July 2, 2016 EARLY FIREWORKS
Reading rolls over Bohs
READING, PA – Reading United struck for three goals in the game's first 25 minutes and went on to defeat the Baltimore Bohemians 4-0 Saturday.
June 22, 2016 STUNNED
Reading United falls at home for first time
READING, Pa. – With a chance to extend their lead atop the Premier Development League’s Mid-Atlantic Division, Reading United A.C. were stunned at home as they fell to local rivals Lehigh Valley United 1-0.
June 4, 2016 UNITED COMBO
Reading blanks Nor'easters
OCEAN CITY, N.J. -- Zach Zandi scored both goals as Reading United AC took a 2-0 win over the Ocean City Nor’easters at Carey Stadium Saturday night.
May 15, 2016 OPENING WITH A BANG
Reading downs Lehigh Valley 1-0
BETHLEHEM, Penn.– Khori Bennett found the back of the net inside the first minute as Reading United AC defeated their local rivals Lehigh Valley United 1-0 at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium.
April 29, 2016 READING READYING
United trio set for team's 21st season
READING, Pa. -- Forward Brett Campbell and defenders Will Campbell and Billy McConnell will look to emulate Philadelphia Union rookie Keegan Rosenberry when they return to Reading United for the Premier Development League season.
April 22, 2016 PARTNERSHIP
ESPN showing USL matches
TAMPA, Fla. -- ESPN and the United Soccer League have announced a partnership that will include 20 regular-season matches, plus the USL Championship game, on an over-the-air ESPN network.
April 14, 2016 INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
Reading returns four from 2015 squad
READING, Pa. – Four international members of Reading United’s 2015 team are set to pull on their blue and gold jerseys again in 2016. English midfielder Brad Fountain, Norwegian centerback Martin Nygaard and the French duo of Paul Marie and William Picoux will bring Premier Development League experience to the 2016 squad.
January 20, 2016 LINED UP
USL set with 29 teams
The USL Wednesday announced the alignment, plus regular season and playoff format for the 2016 USL season, with 29 teams set to compete in the league’s sixth season.
October 22, 2015 GOING TO KANSAS CITY
Sporting adds USL club, Swope Park Rangers KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo.---Sporting Kansas City has been awarded the United Soccer League's 30th franchise, which will begin play in 2016 as the Swope Park Rangers KC. The Rangers are the USL’s 11th MLS-owned and operated club and will play at Swope Soccer Village.
July 21, 2015 USL REVIEW
Leaders stay in place
With many of the top teams in the Western Conference earning draws in Week 18, the leaderboard remains the same with Seattle Sounders FC 2 and the LA Galaxy II atop the West in points. In the Eastern Conference, the second-place Charleston Battery and third-place Louisville City FC each won during the weekend, cutting into Rochester’s lead after the unbeaten Rhinos came away with a draw.
July 15, 2015 USL REVIEW
S2 reclaim first in West; Rio Grande to join league
The USL’s Western Conference ended Week 17 of the season with a familiar name at the top, as Seattle Sounders FC 2 recorded a resounding win to reclaim first place in the standings. While S2 was taking care of business at home, the LA Galaxy II were as impressive on the road, as Los Dos continued their impressive second season in the USL.
July 8, 2015 USL REVIEW
Louisville City draws another club record crowd
Louisville City FC continued its remarkable inaugural season on and off the field on Saturday, as another club-record crowd saw the host take victory against the Richmond Kickers at Slugger Field. Meanwhile, the playoff races in both conferences continued to heat up, with six points separating five teams in the East in the race for the final two playoff berths, and four points separating five teams in the West looking to find their way into the postseason.
July 1, 2015 USL REVIEW
Rhinos extend record streak to 14
With their 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday, the Rochester Rhinos extend their undefeated streak to 14 games, a club record. While the Rhinos went five points clear in the USL’s Eastern Conference, however, the Western Conference remained jumbled, as wins and losses led to another new look at the top of the standings.
June 17, 2015 USL REVIEW
Rhinos extend unbeaten streak
As the 2015 USL Regular Season neared the midway point, two sides continued remarkable runs of form to highlight Week 13’s action. The top of the Eastern Conference continued to be held by the Rochester Rhinos, who extended their undefeated start to the season to 12 games, while a new side claimed first place in the West as OKC Energy FC maintained its upper hand against in-state rival Tulsa.
June 9, 2015 USL REVIEW
Road victories tighten Western Standings
If there’s been a motif for the USL’s Western Conference this season, it has been the week-to-week unpredictability of results. That theme continued in Week 12 of the season, as surprise road victories left the standings even tighter that when the week began.
June 6, 2015 FIRST LOSS
Reading falls to D.C. United U23s
READING, Pa – Nine minutes changed the match. That’s all it took for visiting D.C. United to hand Reading United A.C. their first loss of the Premier Development League season.
June 2, 2015 USL REVIEW
Riverhounds stage an epic comeback
PITTSBURGH---The Riverhounds recorded the most remarkable victory in their history as they rallied to a 6-5 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the Keystone Derby at Highmark Stadium, as the two teams set a new USL regular-season record for most combined goals in a game.
May 26, 2015 USL REVIEW
Seattle returns to top, OKC, Tulsa take weather-affected wins
The USL’s Western Conference has seen numerous surprises already this season, and the 10th week of the season continued that trend as the weekend concluded with two points separating seven teams in the middle of the standings. Unpredictable weather also played a role, as three of the week’s 10 games saw delays, including a thrilling contest in the battle for the King’s Cup.
May 19, 2015 USL REVIEW
Rhinos remain unbeaten
The ninth week of the USL season brought to an end a pair of streaks in the Western Conference, and the continuation of a pair in the Eastern Conference as the standings continued to fluctuate with the season one-third complete. With nine points separating the top nine teams in the Western Conference, the league continues to produce surprises in the race for the postseason.
May 14, 2015 USL REVIEW
Late winners change standings
Late game-winners featured prominently in Week 8 in the USL, as teams made moves up the standings - or in the case of the Rochester Rhinos, maintained the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Saint Louis and Charlotte also took impressive wins, as the two expansion sides made their cases as playoff contenders later this season.
May 13, 2015 READING ADVANCES
United defeats Bays 1-0
READING, Penn.– Brett Campbell’s 19th minute goal gave Reading United a 1-0 win over the Maryland Bays in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Don Thomas Stadium Wednesday night.
May 5, 2015 USL REVIEW
Rhinos extend unbeaten streak
The first quarter of the 2015 USL season concluded this past week, as two new teams moved to the top of their respective conference standings. The Rochester Rhinos extended their undefeated streak north of the border, while Seattle Sounders FC 2 maintained its perfect home record with a comeback victory, as the race for the postseason saw some interesting twists and turns during the weekend’s 10 games.
April 29, 2015 USL REVIEW
OC has Republic singing the Blues
SACRAMENTO, Calif.---Despite being down to ten men for the last half hour, the Orange County Blues to a 2-1 win over the Sacramento Republic FC at Boney Field Friday night.
April 22, 2015 USL REVIEW
Weekend wins move Rochester, Sacramento ahead of the pack
With the USL season a little more than a month old, five teams remain undefeated, including four teams in the Eastern Conference. The value of victory is becoming apparent, however, with Rochester and Sacramento claiming the top spots in their respective conferences thanks to solid victories during the fifth weekend of the season.
April 8, 2015 USL REVIEW
König powers the Energy
Steven Evans scored the decisive goal with three minutes to go as the Portland Timbers 2 rallied to defeat defending USL champion Sacramento Republic FC, 2-1 at Merlo Field on Thursday night.
April 1, 2015 USL REVIEW
Crowds flock to openers
Louisville City FC welcomed 6,067 fans to Slugger Field, including a good contingent that made the trip from Saint Louis, and James O’Connor’s side put on a strong showing to start the season with three points, taking a 2-0 decision.
March 24, 2015 USL REVIEW
Seattle, Charleston post opening wins
TUKWILA, Wash.---S2 opened its inaugural season in the USL with a big offensive outburst, as four second-half goals earned a 4-2 victory against the defending champion Sacramento Republic FC.
January 19, 2014 FROM READING TO MLS
6 former United players taken in draft
READING, Pa. - For the first time in club history, six former Reading United players were selected by Major League Soccer clubs at the annual SuperDraft., and three former United stars were selected in the first round.
October 14, 2014 TWO MORE FOR USL PRO
Sounders, Timbers add second teams
USL PRO is expanding again. The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders become the second and third Major League Soccer teams to add a "2" franchise in the third division league, following the Los Angeles Galaxy, whose Galaxy II advance to the USL PRO championship game this season.
September 26, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Championship Saturday, awards announced
The 2014 USL PRO Championship Game is set for Saturday night, as No. 2-seed Sacramento Republic FC hosts the No. 8-seed Harrisburg City Islanders at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT at Bonney Field. Saturday’s championship game is already a sellout, with the game available to be viewed online through the USL PRO YouTube channel, and locally in Sacramento on CW31.
September 18, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Semifinals on tap, new franchise for Charlotte
The Harrisburg City Islanders scored the upset of the round as they defeated USL PRO regular season champion Orlando City in the quarterfinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs on Saturday night. The Richmond Kickers, LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic FC also advanced, ensuring there will be a new champion as the postseason heads to the semifinals.
September 11, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Playoff field set
The field for the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs was set on Sunday evening, with the top eight teams in the league standings set to face off for the league championship during the next three weeks. The playoffs kick off on Saturday, September 13 with all four quarterfinals as top-seeded Orlando City SC begins its quest for a third championship before joining Major League Soccer
September 2, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Charleston Clinches Playoff Berth
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery clinched a place in the USL PRO Playoffs as Dane Kelly had a hat trick in a 4-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium. The Battery became the fifth team to clinch a playoff berth, with three places remaining to be claimed in the final week of the season.
August 26, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Molino sets new scoring record
RICHMOND, Va.– Kevin Molino set a new single-season USL PRO record with his 16th goal of the season as Orlando City SC took a 3-2 victory against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at City Stadium.
August 21, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Republic clinch a post season spot
IRVINE, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC claimed a postseason berth in its inaugural season with a 6-1 victory against Orange County Blues FC on Sunday afternoon at Anteater Stadium. Tommy Stewart had a hat trick as Republic FC pulled away in the second half to regain third position in the USL PRO standings.
August 12, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Playoff race tightens
HARRISBURG, Penn. – The Harrisburg City Islanders got a pair of goals from Robbie Derschang and held off a furious late rally as they moved into fifth place in the USL PRO standings with a 3-2 victory against Orlando City on Saturday night at Skyline Sports Complex.
August 5, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Lions clinch playoff spot
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Orlando City SC became the first side to clinch a place in the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs as Kevin Molino led the Lions to a 4-1 victory against the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
August 3, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Bucks win championship
PONTIAC, Mich. – The Michigan Bucks claimed their second PDL Championship as a second-half goal by Tom Owens earned his side a 1-0 victory against the Kitsap Pumas in the 2014 PDL Championship Game at Ultimate Soccer Arenas on Sunday afternoon.
July 29, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Rhinos break Lions streak, Sacramento breaks attendance record
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Colin Rolfe scored the only goal as the Rochester Rhinos snapped Orlando City SC’s 18-game undefeated streak to start the USL PRO season with a 1-0 victory at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Lions were shut out for the second consecutive game as John McCarthy recorded his league-leading eighth shutout of the season.
July 28, 2014 W-LEAGUE REVIEW
Blues capture 4th W-League title
BRADENTON, Fla. – Sarah Killion had a goal and two assists and Katherine Stengel scored twice as the LA Blues captured the title at the 2014 W-League Championship with a 6-1 win against the Washington Spirit Reserves at IMG Academy Stadium.
July 24, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Playoff field set
TAMPA, Fla. – The field for the PDL Playoffs was completed on Saturday night, with three conference championship fields set in the Central, Southern and Western Conferences, and the Des Moines Menace crowned the league’s regular-season champion.
July 23, 2014 BOUNCED OUT
Reading's playoff trip is short
READING, Penn.--- CFC Azul knocked Reading United AC out of the Premier Development League playoffs with a three goal barrage at Gurski Stadium Tuesday night.
July 22, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Toronto loanee keeps two clean sheets
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Toronto FC loanee Jordan Hamilton had the only goal as the Wilmington Hammerheads took a 1-0 victory against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium. The road win provided a welcome boost to the Hammerheads as they look to take advantage of the games in hand they hold on teams around them in the race for the USL PRO Playoffs.
July 19, 2014 PLAYOFF BOUND-AGAIN
Reading win clinches post-season spot
READING, Penn – Reading United A.C. scored a 3-0 victory over visiting New Jersey LUSO Parma to secure the club’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Premier Development League’s playoffs. An outburst of three goals in twelve minutes staked United to a commanding lead entering halftime.
July 17, 2014 PDL REVIEW
VC Fusion clinch Southwest Division
VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Fusion took a 2-0 victory against the Las Vegas Mobsters on Friday night at Ventura College to clinch the Southwest Division and a clash with the Mountain Division’s BYU Cougars in the opening round of the playoffs.
July 16, 2014 W LEAGUE REVIEW
Playoffs take shape as LA Blues claim regular-season crown
The Charlotte Lady Eagles, LA Blues, Ottawa Fury FC and Washington Spirit Reserves will host W-League Conference Championships this Friday and Saturday. Three of the four conference title games are set, with the Central Conference play-in match between K-W United FC and the Laval Comets scheduled for Tuesday night.
July 15, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Energy on a roll
OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC extended its undefeated streak to seven games as early goals by Michael Thomas and Dan Delgado earned a 2-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in front of 3,619 fans at Pribil Stadium Saturday.
July 11, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Tucson FC claims the Mountain Division title
TUCSON, Ariz. – FC Tucson claimed the Mountain Division, and the Golden Rattler Trophy, with a 1-0 victory against the Albuquerque Sol F.C. last Friday night in front of a club-record crowd of 2,983 at the Kino Sports Complex.
July 10, 2014 W-LEAGUE REVIEW
Maria Jose-Rojas leads Gulf Coast
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Fury got a pair of goals from Teresa Rynier as they took a 3-0 victory against the Laval Comets and clinched the W-League Central Conference regular-season title at the Algonquin Soccer Complex on Saturday afternoon.
July 9, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Four goal week for Dayton's Schoenfeld
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy II snapped a five-game winless streak as Charlie Rugg had a pair of goals in a 4-2 victory against Arizona United SC on Friday evening at StubHub Center. The Galaxy II’s goals all came in the first half as they maintained their hold on third place in the USL PRO standings.
July 5, 2014 BACKSTOPPED BY BONO
13 saves lead Reading's 2-0 win
READING, Penn. – Reading United A.C. took a big step toward reaching the Premier Development League Playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, scoring a 2-0 victory over the visiting Northern Virginia Royals Saturday night.
July 4, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Hellman leads Menace, takes honors
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Menace moved six points clear at the top of the Heartland Division as a pair of goals by Chris Hellman earned a 2-1 victory against the Thunder Bay Chill on Sunday night at Valley Stadium.
July 3, 2014 W-LEAGUE REVIEW
Spirit Reserves clinch a playoff spot
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Spirit Reserves became the first side to book its place in the 2014 W-League Playoffs as it took a 3-0 victory against the Long Island Rough Riders on Friday night at Washington-Lee Stadium. Katie Yensen and Kelsey Pardue each scored in the first half, and Maddie Huster added a third in the second, to keep the Spirit Reserves undefeated.
June 30, 2014 SPLIT WEEKEND
Nor'Easters win one, lose one
OCEAN CITY, NJ – It was a tale of two very different games for the Ocean Nor’easters over the weekend. On Saturday, the Mid-Atlantic Division-leading Jersey Express took a 4-1 win, while one Sunday, the Nor'Easters beat F.A. Euro 3-1.
June 27, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Alencar Junior bags honors again
BREMERTON, Wash. – The Kitsap Pumas remained undefeated as three goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half led them to a 3-1 victory against the Washington Crossfire at Gordon Park Field. Miguel Gonzalez had a goal and an assist to lead his side to victory.
June 25, 2014 W LEAGUE REVIEW
Montgomery's 3 goals lift Eagles
TUKWILA, Wash. – The Seattle Sounders Women rallied from a halftime deficit to take a 2-1 victory against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat on Sunday night at the Starfire Sports Complex. The victory moved the Sounders Women into third place in the W-League’s Western Conference, a point behind the Bay Area Breeze with two games in hand as continued.
June 25, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Lopez leads Republic over Rapids Reserves
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Mike Fucito’s goal with six minutes to play gave Sacramento Republic FC a 4-3 victory in its inaugural contest at Bonney Field as a sell-out crowd of 8,000 fans saw their win against the Colorado Rapids Reserves on Friday night. Rodrigo Lopez also had two goals and an assist for Sacramento.
June 22, 2014 STREAK ENDS
Reading United loses first of year
READING, Penn. – Reading United’s unbeaten start to the 2014 season came to a crashing end as they fell to their Mid-Atlantic Division foes, the Long Island Rough Riders 2-1 Sunday.
June 19, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Chuy Sanchez leads Pumas, earns honors
AUSTIN, Texas –he Austin Aztex defeated the Laredo Heat 4-1 on Saturday to take a commanding lead in the PDL's Mid-South Division. The Heat struck first but a new-look midfield and backline allowed four unanswered strikes.
June 18, 2014 W-LEAGUE REVIEW
Sounders post a clean sheet, Nicole Lyon leads K-W
TUKWILA, Wash. – The Seattle Sounders Women earned a 3-0 shutout win against the Colorado Pride in their first home match of the 2014 W-League campaign. Emma Follis scored the first and last goal of the night, while goalkeeper Anna Picarelli notched 14 saves to preserve the shutout.
June 17, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Battery stays in race, Schoenfeld leads Dayton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Colin Falvey, Dane Kelly and Haviel Cordoves each found the net to lift the Charleston Battery to a 3-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium. The win allowed the Battery (4-5-4) to stay in the thick of the USL PRO playoff race.
June 12, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Six pack for Pioneers forward Alencar Junior
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – One of the most remarkable undefeated streaks in North American soccer came to an end on Friday night as Carson Pryor’s late finish earned the St. Louis Lions a 2-1 victory against the Thunder Bay Chill at Chapples Park. The defeat was the first suffered by the Chill in a home regular-season contest since June, 2009.
June 11, 2014 W-LEAGUE REVIEW
Fury continue perfect start
WATERLOO, Ont. – The Ottawa Fury got goals from Lisa-Marie Woods and Lydia Hastings as they continued their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 victory against K-W United on Saturday night that spoiled the hosts’ home opener at Wilfred Laurier Stadium.
June 10, 2014 USL PRO REVIEW
Riverhounds get first win; Orlando's Span nets honors
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Pitttsburgh Riverhounds claimed their first victory in Rochester as they defeated the Rhinos 3-2 on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium. Brian Fekete, Rob Vincent and Jose Angulo scored for Pittsburgh, which also claimed its first win of the USL PRO season after falling behind in the first half.
June 6, 2014 PDL REVIEW
Spectacular bicycle kick leads Tucson
KITCHENER, Ont. – Jarek Whiteman scored the only goal as K-W United took a 1-0 victory in its home opener against the Michigan Bucks on Sunday night to remain undefeated and move into first place in the Great Lakes Division.