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    FC Tucson News Release --

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Today, FC Tucson, in partnership with Albuquerque Sol FC, announced the creation of "The Southwestern Showdown," a yearly trophy competition between the two Mountain Division clubs. The winner of "The Southwestern Showdown" will get to keep "The Golden Rattler" for an entire year. This year's three-match series will take place on June 6 and 7 in Albuquerque and on July 4 in Tucson.

    "We can't wait to begin this rivalry with Albuquerque Sol FC. Arizona and New Mexico have a tremendous history and its an honor to play for the pride and honor of our state, our city, our team and our fans," said FC Tucson Chief Business Officer Chris Keeney. "The Sol and their fans have already demonstrated a passion and love for the game that rivals what we have here at FC Tucson and we expect that the Southwestern Showdown will be a great annual tradition. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing our team present the Golden Rattler to our fans on July 4th."

    Added Sol President Ron Patel: "We are thrilled to be engaged in such a great rivalry whilst still in our infancy in this league. FC Tucson is a first class organization with first class fans. However, I know that we will show them what New Mexico soccer is all about!"

    The winner of "The Golden Rattler" will be determined by the most points earned over the three-match period. Should both clubs be tied in points, the following tie breakers will be enforced:

    -First tie breaker is goal difference in three-match series
    -Second tie breaker is total goals scored in three-match series
    -Third tie breaker is overall position in the Mountain Division

    "The Southwestern Showdown" begins on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. PT in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The second match will be played Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both of those matches will be available via live stream at The final match will be played on Friday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Tucson. The winner  of "The Golden Rattler" will be presented with the trophy on July 4.

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  • Wilmington Hammerheads FC News Release --

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Hammerheads FC will host OKC Energy FC on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at Legion Stadium. This will be the first and only regular season match between the two teams since the Energy began their inaugural USL PRO season.


    The Hammerheads are on a four-game winning streak, and are coming off a 2-1 road win in Charlotte against the Eagles last Saturday. Manu Aparicio and Steven Miller tallied a goal each during the first half as the Hammerheads continued to move up the USL PRO standings.

    The Energy are also coming off a 1-0 win from a Michael Thomas header in stoppage time against New York Red Bulls Reserves at Pribil Stadium. The victory was the first for the Energy since mid-April,  when they defeated Arizona United FC, and was the club's first home win in franchise history.

    “The team has been playing with a lot of confidence lately,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Head Coach David Irving. “After a stagnant start at home this season we are beginning to score goals, play better and defend well. We need to continue this winning trend as it is important to capitalize on the home games before going on the road in the upcoming weeks.”

    The Hammerheads are currently fifth in the league standings, with the fewest games played, while the Energy are tied for 10th alongside the Eagles.

    Following Friday’s match at Legion Stadium, Oklahoma City travels to Charlotte to take on the Eagles on Saturday night at Queens Sports Complex.

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

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    USL PRO Feature

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    As soccer has grown across North America, and with it supporter culture, it has become more and more likely that a city that is awarded a new USL PRO franchise will have a supporter’s group already in place. Expansion franchises in USL PRO that are set to start play in 2015 in cities such as St. Louis (St. Louiligans) and Louisville (The Coopers) have followed the lead set by the Philadelphia Union’s Sons of Ben, who played an important role in the club being awarded an MLS franchise in 2010.

    That was also the case in Phoenix, where La Furia Roja 1881 existed before a USL PRO franchise arrived in the city last year. An offshoot of the American Outlaws chapter in the city, LFR was open to all who wanted to join, whether a supporter of the U.S. National Teams or not, and when Phoenix FC came to be the group was there to welcome it.

    That unwavering support throughout the Wolves’ 2013 season was the principle reason that when Kyle Eng and his group entered the picture, one of the first moves they made was to reach out to the group’s leadership.

    “Greg Spradlin from LFR met with Kyle Eng and the new ownership early on before the official announcement was made,” said LFR Director Kevin Laughlin. “Kyle understood from the get-go that LFR was vitally important to his new venture, Arizona United SC. Kyle has several members of his group/staff who have extensive soccer backgrounds, so he has surrounded himself with knowledgeable, connected folks.

    “It felt good knowing that the new owner knew of LFR, and valued our group from the get-go. A lot of teams manufacture a supporter group, but he had a rabid, independent one, that simply wanted a stable team to passionately support; he went all in with us right away.”

    Eng pre-gamed with LFR before Arizona United’s first game of the season, and the group has made its presence felt at the Peoria Sports Complex throughout the season. One of the more memorable moments in the current USL PRO season was that of Jonathan Top diving into the LFR section after his late goal gave United a lead against Sacramento, and the goal that proved to be the winner in the club’s first victory provided a moment that Laughlin will never forget.

    “That was such an amazing game and our first win, so emotions were very high,” Laughlin said. “It was nice to see the passion coming from Jonathan and the other players and to have him celebrate with LFR was a memory that we all cherish. We are here for the players, and being recognized for our support in such a way was very special.”

    LFR is also there for all of its members. Laughlin, Spradlin and the other members of the group’s leadership have great pride in the diversity of backgrounds and cultures that are present in the group’s section, and are eager to embrace more fans as they make their first visit to see United play.

    A game that could produce that type of opportunity arrives on June 18 as United will host the LA Galaxy in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Getting a chance to bring in the biggest name in Major League Soccer is likely to attract more casual fans, and that means the chance will be there for LFR to add to its number.

    “Hosting the Galaxy is a huge deal,” Laughlin said. “The fact that it is a meaningful match makes it all the more exciting. We may have expected a friendly against a side of this caliber at some point, but hosting an Open Cup match against LA is blowing our minds.

    “This will be great for United in terms of publicity and buzz, but great for Valley soccer fans in general. I really hope that the community comes out in droves to get behind our new team. We will be behind our team, without question. Even those of us that cheer for the Galaxy in MLS will enjoy cheering on our boys in red. No split allegiances here!”

    As Laughlin and LFR continue to spread the word, both personally and through a highly active social media presence, the club and the group seem set to continue to grow. With a hand-in-hand relationship between a strong ownership group and outstanding supporter’s group, the future for local soccer in Phoenix appears brighter than ever.

    “I hope and believe that the future is bright for Arizona United and LFR,” said Laughlin. “My hope is that both continue to grow and succeed. We want a club to support, plain and simple. Some people talk about MLS this, MLS that, but USL [PRO] is fine by me. I want United to become the best team and organization in USL PRO. If Kyle Eng and his team can provide a stable club for us to support, then we will be here having fun and bringing the noise. Arizona has seen professional soccer come and go over the years, and I hope that this is the team that will lay down roots, grow, and flourish.” 

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    PDL Game Report

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    TUKWILA, Wash. –  The Sounders FC U-23 defeated the Washington Crossfire FC 2-1 on Friday night at Starfire Sports Complex. Sounders goals by Moh Dumbuya in the first half and Luis Esteves in the second half were enough to earn the Sounders U-23 the three points and their third consecutive victory.

    Photo courtesy SoundersPhotos.comThe match went up and down the pitch as both sides played with intensity, but the Sounders U-23 attackers were able to take advantage of a lopsided shooting margin of 26-11.

    The Crossfire found the opening goal in the 17th minute, however, despite being under constant pressure from the Sounders U-23 forwards. After Dumbuya forced a sprawling kick save from Washington goalkeeper Mike Arguello, the Crossfire mounted a quick-counter attack to send the ball downfield and into the Sounders' penalty area. Sounders keeper, Jefferson Caldwell, raced off of his line to challenge for the ball but was called for a foul as he collided with the Crossfire attacker and the referee pointed to the spot. Crossfire forward, Cristian Roldan, stepped to the ball and sent it past Caldwell for the 1-0 lead.

    The Sounders U-23 wasted little time leveling the score as just six minutes later they found an equalizer. Sounders forward, Nikolaj Hansen, dispossessed the Crossfire defense as they tried to play out of the back. Hansen took one look up and slotted a pass through to Dumbuya, who had been threatening for most of the early stages. Dumbuya ran on to Hansen's ball which had led him behind the Washington defenders, then he calmly beat Arguello to even the match at 1-1.

    The play up top for the Sounders U-23 continued to be red hot as Dumbuya and Hansen nearly hooked up for a second goal. Hansen had gotten in behind the Crossfire defense and at full speed hit a shot past Arguello with the outside of his foot. The crowd began to cheer as it looked like the ball was headed for side netting but it skipped just past the post and out for a goal kick. The Sounders U-23 and Crossfire headed into their halftime locker rooms level at 1-1.

    The Crossfire opened the second half on the attack as they won two corner kicks from the Sounders U-23 -- their only two of the match -- within the first five minutes. However, shortly after the Sounders settled into the half, maintained possession, and created several chances to take the lead. In the 60th minute, Sounders U-23 midfielder, Chris Wehan, broke free in the box with only the goalkeeper to beat. He opted to take his shot with power but sent it right at Argeullo, who was able to punch the ball away.

    Then in the 78th minute the Sounders U-23 found the game-winner. Sounders U-23 second half substitute, Michael Gallagher, raced up the right side, looked up and sent a dangerous curling ball into the Crossfire penalty area toward two Sounders attackers. Hansen was first to the ball but elected to shield his defender and let it go by. The ball took another hop and fell for Esteves, who redirected the ball first-time as he ran toward goal, and sent it off the left post and into the net for the 2-1 victory.

    The Sounders U-23 will be back on the pitch on Friday, June 13th, for a road match-up with the Kitsap Pumas at Gordon Park Field in Bremerton. Then on Sunday, June 15th, the Sounders U-23 will host the Portland Timbers U-23 at 2 p.m. in the annual Tumwater matchup at Tumwater District Stadium. For tickets and more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter: @SoundersU23.

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    Atlanta Silverbacks News Release -

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Forward Ashley Nagy scored a hat trick within the first 27 minutes as the Atlanta Silverbacks earned their first win of the 2014 W-League season, defeating the Dayton Dutch Lions 4-0 Friday night at Silverbacks Park.

    Atlanta improves to 1-4-0 this season and earns its first three points of the season. Dayton falls to 2-3-0 with the loss.

    Nagy had her first goal in the 14th minute after forward Morgan Mitchell flicked the ball off her head from a service from midfield. Nagy picked up the header and put it in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

    Nagy’s second came in the 26th minute on what looked like a cross into the box from the deep right corner, but the ball found the back of the net to make the score 3-0. One minute later, Nataly Arias found Nagy deep down the field and she chipped it over the keeper into the back of the net to complete the hat trick.

    Dayton could not get much going without W-League Player of the Week Rose Lavelle, who was not in uniform Friday night for the Dutch Lions after joining the U.S. U20 Women's National team for World Cup preparations.

    With the win, Atlanta moves into a tie with Gulf Coast in the Southeastern Conference standings with three points. Dayton is currently in a tie with Charlotte at six points. Dayton and Gulf Coast meet Saturday night in Pensacola, Florida.

    The Silverbacks will be back in action at Silverbacks Park next Sunday afternoon in a rubber match against the Dutch Lions. For all the latest updates, check the official Twitter of the Atlanta Silverbacks @LadySilverbacks.

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    USL PRO Game Report

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Wilmington Hammerheads FC and OKC Energy FC played to a 2-2 draw at Legion Stadium on Friday night. The Hammerheads twice took the lead, but Energy FC hit back each time as both sides claimed a point in a back-and-forth contest.

    Wilmington forward Sammy Ochoa opened the scoring in the 45th minute off an assist by Mickael Oliveira as he broke in behind the Energy defense and finished into the left corner of the net. Ochoa's goal was his fourth of the season, a team-high.

    The Hammerheads came close to adding to their advantage early in the second half as Oliveira took a hard shot that was saved by Energy goalkeeper Jon Kempin, but moments later OKC would be level as Phillip Lund latched onto a lifted pass and lobbed Wilmington goalkeeper Quillan Roberts with a deft finish. 

    Hammerheads midfielder Tom Parratt claimed his first goal of the season in the 64th minute as he flicked home a corner at the near post that the Energy were unable to keep from advancing over the goal line to give the Hammerheads a 2-1 advantage. Wilmington was reduced to 10 men soon after, however, when defender Yahaya Musa received a second yellow card in the 70th minute. 

    Energy FC was able to capitalize on its man advantage as it equalized in the 78th minute when former Hammerheads forward Kyle Greig headed the ball past Roberts off a near-post cross from the left. Both sides had chances to grab victory in the final minutes, as Energy midfielder Paul Wyatt fired a low shot that was saved, and Wilmington midfielder Paul Nicholson also saw his effort stopped by Kempin in stoppage time, but honors finished even as both sides extended their respective undefeated streaks. 

    The Energy travel to Charlotte to take on the Eagles on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET at Queens Sports Complex.

    The Hammerheads are scheduled to play their next match on the road against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, June 14 at City Stadium before hosting their Major League Soccer affiliate Toronto FC on Wednesday, June 18 at Legion Stadium in a friendly match. The team will be holding a meet and greet on field prior to the match at Legion Stadium from 5:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. that is open to the public. 

    For more information regarding Wilmington Hammerheads FC, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at 

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    Richmond Kickers News Release --

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers return to City Stadium this Saturday, June 7 to host the Harrisburg City Islanders and Ronnie Pascale Night.  Together with HCA Virginia, the Kickers are pleased to celebrate the career of one of Richmond’s all-time greatest players with a special halftime presentation. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the first 500 fans through the gate will receive a limited-edition Pascale No. 22 replica jersey t-shirt. Avoid lines at the gate and order tickets in advance at to guarantee a Pascale replica t-shirt.


    The Kickers (6-1-5, 23 points) continue regular season action Saturday after coming away with a 2-0-1 record over a grueling three-games-in-four days stretch last week. The Kickers face Harrisburg (2-5-2, 8 points) for the second time in as many weeks, closing out last week’s road trip with a dramatic 3-2 victory on City Island.  After conceding an early lead, Harrisburg leveled the score at 2-2 courtesy of a late Richmond own goal; however, the defensive error was avenged in the final minute of stoppage time when Luke Vercollone’s pass found Kyle Porter on the left edge of the penalty area, who did the rest, firing a shot across frame into the far corner.

    Meanwhile, Harrisburg, which is 1-3-1 in its last five matches, battled the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to a 1-1 draw on the road 24 hours later, rallying from a first half deficit when Jimmy McLaughlin buried an 85th-minute equalizer.

    The all-time series record between the two clubs moved to 13-3-7 in favor of the Kickers following last Saturday’s game. This week’s match will mark the second game in a three-game series, with the City Islanders returning to Richmond on July 26.

    Players to Watch
    Kickers: On loan from the club’s official MLS affiliate, D.C. United, goalkeeper Joe Willis continued his good form by recording his fourth shutout of the season last Friday against Rochester. Willis is second in the league in shutouts, posting a 0.777 GAA.  Kickers all-time leading scorer Matthew Delicâte scored his sixth goal of the season against Harrisburg last Saturday. Delicâte has combined with midfielder George Davis IV to form one of the deadliest scoring combinations in the league. Veteran midfielder Luke Vercollone notched a stoppage time game-winning assist in the last meeting between the two teams. Splitting time between the defense and the midfield, the 2013 Supporter’s Choice MVP has amassed over 13,000 minutes in a Kickers uniform.

    Islanders: Forward Clesio Bauque recently signed with Harrisburg from Portuguese Premier League side S.L. Benfica.  Making an immediate impact for the City Islanders with a pair of goals in the 5-3 win over Dayton last month, the 19-year old has earned nine caps with the Mozambique National Team. On loan from the Philadelphia Union, midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin notched his first assist on the season last Saturday against the Kickers, and added a game-tying goal in Pittsburgh one day later. The former Colgate Raider and graduate of the Philadelphia Union Youth Program is the club’s second ever-homegrown player. Defender Richie Marquez anchors the Harrisburg defense as the only field player to play every minute of every game this year.  Joining the City Islanders on loan from their official MLS affiliate, Philadelphia Union, he was an NSCAA All-American at the University of Redlands.

    Must See Games at City Stadium
    The Richmond Kickers kick off a three-game Must See Games Series beginning with a U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match-up against Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution on Wednesday, June 18. Later, the Kickers return to City Stadium to host the Mexican Olympic Team on Tuesday, July 1 before rounding out the summer exhibition schedule with an historic international friendly against Crystal Palace from the world famous Barclay’s Premier League on Monday, July 28.  Tickets are on sale now at

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    K-W United FC News Release --

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    WATERLOO, Ont. -- K-W United FC is headed to the United States to take on the Michigan Bucks in Detroit on Saturday. The last meeting was less than a week ago when K-W United pulled out the 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Jarek Whiteman and a standout performance by goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod. 

    United goes into the game having not allowed a goal against in three games and as the only team in the Great Lakes Division to not lose a game thus far. They also sit third in the Great Lakes, having only played three games. 

    The key this week will be to alter their game to play indoors while keeping Michigan off the scoreboard once again. 

    "A trip to Michigan is always going to be a challenge," head coach Stuart Neely said. "They are a strong footballing side with lots of mobility and, like other teams, press you well. We need to be ready for that and be ready to match and better their efforts.

    "Past results mean nothing when you're on the road, so were ready for another competitive match in a strong division."

    Live updates from Saturday night's contest will be available on Twitter at @KWUnitedFC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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    Charlotte Lady Eagles News Release -

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Lady Eagles will travel to Greenville, S.C. to face the Carolina Elite Cobras on Saturday night in an important W-League Southeastern Conference matchup.  The Cobras currently lead the conference with nine points while the Lady Eagles sit in second place with six points.

    In their last outing, the Lady Eagles fell 1-0 against the Dayton Dutch Lions in the second game of a back-to-back series in Dayton. The game's lone goal came from Dutch Lion Rose Lavelle, who currently leads the W League in points with 16. 

    In the first game of the doubleheader the Lady Eagles took a 4-3 victory with goals coming from Macky Wingo, Leah Fortune, and Amanda Naeher (two). Fortune leads Charlotte in points with five with two goals and one assist. Naeher was named W-League Player of the Week for her performance against the Dutch Lions.

    The Carolina Elite Cobras (3-0-0, 8 points) are coming off of a 2-1 victory against the Gulf Coast Texans with both of the Cobras' goals coming from former Lady Eagle Blakely Mattern. Mattern is tied with India Trotter for the team lead with six points through three games. 

    The Cobras have some familiar faces for Lady Eagles fans as Hannah Gmerek and Rachel Baer join Mattern as former Charlotte players now playing for Carolina.  Ashley Swinehart re-joined the Lady Eagles after spending the 2013 season with the Cobras. 

    The Lady Eagles return home to Queens Sports Complex on Friday, June 13 in the first doubleheader with the USL PRO Eagles of the 2014 season. The Lady Eagles face the Dutch Lions at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Eagles vs. Orange County at 8 p.m.

    Tickets are still available and can be purchased at a discounted rate until midnight Thursday, June 12 at

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    Sacramento Republic FC --

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Republic FC (6-3-1) hosts Arizona United SC (3-5-1) in USL PRO play on Saturday, June 7 at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT with gates opening at 6 p.m. The match will mark the third sellout of the season for Republic FC and their fourth match with more than 17,000 people in attendance. Republic FC now holds each of the top four spots in the record book for largest attendance in USL PRO regular season history.


    Republic FC will look to extend their four-match USL PRO win streak and increase their overall win streak to seven matches. Arizona started the season strongly, winning four of their first seven matches overall. Recently, Arizona has hit a rough patch, dropping three of their last four overall and their last three USL PRO matches.

    Arizona won the only matchup between the two sides on April 19. Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez scored first in the 27th minute, but Republic FC could not hold the lead. Forward Brandon Swartzendruber equalized for Arizona in the 37th minute and Jonathan Top put Arizona ahead in the 85th minute. The loss was the second on the year for Republic FC.

    Republic FC enters the match having played last on Wednesday, May 28 against the Fresno Fuego in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Republic FC won 6-0 in a match that featured five second-half goals. The margin of victory was the largest of any U.S. Open Cup match this year.

    Forward Thomas Stewart continued his hot streak, scoring his team-leading fifth goal in all competitions against Fresno while also recording an assist. Stewart has scored in each of his last three appearances in USL PRO play.

    Lopez is also heating up; he scored his third goal and recorded his fourth and fifth assists in all competitions against Fresno. Lopez leads Republic FC with five assists in all competitions and has either scored or assisted in three of his last four matches.

    Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek saved a penalty kick and the rebound shot to preserve his third shutout of the season against Fresno. Jakubek has allowed just one goal in his last four appearances and that goal came in the form of a penalty kick against Dayton. Jakubek’s record on the year is 6-2-0 and his goals against average stands at 0.78.

    Arizona is led by Swartzendruber, who leads the club in scoring with two goals and is tied for the lead in assists with one. Swartzendruber scored the first of his two goals against Republic FC on April 19.

    Arizona will feature six loan players including former Republic FC loan player Bryan Gallego as well as Schillo Tshuma and Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers), Jalen Robinson (DC United), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas). Gallego was a member of Republic FC from March until being recalled by the Timbers in late April.

    The match will be broadcast on KHTK Sports 1140 AM and on Updates will be also provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC and by using #SRFCvAZU.

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    USL PRO Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Orlando City SC extended its unbeaten streak to 13, one shy on tying the club record, with a pair of goals from midfielder Brian Span to defeat the Montreal Impact Reserves 2-1 in the two side’s first meeting at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday night.

    The Lions didn’t miss a beat with three players out on international duty as Orlando (10-0-3, 33 points) maintained the majority of possession for nearly the first half hour of the match, applying pressure immediately from the kickoff.

    “It was very nearly a great performance, and I was pleased with many aspects of our play,” Head Coach Adrian Heath said. “Considering how many opportunities we had, it would have been a travesty if we didn’t get the three points tonight.”

    Midfielder Austin da Luz went on the attack in the first couple of minutes and fired off a long-distance effort right at Montreal goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. Soon after, he headed a chance on target that forced Crepeau to tip the ball over the bar.

    Moments later, the Lions would remain on the prowl as Span joined his fellow midfielder in the hunt for the team’s opening goal. In the 10th minute, the FC Dallas loanee would get an opportunity, on for his headed effort to go just high.

    Span would cash in two minutes later for his second goal of the season, and first since his debut. Orlando's Luke Boden ran down the left flank and sent a low cross into the penalty area where Corey Hertzog tapped it through to Span, who easily put it past the goalkeeper into the bottom-right corner.

    The game would turn in Montreal’s favor in the 25th minute, after the hosts looked to be in complete control of the game against the visitors from Canada, when midfielder Yordany Alvarez collapsed off the ball after a headed challenge.  Alvarez was able to leave the field under his own power, but would head to the hospital for precautionary checks.

    A minute later, the ball got into Orlando’s penalty area for the first time when a Montreal defender sent a through-ball over the top, but it was out of the reach of Maxim Tissot. The Impact would get another opportunity off Calum Mallace’s free kick, but Montreal’s first shot attempt would deflect off the wall and well over the net. On the reserve-side’s second consecutive attempt from a corner, Tissot sent a low-driven cross to the top of the box to a lurking Victor Ndiaye, but the midfielder lost his footing running onto the ball allowing the Lions to attack on the counter.

    Orlando regained the momentum, and won a free kick when Hertzog bore down on goal and defender Janouk Carbonneau tackled the striker just on the edge of the penalty area to deny an attempt to add a second goal to his name on the season. Midfielder Anthony Pulis lined up the free kick and curled around Montreal’s wall near the far post forcing Crepeau to lay out to make the save.

    The Lions would get a few more chances before halftime, but the Impact Reserves wouldn’t fold and kept the hosts off the scoresheet. In the waning minutes of the match Mallace tried a long distance shot forcing ‘keeper Miguel Gallardo to parry the ball out of the area. The Impact would get another chance from another free kick, but the ball was cleared out of harm’s way before the ball even got close to Gallardo.

    The second half saw Orlando get back into the game, as the Lions began to reassert themselves on the game with large amounts of possession. Span would add his second goal on the hour-mark when he dribbled through the Montreal defense switched the ball over to his right foot before taking the shot from just outside the box with two Montreal closing. The shot would deflect off one of the defenders, and wrong-foot the keeper and finding the back of the net to extend Orlando’s lead to 2-0.

    However, the Canadian-based club would inch closer to cutting into Orlando’s lead in the 68th minute when Anthony Jackson-Hamel was left all alone in the area, but his effort was put just wide of target.

    Minutes later Montreal was able to go on the break as the Impact outnumbered City’s defense after a poor free kick by the Lions. Mallace played the ball out to the right flank to Santiago Gonzales, who sent a cross through the box to Tissot. The Impact midfielder took a touch and slotted it past Gallardo to make the score 2-1 in the 75th minute.

    After the the goal, Heath’s squad would tighten down to keep the visitors at bay as they kept the Impact Reserves out of their attacking third and quickly counter-attacked when given chances from midfielder Adama Mbengue, but the Senegalese winger was whistled for offside as his shot rolled between Crepeau’s legs into the net. Later second-half substitute, Aodhan Quinn’s volley just crept over the bar, but it would prove academic as the Lions held on to take victory.

    Up next. Orlando will conclude their home stand against the Orange County Blues on Wednesday, June 11. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

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    USL PRO Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Kickers got their seventh win of the season on Saturday night as they defeated the visiting Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0. Matthew Delicâte’s seventh goal on the season was enough to see the home team through to victory, along with some stingy defensive play.

    Richmond had its first chance of the game in the seventh minute when Luke Vercollone’s cross found Jason Yeisley, who headed the ball down to George Davis IV, but his effort was blasted wide left. Two minutes later, Richmond got on the board when defender Sascha Görres was found as he streaked down the left wing. Görres swung in a cross, which found the head of Delicâte, who did the rest by heading the ball back across the frame and into the net.

    Richmond nearly had their second just two minutes later. Delicâte’s through ball sent forward Yeisley on a one-on-one against Harrisburg goalkeeper Nick Noble, but the veteran was able to get a piece of Yeisley’s attempt to go past him, and the ball was cleared away.

    Harrisburg almost equalized in the 18th minute after a nice one-two between Pedro Ribiero and Clesio Bauque. Ribiero found a pocket of space after Richmond defender Hugh Roberts slipped, and found Jimmy McLaughlin on his left. McLaughlin’s shot almost beat goalkeeper Joe Willis to the near post, but was turned away.

    Richmond had a second goal ruled out for offside in the 21st minute when midfielder Shay Spitz played a short corner to Alex Caskey, and his found the head of Davis IV, who headed the ball down to Delicâte for the finish, but the flag was up, and called back for offside.

    Richmond’s final chance of the first half came in the 32nd minute after a give-and-go between Davis IV and Caskey sprung Caskey down the wing. Caskey cut a ball back to Spitz just outside the penalty area, but Spitz's shot sailed over the bar.

    The 38th minute saw a nervy moment for the Kickers’ defense when Harrisburg City’s Jose Barrill’s inswinging corner was sent to the near post. The ball took a hop before it could finally be cleared by Davis IV.

    Richmond got back on the front foot in the second half and Vercollone did well to draw a handball deep in the Harrisburg half to give Richmond a free kick in the 51st minute. Görres’ effort found the head of Delicâte at the near post, but the shot just missed the target.

    Harrisburg’s best chance to equalize came in the 71st minute, when substitute Yann Ekra found Colin Zizzi on a through-ball. Zizzi took the ball to the byline and had his cross deflected in the direction of the goal by a Richmond defender. The ball just missed the target to the right, and went out for a corner.

    Richmond had two chances to add to its lead in the final 10 minutes, the first in the 80th minute when Caskey found Görres down the left, who sent a low cross into the path of Yeisley, whose shot just outside the six-yard box was blocked by City Islanders defender Richie Marquez, to shouts for a handball from the home crowd.

    The final chance came in the 89th minute when Davis IV’s free kick was deflected off the defensive wall. The ball found the feet of Vercollone who rifled a shot back on target. Vercollone’s shot drew a diving save from Noble to his right, and Richmond substitute Tishan Hanley, was not in time to put the rebound home.

    The Richmond Kickers return to City Stadium next Saturday, June 14 to host the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7 p.m.  Four days later, the Kickers continue U.S. Open Cup action as they host the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer on Wednesday, June 18.  Tickets are on sale now at

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    USL PRO Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    IRVINE, Calif. -- Three goals in the space of five minutes propelled the Orange County Blues to a 4-3 win against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Anteater Stadium on Saturday night. Chris Cortez scored twice for the Blues, while Josh Suggs and Allan Russell also found the back of the net before Orange County had to hold on late as Dayton pulled within a goal in second-half stoppage time.

    Dayton would strike first as Matt Walker poked home his first professional goal after just 12 minutes to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Blues responded in emphatic fashion as Cortez headed home his third goal of the season following a pinpoint cross from Russell to draw the sides level in the 18th minute.

    Less than a minute later, Suggs turned Ross Friedman inside out before tucking the ball into the right corner of the net with a great solo effort. The Blues then made it 3-1 in the 22nd minute as Jimmy Turner found space down the right before sending a perfectly-weighted cross for Russell to put home his third goal of the season.

    The Blues stretched their lead to 4-1 in the 64th minute as Gabriel Gonzalez crossed for Cortez, who found the right corner of the net with his downward header for his second of the match. The three-goal cushion caused the Blues to take their foot off the pedal, and Elii Garner handed the Dutch Lions a lifeline with 11 minutes to go as he swept home from close range.

    Dayton continued to storm forward and pulled to within one as Joel DeLass took advantage of slack defending in the Blues' penalty area to push the ball through Taylor Peay and goalkeeper Patrick McLain’s legs in the 93rd minute. It was nothing more than a consolation, however, as referee Ramon Hernandez blew the whistle right after the ensuing kickoff as the Blues held on for all three points.

    The Blues will pack their bags and head for the east coast for their next pair of contests as they take on Orlando City and Charlotte on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

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    PDL Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    CLINTON, Miss. -- The Austin Aztex took a 2-0 victory against the Mississippi Brilla FC on Saturday night at Clinton High School as they remained undefeated at the top of the PDL's Mid South Division. Alesi Osorio and Andres Cuero found the back of the net for the Aztex either side of the halftime break as they moved eight points clear of the second-placed Laredo Heat and Mississippi. 

    After holding the Austin Aztex to a 0-0 draw on Thursday night, Mississippi welcomed the defending PDL champions back for the third of their three regular season matches. It goes without saying that Mississippi was looking for a win on Saturday night, but there was extra motivation after suffering a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Aztex just two weeks ago. A win would have leveled the season series at 1-1-1.

    Austin had other ideas. Despite a few chances by Mississippi early in the match, Austin controlled practically the entire match. The Mississippi defense kept out several early chances from Austin, but the Aztex would not be denied.

    In the 20th minute, Sito Seoane blasted one at the Mississippi net. Brilla’s ‘keeper, Carl Blundell, made a great save. However, the rebound fell to Osorio, who made no mistake, and rolled his finish into the Brilla net for the opening goal.

    Brilla would see the rest of the half out without conceding another goal, but early in the second half, Cuero curled a free kick beautifully into the corner of the Brilla net from 20 yards in the 48th minute.

    Despite several more chances, and seeing most of the ball in the second half, Austin was unable to score again.

    Mississippi will go on the road this week to Midland/Odessa to take on the Sockers who sit just one point behind them in the standings. The teams will play a two-game series on June 12 and 14.

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    USL PRO Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chad Bartlome scored a stoppage-time equalizer as Sacramento Republic FC earned a 1-1 draw with Arizona United SC in front of a sellout crowd of 20,231 at Hughes Stadium on Saturday night. London Woodberry had given Arizona the lead midway through the second half, but Bartolme's header sent the capacity crowd into celebration as Republic FC extended its undefeated streak to five games.

    Republic FC came out strongly as it consistently attacked Arizona’s defense. Forwards Dakota Collins and Thomas Stewart led the charge, finding open space and utilizing their quickness to get behind the defense. 

    Collins had the best chance of the first half for the home team as he broke away from the defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with Arizona keeper Evan Newton, only to see the shot sail over the crossbar. Arizona’s best chances came in the 22nd and 28th minutes, only for Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek to make two diving saves.

    The half ended in a scoreless tie. Republic FC’s had the first scoring opportunity of the second half in the 50th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a curling shot toward the right corner of the net and Newton made a fantastic diving save. 

    Shortly after Arizona put themselves ahead with a free kick. In the 67th minute midfielder Joseph Dillon sent in a left-footed shot that bounced off the crossbar and landed at the feet of Woodberry who powered home a shot into the back of the net.

    Republic FC seemed to come alive after the Arizona goal. After many missed chances, Republic FC equalized in stoppage time. Lopez sent in a cross from a corner kick that found the head of Bartlomé who sent the ball into the net. The goal was the first of the season for Bartlomé.

    The match was the second straight sellout for Republic FC, which also sold out its first match of the season. With the sellout Republic FC raised its average attendance to 19,526.

    “We appreciate the city coming out and supporting us,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki following the match. “All we can do is go on the field and play as hard as we can.”

    Republic FC moves to 6-3-2, while Arizona United SC moves to 3-6-1 as both sides took a point apiece. Republic FC will travel to Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Wednesday to take on their MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.

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    PDL Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    VICTORIA, B.C. – After failing to register a goal in consecutive matches, Victoria Highlanders FC returned home to capture a 3-1 victory against the Portland Timbers U-23s on Saturday night in front of 1404 fans at Royal Athletic Park. The victory pushes Victoria back into second place in the PDL’s Northwest Division.

    Cam Hundal, Blair Sturrock and Andrew Ravenhill all posted goals for the Highlanders, while Omar Holness converted a penalty kick for Portland. It was the first goal as Highlanders for both Hundal and Ravenhill, who both generated several quality chances throughout the game.

    The Highlanders opened the scoring quickly, as Sturrock fooled everyone by electing to cross the ball inside the attacking zone to Cameron Stokes instead of shooting it. Stokes neatly pushed the ball through to Hundal, who received the pass well before netting his first goal of the season in the third minute.

    Hundal looked poised to increase Victoria’s lead on 15 minutes as he dribbled through several defenders at the top of the penalty area before firing a shot on net that was swallowed up by Portland goalkeeper Justin Luthy. Fullback Kevin Brown had another chance for Victoria, working the ball to the touch line before firing a low cross that was just a slightly off pace.

    Portland had a chances to level the score when it received a free kick just outside the attacking zone that they could not convert. A missed clear by the Highlanders’ defense almost proved costly as well, but no Timbers attacker could jump on the ball as it momentarily sat untouched in the mouth of the goal.

    After coming close on a pair of chances, Sturrock converted a Tyler Hughes free kick, redirecting an arcing ball over top of Luthy for Victoria’s second goal of the game in the 43rd minute. Victoria would head into the half with a two-goal lead.

    Both sides had opportunities to score early in the second half, with left back Ravenhill working the ball in deep before crossing a ball to the front that Luthy was able to shield Sturrock from. On the other end of the pitch, midfielder Fatai Alashe redirected a header just wide of the post.

    Minutes later, Ravenhill brought the ball back towards the attacking zone once again. With plenty of room in front of him to move, he struck a blast to the back of the net that gave his side a three-goal advantage.

    Hopes of a clean sheet for ‘keeper Brandon Watson were erased when a penalty kick was awarded to Portland in the 85th minute of play. Holness stepped up to the line and calmly slotted it home to cut the Highlanders lead to two.

    Late substitute Wesley Barrett almost created magic once again for Victoria, placing a perfect cross Sturrock who nearly earned a brace, but Luthy was in great position to stop the ball.

    Barrett's cross was the last great chance for either side, as Portland was unable to make use of five additional minutes of stoppage time, dropping their second match in a row. The win is Victoria’s third of the season and moves them back into second-place in the division.

    Next up, the Highlanders host the Puget Sound Gunners on Saturday, June 14 at Royal Athletic Park. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.  For more information, please visit

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  • 06/07/14--22:28: Riverhounds Get Past Rhinos
  • USL PRO Game Report

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds took a 3-2 victory against the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium on Saturday night. Brian Fekete, Rob Vincent and Jose Angulo had the goals as the Riverhounds claimed their first victory in Rochester in club history after Minh Vu had given the Rhinos the lead, and JC Banks pulled a goal back late from the penalty spot.

    The Rhinos took the lead in the 25th minute after Alex Dixon was fouled in the middle of the pitch 25 yards out from the Riverhounds goal. Vu and Banks lined up over the ball to take the free kick. Vu ran at the ball first, struck it, and bent it over Pittsburgh's five-man wall into the right side of the Riverhounds net for his second goal of the season.

    Pittsburgh got back into the match with set pieces, and scored their opening goal in the 43rd minute. Earls took a corner kick with his favored left foot and dropped the ball on top of the six-yard box, where it found the head of Fekete in a crowded penalty area, and the defender was able to glance a header into the upper-left corner of the Rhinos goal for his second goal in as many games.

    The Riverhounds took the lead in the 74th minute when 2013 USL PRO MVP and co-leading scorer Angulo received the ball with his back to goal in the Rhinos penalty area. Angulo played the ball wide to Joseph Ngwenya on the left flank, and he served the ball into the Rochester penalty area, and it went all the way through to 2013 First Team All-USL PRO midfielder Matthew Dallman on the right side of the Rhinos box. Dallman struck the ball first time, but Rochester rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy was there to parry the ball over the cross bar for a corner kick. On the ensuing corner kick Earls whipped a ball into a crowded penalty area, and Vincent was there to touch the ball into the back of the net.

    Pittsburgh doubled its advantage in the 84th minute when Angulo sparked a counter-attack when he collected the ball 10 yards into the Rhinos' half of the field and played a through-ball to Ngwenya, who was in behind the Rhinos defense. Ngwenya surged down the left side of the Rhinos penalty area and got to the end line before he cut it back to Angulo, who had made a run to the top of the six-yard box. Angulo had the goal at his mercy and finished under McCarthy for what ultimately proved to be the game-winning goal.

    The Rhinos got a goal back in the 90th minute when Rochester served a ball into the Riverhound's penalty area, and Rochester midfielder Tony Walls was knocked down by Earls. Referee Jeff Forward pointed to the penalty spot, and Banks converted into the lower-right corner of the goal from twelve yards away, but the Riverhounds would see out the four minutes of stoppage time to earn their first win of the season.

    The Rhinos next home match will be on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:05 p.m. against D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tickets for any 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 Rochester Rhinos season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are also currently available.

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    Washington Spirit Reserves News Release -

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

    BEALETON, VA – The Washington Spirit Reserves notched their sixth consecutive victory (fourth in the W-League) in dramatic fashion, knocking off the visiting New Jersey Wildcats 5-0 Saturday evening at special venue Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia.  Led by forward Morgan Reuther’s three goals in the first half, Washington got ahead of New Jersey early and the stout Spirit Reserves defense held the Wildcats scoreless for the second consecutive week.

    In striking similarity to last Sunday’s road victory against the New York Magic, the Spirit Reserves managed to get on the scoreboard in the opening minutes.  Washington defender Jen Skogerboe slotted a nifty pass ahead of Reuther into the right corner.  The agile Reuther faked right and cut left inside her defender before firing the ball untouched into the right corner of the Wildcats net for the 1-0 lead in the third minute.

    A corner kick opportunity four minutes later doubled the Washington lead as Reuther took advantage of a chaotic scramble in front of the New Jersey goal mouth.  After the deep cross pinballed off of several players from both sides, Reuther crashed through and drilled the ball into the upper netting of the Wildcats goal for the 2-0 advantage in the ninth minute.

    A second-year forward at the University of Virginia, Reuther completed her hat trick just before the half when teammate Ashley Herndon fed her a splitting pass through the middle in the 40th minute.  The speedy Reuther calmly buried her shot past diving Wildcat keeper Carlie Till to complete her scoring for the night.

    The Spirit Reserves grabbed an unexpected goal just before the halftime whistle as Herndon launched a 30-yard strike just under the crossbar for the 4-0 lead at the break.

    Second-half Washington substitute Lina Granados showed her hat trick from last weekend was not a fluke as she raced down the right side after collecting a pass from midfielder Kara Wilson in the 56th minute.  Granados smacked her authoritative shot into the New Jersey goal to conclude the scoring for the Spirit Reserves.

    The victory keeps Washington atop the Northeastern Conference with a perfect 4-0-0 record.  The Ottawa Fury and Los Angeles Blues also currently boast unblemished records in the first third of the W-League season.

    The Spirit Reserves continue their W-League season next weekend on the road for a pair of away matches.  On Saturday Washington faces the Long Island Rough Riders before following up the next day against the North Jersey Valkyries.  The Spirit Reserves return home June 21 for a rematch against the New York Magic.  Match time is set for 3 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex and is the first in a special doubleheader.  The NWSL Washington Spirit face the Portland Thorns in the second match of the evening.

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    LA Blues News Release -

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The undefeated LA Blues (4-0-0) will be at home on Sunday to take on the Colorado Storm (0-3-0) at the StubHub Center at 3 p.m. PT. 

    The Blues are coming off a hard-fought 2-0 victory against the Colorado Pride last Saturday. In what seemingly would end a scoreless draw, the Blues found a spark late in the game to take three points and solidify their first-place spot in the Western Conference table.

    Defender Abby Dahlkemper, whose performance in the game earned her a W-League Team of the Week nomination, scored the game-winner in the 84th minute when she knocked in a Sarah Killion corner kick to lower right corner of the goal. In the 89th minute, Lynn Williams secured the win for the Blues when a bad clearance deflected off her body and into an open net.

    The Storm is on the road for a two-game weekend in Southern California. Their first match of the trip was played on Friday against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. While Madison Yoswa gave them an early lead in the 21st minute, the Storm lost after Natasa Radosavljevic scored two goals in the second half to give the home team a victory. 

    The Storm will continue to look for their first point of the season on Sunday when they take on the Blues, whose roster was thinned out due to the U23 US Women’s National Team Camp from June 7-14. The Blues will be without Aubrey Bledsoe, Abby Dahlkemper, Caprice Dydasco, Sarah Killion, Taylor Smith, Katie Stengel, and Lynn Williams.

    On game day, fans can enter the StubHub Center through Gate D off Victoria Street and park in Lot 16. More information on the venue is available at

    This match will not be streamed live. For live game updates follow the LA Blues’ official twitter account, @LABluesSC, and join the conversation using #LAvCS. Limited updates will also be posted on the Blues' facebook page at 

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    LA Galaxy II News Release --

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II (7-2-3, 24 points) will host the Dayton Dutch Lions (2-6-2, 8 points) in USL PRO Week 12 at StubHub Center’s main soccer stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT as part of a double header with the LA Galaxy who will take on Chivas USA in the SuperClasico at 5 p.m. PT. All of the USL PRO action will be streamed live via


    Currently sitting in 13th place in the USL PRO standings with eight points, Dayton is coming off a 1-0 defeat at home against the Rochester Rhinos last Sunday after the game saw a two-and-a-half hour delay due to lightning.

    In the last meeting between the two teams last month, Los Dos earned a 1-1 draw with the Dutch Lions as Galaxy forward Chandler Hoffman scored his fifth goal of the team’s USL PRO campaign. Galaxy II broke the deadlock four minutes before the end of the first half when Bradford Jamieson IV made a brilliant run through the midfield before playing a through-ball to Hoffman, who put the ball into the back of the net. Minutes before halftime, a penalty kick goal by Dayton’s Aaron Schoenfeld helped the Dutch Lions earn a point at the unveiling of their new home DOC Stadium.

    Before facing LA Galaxy II on Sunday, Dayton will first play the OC Blues FC a day before on Saturday, June 7 in Irvine. The Dutch Lions are travelling to the West Coast for a three game trip against the Orange County Blues (Saturday), LA Galaxy II (Sunday) and Arizona United SC (Wednesday).

    Los Dos return home after handing the Seattle Sounders FC Reserves their first loss of the season at Starfire Stadium last Sunday. Galaxy II netted the winner in the 76th minute when Aleksandar Djokovic’s cross found Hoffman at the far post and he slotted it past Hahnemann for the game's lone goal. Hoffman now has eight goals on the season so far.

    Following Sunday’s double header, LA Galaxy II will face a quick turnaround when they host Rochester on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center’s main stadium.

    Tune in to watch all the action live on

    LA Galaxy II Season Ticket Memberships begin at just $6 per game. For more information on LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II memberships, or group and single tickets, visit or call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299).

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