Saturday, June 16

LD Update: USL Pro Game Night

The home clubs swept the night in a busy Friday evening slate of USL Pro soccer. Charleston posted a big win with the three others decided by one goal, including Dayton's 1-0 loss in Los Angeles, keeping the US Open Cup quarterfinalists without a victory in league play.

Harrisburg City Islanders 2:1 Rochester Rhinos
- Deadlocked in a scoreless affair, a 35-yard effort from Rochester's Michael Tanke deflected off Dustin Bixler, crossing up goalkeeper Nick Noble as the ball flew by him. The Rhinos looked to be en route to ending a five-game winless run in league play (0-2-3) with only a few minutes remaining only to see the City Islanders rally late for the win. Yann Ekra took a long ball from Bixler, turned and fired an equalizer past Kristian Nicht in the 86th. Then, Lucky Mkosana finished a cross from Bilal Duckett in the 90th. - MORE

Friday, June 15

LD Update: NASL, PDL, MISL player moves

NASL News: The Atlanta Silverbacks added a pair of players, signing Silverbacks Reserves forward Jahbari Willis and bringing in Seattle Sounders defender Andrew Duran on a season-long loan.

PDL News: Boston Victory forward Lucas Pessanha has signed with FC Levadia of the Estonian first division, giving him an opportunity to potentially play in the 2012-13 Europa League... The league honored FC Tucson defender Travis Campbell as the Player of the Week, highlighting the Team of the Week. 

MISL Signings: The reigning league champion Milwaukee Wave have re-signed Ian Bennett and Marcio Leite, the Championship Series MVP... The Wichita Wings also announced two signings with the return of Chris Lemons and the addition of Enrique Tovar of the Syracuse Silver Knights. 

Thursday, June 14

LD Update: League honors; Mexican friendlies

NASL News: Pablo Campos of the San Antonio Scorpions was honored as the league's Offensive Player of the Week while FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker claimed the Defensive Player of the Week honor... The Scorpions announced a two-day event they are dubbing the "Futbol & Fireworks." The first night, June 30, will feature a doubleheader of their league contest against Atlanta and an international friendly between Mexican sides San Luis and Monterrey, the current CONCACAF Champions League winners. The league match versus Edmonton four days later on the Fourth of July will feature fireworks.

USL Pro News:
The LA Blues are borrowing the Home Depot Center for a night as they play host to a friendly between Mexican sides Leon and Santos Laguna, the reigning Mexican league champions and CCL finalists... Weeks before facing MLS affiliate Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup Quarterfinals, the Harrisburg City Islanders registered a 3-2 exhibition victory Tuesday evening against the top-flight side at Hersheypark Stadium. The result was the last for Peter Nowak, who was released as the Union coach Wednesday.

Monday, June 11

LD Update: NASL Game Night; PDL-MLS friendly

Special Drillers retro shirts for FC Edmonton Sunday evening
FC Edmonton 1:0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - The hosts had a tough task for nearly an hour, losing Antonio Rago to a red card in the 33rd minute for taking down Abe Thompson. They found a little luck in a diving save from Lance Parker on Thompson's resulting penalty attempt. Playing with 10, Edmonton found some luck when Shaun Saiko connected with Michael Cox in the 66th minute. Andy Herron, returning from an MCL injury for the Strikers, apparently re-aggravated the injury, departing after a half-hour. - MORE

PDL News: Reading United AC took their MLS affiliate to the brink in a friendly Saturday evening, falling 3-2 to the Philadelphia Union.

Sunday, June 10

LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Night

The Puerto Rico Islanders reclaimed sole possession of first and the San Antonio Scorpions kept their hot run going, moving up into second in the NASL table as all three home teams posted big wins on the night. Among them was previously unbeaten Minnesota falling hard for its first loss.

In USL Pro, Charleston missed an opportunity to overtake Orlando for first in the table in their Florida showdown. The story, however, remains Open Cup quarterfinalist Dayton as the Dutch Lions are still winless with another draw. 


Carolina RailHawks 5:1 Minnesota Stars - Don't look now, but the RailHawks may have found their form, posting a second league win in a row against one of the league's top sides. Five goals from five different players was just too much for unbeaten Minnesota, who got their only goal from Simone Bracalello right before the break after already trailing from Austen King and Nick Zimmerman strikes. Brian Shriver, Zack Schilawski and Jason Garey put the match out of reach in the second half. - MORE