PDL

Seacoast United Phantoms

Phantoms Eliminated by Charlotte in ET

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The Seacoast United Phantoms were eliminated from the PDL playoffs by the Charlotte Eagles following Saturday's 4-1 extra time loss in the Eastern Conference semifinal in Statesboro, Ga.

Phantoms leading scorer Donnett Sackie put the Granite State side ahead in the 55th minute off a corner kick he nodded into the back of the net.

Phantoms Advance to Conference Semis

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The Seacoast United Phantoms advanced to the PDL's Eastern Conference semifinals after claiming a 3-1 win over Reading United AC (Pa.) in Tuesday's Conference play-in match at Amesbury Park in Amesbury, Mass.

Seacoast jumped out to a three goal lead before the break to set the tone.

Seacoast Phantoms Set for Playoff Clash

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Seacoast United Phantoms are headed to the PDL playoffs for the fourth straight year by virtue of its 35-point season, which earned them a first-place finish in the Northeast Division.

The Phantoms went 11-1-2 and finished off their sensational season with a wild 7-4 win over A.

Western Mass Pioneers

Pioneers Fall Short of Playoff Bid

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A stoppage time penalty strike sunk the playoff hopes of the Western Mass Pioneers following Sunday's 1-1 draw to the Long Island Rough Riders.

Holding onto a one-goal lead not to mention their postseason hopes going into stoppage time, a handling call inside the area was called against the Pioneers.

Pioneers Overpower Flames in 7-0 Rout

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Guilherme Rodrigues tallied three times while Alencar Junior helped pile it on as the Western Mass Pioneers routed the Westchester Flames 7-0 on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Rodrigues kicked off the goalscoring bonanza inside of nine minutes before finding the back of the net twice more in the 44th and 51st minutes.

Junior: I Was Ready to Play Again

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It was a sight few in the stands at Lusitano Stadium expected to see when arrived for Friday's match between the Pioneers and Long Island Rough Riders, but it was a welcome one by any measure.

Three years after he last donned a Pioneers uniform, local goalscoring sensation Alencar Junior, who played for the club in 2013 and 2014, was back on the pitch in Ludlow, Mass.

Junior Returns, Scores for Pioneers

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The local scoring legend was at it again as Alencar Junior tallied for the Western Mass Pioneers in their 3-0 win over the Long Island Rough Riders Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Junior, who played for the Pioneers in 2013 and 2014, capped the scoring in the 80th minute.

Late Goal Boosts Pioneers’ Postseason Push

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LUDLOW, Mass. —Just when it was beginning to look like the Western Mass Pioneers would have to settle for a point against AC Connecticut after holding a 2-0 halftime advantage, starting defender Matt Moore came to the rescue for the home team.

PDL: Pioneers Post 3rd Straight Win

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The Western Mass Pioneers made it three straight wins after beating GPS Portland Phoenix 2-0 at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. on Friday.

After Friday's match went into the half scoreless, the Pioneers grabbed the breakthrough in the 64th minute when Dan Fabian found Carlos Ruiz, who scored to put the hosts ahead.

PDL: Pioneers Beat Flames in Home Opener

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The Western Mass Pioneers opened their home slate with a 2-0 win over the Westchester Flames on Sunday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Carlos Ruiz opened the account in the 16th minute while Alex Wrona added an insurance goal in the 85th minute.

Pioneers Fall to Phantoms

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Three days after playing 120 minutes in U.S. Open Cup play, the Western Mass Pioneers were unable to get on the scoresheet in Saturday's season opening 2-0 loss at Seacoast United Phantoms in Portsmouth, N.H.

Donnett Sackie opened the scoring on a 24th minute header to give the hosts a lead that widened in the 60th minute on a Connor Alba goal from the top of the box.

PDL: Pioneers Unveil Schedule

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The Western Mass Pioneers will kick off their 20th season in May after the squad revealed its PDL schedule for the upcoming season.

While the club commences its 14-match PDL fixture list May 13, the Pioneers' first opportunity to hit the pitch will come May 10 for a first-round U.

PDL: Molinari Looking for More Success

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After leading his squad to an improbable second-place finish in 2016, coach Federico Molinari will return to Ludlow for a fifth season at the helm of the Western Mass Pioneers.

Moinari, who guided the Pioneers to a 21-point turnaround last year following a last-place finish in 2015, is eyeing more success for the club in 2017.

PDL: Pioneers 8-Game Unbeaten Streak Snapped

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An early deficit doomed the Western Mass Pioneers in their quest to extend their eight-game unbeaten streak as they fell 2-1 to FC Boston on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Mohamed Kenawy and Harrison Swartz built a quick two-goal lead with strikes in the 21st and 24th minutes, respectively.

PDL: Pioneers Clinch Playoff Berth in Wild Win

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What a difference a year can make.

One season removed from a last-place finish, the Western Mass Pioneers punched their ticket to the PDL playoffs with a wild 4-3 win over the Westchester Flames on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Veteran midfielder Maxi Vieira bagged a quick brace by scoring in the fourth and eighth minutes while Kyle Tomas tallied in the 37th minute to give the hosts a seemingly secure lead going into halftime.

PDL: Pioneers & Phantoms Trade Tallies in 2-2 Draw

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A Carlos Ruiz penalty strike capped a back-and-forth affair between the Western Mass Pioneers and Seacoast United Phantoms, who played to a 2-2 draw on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Ruiz scored from the spot in the 64th minute to put the Pioneers on level terms after Akable Miezan gave the guests a 2-1 lead in the 31st minute.

PDL: Roswess Leads Surging Pioneers to Victory

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The surging Western Mass Pioneers extended their unbeaten run to six by pocketing a 4-1 win over A.C. Connecticut on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Chris Roswess bagged pair of early goals in the 16th and 32nd minutes while Matthew Moore and Dan Fabian piled it on in the 52nd and 90th minutes.

PDL: Pioneers Stay in 1st Place w/ Win Over Boston

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The Western Mass Pioneers retained their spot atop the Northeast Division after beating FC Boston 2-1 on Wednesday in a caution-filled contest at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.

Pioneers midfielder Chae Brangman opened the scoring in the 28th minute while teammate Dan Fabian doubled the advantage in the 71st minute.

PDL: Ruiz’s PK Lifts Pioneers Late

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Carlos Ruiz's 90th minute penalty strike lifted the Western Pioneers to a 2-1 victory over the Long Island Rough Riders on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Ruiz was true from the spot after a teammate was fouled inside the box in the 89th minute.

PDL: Pioneers Edge Connecticut Late

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Chae Brangman tipped a level game in favor of the Western Mass Pioneers on Friday, sending them to a 2-1 win over A.C. Connecticut at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Ct.

With the score tied at one apiece in the 87th minute, Brangman blasted a shot from 30 yards that bulged the back of the Connecticut net.

PDL: Short-handed Pioneers Fall to Phoenix

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A scoreless first half gave way to a compelling sequel as a short-handed Western Mass Pioneers dropped their first match of the season to GPS Portland Phoenix in a 2-1 defeat on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Pioneers striker Kyle Tomas was issued a 63rd minute red card that left the hosts shorthanded for the duration.

PDL: Pioneers Win Home Opener; Unveil Eusebio Statue

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LUDLOW, Mass. It was a memorable May afternoon in a small, soccer-mad town in central Massachusetts on Sunday. And not just because of the unexpectedly pleasant break in a recent stretch of wet and cool weather.

Not long after unveiling a larger-than-life statue of Portuguese great Eusebio at its home park, the Western Mass Pioneers grabbed a late winner to secure a 2-1 victory over F.

PDL: Pioneers Draw Level w/ Long Island

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Chris Roswess scored for the second straight game to help the Western Mass Pioneers claim a 2-2 draw against the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday at Donnelly Stadium in Huntington, N.Y.

Roswess, who tallied in the Pioneers' season opener against Seacoast United last week, opened the scoring on Saturday in the 31st minute.

PDL: Junior Scores in Seacoast Debut

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Renowned scorer Alencar Junior tallied in his Seacoast United Phantoms debut, giving his squad a 1-1 comeback draw against the Western Mass Pioneers in Saturday's season opener at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H.

Junior, who played for the Pioneers from 2013-14, scored a 75th minute equalizer to rescue a point for the hosts.

PDL: Pioneers Anticipating ‘Familiar Faces’ for 2016 Squad

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The Western Mass Pioneers may have adopted a new shield during the offseason, but the players who'll be wearing it this summer should be familiar to itssupporters if all goes according to plan.

Last week, Pioneers general manager Greg Kolodziey spoke about the upcoming PDL season, one which he and coach Federico Molinari are hoping will bring greater fortune than its predecessor.

PDL: FC Boston Added, Fixture Lists Announced

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The Premier Development League (PDL) announced its master schedule for 2016 this week, and along with it, news that FC Boston Bolts has been added as an expansion side to the Northeast Division.

FC Boston will inherit the territory formerly occupied by Real Boston Rams, who dropped out of the league following the 2015 season.

Major League Soccer

Taking Attendance 11/6/2016: The Big List

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Now that all the leagues of consequence on these shores have completed their regular seasons (and only two, MLS and the NASL, are still to crown champions), here's a combined list of the 83 North American outdoor soccer clubs for which I have any attendance data for the 2016 season.

Some information (especially at the very low levels) is incomplete.

Ocean City’s Chevaughn Walsh just changed U.S. pro soccer

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The PDL MVP just pounded another nail into the MLS SuperDraft's coffin, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, observations on the Union's Roland Alberg and how Alejandro Bedoya and Warren Creavalle are (not) meshing.

The Bull And Its Horns: Talkin' with Toros' Todd Wharton

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A 2015 PDL Young Player of the Year Finalist, Todd Wharton finds his way to the defensive midfield for the RGVFC Toros in 2016.

One of the top prospects at his position in the 2016 MLS Superdraft, soccer experts were shocked Todd Wharton went undrafted. After an incredible season leading the Portland Timbers U-23 PDL side, Wharton will look to continue his great play and show the MLS teams that he deserves a spot in the league.

Another Tweet and Fly with Robb Heineman

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Sporting KC's Robb Heineman gave another one of his Q&As on Twitter tonight, another #TweetnFly time as Heineman made his way down Tucson to observe some preseason there.

As expected, one of the topics that brought out the most questions was the current roster and fan concern over the loss of Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar.

Kitsap Pumas

Kitsap Pumas "Realize the realities of what we are up against"

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Facing the Seattle Sounders will be Kitsap's toughest test of 2016.

The Kitsap Pumas are already the best PDL team in the 2016 US Open Cup, but their goal is to do more than take that $15,000 prize. Up next are the Seattle Sounders FC, a team just across the Puget Sound from the pro PDL team that features two former Sounder Academy players and a former S2 player.

Major Link Soccer: ESPN denies League of Legends deal

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Frank Lampard thinks New Yorkers are unfair.

Seattle

Richard Farley looks at the week in Seattle following another tough 1-0 loss; "If you're not worried, worry."

The Sounders U23s rebounded after their late US Open Cup loss to Kitsap Pumas, winning their PDL opener 2-0 over Crossfire PDL.

Kitsap Pumas pen strongly worded letter after forfeit

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PDL Roster Rules are weird and have plenty of complexity but the overage rules, sorry Kitsap but those are basic.

Semi-pro leagues will always have people only vaguely following the rules and with players not being paid and going in and out of a team as frequently as most PDL teams do, it can create a giant headache.

AC Connecticut

PDL: Late PK Lifts Phoenix over Connecticut

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Fletcher Ekern scored a controversial stoppage-time penalty that lifted GPS Portland Phoenix to a 2-1 comeback road victory over AC Connecticut on Saturday at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Ct.

The decisive call came after Connecticut's Alain Sargeant fouled Skyler Milne inside the area in the 90th minute, setting up Ekern for the winner.

PDL: Harrison Takes Reins at AC Connecticut

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AC Connecticut will have a new face at the helm this summer as former assistant Alex Harrison was named head coach of the PDL side on Thursday.

Harrison, who served as an assistant under former head coach Shaun Bailey in 2015, will be tasked with returning the Nutmeg State selection to the postseason, which it reached two seasons ago.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Schmetzer goes Pro

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Coach Schmetzer is getting his Pro license, Dwyer is looking for USA love, and bikes galore in Goals of the Week.

Seattle

Seattle Sounder legend Alan Hinton caught up with BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis to discuss Seattle's championship, coach, and the city he loves.

Andy Dorman will continue to play soccer in New England

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Andy Dorman will play for FC Bolts (PDL).

Andy Dorman will continue to play soccer in New England, but not for the team you'd expect as the midfielder will be suiting up for the FC Bolts (PDL) this summer.

Andy Dorman @MacSteeves @milesrobinson11 sign to play with Bolts PDL this summer#path2pro #uslpdl pic.

U.S. Open Cup early rounds could feature all-Puget Sound matchup

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On May 11th the 102nd Lamar Hunt US Open Cup gets underway. In the Puget Sound that means PDL side Sounders U23s get to host California club Outbreak FC.

Outbreak is based out of Long Beach/Huntington Beach where they host adult and youth teams. Their team earned a chance at the Open Cup through local qualifying, beating San Pedro Monsters FC and Buena Park FC.

PDL: FC Boston Officially Added; Ainscough Named as HC

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The PDL officially welcomed the addition of FC Boston Bolts to its national roster of 67 clubs for the upcoming season on Thursday, with the storied youth outfit filling one of the biggest sports markets in the country.

The Bolts, which was founded in 1986, will be coached by the organization's Executive Director of Coaching Brian Ainscough, and will compete in the Northeast Division of the PDL.

Reading United’s 2016 schedule released

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Reading's home opener is on May 28 against New York Red Bulls U-23s.