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    W-League News Release

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 9 of the 2014 season today, naming Gulf Coast Texans forward Maria Jose-Rojas as Player of the Week. The Chilean international had three goals in two games as the Texans secured a place in the W-League Playoffs in their inaugural season.

    Jose-Rojas scored twice, and added an assist, as the Texans claimed a 3-1 victory against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Friday afternoon. She then opened the scoring as Gulf Coast claimed a 1-1 draw with the Charlotte Lady Eagles, which secured their place in the Southeastern Conference Championship.

    The Texans’ place in the postseason is secure as they hold the edge over the Carolina Elite Cobras in the Southeastern Conference standings. The season series between the two teams finished 1-1-1, while both have five victories, which means the third tiebreaker of goal difference has Gulf Coast (+12) ahead of the Cobras (+7). With Carolina facing third-placed Charlotte in its final game of the season, Gulf Coast cannot be overtaken for second place, even while the No.1 seed in the conference remains up for grabs for all three teams.

    Charlotte’s Robyn Jones claimed the goalkeeper position in the Team of the Week as her 10 saves kept the Lady Eagles in contention against the Texans on Saturday. She is joined by a trio of defenders, with the Colorado Pride’s Holly King’s performance in her side’s shutout victory of the Colorado Storm that moved the Pride into second place in the Western Conference leading the way. Long Island’s Sue Weber also earned selection after helping shut down North Jersey’s attack in a key 1-0 victory for the Rough Riders, while K-W United FC’s Elysia Masters earned selection after a standout display in a 2-1 win against the Toronto Lady Lynx.

    Jose-Rojas was joined in the Team of the Week forward line by the New York Magic’s Sara Sanau Ruiz, who had three goals in two games to keep her side in contention for the postseason. The Colorado Rush’s Danica Evans also earned selection as she recorded five goals in two victories against Santa Clarita and Sedona FC.

    New Jersey’s Layla da Cruz leads the midfield group, as she scored three goals in two games as the Wildcats split a pair of weekend contests, while Ottawa’s Teresa Rynier was named as she scored twice in the opening 10 minutes in a 3-0 Fury victory against Laval that clinched the Central Conference regular-season title. Braddock Road’s Kristen Meier earned selection after her game-winner against New Jersey on Saturday kept the Stars Elite’s playoff hope very much alive, and the quartet is completed by LA’s Shawna Gordon, who had goals in both of the Blues’ victories against Seattle and Santa Clarita.

    A total of 19 games are scheduled for the final week of the W-League regular season with five of the nine playoff berths still to be decided. The fight for the Southeastern Conference is set to be settled on Saturday, as the Charlotte Lady Eagles host the Carolina Elite Cobras with victory needed to advance to the postseason. Wednesday night brings a key game in the Northeastern Division’s fight for second place as the New Jersey Wildcats host the Braddock Road Stars Elite, while out west the Seattle Sounders Women’s visit to the Colorado Pride on Friday could determine the conference’s final postseason berth. Finally in the Central Conference, K-W United and the Laval Comets meet on Saturday in a likely conference semifinal preview, with the Toronto Lady Lynx needing victories against London and Ottawa to keep their playoff hopes alive.

    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 – Carolina – Savannah McCaskill; Colo. Pride – Mallory Weber; Colo. Rush – Civana Kuhlman, Pia Rijsdijk; K-W United – Leticia Skeete; LA – Katie Stengel, Mele French; Laval  – Genevieve Richard, Sabrina Santarossa; Long Island – Shelby Hala’sz; New Jersey – Sarah Price; New York – Denisha Thomas, Serina Kashimoto; Ottawa – Catherine Levasseur; Seattle – Anna Picarelli, Jaclyn Softli.


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    USL News Release

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The 20-man roster for the 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game was announced on Wednesday, with standout players that bring experience from both USL PRO and the PDL selected to the inaugural event to be held as part of the MLS All-Star Game next month at Providence Park.

    Half of the roster has gained experience in either USL PRO or the PDL, with the breakout star from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s campaign at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, DeAndre Yedlin, leading the way. Yedlin was an All-League selection in the PDL in 2012 as he led the Sounders FC U-23 to a Western Conference title prior to signing with Seattle Sounders FC before the 2013 MLS season.

    The Chicago Fire’s Harry Shipp and Chris Ritter, both of whom played for the Fire U-23 in the past were also selected. Shipp is arguably the leading candidate for MLS Rookie of the Year this season, having recorded six goals and four assists in 15 games this season, while Ritter has recently moved into the Fire’s starting XI, making five starts in his rookie season.

    Players who are currently starring in USL PRO also feature prominently, with OKC Energy FC goalkeeper Jon Kempin, on loan from Sporting Kansas City, and the LA Galaxy II’s Bradford Jamieson IV both selected to the side.

    After a solid season with Orlando City in 2013, Kempin has claimed the No.1 position with Energy FC this year. The U.S. U20 international has started 13 games this season, and posted three shutouts, while also being named to the USL PRO Team of the Week on June 10.

    Jamieson IV, meanwhile, has scored five goals in 13 appearances for the Galaxy II in his first professional season, while earning two selections to the USL PRO Team of the Week.

    Others to have featured in USL PRO this season include the Sacramento Republic FC duo of Tommy Thompson, on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, and Steven Evans, who also starred as part of the Portland Timbers U-23s side that claimed the 2010 PDL Championship before signing with the Timbers before the 2013 MLS season.

    Other PDL alumni in the squad include Vancouver’s Russell Teibert, who competed across five seasons for the Whitecaps FC U-23 as he made the transition from the club’s academy to the professional ranks. Former Ventura County Fusion All-Conference selection Gyasi Zardes of the LA Galaxy was also named, as was the Sounders FC U-23’s Sean Okoli, who scored his first professional goal in this season’s U.S. Open Cup.

    The 2014 MLS Chipotle Homegrown Game will also have an added PDL feel to proceedings as the Portland Timbers U-23s will provide the opposition at Providence Park on Monday, August 4. The Timbers U-23s include a number of top college players, including North Carolina’s Brendan Moore and Omar Holness, and Wake Forest’s Jacori Hayes. The side has been led this season by VCU’s Kharlton Belmar with eight goals, and should provide good opposition for some of the top young professionals in the country.


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    PDL Game Report

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. -- When Kene Eze's shot in the sixth minute found the bottom-left corner of the net, he didn't just give the Jersey Express an early lead against NJ LUSO Parma on Wednesday night, he also found the confidence boost he desperately needed.

    "It's been very frustrating.  I kind of let it get to me a little bit. I was thinking about it too much," said Eze, who had gone scoreless the previous six matches. "I think I was trying too hard. Today I just wanted the game to come to me and luckily my teammates found me in a better position to score.

    "It's a big weight (off my shoulders). I think after the first goal it made the goal look that much bigger. I was waiting to score the first goal and that made everything much easier."

    Eze's early goal paved the way to a convincing 5-0 victory for the Express, who moved to the top of the Mid Atlantic Division standings with three games remaining in the regular season. After his early strike, it didn't take long for Eze to find the back the net again and again, showing why he's one of the league's most talented strikers. 

    "He's a very talented guy and he's just been trying to get back into it fitness wise," said Jersey Express head coach Jeff Matteo. "Today, his pace and quality really showed."

    Eze, who was selected by Toronto FC in the fourth round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft after a stellar career at Rutgers, has been trying to work his way back from a series of injuries this year. The Sayreville native said he's as healthy as he's been in a while and it showed early on.

    After breaking through with a goal in the sixth minute, Eze took a Christopher Karcz pass down the left wing and sent a blast into the top corner to make it 2-0 just 11 minutes into the contest.

    "Scoring early was key," Eze said. "We told ourselves, we'll come out hard, pressure them, score a couple of goals and keep the level high. It made everyone work that much harder."

    The Express kept applying pressure as Karcz scored in the 15th minute and Walter Hines added a fourth in the 28th minute. Eze capped off the offensive barrage in the 35th minute with a breakaway goal off a long pass from teammate Andrew Tinari.

    "I thought we did real well the first 40 minutes, putting pressure on them, putting them into bad situations," Matteo said. "A lot of the goals came off of us having a good defensive shape and they turned into real good chances. We did a great job of punishing them."

    Tinari finished with two assists while Karcz and Hines each had a goal and an assist for the Jersey Express, which outshot NJ LUSO Parma, 10-3. Matthew Turner earned his second shutout of the season, making three saves, all of them coming in the second half. NJ LUSO Parma goalkeeper Ryan Baird made three saves in defeat.

    The Express will try to maintain their lead in the division race as they travels to Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday for an 8:30 p.m. match at F.A. Euro. The side then closes out the regular season with home games on Wednesday, July 16 against Baltimore at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 19 against Long Island at 7 p.m.


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    Sounders Women News Release - www.sounderswomen.com

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Sounders Women earned a crucial point Wednesday night against the Colorado Rush, with Jaclyn Softli scoring on a 90th-minute penalty kick to earn Seattle a hard-fought 1-1 draw. The tie kept Seattle (6-3-1) within three points of the Colorado Pride (7-2-1) in the race for the second and final Western Conference playoff spot.

    Seattle will travel to face the Pride on Friday and can move into second place with a win.

    The Sounders had the first chance to get on the scoreboard in the sixth minute after a nice passing play between midfielder Joana Houplin, forward Lyndsey Patterson and forward Ifeoma Onumonu in Rush territory. Onumonu drilled a shot to far post that went inches wide.

    Colorado opened  the scoring in the 27th minute when forward Gabbi Miranda crossed to the right side of the penalty box where forward Sid Otto chipped a shot out of goalkeeper Anna Picarelli’s reach and into the top-right corner of the net.

    The first 10 minutes of the second half saw both teams equally matched and possession was kept on both sides of the field. In the 55th minute Colorado almost added to its lead as midfielder Lauren Kaskie sent a shot on goal from 20 yards out, forcing Picarelli to make a fantastic save.

    Seattle responded as Softli crossed in the 60th minute to midfielder Emma Follis, who sent the ball just wide of the near post. The Sounders had another chance to equalize in the 73rd minute as Softli sent a through ball to substitute M’ily Reiter, who drilled a shot inches from far post.

    The equalizer came when Emma Follis took control at the top of the box and beat one defender in the 90th minute. As she slid the ball back outside to beat a second defender, she was pulled down from behind. Softli calmly took the PK, going top right and easily beating Rush keeper Sabrina Macias.


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    Laredo Heat News Release -- www.laredoheatsc.com

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Heat must produce perfection, beginning with Thursday’s Mid South Division match against the Mississippi Brilla, if they are to continue their decade-long run of postseason qualification. With three matches left, the Heat sit five points outside the division’s final playoff berth – held by the Midland-Odessa Sockers (6-4-2, 20 points). Essentially, for Laredo, the playoffs start now.

    After a heart-breaking loss to the Brilla (3-5-3, 12 points) on July 5 in Clinton, Miss., the Heat have their backs against the wall. The Brilla stole the match at the death, winning a penalty kick in the 88th minute. The conversion cemented a 2-1 victory for Mississippi and served as the prologue to this weekend’s two-match series at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. The Heat host the Brilla on Thursday and Saturday with both matches kicking off at 8 p.m. CT.

    Laredo, the only Mid-South team to play on natural grass in a soccer-specific venue, stand 2-1-2 at home with a plus-5 goal differential, while Mississippi is 1-3-0 with a minus-3 differential on the road.

    For Laredo, postseason qualification hinges on every tackle, every shot and every match. The Heat (4-4-3, 15 points), if they win out, would finish with 24 points. The Sockers face just two remaining games, with the opportunity for a maximum of 26 points, but their schedule holds more treacherous challenges on paper.

    Midland-Odessa faces the defending PDL champion Austin Aztex (10-1-1, 31 points) on Friday. Austin has only suffered two losses in the last two years – both via the Heat – but it may field a reduced team as it has already clinched the Mid South title and qualification in the Southern Conference Championship.

    For the Heat to have a chance to qualify for the postseason, the Sockers would have to drop points – by losing or drawing – one of their final matches against Austin or the Houston Dutch Lions.

    There are several potential scenarios that could see the Heat qualify, with some help. Assuming the Heat claim maximum points and the Sockers finish with a draw and a win, the postseason qualification process would go to tiebreakers, the first of which -- head-to-head results -- favors the Heat. Laredo took a win and a draw against the Sockers this season, which would give the Heat the upper hand should the teams finish with the same amount of points.

    But, in order for that possibility, the Heat need to win and need the Sockers to lose at least once.

    All the action can be watched for free online at www.YouTube.com/LaredoHeatSC.

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

    Thursday’s match will be Laredo Community College Night, with LCC Community Outreach staff on hand to assist prospective students and offer college information and exciting giveaways. Registration for Summer Session 2 and the Fall 2014 Semester is under way at LCC. The LCC Palominos Pride Team will offer a special half-time cheer and dance performance.


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    PDL News Release

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its Team of the Week for the 10th week of the 2014 season on Thursday, with Reading United AC forward Brett Campbell named Player of the Week. Campbell had two goals and three assists as United took a pair of victories to move back into the playoff positions at the top of the Mid Atlantic Division.

    Campbell had a hand in all four goals as United took a 4-2 victory against the Baltimore Bohemians on Wednesday, July 2. Campbell’s goal proved to be the game-winner against the Bohemians, and he also added assists on each of the other three goals. On Saturday he had another goal in a 2-0 victory against the Northern Virginia Royals that left Reading well placed to reach the postseason for a seventh consecutive season.

    Ocala’s Kyle Breitmeyer was also named in the Team of the Week attack as his pair of goals led the Stampede to a 3-0 victory against IMG Bradenton Academy, and within striking distance of the club’s third consecutive division title. Cincinnati’s Rowin van Zaanen was also selected after his pair of goals led the Dutch Lions to a crucial 3-0 victory against the Carolina Dynamo that moved Cincinnati to the top of the South Atlantic Division.

    The Team of the Week defense is led by FC Tucson’s Tim Harbison, who helped his side claim the Mountain Division title by shutting out the Albuquerque Sol F.C. on Saturday night. Harbison is joined by the St. Louis Lions’ Blake Jones, who was solid in his side’s 1-0 win against the Thunder Bay Chill, and Vancouver’s Reynold Stewart, who had a goal in the Whitecaps U-23’s 4-1 win against Washington and performed well in a shutout victory against Lane United. Goalkeeping honors go to Mississippi’s Carl Blundell, who recorded seven saves in the Brilla’s 2-1 victory against Laredo.

    Austin’s Chuy Cortes led the midfield selections after his late game-winner against Midland-Odessa earned the Aztex a second consecutive Mid South Division title, while San Jose’s Seth Casiple was named after his goal helped keep the Earthquakes U-23’s playoff hopes alive in a 2-1 victory against Ventura County. CFC Azul’s Luke Perry earned selection as he had the only goal in a key Northeast Division clash with the Real Boston Rams, and the quartet was completed by Southern West Virginia’s Jake Ramsey, whose two goals led the King’s Warriors past the River City Rovers and kept his side alive in the South Atlantic Division playoff race.

    The PDL season continues this weekend with 32 games on the schedule for the penultimate weekend of the season. Games to watch include a key contest in the South Atlantic Division as the West Virginia Chaos and Cincinnati Dutch Lions meet at Schoenbaum Stadium with first place on the line on Friday night. Saturday’s action sees a key Great Lakes Division contest as K-W United will try to overtake the Chicago Fire U-23 when it hosts them at Wilfrid Laurier University Stadium, while Sunday could see the CFC Azul clinch the club’s first postseason berth as they host the Western Mass Pioneers.

    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

    Carl Blundell

    Mississippi

    Recorded seven saves as the Brilla defeated Laredo 2-1

    D

    Tim Harbison

    Tucson

    Marshalled the back line as Tucson claimed its first division title

    D

    Blake Jones

    St. Louis

    Strong performance as Lions grabbed key 1-0 win vs. Thunder Bay

    D

    Reynold Stewart

    Vancouver

    Solid in pair of Whitecaps U-23 victories, notched goal vs. Crossfire

    M

    Luke Perry

    CFC Azul

    Game-winning goal against Real Boston put Azul on brink of playoffs

    M

    Jake Ramsey

    SW Virginia

    Pair of goals against River City kept King’s Warriors in playoff contention

    M

    Chuy Cortes

    Austin

    Late game-winner earned victory as Austin claimed division crown

    M

    Seth Casiple

    San Jose

    Goal in Earthquakes U-23 win against Fusion kept playoff hopes alive

    F

    Kyle Breitmeyer

    Ocala

    Two goals in win vs. IMG as Stampede stayed on course for division title

    F

    Brett Campbell

    Reading

    Two goals and three assists in two important Reading victories

    F

    Rowin van Zaanen

    Cincinnati

    Pair of goals led Dutch Lions to win, first place in South Atlantic

    Honorable Mention – Austin: Devin Perales, Adam Black; Baltimore: Mamadou Kansaye; CFC Azul: Stephen Sasso; Cincinnati: Chris Harmon; Des Moines: Chris Hellmann, Javi Lopez-Mochon; FC London: James Pucci, Tyler Hemming; GPS Portland: Nicholas Melville, Zach Zurita; Houston: Gustavo Alvarado, Kelvin Iloba; K-W United: Jack Warburton; Kitsap: Daniel Gonzalez, Brodie Steigerwald; Long Island: Shaun Foster, Keith Detelj; Michigan: Adam Grinwis, Brad Vanino; Midland-Odessa: Tucker Hume; Mississippi: Dustin Ashley; Montreal: Frederic Lajoie Gravelle; Ocala: Lex Craggs, Lewis Hilton; Pittsburgh: Arkangelo James, James Merriam; Reading: Shane Campbell, Alex Bono; San Jose: Daniel Kuczynski; SC United: Braeden Troyer, Eric Suarez; Seacoast: Ryan Alex; Southern West Virginia: Jeremy Payne; St. Louis: Vadim Cojocov; Thunder Bay: Gavin Hoy, Stuart van Doten; Toronto: Taylor McNamara, Callum Home; Victoria: Blair Sturrock, Kevan Brown; Westchester: Ryan Williams.


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    With their postseason hopes hanging before them, the Laredo Heat claimed a 3-2 victory against the Mississippi Brilla at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex on Thursday night. Laredo's Yair Hernandez bookended the scoresheet with a brace in the 3-2 victory, as goals in the 44th and 73rd minutes moved the Heat within two points of the Midland-Odessa Sockers with two games remaining in the regular season.


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  • 07/11/14--13:39: Arizona Adds Tan To Squad
  • Arizona United Soccer Club is pleased to announce the signing of forward Long Tan, pending USL PRO and USSF approval. Tan will be part of the traveling squad for Arizona United SC's match against Orange County Blues FC on Saturday that will be streamed on arizonaunited.com at 7 p.m. PT. 


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    After a 3-0 win against the Carolina Dynamo in their final home game of the regular season in front of more than 500 fans, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (6-2-3, 21 points) travel south this weekend to play the West Virginia Chaos (6-3-3, 21 points) on Friday and the Dynamo (5-5-1, 16 points) on Saturday.


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    The Colorado Pride face two crunch matches, beginning this Friday evening at Colorado College's Washburn Field against fellow W-League playoff contenders the Seattle Sounders Women, that will determine their postseason fate. Currently second in the Western Conference, the Pride know victory on Friday night would clinch a playoff berth, but a defeat to the Sounders Women would open the door to missing out.


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    The race for the playoffs in the W-League will be decided in the regular season’s final weekend, with postseason berths in all four conferences still up for grabs. Only four of the nine postseason berths have been claimed so far to set up a big weekend of action across North America.


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    The W-League will host a free grassroots soccer clinic in conjunction with the National Guard on Friday, July 25 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The event, open to the first 72 boys and girls ages 16-18 who register online, will take place from 1-5 p.m. and focuses on college recruiting, individual technical development and team-based tactical training. The clinic offers players the opportunity to hone their skills in a fun atmosphere with direction from top youth, college and national team coaches.


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    When the Ocean City Nor’easters take on Reading United AC on Friday evening there will be an air of anticipation, not only because these two divisional rivals are in a Mid Atlantic Division playoff battle, and their history of beating each other up dates back more than a decade, but because there will be something special happen during the game. That something special, however, will happen when both teams will not even be on the field of play. 


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    For the second consecutive year, all matches at the Super-20 League Championship presented by Nike will be streamed live thanks to a partnership with Tourbeau Sports. All group stage matches will be available live and on-demand with audio commentary, while the championship match will be available for free on YouTube.  Tourbeau Sports will provide live scoring, HD-quality broadcasts and live audio commentary for each match of the Championship.


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    The Rochester Rhinos defeated FC Dallas Reserves 3-0 at Sahlen's Stadium on Friday night as goals by JC Banks, Colin Rolfe and Alec Sundly earned victory that allowed Rochester to snap a three-game winless streak. Rhinos rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy earned his eighth shutout in 14 career starts for Rochester as the Rhinos solidified fifth place in the USL PRO standings.


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    The LA Misioneros clinched a place in the postseason as they took a 1-0 victory against the OC Pateadores Blues on Friday night at George Carver Stadium. Chris Smith had the only goal of the game as the Misioneros ended the regular season and set up a playoff opener against Mountain Division champion FC Tucson in Las Vegas next Saturday.


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    All season long, the Kitsap Pumas have been checking goals off their list once they’ve reached them. They checked off a few more items on Friday night as they defeated the Washington Crossfire 3-1 at Redmond High School. The win gives them the PDL Northwest Division title, the third time in club history that they’ve won a division title. They also clinched the Ruffneck Cup, the third straight time they’ve won the derby trophy.


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    M. Park Photo

    In their final regular season match of the 20114 W-League season Saturday, the Braddock Road Stars Elite (4-6-1) host the North Jersey Valkyries (2-4-4) for their second meeting in three days. With a win Saturday, the Stars Elite advance to face the Spirit Reserves.


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    During the Albuquerque Sol’s final regular season game this Saturday night, the late Pat Grange will be remembered and honored during ALS Awareness Night. The first 250 fans into the stadium will receive a commemorative Pat Grange T-Shirt. Gates open at 6pm. Kickoff is at 7:30pm. The Sol will be retiring Grange's number in a special halftime commemoration.


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    Adda Djeziri recorded two assists and a team-high two shots as OKC Energy FC extended its current unbeaten streak to seven games by blanking the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-0 on Saturday night in front of 3,619 fans at Pribil Stadium.


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