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    Reading United News Release - www.readingunitedac.com

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    READING, Pa. – On Wednesday Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union will make the annual trek to Reading where they’ll match up against their player development partners, Reading United A.C. in a friendly match at Wilson High School's Gurski Stadium scheduled for 7 p.m. It will be the fifth time the partner clubs have met in what has become a summer soccer tradition.

    Last year, the Union used goals from Antoine Hoppenot and Reading alum Aaron Wheeler to defeat a United side loaded with MLS prospects 2-0. Reading has yet to defeat its professional partners in the annual exhibition match.

    This year, the Union arrive in town featuring more United alums on their roster than ever before. Former Reading stars Ray Gaddis, Andrew Wenger, Aaron Wheeler and Leo Fernandes will all be back in Reading, where they'll be joined by fellow Union stars Zac MacMath, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira and Sebastien Le Toux.

    Reading United A.C. and the Philadelphia Union inked a player development agreement in 2009 that made Reading the exclusive PDL Development Partner of the Philadelphia Union. In turn, the Union have benefitted from this partnership, as a quartet of Union players are Reading United alum: Wheeler (2009), Wenger (2009-2010), Gaddis (2010-2011) and Fernandes (2012) have collectively combined for 50 appearances this year for the Union, including 39 starts.

    Additionally, Union manager Jim Curtin has ties to United, as he was previously the Reading Super-20 Men’s coach.

     


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    Orlando City SC News Release - www.orlandocitysc.com

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. - For the second consecutive season Orlando City SC is set to face MLS side the Colorado Rapids in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The only differences this year are that the match will take place in the fourth round rather than the third, and it will be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the rocky mountain state. The match is set for 9 p.m. ET tonight.

    City is off to its best start in franchise history as the Lions have gone unbeaten in its first 14 matches (11-0-3) in the club’s final USL PRO campaign. Orlando’s first MLS signing, Kevin Molino, has been leading Lions, with the Trinidadian already securing nine goals and 23 points.

    The Lions made history during the 2013 Open Cup when OCSC hosted the Rapids at the Florida Citrus Bowl and produced a 3-1 win, securing its first win against an MLS club in the Open Cup. Head Coach Adrian Heath’s squad carried that momentum throughout the tournament as City went on to defeat Sporting Kansas City in the next round before falling to the Chicago Fire in the quarterfinals - marking the club’s longest run in the tournament.

    With a prearranged schedule, Colorado enters the fray in fourth round after receiving a bye through the first three rounds. Orlando, on the other hand, has looked sharp in its opening two matches, defeating both the Ocala Stampede and the Tampa Bay Rowdies quite comfortably.

    Colorado currently sits in third place in MLS’ western conference with a record of 6-5-4 through the team’s first 15 games of the 2014 campaign. Forwards Deshorn Brown and Vicente Sanchez lead the Rapids with five goals apiece, but Sanchez has only played sparingly, appearing in five games. Although a native of Jamaica, Brown played collegiately at nearby UCF before the Colorado franchise drafted the striker with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.


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    Washington Spirit Reserves News Release - www.washingtonspirit.com

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    BOYDS, Md. – Following a 10-day stint in the NWSL with the professional Washington Spirit side, Spirit Reserves teammates Kelsey Pardue and Jennifer Skogerboe return to the W-League squad Wednesday with additional career experience.  Highlighting the W-League team as the direct path to the pros, the prolific duo both saw action in full professional matches during their call-up to the Washington Spirit.

    With 10 minutes remaining in last Wednesday’s match at the Boston Breakers, Longwood University graduate Pardue was sent in to replace US National Team veteran Lori Lindsey in the Spirit midfield.   Pardue’s tenaciousness and speed had impressed Head Coach Mark Parsons in training camp, and his decision to send her in was not a hard one.

    Four days later, former University of Connecticut defender Skogerboe got her chance as the Spirit traveled to Portland to face off against the talented Thorns side.  Skogerboe entered in the 75th minute to replace forward Renae Cuellar and was slotted back into a defensive role to allow the Spirit to push other midfielders forward in hopes of an equalizer.

    “I think it speaks very highly of the W-League itself that our teams can provide match-fit players on a moment’s notice to fill in at the professional level,” Spirit Reserves General Manager Tim Schweitzer said.  “Certainly Kelsey and Jen earned this opportunity themselves, but the USL continually provides the platform for these players to make this jump instantaneously.” 

    “We are excited to have them back, but more importantly Mark knows he has top-notch players readily available to step up as needed,” Schweitzer concluded.

    Pardue, Skogerboe, and the rest of the Spirit Reserves return home Wednesday to face local rival Braddock Road Stars Elite. The match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Howison Soccer Complex in Woodbridge, Virginia.

    The action continues on 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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    Harrisburg City Islanders News Release - www.cityislanders.com

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - On Tuesday the Harrisburg City Islanders will travel to Philadelphia to take on their MLS affiliate, the Philadelphia Union, at PPL Park. It will mark the second competitive meeting between the clubs.

    The Isles’ fell to the Union in the only non-friendly meeting between the affiliates in the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinal match by a score of 5-2. The Union took a three-goal lead into halftime before an even second half where each team scored twice. Current Islander forward Morgan Langely recorded Harrisburg’s second score in the 54th minute.

    Prior to the City Islanders' first visit to PPL Park, they earned victories against MLS clubs the New England Revolution (3-3, 4-3 SO) and the New York Red Bulls (3-1) to advance to the quarterfinal round in the Open Cup, where they eventually fell. The Isles had success against MLS foes in previous Open Cup tournaments, defeating the Red Bulls (1-0) in 2010 and the Revolution (2-1) in 2009.

    Harrisburg will face an uphill battle as Jimmy McLaughlin, Richie Marquez, Christian Hernandez and Pedro Ribeiro, whom are all on loan from the Union, will not suit up for the USL PRO side. The Islanders will also be without Robbie Derschang, Neil Shaffer and Clesio Bauque as they take time off to nurse injuries.

    “The Open Cup is very important and we have a difficult task ahead,” City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher said. “The World Cup break will make things interesting; they’ll have an opportunity to play their starters. We’re up for the challenge and excited to play in PPL Park.”

    After a two-match battle this week against Pittsburgh, both home and away, the Islanders will complete their tour across Pennsylvania. Harrisburg picked up four points against their cross-state rivals after a 3-1 win in Pittsburgh was followed by a scoreless draw at Skyline Sports Complex.

    Through two US Open Cup matches, the Islanders have outscored their opponents by a seven-goal margin. Their first tournament triumph came against the Lehigh Valley United Sonic, followed by a 4-1 victory in a visit to Baltimore when they took on the Bohemians of the PDL.

    The Philadelphia Union have struggled this season and currently sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference of the MLS.  They have recently undergone a change in management, and are looking to save their season and improve their standing. Star forward Conor Casey, who has four goals on only seven shots on goal this season, will hope to pace the Union into the quarterfinals of the Open Cup. Philadelphia had its most successful US Open Cup run in 2012, where it fell to eventual champions Sporting Kansas City in the semifinal round.

    The City Islanders will look to veteran Morgan Langley to lead the attack. Langley is amongst USL PRO leaders with 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and will look to build on that success as the Isles face their biggest challenge yet. Nick Noble will buoy a defense that will play short two pieces, Marquez and Shaffer. Backline regular Raphael Cox, who is recovering from an injury, will be a match-day decision.

    The Islanders will hope to build on their “giant killers” moniker, as they have a US Open Cup record of 4-4-1 against MLS competition. The fourth round match will kick off at 7 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.


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    USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 13 of the 2014 season on Tuesday as Dayton Dutch Lions forward Aaron Schoenfeld was named Player of the Week after his pair of goals led the Dutch Lions to a 2-1 victory at Arizona United SC Wednesday night at the Peoria Sports Complex.

    Schoenfeld, on loan from Dayton’s MLS affiliate the Columbus Crew, opened the scoring in the match in the fifth minute when he took a through pass from Shintaro Harada, beat a defender and deposited his own rebound into the net after his initial shot struck the post. After an Arizona equalizer, Schoenfeld netted the winner in the 36th minute when his blast from distance tucked inside the right post.

    Schoenfeld was joined on the Team of the Week forward line by another two-goal scorer, Richmond’s Matthew Delicate, as well as Harrisburg’s James McLaughlin, who scored in a 3-1 win at Pittsburgh.

    Orlando City’s Brad Rusin led the selections on defense after scoring twice against Orange County, and he was joined by Charleston’s Colin Falvey and Rochester’s Johnny Mendoza, who both scored in important wins.

    Orange County Blues FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain was selected after shutting out the Charlotte Eagles 1-0 on the road, as was teammate Jiovanni Santana, who scored the winner in the 80th minute. OKC Energy FC had midfielders Adda Djeziri and Michael Thomas after their goals against Sacramento, and rounding out the squad was Wilmington’s Mickael Oliveira, who tallied a goal and an assist as the Hammerheads fought back to tie Richmond 2-2.

    The 2014 USL PRO season continues with three matches on Friday night, two featuring MLS Reserve competition as Harrrisburg travels to Montreal at 4 p.m. ET and the Coloroado Rapids Reserves travel to Sacramento at 10:30 p.m. ET. Also on Friday night the Dayton Dutch Lions travel to Rochester to face the Rhinos at 7:35 p.m. ET.

    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 MentionArizona – Paolo DelPiccolo, Evan Newton, Jonathan Top; Charlotte – Alec Kann; Dayton – Matt Williams; Harrisburg – Yann Ekra, Nick Noble; Orange County – Seth Moses, Sean Okoli; OKC – Mark Howard; Orlando City – Austin da Luz, Corey Hertzog; Pittsburgh – Andrew Marshall; Richmond – Joe Willis; Rochester – Alex Dixon, Kyle Hoffer; Wilmington – Ashani Fairclough.

     


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    USL PRO News Release

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is pleased to announce the launch of the USL PRO Shop, the league’s online merchandise and apparel outlet in partnership with SOCCER.COM, the largest global soccer specialty retailer. Fans can view the assortment of USL PRO league and team apparel by visiting www.SOCCER.COM/USLPRO or by clicking the “SHOP” tab on USLPROsoccer.com.

    The USL PRO partnership with SOCCER.COM provides the league and its teams with an unprecedented opportunity to reach the soccer-specific consumer throughout North America through the retailer’s portfolio of distribution.

    Throughout the season the store will continue to evolve to include expansion teams and additional items specifically related to USL PRO events, which previously were only available on site. 

    “The USL PRO shop complements the existing merchandising operations of USL PRO teams, extending their reach throughout North America,” USL Executive Director of League Growth and Partnerships Steven Short said. “This a valuable asset for USL PRO and its teams as the league’s profile continues to grow and more and more fans want to show support for their favorite teams.

    “As the leader in online soccer apparel sales, SOCCER.COM provides fans that opportunity by offering league- and team-approved apparel.”

    Founded in 1984, SOCCER.COM is operated by Sports Endeavors, Inc. The retailer reaches more than six million households annually through soccer catalog and online sales and has partnered with world-renowned teams and events including the FIFA 2014 World Cup, UEFA Champions League, the 2012 UEFA European Championships, Major League Soccer, Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, AC Milan, Manchester United FC, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Santos, FC Bayern Munich, and the Mexican Football Federation.


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    US Open Cup Game Report

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    WEST CHESTER, Pa. - For the second consecutive year, the Harrisburg City Islanders saw their U.S. Open Cup run come to an end at the hands of their MLS partner, the Philadelphia Union. Tuesday night at PPL Park the City Islanders watched a late lead evaporate and Andrew Wenger score twice in extra time to produce a 3-1 margin for the Union.

    The short-handed City Islanders side kept the Union on their heels primarily through the outstanding play of goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre, who finished with 10 saves.  Harrisburg struck first in the 38th minute after Jason Pelletier finished off a rebound in front of the Union goal.

    “If you look at the first half the passing was sloppy, sluggish,” Union manager Jim Curtin said. “We’ve had a long layoff and getting back and only having a day and a half or day of training to go against the Harrisburg team it was definitely difficult. I think if we were a little cleaner with the ball in three plays in the first half we could have scored the first goal, the key in these games is to score the first goal and make them actually have to come out and play us.

    "To their credit, they sat behind the ball and they were hard to break down, and we didn’t have the quality to break them down. We were a little rusty, sloppy, but my guys fought hard in the end, they could have laid down but they didn’t, they kept pushing and got the goals.”

    At the brink of regulation, Union midfielder turned central defender Maurice Edu hit a right-footed shot from the top of the box to level the match, 1-1 in the 89th minute. Wenger scored in the 110th and 117th minutes, the latter a great run past a Harrisburg defender into the box to create space and drill his shot into the roof of Harrisburg’s net.

    “Good for me to finally break a little bit of a drought,” Wenger said postgame. “It was even better for us to dig ourselves out of that and move forward, that’s the most important thing.  Defensively, we played pretty well tonight and we were lucky to get a lucky chance in a sense, but we kept pressing and we figured it out. There’s always a little bit of frustration when you feel like you’re knocking on the door for a long time, but it’s reassuring how we came through tonight.”

     


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    US Open Cup Game Report

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    ROCHESTER, NY - The Rochester Rhinos defeated the defending champion D.C. United 1-0 in the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday. Rhinos striker Colin Rolfe scored the game-winning goal off of an assist from Michael Garzi in the 27th minute, and the Rhinos held off D.C for the remainder of the storm-delayed match to advance to the Fifth Round of the Open Cup.

    Goalkeeper John McCarthy made two saves for his first shutout of the tournament for the Rhinos, who will visit the winner of Wednesday's Fourth Round pairing between Richmond Kickers and New England Revolution in the Firth Round.

    The Rhinos produced all the offense that was needed when Garzi got on the end of a through ball from Tony Walls on the left side of the United penalty area and ran at D.C. United right center back Nana Attakora. Garzi stepped over the ball, dribbled past Attakora, and played the ball from the endline back to Rofle at the top of the six yard box. Rolfe applied a deft finishing touch to slip the ball under D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to give the Rhinos the lead. It was only the second goal the Rhinos have scored against DC United in their five-game U.S. Open Cup history.

    A severe thunderstorm rolled into Sahlen's Stadium and play was suspended in the 61st minute, but not before DC United center back Steve Birnbaum received his second caution of the match and was sent off. The holders were left to play the remaining half hour of the match down a player.

    The match resumed on the rain-soaked turf of Sahlen's Stadium after a 38-minute delay, but entered a second 90-minute delay a short itme later. When play resumed, the Rhinos were able to hold off D.C. United and seal their  spot in the Fifth Round.

    The win was Rochester's first against D.C. United in the Open Cup, and entering the match the Rhinos had been 1-10-4 against MLS opponents since winning the tournament in 1999.

     


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    W-League News Release

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 6 of the 2014 season today, with K-W United forward Nicole Lyon named Player of the Week. Lyon tallied three goals – including the game-winner against Toronto – and an assist to propel K-W to a pair of wins and third place in the Central Conference standings.

    Joining Lyon on the Team of the Week are a pair of returnees as Charlotte’s Leah Fortune earns her second selection of the season after a goal and an assist vs. Dayton, while the Colorado Pride’s Chloe Logarzo also had a goal and an assist in a win against the Colorado Rush to earn selection for the second consecutive week. Rounding out the midfielders is Quebec’s Arielle Roy-Petitclerc, who led her team to its first win of the season, 2-0 vs. London.

    Danica Evans of the Colorado Rush earned her spot with a hat trick in a 4-0 win against the Colorado Storm, while forwards Dernelle Mascall of the Gulf Coast Texans (2 goals, assist) and Sara Sanau Ruiz of the New York Magic (2 goals) led their teams to wins that placed them firmly in playoff contention as the season reaches its midway point. 

    In goal, the Seattle Sounders Women’s Anna Picarelli, former W-League Goalkeeper of the Year, turned in an outstanding performance, stopping 14 shots as Seattle earned an important 3-0 victory against the Colorado Pride. She is joined on defense by former W-League Defender of the Year and Long Island veteran Sue Alber-Weber, who scored the tying goal against Braddock Road and anchored the Rough Riders’ defense in a scoreless draw against the Northeastern Conference-leading Washington Spirit Reserves.

    Washington defender Melissa Downey was also selected after scoring against North Jersey as the Spirit Reserves added another pair of shutouts to their record. Rounding out the squad is Carolina Elite’s Carolyn Warhaftig, who scored the late equalizer and helped limit the Gulf Coast attack in a 1-1 draw.

    W-League action continues this week with 19 games on the schedule, including a busy six-game slate Wednesday night and three more games Friday. Highlights include Ottawa and Toronto’s first meeting of the season today, Charlotte’s first visit to Gulf Coast Friday night, and a two-game Colorado swing for the LA Blues that see them face the Rush on Friday and the Storm 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 – Charlotte – Amanda Naeher, Summer Lanter; Colorado Pride – Sophie Howard, Sarah Schweiss, Mallory Weber; Colorado Rush – Gabbi Miranda; Dayton – Shan Jones, Michaela Powers; Gulf Coast – Florence Dadson; K-W United – Lateesha Skeete; LA – Brooke Elby; Laval – Melissa Busque; Long Island – Diana Poulin; Ottawa – Courtney Raetzman; Quebec - Florence Duval; Santa Clarita – Celina Minissian.


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    Puget Sound Gunners News Release - www.pugetsoundgunnersfc.com

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Puget Sound Gunners forward Ash Apollon’s time in the PDL was a brief, but fruitful one, as he announced June 13 that he was leaving to pursue a professional opportunity with a Belgium club, before eventually signing a contract with a pro club in Thailand.

    Apollon told Gunners coaches he signed with Bangkok FC of the Thailand Premier League.

    “Following some impressive displays for ISC’s U-23 PDL team, Ash Apollon has been asked to tryout at a professional club,” said head coach and ISC Gunners director of football Jimmy Ball. “We are proud to have been able to help Ash with this opportunity and we wish him all the very best of luck.”

    The 23-year-old from Boston appeared in five of the Gunners’ six matches. He played one of his best games in the team’s May 25 win against the Seattle Sounders U-23. Apollon scored what would be the game-winning goal in the 60th minute.

    The opportunity is the dream of a lifetime, Apollon said, while adding that he couldn’t have done it without the support of the Gunners staff: General Manager Gwynne Williams, head coach Jimmy Ball, assistant coach Alex Silva and assistant coach Emerson De Oliveira.

    “Through life, here and there, people will come your way and help you grow, mature and develop the right way,” he said. “In my case, the ISC Gunners staff has played a big part.

    “I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to play with your club. The attention you all have given me was very exceptional. I learned every single second I spent around you guys. You all have definitely helped boost my growth. Please keep up the good work, as you are exceptionally contributing to the lives of young footballers.”

    Gunners assistant coach and owner Alex Silva said Apollon’s talent will certainly be missed, but added that opportunities like these are exactly why the PDL exists.

    “This is the reason we have the PDL program - to help improve and expose the players to the next level,” he said. “We’re very pleased to see Ash getting an opportunity.”


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    Arizona United SC News Release - www.arizonaunited.com

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Arizona United Soccer Club is set to host Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy in the Fourth Round of the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. PT at the Peoria Sports Complex.

    The match will be televised statewide in Arizona and will be streamed live on YouTube. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. with a pregame show hosted by Barry Buetel. Kenn Tomasch and Allen Hopkins will have the call in the booth.

    Arizona United became the first team from Arizona in the modern era (1996 to the present) to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, defeating the PDL’s Portland Timbers U-23s, 3-2, on May 13 in the Second Round and fellow USL PRO side Oklahoma City Energy FC, 2-1 in overtime, on May 28 in the Third Round.

    Forward Kadeem Dacres and midfielder Jon Okafor lead Arizona United SC in U.S. Open Cup play with three points each (1 goal, 1 assist).

    If United defeats the Galaxy, it will travel to North Carolina for a Fifth Round matchup against Carolina Railhawks on June 24.

    The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as the U.S. Soccer Federation’s national club championship, is an annual knockout tournament open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating to 1914.


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  • US Open Cup Game Report

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014                       

    RICHMOND, Va. –
    The Richmond Kickers fell 3-2 against the New England Revolution in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, ending an unbeaten streak of 15 games in all competitions.

    New England began the game with a long spells of possession before getting on the board in the ninth minute. Midfielder Steve Neumann sent an inswinging corner into the box that was met by the head of defender Stephen McCarthy soaring above the defense. McCarthy’s header was aimed low and with pace before skipping under Richmond keeper Joe Willis.

    New England nearly had its second in the 14th minute after forward Diego Fagundez was sprung down the right wing on a quick free kick. Fagundez charged to the end line before sending a dangerous, low cross through the six-yard box, that missed everyone.

    Richmond began to settle into the game with its first chance coming in the 19th minute. Richmond defender Luke Vercollone’s free kick from near midfield nearly found the head of Hugh Roberts, but New England keeper Brad Knighton gloved the ball before any damage could be done.

    The Kickers had their equalizer in the 24th minute. Defender Henry Kalungi sent in a deep cross from the right wing that found Jason Yeisley at the back post, who managed to nod the ball back just outside the six-yard box. George Davis IV won the footrace to the ball, slotting home in the right-side netting.

    New England almost answered three minutes later on a free kick from Chris Tierney. Tierney’s curling effort went over the wall and rang the crossbar before going behind for a goal kick.

    New England had its second after a through ball from Fagundez found Patrick Mullins on the right of the six-yard box. Mullins danced around a sliding challenge from Richmond defender William Yomby and squared a ball up to Neumann, whose shot beat Joe Willis to the left post.

    New England increase its lead in the 39th minute on a long ball from Knighton. Yomby misplayed the ball in an attempt to head the ball back to Willis, and Neumann took advantage by tiptoeing around the keeper and passing the ball into the net.

    New England almost had a fourth on a quick free kick from Lee Nguyen. Nguyen’s ball found Chris Tierney racing down the left wing, and Tierney sent in a low cross that found the foot of a sliding Mullins. Mullins' shot was aimed directly at Willis, but the rebound ping-ponged back off Mullins before Willis finally recovered.

    Richmond enjoyed much of the possession in the early second half and had its first chance in the 62nd minute. Richmond substitute Shay Spitz whipped a cross into the box on a short corner. Spitz’s cross was dangerous and bounced before it could be cleared to Asante. Asante’s subsequent ball found the head of Mathew Delicâte, who just missed wide right.

    In the 66th minute, Richmond defender Sascha Görres swung in a cross, which brought a diving Knighton off his line. The keeper missed the cross, and the ball skidded past Delicâte before he could get his foot on it.

    Richmond added its second on the 100th goal of Delicâte’s career. Davis IV found a skying Delicâte who blasted the ball past Knighton with his head.

    Richmond tried to equalize five minutes later when Kalungi’s header on a ball from substitute Christiano Francois was knocked off the crossbar and out of play. Richmond’s best chance to equalize came in the 80th minute. Görres’ outswinging ball found Delicâte at the back post, and his right-footed effort dipped over the bar.

    Richmond’s final chance to equalize came on a Spitz cross into the box. The ball was punched away by Knighton, who collided with Delicâte, leaving the goal open. Asante’s shot from 25 yards away was inches over the crossbar.


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    US Open Cup Game Report

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    PEORIA, Ariz. - Arizona United Soccer Club's run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup came to a close on Wednesday night following a 2-1 loss to Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy in front of 4,018 fans at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

    Arizona United SC captain Matt Kassel put the home side up a goal heading into the halftime break, but a second-half brace from LA Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes ultimately ended Arizona United SC's run in the fourth round of the knockout tournament. 

    When Arizona United SC defeated OKC Energy FC, 2-1, on May 28, the first-year franchise became the first team in Arizona's soccer history to advance to the fourth round. 

    Arizona United SC enjoyed a strong start to the match and held the majority of the possession in the first half. The payoff occurred in the 37th-minute when converted defender Daniel Antúnez won a 50-50 on the right-touchline in the LA Galaxy half and played a diagonal ball to forward Kadeem Dacres, who then charged into the box. He whipped in a low cross that was then redirected into the net by Kassel for his first goal in all competitions. 

    The Galaxy emerged the stronger side after the restart, and Zardes got the team going moments into second half when goalkeeper Evan Newton smothered his shot in the 46th minute.

    Zardes eventually found the back of the net twice, and both goals scored were from cross-and-headers on opposites sides. Defender Robbie Rogers recorded the assist on the first goal in the 51st minute and midfielder Stefan Ishizaki noticed the second assist in the 53rd minute. 

    The Galaxy then peppered the Arizona United SC goal for the majority of the half until the final 10 minutes when Arizona United SC started to deploy more players forward. 

    Okafor had a look in the 80th minute that went wide, and had the best chance for an Arizona United SC equalizer in the 88th minute when a loose ball broke through the LA Galaxy backline. Okafor got a touch on the ball, but goalkeeper Jaime Penedo made a huge diving save to preserve the victory. 

     


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    Washington Spirit Reserves News Release - www.washingtonspirit.com

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. – With the first truly oppressive day of summer heat and humidity, the Washington Spirit Reserves outlasted a fit and stingy Braddock Road Stars Elite defense 3-1 before a lively crowd at Howison Homestead Soccer Complex on Wednesday evening.  A first-half goal by Washington defender Meghan Cox combined with second-half tallies by Kara Wilson and Aaran Parry proved enough to earn the victory on Prince William Soccer Inc. (PWSI) club night in Woodbridge, Virginia.

    As temperatures climbed into the upper 90s during team warmups, both sides found themselves focusing as much on hydrating as they did on the opposing team threats.  From the early onset of the match, the Spirit Reserves' offense found it difficult to penetrate the solid Braddock Road defensive backline.

    Washington finally grabbed the initial lead in the 17th minute when forward Ashley Herndon sent a low driven free kick to the deep side of the Stars Elite goal.  Crashing forward from her position in the center back, Cox blasted her header firmly into the net for 1-0 advantage that held until halftime.

    Ten minutes into the second half the Spirit Reserves doubled their lead on another header, this time from the run of play.  Midfielder Katie Yensen managed to beat her defender deep in the right corner and launched the ball across the face of the Braddock Road goal.  Teammate Kara Wilson surged forward and struck the ball in full stride to drive the ball past keeper Jessie Ferrari for the 2-0 lead in the 55th minute.

    Washington substitute Parry seized a golden opportunity in the 69th minute when a careening ball skipped high and out of the Stars Elite box only to fall at her feet.  Parry took only a single touch before rifling her shot from 20 yards out untouched into the upper netting for the Spirit Reserves' third of the night.

    Refusing to go quietly, Braddock Road continued its pressure and was finally rewarded in the 78th minute when Stars Elite midfielder Kahla Seymour fed Marissa Park in the Washington box.  Park cut across the full face of the Spirit Reserves goal before planting her shot past keeper Adelaide Gay for the 3-1 final.

    Park remains the only player to score on the Spirit Reserves this season.  Her first goal came on May 17 during a 4-1 losing effort against Washington.

    The victory pushes Washington further ahead in the Northeastern Conference with 19 points in seven games.  The New Jersey Wildcats remain in second place, a full three games back from the Spirit Reserves in the standings, but with a game in hand.

    The Spirit Reserves remain home on Saturday 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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    PDL News Release

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its Team of the Week for the seventh week of the 2014 season on Thursday, with Kitsap Pumas midfielder Chuy Sanchez earning Player of the Week honors after scoring both goals in a comeback win at Lane United FC Sunday that allowed the Pumas to remain undefeated.

    Trailing 1-0, the Pumas got on the board in the 66th minute when Sanchez one-timed a volley from just inside the box that beat the Lane United keeper for the equalizer. After a foul just outside the box in stoppage time, the former Cal State Bakersfield star stepped up and executed the free kick perfectly, bending it over the wall and past the keeper for the winning score. The win helped the Pumas extend their lead to five points in the Northwest Division.

    Other strong Player of the Week candidates included Forest City London midfielder James Pucci, who tallied four goals and an assist in a pair of games, and Western Mass Pioneers midfielder Will Daniels, who scored three in a pair of wins. Rounding out the midfield corps is Midland/Odessa’s Rory Knibbs, who accounted for a pair of goals and an assist in a 5-1 win vs. Mississippi.

    Floridians FC goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton had a standout week, recording consecutive shutouts against Southeast Division powers Orlando City and Ocala. The defensive selections included a trio of players who scored for their teams in important wins – Ocala’s Darion Copeland, CFC Azul’s Tobias Esche and Austin’s Kalen Ryden.

    K-W United’s Stefan Vukovic recorded two goals and three assists in a 2-0-0 week to earn a spot on the forward line, and he was joined by Anthony Grant of the Seacoast United Phantoms (3 goals, assist in win vs. Real Boston) and Kharlton Belmar of the Portland Timbers U-23s, who tallied three goals in two games.

    The PDL season continues this weekend with 37 games on the schedule between tonight and Sunday. 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 Jeremy Crumpton Floridians Recorded consecutive shutouts vs. Orlando City & Ocala
    D Darion Copeland Ocala Scored in win at PCB, led team to shutout vs. Floridians
    D Tobias Esche CFC Azul Tallied goal in 2-1 win vs. Vermont
    D Kalen Ryden Austin Scored GWG in 4-1 win vs. Laredo
    M Will Daniels Western Mass Netted 3 goals in pair of wins
    M Rory Knibbs Midland/Odessa Tallied 2 goals, assist in 5-1 win vs. Mississippi
    M James Pucci FC London Tallied 4 goals, assist in 1-1 week
    M Chuy Sanchez Kitsap Scored both goals in 2-1 comeback win vs. Lane Utd.
    F Kharlton Belmar Portland Scored 3 goals in 1-0-1 week
    F Anthony Grant Seacoast 3 goals, assist in win vs. Real Boston
    F Stefan Vukovic K-W United Recorded 2 goals, 3 assists in pair of wins

    Honorable Mention Albuquerque Sol: Lucas Champenois, Isaiah Madrid; Austin Aztex: Travis Golden; Chicago Fire: Tyler Engel, Tyler Miller; Cincinnati Dutch Lions: Chris Harmon; Des Moines Menace: Chris Hellman; FC London: Yannis Becker, Eddie Jones; FC Tucson: Odaine Sinclair; Jersey Express: Walter Hines; Midland/Odessa Sockers: Conrad Goulbourne, Byron Knowles, Fabio Pena; Ocala Stampede: Kenny Hogg; Monteal Impact U23: Anthony Jackson Hamel; San Jose Earthquakes: Joshua Smith; Thunder Bay Chill: Ivan Argos Ocerin; Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23: Cody Cook, Niall Cousens; Ventura County Fusion: James Kiffe; Victoria Highlanders: Ryan Ashlee.


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    Sacramento Republic FC News Release - www.sacrepublicfc.com

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento Republic FC (6-4-2) moves into its new home to face the Colorado Rapids Reserves (2-1-1) Friday in the inaugural match at Bonney Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.

    Formerly known as the Cal Expo Multi-Use Sports Field Facility, Bonney Field features a 120 x 80 yard field - one of the largest in the country for a professional soccer club. Construction of the facility began in March, 2014 following approval by the Cal Expo Board of Directors. The approximately $3 million privately funded facility is a private-public collaboration among Ovations Food Service, Republic FC and Cal Expo.

    On April 21, 2014, Republic FC announced a naming rights partnership with Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air and Rooter Service to name the facility Bonney Field. The facility includes concessions, merchandise, VIP seating, state-of-the-art digital board and fan zone with beer garden and activities for all ages.

    The match will be Republic FC’s second matchup versus an MLS reserve squad this season.  Republic FC defeated the Chivas USA Reserves 3-0 on April 7, the first win in franchise history.  The matches versus the MLS reserves squads count toward both Republic FC and the reserves’ respective league standings and are considered league matches for both.

    Republic FC enters the match following a 2-0 loss against Oklahoma City Energy FC on July 14.  Republic FC was forced to play the match a man down for 59 minutes after midfielder Ivan Mirković was shown a red card following a scuffle in front of the Energy FC goal.

    Republic FC will be without Mirković due to the red card that he received in that game. Republic FC will be led by midfielder Rodrigo Lopez, who enters the match as the club’s second leading points man with three goals and six assists this season. 

    The Rapids Reserves enter the match following a 2-0 loss against the Real Salt Lake Reserves on May 18.  The Rapid Reserves are a combination of trialists, Rapids Academy and Rapids players.  Two trialists, defenders John Neeskens and Thomas Piermayr, lead the team in both starts and minutes played.  Rapids player Gabriel Torres leads the Rapids Reserves in goals with two in only 113 minutes of play.

    The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Updates of the match will also be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC and by using #SRFCvCOL.


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    Seattle Sounders Women Game Preview - www.sounderswomen.com

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    TUKWILA, Wash. - The Sounders Women have a pair of important W-League matches this weekend at Starfire Sports Stadium. On Friday night at 7 p.m. PT the Sounders host the Colorado Storm, and on Sunday they take on the Santa Clarita Blue Heat at 8 p.m. PT.

    The video below includes interviews with Emma Follis, who scored two goals last Friday, Anna Picarelli, who tallied 14 saves in the match, and Head Coach Hubert Busby Jr. to preview the weekend's matches.

     


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  • 06/20/14--11:36: Rhinos Welcome Dutch Lions
  • Rochester Rhinos News Release -- www.rhinossoccer.com

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Rhinos return to USL PRO play on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Sahlen's Stadium. Halfway through the 2014 season the Rhinos sit fourth in the leaguge table with 20 points from 14 matches, while Dayton is twelfth with 11 points from 13 matches.

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    In league play the Rochester Rhinos have played the Dutch Lions twice in Dayton this season. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw at Beavercreek Stadium on April 11th. Sam Petrone scored the lone goal in the match for the Rhinos off an assist from Colin Rolfe in the 29th minute. Dayton substitute Joe Broekhuizen scored the equalizer in second-half stoppage time off an assist from Shane Smith for the home side. The Rhinos defeated Dayton 1-0 at DOC Stadium on June 1st. Levi Houapeu scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Alex Dixon in the 46th minute, while New England Revs loanee Luis Soffner made two saves for his first clean sheet of the season.

    The Rhinos have a 5-4-5 in USL PRO. They have only posted a 1 – 2 – 2 mark at home with four goals scored and five goals against.

    “Well, we played nine of our first 14 matches on the road to start the season this year.” Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley said. “Now that ratio flips during the second half of the season, and we have nine of our last 14 matches at home. Obviously we recognize that our form at home needs to improve, but we just got a huge result on Tuesday night. We're hopeful that will give us some momentum to build on in league play this weekend.”

    Rochester defeated defending champions D.C. United in the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at Sahlen's Stadium. Rolfe scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Michael Garzi in the 27th minute. Rhinos rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy made four saves to keep his first clean sheet in the tournament, and his sixth clean sheet in all competitions. The match was delayed a total of two hours and nine minutes over two separate stoppages due to inclement weather. It was the first time Rochester had defeated D.C. United in five tries in the U.S. Open Cup, and only the second outright victory over an MLS side since the Rhinos won the tournament in 1999. Rochester is the lone USL PRO side remaining in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Rhinos will visit their MLS affiliate New England Revolution in the Fifth Round of the tournament on June 25th at 7:35 p.m.

    Dayton has a 3-8-2 record in league play, but nine of its eleven points have come from its 3-4-0 record away from home. The Dutch Lions have scored 11 of their 15 goals away from home. Striker Aaron Schoenfeld is fourth in USL PRO in goals with eight, and Eli Garner has three goals and one assist. Schoenfeld is third in the league in shots with 31.

    “We have already played Dayton twice this season, and there has only been a one goal difference between us over 180 minutes. It's good to advance in the Open Cup, but it's important to get results and points in the league.” Lilley said.

    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 ticketmaster.com. Rochester Rhinos season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are also currently available.


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  • 06/20/14--12:24: Chill Aim To Build Momentum
  • Thunder Bay Chill News Release -- www.thunderbaychill.com

    FRIDAY, June 20, 2014

    THUNDER BAY, Ont. -- If the Thunder Bay Chill have any kind of playoff aspirations, they need to start with some consistent wins starting this weekend.  The Chill (3-3-0) welcome WSA Winnipeg (2-3-2), which currently sits one point behind the Chill in the Heartland Division standings.  WSA Winnipeg cannot be taken lightly.  Earlier this month WSA Winnipeg beat the Chill 3-2 in the second game of a weekend series in Winnipeg, after having lost the first game 2-0.

    Thunder Bay is definitely not looking for a weekend split, which is what has happened all season long.  “We need to get all six points this weekend”, said Chill head coach Tony Colistro.  “We want to be in a position where we control our own destiny once we hit the road next week.” 

    The Chill leave for an extended road trip next Friday, June 29th, and will face the Des Moines Menace twice, Chicago Inferno, Springfield Demize and St. Louis Lions once each. 

    Lifetime the Chill are 11-2-1 against WSA Winnipeg, so it would appear that this opponent would be the perfect one to start a consistent win streak against. Chill striker Ivan Argo Ocerin was one of the players that did not play in Winnipeg, but has scored in each of the four games he has played in to date to lead the Chill in scoring. The Chill are also hopeful that midfield Vitor Huvos will return to the line up after missing both games against the Menace. Sullivan Silva is still not expected to play as he recovers from knee surgery.

    Both games are scheduled for Chapples Park, but this being no surprise to anyone, it is supposed to rain on Friday and Saturday. As a result there may be a move to the Fort William Stadium for either one or both games scheduled this weekend. The decision will be made by City officials based on weather conditions.


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  • 06/20/14--10:47: Lions Set To Host Sao Paulo
  • Orlando City SC News Release -- www.orlandocitysc.com

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC will host Brazilian powerhouse Sao Paulo FC on Friday night in the club’s second international friendly in as many months. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

    The match will not be streamed via YouTube.com/OrlandoCitySC.  Tickets can be purchased via TicketMaster or by calling an Orlando City Ticket Representative at 855-ORL-CITY.

    After defeating the Orange County Blues FC more than a week ago, Head Coach Adrian Heath’s squad reached the halfway point of the 2014 USL campaign unbeaten, tying the Lions' record for consecutive games without a loss at 14.

    Orlando proved to be a worthy adversary when they faced off against AS Roma in the month of May, as the Lions fell to the European club 1-0. City produced a capable performance against the Italian giants, as an incredible strike from legendary Italian forward Francesco Totti separated the two sides.

    The Brazilian league, Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, is in the midst of a month-and-a-half break while the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in its home country. The trip to Orlando will allow Sao Paulo to further expand its brand and maintain fitness during the league hiatus.

    Sao Paulo boasts a star-studded squad featuring the likes of forwards Luis Fabiano and Alexander Pato, combined with Ganso and Denilson patrolling the midfield in front of Rogerio Ceni, who has appeared in goal for the Tricolor across three decades.

    Through the first nine games, Luis Fabiano has found the back of the net four times, with Pato and Ganso each notching a pair of goals that currently has Sao Paulo sitting in fourth place of the Brazilian Serie A . Fabiano, Pato, and Denilson all made names for themselves while playing for the international team as well as in the top leagues in Europe in Spain, Italy, and England respectively.

    For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com.


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