Houston Dash Reveal 2017 Away kit

Photo: Houston Dash

Already two weeks in to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season Houston Dash has revealed their alternate kit for the 2017 season.

Reportedly the move comes after Nike has removed the chevron style that was popular last season from their catalog, forcing Dash to choose a different design. It must have been a late decision from the Dash or Nike as the kit they have chosen is certainly a generic kit from the catalog, fairly unusual for a top flight professional club.

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San Antonio FC Manage win while Resting Players

Akwafei Ajeakwa, scorer of San Antonio FC’s first goal (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC has continued their phenomenal start to the 2017 USL season and extended their lead on top of the western conference standings to four points as they managed a 3-2 win over Seattle Sounders 2 at Starfire Stadium on Tuesday night.

“Tonight was a very difficult game.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell. “Seattle asked a lot of us defensively, but our guys hung in there and fought hard. We rested a few guys, but earning three points in this league is extremely valuable.”

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Houston Dynamo get First Clean Sheet of 2017

Houston Dynamo players celebrate their second goal (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo has kept their first clean sheet of the 2017 season as they managed a 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

It took just nine minutes for Houston Dynamo to open the scoring as Alex made a run in to the box and was then brought down for a penalty. That allowed Erick Torres to step up and send his penalty right down the middle as David Bingham moved out of the way, allowing Torres to extend his lead at the top of the MLS golden boot standings.

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San Antonio FC Stay Perfect With First win in Canada

Aly Hassan celebrates (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC remain undefeated and on top of the USL Western Conference standings following a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Aly Al Hasssan scored his first league goal for the club while Billy Forbes continued his stellar start to the season with the other goal to give San Antonio FC the win. The result puts San Antonio one point clear at the top of the western conference where they have set themselves up as the team to beat.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, the goal coming from the very back as goalkeeper Matt Cardone found Forbes. That allowed the Turks and Caicos International space to send the ball square to Hassan who easily sent it past the keeper first time.

San Antonio FC was a little unlucky to concede the equalizer as it came from a deflection off the post. That rebound fell back to Marcos Bustos who controlled well before dispatching the shot in to the back of the net to make it 1-1 at half-time.

It didn’t take long for San Antonio to restore their lead as just one minute in to the half they found themselves back in front. A defensive error from the Whitecaps reserves allowed Forbes to capitalize as he was able to get on the end of the ball and hit a lobbed header past the keeper to make it 2-1.

There was some bad news for San Antonio FC in the 56th minute as they had to replace Cardone as he suffered an injury. That gave a debut to Diego Restrepo who acquitted himself well, keeping Vancouver out in the 2-1 win, a perfect start to what will be a difficult road stretch.

San Antonio FC adds Zachary Herivaux on Loan

Zachary Herivaux (Photo: New England Revolution)

San Antonio FC has added a loan player to their squad as they announced on Friday that they had secured Zachary Herivaux on loan from Major League Soccer (MLS) club New England Revolution.

Herivaux will be on loan for San Antonio for the season from New England where he has been playing for the past two seasons. At just 21 Herivaux is looking to get match experience at the professional level to help his career at New England, and potentially outside of his current MLS club.

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Round 5 Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v San Antonio FC

Sean Melvin in action for Whitecaps 2 (Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps)

Match Details: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v San Antonio FC, April 22 2017, 3:00PM UBC Thunderbird Stadium, BC, Canada.

San Antonio FC Form: WDWW

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Form: WWDL

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 3-1-0-10pts – 1st

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Form: 2-1-1-7pts – 6th

All-time Series: San Antonio FC leads 1-0, a 2-0 win in Round 17 last year

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Last Match Summary (v Portland Timbers 2):

The Whitecaps seem to have found their shape, lining up in a 3-1-4-2 to get both of their wins, and are certainly the strongest side in the Cascadia region, at least in USL. The Whitecaps survived a lot of pressure against Portland last week, with Sean Melvin having a phenomenal performance in goal.

A late goal ended up giving them a 1-0 win over the Timbers, a win that came on the back of their defenders. It would be easy to say they didn’t deserve it, but their defensive performance was strong enough to back up that they did deserve the win.

Statistical Note: This will be the first ever match San Antonio FC plays outside of the United States, having only played Vancouver at home. Congratulations are due to Rafael Castillo who, with his penalty against Reno last weekend, is now the leading goal scorer in San Antonio pro soccer history.

Key to the match:

Both teams won their matches last week with less possession than their opponent, which makes the key to the match easy to spot, patience. San Antonio will have to be patient as Vancouver proved themselves a strong defensive team and they’ll be hard to break down but San Antonio have proved that they can score plenty of goals if they just wait for the right opportunity and they need to do that again this week.

Prediction: San Antonio FC 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0

FC Dallas Claims Dallas Cup Title

FC Dallas players celebrate with the Dallas Cup trophy (Photo: Dallas Cup)

The Dallas Cup has been played and completed with FC Dallas claiming a memorable victory at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.

The Gordon Jago Supergroup final was a virtual Under 20 CONCACAF Champions League final as the American Champion FC Dallas took on the leading Mexican team CF Monterrey. The crowd packed in to the stadium as a Dallas Cup record crowd of 8,747 made their way to Frisco for the match.

FC Dallas opened the scoring in the 23rd minute to the delight of the crowd as Jesus Ferreira was able to find a wide open Paxton Pomykal. From the edge of the box he looked at the positioning of the goalkeeper and hit a powerful shot just out of the reach of the keeper to give FC Dallas the lead.

It was a physical match for the final 20 minutes of the half as the sides flew into the challenges, leading to five yellow cards by half-time. All those fouls suited FC Dallas as they comfortably head to the break 1-0 up.

Both sides came out from the break determined to get the second goal of the match as Dallas looked to get a cushion and Monterrey looked for an equalizer. But both sides struggled to break through with strong defensive work holding out in an end-to-end match.

With eight minutes left in the match the second goal finally came and it set up a thrilling finish as Monterrey had an equalizer. A free-kick found the woodwork and Dallas failed to clear, which allowed Erick Amaro to get a deflection on it, sending it into the back of the net.

That goal seemingly had the match heading to extra time but with one minute to play that all changed. Arturo Rodriguez weaved all over getting through the Monterrey defense and looked up from 30 yards taking a powerful shot which left the keeper with no chance and gave FC Dallas the Dallas Cup title.

Dallas Cup Supergroup Semi Finals set

The four semi-finalists (Photo: Dallas Cup)

The final day of the group stages for the Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group was a cracker as the semi-finals line up was determined after Thursday’s matches.

The first match was effectively a quarter-final as Tigres took on Toronto FC at MoneyGram Park with the winner advancing to the semi-final. Things started well for the Mexican side as Luis Bonilla opened the scoring just four minutes in to the match. Toronto improved defensively but eventually Tigres was able to make their possession tell as Cruz Leal buried a chance in the 63rd minute to give Tigres the win.

The other match was a battle to avoid coming last as Red Bull Brasil took on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Cotton Bowl. The Germans took the lead but Red Bull Brasil fought back well and manage a 2-1 win to finish the group in second place, jumping above Toronto FC.

The second group to play in the day saw a thrilling finish to Bracket B as the top two teams finished tied on seven points. The main match saw Everton taking on CF Monterrey with both teams needing a win to have any hope of advancing to the next stage.

On the half hour mark Monterrey hit the lead after Daniel Lajud Martinez did well to keep hold of possession and hit a powerful strike across the goalkeeper and in to the back of the net. A penalty allowed Monterrey to double their lead after a foul from Nathan Moore, which allowed Jonathan Gonzalez to step up and bury the chance to make it 2-0 and boost their chances of advancing as Everton failed to get a goal back.

The match at MoneyGram Park saw FC Dallas take on Maccabi Haifa in a tight match, which was defensive for much of the match, the two teams heading to the half scoreless. On the hour mark FC Dallas finally broke through as Mark Salas buried the goal and saw them win through. Thanks to the 1-0 win FC Dallas advanced to the semi-finals, on goal difference, but they will be joined by CF Monterrey who advance as the best runner up.

The final matches of the day came in Bracket A with the main match seeing Cortiba and Manchester United battling in a match Manchester United had to win to advance. Things did not start well for the Red Devils as they gave away a free-kick goal in the 17th minute scored by Yuri Rocha. In the 33rd minute Mathew Olosunde was able to clean up a rebound to make it 1-1 going in to the half.

In the second half it was scoreless as the two teams physicality kept it tight and limited the scoring chances, making the match a 1-1 draw. That saw Cortiba anxiously watching for the result from MoneyGram Park where Chivas Guadalajara fought out a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake meaning Cortiba advanced to the semi-finals.