Saturday, June 30

LD Update: USL Pro Game Night; Canada Futsal rallies to qualify; Canada U20 W-League call-ups

The top two teams in the USL Pro saw two completely different results Friday evening against the league's bottom two sides as the Charleston Battery gained two points on Orlando City.

Meanwhile, Antigua, which started off with two wins in its first three games, remains at the bottom with their winless stretch extending to eight league games as their offense continues to struggle with only one goal during that span - four games ago. Dayton, meanwhile, continues to show well despite their location in the table, rebounding from the US Open Cup exit with an impressive draw against the league leaders. The Dutch Lions have lost only twice this season by multiple goals - both on the road.

Antigua Barracuda 0:2 Charleston Battery - Looking to rebound after missing a chance to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, Antigua took the second-place Battery into the second half deadlocked at zeros before a quick counter from the visitors opened the scoring. A quick outlet from the defense connected with Sallieu Bundu at midfield, where he delivered a perfect ball behind the defense to an on-rushing Jose Cuevas, who cut back past two other defenders and fired a shot inside the near post in the 17th minute. JC Mack capped the night with an emphatic tally, ripping a low-driven shot from the right corner of the area that beat Molvin James, bouncing into the far side netting. - MORE

Dayton Dutch Lions 2:2 Orlando City - In a wild first half, the hosts equalized twice against orlando City, who took the initial lead four minutes in through Matt Luzunaris from the top of the box. A bad clearance allowed Joel DeLass to knot things back up in the 21st. A pair of back-to-back handballs in the 27th allowed Orlando to reclaim the lead via an Anthony Pulis penalty. This time it took only two minutes for a Dutch Lions answer as Shane Smith connected with Akeem Priestly for a header at the back post. - MORE

MISL News: The Canadian Futsal Team made a remarkable recovery in the second leg of their playoff series against El Salvador, winning 6-2 on a last-second goal by goalkeeper from midcourt for a 7-6 aggregate series victory. The result sends them onto next week's CONCACAF Futsal Championship tournament, also held in Guatemala, for the first time. They join the United States, Panama and Guatemala in Group A. Former USL Vancouver Whitecap Alex Elliot scored again for Canada after having the lone goal in the 4-1 loss Thursday.

W-League News: Twenty-one players from W-League clubs have been invited to the Canada U-20 camp in Montreal from July 3-8. Eight from the Laval Comets, six from the Toronto Lady Lynx, four are from the Vancouver Whitecaps, two from Hamilton FC Rage and one from Quebec City Amiral.

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