Weekend scores from around the league:
- Tampa Marauders bounced back from a 2 - 4 loss to Warner University by defeating the University of Tampa 2 - 1.
- Junior Lone Star FC played to a thrilling 3 - 3 draw against Debamu FC in a pre-season friendly match that saw two stoppage time goals.
- Real San Jose stays atop the Northern Flight of the West Region with a 2 - 2 draw against Sonoma County Sol. Both teams remain undefeated, and Sonoma has a game in hand.
- Orange County Pateadores continues to impress with a 2 - 0 victory over the San Diego Flash in what is being billed as game one of the Freeway Series. Pateadores is currently tied for 1st with FC Hasental in the Southern Flight of the West Region.
- Reports are in and the word on the street is that Miami United has managed to sign a number of ex-professionals to their squad. Miami United reportedly dispatched the Cape Coral Hurricanes by a final score of 6 - 0 in the first leg of the Everglades Cup.
- Santa Clarita Storm outgunned the Las Vegas Stallions 5 - 4 in a goal fest. Coming off of an embarrassing double digit loss, Las Vegas put in a respectable showing despite another loss.
- San Francisco Stompers 0 - 4 CD Aguiluchos USA: Aguiluchos crammed all four goals into the first half of play to notch their first win of the season against San Francisco. San Francisco will need to make some adjustments in order to avoid finishing bottom of the table for another season.
- FC Hasental continued an undefeated streak started during Open Cup qualifying with a 5 - 4 win over San Diego Boca FC. The win keeps FC Hasental tied for first with OC Pateadores in the Southern Flight of the West Region, though Hasental currently holds the tie-breaker on goal differential.
- Electric City FC add home match vs. Junior Lone Star FC for summer program
- The NPSL has renamed its ‘divisions’ as ‘flights’. This is a much welcomed change that will hopefully clarify some of the past confusion over what constitutes regions/divisions/conferences. Thus a team will play in a flight which is in turn a part of a region (for example, the Sunshine Flight is a part of the South Region).
- Armando Gaitan of FC Hasental has received the NPSL Player of the Week award for the week ending April 7th.
- The Electric City Shock (Scranton, PA) have announced exhibition friendlies against the Pocono Snow, FC Sonic, and Hershey Wildcats and hope to use these matches to build towards league membership in 2014.
- Orange County Pateadores kicked off the regular season with a victory over the Santa Clarita Storm thanks to a pair of second half goals. The win extends the Orange County streak to 5 straight (includes pre-season and non-league matches). Final Score: OC Pateadores 2 Santa Clarita Storm 0.
- Real San Jose made a statement with a 5-1 home win over the San Francisco Stompers and have put the Soccer Magic Cup all but out of reach. A win over the Sonoma Sol next weekend would solidify San Jose’s position at the top of the table. Final Score: Real San Jose 5 San Francisco Stompers 1.
- The Sacramento Gold dispatched league newcomer CD Aguiluchos USA 3-0. With the victory, the Gold move to 1-1 on the season while Aguiluchos was held scoreless for the second consecutive match. Final Score: Sacramento 3 CD Aguiluchos USA 0.
- The San Diego Flash took the first leg of the San Diego Derby over San Diego Boca by a 3-1 scoreline. After a scoreless first half, the Flash offense erupted with a 3 goal performance to put the match beyond Boca reach. Final Score: SD Flash 3 SD Boca 1.
- Open Cup bound FC Hasental drubbed Las Vegas Stallions FC 13-0. Reminiscent of the late Phoenix Monsoon, Las Vegas was reportedly only able to field a 10 man squad due to paperwork and player ineligibility issues. Final Score: FC Hasental 13 Las Vegas 0.
- The Rhode Island Reds fell 1-0 to Massachusetts Premier in the US Open Cup Region 1 USASA final.
- The Tampa Marauders took the first leg of the Gulf Coast Cup 2-0 over the Cape Coral Hurricanes in the Sunshine Conference. Final Score: Tampa Marauders 2 Cape Coral 0.
The Electric City Shock, a newly formed soccer club located in Scranton, PA with aspirations of joining the NPSL’s Keystone Conference in 2014 has announced friendlies against Keystone members FC Sonic (May 10th) and Pocono Snow (May 12th).
This is a great way for an upstart club to cut their teeth against real competition while determining the viability of the club with minimal investment. This is essentially the same model that the Cape Coral Hurricanes of the Sunshine Conference used for the 2010 and 2011 seasons before joining the NPSL in 2012.
For more information you can check out Electric City on facebook.
Back in November I broke a story on a potential NPSL expansion team coming to the Scranton, PA area. Today, thetimes-tribune.com reported that the Electric City Shock are indeed looking to join the burgeoning NPSL Northeast Keystone Conference for the 2014 season. The club is hosting tryouts this weekend and is looking to book a series of friendlies against teams in the Keystone Conference this summer.
Scranton being in close geographical proximity to Keystone Conference markets in Binghamton (Greater Binghamton FC), East Strousburg (Pocono Snow), and Allentown (FC Sonic) will create some great localized rivalries and continue to help defray travel costs and strengthen the NPSL product.
While no official reports have been released regarding the expansion of the NPSL to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, there is talk of a new club forming under the name of Electric City FC. For now, the only evidence of the clubs existence is a facebook page, which indicates the club is working towards participating in the NPSL for the 2013 season.
Scranton is a great market for NPSL expansion - it is in great proximity to FC Sonic, Pocono Snow, and Greater Binghamton FC, the metro population is around 500,000 and the only real summer sporting competition is the AAA Yankee affiliated baseball club.
What other markets would you like to see an NPSL club in?
[Note: Image from http://www.facebook.com/ElectricCityFc/photos_stream.]