Sunday, September 23

LD Update: NASL Game Night; Super-20 First 11; Sesay to Wave

A pair of draws in the first half of the final weekend of play kept everything as is in the top half of the NASL table heading into the final week with Tampa Bay's stalemate in Carolina locking the Rowdies into second and giving San Antonio, playing Sunday, the regular season title while also locking Carolina into fourth as they were unable to pass Puerto Rico, who played to a draw versus visiting Atlanta.

Carolina RailHawks 0 :: 0 Tampa Bay Rowdies - Both keepers made several nice stops to keep the match scoreless with Ray Burse making five stops for Carolina and Jeff Attinella three at the other end. Rowdies defender Daniel Scott also made a game-saving stop, heading a ball off the line in the 90th minute to preserve the draw. - MORE

Puerto Rico Islanders 1 :: 1 Atlanta Silverbacks - Danny Barrera added another goal for his end-of-season blitz for the Silverbacks, scoring in the 29th minute from 25 yards to give the visitors the advantage. Hector Ramos nearly tied it up in the early moments only to see his effort go off the crossbar, but Justin Fojo evened terms nine minutes into the second half and the two stayed deadlocked from there. - MORE

The playoff pairings for the first round will be determined when Fort Lauderdale and Minnesota play their season finales against the last and first place sides, respectively.

SUNDAY - Fort Lauderdale @ FC Edmonton... Minnesota Stars @ San Antonio Scorpions.

USL News: The First 11 Rankings for the Super-20 League were unveiled. Numerous PDL and W-League affiliated teams were in the overall table along with the City Islanders Academy (Harrisburg City Islanders, USL Pro). Crew Juniors (Columbus Crew, MLS) were the lone MLS affiliated team represented on the men's list, coming in at No. 1, while DC United Women (6) and Colorado Rapids U20 (8) were in the women's list.

MISL News: The Milwaukee Wave added former LA Galaxy and LA Blues player Israel Sesay to the squad's midfield.

CSL News: The league unveiled Centennial Stadium (Toronto) as the venue for the Canadian Soccer League Championship Final and announced that it will play host to a championship doubleheader also featuring the CSL Second Division Final. The two games are set for October 27. Quarterfinals begin October 12.


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