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  • 04/21/14--10:34: Energy Add Ellis On Loan
  • Sporting Kansas City News Release -- www.sportingkc.com

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    KANSAS CITY – Sporting Kansas City announced on Monday that the club has agreed to loan defender Kevin Ellis to OKC Energy FC.

    “Kevin is at a point in his career for him to take the next step,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “Getting consistent games in Oklahoma will help provide this opportunity.”

    Ellis, 22, is in his fourth professional season as a homegrown player for Sporting Kansas City with nine games played across all competition to date in his career. The Sporting KC Academy product has started five games in all competition for the club this year and scored the game-winning goal against Cruz Azul in the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

    In his rookie year, the Kansas City native product debuted during the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and scored against CD Guadalajara in an international friendly at Sporting Park. Ellis made his MLS debut in 2013 and again featured in the U.S. Open Cup.

    OKC Energy FC, one of Sporting Kansas City’s two official USL PRO affiliates in 2014, are currently in fifth place in the 14-team USL PRO with a 2-2-0 record in their inaugural season. Led by head coach Jimmy Nielsen, the Energy FC roster includes Sporting KC loanees Christian Duke and Jon Kempin, as well as former Sporting Kansas City players Kyle Miller, Cyprian Hedrick and Michael Thomas.

    OKC Energy FC will host Orlando City SC on Saturday in the team’s home opener at Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City. All USL PRO games are streamed live and archived on YouTube during the 2014 season. 


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Rochester Rhinos earned their first victory of the season as they took a 2-0 victory against the Chicago Fire Reserves at Toyota Park. Attacking midfielder Minh Vu and forward JC Banks scored a goal in each half to pace the visiting Rhinos. Rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy kept the clean sheet in his first professional appearance.

    In the 22nd minute the Rhinos opened the scoring through a goal from Vu. The build-up started on the right flank when Rochester right back Pat McMahon pressed Fire midfielder Oscar Gonzalez and poked the ball away to Rhinos captain Tyler Rosenlund, who was able to pick up his head and find Vu making a clever outside-in run behind the Fire back four. Vu was in on goal and kept his composure to lob the ball over the head of onrushing Fire goalkeeper Alec Kann.

    The Rhinos doubled their advantage in the 81st minute. Kann played a goal kick out to the feet of Fire center back Patrick Ianni at the top of the penalty area. Ianni's ensuing pass into midfield was intercepted by Rhinos defensive midfielder Lance Rozeboom. Rozeboom played a two-touch pass out to substitute Johnny Mendoza's feet on the left flank. Mendoza's service found the feet of Banks in the Fire penalty area, and Banks was able to finish past a diving Kann.

    McCarthy, at 21 the youngest goalkeeper to ever start for the Rhinos, earned the clean sheet behind an effective back four that saw Patrick McMahon and Tony Walls make their first starts of the 2014 campaign after right back Babacar Diallo and center back Patrick Slogic both suffered injuries during training this week. McCarthy was making a scheduled start after New England Revs loanee Luis Soffner started the first two matches of the season in goal.

    The Rhinos next return home for their 19th home opener this Sunday, April 27th at 4 p.m. at Sahlen's Stadium against the Charleston Battery.

    Tickets for the home opener as well as any other match on the Rhinos home schedule will be available by by calling (585) 454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen's Stadium, or by visiting ticketmaster.com. Rochester Rhinos season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are also currently available.


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    Sacramento Republic FC News Release -- www.sacrepublicfc.com

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today the naming of its new facility at Cal Expo as Bonney Field, in partnership with Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air and Rooter Service. The multi-year partnership between both Sacramento-based companies not only highlights successful and growing enterprises of local origin, but also provides a solid foundation for enhancing the civic amenities of the region and elevating entertainment options for a diversity of audiences. Pending construction timelines, Republic FC and Ovations Food Service will open Bonney Field on June 7 when it plays Arizona United SC.

    “We are invited into the residences of customers throughout the region on a daily basis.  We feel a strong connection to the community, and we are dedicated to creating a positive, family-like atmosphere for our team of employees, as well as empowering them to treat our customers like part of the Bonney family, too” said Jimmy Crabbe, CEO and co-owner of Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air & Rooter Service. “Sacramento is going through an exciting renaissance. Like our Indomitable City, Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air & Rooter Service started in Sacramento and grew from humble beginnings in 1978 – offering a full portfolio of services to make everyone’s home a wonderful place to share memories. Our relationship with our customers goes back 36 years. Bonney Field is an opportunity for us to support the community and make Sacramento an even greater place to live.”

    Formerly known as the Cal Expo Multi-Use Sports Field Facility, Bonney Field will be an 8,000 seat facility on the grounds of Cal Expo with a “full soccer pitch” or 120 x 80 yard field – one of the largest in the country for a professional soccer club. Construction of the facility began in March 2014 following approval by the Cal Expo Board of Directors. The approximately $3 million privately funded facility is a private-public collaboration among Ovations Food Service, Republic FC and Cal Expo.  Progress on the site may be viewed live via time-lapse camera at: http://oxblue.com/open/ovantionsfanfare/calexpo.

    Bonney Field will serve as the host site of the June 21 USA Rugby vs. Canada Rugby match, which will be nationally televised on NBC Universal. The match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Additional details are available at usvcanadarugbymatch.com.

    “Doesn’t matter if it is on the pitch or in the boardroom, you are only as strong as the people that surround you,” said Republic FC President Warren Smtih. “We couldn’t have a better partner, a better teammate, in Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air & Rooter Service. Bonney Field will be a gathering place synonymous with memories, entertainment and the best soccer players in the country. It is only fitting for it to embody the name of a one of our region’s most respected and long-standing businesses.”  

    The multi-year naming rights arrangement will consist of a variety of marketing elements beyond the naming of Bonney Field. Bonney will be featured on various marketing materials, advertising in broadcasts, signage at the site and in a series of promotions and events. Bonney and Republic FC also will collaborate on a variety of community activities, including brining youth and families to matches.


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    Orlando City SC News News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC (2-0-2, 8 points) will travel this week to take on F.C. Dallas Reserves on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET aiming to regain first place in the USL PRO standings. City has momentum heading into the upcoming two game road-trip, which concludes in Oklahoma City on Saturday night, as the Lions are coming off consecutive wins at home against the Rochester Rhinos and the Charleston Battery.

    Orlando's match against F.C. Dallas will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 2011 campaign. In their first season in Orlando, the Lions fell to the F.C. Dallas first team on two occasions, losing 1-0 in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic before suffering a 3-2 defeat in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

    This year’s matchup will feature the F.C. Dallas Reserves, who previously secured a 1-0 victory against OKC Energy FC in their first match against a USL PRO club this season. Midfielder Brian Span was recalled by Dallas for the game against OKC, but has re-joined Orlando and will be eligible to play against his current MLS club on Tuesday.

    Due to an agreement made between MLS and USL PRO last year, each USL squad will once again play a pair of regular season games against MLS Reserve Teams, with the results counting in each team’s respective league standings.

    Following their match against F.C. Dallas Reserves, City will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the newly added USL PRO side. Coached by former Sporting Kansas City Captain Jimmy Neilsen, the Energy currently sit in fourth place in USL PRO (2-2-0, 6 points).

    The match against OKC will feature familiar faces for City fans, as Sporting KC Goalkeeper Jon Kempin and Midfielder Christian Duke are currently on loan with the Oklahoma-based club. Both Kempin and Duke played a key role in Orlando’s championship winning season in 2013.

    For more information, please visit OrlandoCitySC.com.


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    USL PRO Feature

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    One of the hallmarks of Dom Dwyer’s time with Orlando City was the manner in which he would apply defensive pressure to the opposing team’s defense, trying to force poor passes that would help the Lions regain possession and quickly spring into attack.

    Photo courtesy Jamila St. Ann / Sporting KCThat mentality came from Sporting Kansas City, and the high-pressure work ethic that has proven to be crucial in the side’s success in recent seasons. This past Saturday, it was again in evidence as SKC took a 4-0 win against the Montreal Impact as Dwyer scored twice to move to the top of the MLS Standings.

    “Sorry, but he was a pain in the ass for their defenders,” Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said in his postmatch news conference. “He really was. They were having a hard time with him all night.”

    With his two goals, Dwyer doubled his total for the season as he moved into a tie for third in MLS through six games this season. His performance against the Impact also put him at the top of the Weekly Castrol Index player rankings, and earned a place on the MLS Team of the Week.

    “I was pleased to get a couple of goals, obviously,” Dwyer said in the news conference. “I needed it. The last game, I thought I played well and was just unlucky. I thought that was coming again today, when the keeper saved it with his face. But I just kept going and got chances, and we closed the game out well.”

    If four goals in six games sounds familiar, it’s the same total that Dwyer had for Orlando after the first month of the 2013 USL PRO season. Incidentally, his sixth game last season also had him score twice, against Dayton. That’s not to say the expectation should be that Dwyer will now go on the same tear that saw him record 11 goals in his next seven games for the Lions, but MLSSoccer’s Matt Doyle writes that Dwyer’s finishing could be the final piece for an SKC side that has been excellent in all other facets this season.

    “Now it seems the dam may have burst. Dwyer got a pair of goals this weekend, and both were real predator's goals,” Doyle wrote. “The temptation will be to say ‘It's just the Impact,’ but all streaks have to start somewhere. And that will be bad news for the rest of the league, since Sporting's struggles in the 18 have been the only thing preventing them from becoming a juggernaut.”


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  • 04/22/14--13:43: Top Named Player of the Week
  • USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 5 of the 2014 season on Tuesday as Arizona United SC forward Jonathan Top was named Player of the Week as he scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC. The victory was United’s first win in club history.

    Top, on loan from FC Dallas, capitalized on a strong buildup from United, as a pass out to the right side found Matt Kassel and his cross to the back post was knocked down by Kadeem Dacres into the path of Top, who finished coolly before running to celebrate with Arizona’s fans behind the goal.

    Kassel also earned a berth on the Team of the Week as he played an integral role in United’s victory. The team’s captain, Kassel provided a sweeping cross for Brandon Swartzendruber to score the first goal in club history, and despite having a penalty saved shortly before halftime, he continued to prove influential throughout the second half which culminated in his role in the winning goal.

    The Richmond Kickers’ Kyle Porter joined Kassel in the Team of the Week midfield after his goal sparked his side’s comeback to earn a 2-2 draw with Pittsburgh. The Riverhounds were also represented by Brian Ownby, who scored and drew a penalty kick against his former team, while Jarad van Schaik from Charleston completed the quartet after a strong performance in difficult conditions against the New York Red Bulls Reserves.

    Dayton had a pair of players selected following its 1-0 win on the road against Harrisburg as goalkeeper Matt Williams earned his second selection of the season for a five-save shutout. Forward Aaron Schoenfeld was also named after a strong all-around performance was capped with the game’s only goal.

    The LA Galaxy II also earned two selections as they returned to the top of the USL PRO standings, with forward Chandler Hoffman and defender Daniel Steres both selected. Steres was joined by Harrisburg’s Pedro Ribeiro and Richmond’s Taylor Kemp in the Team of the Week defense after both performed well at both ends of the field.

    The 2014 USL PRO season continues on Tuesday night as Orlando City visits the FC Dallas Reserves at 8 p.m. ET. Friday night sees another interleague contest as the Charlotte Eagles play host to the Chicago Fire Reserves at 7 p.m. ET, with the night being capped by the LA Galaxy II’s visit to Arizona United SC at 10 p.m. ET.

    Saturday night brings two inaugural home openers as OKC Energy FC hosts Orlando City at Pribil Stadium at 8 p.m. ET, and Sacramento Republic FC hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders at Hughes Stadium at 10:30 p.m. ET. The weekend concludes on Sunday as the Rochester Rhinos host their 19th home opener at 4:05 p.m. ET with the Charleston Battery the visitors.

    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.

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    Honorable Mention – Arizona: Brandon Swartzendruber, Kadeem Dacres; Charleston: Dane Kelly, Heviel Cordoves; Dayton: Brock Granger, Eli Garner; Harrisburg: Richie Marquez, Yann Ekra; LA Galaxy II: Jack McBean, Rafael Garcia; Oklahoma City: Jon Kempin; Orange County: Jiovanni Santana, Allan Russell; Pittsburgh: Danny Earls, Jason Johnson; Richmond: Samuel Asante, Matt Delicate; Sacramento: Rodrigo Lopez, Jack Avesyan.


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    FC Tucson News Release -- www.fctucson.com

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Today, FC Tucson continued building its 2014 roster by signing three players who played with the team during MLS Preseason: Andres Acosta, Dan Antoniuk and Martino Rapella. The club now has ten players signed to the roster for the 2014 season.

    "Andres, Dan, and Martino performed tremendously with FC Tucson against MLS teams this winter at the Desert Diamond Cup," said FC Tucson General Manager Jon Pearlman. "We are excited to have players with both professional experience, as well as experience with FC Tucson in our playing environment.  The entire staff feels they will have a large and positive impact on the field this summer."

    Acosta and Antoniuk most recently played professionally for Major Indoor Soccer League side the St. Louis Ambush. Acosta appeared in six matches for the Ambush as a midfielder in the 2013-14 season. Antoniuk played in 17 matches as a forward and tallied seven goals and seven assists this past season. The duo dressed for FC Tucson during MLS Preseason with Antoniuk scoring a goal against Real Salt Lake in a 3-1 loss to the club during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

    Rapella made the squad through an open tryout in January. During MLS Preseason, he scored a goal against Chivas USA in a 1-1 draw with the MLS side. The midfielder comes to Tucson from Italy, where he previously played in the lower professional levels of Italian soccer with Calcio Lecco 1912. He came to Tucson about a year ago and played in the Tucson Metro Soccer League before trying out for FC Tucson.

    FC Tucson plays its first match of 2014 at the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium on Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. The 2014 FC Tucson Open House presented by Chapman Automotive will feature FC Tucson against national collegiate power University of New Mexico. Fans wearing FC Tucson gear or the Chapman Automotive logo, or fans who have season tickets, can get in for free. Tickets for others are just $5 and can be purchased at FCTucson.com.

    Season tickets are also still available but seating is limited. Fans can purchase a basic package for just $80. Or they can join The Upper 90 Club for $120, which includes a pass to "Meet the Team Day," a $10 concessions voucher, an FC Tucson merchandise item and an Upper 90 Club card that will be good for gameday discounts and future events. To purchase season tickets, just head to FCTucson.com.


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    W-20 News Release

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – W-20, the premier North American under-20 women’s league, released its divisional alignment and schedule for 2014 today, with the action slated to kick off for the 86-game regular season on Friday, May 30. 

    The 2014 W-20 season features 20 teams aligned in four regional divisions – Midwest, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Southeast - playing 8-10 regular season matches from May through July, with a national championship set for late July.

    “As W-20 moves into year two we are excited by the progress the league has enjoyed, and the most rewarding element has been the new playing and development opportunities created by the close relationship between W-20 and W-League teams,” W-League & W-20 Senior Director Amanda Duffy said. “As more teams embrace W-20’s role in the women’s soccer pyramid in North America, more players stand to benefit from having a clearly defined path from the youth ranks to the professional level.” 

    W-20 currently features six teams that serve as reserve teams for W-League clubs, including the Carolina Elite Cobras, the Gulf Coast Texans, the London Gryphons, the Ottawa Fury, the Toronto Lady Lynx, and the Washington Spirit Academy (Washington Spirit Reserves). The Washington Spirit Reserves of the W-League serve in the same capacity for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).


    2014 W-20 Alignment

    Midwest Division South Atlantic Division
    Grand Rapids Crew Juniors Annandale United Majestics
    London Gryphons ETA United
    Michigan PDA Fredericksburg Impact
    Premier Soccer Group Triangle FC Alliance
    Toronto Lady Lynx Triangle FC Select
      Washington Spirit Academy
    North Atlantic Division  
    FC Philadelphia Southeast Division
    Harrisburg City Islanders Atlanta Metros FC
    Keystone Athletic SC Carolina Elite Cobras
    Ottawa Fury Gulf Coast Texans
    Reading United AC Lake Norman SC


    W-20 is the result of a rebranding the premier North American under-20 women’s league, previously known as the Super-20 Women. W-20 aligns operationally with the W-League to benefit from the established infrastructure of the first and longest standing women’s league in North America, which emphasizes quality ownership, league standards and player development.

    W-20 enjoyed a memorable first season in 2013, with 20 teams fighting for spots at the W-20 Championship presented by Nike, which was held at the pristine IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Six teams qualified for the event, with the Kalamazoo Kingdom capturing the inaugural title. 

    The Carolina Elite Cobras – a 2013 championship qualifier – host the Atlanta Metros in Southeast Division action as the season kicks off on Friday, May 30. The Cobras then travel to face the Gulf Coast Texans on Saturday, May 31, in a W-20/W-League doubleheader.

    The regular season closes on Sunday, July 13 when the Gulf Coast Texans host the Atlanta Metros, Keystone Athletic SC welcomes the Ottawa Fury, and Triangle FC Alliance faces the Washington Spirit Academy.


    2014 W-20 Schedule


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    Austin Aztex News Release -- www.austinaztex.com

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas -- The Austin Aztex have announced the signing of four additional players, including the 2013 USL Super-20 Championship’s Most Valuable Player Bubacarr Jobe, pending league approval.

    Joining Jobe on the Aztex's roster pending league approval is Justin Franz, Kalen Ryden, and Tom McMahon.

    Jobe, a 19-year old forward from The Woodlands, arrived in the United States from Gambia in Africa alongside former Aztex player and current Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekuta Manneh. Jobe scored four goals in five games for Force Football Club Academy during the 2013 Super-20 Championships, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team and MVP honors. Jobe was identified by the Aztex during the Aztex Invitational Camp held in January.

    Franz, a 22-year-old midfielder from Austin, returns for his third season with the Aztex organization. Franz provided three assists in five games for the Aztex in 2013, including an assist on a long throw-in for the game-winning goal in the squad’s season opener in Oklahoma City. Franz finished his senior season at Campbell University with five goals and six assists in 19 games played.

    Ryden, a 23-year-old defender from Norman, Okla., returns to PDL action after playing for the Des Moines Menace in 2010. Ryden started all 18 games during his junior season at Midwestern State University, adding one goal and two assists.

    McMahon, a 19-year-old goalkeeper from Nassau Bay, Texas, helps provide depth at the goalkeeper position for the Aztex. McMahon is a freshman at Stony Brook University and played his club soccer with Eclipse Soccer Club and high school soccer with Clear Creek High School. While at Clear Creek, McMahon was the District 24-5A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2012.

    The latest signings bring the Austin Aztex squad to 20 total players to date.

    The Aztex preseason continues with a match versus the St. Edward’s University on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The match starts at 5 p.m. at Lewis Chen Family Field at St. Edward’s University. 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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  • 04/23/14--15:43: Rhinos Acquire Smith On Loan
  • Rochester Rhinos News Release -- www.rhinossoccer.com

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The New England Revolution today loaned midfielder/defender Donnie Smith to the Rochester Rhinos, the team’s USL PRO affiliate. Smith is expected to remain in Rochester on a short-term loan.

    Smith, 23, is in his second year with the Revs after the club drafted him in the second round (21st overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of the UNC-Charlotte. Smith has two career MLS appearances – both starts – with the last coming on March 15, 2014, at Philadelphia. He also previously played for the PDL's Carolina Dynamo, and was part of the side that reached the 2012 PDL Championship Game.

    Smith joins three other Revs players already on loan in Rochester: defender Jossimar Sanchez, goalkeeper Luis Soffner and midfielder Alec Sundly.

    The Rochester Rhinos 19th home opener will be this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Sahlen's Stadium against the Charleston Battery.

    Tickets for the home opener as well as any other match on the Rhinos home schedule will be available by by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen's Stadium, or by visiting ticketmaster.com. Rochester Rhinos season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are also currently available.


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  • 04/24/14--09:44: Gay Joins Spirit Reserves
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    Washington Spirit Reserves News Release - www.washingtonspirit.com

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    BOYDS, Md. – With final preparations underway to kick off the upcoming W-League season, the Washington Spirit Reserves proudly announced today the addition of former Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adelaide Gay to the 2014 roster.  A New Jersey native, Gay spent the past several months in training camp with the Washington NWSL squad, working tirelessly in preparation for a successful year on the pitch.

    A reserve player in the truest sense, Gay is listed third on the Washington goalkeeper depth chart and will likely earn call-ups to the professional Spirit side during the season.

    Gay accumulated numerous youth accolades while a member of the well-known Players Development Academy (PDA), including four State Cup championships.  Her collegiate career began in the Ivy League as member of Yale University women’s soccer program, but her talents caught the attention of the University of North Carolina.  Gay transferred to Chapel Hill in her sophomore year and nabbed the starting position12 months later.

    In addition to garnering All-American Academic honors for her performance on and off the field, Gay’s senior year as the UNC starting keeper could not have ended any better.  Gay capped her collegiate career in a way most keepers only dream about, a 4-1 National Championship victory against Penn State in the 2012 NCAA final.

    Following her national championship season with the Tarheels, Gay joined Thorns FC as a Discovery Player signing in April of last year. 

    “Ade has been working relentlessly hard along with the two first team goalkeepers throughout preseason,” Spirit pro team Goalkeeper Coach Lloyd Yaxely said. “Her desire to improve and desire to win will be contagious amongst all of her teammates.

    “To have someone with her experience and quality in our Reserves will be a huge asset for the entire club.”

    The Washington Spirit Reserves face a challenging schedule of opponents in the Northeast Conference this season, which includes 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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    Reading United AC News Release -- www.readingunitedac.com

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    READING, Pa. -- The path to PPL Park runs through Reading. For three graduates of the Philadelphia Union Academy, the dream of pulling on the Union blue and gold and playing in front of the Sons of Ben is within reach as they join Reading United A.C., Philadelphia's PDL player development affiliate, for the upcoming 2014 season.

    Photo courtesy Glenn RiegellUnion Academy grads Shane Campbell and Darius Madison will return for their second season in Reading, while fellow academy product Colton Storm makes the jump from Reading’s Super-20 team to the PDL team for 2014.

    In 2013, Shane Campbell played 11 games for Reading and was part of the defense that allowed the fewest goals in the ultra-competitive Mid Atlantic Division. The York, Pa. native followed up his summer with United by playing 21 matches for the Penn State Men's Soccer Team. The defender recorded two goals and an assist in helping the Lions win the Big Ten Regular Season Championship.

    Following the 2014 PDL season, Campbell will transfer to collegiate soccer powerhouse, Louisville University. He'll look to follow Reading United alums Greg Cochrane and Jimmy Ockford, who were selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft after standout seasons with the Cardinals.

    "From top to bottom, Reading is a top notch organization that I am privileged to be a part of again this summer," Campbell said of his return to United. "I am most looking forward to getting back together with my teammates, old and new, and getting after it every day in training. The caliber of players that come here every summer is outstanding and is a huge reason as to why all of us decide to play our summer ball here in Reading."

    Philadelphia native Darius Madison will be back for his second season in Reading following a superb 2013 college season with the University of Virginia. The forward fired in six goals and three assists in helping the Cavaliers advance to the College Cup Final Four, hosted by the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Madison’s performance in the College Cup earned him All-Tournament Team honors to go along with All-ACC Second Team honors in 2013.

    With Reading in 2013, Madison helped power United's offense as he scored three goals and recorded one assist. The speedy forward scored the game winning goal in United's victory over FC Lehigh Valley Sonic in the first round of the 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup.

    ”I returned to Reading because that's where I feel at home. I love the facilities and coaching staff,” Madison said when asked why he chose to play with United.

    Colton Storm joins a long list of University of North Carolina players who spent their summers playing for Reading United. Storm is a graduate of the Union's academy and turned in a strong freshman season with the Tar Heels. The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania played 13 matches for UNC in 2013. Ranked number 33 on Top Drawer Soccer's Top 150, Storm was a part of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency program. The rising UNC sophomore returns to Reading United following a successful season with the club’s Super-20 team last summer.

    As graduates of the Philadelphia Union’s Academy continue to populate the Reading United roster, club president Art Auchenbach discussed the importance of the affiliation between Reading and the Philadelphia Union. “We are very pleased that Reading United provides the best platform for the region’s premier youth soccer player.  We have witnessed this already with guys like Zarek Valentin, Corey Hertzog, and Andrew Wenger.  With the Philadelphia Union providing a clear path to the professional game, the Union Academy players have become instrumental to our continued growth and success."

    Auchenbach continued, "Men like Darius Madison and Shane Campbell have been able to maintain their academy form and fitness as they transition to the college game and vice-versa.  Colton Storm represents the next phase of our growth as he was instrumental to our Super 20 squad’s success last year.  We are proud to provide the development platform that bridges between the Union Youth Academy and the Union professional phase (Harrisburg and Philadelphia).  We fully expect the numbers and quality of players to continue to grow as the Union Academy players transition from our Super 20 to PDL to the professional game, much like Corey, Zarek, and Andrew have done before them.  The best players know that Reading is the ideal summer destination to develop their skills for the professional game.”

    Reading United opens the 2014 PDL season with a road match against the Jersey Express scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th. United will host the Baltimore Bohemians on Saturday, May 24th at 7 p.m.


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    W-League News Release

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League is pleased to announce that the W-League Championship presented by Nike will return to the world-class facilities of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida July 25-27. The W-20 Championship will once again take place alongside the W-League Championship, July 24-27.

    After a successful 2013 event featuring top college and international stars, including members of the 2013 NCAA College Cup champions UCLA, all four W-League Championship matches will again be available live for fans on YouTube, as will the W-20 Championship final.

    “Building off last year’s event is an exciting opportunity for the league to continue showcasing future professionals throughout North America and enhance the overall standard and experience of the event for players and clubs alike,” W-League & W-20 Senior Director Amanda Duffy said.  “The superior competition achieved in all four of last year’s W-League final four matches was noteworthy, and the new dynamic of each of the four teams representing a conference was a well-received adjustment.”

    Nine teams will qualify for the postseason with one team advancing from each conference to the 2014 W-League Championship. The four conference winners will meet July 25-27 in a ‘final four’-format championship. The semifinals will be played on Friday, July 25 with the winners meeting for the 2014 W-League Championship on Sunday, July 27.

    The top three seeds in the Central Conference will advance to the Central Conference Championship, with the No. 2 seed hosting the No. 3 seed in the conference semifinal and the winner moving on to face the No. 1 seed. The top two seeds will advance to a single-match championship in the Southeastern, Northeastern and Western Conference Playoffs.

    Eight teams will earn a trip to the W-20 Championship in July, with playoff allocations based on the number of teams in each division. The Midwest, North Atlantic Division and South Atlantic divisions will receive two spots at the W-20 Championship, while the Southeast Division receives one. A single wildcard qualifier – the team with the highest point percentage at the end of the regular season after the divisional allocations have been clinched – will also earn a trip to Bradenton.

    “Having the W-20 Championship alongside the W-League Championship continues to give us a unique opportunity to expose younger players to the next level of women’s soccer in North America,” Duffy said. “In addition, bringing the players to IMG Academy gives them the opportunity to play meaningful matches at one of the world’s top soccer facilities.”

    The Pali Blues captured the 2013 W-League title with a 1-0 victory against the Laval Comets, and after a merger between Pali and the LA Strikers that formed the LA Blues, the club is expected to once again contend for a title in 2014. The Kalamazoo Kingdom took home the inaugural W-20 title with a 2-1 victory against Force FC Football Academy at IMG, and will be back as the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors in 2014.

    As the premier U-20 adult-amateur women’s league in North America, W-20 provides the necessary platform for top 17- to 20-year-olds in the United States and Canada to compete at an elite level, while also serving as a reserve system for professional and senior adult-amateur women’s teams. W-20 utilizes the W-League’s operational infrastructure that emphasizes quality ownership, league standards and player development to maintain itself as the leader in under-20 women’s soccer in North America.

    The W-League and W-20 continue to be best positioned to prepare players and clubs for the next levels of adult amateur and professional women’s soccer, and each step advances their alignment with U.S. Soccer’s women’s professional league, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

    The world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex, IMG Academy regularly hosts top soccer teams from throughout North America and the world. For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport, by providing world-class coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities within an energetic environment across a 450-acre campus.


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    IRVINE, Calif. -- The Orange County Blues got a pair of goals apiece from Christopher Santana and Chris Cortez as they claimed a 4-1 victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Anteater Stadium on Thursday night. Cris Hernandez scored for the City Islanders, their first goal of the season, but the Blues pulled away as Cortez recorded a pair of goals in the final 20 minutes to earn Orange County victory.

    The first goal came after just six minutes as Gabriel Gonzalez played the ball through for Santana to curl home his first professional goal into the right corner of the net. Santana was at it again in the 25th minute as a shot by Allan Russell was tipped by Harrisburg goal-keeper Nick Noble right into his path for an easy tap in at the back post.

    Harrisburg found a lifeline two minutes before halftime when Hernandez was fouled just outside the box. The Philadelphia Union loanee picked himself up and struck a deceptive a free kick that outwitted Mohammad Mohamadi to halve the Blues' lead at the halftime break.

    Both teams came flying out of the gates in the second half. Yann Ekra was very dangerous for the City Islanders as he looked to connect with Clesio Bauque. Harrisburg’s attacks were repelled time and time again as Rauwshan McKenzie, playing his first game on loan from the Portland Timbers, kept the Blues' backline compact and organized.

    The second half, though, belonged to Cortez. The forward came in towards the tail end of the first half in place of defender Seth Moses who limped off with a hamstring injury. Cortez would find his first goal of the season in the 74th minute as he climbed highest to head home a corner kick from substitute Mohammad Roknipur.

    With the visitors pressing to get back into the game, Orange County ended the match as a contest three minutes from time. Cesar Rivera broke down the left flank on the counter attack and pulled the ball across goal. The ball took a deflection off a Harrisburg defender and deflected over a diving Noble. Cortez, was on hand at the back post to tap in the game's final goal.

    The Blues improved to 2-3-0 on the season and will look to get to .500 on Sunday when the LA Galaxy II make the short trip across the Orange Curtain. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.. PT. This is the first meeting between the rivals at Anteater Stadium. After two losses at StubHub Center against LA, the Blues will be extra motivated to claw back in the series in front of the home crowd.


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    U.S. Soccer News Release -- www.ussoccer.com

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    CHICAGO – The competition format and pairings for the first two rounds of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are set with the largest field in the tournament’s modern era (1995-present), kicking off on May 7 with eight matches.

    The 101st edition of the tournament features 80 teams, an increase from the then-record 68 that took the field last year. The expansion results in both the largest number of amateur teams (42) in the tournament proper—exceeding the previous record of 34 set last year—as well as the largest contingent of pro clubs (38, surpassing last year’s record of 34), with all Division I, II and III professional sides participating for the third consecutive year. An additional record for the competition will see 24 second-round matches played, exceeding the previous high of 18 in a single round (2013 first round).

    A new feature will be the prospect that many pro teams will have to play an early-round Open Cup match on a weekend date (a first in the competition’s modern era). This scheduling opportunity for fourth round games June 14-15 is the result of a league break Division I (Major League Soccer) and II (North American Soccer League) clubs will take during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000 and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize. D.C. United is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won its third tournament title (following triumphs in 1996 and 2008) after a tense 1-0 road victory over Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, 2013. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

    Tournament Format and Match Dates

    The 2014 U.S. Open Cup will be conducted on a single-elimination, one-game-knockout basis utilizing a tiered-bracket format. Teams will be paired geographically. In the event that three or more teams are from the same proximity, pairings for these teams will be made by random selection. Pairings will be arranged to prevent the possibility of a lower division team playing a parent club (e.g. Portland Timbers U-23s [PDL] will not be pitted against the Portland Timbers [MLS], should both teams be in the competition in the same round) except for the Final.

    •             First Round—May 7 (16 amateur teams: 5 PDL, 4 USASA regional qualifiers, 5 NPSL, 1 US Club Soccer, 1 USSSA): Teams from the same qualifying pool cannot be paired with each other.

    •             Second Round—May 14 (8 First Round winners, 26 remaining amateur teams [14 PDL, 6 USASA regional qualifiers, 6 NPSL], and 14 Division III [USL PRO] clubs): Teams from the same qualifying pool cannot be paired with each other.

    •             Third Round—May 28 (24 Second Round winners and 8 Division II [NASL] clubs): Each Division II team will be matched geographically to play the winner of a specific Second Round pairing. The winners of the 16 remaining Second Round matches not paired with a Division II side will play each other.

    •             Fourth Round—June 10-18 (16 Third Round winners vs. Division I [MLS] clubs): Each Division I team will be matched geographically to play the winner of a specific Third Round pairing. The exact date for each match will be determined by the club selected as the home team from among those dates where the visiting team doesn’t have a league game already scheduled. The date selected must allow the visiting team at least two rest days before and after the match date.

    •             Fifth Round—June 24-25 (16 Fourth Round winners face each other): Each Fourth Round pair will be matched geographically with another Fourth Round pair to determine the Fifth Round possibilities.

    •             Quarterfinal (Sixth) Round—July 8-9: Each Fifth Round pair will be matched geographically with another Fifth Round pair to determine the Quarterfinal Round possibilities.

    •             Semifinal Round—Aug. 12-13: Each Quarterfinal Round pair will be matched geographically with another Quarterfinal Round pair to determine the Semifinal Round possibilities.

    •             Final—Sept. 30-Oct. 1

    2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participating Teams

    Major League Soccer (Division I): All 16 U.S.-based teams, entering in the Fourth Round:

    Chicago Fire
    Houston Dynamo
    Portland Timbers
    Chivas USA
    LA Galaxy
    Real Salt Lake
    Colorado Rapids
    New England Revolution
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Columbus Crew
    New York Red Bulls
    Seattle Sounders FC
    D.C. United
    Philadelphia Union
    Sporting Kansas City
    FC Dallas

    North American Soccer League (Division II): All eight U.S.-based teams, entering in the Third Round

    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Indy Eleven
    San Antonio Scorpions
    Carolina RailHawks
    Minnesota United FC
    Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Fort Lauderdale Strikers
    New York Cosmos

    USL PRO (Division III): All 14 teams, entering in the Second Round

    Arizona United
    LA Galaxy II
    Richmond Kickers
    Charleston Battery
    Oklahoma City Energy
    Rochester Rhinos
    Charlotte Eagles
    Orange County Blues
    Sacramento Republic
    Dayton Dutch Lions
    Orlando City SC
    Wilmington Hammerheads
    Harrisburg City Islanders
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds

    PDL (Amateur Division): Nineteen of 56 U.S.-based teams, with 14 entering in the Second Round and five in the First Round. Clubs from each of nine regional divisions qualified based on 2013 regular season records

    Austin Aztex
    LA Misioneros
    Portland Timbers U-23s
    Baltimore Bohemians
    Michigan Bucks
    Reading United A.C.
    Carolina Dynamo
    Ocala Stampede
    Real Colorado Foxes
    Fresno Fuego
    Ocean City Nor’easters (N.J.)
    Ventura County Fusion
    GPS Portland Phoenix (Maine)
    Orlando City U23s
    Vermont Voltage
    Jersey Express
    Panama City Beach Pirates
    Western Mass. Pioneers
    Laredo Heat

    U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifiers: Ten teams from qualifying competitions held in each of the four U.S. Soccer regions from 63 participating at the local and state levels, with six clubs entering in the Second Round and four in the First Round.

    Icon FC (New Jersey)
    NTX Rayados (N. Texas)
    Cal FC (Cal. South)
    N.Y. Greek Americans
    Red Force (Florida)
    PSA Elite (Cal. South)
    Des Moines Menace (Iowa)
    Mass Premier Soccer
    Schwaben AC (Illinois)
    RWB Adria (Illinois)

    National Premier Soccer League (a USASA-affiliated national league): Eleven teams from 80 in the league, with six clubs entering in the Second Round and five in the First Round.

    Brooklyn Italians
    Greater Binghamton Thunder
    RVA FC (Richmond, Va.)
    CD Aguiluchos (Oakland)1
    Jacksonville United
    San Diego Flash
    Chattanooga FC
    FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic
    Tulsa AthleticsDetroit City FC
    New York Red Bulls U-23s

    US Club Soccer (an amateur-level Organization Member of U.S. Soccer): A single qualifier from eight who competed will enter in the First Round.

    Team TBD at time of announcement

    U.S. Specialty Sports Association (an amateur-level Organization Member of U.S. Soccer): A single qualifier from eight who competed will enter in the First Round.

    Colorado Rovers

    2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

    FIRST ROUND

    Date

    Game

    Time/Result

    Venue

    May 7

    FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL) at GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Deering High School; Portland, Maine

    May 7

    RWB Adria (USASA) at Detroit City FC (NPSL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Stevenson High School; Livonia, Mich.

    May 7

    Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) at Western Mass. Pioneers (PDL)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.

    May 7

    Vermont Voltage (PDL) at New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL)

    8 p.m. ET

    Red Bull Training Facility; Whippany, N.J.

    May 7

    Red Force (USASA) at Colorado Rovers (USSSA)

    8 p.m. MT

    Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.

    May 7

    CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

    7 p.m. PT

    Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.

    May 7

    TBD (US Club Soccer) at San Diego Flash (NPSL)

    7 p.m. PT

    Mira Mesa High School; Mira Mesa, Calif.

    May 7

    LA Misioneros FC (PDL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    StubHub Center Training Field; Carson, Calif.

    SECOND ROUND

    Date

    Game

    Time/Result

    Venue

    May 13

    Arizona United SC (USL PRO) at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL)

    7 p.m. PT

    Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

    May 14

    Jacksonville United FC (NPSL) at Orlando City U23s (PDL)

    4:30 p.m. ET

    Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.

    May 14

    Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Schwaben AC (USASA)

    4 p.m. CT

    Schwaben Athletic Club; Buffalo Grove, Ill.

    May 14

    Icon FC (USASA) at Baltimore Bohemians (PDL)

    5:30 p.m. ET

    Calvert Hall College High School; Towson, Md.

    May 14

    New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) / Vermont Voltage (PDL) winner at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)

    7 p.m. ET

    Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

    May 14

    New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) at Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.

    May 14

    Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Gurski Stadium; Reading, Pa.

    May 14

    Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) at RVA FC (Richmond Virginia FC) (NPSL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Sports Backers Stadium; Richmond, Va.

    May 14

    Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Deering Memorial Field; Portland, Maine

        or

     

     

     

    May 14

    Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL)

    7:05 p.m. ET

    Whitehall H.S. Soccer Stadium; Whitehall, Pa.

    May 14

    Carolina Dynamo (PDL) at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)

    7 p.m. ET

    Queens University Sports Complex; Charlotte, N.C.

    May 14

    Michigan Bucks (PDL) at Detroit City FC (NPSL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Stevenson High School; Livonia, Mich.

        or

     

     

     

    May 14

    RWB Adria (USASA) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

    May 14

    Ocala Stampede (PDL) at Orlando City (USL PRO)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.

    May 14

    Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

    May 14

    Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

    May 14

    Western Mass. Pioneers (PDL) / Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) winner at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)

    7:35 p.m. ET

    Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

    May 14

    Brooklyn Italians SC (NPSL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

    8 p.m. ET

    NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

    May 14

    Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO) at Tulsa Athletics (NPSL)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    Tulsa Athletics Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

    May 14

    Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at Des Moines Menace (USASA)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa

    May 14

    NTX Rayados (USASA) at Austin Aztex (PDL)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    House Park; Austin, Texas

    May 14

    Orange County Blues (USL PRO) at Fresno Fuego (PDL)

    6 p.m. PT

    Chukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif.

    May 14

    Colorado Rovers (USSSA) / Red Force (USASA) winner at Laredo Heat (PDL)

    8:15 p.m. CT

    Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas

    May 14

    Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

    7 p.m. PT

    Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.

        or

     

     

     

    May 14

    CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic (USL PRO)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    Charles C. Hughes Stadium; Sacramento, Calif.

    May 14

    PSA Elite (USASA) / LA Misioneros FC (PDL) winner at San Diego Flash (NPSL)

    7 p.m. PT

    Mira Mesa High School; Mira Mesa, Calif.

        or

     

     

     

    May 14

    TBD (US Club Soccer) at PSA Elite (USASA)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    Irvine Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

        or

     

     

     

    May 14

    TBD (US Club Soccer) vs. LA Misioneros FC (PDL)

    TBD

    TBD

    May 14

    Cal FC (USASA) at LA Galaxy II (USL PRO)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Chicago Fire Reserves rallied from an early two-goal deficit as they defeated the Charlotte Eagles 3-2 on Friday night at Trans America Field at UNC-Charlotte. Juan Luis Anangono had a pair of goals for the Fire Reserves, including the game-winner, after the Eagles took the lead on goals by Zak Boggs and Jorge Herrera.

    The game opened slowly in the first 10 minutes, but the Eagles opened up the scoring in the 12th minute when Matt Gold began a counter-attack from the Eagles defensive third and found Herrera, who sent a through-ball to a streaking Boggs in the right channel. The former New England Revolution forward hammered his finish past the Chicago's Kyle Reynish for the early lead.

    The Eagles were quick to strike again when less than three minutes after the opening goal Herrera took a through-ball from Drew Yates and slotted it home in the 15th minute.

    The game's first 20 minutes did not go as expected as the Fire Reserves started a number of regular starters due to the club's bye week in Major League Soccer. Chicago would get on the board in the 21st minute when Anangono put the Fire Reserves on the board as he slipped one past Charlotte goalkeeper Doug Herrick as he came out to intercept the shot.

    The Fire Reserves struck again in first-half stoppage time to tie the game just beforethe break as Quincy Amarikwa was able to beat Herrick to a pass into the penalty area, and then coolly finished from the left side of the penalty area.

    The second half started off slowly as well, but the Fire Reserves took their first lead of the game in the 54th minute when Anangono tallied his second goal of the night off an assist from Harry Shipp, which ended up being the match winner.

    Charlotte had a myriad of chances late in the game. The best of those came in the 90th minute when Tyrone Hall had a header which was denied by Reynish, but the Fire Reserves would hold on and hand the Eagles their second defeat of the season.

    The Eagles take a six-game road trip before returning to Queens Sports Complex on May 31st. Follow all of the Eagles away games LIVE at www.youtube.com/charlotteeaglessc and on Twitter at @CharlotteEagles.


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Paolo DelPiccolo’s first professional goal couldn’t have come at a better time as it extended Arizona United Soccer Club’s undefeated streak in a 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy II on Friday night at the Peoria Sports Complex in front of 2,818 spectators.

    After a slow first half, Arizona United SC’s attack awoke in the second half, which led to the equalizer from DelPiccolo in the 68th minute. A clever turn from Jon Okafor on the halfway line from a Joseph Toby pass, allowed Okafor to attack space down the left wing. He played a ball to Brandon Swartzendruber, who passed to a streaking DelPiccolo just inside the box. DelPiccolo cut a defender and lofted a shot with his left foot into the right-side netting.

    "It's big. It was big to equalize," said DelPiccolo when asked about scoring his first goal for Arizona United SC. "We came out slow. To get a goal to even things out and push for the win was big. It felt good."

    Arizona, not satisfied with the pending draw, forced the Galaxy II into some helter skelter defending in the final minutes, which saw an ill-advised challenge result in a red card for LA defender Bradley Diallo in the 89th minute.

    With the man advantage, Arizona United SC attacked with numbers, and a shot from Okafor on the right side went just wide in the 90th minute. United had one final chance three minutes in stoppage time when a cross from Matt Kassel found Bradlee Baladez, who headed the call just over the crossbar.

    "I needed someone to step up and I told them I cannot be the emotional leader," said Arizona United SC head coach Michael Dellorusso when asked about what he said to the team at halftime. "I needed somebody to show some leadership out there and we had a lot of guys step up in the second half. Now we have to take that onto our next game and hopefully they can start with that attitude of Saturday."

    The Galaxy II emerged as the stronger side in the first half as they out shot Arizona United SC 5-2, and maintained the majority of possession. Chandler Hoffman had shots in the fourth and ninth minutes that missed their mark, and an unmarked Charlie Rugg headed his shot wide right.

    As United’s defense continued to bend, it finally broke in the 34th minute when a turnover by the home side sprung a Galaxy II counter-attack. Oscar Soto attacked space down the left-wing and rifled a low cross to Raul Mendiola on the back post. He took a touch and curled a shot into the left-side netting for the opening goal.

    Kadeem Dacres, who made his first professional start, had a look in the 44th minute that was saved by LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Cody Laurendi. Okafor had the first half’s final shot in the 45th minute that missed the mark by inches 

    The draw against the Galaxy II is Arizona United SC’s third match in their four-match homestand to start the 2014 USL PRO season. Arizona United dropped their opening match to OKC Energy FC, but bounced back last week and defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2-1.

    Arizona United SC will close out the homestand against the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday, May 3 at the Peoria Sports Complex. 


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    Victoria Highlanders FC News Release -- www.victoriahighlandersfc.com

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria Highlanders head south to Port Angeles on April 26 for Rumble in the Rainforest, a one-day exhibition tournament benefitting the Peninsula College Soccer Program. The exhibition tournament has the Highlanders facing off against the University of Washington at 3:20 p.m. followed by a match against Oregon IPS at 6:30 p.m.

    WATCH LIVE | TICKETS

    The Peninsula College-hosted tournament also features the Premier Development League’s Kitsap Pumas, NCAA Division II squad Saint Mary Saints, NWAACC Champions Peninsula College and Wenatchee United.

    After an eventful month of signings, Highlanders head coach Steve Simonson will have ample opportunities to test his lineup and gauge which players will see the pitch at next week’s May 4 season opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Royal Athletic Park.

    “It’s the first weekend where we can get a glance at our full squad with the exception of a couple injuries we’re dealing with,” said Simonson. “University of Washington is a good college team and it’s a good opportunity to gauge where we fit as a team. By all accounts, IPS is a good side as well. We’ll be able to put together some short-term fixes and bond as a group, which is important for us at this stage.”

    Competition at Rumble in the Rainforest kicks off April 26 at 9:00 a.m. at Peninsula College. Family tickets of four or more cost $30, 9-15 year-olds cost $5 while 16 and over cost $10. Fans can also view the entire day of games online for $10. There will be food vendors on site. For more club information, please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com.

    RUMBLE IN THE RAINFOREST - FULL SCHEDULE
    9 a.m. – Wenatchee United vs. Peninsula (Men)
    10:20 a.m. – Saint Martin’s vs. Peninsula (Women)
    12:10 p.m. – Saint Martin’s vs. Peninsula (Men)
    2 p.m. – Kitsap Pumas vs. IPS (Men)
    3:20 p.m. – Victoria Highlanders FC vs. University of Washington (Men)
    5:10 p.m. – Kitsap Pumas vs. Wenatchee United (Men)
    6:30 p.m. – Oregon IPS vs. Victoria Highlanders FC (Men)


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  • 04/27/14--09:41: Eagles Down Hammerheads
  • USL PRO News Release

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Charlotte Eagles defeated Wilmington Hammerheads FC 2-0 at Legion Stadium on Saturday night. Midfielders Wells Thompson and Drew Yates led the Eagles to victory with a goal each in the second half.

    Midfielder Daniel Lovitz had several shots on Eagles goalkeeper Brock Duckworth throughout the night, but none found the back of the net to give the Hammerheads the goals they needed to find victory that would continue the club's undefeated start to the season.

    The Hammerheads' best chance ofthe first half came just before halftime off a header by Sammy Ochoa in the penalty area from a volley by Lovitz. The Eagles were given the chance to break the deadlock soon after with minutes left in the first half off a free kick just outside the penalty area, but the shot by Thompson missed the target.

    The first goal of the match came in the 57th minute as Thompson found an open gap outside the penalty area and found the back of the net. Charlotte defender Jonathan Leathers almost added to his side's lead in the 65th minute that was denied by a diving stop by Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts.

    Lovitz had the fans on their feet with two of his best attempts on goal of the night with a diving header in the penalty area near the left post and a hard shot from outside the penalty area with 10 minutes remaining in the match, both saved by finger tips of Charlotte goalkeeper Brock Duckworth.

    The Eagles would get an insurance goal in stoppage time as Yates found the back of the net shortly after coming on as a substitute to make it 2-0. 

    Wilmington Hammerheads FC will host its next match against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday, May 3 at Legion Stadium. For further information regarding the Hammerheads, please call (910) 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio -- Matt Delicate had a pair of goals as the Richmond Kickers took a 5-1 victory against the Dayton Dutch Lions F.C. on Saturday night at Beavercreek Stadium. Dayton, which entered on a three-game undefeated streak, took an early lead, but the Kickers took control soon after as they remained undefeated against the Dutch Lions in club history. 

    The Dutch Lions took the lead in the fourth minute as Eli Garner found the back of the net, beating Kickers goalkeeper Joe Willis on a breakaway. Joel DeLass played a ball through for Garner, who slid a low shot past Willis as he came out the of the net.

    The Kickers did not waste much time responding as former Dutch Lions standout George Davis IV beat Matt Williams with an excellent shot to even the score in the ninth minute. The frantic start to the match was followed by period of physical play as both teams looked to gain the upper hand. It would be Richmond that broke the deadlock in the 25th minute on a corner kick as Delicate flicked home a header at the near post for a 2-1 halftime lead.

    The second half started quietly, but the game changed when the Dutch Lions' Shane Smith fouled Delicate as he broke in on goal in the penalty area. Smith was awarded a red card which reduced his side to 10 men, and Luke Vercollone put home the resulting penalty kick to give the Kickers a 3-1 lead. 

    Dayton continued to apply pressure, but the Kickers were able to take advantage of their extra man as Shay Spitz scored his first goal for Richmond in the 68th minute. Delicate then added his second with 15 minutes to go as he headed home from close range.


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