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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:44 pm 
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2011 USL PRO TEAMS

Antigua Barracuda FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Eagles
Dayton Dutch Lions
FC New York
Harrisburg City Islanders
Orlando City SC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers
CA River Plate Puerto Rico
Rochester Rhinos
Sevilla FC Puerto Rico
Wilmington Hammerheads


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:16 pm 
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F.C. New York set for USL PRO
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TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues is proud to announce the addition of F.C. New York to USL PRO for the 2011 season. Headquartered in Garden City, New York, F.C. New York was founded in 2007 and will play its home games at The Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.

F.C. New York President Doug Petersen and Senior Vice President Jo-Ellen Treiber are the club’s senior executives and principal owners. Former Manchester United Academy and Ipswich Town player Matt Weston serves as the club’s director of football. Weston is establishing the pro squad as well as overseeing F.C. New York’s academy system.

“F.C. New York is excited about the league moving in this direction,” Petersen said. “USL PRO is what we have been waiting for from a business and fan perspective; the model makes sense. Developing regional rivalries helps create a great fan experience that will also include national and international game play.”

USL PRO will make its debut in 2011 and includes marquee franchises such as the Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers and Orlando City SC (formerly Austin Aztex). Designed to help ensure the long-term stability of professional soccer in North America below MLS, USL PRO will feature 16 teams in 2011 and will benefit from national television and online broadcast packages. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature an unprecedented six teams with more than a decade of operational experience in 2011, and more than 100 years of combined operational experience

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Hammerheads Return for 2011
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Wilmington to join Revitalized USL PRO

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads, one of the most successful minor league soccer franchises in U.S. history, will return in 2011 as part of USL PRO. Led by majority owner Bill Rudisill and Head Coach/Director of Soccer David Irving, the Hammerheads will return to Legion Stadium and become a cornerstone franchise for USL PRO, which also includes powerhouse franchises such as the Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers and Orlando City SC (formerly Austin Aztex).

Designed to help ensure the long-term stability of professional soccer in North America, USL PRO will feature 18-20 teams in 2011 and will have a national broadcast package, with USL expected to continue its nine-year partnership with Fox Soccer Channel for the coverage of its top professional league.

“It is a thrill to be a part of bringing the Wilmington Hammerheads back to Legion Stadium and to the Wilmington fans,” said Rudisill, who will be joined by partners Dr. Clyde Harris, Cindy Harris, Dr. Mario Basegoda and Dr. Sara Borcherding. “The Hammerheads are very much a part of our local culture and it is our hope that you will support us again as you did before.”

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The West Coast is getting USL PRO representation next year with the announcement of the new LA Blues franchise, set to begin play in 2011. The club, which had been rumored for about a month to be the newest franchise for U.S. soccer’s new third division, will play in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium and be coached by Charlie Naimo, the former head coach of the Pali Blues (a professional women’s soccer club) and team general manager.
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The club becomes the third division’s fourteenth team and moves USL PRO two teams away from its stated goal of having sixteen for the 2011 season. Being able to field a stable and competitive league for the upcoming year would be a major accomplishment for U.S. soccer, considering that last season there was so much turmoil in the second and third levels. For 2011, the USSF Division 2 Professional League (composed of the USL and NASL) will be replaced with the NASL, while the third division USL-2 will be replaced with USL PRO.

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Puerto Rico United Joins USL PRO
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Joins fellow PRSL clubs Sevilla FC, Club Atlético River Plate

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues announced today that Puerto Rico United Sporting Club will become the third team from the Puerto Rico Soccer League to compete in USL PRO in 2011.

Through a progressively-structured arrangement, Puerto Rico United will join Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico in USL PRO. Barracuda FC of Antigua and Barbuda has also joined USL PRO for 2010.

“We welcome Raul Blanco and Puerto Rico United to USL PRO, and we’re excited about our growing relationship with the Puerto Rico Soccer League,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “Both the level of fan support and the level of play in Puerto Rico continue to grow and we’re looking forward to the participation of three of the PRSL’s top clubs in USL PRO.”

Led by owner Raul Blanco, Puerto Rico United was founded in 2007 and recently competed in the PRSL’s Super Copa DirectTV tournament, which will serves as the qualifier for the 2011 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

Puerto Rico United is based in Aguada, Puerto Rico, and plays its home games at 4,000-seat Aguada Stadium. Luis A. Echevarria Santiago serves as mayor of Aguada, a city of more than 40,000 located in the western coastal region and served by nearby Rafael Hernandez International Airport.

“PR United started as an amateur team in 2007 and now we are in USL PRO. We are growing!” Blanco said. “This is a big step for the team and we accept the challenge. Our participation in the 2011 USL PRO season will help raise the levels of professional soccer in Puerto Rico.”

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BAYAMON, P.R. - USL PRO's River Plate Puerto Rico pulled off a huge victory in the first leg of the 2010 SuperCopa DirecTV Finals, knocking off the reigning USSF D2 champion Puerto Rico Islanders by a score of 1-0. The teams will meet again Sunday at 6 p.m. to decide the title. By reaching the finals of the Puerto Rico Soccer League tournament, both teams have booked spots in next year’s Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

River wasted little time in putting the Islanders on their heels, with Peter Villegas finding Guillermo García Barros alone in front at the seven minute mark, and Barros giving River a 1-0 lead and silencing the Islanders fans. The Islanders began to possess the ball more after falling behind, but River stayed dangerous via the counter-attack.

The Islanders were given a golden chance to equalize in the 20th minute when referee Jose Carlos Rivera awarded them a questionable penalty. Joshua Hansen stepped up and fired to the left, but River keeper Mariano Graziano was up to the task and knocked the shot away, demoralizing the Islanders.

River picked up its play in the second half, and though both teams had chances the Islanders weren't able to find the equalizer. As the game wore on and the frustration increased for the Islanders, the rough play resulted in a shower of yellow cards for both teams.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:53 pm 
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Islanders Sunday with a 2-0 victory that sealed a 3-0 aggregate romp to capture the Puerto Rico Soccer League’s 2010 SuperCopa DirecTV. River Plate entered the second leg with the advantage following a 1-0 victory against the Islanders on Thursday.

Confident after the opening-leg victory, River Plate started Sunday’s game at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium on the front foot and created several chances for Alexander Russo. After a couple of near misses, Russo staked River Plate to the lead in the 35th minute when Yakiel Perez sent him in and he beat Islanders keeper Cody Laurendy.

River Plate put the nail in the Islanders’ coffin two minutes later when Perez beat a pair of defenders and dribbled past a charging Laurendy. Though he had reduced his angle greatly, Perez remained calm and slotted the ball home. Down 3-0 on aggreagate, the Islanders found themselves in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The Islanders resorted to long balls for much of the second half in hopes of closing the gap, but the River Plate defense held firm to complete the 3-0 aggregate domination.

By reaching the final, both teams have earned spots in the 2011 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

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Orlando City Unveils Logo'
The Lions' establish colors for first season
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Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Last month, Orlando City Soccer Club announced its commitment to bring pro soccer to Orlando, Florida. Today, we are proud to formally launch our new club crest and brand.

About our brand: The name Orlando City was chosen to reflect our community’s pride in our City and its growth into one of America’s major cities. It is our goal to evolve with the City and to bring into this market the City’s second major league sports franchise.

"City" states we are Citizens of Orlando and the equals of all. "City" says that all of us who live here are part of a vibrant population that expects the best that any large city offers. Orlando City intends to give us all the best soccer experience possible. The "City Beautiful" deserves the "Beautiful Game."

About our colors: Our brand is built on our choice of colors, Regal Red, Pride Purple, and Championship Gold.


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USL Men’s Combine Returns to Blackbaud
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5th Edition to be Presented by Umbro in Charleston, S.C.


The 5th Annual USL Men’s Player Combine, presented by Umbro, will return to the first-class confines of Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The event, set for January 20-23 and hosted by USL PRO’s Charleston Battery, will feature 102 of the top players from North America and abroad hoping to land a professional contract.

To date, more than 125 players have gone on to sign professional contracts with USL, MLS and international squads since the debut of the USL Men’s Combine in 2006. The event attracts the top U23 talent from throughout North America, with many of the participants coming from the USL Premier Development League.

This year’s event will be led by USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor, who will work alongside USL staff to develop a comprehensive curriculum that challenges participants while providing coaches with the proper environment for evaluation. Coaches expected to participate in the event will include USL National Technical Advisor Tony Waiters, who led Canada to the 1986 World Cup Finals, as well as MLS assistant coaches and several current PDL head coaches.

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2011 Men’s Combine Players Announced
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Participants include former PDL All-Conference selections

TAMPA, Fla. – The majority of participants for the upcoming 2011 USL Men’s Player Combine, presented by Umbro, were announced on Thursday with 101 players committed to participate in the event, which will be hosted by the Charleston Battery of USL PRO at the club’s famous Blackbaud Stadium from January 20-23.

Among the 101 players are 65 players with experience in the USL Premier Development League. Leading the list of players is 2010 PDL All-League selection Frank Alesci (Jersey Express), and he is joined by players such as former PDL All-Conference selections Carl Reynolds (New Orleans Jesters, 2010), Stewart Givens (Michigan Bucks, 2010) and Guilherme Reis (Bradenton Academics, 2010).

The Combine will also have an international flavor, with players from as far afield as Japan looking to catch the eye of the scouts that will be in attendance. One of those, midfielder Takashi Konta, is a former Japanese Under-21 international.

More than 400 players applied to participate in this year’s combine, which offers a showcase for PDL alumni, recent college graduates and international talent to take their shot at the next level.

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Belson To Be FC New York's Home
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - F.C. New York, the new professional soccer club of USL PRO, is pleased to announce that Belson Stadium on the grounds of St. John’s University in Jamaica Queens will be the team’s home for its 2011 inaugural season. F.C. New York will kick off the 2011 USL PRO regular season on April 30 by welcoming Orlando City.

Belson Stadium is a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific turf facility and one of the nation's premier home venues. Belson Stadium has created a significant home-field advantage for the St. John's men's and women's soccer programs. St. John’s University is located in the heart of Queens close to all major parkways and Jamaica station - the transportation hub of Queens. The Long Island Railroad, numerous subway lines and several MTA bus lines are nearby at Jamaica station.

“Belson Stadium is an ideal home for us to start and the administration and athletic staff at St. John’s University really worked hard and wanted us here as much as we wanted to be here,” F.C. New York President Doug Petersen said. “I had always said our first choice was to build a permanent home in Queens; working with St. John’s is a step in the right direction. In the past year our plans and visions have been embraced by a number of area leaders and, equally importantly, the fans on the street

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:09 am 
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Orlando City soccer's deal with Orlando Health announced

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The sponsorship agreement will be for 3 years.

The Orlando City Soccer club announced Thursday a partnership with Orlando Health, which will be a presenting sponsor and the exclusive medical provider for the United Soccer Leagues Pro Division team.

As part of the three-year agreement, which runs through 2013:

An Orlando Health logo will appear on the front of Orlando City's jerseys.

There will be Orlando Health field and stadium signage for Orlando City's matches at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Orlando Health will be a presenting sponsor for Orlando City youth camps, and the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children logo will appear on youth camp T-shirts.

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Richmond Unveils New Uniforms
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Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com

RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers, HCA Virginia, nTelos Wireless, VistaOne and adidas are pleased to unveil the new uniform for the 2011 season. The Kickers pro players will begin wearing the adidas Regista jersey at the USL PRO opener this Saturday. The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club will transition to the new jersey this fall.

"The new adidas uniforms reflect the vision we expect from our Kickers players with a combination of style, performance and flair,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach and Director of Soccer. “They are sharp looking uniforms and we want both our youth and pro players to take pride in their performance and conduct when wearing them."

The primary kit showcases the Kickers signature red jersey, shorts and socks. The sleek and lightweight adidas Regista jersey features subtle, white accents and the adidas three-striping. White piping at the neckline and shoulders give the jersey further definition while the state-of-the-art ClimaLite® moisture control provides cool on-field comfort. The red, adidas Equipo short, constructed for motion, speed and comfort, paired with the red, adidas ForMotion Elite Sock complete the on-field look. New in 2011, the Kickers will unveil an all-white secondary kit, with Kickers modern, red accents

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USOC Recap: USL side Richmond upset Sporting KC 2-0
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CITY, Kan. — For 65 minutes on Tuesday night, it looked like Sporting Kansas City were a goal away from moving on to their first US Open Cup semifinal since 2004. Then came the rain, the thunder and the lightning.

After more than an hour waiting in the locker rooms for the weather to clear, Sporting gave up two goals to the Richmond Kickers — the first just seconds after play resumed — and lost their first game since May 21, 2-1 at Livestrong Sporting Park, to crash out of the domestic cup in the quarterfinals.

Richmond move on to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Aug. 30. Sporting will look to continue their 10-game unbeaten streak in league play on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.

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USOC Recap: USL side Richmond upset Sporting KC 2-0
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Match goes downhill for Sporting after thunder and lightning delay


CITY, Kan. — For 65 minutes on Tuesday night, it looked like Sporting Kansas City were a goal away from moving on to their first US Open Cup semifinal since 2004. Then came the rain, the thunder and the lightning.

After more than an hour waiting in the locker rooms for the weather to clear, Sporting gave up two goals to the Richmond Kickers — the first just seconds after play resumed — and lost their first game since May 21, 2-1 at Livestrong Sporting Park, to crash out of the domestic cup in the quarterfinals.

Richmond move on to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Aug. 30. Sporting will look to continue their 10-game unbeaten streak in league play on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/07/13/usoc-recap-usl-side-richmond-upset-sporting-kc-2-0


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