Sunday, July 22
LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Nights; Amateur league playoffs
An off night for Charleston allowed the Rochester Rhinos to move into second with a victory while the Richmond Kickers, mired mid-table, celebrated Matthew Delicate becoming the team's all-time leading goal scorer with a late goal in a win.
NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE
San Antonio Scorpions 1:0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - A tackle from behind by Andy Herron left the Strikers a man down since the 34th minute, and the hosts took advantage in the 57th minute when Pablo Campos beat a defender and slipped the ball inside the far post for the win. - MORE
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2:0 Puerto Rico Islanders - The 83-minute wait for kickoff due to lightning was worth it, even though the fans nearly had to wait just as long from the opening whistle before the Rowdies finally got on the board. A cross from Mike Ambersley in the 72nd minute was first-timed past the keeper by Frankie Sanfilippo. Ambersley added one of his own five minutes from time with help from Fafa Picault. - MORE
Atlanta Silverbacks 1:2 FC Edmonton - Eric Wynalda's magic came to an end just a little over an hour into the match when the visitors scored twice in a two-minute span. Just minutes after entering Serisay Barthelemy gave FC Edmonton the lead in the 64th minute. Two minutes later Yashir Pinto blacked a clearance by the keeper and put it past him to double the lead. Atlanta attempted to rally, getting a penalty in the 73rd when Matt Horth, who sent a shot off the post in the 34th, was taken down by Jonathan Joseph-Augustin, who was sent off. Ciaran O'Brien converted from the spot, but that was all Atlanta could muster. - MORE
Carolina RailHawks 1:0 Minnesota Stars - Fans only needed to see the first 10 minutes in Cary as the lone goal of a six-hour affair was put away by Zack Schilawski after a long run from Breiner Ortiz and delivery from Mike Palacio. Two minutes into the second half, the game was halted for lightning, a four-hour delay, before the second half resumed. - MORE
Rochester Rhinos 2:0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds - A nice flick by Isaac Kissi of a Lucas Fernandez cross was put away by JC Banks 10 minutes in to give the hosts control. Fernandez set up the second goal as well, connecting with Andrew Hoxie in the 77th minute. - MORE
Richmond Kickers 2:0 Dayton Dutch Lions - The game was a lot closer than the scoreline as Ryan Heins' opening goal in the 11th minute was off the rebound of Sascha Goerres shot that was stopped. Matthew Delicate became the club's all-time leading scorer in the 90th minute after being fouled in the box, converting a penalty to move past Rob Ukrop. - MORE
USL Pro News: The third match scheduled, Wilmington at Charlotte, was canceled due to field conditions.
PDL News: Another division champion was upset Saturday as the three other sets of conference finals were played. Heartland Division champion Thunder Bay Chill fell, 1-0, to Forest City London in the Central Conference tournament while host Michigan Bucks advanced with a 1-0 win, setting up a Great Lakes showdown Sunday.
The two games were part of an extremely rare round of conference semifinals in the PDL postseason which all eight games were one-goal decisions.
In the Western Conference Seattle Sounders U23s edged FC Tucson 2-1 in the final game of the night after host Ventura County Fusion slipped by the Portland Timbers U23s in overtime, 1-0. The Eastern Conference was just as tight with the Ottawa Fury getting a 1-0 victory against Ocean City Nor'easters and the host Carolina Dynamo surviving lengthy penalty kick tiebreaker, 8-7, after a 1-1 draw with Reading United AC. All four conferences will determine the Semifinal round for next weekend with Friday's winners Austin and Orlando City also playing. - PLAYOFF BRACKET
W-League News: While the PDL featured close contests, the W-League featured one-sided affairs Saturday. The closest result was a 3-1 win for the Laval Comets against the Toronto Lady Lynx in the Central Conference. Host Quebec City Amiral won the other semifinal, 6-1, against Hamilton FC Rage.
In the Eastern Conference, host DC United blanked the Virginia Beach Piranhas, 3-0, and the Charlotte Lady Eagles downed Long Island Rough Riders, 4-0. The other final set for Sunday features the Seattle Sounders visiting the Pali Blues in the Western Conference. - PLAYOFF BRACKET
WPSL News: In the only conference tournament being played, the host San Diego SeaLions downed visiting Issaquah SC, 2-1, while the California Storm fell, 3-1, to Salt Lake United in the Western Conference. - PLAYOFF BRACKET
NPSL News: Two more clubs clinched spots in the league's semifinals Saturday. FC Sonic won a 3-2 thriller against the New York Red Bulls Academy for the Northeast title while the Bay Area Ambassadors dominated in a 4-0 victory against the Sonoma Sol in the west, joining last week's Southeast winners Chattanooga. The remaining semifinalist will be decided Sunday when AFC Cleveland and Madison 56ers square off in the Midwest final.- PLAYOFF BRACKET