T-180: Welcome to the Live Blog between the Los Angeles Blues and Wilmington Hammerheads, live from Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, the beat writer for the Blues on the View from Avalon and FanSided. Glad to have you on board.
Jesus Rico-Sanz’s Los Angeles Blues have reverted to their form the last two seasons, sadly. They are coming off a two-game losing streak, dropping 3-2 results to Orlando City and VSI Tampa Bay, and are in need of immediate consistency. As for David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads, they are on the right track, kickstarting their season with a 2-0 shutout win over Antigua Barracuda FC.
T-165: We have a couple of results from earlier this week. Phoenix FC Wolves were held to a scoreless draw with the Real Salt Lake reserves on Monday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Meanwhile, Orlando City and the Charlotte Eagles played to a 1-1 draw at Queens University Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
T-150: Not very often are there live blogs of USL Pro action here on The View from Avalon, so you are in for a treat, readers. Here is the tentative schedule of Live Blogs for the month of May here on the View from Avalon, with approximate start times. Interestingly, it’s a light schedule, since both the Galaxy and Blues will be on the road for a majority of the month. Times are subject to change.
May 5: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo 6:15 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
May 26: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders 6:15 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
T-135: Some good news coming out of Tucson is that a new stadium will be constructed, seating 1,800-2,000, the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium for FC Tucson of the PDL.
“It’s just the beginning,” FC Tucson Managing Member Greg Foster said. “We finally have a proper home for youth soccer in Southern Arizona. And it’s youth soccer, adult/amateur soccer and professional soccer. We have a great place to play and a great place to showcase soccer as a spectator event.”
“Opening day 2014 I see a stadium that is packed to the gills,” said FC Tucson Chief Business Officer Chris Keeney. “Everybody is wearing black and wearing FC Tucson shirts. Singing songs, chanting (and) everybody with the same rhythm and the same music. I see flags. I see people beating drums and (they) are just all in.
“And then I see our team taking the field against our…opponent and seeing the vibration of the stands and seeing that feeling of everybody pulling for them. And then I see four goals. I see a 4-0 win and I see the next phase of a gorgeous relationship.”
T-120: Highmark Stadium’s artificial pitch…apparently is earning high marks from FIFA.
Highmark Stadium, approximately 92,844 square feet in size, features Shaw’s PowerBlade Elite turf system which consists of a 1.75” monofilament fiber, a layered mixture of sand and rubber infill and a gFend shock pad underlayment.
PowerBlade Elite delivers a quality turf system designed around performance criteria that measures both athlete-surface and ball-surface interactions on the field. Made with Shaw Turf’s advanced HP+ monofilament fiber, PowerBlade Elite combines the softness and lush appearance of natural grass with the engineered effectiveness of modern synthetic turf. The gFend shock pad, installed under the turf, provides additional safety and performance benefits, including shock attenuation which can help prevent injuries from tackles, trips and falls throughout the season.
“We are extremely pleased with the FIFA testing results at Highmark Stadium,” says Chuck McClurg, Shaw Sports Turf’s Vice President of Sales. “We congratulate the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club on the accomplishment of its new elite facility and are grateful to have a partner that appreciates quality and performance.”
We are currently two hours away from kickoff here at Titan Stadium, which has suddenly been a fortress for the Blues. Los Angeles have yet to lose a match in this building.
USL PRO Team of the Week
|GK||Matt Williams||Dayton||Made six saves as 10-man Dutch Lions defeated Pittsburgh|
|D||Sascha Görres||Richmond||Was good getting up flank, and defensively, against Rhinos|
|D||Greg Jordan||Harrisburg||Strong performance capped by game-winning goal|
|D||Matt Gold||Charlotte||Marshaled defense in shutout of Rochester|
|D||Sean Reynolds||Tampa Bay||First career goal helped VSI past Los Angeles|
|M||Jamie Watson||Orlando||Two goals, assist led Lions to 3-2 victory against Blues|
|M||Rodrigo Lopez||Los Angeles||Had goal, assist as Blues came up short in Orlando|
|M||Ben Fisk||Charleston||Impressed throughout, recording goal, assist in victory|
|M||Shawn Chin||Tampa Bay||Excellent goal, and was dangerous on flank for duration|
|F||Cris Hernandez||Harrisburg||Goal, assist to lead City Islanders past Rapids Reserves|
|F||Kyle Greig||Wilmington||Scored first professional goal in win against Antigua|
Honorable Mention: Antigua – Randolph Burton; Charleston – Zach Prince, Nicki Paterson; Charlotte – Fejiro Okiomah, Stephen Okai; Dayton – Gibson Bardsley, Remco Klaasse; Harrisburg – Morgan Langley, Nick Noble; Los Angeles – George Davis IV, Shay Spitz; Orlando – Yann Songo’o;Pittsburgh – Kevin Kerr, Matt Dallman; Richmond – Nate Robinson, Joseph Ngwenya; Rochester – Michael Tanke, Lance Rozeboom; Tampa Bay – Andriy Budnyy, J.T. Noone; Wilmington – Paul Nicholson, William Heaney.
T-110: Back to the PDL, the Western Massachusetts Pioneers will debut their new turf field at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. on Cinco De Mayo with a match between the Pionees and Massachusetts United, FC.
Morning: League game Western United Pioneers under 9 division
Mid Morning: League game for the Gremio Lusitano Club’s over 50 team
Early Afternoon: Summer League teams the Lusitano Red vs. Lusitano Whites
Mid Afternoon: Presentation and Acknowledgements for Turf Installation
Mid Afternoon: Western Mass Pioneers vs. Mass United FC
If you’re in Massachusetts on Cinco De Mayo, you may want to head down to Ludlow and Lusitano Stadium on May 5 for some free games.
T-105: A little update from the U.S. Open Cup…in USASA Region II action, veteran entrants RWB Adria and KC Athletics qualified, while Icon FC qualified out of USASA Region I. Qualifying from USASA Region IV are Doxa Italia and PSA Elite.
T-90: 90 minutes to go until kickoff begins. Two more spots in the US Open Cup are up for grabs this weekend. Fresno Fuego Future and Los Gatos Storm will duke it out for the US Club Soccer berth, while Newtown Pride FC will face Massachusetts Premier Soccer for a berth from USASA Region I.
T-75: You can listen to a live radio broadcast of this match here.
T-70: Also, be sure to check out a live streak of this game on USL Nation.
T-65: We have a result from Queens University Stadium. The Charlotte Eagles have shut out the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2-0. Goals from Christian Ramirez and Christian Meza pace the Eagles.
The current standings so far…
|VSI Tampa Bay FC||9||5||3||2||0||8||5||2||0||0||6||2||1||2||0||2||3|
|Los Angeles Blues||9||6||3||3||0||10||8||2||1||0||3||1||1||2||0||7||7|
|Harrisburg City Islanders||6||2||2||0||0||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||4||2|
|Phoenix FC Wolves||4||5||1||3||1||3||8||1||2||0||3||6||0||1||1||0||2|
|Dayton Dutch Lions||3||1||1||0||0||2||1||1||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Antigua Barracuda FC||0||3||0||3||0||0||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||8|
T-60: A hour to kickoff here at Titan Stadium. The weather is remarkable: 24 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with clear skies, no precipitation or wind. Temperatures are expected to cool here in Fullerton.
LOS ANGELES BLUES
Manager: Jesus Rico-Sanz
Record: 3-3-0 (nine points)
Colors: Light blue shirts with white sleeves, light blue shorts, light blue socks
1 Carl Woszczynski
6 Corey Miller —- 15 Adrian Dubois —- 16 Connor Hearn —- 3 Jimmy Turner
12 Matt Hall —- 7 Allan Russell (C) —- 17 Rodrigo Lopez
27 Shay Spitz —- 20 Gabriel Gonzalez —- 13 Mershad Momeni
31 Steve Gonzalez GK
2 Charles Pettys DEF
4 Nelson Pizarro DEF
8 Juan Perez MID
14 David Bakal MID
9 Chris Cortez FWD
11 George Davis IV FWD
Manager: David Irving
Record: 1-0-0 (three points)
Colors:Yellow tops with black vertical stripe, yellow shorts with black vertical stripe, yellow socks
1 Phil Tuttle
24 Shawn Litterson —- 19 Jamal Wallace —- 5 Daniel Steres —- 3 Uriah Bentick
12 Shawn Nicklan —- 4 Paul Nicholson (C) —- 7 Aaron Patrick —- 26 Cory Elenic
20 Will Heaney —- 16 Kyle Greig
11 Steven Perry FW
17 Mikey Daly DEF
15 Bryce Taylor MID
2 Tom Parratt MID
8 Mark Briggs MID
6 Christian Davidson DEF