Sunday, July 8
LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Nights; PDL Timbers in playoffs; DC Women add from US U17
Though it was only a 1-1 draw in Harrisburg, Antigua ended a 10-game losing streak in USL Pro. The Rochester Rhinos put an end to Dayton's three-game unbeaten turnaround. Perhaps fueled by their US Open Cup run, the Charlotte Eagles have now won four consecutive in league play and are now firmly in the chase for a playoff berth after sweeping Charleston in a home-and-home series over the weekend.
NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE
Carolina RailHawks 3:3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - In a thriller, the host RailHawks took the lead when Mike Palacio put away the rebound of a shot that came off the post in the 13th minute only to see the visitors take the lead before the break. Abe Thompson conted with Darnell King for the equalizer in the 31st and found Walter Restrepo less than two minutes later for the advantage. Restrepo added a second courtesy of King in the 69th and the Strikers were all set to celebrate until it all fell apart in teh final four minutes. Palacio notched his second in the 87th minute and then connected with Ty Shipalane in stoppage time for the draw. - MORE
Puerto Rico Islanders 1:1 FC Edmonton - The hosts took the initial lead 32 minutes into the affair through Jonathan Fana and took the advantage into the break. Kyle Porter found the back of the net for FC Edmonton seven minutes into the second half and the two played to a stalemate for the remainder. - MORE
Minnesota Stars 0:2 Atlanta Silverbacks - Ten minutes into the contest Matt Horth opened the scoring for the visitors via Jahbari Willis. With a quarter-hour remaining Borfor Carr provided some insurance as Atlanta held on for just its second win of the year. - MORE
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2:3 Harrisburg City Islanders - In a back-and-forth Pennsylvania derby the visitors took the initial lead 18 minutes in through Lucky Mkosana only to see Rich Costanza equalizing for Pittsburgh seven minutes later. The two sides went into a stalemate until a late frenzy in the final 10 minutes. Darren Amoo gave the Riverhounds the advantage in the 80th, but Harrisburg answered immediately with a strike from Sainey Touray a minute later. Garret Pettis found the winner three minutes from time. - MORE
Charleston Battery 0:2 Charlotte Eagles - Deadlocked until the second half, Mauricio Salles connected with Nate Thornton to give the visitors the lead in a battle of the Carolinas. With 11 minutes left Juan Guzman provided some insurance by one-timing a corner from 18 yards. - MORE
Los Angeles Blues 0:1 Orlando City - The Blues seem to have one-nil as a theme. This time, the lone goal came just two minutes into the contest via Kieron Bernard off an Anthony Pulis corner as the visiting defending champions held on for the win. - MORE
Rochester Rhinos 2:0 Dayton Dutch Lions - Goals early and late decided the contest. JC Banks found Danny Earls just three minutes in to open the scoring and Andrew Hoxie connected with Isaac Kissi to cap the night in the 90th minute. - MORE
Wilmington Hammerheads 1:0 Richmond Kickers - In a tight contest it took 66 minutes for the hosts to find the deciding goal courtesy of Corey Hertzog, who continues to perform well on loan from the Red Bulls. - MORE
Harrisburg City Islanders 1:1 Antigua Barracuda - Deadlocked well into the second half, the Caribbean side found the opening strike through Matthew Aldred in the 71st minute, their second goal on the road this season. Barracuda appeared to be headed to their first road victory when Sainey Touray scored his second of the weekend in stoppage time to leave things level. - MORE
Charlotte Eagles 1:0 Charleston Battery - The weekend sweep was complete with a second shutout of the third-place Battery, nabbing the three points on a 36th minute cross from Darryl Roberts that was finished by Cheyne Roberts. - MORE
USL Pro News: Orlando City added Jean Alexandre once again on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, this time for two weekend matches against LA.
PDL News: The Portland Timbers U23s clinched a playoff berth Friday evening with a 1-0 win against Washington Crossfire.
W-League News: DC United added a late addition to the squad in preparation for the postseason, bringing in U17 US international Andi Sullivan.
MISL News: The previously announced Chicago expansion entry announced that Narciso Cuevas will be the team's first head coach.