Saturday, June 23

LD Update: USL Pro Game Night; MISL adds Chicago; Atlanta signs Klute

Don't look now, but the Pittsburgh Riverhounds are unbeaten in their last three games, picking up their first win Friday night since their third game of the season on April 21. Next week they face league-leading Orlando City, who blanked Harrisburg for their third consecutive win.


Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2:1 Wilmington Hammerheads - Mired in the midfield most of the first half, the stalemate broke five minutes into the second half when another long Corey Hertzog throw-in resulted in the visitors grabbing the lead as Dylan Riley flicked it on to the middle of the six, where Manny Guzman finished. A creative play seven minutes later drew a penalty when Stefan Lundberg was taken down in the box. Matt Kassel would level terms from the spot. With eight minutes left a second consecutive corner for the hosts led to Mike Seth sending a cross to the back post, where Darren Amoo tallied the winner. - MORE

Thursday, June 21

LD Update: Islanders advance to fifth CCL; Open Cup Semifinal hosts set

CFU Championship: The Puerto Rico Islanders advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League for a fifth consecutive tournament, finishing third in the Caribbean Football Union with a 2-0 victory against USL Pro side Antigua Barracuda in Trinidad Thursday evening. 

USL Pro News:
The three remaining clubs in the US Open Cup - Charlotte, Dayton & Harrisburg - learned where and who they may be facing in the Semifinals (July 10-11) should they advance past their Major League Soccer opponents next Tuesday. Harrisburg is the lone team that could potentially host a semifinal match, but would also need their league compatriots Dayton to win... Defending champion and league-leader Orlando City announced the signing of Senegalese midfielder Adama Mbengue, a star for the club's U23 side, to the squad.

PDL News: The league unveiled the Team of the Week, honoring midfielder Matt Friesen of the Kitsap Pumas as the Player of the Week.

Wednesday, June 20

LD Update: CFU Semifinal results; US Futsal roster; EPL-PDL friendly

CFU Semifinals: Only one club from the North American lower divisions will advance to the CONCACAF Champions League as the reigning two-time Caribbean Football Union champion Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL) and Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro) both lost their semifinal contests to their Trinidad & Tobago hosts Tuesday evening.

Cousins Rennie Britto and Jerrel Britto scored three goals to pace W Connection to a three-goal lead before Josh Hansen scored the Islanders' lone goal in a 4-1 defeat in the second match of the doubleheader. Antigua was in a deadlock with Caledonia AIA until Radanfah Abu Bakr opened the scoring in the 65th minute. Devorn Jorsling capped the victory four minutes from time in a 2-0 result.

Tuesday, June 19

LD Update: CFU resumes; NASL honors; WPSL Elite forfeit

CFU Resumes: The Final Four of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship wraps up this week in Trindad, featuring a pair of T&T clubs and the North American lower division duo of Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL) and Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro).

The tournament resumes with the Semifinals Tuesday evening. First up is a showdown between Antigua and Caledonia AIA. Barracuda are new to the competition and Caledonia failed to advance to the Final Four a year ago, falling in penalties to Haitian side Tempete.

The other semifinal features the winners of the last three editions of the tournament and a rematch of the 2009 Final when W Connection edged Puerto Rico, 2-1. Jonathan Fana has raised the trophy three consecutive years having led W Connection to the 2009 title before joining the Islanders for the past two campaigns.

Monday, June 18

LD Update: USL Pro Game Night

They were not easy wins, but a pair of 1-0 victories at home against winless Dayton this weekend have helped the Los Angeles Blues keep themselves in the playoff picture.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1:1 Rochester Rhinos - The Rhinos needed a second half equalizer from Quavas Kirk on a breakaway in the 61st minute to earn a draw, but the winless run continues at seven games. Both goals came 16 minutes into each half with the hosts taking the lead when Stefan Lundberg and Rich Costanzo created some space in the corner with some deft passing, allowing Lundberg to find space for a cross to Agustin Nunez for the strike. - MORE

Sunday, June 17

LD Update: NASL & USL Pro Game Night

Road teams took three of four of the NASL matches on the night with Minnesota's nine-game unbeaten start having given way now to a two-game losing streak, and a four-game winless stretch. San Antonio, however, continues to roll with a nine-game unbeaten run that finally has them in first while Carolina has won three straight after going winless through their first nine.

It was a tough trip to North Carolina for the Richmond Kickers, falling big in Charlotte after dropping a one-goal decision the night before in Wilmington.