With a weekend of matches full of playoff implications, here is your weekend in review for 6/23/13.
The New York Red Bulls and Brooklyn Italians played to a scoreless draw that leaves the Red Bulls with a commanding lead atop the Atlantic Flightâ€™s table. The Red Bulls defense have yet to allow a goal all season. Meanwhile, New York Athletic Club put a 12-2 drubbing on the Seacoast United Mariners as they look to overtake the Italians for 2nd place and the last playoff slot in the Flight. NYRB have 16 points through 6 games, Brooklyn is at 11, and NYAC holds 7 points and carries a game in hand. The rest of the flight is sitting on 4 points or less.
In Keystone Flight action Greater Binghamton allows its first home goal of the season, but an own goal thanks to the Pocono Snow is enough to secure the Binghamton win 2-1 at home and keep them on top of the table. Clarkstown Eagles SC soundly defeated Hershey FC 6-0 but failed to move into second place due to a Junior Lone Star 4-1 win over the Reading Revolution that moves the Stars (16 points) to within 1 point of Binghamton (17 points - though Lone Star have played one more match than the rest of their flight) and a LVU Sonic 6-2 thrashing of the Morris County Colonials which puts Sonic in third place with 15 points.
RVA Football club defeated Chesterfield United to all but secure first place in the Mid-Atlantic flight while Myrtle Beach thrashed last place CASL Elite 5-1 to stay in 2nd place and move within one point of RVA (though RVA holds two games in hand).
New Orleans Jesters knocked off Rocket City United 2-1 and Knoxville Force 3-1 with two quality victories that really only serve to secure a respectable mid-table finish to the South East Flight season. Chattanooga FC played to a scoreless draw with the Gulf Coast Texans and with the draw is able to maintain first place by a point. The winner of the Flight will secure the lone flight playoff spot. Chattanooga leads with 17 points, Gulf Coast trails with 16 points, and Rocket City is still in contention with 13 points.
Jacksonville United all but inked their status on top of the Sunshine Flight with a dominating 4-0 win over Miami United. Tampa Bay also won on the weekend with a narrow 1-0 victory over the struggling Cape Coral Hurricanes. Jacksonville leads with 14 points while Tampa Bay remains in contention with 8 points and 2 games in hand.
The Tulsa Athletics played out a tense 2-2 draw with the visiting Liverpool Warriors and continue to sit at the top of the South Central table. Also in South Central play the Houston Regals notched their first win of the season convincingly defeating cross town rivals Houston Hurricanes. The victory comes just days after Regals head coached announced he was replacing most of the first team with members of the reserve team in a bid to improve the performance of the team. The move comes too little too late to make a difference for postseason aspirations, but adding a couple wins will be a great way to start building for next season.
Around the Great Lakes Flight, FC Buffalo came away with split results in a trip to the greater Detroit metro winning 4-0 Friday at FC Sparta Michigan and then losing by the same scoreline to NPSL #1 ranked club Detroit City. Erie faced Zanesville and Cleveland over the weekend, winning 3-1 over the Athletics and drawing 1-1 with the Royals. Clevelandâ€™s woes continued with a 3-0 loss earlier in the weekend at the hands of rivals Detroit City.
In the Central Flight, the Minnesota Twin Stars woes continued as the dropped consecutive 5-2 decisions to the Milwaukee Bavarians and Madison 56erâ€™s. Fellow cellar dwellers Eau Claire Aris fared slightly better picking up a point against the 56erâ€™s first first time ever (final score was 1-1) before losing 2-1 to the Bavarians. Quad City continues to head the flight, but Madison and Milwaukee are still in the playoff hunt if the can turn in some late season results.
San Francisco extended their winless streak another match with a 0-2 loss to fellow Golden Gate Flight club Aguiluchos USA. Sonoma County solidified their place on top of the flight with a heavily contested 2-1 victory over Real San Jose.
The already exciting playoff race added another twist with the announcement that Orange County Pateadores would be forfeiting their remaining matches due to lack of a home venue. This week, the announcement benefited Santa Clarita who picked up the 3-0 default victory to leapfrog the San Diego Flash into second place. The Flash were disappointed with a 2-2 draw in a local derby against San Diego Boca. Las Vegas gave Hasental a first half scare only to see the Ventura County side storm back for a 5-1 victory.