Monday, June 24, 2013

Lower Division Recap: Round 12

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It is coming down to the wire in the NASL where the lead again switch, going back to the Carolina RailHawks, who could now lock up the Spring title this week with their showdown with second-place Atlanta Saturday. It won’t be easy, however, with a Quarterfinal US Open Cup contest Wednesday on the road against Real Salt Lake. Meanwhile, the other highlights of the week were a pair of international friendlies in Florida where Orlando City played a 4-3 thriller against Fluminense and Fort Lauderdale fell 4-0 to Cruzeiro.

North American Soccer League

While the Silverbacks were falling on the road to the defending champion Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1, the RailHawks again found salvation through late goals to move back to the top position in the table. Trailing by two after just 10 minutes, Carolina pulled within one via a penalty in the first half, but it was not until Brian Shriver stepped up as the hero in the final four minutes that the RailHawks were able to grab the three points. The striker pulled the club even in the 86th and then hit the winner two minutes later.

The race for the Spring title is virtually down to Carolina and Atlanta. Though Minnesota and San Antonio are still alive with two games left, the duo would need significant help and some fortune in the tiebreakers to snare the right to host the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at this point.

In their meeting earlier this year, the Silverbacks prevailed at home against Carolina 2-0.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Minnesota 2 :: 3 Carolina 
MIN: Simone Bracalello (Kentaro Takada) 4, Pablo Campos (Matt Van Oekel 10
CAR: Floyd Franks (pen) 25, Brian Shriver (Kupono Low) 86, Brian Shriver (Ciaran O'Brien) 88

Tampa Bay 2 :: 1 Atlanta 
TB: Georgi Hristov (pen) 50, Mike Ambersley (pen) 59
ATL: Pablo Cruz 62
~ATL: Carl Cort (red card) 90

Edmonton 1 :: 2 San Antonio 
SA: Hans Denissen (Javier Saavedra) 6, Hans Denissen 90+
EDM: Daryl Fordyce 9

Cruzeiro 4 :: 0 Ft Lauderdale (friendly) 
CRU: Luan (Mayke) 24, Bruno Rodrigo (Diego Souza) 35, Anselmo (Everto Ribeiro} 38, Vinicius Aroujo (Ricardo Goulart) 77


The league leaders were idle thanks to their international friendly, giving others a chance to make up some ground this week in the table. The Richmond Kickers dropped two points with a draw against the Whitecaps Reserves Saturday, but in doing so also kept their unbeaten status intact for another week at 7-0-5. Second-place Harrisburg, after playing a friendly against MLS affiliate Philadelphia Tuesday, also missed the opportunity, falling in a 4-3 thriller in which the club shockingly saw a two-goal lead at home vanish as they allowed four consecutive by Pittsburgh.  Like Richmond, the Battery gave up points with a scoreless draw against Tampa Bay.

Poor Antigua was close once again so close to earning their first point. The Rhinos, who looked last week like they were on the rebound finally, found themselves trailing at home in the second half before finding an equalizer from the spot and then nabbed the victory in the 88th minute.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Philadelphia Union 4 :: 2 Harrisburg (friendly) 
PHI: Brian Carroll 4, Sebastien Le Toux (Keon Daniel) 19, Antoine Hoppenot (Leo Fernandes) 69, Carlos Torres (Michael Farfan) 90
HAR: Stephen Basso (pen) 13, Sainey Touray (Lucky Mkosana) 60

Tampa Bay 0 :: 1 Charlotte 
CHE: Sergio Villasenor (Tommy Smith) 74

Pittsburgh 4 :: 3 Harrisburg 
HAR: Tom Mellor 1, James McLaughlin (Jason Pelletier) 21, Sainey Touray (Aaron Wheeler) 90
PIT: Jose Angulo 48, Darren Amoo (Matt Dallman) 58, Jose Angulo (Ryan Kinne) 76, Michael Seth (Stefan Lundberg) 83

Antigua 1 :: 2 Rochester 
ANT: Orlando Mitchum 57
ROC: Danny Earls (pen) 77, Tyler Rosenlund (Blake Brettschneider) 88

Dayton 0 :: 0 Phoenix

Whitecaps Reserves 1 :: 1 Richmond 
VAN: Kekuta Manneh 22
RIC: Joseph Ngwenya (Brian Ownby) 54

Tampa Bay 0 :: 0 Charleston 

Charlotte 0 :: 0 Wilmington

Fluminense 4 :: 3 Orlando (friendly)  
ORL: Dom Dwyer 19, Adama Mbengue (Jonathan Mendoza) 78, Jean Alexandre 80
FLU: Gum (Carlinhos) 40, Rhayner (Rafael) 47, Rafael 61, Samuel 68

Antigua 1 :: 4 Pittsburgh 
PIT: Darren Amoo 6, Rob Vincent (Matt Dallman) 16, Darren Amoo (Jose Angulo) 55, Jose Angulo (Ryan Kinne) 64
ANT: Tamorley Thomas (Eugine Kirwan) 13

Dayton 1 :: 0 Los Angeles 
DAY: Tjeerd Westdijk (Gibson Bardsley) 90

MLS Reserve League

After two extremely busy weeks, the slate dropped off significantly with only the Whitecaps Reserves in action, playing to a 1-1 draw in Richmond.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Whitecaps Reserves 1 :: 1 Richmond (see above)

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