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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.

It’s Open Cup Time In The USA

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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.

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Fourth Round US Open Cup Pairings Released

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Some potentially big matches are ahead for the 100th edition of the US Open Cup. Today the fourth round pairings were released and several big potential MLS matches could be involved.

Two that jumps right off the mat would be the Texas Derby between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo and the Cascadia Cup between Portland and Seattle.

Western Mass Pioneers

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.

PDL: Pioneers Pummel Portland 4-1

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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.

Azul, Pioneers Settle for 1-1 Draw

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Pioneers striker Javoni Simms scored the late equalizer in Saturday's 1-1 draw against the Azul. (Photo: David Perry/sweetdogphotos.com)

Javoni Simms scored an 88th minute equalizer to help the Western Mass Pioneers salvage a 1-1 draw against CFCAzul at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

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.

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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.

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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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Ottawa Fury

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.

PDL: Azul Fall to Fury North of Border

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CFC Azul (1-1-1, 4 points) dropped its first game of the season in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Fury (2-0-0, 6 points) on Friday at Algonquin College Soccer Complex.

Fury forward Yannis Becker tallied twice (25′, 69′) while Carl Haworth capped the scoring late (74′). Nils Carlson stopped every shot he faced to earne his first clean sheet of the season.

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.

PDL: Sousa Scores Twice, but Rams Can’t Close

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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.

Real Boston Bags 1st Win

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Revolution YouthAcademy alum Manny Andrade scored a pair of goals to give Real Boston Rams its first win in franchise history on Saturday, a 3-1 victory over the Vermont Voltage at Muscato Stadium.

Andrade struck first in the 18th minute, then added another in the 88th minute while the Rams benefited from a Voltage own goal in the 7th minute.

The Rest

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.

Portland Timbers announce U.S. Open Cup opener, U-23 team advances

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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.

Fire's USOC third round draw announced

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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.