Wednesday, June 20

LD Update: CFU Semifinal results; US Futsal roster; EPL-PDL friendly

CFU Semifinals: Only one club from the North American lower divisions will advance to the CONCACAF Champions League as the reigning two-time Caribbean Football Union champion Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL) and Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro) both lost their semifinal contests to their Trinidad & Tobago hosts Tuesday evening.

Cousins Rennie Britto and Jerrel Britto scored three goals to pace W Connection to a three-goal lead before Josh Hansen scored the Islanders' lone goal in a 4-1 defeat in the second match of the doubleheader. Antigua was in a deadlock with Caledonia AIA until Radanfah Abu Bakr opened the scoring in the 65th minute. Devorn Jorsling capped the victory four minutes from time in a 2-0 result.

The two sides will meet Thursday evening in a showdown for third place and, more importantly, the final berth to be determined for the CCL this summer. The winner will enter Group 5 with Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), setting up a potential rematch between the Galaxy and Islanders. Puerto Rico stunned the MLS side in the summer of 2010 when they eliminated LA 5-3 on aggregate in the Preliminary Round - which no longer exists beginning with the upcoming tournament - with a 4-1 victory at the Home Depot Center in the first leg that withstood a 2-1 Galaxy win in the second leg.

MISL News: The US National Futsal Team unveiled the roster, led by Milwaukee Wave coach Keith Tozer, for the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship. Eleven of the 14 players are members of MISL sides.

USL Pro News: The league announced Los Angeles Blues striker Bright Dike, on loan from the Portland Timbers, as the Player of the Week, highlighting the Team of the Week selections... The Wilmington Hammerheads have promoted Mark Briggs to the position of player-assistant coach.

PDL News:
The Ventura County Fusion announced a friendly versus English Premier League club Swansea City for July 28... Fredericksburg Hotspur, currently second in the South Atlantic Division, promoted training director Jason Kilby to the position of head coach

W-League News: The W-League Team of the Week was announced, honoring DC United forward Mikaela Howell as the Player of the Week.

Super-20 League News: Mass Premier Soccer player Maria Zecca of the Super-20 MPS Renegades has been invited to the U19 Women's National Team camp in September in advance of the team's qualifying schedule for 2012-13 European Championship.

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