Monday, May 27, 2013

Lower Division Recap: Round 8

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It was as busy of a week as you will see in the Lower Divisions all year as every American club, except Phoenix FC, was in action Tuesday night in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

USL Pro were big winners on the night with eight teams advancing to the Third Round to face MLS opposition this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Four each from the NASL and the USL PDL also advanced. – Scores & Recaps [+]

North American Soccer League

Another week, another new leader atop the table. With Carolina idle, the Atlanta Silverbacks used the opportunity to move past the RailHawks with a narrow victory over the San Antonio Scorpions. Danny Barrera’s goal with four minutes left was the difference between sole possession of first and what would have been a four-way tie.

After a disastrous week that saw a horrendous defensive performance at home in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay and an upset loss 1-0 to the PDL Des Moines Menace in the Open Cup, Minnesota rebounded to return the favor on the road to the Rowdies in a game that saw all five goals in the first half-hour.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

San Antonio 0 :: 1 Atlanta 
ATL: Danny Barrera 86

Minnesota 3 :: 2 Tampa Bay 
MIN: Cristiano Dias 10, Geison Moura (Pablo Campos) 23, Simone Bracalello (Pablos Campos) 26
TB: Georgi Hristov 14, Georgi Hristov (Luke Mulholland) 29

Fort Lauderdale 1 :: 0 Edmonton 
FTL: Carlos Salazar (pen) 69


Idle for the Open Cup, Phoenix was able to take advantage of unbeaten Charlotte for a draw Thursday, and the Eagles nearly rallied from a three-goal hole in Los Angeles Saturday but ultimately fell 4-3 for their first loss of the year.

In the weekend’s marquee match of the week the Richmond Kickers blanked visiting Harrisburg with a pair of second half goals. Rochester’s defense definitely appears to have made a turnaround, though the offense is still struggling to find goals for wins. After allowing 15 goals in five road games in April, the team has allowed just two in four games this month, but has only been able to find the net once.

Oh, and Sporting KC loanee Dom Dwyer scored yet again for Orlando City.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Charlotte 2 :: 2 Phoenix 
CHE: Christian Ramirez 5, Sergio Villasenor (Drew Yates) 35
PHO: Scott Morrison 17, Donny Toia (Scott Morrison) 38

Antigua 0 :: 2 Pittsburgh 
PIT: Mike Seth (Matt Dallman) 18, Matt Dallman (Jhonny Arteaga) 39

Harrisburg 0 :: 2 Richmond 
RIC: Nate Robinson (Joseph Ngwenya) 60, Michael Seaton (Brian Ownby) 66

Rochester 0 :: 0 Charleston 
CHB: Amadou Sanyang (red card) 63

Wilmington 1 :: 4 Orlando 
ORL: Dom Dwyer 25, Jamie Watson (Bryan Burke) 39, Bryan Burke (James O'Connor) 52, Rob Valentino (Luke Boden) 88
WIL: Paul Nicholson 69

Charlotte 3 :: 4 Los Angeles 
LA: Charlotte own goal 18, Chris Cortez (Allan Russell) 19, Gabriel Gonzalez (Chris Cortez) 42, Chris Cortez (Nelson Pizarro) 50
CHE: Jorge Herrera (pen) 45+, Jorge Herrera (Ben Newman) 81, Stefan Smith 88

Antigua 1 :: 3 Dayton 
DAY: Joey Madigan (Shane Smith) 34, Eli Garner (pen) 38, Remco Klaasse (Jeremy Cheeseman) 81
ANT: Orlando Mitchum 83

Wilmington 0 :: 1 Tampa Bay 
TB: JT Noone (Chad Burt) 71

MLS Reserve League

The last team to kick off their Reserve League campaign, Chivas USA kicked it off in fine form against visiting RSL, jumping out to a three-goal advantage in the first half-hour with goals from three different players as they cruised to the victory. The RL continues its nearly two week idle period until Saturday when it kicks into high gear with 11 games in an eight-day period.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

RSL 2 :: 3 Chivas USA
CHV: Carlos Alvarez (Adonis Amaya) 8, Gabriel Farfan 23, Jose Manuel Rivera (Laurent Courtois) 28
RSL: David Viana 53, Abdoulie Mansally (Yordany Alvarez) 91

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