Monday, July 15, 2013

Lower Division Recap: Round 15

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The gap is gone. After months of having a strong hold of the top position in the table, Orlando City saw the lead completely disappear as the Richmond Kickers kept their unbeaten season going with a draw and win on a difficult road trip. A wild 3-3 tie on Sunday was the only thing that kept the Lions on the top of the table at the close of the weekend.


Close calls were theme of the week at both ends of the table. At the top, it was Richmond trying to keep their unbeaten campaign going as they travelled north. On Friday the team nearly saw a late developing lead go for naught as the Rochester Rhinos tied things up in stoppage time and with seconds left nearly win with a ball that may have crossed the line but was ruled a no goal, and remain a matter of mystery thanks to no clear video replays of the event. A night later in Harrisburg the Kickers again went into the final half-hour scoreless, but found a winner with 13 minutes left to pull even with Orlando City atop the table.

Orlando City, meanwhile, kept the one-point lead in the table by matching Richmond’s effort this week, but it was not easy. On Thursday the Lions posted a 2-1 victory against Charleston with a pair of goals from Jamie Watson, who scored the winner in the second half via a penalty. On the road Sunday, Orlando City took the lead three times against Dayton and nearly had a win only to see the Dutch Lions equalize once again in the 88th despite having played a man down for nearly the entire half.

At the end of the table, the pointless Antigua Barracuda side missed another great chance in another close call in Arizona. After falling in a narrow 1-0 result the previous week, the islanders within a hair of getting their first point again Thursday night in Phoenix only to see the Wolves score the lone tally in stoppage time to spoil the opportunity.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Los Angeles 4 :: 2 Harrisburg 
LAB:  George Davis 6, Gabriel Gonzalez (Rodrigo Lopez Alvarez) 13, Matt Fondy 46, Matt Fondy (George Davis) 84
HAR:  Don Anding (Christhian Hernandez) 19, Sainey Touray (Yanni Ekra) 66

Dayton 1 :: 3 Crew Reserves  (MLSR)
DAY: Tjeerd Westdijk (Gibson Bardsley) 42
COL: Ben Speas (pen) 68, Tyson Wahl 76, Tony Tchani 81
~ DAY: Coach Patrick Bal (ejection) 70

Charleston 1 :: 2 Orlando 
ORL: Jamie Watson (Christian Duke) 29, Jamie Watson (pen) 70
CHB: Jose Cuevas (Dane Kelley) 55

Antigua 0 :: 1 Phoenix 
PHO: Thomas Ramos (Donny Toia) 90+

FRIDAY, July 12
Richmond 1 :: 1 Rochester 
RIC: Luke Vercollone 65
ROC: Andrew Hoxie (Gabe Latigue) 90+

Richmond 1 :: 0 Harrisburg 
RIC: Michael Seaton (Stanley Nyazamba) 77

Charleston 2 :: 4 VSI Tampa Bay 
TB: Tony Donatelli 7, Josh Rife (Sallieu Bundu) 12, Chad Burt (pen) 19, Sallieu Bundu (JT Noone) 59
CHB: Heviel Cordoves (Dan Kelly) 63, Jose Cuevas (pen) 90

Wilmington 2 :: 3 Charlotte 
WIL: Daniel Steres (Mickael Oliveira) 6, Paul Nicholson (Daniel Roberts) 63
CHE: Paul Islas 31, Jorge Herrera (Fejiro Okiomah) 68, Christian Meza (Jorge Herrera) 84

Antigua 0 :: 4 Los Angeles 
LA: Gabriel Gonzalez (Matt Fondy) 12, George Davis (Matt Fondy) 50, Duach Jock (Mehrshad Momeni) 58, Juan Perez 84

SUNDAY, July 14
Orlando 3 :: 3 Dayton 
ORL: Dennis Chin 24, James O'Connor (CJ Sapong) 43, CJ Sapong (pen) 65
DAY: Shintaro Harada (Tjeerd Westdijke) 31, Joel Delass (pen) 59, Brandon Swartzendruber 88
~ DAY: Shintaro Harada (ejection) 46

MLS Reserve League

Columbus rallied for a win at home using a penalty and strikes from Tyson Wahl and Tony Tchani in the final 14 minutes to down visiting Dayton in their third meeting of the year after playing to a draw and posting an Open Cup win against the Dutch Lions.

The Crew Reserves netted more goals in their outing than the four others in action did in two matches with Montreal and New York going scoreless and the Galaxy edging host Portland in a pair of Sunday meetings.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

(USL) Dayton 1 :: 3 Crew Reserves 
DAY: Tjeerd Westdijk (Gibson Bardsley) 42
COL: Ben Speas (pen) 68, Tyson Wahl 76, Tony Tchani 81
~ DAY: Coach Patrick Bal (ejection) 70

SUNDAY, July 14
Impact Reserves 0 :: 0 Red Bull Reserves 

Galaxy Reserves 1 :: 0 Timbers Reserves 
LA: Jose Villarreal 11

North American Soccer League

Currently idle between Spring and Fall seasons.

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