On the final Saturday of USSF D2 regular season action, Rochester beat AC St. Louis 2-1 to move into first place of the USL Conference. Portland and Vancouver played to a 2-2 draw in a game Vancouver needed to win, giving the Carolina RailHawks the NASL Conference title. Miami FC ended their season on a five game undefeated streak, drawing with the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders 1-1. Austin and Montreal finish out the regular season Sunday afternoon…..a win by Austin would give them the first playoff seed and the USL Conference title.
Rochester 2-1 AC St. Louis
The Rochester Rhinos took the USL Conference lead and best point total in USSF D2 (depending on Sunday’s Austin-Montreal outcome) with a come from behind win at AB Soccer Park before 3,400 fans Saturday night. AC St. Louis climbed onto the scoreboard early, as Chris Salvaggione scored in the third minute, notching his fourth goal of the year. The half ended with AC St. Louis holding onto the 1-0 lead, as both teams only got off two shots each in the first 45 minutes.
Rochester came back at the hour mark, as forward Isaac Kissi headed home a Darren Spicer corner kick. Twenty minutes later, Kissi again made the St. Louisans pay, as he got his eighth goal of 2010 on another setpiece, this time a corner kick delivered by Tino Nunez. AC St. Louis looked to tie the score late, but their goal was nullified by an offside call and the Rhinos claimed the win, 2-1. AC St. Louis limped to the end of the season with three consecutive losses, giving up ten goals, while Rochester got it’s sixteenth win of the year. AC St. Louis ends its inaugural season with a 7-15-8 mark, while Rochester ends up 16-8-6. Rochester also took the season series from AC St. Louis, winning both games.
Vacncouver 2-2 Portland
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers played the 65th game in their series, dating back to 1975, on Saturday night at Swangard Stadium. For Vancouver, the outcome was one that occured too often in 2010, as the team drew for the fifteenth time in the regular season. Their inability to win at home gave the Carolina RailHawks the NASL Conference title.
The ‘Caps jumped out to the lead as Vancouver native and Canadian international Terry Dunfield beat Steve Cronin for his second goal since joining the team late in the season. The lead held through the first half, as the usually prolific-shooting Timbers only got off two shots in the first half.
But Portland came back right after intermission, as Kalif Alhassan, a native of Ghana, scored for the second time in his six Portland appearances. Ten minutes later, Portland’s rookie sensation Bright Dike notched his tenth goal of the year, assisted by USSF D2 leading scorer Ryan Pore. But the ‘Caps came back, salvaging the feelings of the 5,400 fans at Swangard as former Everton signee Cody Arnoux got his first goal in USSF D2. Vancouver outshot Portland 9-5 in the second half, but couldn’t snatch a winner as they surrendered the NASL Conference title, which they held virtually the entire season, to the Carolina RailHawks. Vancouver’s loss means that they will meet the Timbers, undefeated in their final ten games, in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Miami FC 1-1 Puerto Rico
Miami FC ended their season on a five game unbeaten streak that included four wins by drawing with Puerto Rico Saturday at Lockhart Stadium. Miami FC scored first, as Danilo Martins recorded his fourth goal of the year in only the 5th minute to give Miami FC the lead. The lead didn’t last long, as Islanders defender David Horst, the hero of Puerto Rico’s comeback win over Toluca in CCL play last week tied the score seven minutes later. That was to be all the goal scoring for the evening as the two teams combined for only seven shots.
Miami FC finished the season with a 7-11-12 record, climbing from the league cellar a month ago to pass Crystal Palace Baltimore, AC St. Louis and Florida rivals FC Tampa Bay with 33 points on the season, only four less than Puerto Rico’s 37 points which got the Islanders the final playoff berth. The Islanders will begin the playoffs facing either Rochester or Austin, depending on the outcome of the Austin-Montreal season finale Sunday.
AC Starting Lineup: Dufty, Traynor, Bloom, Bauer, Videira, Kreamalmeyer, Gil, Gauchinho, Cole, Stisser, Salvaggione Subs Used: Velten, Cosgriff, Kafedzic, O’Garro
Rochester Starting Lineup: Kitson, Sanfilippo, Roberts, Pitchkolan, Greenfield, Versailles, Rosenlund, Motagalvan, Franks, Spicer, Kissi Subs Used: Ferdinand, Nunez, Short, Bellamy, West
Vancouver Starting Lineup: Nolly, Knight, Janicki, Forko, Bellisomo, Wagner, Nash, Dunfield, Davies, Mobulu, Chiumiento Subs Used: Arnoux, Porter, Tsiskaridze, Akloul, McDonald
Portland Staring Lineup: Cronin, Purdy, Smith, Keel, Joy, Pore, Nimo, Marcelin, Alhassan, Muhamadu, Dike Subs Used: DeMartin, McManus, Lopez, Claesson
Miami FC Starting Lineup: Glaeser, Randolph, Lancaster, Hohlbein, Rodrigues, Mayen, Goldberg, Thompson, Martins, Shriver, Gomez Subs Used: Chijindu, Nunez, Le Petit, Veris
Puerto Rico Starting Lineup: Laurendi, Villaroel, Velez, Horst, Emory, Miranda, Gbandi, Daniel, Allison, Jagdeosingh, Foley Subs Used: Fana, Bangura, Salem, Nurse, Telesford
Filed under: AC St. Louis, Miami FC, NASL General News, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos, USSF Division 2 News, Vancouver Whitecaps, Website News | Tagged: Bright Dike, Chris Salvaggione, Cody Arnoux, Danilo Martins, David Horst, Isaac Kissi, Kalif Alhassan, Terry Dunfield |