Sunday, August 15

USSF Division-2 in Review

Three of the four contests Wednesday finished in draws, but the big result of the night was a 2-0 win by Rochester in Carolina that had implications beyond that night as Austin was idle. The three points put the Rhinos within striking range of Austin, allowing Rochester to move into first overall in the league Saturday evening with their 2-1 victory over rival Montreal as the Aztex fell, 2-0, in Puerto Rico. It was only the third defeat of the year for Austin, which has three games in hand on the Rhinos, who now lead by a single point.

Saturday, August 14  (Away-Home)

Austin Aztex 0-2 Puerto Rico Islanders
The Islanders eliminated MLS-leading Los Angeles from the CONCACAF Champions League the previous week and followed it up with a victory over USSF Division-2 leading Austin, which was unbeaten on the road and in the midst of a seven-game undefeated run. David Foley found the lower left corner in the 32nd minute for a halftime lead and Daniel Keon provided some insurance by beating goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo one-on-one in the 68th. Both goals were set up by Nicolas Addlery. Scoring - PR: David Foley (Nicolas Addlery) 32; PR: Daniel Keon (Nicolas Addlery) 68

Portland Timbers 1-0 AC St Louis
Dike netted his third goal in four games as Steve Cronin posted his eighth shutout. Keith Savage found Dike at the top of the box, where he created some space with a quick move left before drilling aroller inside the left post four minutes before the half for what held as the winner. Scoring - POR: Bright Dike (Keith Savage) 41

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 NSC Minnesota Stars
The Whitecaps continue on their run of good form finishing their fifth without defeat and posting their ninth consecutive contest on the road without a loss. Captain Martin Nash first-timed the ball at the top of the box in the 15th minute for what stood as the winner of the contest, which was extended due to a lightning delay in the second half. Scoring - VAN: Martin Nash (Cornelius Stewart) 15

Carolina RailHawks 1-2 Crystal Palace Baltimore
Santiago Fusilier helped facilitate the downfall of his former club, setting up Tsuyoshi Yoshitake, who slipped the ball by Eric Reed 21 minutes in. Gary Brooks fired a rocket into the back of the net to double the advantage four minutes into the second half. Matt Watson cut into the deficit in the 76th but the rally was not enough for Carolina. Scoring - CPB: Tsuyoshi Yoshitake (Santiago Fusilier) 21; CPB: Gary Brooks (Pat Healey) 49; CAR: Matt Watson 76

Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-3 Miami FC Blues
A thriller ended level between the Florida rivals. The visitors got off to a quick start only to see chances from Ricardo Sanchez and Pascal Millien go off the woodwork before Miami answered in the 19th with a header from Chuckwudi Chijindu to take the lead. New addition Maykel Galindo, on loan from Chivas USA, tied the match up in the 33rd. Miami again took the advantage when Danilo Martins tallied off a ball that came to him on a fortunate deflection off the referee, but the Rowdies fired right back as Gerson Mayen was charged with an own goal after the ball deflected off of him to level terms in the 45th. Tampa Bay took its first lead courtesy of Aaron King but with eight minutes remaining Martin Nunez beat goalkeeper Darryl Sattler one-on-one for an empty-netter. Scoring - MIA: Chukwudi Chijindu 19; TB: Maykel Galindo 33; MIA: Danilo Martins 42; TB: Own goal (Gerson Mayen); TB: Aaron King (Jonny Steele) 56; MIA: Martin Nunez 82

Montreal Impact 1-2 Rochester Rhinos
Defender Frankie Sanfilippo gave the Rhinos the advantage in the 36th minute when he put the ball off the far post, but Montreal would answer just before the break with Eduardo Sebrango nodding it in to level the game. Isaac Kissi fired a close-range effort from six yards for the winner six minutes from time. Scoring - ROC: Frankie Sanfilippo (Andrew Hoxie) 36; MON: Eduardo Sebrango (Leonardo DiLorenzo) 45; ROC: Isaac Kissi (Darren Spicer) 84

Wednesday, August 8

Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Carolina RailHawks
Fifteen minutes in, Tyler Rosenlund collected the ball from Isaac Kissi and beat the Carolina defense to give the visitors the early lead. With 11 minutes remaining Ryan Heins secured the victory. Scoring - ROC: Tyler Rosenlund (Isaac Kissi) 15; ROC: Ryan Heins (Adam West) 79

Crystal Palace Baltimore 0-0 Montreal Impact
Despite missing two defenders to suspension (Nevio Pizzolitto and Adam Braz) and another two to injury (Stephen deRoux and Simon Gatti), the Impact held firm on the goalkeeping of Matt Jordan, who needed just saves, in the scoreless draw. At the other end, Evan Bush was peppered with 24 shots, making 13 saves in a great performance.

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Puerto Rico Islanders
New addition Ricardo Sanchez scored his third goal in three games with the Rowdies two minutes into stoppage time for a stunning draw in Puerto Rico, who held the lead since Josh Hansen’s strike in the 31st. Sanchez rang his effort, coming off the rebound of an Aaron King shot, off the underside of the crossbar. Scoring - PR: Josh Hansen (Kevon Villaroel) 31; TB: Ricardo Sanchez 92+

NSC Minnesota Stars 2-2 Portland Timbers
Andrei Gotsmanov helped extend Minnesota’s unbeaten run to six games, chipping a ball that Ely Allen poked in 24 minutes into the contest and found Simone Bracalello with a corner kick at the six for a header in the 73rd for the tie. For the Timbers, Ryan Pore was the hero as he headed the ball into the path of Bright Dike for the equalizer a minute before the break and then converted a penalty in the 62nd after being taken down in the box. Scoring - MIN: Ely Allen (Andrei Gotsmanov) 24; POR: Bright Dike (Ryan Pore) 44; POR: Ryan Pore (penalty) 62; MIN: Simone Bracalello (Andrei Gotsmanov) 73

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