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Meagher Leads Lions past Winnipeg

St. Louis Lions Press Release

St. Louis, Mo. (July 9, 2011)- The St Louis Lions broke out of their goal drought this weekend putting three in the back of the net against Winnipeg on a hot and steamy afternoon in St Louis. The Lions were lead by Dan Meagher who had a goal and an assist on the day.

 Meagher opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he chipped the Winnipeg keeper from the right side of the box. Kenny Kranz was working tirelessly in the middle of the field when he found Meagher drifting into the left side of the goal box. Kranz slipped a pass to Meagher who chipped the ball into the far corner of the goal.

 The Lions continued the assault in the first half firing 12 shots on goal. The Lions struck again in the 45th minute after a volley of shots by the Lions were blocked by the Winnipeg keeper with a rebound finding the Lions Pat Kelly at the top of the goal box who teed up a laser of a shot into the upper left corner. The Lions went into the break leading 2-0.

Winnipeg was coming off a 1-0 victory over the Springfield Demize the night before was laboring in the heat and humidity and was doing everything they could to slow up the Lions attack. Winnipeg had committed 16 of their 23 fouls in the first half.

 “We played very well tactically today,” said Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We knew we had a job to do and we needed to take advantage of Winnipeg having come off a game last night. I thought our back line played terrific tonight which allowed us to push more on the attack.”

Glavin was referring to the Lions backline that allowed only three shots in the game. The Lions defense was lead by stellar play from Alan Bradaric and Ryan Spence.
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Week 9 NASL Game Stats

From NASL press release.

 Montreal Impact 2-0 FC Edmonton

Saputo Stadium, Montreal

Goals

Montreal: Mignane Diouf (Antonio Ribeiro), 34

Montreal: Phillipe Billy (Leonardo Di Lorenzo) , 82

Ejected

FC Edmonton: Baart, 80

Montreal Impact FC Edmonton

Corners 5 1

Shots 16 6

Shots on goal 6 2

Fouls 10 6

Offsides 0 6

Montreal Impact:

Bill Gaudette, Philippe Billy, Hicham Aaboubou, Kevin Hatchi, Richard Pelletier (Zurab Tsiskaridze, 28), Anthony Le Gall, Hassoun Camara, Antonio Ribeiro (David Testo, 81), Leonardo Di Lorenzo, Reda Agourram (Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, 73), Mignane Diouf

FC Edmonton:

Rein Baart, Paul Hamilton, Paul Mathijs, Niko Saler, Shaun Saiko, Chris Kooy, Dominic Oppong (Lance Parker, 80), Kyle Porter, Paul Craig (Daniel Antoniuk, 76), Shawn Chin (Michael Cox, 64)

Attendance:

11,232

Match Facts:

 Both Montreal victories this season are against FC Edmonton

 Mignane Diouf recorded his first NASL goal

 Rein Baart was sent off for the second time this season against Montreal
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NASL Week 7 Recap

NSC Minnesota Stars 2-0 Puerto Rico Islanders
National Sports Center, Blaine, Minn
Goals
NSC Minnesota Stars: Justin Davis (Ely Allen) 62, Devin Del Do (Lucas Rodriguez) 73
Cautions
Puerto Rico Islanders: Cunningham 65, Salem 85, Fana 90
NSC Minnesota Stars Puerto Rico Islanders
Corners 6 5
Shots 13 7
Shots on goal 4 6
Fouls 9 12
Offsides 5 4
NSC Minnesota Stars: Joe Warren, Cristiano Diaz, Justin Davis, Chris Clements, Kyle Altman, Neil Hlavaty, Andrei Gotsmanov, Ely Allen (Amani Walker, 86), Lucas Rodriguez, Jeff Cosgriff (Devin Del Do, 60), Simone Bracalello (Tino Nunez, 80)
Puerto Rico Islanders: Ray Burse, Richard Martinez, Jamie Cunningham, Logan Emory, Kevon Villaroel, Osei Telesford (Joseph Salem, 79), Aaron Pitchkolan (Leonard Ly, 79), David Foley, Jarad Van Schaik (Matt Bouraee, 69), Jonathan Fana, Noah Delgado
Attendance: 1,030
Match Facts:
The Stars are undefeated at home this year outscoring their opponents 7-2
9 different players have scored for the Stars this year
The Islanders lost their first two games of the season in back to back games being outscored 5-0
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Professional Soccer in Florida: A Proud Legacy

From the NASL website
 
On Saturday the Fort Lauderdale Strikers will host FC Tampa Bay in a renewal of an intense NASL rivalry. Below is a quick narrative of the history of professional soccer in the state of Florida.

Professional Soccer in Florida Began in 1972 with the introduction of the Miami Gatos, led by players Warren Archibald, Roberto Aguirre and Willie Evans. The team played in the US first division, the North American Soccer League (NASL).  After one year as the Gatos the team became the Miami Toros. The Toros had a very successful 1974 campaign in which they made it to the championship game led by 1st team all-stars Roberto Aguirre and Ronnie Sharp.

In 1975, the NASL expanded to the Tampa Bay area by way of the Tampa Bay Rowdies who played their home games at Tampa Stadium. Arriving a year before the NFL Buccaneers, the Rowdies were an instant hit in the market drawing large crowds and winning the Soccer Bowl in the team’s inaugural season.
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2011 Season Starts with a Bang St Louis Lions and Des Moines

Press Release from the St. Louis Lions

St. Louis, Mo. (May 13, 2011)- The St Louis Lions, of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, are off to Des Moines today in anticipation for the 2001 season kick-off against the Des Moines Menace tomorrow at 7:30pm.

 

The Lions look to improve upon their 2010 season performance which saw the Lions finish in 5th place in the Heartland conference.

“Last year we were in a rebuilding year.” Said Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We had a lot of players move on to the professional ranks from the ‘09 season and we had to refocus on bringing in younger players. Our focus is to help players advance to the professional ranks and the process is working.”

In the last five years the Lions have helped more than 10 players advance into professional soccer.     

“The Heartland Conference is an extremely tough conference, every game is crucial and it really gives the players a good idea of what to expect when they get to the professional level” says Glavin.
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NASL Concludes Weekend Combine

From the NASL website.

 The North American Soccer League (NASL) proudly hosted its inaugural combine this past weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The invitation only event which began Friday February, 4th and ended Sunday February 6th featured 72 elite players from around the globe.

Each of the eight NASL teams sent representatives to the event, which also attracted Major League Soccer coaches and scouts.  Several of the players who participated in the combine have strong club pedigrees and have played at a high level abroad or for their national teams. Many other players are beginning their professional careers after standout college careers in the United States.

The combine featured six matches over the three days between four evenly divided teams. Several of the most outstanding players from the event will be invited to the training camps of NASL teams.
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Carolina RailHawks to Play 2011 NASL Season Under New Ownership

NASL Press Release:

Traffic Sports USA announced today that they have acquired the rights to the Carolina RailHawks brand and that the RailHawks will compete in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2011 and beyond.  Singh Holdings LLC, the investment vehicle of Cary resident Paul Singh will be a local minority partner of the team.  Singh Holdings LLC was also a minority owner in the former ownership group led by Selby Wellman.  The new ownership group acquired the rights to the Carolina RailHawks brand at public auction.

The team management will be led by new team President, Curt Johnson, a Raleigh native, former captain of Raleigh-based North Carolina State University, a product of local standout youth club, CASL, and former General Manager of the Kansas City Wizards where he led the Wizards to their only MLS Cup title. Johnson’s involvement with soccer in the United States dates back over two decades at all levels of the game.  Martin Rennie, who successfully led the RailHawks to the playoffs each of the past two seasons, will lead the new team as Head Coach.

“Traffic Sports is excited about the new Carolina RailHawks.  We believe that the Triangle area is a great market and that the Carolina RailHawks will be one of the model teams of the NASL,” said Enrique Sanz, Vice President of Traffic Sports.  “We look forward to continuing the winning tradition of the RailHawks on the field and to taking the commercial operation to that same championship level.  And with the hiring of Curt Johnson returning home to guide this team and Martin Rennie, considered one of the top young coaches in the United States, we believe we are well on our way to building an all-around championship team.”
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