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.
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.
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.
Western Mass Pioneers forward Alencar Junior has scored 19 goals in his last 17 games. (Photo: David Henry/sweetdogphotos.com)
LUDLOW, Mass. â€“ 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.
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.
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.
Javoni Simms scored for the second game in a row to help the Western Mass Pioneers overtake the GPS Portland Phoenix 4-1 at Lusitano Stadium on Friday.
Simms opened the account in the 31st minute, while Kevin Zapata found the back of the net in the 49th minute. Pierre Omango brought one back for the guests in the 53rd minute, but the Pioneers padded their lead with goals from Drou Goff and Tommaso D'Agostino shortly after Omango's strike.
Cramming in a few last exhibitions before their seasons start, last weekend saw three New England PDL clubs fielding trialists and testing their starting eleven against local teams. In Newtown, CFC Azul battled Connecticut Soccer League's Prosto SC beforethe ReÃ¡l Boston Rams took to the field for their inaugural match versus Newtown Pride, all while the Western Mass Pioneers battled the NPSL's Mass United FC on the newly-refurbished Lusitano Field.
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.
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.
The FA Cup is the best and most famous domestic knockout tournament in the world. It is where part-timers and lower league teams get the chance to go up against some of the biggest stars in the world, and sometimes prevail in victories that are talked about for generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Revolution midfielder Andrew Sousa scored a pair of first half goals, but a late Ottawa Fury(1-0-0,3 points) comeback sent the Real Boston Rams (1-2-0, 3 points) to a 3-2 loss at Algonquin College Soccer Complex on Friday.
Sousa, a 2011 Revolution draft pick,tallied for theRamsin the 17th and 33rd minutes, while Jordian Farahani brought one back for the Fury before the break.
The Portland Timbers announced their opening round match for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup is here in Portland, where they will face the Austin Aztexs or Wilmington Hammerheads. Meanwhile, the Timbers U-23 team advanced to round two with a win over the Sacramento Gold, and will now battle the Charleston Battery for the right to host the San Jose Earthquakes in round four.
US Soccer has released the potential match-ups for the third round of the 2013 US Open Cup tournament after coin flips this morning to determine the pairings. The Fire will play the winner of the match between the Seattle Sounders U-23 (PDL) team and the Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro). That game will be played on May 21 in Charlotte.