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PDL: Phoenix Holds On, Beats Pioneers

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Nicolas Pascual-Leone scored late, but it wasn't enough as the Western Mass Pioneers fell 2-1 to GPS Portland Phoenix on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Pascual-Leone, whoentered the match in the 72nd minute, tallied in the 88th minute after Portland built a two-goal lead on strikes from Nicholas Melville and Thomas Fouhy in the 25th and 50th minutes, respectively.

PDL: New England Trio Set for USOC Play

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New England PDL trio AC Connecticut, Western Mass Pioneers, and Seacoast United Phantoms all learned on Wednesday who they'll be facing during the first round of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup tournament, which will take place on May 13.

AC Connecticut will face Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Westside Athletic Complex in Danbury, Conn.

PDL Schedules Released

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New England's five PDL sides released their fixtures for the upcoming season on Wednesday.

Seacoast United Phantoms and Real Boston Rams will kick off the action for the region's PDL squads when they face off against each other May 10 at the Phantoms' home grounds, which is listed as "TBA" on the league's master schedule.

New England PDL Trio Grabs USOC Berths

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Three New England-based PDL sides were granted berths to the 2015 U.S. Open Cup tournament after U.S. Soccer revealed the 91-club field on Wednesday.

Seacoast United Phantoms secured a division winner berth by claiming the Northeast Division title last year, while A.

PDL: Pioneers Tab Gomes as Coach

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The Western Mass Pioneers didn't need to look long or far to find their next head coach.

On Sunday, the club hired former assistant coach Dennis Gomes to take the helm of the Pioneers ahead of their 18th season.

Gomes, a familiar face at Lusitano Stadium after both playing and coaching for the Ludlow-based side, succeeds Federico Molinari, who took the reins of Western Mass Pro Soccer (ASL) following the 2014 PDL season.

PDL: Grant Lifts Phantoms to Victory

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LUDLOW, Mass. Goalscoring is as much an ability as it is a state of mind, at least according to Seacoast United Phantoms forward Anthony Grant.

With Friday's contest against the Western Mass Pioneers knotted at 0-0 in the waning stages,thePhantom goalscorerwasn't fretting.

PDL: Junior Scores Twice in Wild Draw vs. Azul

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LUDLOW, Mass. Alencar Junior scored early, then late, as the Western Mass Pioneers and CFC Azul battled to a 2-2 season-opening draw at Lusitano Stadium on Friday.

Junior opened the account in the third minute to give the hosts a lead that didn't last long after former Revolution draft pick Ryan Kinne equalized in the sixth minute.

USOC Roundup: Phoenix & Voltage Fall in 1st Round

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The first round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament was a mixed bag for New England-based sides on Wednesday.

GPS Portland Phoenix fell in overtime to Lehigh Valley United Sonic 1-0, while the Vermont Voltage dropped a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls U-23s. Western Mass Pioneers emerged as the only winner from Wednesday's proceedings after taking a 4-1 victory from GPS Massachusetts.

USOC: Pioneers Advance to 2nd Round with 4-1 Win

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LUDLOW, Mass. – The Western Mass Pioneers proved the old truism that it's not how you start, but rather, how you finish following a 4-1 First Round Open Cup win over GPS Massachusetts (formerly Mass Premier Soccer) on Wednesday at Lusitano Stadium.

USOC Preview: WM Pioneers-Mass Premier

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A clash of Commonwealth clubs will help kick off the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup tournament on Wednesday, as the Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) and Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) face off at venerable Lusitano Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm, with an online stream available via ussoccer.

USOC: Phoenix, Pioneers & Voltage Set for 1st Round

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A trio of New England-based PDL sides will partake in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup competition, with all three set for first-round action on Wednesday, May 7.

MPS Portland Phoenix will host FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL)at 7:00pm at Deering High School in Portland, Me.

Pioneers Aiming to Field Team in New League?

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The newly-established American Soccer League (ASL) isslated to kick off its inaugural season this spring, and one of the region's mostpopular clubs may be a part of it.

The Western Mass Pioneers, which have played USL-sanctioned soccer since 1998, arebelieved to be exploring the possibilty offielding a teamintheASL, in addition to its PDL side,this year.

PDL: Northeast Division to Feature 8 Clubs in ’14

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The PDLNortheast Divison, which hosts all six New England-based PDL sides, will expandfrom seven toeight teams in 2014.

The announcement was made during the USL All General Meeting last weekend in Clearwater Beach, Fla., and confirmed via a Wednesday press release from the Western Mass Pioneers.

The Best You’ve Never Seen

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Western Mass Pioneers forward Alencar Junior has scored 19 goals in his last 17 games. (Photo: David Henry/sweetdogphotos.com)

LUDLOW, Mass. – It takes him less than a minute to lift them off their seats.

On a seasonably warm evening in a stadium neatly tucked inside a neighborhood packed with ranches and capes, the Western Mass Pioneers and CFC Azul are only moments into a Friday night match in front of about a thousand supporters, many of whom are just settling into their seats before a bolt of energy flashes before them.

PDL: Alencar Hat Trick Puts Pioneers in 1st Place

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Newly-acquired striker Alencar Juniorcollected his secondhat trickin three gamesto lead the Western Mass Pioneers (5-1-2, 17 points) to a 4-0 thumping of Seacoast United Phantoms (0-4-4, 4 points)on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.

Junior, who also bagged a three-goal effortagainst Real Boston on Jun.

PDL: Alencar Wins POTW Honors, Sousa Scores in Fury Debut

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A pair of New England-based PDL players had the spotlight cast on them this week, thanks to their impressive form in league action.

On Thursday, The United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced that Western Mass Pioneers forward Alencar Junior was named PDL Player of the Week for the eighth week of the season.

PDL: Alencar’s Torrid Pace Continues

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Pioneers striker Alencar Junior scored his fifth goal in three games in his club's 2-1 win over the Voltage on Friday. (Photo: David Henry/sweetdogphotos.com)

Two weeks ago, Alencar Junior was a player without a PDL squad.

Since joining the Western Mass Pioneers on Jun. 14, the former Hydra forward has scored five times, with his latest two strikes coming from a 2-1 win over the Vermont Voltage on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.

AC Connecticut

USOC: Seacoast Edges GPS; AC Connecticut Comes Up Short

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Reigning PDL Northeast Division champion Seacoast United Phantoms advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament after beating GPS Massachusetts 2-1 in Cambridge, Mass. on Wednesday.

GPS fired the opening salvo when Roy Sanderman scored from a corner in the 17th minute. The situation for Seacoast seemed to get worse when Terrance Carter picked up a second caution and ejection in the 68th minute.

PDL: AC Connecticut Names Bailey as Boss

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The recently-rebranded A.C. Connecticut (formerly CFC Azul) will kick off its new era with a new head coach after they handed the reins to Shaun Bailey on Monday.

Bailey, who previously served as Director of Coaching for the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, succeeds former head coach David Kelly.

Major League Soccer

Is Austin Next?

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There may have been a brief moment of delight for soccer fans waiting for the USL season to kick off this Sunday. A goal from Mix Diskerud and a "That's So Aurelien" tackle made it look like Orlando's inaugural crowd would be going home disappointed. Soccer fans in Austin may..

Division I Schedule Change Could Have Spillover Effect

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Thus far changing the Division I Men's college soccer schedule from the fall semester to a full academic-year has received wide support. United States Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer executives, and college coaches and administrators are throwing their weight behind the move. Two of the country's most high-profile college coaches,.

USL PRO Expands Back To Austin, Texas

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Tuesday was a big day in the Texas capital, as the Austin Aztexannounced its entry into USL PRO for the 2015 season, growing the third-tier pro league to 18 members.

The Aztex are the fifth USL PRO expansion team for next year, joining Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Louisville City FC, Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

Hopp is hungry, Neumann a Herman Trophy semifinalist, State of the League roundup, WC news, more

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A deal for a Union target reportedly collapses. Hoppenot is hungry. Steve Neumann a Hermann Trophy semifinalist. News form Garber's State of the League. World Cup news. more.

Brendan Burke, man whose name you should probably know

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His actual titles, Philadelphia Union assistant coach and Reading United head coach, are just as clunky, especially in newsprint. Trust me. That said, it's true. His coaching credentials have gone from this-pays-better-than-USL-ball-so-sure, to assistant coaching the Union, in seven years. He's 31 and has lost all of 11 regular season games with Reading United in that time.

Taking Attendance 6/10/2013: Almost Everybody

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Now that (nearly) everybody in the six primary outdoor soccer leagues in the US and Canada has had a home match, we can take our first comprehensive look at 2013 at attendance figures. I've added medians to the chart this time. (These are through games of Sunday, June 9 and, as always, corrections and additions are welcome.

Reading United AC

D.C. United to face Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC in US Open Cup's fourth round

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Today's US Open Cup fourth round draw revealed that D.C. United will take on either the Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC, with United hosting the game only if Reading wins the pair's third round match.

The draw for the fourth round of the US Open Cup took place earlier today, and for once D.

Brendan Burke’s legacy at Reading United

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Sean Doyle talks to Brendan Burke about his legacy at Reading, where he coached for six years before leaving for expanded duties with the Union, where he's been an assistant coach since 2011.

The Reading United Report

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Your weekly roundup of all things Reading United, including a preview of Saturday's big game against Ocean City.

Springfield Demize

Meet and Greet the Springfield Demize

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Springfield, MO- The Springfield Demize PDL team will be at Old Chicago Pizza on this Thursday and Monday the 19th. Grab some great pizza and meet the 2014 Springfield Demize team.

WHO: OLD CHICAGO and the SPRINGFIELD DEMIZE team up, to provide you with a fantastic opportunity to meet the current players and staff of the 2014 PDL team

WHAT: Meet the players and staff, take photos, talk about the upcoming season, compete in a juggling contest, all while enjoying some fantastic pizza and pasta.

Springfield Demize Announce 2014 PDL Tryouts

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Springfield, MO- The Springfield Demize will hold open tryouts at Lake CountrySoccer's Cooper Stadium for spots on their Premier Development League (PDL) rosterover two weekends in March.

March 15-16 and March 22-23 are the scheduled dates for tryouts. More information will be posted when it gets closer to March.

Patrick Nyarko

Fire remain undefeated in preseason with 2-0 win

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The competition was a PDL side but there were still plenty of positives to take from the Fire's 2-0 win over FC Tucson on Saturday afternoon. The starters were pushed for ninety minutes and although there was some fatigue evident late in the second half the team registered their fifth clean sheet in six pre-season contests.

Recaps & reaction to Union loss, OC defeated in PDL semis, HCI claims playoff spot, Dempsey, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's loss to Chicago. Ocean City's post season ends in the semis. Harrisburg claims playoff spot. Dempsey. More news.

NPSL

Amateur notes: Marquette duo, 10-man Chill fall in PDL final

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Amateur notes: Dillon, Sjoberg to play for PDL title with Chill

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Real Boston Rams

PDL: Rams Win in Finale

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A trio of goalscorers stepped up to give the Real Boston Rams a 3-1 win over CFC Azul in Saturday's season finaleat Muscato Stadium.

Ali Sozeri opened the scoring in the 19th minute, while Jack Hilger and Cole DeNormandiealso foundthe back of the in the 24th and 36th minutes, respectively.

PDL: Rams Dispose of Shorthanded Seacoast

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EASTON, Mass. Former Revolution Academy striker Fabio Machado scored in his PDL debut to help send Real Boston Rams to a 3-0 win over a shorthanded Seacoast United Phantoms on Sunday at Muscato Stadium.

Machado's 34th minute goal followed Luke Finkelstein's opening goal in the 26th minute.

PDL: Rams Fall to Phoenix

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EASTON, Mass. Ali Sozeri scored in stoppage time, but it wasn't enough as GPS Portland Phoenix staked a 2-1 win over Real Boston Rams on Saturday at Muscato Stadium.

Sozeri's strike came from a free kick that swerved inside the far post from 20 yards. Cau Da Silva opened the scoring in the 5th minute, while teammate KyleShangrawgrabbed what proved to be the game-winner in the 87th minute.

The Rest

Sporting Garden City?

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Sporting Kansas City looks like they're trying to expand their affiliate network further. Already with 13 affiliated youth clubs, Sporting is looking to expand it further into Western Kansas as the team is on the agenda for an upcoming meeting in Garden City, Kansas about building a youth complex there with STAR Bonds and the potential creation of a PDL team.

R.I.P. KC Brass?

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It appears that there is one less soccer team in the KC metro area. Today, the United Soccer League released the schedule for their Premier Development League season. One name absent from the list for the first time since 1997 is the Kansas City Brass.

There'd been rumors towards the end of last year that the Brass would not be returning in the 2014 season.

PDL: Phoenix Fall to Fury in Divisional Match

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Carl Haworth's hat trick helpedthe Ottawa Fury overwhelm GPS Portland Phoenixina comprehensive 6-0 Divisional Playoffwin on Tuesday at Algonquin College Soccer Complex.

Haworth struck in the 11th, 50th and 55th minutes, while Carlo Basso tallied twice, with goals in the 81st and 90+1 minute.