is former Phoenix full back Brian Fekete, who has worked his way through the college and PDL soccer system to the professional ranks. After being selected for the MLS SuperDraft in January 2012, he has found his way to USL PRO, and recently signed for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Fekete joined the Phoenix in 2011 from his home town of Tampa, Fla., and returned the following year for another successful season in 2012.

    Q: Can you explain your soccer experience growing up, where you played & for what team? 
    A: I started playing soccer at four years old. I had an older brother who got me into playing from a young age. It was difficult trying to stay with one team growing up, as they would often fold, so I would move onto the next side. I played pretty much everywhere in the Tampa Bay-area, as long as I was playing that’s all that mattered to me.

    Q: Where did you play soccer at college, and what was the highlight of your college career? 
    A: I played at the University of Tampa and the highlight would be scoring a goal as a freshman from 40 yards out. It was pretty impressive as I would never shoot from that distance, and of course I was a defender.

    Q: How was your time at Portland Phoenix? 
    A: I absolutely loved it. In my first season I came out with two of my best friends from Florida, but I was still young, so traveling to Portland was a big move for me. I had such a good time I returned back to the club for the second season by myself. In each season we qualified for playoffs I was fortunate to be part of two great teams. I defiantly made some life long friends for sure during my time at the Phoenix.

    Q: What was the highlight of your time here? 
    A: Alongside the soccer of course, I would say socializing with the team. I made life long friendship with them all, and we all got on extremely well on and off the field.

    Q: Explain your soccer career after playing for the Phoenix? 
    A: After my final season with the Phoenix I had one season left at College in Tampa Bay. I had a good fall season, and was then drafted by Sporting Kansas City. After a short stay there I signed with Orlando City, in what was my first full professional contract. I played there for one season, but decided to try out with a few other clubs in the league. I finished that process by signing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, where I am currently.

    Q: How does it feel to be a pro soccer player? 
    A: I’ve got to say its what I’ve worked for all my life. I wake up doing exactly what I want to do every day, it’s a dream. There are times when it gets tough, especially when you lose confidence and not knowing when you will be playing, etc, but its all worth it in the end.

    Q: What are your thoughts about signing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the second season?
    A: Prior to signing I had another offer to join a club in California, but I decided to take the opportunity in Pittsburgh. Within the first week I realized this team was great, and I was able to play my style of game again. I was back to being myself on the field again, and I feel we have a great season ahead of us.

    Everybody at GPS Maine would like to wish Brian the best of luck this season, and hope to follow his success as his career continues to grow.

    As the PDL season draws closer, be sure to stay tuned to our club website for all the latest news from the league & the Phoenix PDL team.


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    Charlotte Eagles News Release -- www.charlotteeagles.com

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles open the 2014 USL PRO season this Friday night as they host the Dayton Dutch Lions at 7 p.m. at Queens Sports Complex. All of the action will be available live, and on-demand, via the Eagles' YouTube channel.

    Eagles fans will have some friendly faces back as Jorge Herrera returns for his eighth season in Charlotte. Last season Herrera recorded 10 goals and four assists en route to being named Second Team All-League. Brock Duckworth, Matt Gold, Juan Guzman, Ben Newnam and Drew Yates all return to build on the 2013 USL PRO Runner-Up finish. Ben Page will also transition from player to coach for the 2014 season.

    Some new faces will lace up the boots for the Eagles in 2014. Zak Boggs, Bilal Duckett, Doug Herrick, Jonathan Leathers and Wells Thompson all bring Major League Soccer experience to Charlotte for their first season.

    Thompson is a Wake Forest alum who most recently played with the Chicago Fire. Boggs was the 2011 MLS Humanitarian of the Year before stepping away from the game for a season to pursue a Fulbright Scholarship in Leicester, England. He is eager to return to the game and is looking forward to this season in Charlotte. 

    Duckett and Leathers are both defenders who played together in Vancouver for the Whitecaps in 2012.  They will look to solidify a backline that lost Shaun Francis and Fejiro Okiomah to MLS clubs after the 2013 season.

    Herrick spent 2013 as a MLS Pool-Goalkeeper training with the Seattle Sounders. If a keeper would have went down with an injury Herrick then would step in and fill that role. Herrick will look to win the No. 1 goalkeeper spot after Eric Reed took a coaching job with Bowling Green State Unviersity this offseason.

    In the Eagles' last meeting with the Dutch Lions in July of the 2013 season the match ended in a 0-0 draw.Last season the Eagles finished the regular season in fifth place while tallying 41 points with a 10-5-11 record. Charlotte had a great playoff run that ended in a 7-4 defeat to Orlando City in the USL PRO Championship Game. 

    The Dutch Lions opened their 2014 season with a 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls Reserves last Sunday, and will be eager to rebound and claim their first points of the season. Last year Dayton finished in 8th place with 37 points,and lost to Richmond in the first round of the USL PRO Playoffs. 

    This season Dayton and the Columbus Crew signed an exclusive affiliation agreement where the Crew will send players to Dayton to train and play for the Lions.  So far seven members of the Crew have been sent the hour-and-a-half west to play for the Dutch Lions. Ryan Finley, Kevan George, Ross Friedman, Matt Walker, Fifi Baiden all played in the 3-0 loss to the Red Bulls Reserves. Goalkeeper Brad Stuver is also on loan from the Crew but sat behind Matt Williams on Sunday.  

    Charlotte owns the only win between the two clubs with the other five matches being draws. 

    Tickets are still available for the game HERE and can also be purchased at the box office the day of the game. Adult tickets are $10 and kids tickets are $7.


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    USL News Release

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The 2013 PDL champion Austin Aztex will host a free grassroots youth soccer clinic in conjunction with United Soccer Leagues and the National Guard.

    Set for Saturday, May 3, the clinic will be held at the home of the Aztex, House Park, and will be free to all registered participants and designed to benefit boys and girls youth soccer players ages 15-18. The training sessions will be led by Aztex coaches and players, and are designed to introduce, sharpen, and challenge every player and take them to the next level of their development.

    “One of our missions as an organization is to be a soccer resource in the community,” Aztex Director of Operations Ric Granryd said. “With the incredible support of the USL and the National Guard, this clinic will be conducted exclusively by Aztex coaches and players.  We can offer additional training for the older youth age groups in Central Texas, plus provide families with great information about collegiate opportunities.”

    Check-in for all registered participants will take place from 8-9 a.m. with a technical training session following a warm-up session. Following lunch and an informational session with National Guard representatives, players will be divided into teams for small- and full-sided games in the afternoon, with the event concluding at 4 p.m.

    USL and the National Guard have teamed for the second consecutive year to offer a series of free development clinics for youth soccer players throughout the nation. The clinic curriculum focuses on individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games and coached scrimmages, all presented in a fun, positive learning environment.

    Interested players of all skill levels can register for the free clinic by completing the online registration form located at http://www.formstack.com/forms/uslsoccer-aztex_clinic_registration. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


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    Orange County Blues FC News Release -- www.ocbluesfc.com

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    IRVINE, Calif. -- Orange County Blues FC officially sign local product of UC Irvine, Enrique Cardenas.

    Cardenas returns to the stadium that he starred in during his college career, Anteater Stadium, for 2014. As a senior at UC Irvine in 2013, Cardenas was named First Team All-Big West and the Big West Midfielder of the Year.

    "I learned to work hard, be strong in my faith, and be persistent in achieving anything I wholeheartedly desire," Cardenas said. "I went from the last man on the depth chart my freshmen year having an amazing Senior year individually, and more importantly as a team." 

    “We’re excited about having Enrique Cardenas on our team this year," said Blues General Manager Jon Spencer. "He brings a lot of passion and energy to the game. He’s working hard every single day to get better. He’s going to be the type of player that the crowd is really going to like.”

    Cardenas, 22, was born in Indio, Calif. to Jalisco and Colima, Mexico natives Enrique & Elvira Cardenas. His love of football was instilled in him through his Mexican heritage. Cardenas considers Coachella Valley his home, but Orange County has become a "home, away from home".

    “I'm so blessed to start my professional career in Orange County where I have met so many great people in and out of the soccer community,” said Cardenas.

    Become a part of soccer history in Orange County and support Cardenas and the rest of the Blues. OC Blues FC’s first home match is at Anteater Stadium, UCI, on Saturday night as the Blues welcome expansion franchise OKC Energy FC. For the best pricing value to your OC Blues FC 2014 seats call (714) 738-8011, email seats@bluessoccerclub.com, or visit www.ocbluesfc.com.  

    If you can’t make it to the game, you may watch the live stream online, thanks to a new partnership between USL PRO and YouTube. OC Blues FC v OKC Energy FC will streamed live, for free, via the OC Blues FC official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/OCBluesFC).


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    Springfield Demize News Release -- www.demizesoccer.com

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- Springfield Demize Head Coach Ian Henry has announced the signing of goalkeeper, Yuta Nomura. Nomura is a native of Tokyo, Japan, and currently plays for the Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.

    As a freshman in 2011, Nomura was named Mid-South Conference (MSC) Defender of the Week six times and was named as an All-MSC First Team selection. He started in goal all 23 games, collected 62 saves (9th in Lindsey Wilson College history) and posted 14 shutouts (tie for 3rd in the college’s history). By the end of the 2013 season, he had collected a total of 152 saves and posted a total of 24 shutouts. In addition to the accolades mentioned previously, Nomura was part of the 2011 NAIA National Championship team, 2012 and 2013 NAIA National Tournament 3rd place teams, and MSC All-Conference Team from 2011-13.

    “We are pleased to have a goalkeeper of his talents playing for the Demize and are looking forward to a great season with him in goal,” said Coach Henry. The Springfield Demize season opener is on May 17, 2014 at Cooper Complex, Springfield, MO, against the Des Moines Menace. Plan to attend and meet Nomura and the other Demize players.


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  • 04/04/14--09:45: Riverhounds Add Pair On Loan
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    PITTSBURGH -- Houston Dynamo midfielder Brian Ownby and goalkeeper Michael Lisch will join the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on loan, it was announced Thursday.

    Ownby and Lisch are the fourth and fifth Dynamo players to join the Riverhounds on loan this season. Anthony Arena, Jason Johnson and Bryan Salazar joined Houston's USL PRO affiliate last week. Arena and Johnson played 90 minutes and Salazar appeared as a substitute in Saturday's 1-1 season-opening draw at Orlando City. Arena was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for his performance at Orlando.

    Ownby, 23, has featured in 12 games in three seasons with the Dynamo, including substitute appearances in each of Houston's last two games. The Richmond, Va. native was selected by the Dynamo in the first round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft out of the University of Virginia and tallied two regular season assists in his rookie season. Ownby spent a portion of the 2013 season on loan with the Richmond Kickers of USL PRO and tallied seven goals and six assists in 19 appearances as Richmond won the regular season championship.

    Lisch, 23, was selected by the Dynamo in the third round (No. 54 overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper guided the University of New Mexico to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament last season, recording three shutouts in the competition. An Austin native, Lisch played three seasons at Wake Forest University, earning Academic All-ACC honors from 2010-12 before enrolling at New Mexico as a graduate student.

    The Riverhounds are on the road this weekend with a match against the Richmond Kickers.  The Hounds' home opener at Highmark Stadium is set for April 12 against the Wilmington Hammerheads. For up to date information on the Riverhounds and to purchase tickets, visit www.riverhounds.com.


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    Sounders FC U-23 News Release -- www.soundersu23.com

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    TACOMA, Wash. – The Sounders U-23 will welcome back three Sounders Academy alumni for the summer’s Premier Development League season. Jordan Schweitzer, Ian Lange and Michael Gallagher all return for their second year with the U-23’s.

    "We welcome back three of our blossoming college players for the summer to further assess and prepare them for their fall college seasons," Sounders U-23 Manager Darren Sawatzky said. "It is great to watch them grow as they reach for the highest level.”

    Jordan Schweitzer, a 19-year-old midfielder, played in eight games during the 2013 Sounders U-23 season, concluding with 709 minutes of play.

    Currently a sophomore at the University of Denver, Schweitzer started in 19 of Denver’s 20 games, was named to All-Summit League First Team, and recorded two assists. He made an immediate impact at Denver with 17 starts during his freshman year, earning honorable mention for the league.

    When asked what it is like to be returning to play as a Sounder again, Schweitzer responded, “It’s almost like Christmas! What more could you want? To come back to Seattle and play with the players and friends you grew up with. There’s a great sense of pride for me in being a Sounders Academy alumni and to play with kids that know what it’s like to wear the jersey and understand how much it means is an added bonus.”

    Ian Lange, a 19-year-old defender, played in six games during the 2013 U-23 season and ended with 118 minutes of play.

    Lange is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington. During Lange’s 2013 season, he appeared in 14 games, including seven starts. After missing a month due to a minor knee surgery, Lange helped the Husky’s with a season total of four goals, including the match-winner against Stanford to secure the Dawgs a spot in their first Elite 8 in program history.

    Michael Gallagher, also a 19-year-old defender, had the opportunity to play in nine games during last year’s Sounders U-23 campaign. He totaled 704 minutes of play.

    Gallagher also attends the University of Washington as a sophomore, where he saw action in 20 games during the fall season. Gallagher had two assists and was named to the TopDrawSoccer.com National Team of the Week following an assist on the only goal in a 1-0 win against Oregon State that secured the Pac-12 title. During Gallagher’s freshman year, he was named the 30th best freshman by Top Drawer Soccer.

    The Sounders U-23 begin the 2014 preseason with a 7 p.m. match against Western Washington University on May 5th at Sumner’s Sunset Stadium.

    Season Tickets for the 2014 Sounders U-23 season are on sale on SoundersU23.com for only $60. The 2014 Season Ticket Flex Pack eliminates the risk of missing games. Instead of one ticket specifically associated with each match, with the Sounders U-23 Flex Pack, fans will receive eight tickets, and each of those tickets will be accepted at any match during the 2014 season. It's the ultimate deal in flexibility.


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  • 04/04/14--13:12: Ochoa Signs With Hammerheads
  • Wilmington Hammerheads FC News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced today the addition of forward Samuel Ochoa and defender Drew Ruggles as they approach the start of their 2014 USL PRO regular season on Saturday.

    Ochoa enters USL PRO after a previous stint with Lobos BUAP and playing with Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC from 2011-2013 where he made 17 appearances.

    “It is exciting to be here in Wilmington,” said Ochoa. “I am ready for a new challenge and I cannot wait for the season to get underway.”

    Prior to signing with MLS, the forward began his career with Estudiantes Tecos of the Mexican Primera in 2006 and remained with the team until his debut with the Sounders in 2011. Ochoa was also a member of the American U-20 squad in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

    Drew Ruggles will also be making his USL PRO debut with the Hammerheads this season after playing for the Michigan Bucks of the PDL in 2013. The defender appeared in 10 matches, tallying one goal and one assist.

    The Georgia Southern University graduate will make his professional debut with the Hammerheads after being on trial with the Charleston Battery during the 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup.

    Wilmington Hammerheads FC will kick off their regular season on Saturday, April 5 at Legion Stadium versus the Harrisburg City Islanders. Gates to Legion Stadium open at 6 p.m. for fans and new Hammerheads merchandise will be available at the merchandise booth.

    Wilmington Hammerheads FC will be broadcasting the match live via their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WilmHammerheadsFC.

    For more information regarding Wilmington Hammerheads FC or to purchase tickets, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com. 


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Dayton Dutch Lions beccame the first USL PRO side to claim a road victory this season as they defeated the Charlotte Eagles 1-0 on Friday night at the Queens Sports Complex. Brock Granger scored the only goal of the game late in the first half as the Dutch Lions bounced back from defeat in their opening game of the season, and handed the Eagles defeat in their opening game of the season.

    Charlotte thought it had taken an early lead as new signing Zak Boggs finished on a half-volley from a beautiful cross by Ben Newnam, but the goal was disallowed after an offside call. In an open first half-hour, both teams had chances to take the lead, but goalkeepers Doug Herrick for Charlotte and Matt Williams for Dayton both stood tall in goal, keeping multiple chances out.

    The Eagles again came close in the 29th minute when former Chicago Fire midfielder Wells Thompson hammered a left-footed shot into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed after a foul was committed in the build-up. David Geno got another quality chance off a feed from Herrera but was again denied by Williams in the 32nd minute.

    Dayton opened the scoring in the 40th minute as Granger flicked home a near-post corner kick from Ross Friedman. The Dutch Lions almost added to their lead a few minutes later as Aaron Schoenfeld hit the post, but the 1-0 lead would hold until the halftime break. 

    The Eagles got the first good chance of the second half when a blast from Herrera in the 55th minute flew just over the top-right corner of the goal. Dayton threatened on the counter-attack, and Herrick stood tall and made numerous saves to keep the Eagles in the game. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Eagles had quality opportunities but just couldn't find the back of the net.

    Dayton's victory was the first in franchise history against the Eagles, the all-time series between the two teams now stands at 1-1-5. Charlotte will return to Queens Sports Complex on Saturday, April 12th at 7 p.m. ET against the Richmond Kickers, while the Dutch Lions will now prepare for their home opener against the Rochester Rhinos next Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.


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