Sunday, April 22

LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Night

The NASL is quickly becoming the Islanders Soccer League as Puerto Rico seems to be the only club capable of winning regularly. They picked up a 3-1 win at home while the other two contests finished in draws yet again, leaving the Islanders with more wins than all the other clubs combined. In addition, for the second consecutive week, a match ended with hot tempers and multiple ejections. NASL action wraps up with Minnesota visiting Edmonton Sunday.

In USL Pro, the defending champions continue to rule the roost, picking up another road victory to remain perfect through three games.

North American Soccer League

Atlanta Silverbacks 1:1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
– Locked in a stalemate, Dan Antoniuk gave the visitors the advantage three minutes after entering the contest, one-timing a Tsuyoshi Yoshitake cross with 20 minutes remaining. Tampa Bay missed out on the victory when Reinaldo Navia struck his third goal in two games with three minutes remaining. – More

San Antonio Scorpions 2:2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers – Andy Herron notched his second of the season when he surprised Pat Hannigan in the 32nd minute. Pablo Campos, who had a missed and saved pair of penalties previously, finally got on the scoresheet, ending the Scorpions’ goalless drought four minutes before the intermission. Walter Restrepo set up another Strikers tally six minutes into the second half, finding Herron for his second of the night. And just when Fort Lauderdale thought they would keep close to Puerto Rico in the table, Campos found Hans Denissen with a long cross in stoppage time for the draw. Five were sent off at the conclusion when tempers flared, two players per side and a member of the Strikers’ staff. – More

Puerto Rico Islanders 3:1 Carolina RailHawks – Colin Clarke was unable to find the magic he had in Puerto Rico with his new club. The hosts took the initial lead from the penalty spot via David Foley in the 27th minute. Two minutes later Richard Martinez finished off a counter attack to double the advantage. Puerto Rico goalkeeper Richard Martin made a couple of good stops to maintain the advantage at halftime, but saw the lead cut in half when a Brian Shriver shot was deflected past Martin for an own goal two minutes into the second half. The two-goal lead was restored in the 55 when Nicholas Addlery tallied his third of the campaign. – More


Wilmington Hammerheads 0:0 Harrisburg City Islanders – Despite playing the night before in nearby Charlotte, the City Islanders showed well in Wilmington, forcing Alex Horwath to make a number of fine saves to keep the match in what concluded as a scoreless affair. – More

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2:0 Dayton Dutch Lions – The wet conditions took some time to adjust to, but the Riverhounds took the lead in the 17th minute when Stefan Lundberg delivered a cross to Seth C’deBaca, who headed it past Matt Williams. A turnover with nine minutes left sealed the match for the hosts when Nikola Katic intercepted a pass and found Agustin Nunez, who chipped the keeper. – More

Richmond Kickers 0:2 Orlando City – On a night planned to honor an all-time great, things did not go well for Richmond against the defending champions. First they lost striker Jason Yeisley to a hamstring injury after 13 minutes, then it was a 40-minute lightning delay in the 51st minute. A pair of subs on the hour mark for the visitors proved crucial as new entry Ian Fuller delivered a corner with his first touch, finding the head of Luke Boden for the opening goal a minute later. At the other end Miguel Gallardo continued to stonewall the Kickers, including a greater Yomby William corner header. The other 60th minute sub Dennis Chin created the second when his one-on-one effort with Ronnie Pascale went off the post, but drew a penalty that Anthony Pulis converted. – More

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