Trinity Eliminated at NCAA Quarters

Trinity University fell one step short of the NCAA Division III Soccer Semi-finals as they fell to a late golden goal on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers fell to No. 4Amherst College 1-0 in Amherst in the NCAA quarter-finals, making it three straight quarter-finals exits for Trinity.

The season marked a strong recovery from a mid season slump as the Tigers finished with a 22-3 record. The match was defensive as things were expected in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, which saw things stay tight throughout the match.

The hosts started the match well, looking to stop Trinity from their pattern of controlling things early and using an early goal to kill off the match. Christopher Martin was the clear target for Amherst but he could not get past a stern Trinity defense.

Despite that good start Trinity could well have hit the lead in the 18th minute after a great effort by Brent Mandelkorn. Mandelkorn found space and unleashed a powerful shot which beat the keeper but came off the crossbar.

That lead to a good passage for Trinity, but tellingly almost all of their opportunities were coming from set pieces. Amherst was doing well defensively and preventing those set piece opportunities from causing a threat, as the sides went into the break scoreless.

The physicality ramped up in the second half, with neither side wanting to concede a goal, they both looked to stop their opponents, not always legally. It didn’t take long for Amherst to take charge of the half, as they started to control the possession and the chances.

Chad Margotta was doing well in the Trinity goal, keeping out everything that Amherst threw at the Trinity net. It was Margotta who was a big part of why the match remained scoreless, sending the match into extra time.

The first period of extra time was tight, with few shots, but those that did come all went the way of Amherst. But again Margotta came up big for the Tigers as they were able to keep the hosts off the scoresheet.

But in the 105th minute Amherst won the game and they booked their ticket to Kansas City in the process. Cameron Bean and Aidan Murray linked up well to create space for the cross which found Nico Pascual-Leone who buried the chance and got the win.

Houston to host Matches in 2016 Copa America

Houston has been selected as one of ten cities to host matches in the Copa America in 2016, CONCACAF announced on Thursday afternoon. NRG Stadium, home of NFL’s Texans will be the venue used for the matches, with a minimum of three matches guaranteed to be played at the venue.

Surprisingly, AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington was not selected as a venue, perhaps due to issues with the turf in prior matches. That leaves Houston as the only option for fans in Texas to see the tournament.

There were 24 candidate cities and venues, putting Houston among an elite group of venues in America. The tournament will be the first time that the Copa America, held in 2015 in Chile, will be held outside of South America.

The tournament will include six teams from CONCACAF and the whole South American confederation, CONMENBOL. The United States and Mexico have both pre-qualified for the tournament from CONCACAF and stand a chance of playing in Houston.

The tournament is designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Copa America, and will not be the usual South American Championship, with no Confederations Cup spot issued. Despite not being the official South American Championship, the tournament is within a full FIFA window, and as such any players called up by their nation must be released by their clubs ensuring full strength teams.

That the tournament is being held at all should be considered something of a success given the tournament was originally awarded to the USA under the license of Traffic Sports USA, which has since been indicted by the FBI in the FIFA investigation. CONCACAF and US Soccer worked well to make the tournament happen and the fans in Texas will benefit, getting to see matches in Houston.

Trinity Women Dumped out of NCAA Tournament

RGV FC Announce team name ahead of 2016

Houston Dynamo’s USL affiliate has a team nickname as RGV FC unveiled their official team name and crest on Wednesday evening. The side will be known as the Toros and they will, of course have orange as their primary color.

The team decided on the name Toros for the club after a fan vote, which took place on twitter, with fans using the hashtag #RGVNameYourTeam. Following that vote the club then employed graphic designers to design the crest for the club.

While the primary features of the team crest are obvious, the horns sticking out are hard to miss, there are some other, more subtle additions. The vertical lines on the upper quadrant link the club to the Houston Dynamo, while supposedly also representing the sun and heat in the valley. Another more subtle element is found in the bottom with the stripes representing the agriculture of the region.

Team representative, Bert Garcia was happy with the choice as he stated in a press release issued. “We are excited that our fans voted for Toros as RGVFC’s nickname. The Toro possesses skills of aggression, energy, strength and stamina. The name also lends to our predominately Hispanic culture in the Rio Grande Valley.”

RGV Toros released not only their main crest, but also two alternate crests for use, the first, a more simplified version of the main logo. While the second was a Bull with the word Toro contained in the bull, it is unclear yet how these will be used by the club.

The RGV Toros will compete in the USL for the first time in 2016, as the Houston Dynamo affiliate in the league. The club is also in the process of building a 9,400 seat stadium in Edinburg, which will prove the home ground for the Toros and is aiming to be completed before the season starts.

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