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  • 06/02/14--08:48: K-W United Shuts Out Bucks
  • K-W United FC News Release - www.kwunitedfc.com

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

    WATERLOO, Ont. - A goal by Jarek Whiteman early in the first half was all that was needed for K-W United FC defeat the Michigan Bucks 1-0 Sunday evening in their home opener. 

    Whiteman opened the account and goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod did the rest as the Bucks were kept off the scoreboard. United now improves to 2-0-1 this season.

    "We didn't come out ready for a big game and got away from our game plan," head coach Stuart Neely said. "Michigan is a talented side and we composed ourselves the second half. We've come out with three very very big points. Because at any time any of the teams in this division can beat each other up."

    The first half, United struggled to get the ball moving. But 13 minutes in, Whiteman scored his second of the season to put the home team up 1-0. 

    Michigan continued to pressure, but keeper MacLeod and the back four stood tall, getting rid of the opportunities. 

    The second half was much of the same, with Neely shaking up his roster and giving the bench some playing time. Multiple times throughout the game, Michigan got the opportunity down low, but MacLeod stood tall. 

    "He's golden right now," Neely said of his keeper. "And you've got to go with the flow. He's made some miraculous saves for us to keep us in the game."

    K-W United still has not allowed a goal against in three games. Neely named MacLeod man of the match for his efforts. 

    United now focuses its attention to next weekends trip to Michigan, when it will reunite with the Bucks in Michigan on Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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    USL PRO Game Report

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Riverhounds battled in-state rivals the Harrisburg City Islanders to a 1-1 draw at Highmark Stadium Sunday evening.  Jimmy McLaughin's goal in the 85th minute prevented the Riverhounds from securing their elusive first USL PRO win of the season.   

    McLaughlin broke past a pair of Riverhounds defenders on the right side, then cut inside to make a nice run to the top of the penalty area, where he ripped a right-footed, bending shot past goalkeeper Mike Lisch for the equalizer.    

    "We played very well.  [We] were very disciplined until the last minutes of the game, and we gave up one goal," said Niko Katic, Riverhounds interim head coach. "We have to defend with all 11 men throughout the entire match," added Katic.  

    The Riverhounds took the early lead in the 12th minute after Matt Dallman was fouled on the right side, about 45 yards from the Harrisburg goal, setting up a free kick opportunity.   

    Danny Earls sent an in-swinging kick toward the near post area, and as the ball bounced out multiple players converged and Mike Green was able to control it nicely with his right foot while in mid-air and send the ball downward and on a bounce toward the goal with his left foot. Brian Fekete drilled it into the roof of the net to give the Riverhounds a 1-0 lead.    

    The Riverhounds were more direct in their approach from the start of the match, playing long balls forward, in an effort to generate quicker scoring opportunities.  

    "We had a plan to play a little bit more direct tonight because we wanted to get into the outside channels, so they could to get the ball to CJ [Collins John] and Jose [Angulo]," Katic said.

    Despite this approach, and creating additional chances, Harrisburg's back line stayed disciplined and helped turn the match in their favor in the second half.   

    Lisch made four saves as the City Islanders finished with the edge in shots (11-7) and had the better of possession and scoring opportunities in the late stages.    

    Numerous cautions were issued in the first half, as Langley and Ekra were cited for dangerous tackles for the City Islanders.  Both Riverhounds forwards were booked, John for dissent, and Angulo for a deliberate handball while challenging a ball in the air.  

    Known as the Keystone Derby between the two clubs, this was the first of two matches at Highmark Stadium (return match, Wednesday, June 11), and the series wraps up in the state Capitol on Saturday, June 14 at Skyline Sports Complex.  

    The two sides remain separated by four points at the bottom of the USL PRO table. The City Islanders (2-5-2) were able to bounce back from a 3-2 loss on Saturday night at home against Richmond, to earn a point on the road.  

    The Riverhounds (0-6-4) return to action on Saturday, June 7 at their other "regional rivals" Rochester Rhinos.   

     


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

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando City SC announced on Monday that Kevin Molino, Darwin Ceren and Tommy Redding have been called up for international duty by their respective national teams.

    Both Ceren and Molino will participate in two international friendlies, on Wednesday, June 4 and Saturday, June 7, against top teams in the world. Meanwhile, Redding has been called up by the U.S. U18 Men’s National Team for the Junior International Tournament in Portugal.

    Molino and the Trinidad & Tobago National Team are set to face Argentina, which is currently in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before traveling to Brazil to face Iran. Molino will have the opportunity to face some of the best players in the world, as Argentina’s roster is comprised with numerous star players, including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.

    Ceren, who is currently the captain of the El Salvador National Team, will join his home country for matches against both the Ivory Coast and Spain, who are also in preparation mode for the upcoming World Cup. El Salvador is set to take on the Ivory Coast in Dallas, Texas, before traveling to Washington D.C. to face the defending World Cup Champions.

    Homegrown MLS signing, Tommy Redding is set to travel to Lisbon, Portugal for matches against Benefica’s U19 side, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Redding, who missed the early portion of the 2014 season due to an injury, has started in City’s last three league games, displaying veteran-like tendencies with his decision making and composure.

    All three players will be unavailable for City’s match on Saturday against the Montreal Impact Reserves at ESPN Wide World of Sports, but will be back in time for the Lions’ fixture against the Orange County Blues on Wednesday, June 11.

    For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com.


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    W-League Feature

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – Recently hired head coach Jill Ellis named a 26-player U.S. Women’s National Team squad that will face France in a pair of exhibitions this month on Monday afternoon, with the potential return of former LA Blues and Seattle Sounders Women forward Alex Morgan the big news in the squad.

    Morgan, who played for the Blues in 2010 and the Sounders Women in 2012, last appeared for the national team last November, and since then has been out with an ankle injury that has kept her from action with the NWSL’s Portland Thorns. Morgan’s availability will be determined by an evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff ahead of the games on June 14 in Tampa, Fla. at Raymond James Stadium, and on June 19 at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Ct.

    Morgan leads a group of 16 former W-League players included in the squad. Morgan’s former Sounders Women teammates Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux and Stephanie Cox are all named, with Solo one shutout away from tying Brianna Scurry for the all-time record for the national team.

    Christen Press, who played on the same Blues team as Morgan in 2010, joins the squad after helping Swedish side Tyreso reach the UEFA Champions League Final with fellow W-League alums Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg. Other former Blues included in the squad include the Portland Thorns’ Tobin Heath and FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday, Sky Blue FC’s Kelley O’Hara and Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

    Other former W-League standouts named include the New Jersey Wildcats’ Heather O’Reilly and Carli Lloyd, while ex-Long Island Rough Rider Crystal Dunn is also included. Experienced defenders Christie Rampone and former D.C. United Women standout Becky Sauerbrunn are joined by Ali Krieger in the back line, while Abby Wambach rounds out the forward selections.


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  • 06/02/14--13:45: St. Louis FC Set For USL PRO
  • USL PRO News Release

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Football Club has been unveiled as the newest participant in USL PRO for the 2015 season, as the club revealed its official name via social media on Monday afternoon.

    St. Louis FC, under the leadership of local businessman and longtime local soccer advocate Jim Kavanaugh, is set to begin play next season at St. Louis Soccer Park. The club has already named Dale Schilly as its first head coach, with Patrick Barry the team’s Executive Director.

    The club is currently accepting deposits on season tickets for the 2015, with full details on season ticket packages and pricing set to be announced this month. For more details, visit www.stlouisuslpro.com.

    St. Louis is the third expansion franchise announced for the 2015 USL PRO season, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC also set to join the league as it moves into its fifth season. 


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    Southern West Virginia King's Warriors News Release -- www.wvkingswarriors.org

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    BLUEFIELD, W.V. -- The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors played USL PRO's Charlotte Eagles in a friendly on Monday night at the East River Soccer Complex and came away with a 3-1 victory. The King's Warriors got goals from Jeremy Payne, Jorge Mackenna and Sam Blackman, and a complete-game performance in goal by Alex Guyer who made his first start of the season for Southern West Virginia. Tyrone Hall scored the lone goal for the Eagles.

    King's Warriors Head Coach Scott Reitnour was able to use 20 players in the friendly against Charlotte as the substitution rules were relaxed "We were thrilled to be able to go that deep into our roster and get them experience against an outstanding organization in a game at the next level," Reitnour said. 

    The King's Warriors scored first on a beautiful cross by Gideon Asante in the 32nd minute. Payne, playing in his first game for Southern West Virginia, settled the cross off his chest and then buried his finish past Charlotte Eagles starting goalkeeper Doug Herrick.

    Payne, who recently joined the King's Warriors after a returning from a missions' trip in South America, talked about his first action with the team. "It felt good just to be able to go out there with the guys," he said. "I've only trained with them three times so just being thrown out there I was a little bit nervous. I thought it went well and some good things happened." Payne helped lead Messiah College to the NCAA Div III National Championship this past fall.

    Charlotte countered in the 43th minute as Hall had a solid individual effort to put it into the King's Warriors' goal from just inside the box and the game was tied at 1-1. A minute later, however, Southern West Virginia regained the lead as a ball was sent into the Eagles' penalty area. The ball deflected off Herrick and landed on the foot of Mackenna, who easily knocked the ball into the open net to give the King's Warriors a 2-1 advantage at the break.

    At the start of the second half Southern West Virginia subbed in nine new players to give everyone on the team some action in the friendly. The second-team Warriors held their own against Charlotte, and even scored an insurance goal late on a tally by Blackman to ice the victory. 

    Guyer went the entire way in goal for the King's Warriors while Herrick and Kyle Renfro split time in net for Charlotte as the Eagles played a number of their second-line players in an experimental line-up put out by Coach Mark Steffens. 

    Steffens was impressed with what he saw from the King's Warriors, and said he beleived there were players who could be useful additions in USL PRO. "Gideon Asante and Itode Fubara tried out for us and we liked them a lot," said Steffens. "I think they both can play at the next level."

    The King's Warriors return to PDL action this Thursday when they'll travel to Louisville, Ky. to meet the River City Rovers at 7:30 p.m. This Saturday Southern West Virginia will continue its' two-game road trip with a match in Cincinnati against the Dutch Lions at 7 p.m. 

    The King's Warriors next home game will be Saturday, June 14 when Southern West Virginia will host the SC United Bantams for a second time this season at 7 p.m. at the East River Soccer Complex.


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    Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to host the Mexico U21 National Team in an international exhibition at City Stadium on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. The historic match will showcase top young talent from Mexico’s top flight, Liga MX, as the team prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. General admission tickets for $20 are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

    "Our previous Mexico match-up produced an electric crowd that was one, if not the best, fan atmospheres we have ever experienced at City Stadium,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “This is another fantastic opportunity for our fans and players to sample the energy, passion and authentic soccer atmosphere this Word Cup style event will bring to RVA.”

    The El Tri U-21s is comprised mainly of players from Liga MX powers including Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas), Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V. and Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. The current U-21s will likely form the core of the squad Mexico sends to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Mexico is the reigning Olympic champion as they won their country’s first gold medal in soccer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    The match marks the second time in club history that the Kickers will face the Mexican Olympic National Team, having hosted an exhibition in April 2010 when the visitors posted a 3-1 win. Rain showers throughout the day did not deter nearly 4,000 eager fans that saw David Izazola claim an early lead for the Mexican side with a 22nd minute tally. Former Kickers midfielder Mike Burke notched the equalizer just after halftime, with the score remaining deadlocked until the waning minutes of the match. Two back-to-back goals during stoppage time by Isaac Acuna and Piccolo Rojo, respectively, broke the stalemate to finish the first of their three-game U.S. tour on top.

    This year, Richmond will be the second stop on the Mexican U21 National Team’s 10-day U.S. tour, which also includes friendlies against San Antonio Scorpions on June 28 and Minnesota United on July 4.

    Tickets
    General Admission tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com for $20, youth and adult. Fans are encouraged to join the Kickers Red Army and experience an authentic World Cup atmosphere in Section O, located directly behind the Mexico bench for just $15 in advance. With the exception of the Richmond Kickers 2014 All-Access Pass, season passes will not be accepted at this match. 


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    USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 11 of the 2014 season on Tuesday as OKC Energy FC midfielder Michael Thomas was named Player of the Week after his stoppage-time goal earned his side a 1-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls Reserves on Saturday night.

    Oklahoma City’s captain put in a strong performance throughout the game as his side pursued its first home victory at Pribil Stadium, and came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half when his shot hit the right post. The goal arrived in the final seconds of stoppage time, however, as a well-flighted corner by Christian Duke to the back post found Thomas for a header that sent the sellout crowd into celebration.

    Thomas is joined on the Team of the Week by teammate Peabo Doue, who was strong defensively and got forward well down the left side throughout Saturday’s contest. Rochester’s Kyle Hoffer and Pittsburgh’s Brian Fekete were also selected after strong outings for their respective sides, while Orange County’s Patrick McLain earned the goalkeeper spot after his seven-save shutout against Arizona United on Saturday night. The Blues’ Allan Russell also earned selection after his goal paved the way for a 2-0 victory at Anteater Stadium.

    USL PRO’s two leading scorers were also named to the team, as last week’s Player of the Week Kevin Molino of Orlando City recorded his ninth goal of the season in the Lions’ 2-0 win against Charleston. The LA Galaxy II’s Chandler Hoffman also struck for his eighth of the season with what proved to be the winner in Los Dos’ 1-0 win against the Seattle Sounders Reserves.

    Rounding out the team were a trio of MLS loanees, as Richmond’s Kyle Porter recorded the game-winning goal and an assist in the Kickers’ 3-2 win against Harrisburg on Saturday. Wilmington’s Manny Aparicio also earned selection after his key role in the Hammerheads’ 2-1 win against Charlotte, while Harrisburg’s Jimmy McLaughlin was named thanks to his outstanding solo finish that earned the City Islanders a 1-1 draw in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

    The 2014 USL PRO season continues this weekend with the Richmond Kickers set to host the Harrisburg City Islanders in a rematch of their five-goal thriller from this past weekend, and Sacramento Republic FC set to take its final bow at Hughes Stadium before moving into Bonney Field as Arizona United SC makes the trip to Northern California.

    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: Evan Newton, Schillo Tschuma; Charleston: Mamadou Diouf; Charlotte: Drew Yates; Dayton: Guilherme Felix; Harrisburg: Morgan Langley, Luan Silva; LA Galaxy II: Daniel Steres, Andre Auras; Oklahoma City: Christian Duke, Philip Lund; Orange County: Mehrshad Momeni, Chris Cortez; Orlando: Corey Hertzog, Miguel Gallardo; Pittsburgh: Mike Green, Collins John; Richmond: Jared Jeffrey, Hugh Roberts; Rochester: Donnie Smith, Levi Houapeu; Wilmington: Sammy Ochoa, Steven Miller.


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

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    CHICAGO – The potential pairings for the fifth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were determined this morning at U.S. Soccer House. Games at this stage, held June 24-25, will feature the 16 winners from the upcoming fourth round.

    Fifth-round winners will advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals, set for July 8-9.

    The 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup returns to action with fourth-round play June 11-18. ussoccer.com is providing “Game of the Round” coverage of this year’s event, with information regarding the fourth-round live stream to be announced shortly.

    2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
    Fifth Round Possible Pairings

    Date

    Game

    Time/Result

    Venue

    June 24

    New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

    7 p.m. ET

    PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

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    TBD

    New York Cosmos (NASL) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

    7 p.m. ET

    PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

      or

     

     

     

    June 24

    Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at New York Red Bulls (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

      or

     

     

     

    June 24

    Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

    7 p.m. ET

    Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

    TBD

    New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)

    7 p.m. ET

    Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

      or

     

     

     

    June 24

    Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) at D.C. United (MLS)

    7 p.m. ET

    Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

      or

     

     

     

    June 25

    Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) at New England Revolution (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Stevenson Field (Brown University); Providence, R.I.

      or

     

     

     

    TBD

    Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)

    7 p.m. ET

    Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

    TBD

    Indy Eleven (NASL) / Columbus Crew (MLS) winner at Chicago Fire (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

      or

     

     

     

    June 25

    Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Columbus Crew (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

      or

     

     

     

    June 25

    Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

    TBD

    San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) / FC Dallas (MLS) winner at Houston Dynamo (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

      or

     

     

     

    TBD

    San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) / FC Dallas (MLS) winner at Laredo Heat (PDL)

    8:15 p.m. CT

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

    June 24

    LA Galaxy (MLS) / Arizona United SC (USL PRO) winner at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    WakeMed Soccer Park Field 2; Cary, N.C.

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    June 24

    Chivas USA (MLS) at LA Galaxy (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

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    June 24

    Chivas USA (MLS) at Arizona United SC (USL PRO)

    7 p.m. PT

    Peoria Sports Complex; Peoria, Ariz.

    TBD

    San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)

    7 p.m. PT

    Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

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    June 24

    Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)

    7 p.m. PT

    Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

      or

     

     

     

    June 24

    PSA Elite (USASA) at Sacramento Republic (USL PRO)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    Bonney Field (Cal Expo); Sacramento, Calif.

      or

     

     

     

    TBD

    PSA Elite (USASA) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. PT

    Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

    TBD

    Real Salt Lake (MLS) / Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) winner at Colorado Rapids (MLS)

    7 p.m. MT

    Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

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    June 24

    Real Salt Lake (MLS) / Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) winner at Orlando City (USL PRO)

    7:30 p.m. ET

    ESPN Wide World of Sports; Kissimmee, Fla.

    TBD

    Orlando City U23s (PDL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

      or

     

     

     

    June 24

    Portland Timbers (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

    7:30 p.m. CT

    Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

      or

     

     

     

    June 25

    Orlando City U23s (PDL) at Minnesota United FC (NASL)

    7 p.m. CT

    National Sports Center Stadium; Blaine, Minn.

      or

     

     

     

    June 24

    Portland Timbers (MLS) at Minnesota United FC (NASL)

    7 p.m. CT

    National Sports Center Stadium; Blaine, Minn.


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  • 06/04/14--08:59: Heat Sweep Past Dutch Lions
  • PDL Game Report

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    LAREDO, Texas – With a chance to seize second place in the Mid South Division, the Laredo Heat shattered their scoring drought with a 4-0 victory against the Houston Dutch Lions on Tuesday at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex. Both teams entered tied for third in the Mid-South with five points, having met twice already this season – a 1-1 draw on May 17 and a 1-0 Houston win on May 21.

    Felix Garcia, a native Laredoan, scored a brace for his first goals of the season, joining Yair Hernandez and Juan de Dios Ibarra on the score sheet.

    The third meeting between the two featured familiar phenomena, as the Heat (2-1-2, 8 points) couldn’t score despite quick and constant chances. Laredo’s lopsided offensive produced a 13th-minute penalty kick when Dutch Lions goalkeeper Charles Schober rode Hernandez down inside the 18-yard box. Ibarra lined up the spot kick, and fired low but into Schober’s gloves.

    Despite Laredo’s misfire, the Heat applied their constant pressure. Ibarra was gifted another chance – which he buried – just three minutes later off an assist by Hernandez. Local product Daniel Garza began the play, streaking the far touchline before crossing a pass in front of the goalmouth, with Hernandez centering it for Ibarra’s point-blank push in.

    A familiar scenario struck in the 38th minute when Hernandez was again fouled to the ground for another penalty kick. This time, Garcia lined it up and opted to fire to high right – but Schober again guessed right for the save.

    Garcia made up for his miss in the 47th minute, flicking a finely touched strike off a Salvador “Chava” Luna assist. His one-touch toe jab pushed Laredo to 2-0. 

    Hernandez tripled the Heat’s goal total on the night in the 60th minute, volleying home a ping-ponging rebound after Schober pawed two saves in immediate succession. Hernandez hit a left-footed strike from inside the six-yard box for his first goal of the PDL campaign.

    Laredo punched its final punctuation into the net in the 71st minute when Garcia launched a corner kick delivery into the top of the net. With his two goals, he sits level with Esteban Bayona as the Heat’s leading scorer in league play.

    A goalkeeper change from Jorge Ortega to William Lukowski in the 81st minute led way for a clean sheet combination. The Heat blasted 19 shots on Schober, forcing the second-choice keeper – acting in the stead of Emmanuel “Bebo” Frias, who served a red card suspension – to make five saves. The Dutch Lions shot only five times, forcing Ortega to glove a trio of saves. Lukowski was never tested.

    The Heat claimed second place from the Mississippi Brilla (2-1-1, 7 points), who were idle on Tuesday but face the division-leading Austin Aztex (4-0-0, 12 points) on Thursday. Houston falls to fourth in the table, with a 1-3-2 (5 points) record.

    The Heat face Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo on June 11 at 9 p.m. CT at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tuesday saw the draw for the fifth round, as the winner of the Dynamo-Heat match up will host the winner between FC Dallas (MLS) and the San Antonio Scorpions.

    Those matches will be streamed live and for free at www.YouTube.com/LaredoHeatSC at 8:10 p.m (PDL) and 8:55 p.m. (Open Cup).

    Each home game will see the Heat offer four fans a chance at winning $500. If the randomly selected fans can bury an undefended penalty kick at halftime, they will win $400 for themselves and $100 to the evening’s selected benefactor.


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    Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 News Release -- www.riverhounds.com

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 team will make its debut at Highmark Stadium on Wednesday night. The Riverhounds U23s compete in the Great Lakes Division of the PDL and will host the Michigan Bucks. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

    "This is an exciting moment for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Club along with the community of Pittsburgh. Playing our first home match at Highmark Stadium is an excellent way to showcase the Riverhounds U23 team," said Riverhounds U23s Head Coach Oz Bakirdan.

    The Riverhounds U23 team, comprised top collegiate players, and talented high school prospects will enter their third match of a grueling fourteen match, eight-week season. The club opened the season on May 23 against the Chicago Fire U23, seeing the Riverhounds U23s and Duquesne University sophomore, Kadeem Pantophlet, score first in the 11th minute.  The Fire U23s would fight back to equalize late in the first half before eventually securing the win from the penalty spot early in the second half.

    Traveling from Chicago to Detroit Friday afternoon, the Riverhounds U23s played the Bucks in the Premier Match of the Canton Cup. Kicking off their second game in less than 24 hours at noon, the Riverhounds U23s jumped on top of the Bucks with a quality 3-man combination between former Toronto Lynx Juniors Bruce Cullen, California University senior Jeffrey Kyei, and Pantophlet with Cullen tapping home from close range at the half-hour mark. As the heat and tired legs set in, the Bucks would capitalize on a corner kick when Ken Tribbett's header would find the top corner and draw the game even 1-1 to earn Michigan a point.

    "We were able to score first against the Michigan Bucks in our road match with them and we want to continue to play well throughout the whole 90 minutes," said Bakirdan. 

    The second leg of three fixtures between the two clubs in 2014 will have elevated emotion, intensity, and physical challenges based on their previous match, setting a perfect stage for tonight's inaugural match.

    All tickets for tonight's match are $5, and can be purchased at riverhounds.com or by calling the Box Office at (412) 325-7241. Riverhounds season ticket holders will receive free admittance to the game, stop by the Highmark Stadium Box Office upon arrival for your tickets. 


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    St. Louis FC News Release -- www.stlouisuslpro.com

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis Football Club has been unveiled as the newest member of USL PRO, beginning play in 2015.  The franchise, which was originally announced in early May, revealed its official team name Monday before launching a fan vote for the team’s new logo Wednesday. 

    “We believe Saint Louis FC will embody all that is great about soccer in this community,” Saint Louis FC President Jim Kavanaugh said.  “With a long history of contributing to the game in the United States, we felt simplicity was key.  We wanted a name that all of St. Louis could connect with.”

    Both logos featured in the fan vote set out to achieve a connection to St. Louis and the city’s rich history. 

    While one logo features the city’s iconic rivers, the other incorporates 1764, the year St. Louis was founded.  The Fleur de Lis, a long-time symbol of the city’s French heritage, also is prominently featured in both designs.  Voting opens Wednesday at noon on the team’s website and social media outlets, and will close at noon on Friday. 

    An event scheduled for June 9 in St. Louis will publicly unveil the club’s logo.  More details regarding the event will be announced soon.

    “Saint Louis FC is eager to accept input from our fans regarding the selection of a logo,” General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh said.  “We have two strong options for fans to vote for online.  We look forward to letting the fans’ voices be heard and unveiling our official logo on June 9.”  

    Saint Louis FC will join USL PRO next season, playing its home games at St. Louis Soccer Park.

    The club is currently accepting deposits on season tickets for the 2015, with full details on season ticket packages and pricing set to be announced this month. For more details or to make a deposit on 2015 season tickets, please visit www.stlouisuslpro.com.


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    W-League News Release

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its third Team of the Week for the 2014 season today, with Dayton Dutch Lions and U.S. U20 Women’s National Team midfielder Rose Lavelle chosen as Player of the Week after she had one of the most dominant weeks in recent W-League history. Lavelle, preparing for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada in August, tallied four goals and two assists in Dayton’s 6-2 win against Atlanta days after scoring the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Charlotte.

    The two-win week vaulted the Dutch Lions into a tie for second place in the Southeastern Conference, and also helped goalkeeper Ayanna Parker join Lavelle on the Team of the Week after earning the shutout against Charlotte and adding another perfect 45 minutes against Atlanta. 

    Also selected to the Team of the Week midfield was Washington’s Lina Granados, who tallied the first hat trick in club history in Sunday’s victory at the New York Magic. Another Spirit Reserves midfielder – Virginia Tech’s Katie Yensen – was also chosen after she scored the game-winner in a crucial Northeastern Conference victory against the New Jersey Wildcats and added a goal and an assist at New York.

    Ottawa’s Arin Gilliland, who scored the game-winner against K-W United, and Blakely Mattern of Carolina Elite, who scored twice in two minutes to overturn a late 1-0 deficit at the Gulf Coast Texans, round out the midfield selections.

    The two forward selections are led by Stefanie Scholz of the North Jersey Valkyries, who tallied all three in a 3-1 victory at Long Island. She is joined by Anisa Guajardo of the Bay Area Breeze, who scored twice and added an assist in a 1-0-1 week for the Breeze.

    The Team of the Week defense includes Laval’s Kelsey Wilson for the second consecutive week after she held Quebec’s offense in check and scored a goal in a 2-0 Comets victory. LA Blues star Abby Dahlkemper was also selected after scoring the game-winner in a 2-0 victory against the Colorado Pride, while Toronto’s Melanie Pickert earned a spot after scoring a goal in a 2-0 shutout win against London.

    W-League action continues this week with 15 games on the schedule, including important early-season rematches that see the New Jersey Wildcats travel to face the Spirit Reserves on Saturday and the Laval Comets host the Toronto Lady Lynx on Sunday. Select W-League games can be seen live on YouTube, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLWLEAGUE) and Facebook. Stay up to date with news, previews and match reports from throughout the league via WLEAGUEsoccer.com.

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    Honorable Mention –  Atlanta – Maddie Clark; Bay Area – Gina Woodward; Carolina Elite – Rose Hull, Savannah McCaskill; Colorado Rush – Danica Evans; Dayton – Meghan Blank, Lisa Nouanesengsy; Gulf Coast – Florence Dadson; K-W United – Stephanie Bukovec; LA – Sarah Killion; London – Kyla Kellermann; Quebec – Melissa Roy; Seattle – Sharis Lachappelle; Toronto – Monica Monsivais; Washington – Satara Murray.

     


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    USL PRO News Release

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO announced today that the franchise rights owned by Orlando City SC have been transferred to Louisville, Kentucky. The Orlando USL PRO franchise will relocate to Louisville, effective for the 2015 season, and will be owned and operated by a group of local investors led by architect Wayne Estopinal, with Orlando City also retaining an ownership share.

    As Orlando City FC joins Major League Soccer for the 2015 season, the Louisville USL PRO franchise – Louisville City FC – will serve as the official USL PRO affiliate of Orlando City SC, pending the approval of both USL PRO and MLS.

    The Louisville City FC ownership group has been working with the city to finalize an agreement to play at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats.

    “USL PRO is thrilled to welcome Louisville City FC for the 2015 season,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “The beautiful city of Louisville, on the banks of the Ohio River, features a rich collegiate soccer tradition and is destined to become one of the top professional soccer cities in the United States. The distinguished leadership of Wayne Estopinal, combined with the strong and proven mentorship of Phil Rawlins and Adrian Heath from the Orlando City partnership group, provides Louisville City FC with an outstanding professional soccer organization.

    “All of us at USL PRO look forward to working with Mayor Greg Fischer, the Louisville City FC ownership, and The Coopers – Louisville’s passionate supporters group – to bring exciting professional soccer to Louisville.”

    The Orlando City USL PRO franchise made its debut in the first USL PRO season in 2011, and has enjoyed unprecedented success during the past four seasons. Orlando City captured USL PRO Championships in both 2011 and 2013 while establishing league attendance marks including a record 20,886 at the 2013 championship match.

    Orlando City was formally accepted as the 21st MLS franchise on November 19, 2013, and will join MLS for the 2015 season.

    “Louisville is a proven sports city,” Estopinal said. “Louisville City will deliver an exciting style and pace of play that continues the Orlando City tradition. Many investors see the future of soccer internationally and domestically, and Louisville City is pleased to be part of USL PRO and looks forward to bringing excitement and fan entertainment value to our city.”

    USL PRO features 14 teams in 2014 with expansion franchises in Colorado Springs, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma already announced for 2015. For the past several years USL PRO has been part of a groundbreaking partnership with MLS that has further elevated the quality and stature of USL PRO, strengthened the competition in both leagues, and established a solid foundation for future collaboration.


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    PDL Game Report

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    PITTSBURGH -- In the inaugural PDL game played at Highmark Stadium, the Michigan Bucks took a 4-0 victory against the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 on Wednesday night. The win moved the Bucks into a tie for first place in the Great Lakes Division, and kept the Riverhounds U23 looking for their first win of the season.

    The Bucks broke a scoreless tie in the very late stages of the first half as Nicholas Kolarac drilled a right-footed, low lining shot, from the top of arc, just inside the right post and a diving Riverhounds goalkeeper Ryan Hulings. Kolarac received a nice cross from the right flank from Brandon Beresford, who was credited with the assist.

    "You've got to play whistle to whistle, and that was a tough letdown at the end of the half," said Riverhounds U23 Head Coach Oz Bakirdan.

    In the 53rd minute, Michigan's Drzenan Catic challenged Hulings for a ball played deep into the penalty area. As the ball bounced away from the goal, Zach Steinberger reacted to the rebound, putting a first-time shot into the net to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead.

    The Bucks, who outshot the Riverhounds 22-9, kept bringing pressure, and added another goal in the 63rd minute, as Gerald Ben sent a nice pass into the goal box, that Catic finished with ease.

    "We had some critical mistakes in some critical parts of the game, at critical parts of the field, and that results in goals given up," said Bakirdan. "That's how you lose a match."

    The Riverhounds' best opportunity in the second half came during a sequence in the 80th minute, when consecutive shots from Luca Campos and Steve Munn were turned back by Bucks goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, which earned the 2012 PDL Goalkeeper of the Year a clean sheet for the evening.

    Michigan finished off the night with another goal in the 87th minute, from a corner kick, deflected in by Zach Carroll.

    Michigan controlled possession through much of the first half, and held the edge in shots (12-4). It was also a very physical 45 minutes, as both teams combined for 14 fouls (Riverhounds with 8). The Riverhounds had a few, counter-attacking opportunities with advantages in numbers, that fizzled with poor shot attempts, and inability to control the ball.

    The Riverhounds U23 team, comprised top collegiate players, and talented high school prospects are in the beginning of a stretch of a grueling fourteen match, eight-week season.   They are competing in the PDL's Great Lakes Division and have only been training and playing together for a few weeks.

    "It's a big challenge.  Getting used to each other, it's a tough transition," said Bakirdan.

    The Hounds U-23s (0-2-1) resume PDL play on Wednesday, June 11 at Highmark Stadium, in a return match against the Chicago Fire U-23 squad. The Fire U-23 defeated the Hounds 2-1 in their opening match.

    "There's a lot of games coming up," said Bakirdan. "We have to stay healthy. Guys are going to have to step up, we have a full roster and we're going to have to utilize that roster going forward.

    "We'll get back at it tomorrow in training.  We've got a lot of work to do."


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    USL PRO Feature

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    There has already been a lot of hard work done to make St. Louis FC a reality by the club’s ownership group. For Head Coach Dale Schilly, however, the hard work of building a team for the club’s inaugural season is already underway.

    “We’re doing a lot of watching games, and looking at players, and organizing staff,” Schilly said recently. “The guys in the front office are putting the pieces of the puzzle together. People think it’s a down time, but it’s a very busy time, but it’s a very exciting time as well.”

    Schilly, a longtime coach in the St. Louis area, is certainly eager to get things moving. With a blank canvas - as he describes it - to work with, Schilly is looking forward to the challenge of building a roster from scratch as opposed to times in the past when he inherited players when arriving at a new situation.

    “I’ve had opportunities where I’ve taken teams that I’ve inherited, so to be able to pick what you, filter through what you feel like you need in order to be successful, is very exciting,” he said. “We get to make of it what we want, and do as we see fit in what we need to put together in order to be successful.”

    Success is something that Schilly has brought wherever he has coached. After arriving in St. Louis 20 years ago and becoming a key figure in the area’s youth soccer scene, Schilly became part of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher organization after a merger between clubs created one of the top development academies in the United States.

    In addition, Schilly got the chance to dip his toes into the professional ranks with the ill-fated AC St. Louis in 2010, taking over after the departure of Claude Anelka mid-season. Schilly was able to take a squad that had won only twice in the opening three months of the season and post impressive victories against sides such as the Montreal Impact and Portland Timbers, now both in MLS. That experience was part of the reason why Schilly was selected to lead the new club on the field, with the backing of a strong ownership group that will allow the club to thrive in what has long been a soccer hotbed.

    “I felt it would be a good move for me, not just for me personally but for the organization,” Schilly said of his appointment. “I was prepared to take the next step, and really I’ve wanted to help lead this part of the organization through the initial stages. I think [Executive Director] Pat [Barry] was of the same mind, that this was a good, logical step for not only me, but for the organization, and that it would be a good move for us.”

    With his involvement with St. Louis Scott Gallagher, Schilly has also been on board for the development of the club off the field.

    “I’ve been part of the planning, Jim [Kavanaugh] and Tom [Strunk], the leadership of our organization, Pat Barry, Jeremy [Alumbaugh] and really our whole management team of our organization has spent a lot of time working through details, working through what it’s going to take to be successful, really being diligent about taking our time and being thorough, and I think that’s a big piece of it.”

    Schilly will certainly be as thorough when it comes to build his squad and anticipates there will be a local flavor to the side when it takes the field in 2015. While that might form a foundation for the squad, though, the search will be on for players who will be able to help the side compete quickly.

    “The game has grown so much throughout the country,” he said. “We see it at the youth level with the number of high-quality players that we come across, across the country, that for sure you have to use the community and the local players as a good base, but you have to go out and find the best players that you can for what fits into your business plan and how you’re trying to make it work.”

    And the players that are going to make it work for St. Louis, at least in the short-term, are going to have one key characteristic.

    “I think it’s going to be really important that we have good, character guys, guys that are selfless, willing to buy in to what the program and the overall scheme is going to be, because in these early years it’s going to take some hard workers, some grinders, some guys that are going to be selfless in the way they commit themselves to the team to get results.

    “It’s going to be really difficult in the beginning to grab the players that are some of the special guys that you see in the league, so initially we’re going to need guys that are willing to roll up their sleeves and go to work.”

    For now, Schilly and St. Louis’ leadership will be the ones rolling up their sleeves as they aim to bring a side that will play attractive, and pragmatic, soccer to St. Louis Soccer Park. While 10 months would seem like plenty of time accomplish that, Schilly knows there is a tall task ahead of him.

    With that said, Schilly sees an energy and momentum building behind the new team, which bodes well for not just a successful inaugural season, but a club that can thrive in the long-term.

    “There’s a buzz,” Schilly said. “I’m on the fields every night, I’m around kids and parents and families that love the game, but we’re extended into former players, and players that are in college or beyond college and in the workplace, and everybody is talking about the team. We see stuff on the news regularly, the people in the community are really excited about the team, and I think when you add the World Cup and the excitement that builds around that, the level of excitement, the level of anticipation for what’s to come, everyone is really looking forward to it.”


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    PDL News Release

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its Team of the Week for the fifth week of the 2014 season on Thursday, with FC Tucson forward Odaine Sinclair named Player of the Week. Sinclair led his side to an important 2-0 victory against Mountain Division rival the BYU Cougars with a spectacular bicycle kick that landed him a No.1 spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10.

    Tucson trailed BYU by three points going into last Thursday night’s contest, but pulled even at the top of the division standings with the win. It was sparked by Sinclair’s bicycle kick, which arrived a minute before the halftime break. A ball into the penalty area was headed straight up, and the forward executed his effort perfectly to find the bottom-left corner.

    Sinclair would add a second to put the game away for Tucson as they avenged their only loss of the season, which came on the road against the Cougars earlier in May. Another pair of two-goal scorers joined Sinclair on the PDL Team of the Week, as Winnipeg’s Moses Danto led his side to a 3-2 victory against defending Heartland Division champion the Thunder Bay Chill on Sunday, and Lane United’s Khiry Shelton had two goals and an assist in his side’s 4-1 win against the Puget Sound Gunners.

    K-W United goalkeeper Darrin McLeod led the defensive contingent after a pair of standout performances in shutouts against FC London and the Michigan Bucks. MacLeod made 14 saves on the road against London, and another 12 against Michigan, as K-W claimed two 1-0 wins to remain undefeated in the young season.

    Sounders FC U23 defender Clement Simonin leads a trio of defenders after two standout performances in his side’s shutout victories against Vancouver and Portland. Reading’s Robbie Sagel joins him after his goal helped United take victory and remain undefeated as it defeated F.A. Euro, while Albuquerque’s Travis Campbell played every minute as the Sol earned a pair of road shutouts to pick up a pair of points this past weekend.

    The midfield quartet is led by the OC Pateadores Blues Mats Bjurman, who helped his side break a two-game losing streak with a goal and assist in a 3-1 win against the Fresno Fuego. Ocean City’s Jason Plumhoff also had a goal and assist as the Nor’easters took victory against Northern Virginia, while Jersey’s Noah Sadaoui led his side to victory and a share of first place with victory against the Long Island Rough Riders. CFC Azul’s Reco McLaren rounds out the group after his two goals led his side to a 4-1 win against GPS Portland Phoenix.

    The PDL season continues this weekend with 34 games on the schedule between Friday and Sunday. The weekend’s action includes a key clash in the South Atlantic Division as top two sides the West Virginia Chaos and Carolina Dynamo meet on Saturday night at Schoenbaum Stadium. Saturday night also sees two undefeated sides meet in the Northwest Division as the Kitsap Pumas host Lane United FC, while Sunday sees the St. Louis Lions complete a two-game trip to face WSA Winnipeg as both look to boost their playoff hopes in the Heartland Division.

    Follow all of the action from the 2014 PDL season via twitter (@USLPDL), and also on Facebook and Instagram as the league’s 20th season shines the spotlight on some of the top college and academy prospects from across the country.

    PDL Team of the Week

    Pos

    Player 

    Team

    Highlights

    GK

    Darrin MacLeod

    K-W United

    Recorded two big shutouts as K-W defeated London, Michigan

    D

    Robbie Sagel

    Reading

    Had a goal, and helped United earn shutout win vs. F.A. Euro

    D

    Clement Simonin

    Sounders U23

    Strong in two shutout victories against Vancouver, Portland

    D

    Travis Campbell

    Albuquerque

    Marshalled Sol’s backline in back-to-back road shutouts

    M

    Jason Plumhoff

    Ocean City

    Had goal, assist as Nor’easters got past Royals on road

    M

    Noah Sadaoui

    Jersey

    Scored winner, added assists in win against Long Island

    M

    Reco McLaren

    CFC Azul

    Pair of goals led side to victory, top of Northeast Division

    M

    Mats Bjurman

    Orange County

    Goal and assist helped Pateadores Blues defeat Fresno

    F

    Khiry Shelton

    Lane United

    Had two goals, assist as Lane continued strong start

    F

    Odaine Sinclair

    Tucson

    Highlight-reel bicycle kick was key in crucial victory

    F

    Moses Danto

    Winnipeg

    Pair of goals lifted Winnipeg to big win against Thunder Bay

    Honorable Mention – Austin: Chuy Cortes, Adam Black; Baltimore: Kingsley Onwuka, Marquez Fernandez; Carolina: Caue da Silva, Biko Brennan; Cincinnati: Tanner Petrick, Eric Osswald; Fresno: Omar Santoyo; Houston: Javier Vazquez; IMG Bradenton: Yussuf Olijide, David Abidor; Jersey: Eze Kene, Matthew Mahoney; Kitsap: Jesus Sanchez, Rene DeZorzi; Lane United: Casey Phillips; Long Island: Shaun Foster; Los Angeles: Kyrian Nwabuezem Javier Castro; Midland/Odessa: Rory Knibbs, Clint Long; Mississippi: Phillip Buffington, Tony Gavin; Montreal: Frederic Lajoie Northern Virginia: AJ Sheta; Ocean City: Zoncher Dennis, Shawn McLaws; Orange County: Kebe Mamdou, Tre Hayes; Portland: Omar Holness, Fatai Alashe; Puget Sound: Jason Dodson; Reading: Nicholas Surkamp, Oumar Ballo; Seacoast: Anthony Grant, James Goff; Sounders U23: Luis Esteves, Michael Bajza; Southern West Virginia: Itode Fubara; St. Louis: Carson Pryor; Thunder Bay: Vitor Huvoz, Nolan Intermoia; Toronto: Liam Collins, Leigh Veidman; Tucson: Connor Brandt, Trevor Morley; Washington: Tyler Vistern, Christian Roldan; West Virginia: Jake Szabo, Bijan Gloston; Winnipeg: Josh Partaker. 

     


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    PDL Game Report

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Led by goals from two debutants and a standout goalkeeping performance, the River City Rovers defeated the Southern West Virginia King's Warriors 3-0 on Thursday night. Alejandro Garcia, who will be playing at the University of Cincinnati next fall, scored a first half brace a mere minute apart in the first half to give the Rovers a comfortable lead, and Suleiman Thomas sealed the victory in the second half, while Dalyan Hawes stood tall in goal to earn a shutout.

    After the Rovers dominated possession in the opening minutes, they took the lead through Garcia on a corner kick. The ball was played across goal and headed down and eventually bounced around to Garcia who slotted a side-footed volley into the back of the net.

    Not a minute later it was Garcia again putting a Rovers' tally on the board after he got on the end of a pass in the penalty area and touched it past on-rushing Kings Warrior’s goalkeeper Jonathan Davis.

    After trading possession and chances, the turning point in the game came in the 73rd minute, when the King's Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. River City goalkeeper Hawes took fate into his own hands, however, when he dove to his right and made the save to maintain his side's two-goal advantage. Hawes finished with six saves, including a couple of important ones as the King's Warriors tried to mount a comeback.

    The Rovers would seal victory in the 82nd minute, when forward Shaquille Hamilton made a dynamic run down the right flank and crossed low to Suleiman Thomas, who trapped the ball and touched it past the keeper’s foot for his first goal as a Rover.

    The win was River City's first of the season, and moved them into a tie for fifth place in the division with the King's Warriors. The Rovers will return to PDL action in two weeks as the make the trip to face the West Virginia Chaos in back-to-back games. River City's next home game  is set for June 26th against the same West Virginia team at 7:30 p.m. at Woehrle Field. 


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  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC News Release -- www.switchbacksfc.com

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC unveiled their first logo this evening limiting out on available space at the Ivywild School Gymnasium with 250 fans. The evening was filled with the Switchbacks new song "Switchback Attack”, hype video, motion graphics, song, and chants from the COS Colonials.

    The Switchbacks crest has its roots in the Colorado Springs Flag emblem with the hexagon shape and sunburst behind the soccer ball.  The entire movement of the mark represents the switchbacks movement which is defined by the club as a sudden change of direction. The hexagon border stops short of making final terminations in order to allow the shape of an “S”.  Mountain peaks are subtly referenced on the top and bottom of the mark.  The five vertical red lines represent the five Colorado Springs military bases.  The cross fluery represents the term “believe” to the club.

    The USL PRO expansion side, which is set to begin play in 2015, has already named former Colorado Rapids player and assistant coach Steve Trittschuh as the club's head coach.

    For more information on Switchbacks FC, visit the club's website at www.switchbacksfc.com. Deposits for season tickets are currently being accepted as the club builds toward its inaugural season at Sand Creek Stadium.


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    Dayton Dutch Lions FC News Release - www.daytondutchlionsfc.com

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Dutch Lions (2-2-0) will face the Atlanta Silverbacks (0-4-0) on Friday and the Gulf Coast Texans (1-1-0) on Saturday looking to continue their two-game W-League winning streak.

    The Lions got off to a poor start, losing their first two games against strong Carolina Elite Cobras and Charlotte Lady Eagles squads, but bounced back with solid wins against Charlotte (1-0) and Atlanta (6-2). Midfielder Rose Lavelle tallied a total of five goals and two assist in the games, earning W-League Player of the Week honors.

    "Coming off the back of two good team performances, we travel down to Atlanta and Pensacola this weekend anticipating a couple of very difficult games," Head Coach Gavin McLeod said. "The Silverbacks will be ready for the opportunity to kick-start their season at home and won't lack motivation after our last meeting.

    "The Gulf Coast Texans have assembled a very talented squad and I expect them to be in the playoff hunt come July, so we will need to be prepared for the challenge that they will present. After putting ourselves back into a strong position within our conference, we are looking to carry our form into this road trip and hope to come back to Dayton with two positive results."

    The Dutch Lions will stay on the road to face the Charlotte Lady Eagles on Friday. June 13.


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