Sunday, April 29
LD Update: Game Night Recap; Harrisburg friendly; St Louis signing
It was Clean Sheet Saturday in USL Pro as all four games finished with a shutout - five in total.
North American Soccer League
Carolina RailHawks 0:1 San Antonio Scorpions - The winless Scorpions may have delivered the top upset thus far in the young season, posting the club's first-ever win on the road. A stalemate through the first half, the first signs it may end came in the 62nd when Cory Elenio struck the crossbar for Carolina. With eight minutes left, the winner came courtesy of Kevin Harmse. - More
Atlanta Silverbacks 3:3 Minnesota Stars - Reinaldo Navia continues to be the star for Atlanta. He snapped a scoreless stalemate three minutes into the second half and then took advantage of a turnover in the 64th to double the lead. The defending champions, however, would not give up in the thrilling contest. Amani Walker scored on a header when the ball was chipped in after a cleared corner two minutes later. A give-and-go with Danilo Turcios finished with David Santamaria restoring the two goal lead, which was needed. Devin Del Do finished a flicked-on long ball from Walker in the 88th and Justin Davis ripped a 30-yarder in stoppage time for the dramatic finish. - More
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3:1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - Just days after celebrating a victory over the league's best club, the Strikers' joy was spoiled by rival Tampa Bay. Keith Savage set up the opening strike in the 27th minute when he hit Matt Clare in stride. And with Tampa Bay seeking an equalizer late in the game, Savage sealed the victory with a counter-attack tally in stoppage time. The Rowdies pushed their lead to 2-0 just after an hour when Mike Ambersley scored from the spot after Luk Mulholland was taken down and with time wasting away Fort Lauderdale made hearts race when Walter Restrepo found the back of the net in the 90th. - More
Antigua Barracuda 0:2 Charlotte Eagles - It was a great night for the Eagles, who finally picked up their first win of the season. It was a bad night for Barracudas defender Luke Blakely. Six minutes in the visitors had the lead on an own goal from Blakely when he attempted to clear the ball. Then in the 57th, a low shot from Daryl Roberts deflected off of Blakely's feet. Antigua's misfortune from the spot continued with a third missed penalty out of four for the season. Peter Byers missed two in the season opener, but it was leading scorer Stefan Smith striking the crossbar on the hour mark. - More
Dayton Dutch Lions 0:1 Rochester Rhinos - With Orlando City finishing in a draw, the Rhinos are the only perfect club, posting a third consecutive win on the road to open the season. A miscue in the back between goalkeeper Matt Williams and defender Gregory Preciado allowed JC Banks to put the game-winner into the empty net in the 67th minute. - More
Orlando City 0:0 Richmond Kickers - They may not have beaten the defending champions, but Richmond showed they are not perfect, finishing in a scoreless stalemate in Florida. Richmond's new addition Chris Agorsor was a threat, but Miguel Gallardo was key in goal for Orlando in a first-half attack from Richmond, leaving at the break with a concussion. - More
Wilmington Hammerheads 1:0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds - Wilmington nabbed its first victory with a strike from Andriy Budnyy just before the break. Dving to goal after getting a loose ball 30 yards out, the striker beat the charging netminder, ringing the ball in off the post. Pittsburgh's chance at a rally was hampered on the hour mark when fracas resulted in several cards, including a red for Riverhound Rich Costanzo. - More
USL Pro Friendly: Though they were idle for league play, the Harrisburg City Islanders took to the pitch for a friendly with the University of Maryland, finishing in a 1-1 draw.
PDL Signing: The St Louis Lions announced a pair of Brazilians are joining the club along with the return of third-year player Kenny Kranz.