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United Soccer Leagues Week in Review 4/26/09

2009 April 26
by Brian Quarstad



League News

USL named their First Division Team of the Week:
Former Miami Fusion star Diego Serna, having last played a total of 13 minutes with the Colorado Rapids in 2005, had disappeared from the American soccer landscape playing in Ecuador with Macara and Brazil with Fast. Serna is back with Miami and was named as the USL First Division Player of the Week.

Pos Name Team Highlights
G Dusty Hudock Charleston Second straight shutout to open season
D Lyle Adams Austin Goal in 1-1 draw against Minnesota
D Nevio Pizzolitto Montreal Led team in 0-0 draw at Charleston
D Frankie Sanfilippo Charleston Led team in pair of shutouts
D Jack Stewart Carolina Led team in pair of victories
M Leonardo Di Lorenzo Montreal Led team in 0-0 draw at Charleston
M Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Charleston Led team in 0-0 draw against Montreal
M Josh Gardner Carolina Assist in 1-0 win over Rochester
F Marcus Haber Vancouver Goal in 2-1 loss @ Puerto Rico
F Diego Serna Miami Goal, Two assists in 3-1 win over Cleveland
F Nicholas Addlery Puerto Rico Two goals in 2-1 win over Vancouver


Does USL-1 need a salary cap? Kartik Krishnaiyer with the story.


USL Live

I’m happy to report USL Live was much improved this past week with better producing, announcing and camera work. A few of the broadcasts had replays and most of the broadcasts seem to have clocks during the broadcast to keep track of the time. Also, USL contacted me about their concern for the product and told me they do indeed have standards they expect the clubs to keep. A good friend e-mailed some top people in USL and nearly all of them responded to him. It is nice to know the league is actually listening,  paying attention, and doing something about it. Nice job USL!!!


USL weekly Review Video
This was also much better this week.


What’s up with Miami FC? Yes, they lost today but again were a pretty decent side even without Diego Serna, and Leo Inacio Nunes.  They may be the surprise of the season so far. No one expected much from Miami as they were still without a roster 3 weeks before the season opener and were still rostering players days before their first game.



Tue, April 21, 2009

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Austin Aztex – Nelson Field

Fri, April 24, 2009

Minnesota Thunder  1-1 Charleston Battery – Blackbaud Stadium

Montreal Impact 1-2 Miami FC Blues – FIU Stadium

Rochester Rhinos 0-0 Puerto Rico Islanders –  Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium

Sat, April 25, 2009

Cleveland City Stars 0-3 Austin Aztex – Nelson Field

Portland Timbers 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Swangard Stadium

Sun, April 26, 2009

Minnesota Thunder 0-1 Carolina RailHawks – WakeMed Soccer Park

Rochester Rhinos 2-1 Miami FC Blues – Lockhart Stadium



Games times are listed EST. Games all available on USL Live except Friday night game available on Fox Soccer Channel.

Thu, April 30, 2009

10:00 pm     Carolina RailHawks  at  Portland Timbers  –   PGE Park

Fri, May 1, 2009

(Fox Soccer Channel)
8:00 pm     Rochester Rhinos at  Cleveland City Stars  – Middlefield Cheese Stadium (Bedford)

Sat, May 2, 2009

8:00 pm     Montreal Impact  at  Puerto Rico Islanders   – Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium

8:00 pm     Charleston Battery  at  Miami FC Blues  – Tropical Park Stadium

8:05 pm     Vancouver Whitecaps  at  Minnesota Thunder –  National Sports Center

10:00 pm     Carolina RailHawks  at  Portland Timbers  – PGE Park

USL-1 Standings



Team News


aztexlogAustin Aztex
The Austin Aztex FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps came into the mid-week matchup at Nelson Field each seeking the first victory of the season. Instead of earning three points, both came away with a point each in a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

The Aztex announced General admission seating will be closed for all future Aztex home games. Due to the misuse of berm area tickets, the front office has opted to close the area for the remainder of the season.
I have no idea what this is about. If someone wants to update me with the details of this story I will update this post.

After two hard-earned, come-from-behind draws to start the season against two 2008 playoff teams, including the USL-First Division champion Vancouver Whitecaps, the Aztex secured its first-ever win, a convincing 3-0 victory over fellow expansion side, the Cleveland City Stars Saturday night.

railhawksCarolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks forward Aaron King has been loaned to the USL Second Division’s Wilmington Hammerheads.

The Railhawks defeated the MN Thunder on Sunday bringing the team to 3-0-0 for the first time in club history.

charleston Charleston Battery
The Charleston Battery remained unbeaten on the USL1 season playing the Minnesota Thunder to a 1-1 draw Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 4,134. Tsuyoshi Yoshitake drew the match level from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after Minnesota forward Leonel Saint-Preux had given Minnesota an early lead.

Cleveland City Stars
The Cleveland City Stars welcome back fan-favorite Hunter Gilstrap. Gilstrap played goalkeeper for the City Stars for both the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Gilstrap and Anthony Stovall are the only two players to have played all three years with the City Stars.

The Cleveland City Stars is having Media Day on Tuesday April 28th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Media Day will be taking place at Bedford’s Bearcat Stadium, the new home of the Cleveland City Stars (Middlefield Cheese Stadium for Stars events).

Cleveland lost 3-0 to the Austin Aztex.

miami_fcMiami FC
Miami FC held its first practice at FIU Stadium yesterday. The open practice was followed by a press conference in which Miami FC and FIU management reinforced their collaboration and commitment to the South Florida soccer community. The press conference was led by President of Miami FC, Aaron Davidson and Athletic Director of FIU, Pete Garcia.  The Blues General Manager, Luiz Muzzi, head coach Zinho and Colombian-striker and USL player of the week, Diego Serna, also addressed the media.

Miami FC baptized their new stadium with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact. After winning their opening game at their Broward home, Lockhart Stadium, Miami FC won their first game at FIU stadium.  The Blues were lead once again by Colombian forward Diego Serna. This time Serna contributed with one goal and one assist helping the Blues to their first ever undefeated start.

After winning the first two home games at Lockhart and FIU, the Blues dropped their first game of the season losing 2-1 to the Rochester Rhinos. The Rhinos were coming off a strong 0-0 draw against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Friday night. The Blues played without their two leading goal scorers, Diego Serna, and Leo Inacio Nunes. Serna was serving a red card suspension from a 2nd yellow for time wasting in Friday evening’s game.

Minnesota ThunderMinnesota Thunder
The Minnesota Thunder and the Charleston Battery ended their first match of the season with a 1-1 draw.  Saint-Preux scored in his second consecutive game started since joining the Thunder.

The MN Thunder lost to the Carolina Railhawks for the second straight time this season on a defensive error by Brian Kallman in the 58th minute. A ball was crossed into the box and Kallman’s weak clearance played directly to Brian Plotkin who found himself one-on-one with Platter and easily dumped the ball into the back of the net making the score 1-0 which held for the full 90 min.
montreal_impactMontreal Impact
The Impact lost on the road to Miami FC 2-1 on Friday evening in a game that was televised on FSC.
timberslogoPortland Timbers
The Portland Timbers announced today they will play host to Germany’s Bayern Munich II, the reserve team of famed Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, in an exhibition match on Thursday, July 2, at PGE Park at 7 p.m.

The Portland Timbers announced the club has signed defender Mamadou Danso for the 2009 season.

Timbers fall 1-0 in season opener in Vancouver.
islandersPuerto Rico Islanders
There is still no English version of the site. It’s too bad because the team is missing publicity and therefore $$$ by remaining a Spanish-only site.

The Islanders drew 0-0 with the Rhinos on Friday evening.

After the Islanders’ draw with the Rhinos on Friday evening, their reserve team played 2008 PRSL semifinalist Guaynabo Fluminense in a 45-minute friendly scrimmage on Saturday morning at Juan Ramón Loubriel stadium in Bayamón in which they won 6-0. The Islanders bench could be starters for many USL-1 teams. The line up consisted of, Cris McClellan (GK), Kevon Villaroel, Karl Veris, Raphael “Mime” Ortiz, Alexis Rivera Curet, Mohamed, James Marcelin, Sean Fraiser, Kendall Jagdeosingh, Martín Núñez, Fabrice Noël.

rhinosRochester Rhinos
The Rhinos played the Islanders to an impressive 0-0 deadlock in Puerto Rico.

On Sunday, the Rhinos defeated Miami FC by a score of 2-1.

whitecapsVancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Whitecaps FC were held to a 1-1 away draw by USL First Division expansion club Austin Aztex on Tuesday evening.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the re-signing of midfielder Gordon Chin. The native of Burnaby, BC, has signed a one-year contract – plus an option – with the club.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC claimed their first win of the 2009 USL First Division season after a 1-0 home victory over Pacific Northwest rivals Portland Timbers on Saturday evening.

5 Responses
  1. April 27, 2009

    At Nelson Field there’s a grassy knoll/berm thing that runs in an arc behind the north goal area. The Aztex had opened it up to $10 general admission seating. The first (and last) game this was available was Tuesday against the Whitecaps. I have no idea how many tickets they sold to it, but only one person sat in the berm area for the match.

    Given that the Aztex don’t really check seating assignments after you get in the gate, there must have been a fair number of folk who bought berm seats and then sat in the stands. For that reason they seem to have closed it.

  2. April 27, 2009

    Thanks for the report Chase. What do tickets run for at Aztex games? Are they all assigned seats with that big of a stadium?

    At the Thunder games we have $12.00 tickets which are pretty much GA seating with some special more expensive reserved seating in the middle of the stadium. New this year are $5.00 ga seating around the north, east and south sides of the stadium which are all aluminum bleachers. This is new for the Thunder so unless they hire more ushers/ticket people that in the past, they will have the same problems. But really, it’s a great way to get people to come out to games that might not ordinarily pony up the money for a full price ticket.

  3. April 27, 2009

    Center circle seats are 22/game, outer side lines are 18/ticket. There’s a 10% discount if you’re a member of one of the registered supporters’ groups.

    Berm seats were 10 bucks. We’re a little higher on the price scale than most, it seems.

    They are all assigned seats, though in practice there seems to be little auditing of who goes where. I have seats on the center line, but I regularly sit up in Section A with the rest of Chantico’s Army, and the organization is well aware of this. So there’s a little variation in where folks sit.

  4. Super Rookie permalink
    April 27, 2009

    No mention of the first “Adam Braz Meltdown” (fusion de braz d’adam) of the season in the 53rd minute of the Montreal/Miami game?

  5. April 27, 2009

    Sorry SuperRookie, I missed the event. Do tell us all the details. It seems Braz is always good for a meltdown every couple of games. Word on the street is, the Dark Clouds supporters group plans on having an Adam Braz meltdown meter at the the Thunder opener next Saturday evening and will be encouraging Braz to have a meltdown during the game on Saturday. 🙂

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