Wednesday, July 4

LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Night; Honors; US Futsal tops Canada

The Holiday slate for the lower division leagues started this evening with a pair of games. The fans of the home teams went home happy with one-goal victories with those in Cary, NC also getting a natural fireworks show during lightning delays. 

NASL: Carolina RailHawks 2:1 Atlanta Silverbacks - Eric Wynalda's debut with Atlanta started off on the wrong foot, falling behind after just four minutes when Jason Garey delivered a through ball behind the defense for an easy finish for Nick Zimmerman. Matt Horth answered in the 15th minute when he finished from eight yards off a Borfor Carr cross. An hour-long delay at the 23-minute mark was followed by another a few minutes after the restart. After the official third intermission for halftime, the hosts wasted no time once again claiming the lead when a clearance deflected to Cory Elenio, whose cross was headed in from eight yards for the winner five minutes in. - MORE

USL PRO: Richmond Kickers 1:0 LA Blues - Second half sub Edson Elcock made the difference for Richmond, gaining possession on the flank and driving to the endline past a pair of defenders before releasing a low cross into the box that made its way to Ryan Heins, who knocked it into the upper corner. - MORE

USL Pro News: Wilmington Hammerheads striker Corey Hertzog was announced as the Player of the Week, highlighting the league's Team of the Week.

W-League News: The league announced the Team of the Week, honoring midfielder Veronica Perez of the Seattle Sounders as the Player of the Week... Her Sounders teammate Megan Rapinoe, who is headed to the Olympics with the US Women's National team, publicly announced her sexual orientation via an interview with Out Magazine that was released Monday. 

MISL News: In a showdown of MISL players and former outdoor USL players at the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Guatemala, the United States came from behind to defeat Canada, 3-2, in the second game to keep them alive in the event.

USL Super-20 News: The Knoxville Soccer Academy joined the North American Finals field after clinching a spot in their season finale Monday.

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