Friday, July 13

LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Nights; Cosmos to NASL; Roster changes

Midweek action created a two-point margin between the top three clubs in the NASL as the Puerto Rico Islanders moved back level with expansion San Antonio Wednesday and the defending champion Minnesota Stars keeping pace two points back the following night.

Wednesday - Puerto Rico Islanders 1:0 San Antonio Scorpions - The Islanders took the narrow decision between the league's two top sides with a header from Nicholas Addlery off a cross from Noah Delgado 25 minutes in. Jonathan Fana nearly made it two seven minutes later when he found himself alone with the keeper only to have Darryl Sattler make a great save. Richard Martin made a great save for the other side six minutes into the second, however, it was to keep a potential own goal on a Esteban Bayona cross from going in. Another great save for Martin came courtesy of the crossbar, which denited midfielder Hans Denissen five minutes later. - MORE

Thursday - Minnesota Stars 2:1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
- The home side took the advantage on the half-hour mark when Lucas Rodriguez connected with Martin Nunez for the go-ahead goal. A Nunez header off the post a minute before the break was put away by Kentaro Takada on the rebound to double the advantage. Tampa Bay's effort for a rally finally bore fruit via Matt Clare, but the 80th minute goal was all that could be found. - MORE

Thursday - Wilmington Hammerheads 0:0 Rochester Rhinos - The crossbar played the biggest role in the outcome of the contest, denying a shot from Rochester's Kendell McFayden in the 26th minute. The hosts would later have to hold off the Rhinos in the final 11 minutes a man down after losing Chukwudi Chijindu to a red card for a tough challenge against Tyler Rosenlund. - MORE

USL Pro News: In Thursday's other match, the LA Blues were up 1-0 in Antigua when lightning halted the contest, which will resume at the 13th minute in the morning... As part of the lineup overhaul in LA, the Blues picked up Max Griffin on loan from league foe Orlando City, loaning George David IV in return - both for the rest of the season.

NASL News: The league announced that it is welcoming the New York Cosmos as an expansion franchise for 2013... Eric Wynalda added former FC Dallas player and assistant coach Brian Haynes as his assistant with the Atlanta Silverbacks... The Fort Lauderdale Strikers signed former Chivas USA defender Scott Gordon while also releasing Colombian Yoximar Granado.

W-League News: DC United will play host to the Eastern Conference Championship tournament at the Maryland SoccerPlex July 21-22... The league released the Team of the Week, honoring Pali Blues striker Lynn Williams as the Player of the Week.

PDL News: The league unveiled the Team of the Week, recognizing Real Maryland forward Alassane Kane as the Player of the Week.

MISL News: The Missouri Comets announced the addition of two Danish strikers to the squad with Mads Falck Larsen and Kevin Jorgensen signing two year deals.

Super-20 News: Monica Mendes of the DC United Super-20 side reached the semifinals of the UEFA U19 Women's Championship, playing every minute thus far representing Portugal.


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