Minneapolis United Soccer for the City

Est. 1984
Minneapolis • Minnesota • USA

Feed aggregator

SKY BLUE FC SHUT OUT FLASH, 1-0

NWSL soccer - 5 hours 4 min ago

(July 31, 2014) - Sky Blue FC shut out the Western New York Flash, 1-0, on Thursday night in front of 3,471 fans at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. 

With the win and impactful three points, Sky Blue FC edges closer to the Flash in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Standings, setting up a critical three-game road stretch over eight days that will begin on August 9th in Houston.

"Western New York really seems to bring out the best in us, and we try to bring out the best in them," Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra stated. "We caught a few breaks tonight, and we capitalized on a good opportunity on the goal we scored. Tonight was a deserved win. We worked hard, and we matched their intensity and passion. It is a credit to them because they bring that out in us."

While the task of reaching the playoffs is a difficult one, Gabarra says that the focus of the team remains on reaching the postseason.

"Every game is a playoff game," he remarked. "If we win out, we will have some interesting tiebreakers on teams, so we will just have to see what happens in the games ahead of us."

After an effective start in this match-up, Sky Blue FC found itself with a legitimate scoring opportunity in the 18th minute. On the play, Nadim received the ball after beating her defender and raced into the box. Flash netminder Kelsey Wys left her post in an attempt to cut Nadim off, diving towards the ball as Nadim appeared to be heading into a clear path to the goal. The decision by Wys was good enough for her to fingertip the ball loose of Nadim, and possession changed as the aggressive play knocked her off her feet.

In the 32nd minute, Sky Blue FC created some good chances following a corner kick off the foot of midfielder Katy Freels. The ball sailed across the mouth of the goal on her strike before being headed to the top of the 18-yard box, where Nadim hammered a left-footed shot that deflected into the area outside of the left post. There, midfielder Sophie Schmidt collected before turning and dealing to Freels at the corner of the penalty area. Freels then lofted a well-struck attempt towards the frame, but the shot was just wide of the mark.

The deadlock in this contest was finally broken in the 50th minute after a play in which Sky Blue FC striker Maya Hayes ran down a loose ball on the right flank. The New Jersey native then sent a hard roller to the front of the goal, where Nadim turned and played O'Hara with space. O'Hara then stepped perfectly into the feed and hammered a hard shot top shelf and out of the reach of Wys. With the tally, the home side earned the lone notch of the evening.

Sky Blue FC continued to attack in the following minutes after acquiring the go-ahead score, with ripping shots off the feet of O'Hara and defender Caitlin Foord on consecutive possessions that nearly resulted in insurance goals. However, Wys stepped up to the offensive assault for her team, turning away both dangerous attempts.

Western New York really turned up the tempo and pressed on offense as this match entered the home stretch, with Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jill Loyden doing well in net to keep the slate clean. Perhaps her most critical save came in the waning moments of stoppage time, as Flash midfielder Carli Lloyd delivered a hard shot on frame, only to see Loyden in perfect position to punch it away.

With a collectively solid effort in all phases, Sky Blue FC eventually found itself with a deserved 1-0 victory and much-needed three points when the final whistle was blown to conclude the action.

"We've only played three-and-a-half games together, and our chemistry is awesome," said Nadim, who recorded her first action with Sky Blue FC on July 6th against FC Kansas City. "I know what they want me to do, and it's pretty incredible that we have that connection in such a short period of time."

Sky Blue FC now hits the road for a three-game road stretch that begins on August 9th when the team travels south to play the Houston Dash. The next two contests take place the following Wednesday in Western New York before concluding on August 16th opposite the Washington Spirit. 

 

GOALS

1

2

F

Western New York (7-11-3)

0

0

0

Sky Blue FC (5-8-7)

0

1

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal   Time    Team                             Goal Scorer                        Assists                                                 Note

1        50       Sky Blue FC                  Kelley O'Hara                        Nadia Nadim
 

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

Time

Team

##

Player

Card

Reason

23

Sky Blue FC

9

Nadia Nadim

Yellow

Reckless Foul

26

Western New York

10

Carli Lloyd

Yellow

Reckless Foul

39

Sky Blue FC

22

Cami Levin

Yellow

Reckless Foul

55

Western New York

8

Sonia Bermudez

Yellow

Professional Foul

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                                                      OUT                                         IN

46             Western New York                                    #23 Haley Palmer                       #22 Amy Barczuk

59             Western New York                                    #6 Angela Salem                        #14 Vicky Losada

67             Western New York                                    #4 Samantha Kerr                       #15 Jasmyne Spencer

81             Sky Blue FC                                              #11 Maya Hayes                        #7 Nanase Kiryu

 

 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

Western New York

6

7

13

Sky Blue FC

9

12

21

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

Western New York

3

2

5

Sky Blue FC

4

8

12

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

Western New York

4

7

11

Sky Blue FC

3

1

4

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

Western New York

2

1

3

Sky Blue FC

2

3

5

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

Western New York

1

1

2

Sky Blue FC

1

1

2

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

Western New York

6

10

16

Sky Blue FC

5

5

10

 

 

Officials: Referee: Josh Wilkens

Asst. Referee: Albert Calise; Emilie Buse

Fourth Official: David Bork

Attendance: 3471

 

 

Western New York Player Stats

 

##

20

Name (* for starters)

Abby Wambach*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

6

SOG

1

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

2

FS

2

10

Carli Lloyd*

90

0

0

3

2

1

0

1

0

4

1

7

McCall Zerboni*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

13

Brittany Taylor*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

8

Sonia Bermudez*

90

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

2

1

0

19

Kelsey Wys*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

Kathryn Williamson*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

12

Kristen Edmonds*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

4

Samantha Kerr*

67

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

Angela Salem*

59

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

22

Amy Barczuk

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

Haley Palmer*

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Vicky Losada

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

15

Jasmyne Spencer

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

  TEAM TOTAL   990    0 0 13 5 2 0 3 2 16 9

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

19    Kelsey Wys*

90

1

19

10

9

L

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

19

10

9

 

 

 

Sky Blue FC Player Stats

 

##

3

Name (* for starters)

Christie Rampone*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

0

SOG

0

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

0

FS

1

21

Jillian Loyden*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

Ashley Nick*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

19

Kelley O'Hara*

90

1

0

7

5

0

0

1

0

1

2

13

Sophie Schmidt*

90

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

Caitlin Foord*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

9

Nadia Nadim*

90

0

1

2

1

1

0

0

2

3

0

22

Cami Levin*

90

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

10

Katy Freels*

90

0

0

3

2

0

0

4

0

2

2

18

Lindsi Cutshall*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

Maya Hayes*

81

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

2

2

7

Nanase Kiryu

9

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

21

12

2

0

5

2

10

16

 

Sky Blue FC Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

21    Jillian Loyden*

90

0

10

2

2

W

TEAM TOTAL                                           90             0           10                  2          2

Julio Grondona, Argentine Soccer Chief, Dies at 82

NYT Goal blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:39pm
Mr. Grondona, the combative head of Argentina’s soccer association for 35 years, became one of the most powerful figures in FIFA.






Sports Briefing | Soccer: Suit Disputes Use of Ronaldo's ‘CR7’ Nickname

NYT Goal blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:20pm
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been sued over “CR7,” which he uses as shorthand for his name.






Despite the Loss of a Star, Liverpool Is Hoping to Build on Its Success

NYT Goal blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:36pm
Liverpool, which beat Manchester City on penalty kicks at Yankee Stadium, has had to compensate for the departure of forward Luis Suárez.






RED STARS WAIVE MIDFIELDER JULIANNE SITCH

NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:21pm

(July 31, 2014) – The Chicago Red Stars announced today the team has waived midfielder Julianne Sitch.

During the 2014 season, the 30-year-old Oswego, Illinois, native had nine starts and 11 appearances for the Red Stars. Her most recent start was against Seattle Reign FC on July 20. She logged a total of 762 minutes on the field this season.

Sitch first joined the Red Stars in 2010 during Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). In 2012 she competed with the team in WPSL-Elite, helping guide them to a runner-up finish. During 2013, she continued with the Red Stars into the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In the past two seasons, Sitch appeared in 31 matches, made 27 starts, and registered 2,339 minutes for the Red Stars.

In her four years at DePaul University from 2002-2005, Sitch became the program’s all-time leading scorer with 90 points on 32 goals and 26 assists. She set the program record for single-season scoring with 21 points on eight goals and five assist her freshman year. Sitch received All-Big East First Team honors her senior season and still holds career records in goals, assists and points. 

Transfer Watch: Ronaldinho's representatives reportedly meet with New York Red Bulls

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:04pm

Ronaldinho’s long-rumored move to MLS could be coming true, according to a report from Brazilian outlet UOL.

Representatives of the 34-year-old Brazilian playmaker, who recently left Atlético Mineiro, have reportedly met with the New York Red Bulls officials.

Ronaldinho’s brother and manager, Roberto de Assis Moreira, did not comment in the report on the potential move.

Read More

U.S. WNT TO FACE MEXICO ON SEPT. 18 IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:03pm

CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) - The U.S. Women's National Team will play Mexico on Sept. 18 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League.

The match will be the second of two games against Mexico as the teams will also play on Sept. 13 at a venue to be determined.

The USA's fourth visit to Sahlen's Stadium (and sixth overall match in Rochester) will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The game in Rochester will be the final warm-up for both teams before the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship to be held in the United States in Kansas City, Kansas; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia. The tournament will qualify the top three finishers directly to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, to be held in Canada, while the fourth-place team will enter a two-game playoff against a team from South America.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Starting Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. ET, tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester area (including Walmart stores) and the Sahlen's Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. (TICKETS)

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

WNT Highlights at Rochester:

U.S. WNT vs. Canada Highlights - July 19, 2009
U.S. WNT vs. Costa Rica Highlights - Sept. 1, 2012

Additional Notes:

  • The two matches against Mexico will be the 29th and 30th between the countries.
  • Mexico will be attempting to qualify for its third Women's World Cup after participating in 1999 and 2011.
  • The USA holds an all-time record of 26-1-1 against Mexico, with the one loss coming famously during the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Cancun, Mexico, that forced the USA into a playoff with Italy for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • The U.S. WNT has strong connections to Rochester as it is the hometown of all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach and the site of both Wambach's and Mia Hamm's 100th career goal (Hamm's came at Frontier Field before the new venue was built).
  • Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen's Stadium for the Western New York Flash.
  • The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester - three at Sahlen's Stadium and two at Frontier Field.

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:49pm

CHICAGO FIRE vs COLUMBUS CREW
TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, Ill.
Aug. 2, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #196)
7:30 p.m. CT (My50 Chi; TWCS-OH)

Read More

SEATTLE REIGN FC CAPTURE NWSL SHIELD

NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:01pm

 

CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC claimed the NWSL Shield with a 15-1-4 record and 49 points last night in a 4-1 win against the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The NWSL Shield is awarded to the team with the best regular-season record and guarantees them home field advantage throughout the 2014 NWSL Playoffs.

Seattle was powered by a two goal, one assist effort by midfielder Kim Little, the leader of an offense that peppered seven shots-on-goal against Houston goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Reign FC forwards Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe found the score sheet as well, tallying a goal each, while goalkeeper Hope Solo made four saves in the net.

The 2014 season has been a huge turnaround for Reign FC, a team who finished the 2013 season in seventh place and was 20 points behind league leaders Western New York Flash’s 38 points(10-4-8 record). Seattle currently sits atop the standings holding 49 points with four games remaining in the regular season.

After last year’s abysmal showing, Seattle general manager and coach Laura Harvey used the offseason as an opportunity to rejuvenate her roster. Harvey bolstered Reign FC’s attack by bringing in forwards Beverly Goebel (4 goals, 4 assists), Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi (7 goals, 4 assists) and Leroux (5 goals) as well as Little (14 goals, 6 assists). All four players have been cornerstones in a potent offense that along with the league’s best defense has produced a goal differential of 28 – which is 21 goals better than the next best club.

The 2014 campaign has been an eventful one for Seattle, who has been breaking records on a team and individual basis throughout the season. Reign FC opened the year with a record-setting seven-game winning streak – one that since has been matched by FC Kansas City. Seattle would then turn the winning streak into a 16-game unbeaten streak, shattering the previous mark of ten games set by FC Kansas City in 2013. Little has made history of her own on Wednesday night, setting the single-season scoring record of 14 goals with four games to go.

Seattle Reign FC returns to action on Saturday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET when they visit FC Kansas City at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, Mo.

Return of LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has backline playing at highest level yet

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:00pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez slipped effortlessly onto the LA Galaxy's backline this week, just like he hadn't been gone for three months, and the Seattle Sounders had barely a sniff at goal.

Read More

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:56pm

LA GALAXY vs PORTLAND TIMBERS
STUBHUB CENTER, Carson, Calif.
Aug. 2, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #194)
11:30 a.m. PT (NBC; TSN; FREE stream on NBCSports.com)

Read More

Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:43pm

SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs PHILADELPHIA UNION
SPORTING PARK, Kansas City, Kan.
Aug. 1, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #193)
7 p.m. CT (NBCSN; TSN2)

Read More

Sporting KC's Igor Juliao lauds MLS, says soccer in native Brazil "needs to start to change"

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:28pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The news conference started simply enough, with Igor Julião discussing his adjustment to the defensive demands of Sporting Kansas City's high press while still retaining his attacking creativity.

Read More

LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena not talking Sacha Kljestan rumors, says CB Opare dealt to get more minutes

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:06pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy might be bringing Sacha Kljestan home, but if so, they aren't about to discuss that yet.

The Galaxy this week sent second-year defender Kofi Opare and their second-round selection in next year's MLS SuperDraft to D.C. United in a deal to swap spots in the league's allocation order, jumping from 11th to third on the list.

Read More

FC Dallas defender George John undergoes surgery to repair right knee, will miss rest of season

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:53pm

FC Dallas announced Thursday that defender George John underwent successful surgery to repair his right knee this morning at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake, Texas.

Dr. Michael Nguyen performed an osteoplasty of the medial femur to repair the knee, which has sidelined John throughout the 2014 season. Recovery from the procedure will keep the veteran center back out for the remainder of the season and he will be placed on the season-ending injury list, the club said in a release.

Read More

VIDEO: Seattle Sounders' Marcus Hahnemann flies with the Blue Angels, blacks out | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:32pm

Question: At what rate of fighter jet acceleration would a Major League Soccer goalkeeper simply black out?

Answer: If you're Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, the answer to that question would be 7.6 G-force.

Read More

Ahead of his Houston Dynamo debut, DaMarcus Beasley says he's not ready to retire from USMNT

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:28pm

HOUSTON – DaMarcus Beasley is not ready to close the door on his international career. The ironman left back is fresh off his fourth World Cup, the only American to pull off the feat, and embarking on a new chapter in his career with the Houston Dynamo.

Read More

PREVIEW: SKY BLUE FC VS. WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH

NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:35am

(July 30, 2014) – Carli Lloyd and the Western New York Flash are fighting to stay in the NWSL playoff picture when they travel to face Sky Blue FC on Thursday.

Game Info | Watch Live | Tickets

The U.S. international had a goal and an assist but the Flash were unable to hold onto an early lead in a 4-2 loss to the last-place Boston Breakers.

The loss leaves Western New York in sixth place in the NWSL standings – four points adrift of the fourth and final playoff spot.

Lloyd’s goal and assist put her on the NWSL leaderboard in each category – with her fourth helper of the year setting up Jasmyne Spencer’s 15th minute goal to give the Flash an early 1-0 lead ahead of three straight first half goals by the Breakers.

The Delran, N.J. native turned in her seventh goal of the season to pull Western New York within 3-2 in the 54th minute when she was first to a cross from defender Haley Palmer. The assist by Palmer was the first of her professional career.

The Flash will be desperate to take all three points against Sky Blue FC on Thursday given that depending on results this week, the 2013 NWSL finalists could see themselves eliminated from postseason contention.

SBFC enters the match following their second loss in three games after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Kansas City.

Forward Nadia Nadim scored her second goal in three games since joining Sky Blue FC on loan from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring in the 87th minute to pull coach Jim Gabarra’s side within a goal, but SBFC were unable to find the equalizer in the final minutes.

The match Thursday is the final scheduled road game of the season for SBFC, which will play their final three games of the regular season – against the Houston Dash, Flash and Washington Spirit – at Yurcak Field.

Share your opinion and see what other fans are saying on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash

Daily FIFA Predictor returns

FIFA - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:10am

After a two-month break for Brazil 2014 it’s time to get back to Club football with our daily FIFA Predictor! 

 

San Jose Earthquakes reinforce attack with signing of Argentine playmaker Matias Perez Garcia

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:30am

The San Jose Earthquakes announced the signing of attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia on Thursday afternoon, providing coach Mark Watson with a promising new weapon as the Quakes try to haul themselves out of the Western Conference basement.

Read More

Pages

Subscribe to Minneapolis United Soccer for the City aggregator