Thursday, April 12

LD Update: Player Signings & Previews:

Coming Up in the NASL: Coming off a pair of scoreless draws, the Carolina RailHawks and Atlanta Silverbacks look to get their first goals of the campaign in hopes of getting their first win. Also on Saturday evening, co-leader Fort Lauderdale Strikers host the defending champion Minnesota Stars while Week 1 losers FC Edmonton and Tampa Bay Rowdies square off looking for their first points, and goals, of the season. On Sunday the expansion San Antonio Scorpions make their home debut against Week 1 winner Puerto Rico Islanders.

Coming Up in USL Pro: Four clubs kick off their seasons in three of the four matches in Week 2 action. The Dayton Dutch Lions open up on the road against Week 1 losers Charlotte Eagles in Friday’s only contest. On Saturday, the Rochester Rhinos and LA Blues both begin 2012 play when they meet in California. The other contest is the continuation of the 20th Anniversary series between the Richmond Kickers and Charleston Battery, who will again don the retro 1993 kits as they square off at Blackbaud in rematch of last week’s 2-1 Battery win. The weekend wraps up with Week 1 winner and defending champion Orlando City hosting the season-opening Wilmington Hammerheads.

NASL Signings: The Minnesota Stars brought in two more with Mba Ernest Tchoupe Ndefotsing joining from a second division Colombian club and the NSCAA's Division III player of the year Travis Wall.

USL Pro Signings: Los Angeles Blues added to the defense with former U17 international Matt Hall.

PDL Signings: The El Paso Patriots signed four from University of New Mexico... Ocala Stampede add a pair, including former USL Pro FC NY goalkeeper Steven Diaz... The Austin Aztex bring in three, including former USL-1 Aztex player Zack Pope... Portland Timbers U23s announced four commitments from universities in the northwest.

W-League Signings: The Ottawa Fury fill goalkeeper position with three signings... Pali Blues signed Texas Tech star Taylor Lytle as well as US youth international from Standford Cami Levin.

Sad News: Former Chicago Fire PDL forward Patrick Grange succumbed to ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) at the age of 29 Tuesday. Grange, who split his collegiate career between UIC and the University of New Mexico, spent two seasons with the Fire PDL, helping the side to the North American championship game in 2003 and the 2004 PDL Regular Season Championship.

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