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June 28, 2013
Detroit stays unbeaten

Compiled by Charles Cuttone
Executive Editor

Atlantic showdown
A matchup of the two top teams in the National Premier Soccer League Atlantic Division ended in an entertaining scoreless draw between the New York Red Bulls Academy U23 and the visiting Brooklyn Italians last Saturday afternoon on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Despite the lack of scoring, both teams had some quality chances, but they either barely missed their target or were thwarted by outstanding goalkeeper saves.

The final totals showed the Red Bulls with 14 totals shots to nine for the visitors, while Red Bulls goalkeeper Kevin McMullen notched five saves and Brooklyn Italians keeper Rafael Diaz stopped three shots. The Red Bulls have not surrendered a goal this season through six matches (five wins and a tie). The Brooklyn Italians, in second place, have three wins, two ties, and a loss.

Can't meet the standards
OC Pateadores will end the 2013 NPSL season with three forfeits, after the club was unable to secure an official home field, a minimum requirement under NPSL regulations.

Just prior to the start of the 2013 season, the NPSL team joined the Orange County Pateadores organization. According to the NPSL side, this affiliation was supposed to broaden the professional team base and provide logistical support, including assistance in the acquisition of a adequate field for Pateadores home games.

“When we reached the agreement with the OC Pateadores, we were under the understanding that this affiliation would help with the acquisition of a field. We organized and acquired one of the strongest teams ever assembled for NSPL competition and were well in our way to a very successful year,” said Alberto Ochoa, OC Pateadores General Manager.

“We had a fantastic start in the pitch, but since the beginning ran into the field issues, having fields that limited the ability to charge for the home games, and run a solid game-day operation. This condition took a terrible toll in our ability to generate revenue from ticket sales, and what was equally bad, was the fact that we lost our first game by default due to the lack of a home field,” added Ochoa.

“After several weeks, the issue was not resolved, leaving us with last minute adjustments every week, and no guarantee that we would be able to obtain a field to meet minimum league requirements. Thus we have opted to forfeit the last games of the season. I have contacted the League Administration and discussed the situation, including playing the remaining games as visitors. After reviewing all our options, we reached a decision to forfeit the games, start working in the rebranding of the team, work independently in getting an official field and prepare for the 2014 season. This course of action should not affect the other teams in the division. That was something that was taken very seriously by all, out of respect for the league and the other competing teams,” Ochoa concluded.

Weekend sweep for Le Rouge
A brutal stretch of five games in ten days concluded for Detroit City FC with a 4-0 victory over FC Buffalo in front of a record-setting, 1,895 fans on Sunday. That gave LeRouge back-to-back weekend wins, following a 3-2 win on the road over Cleveland AFC.

With the win, City (9-0-0) extended its lead atop the table to six points and picked up a crucial three points in the race for the Rust Belt Derby trophy. Now with nine points in Rust Belt Derby matches, DCFC possess a solidified grip on both the divisional and Rust Belt titles.

Grant Chong got DCFC on the board in the 32nd minute when he headed a Lucas Diener side volley past his Syracuse University teammate and roommate, Andre Coughlin, for the 1-0 lead.

“It was great (to score on Coughlin),” Chong said. “It was funny. I would have said a few things to him after the game but seeing as we put four in the back of the net, I won’t give him too much.”

In the 60th minute, Shawn Claud Lawson received a cross from Knox Cameron (and half volleyed a missile into the upper-left corner. DCFC made it 3-0 when Nick Lewin sent a ball down the right sideline to Austin Oldham . Oldham corralled the ball just outside the right corner of the box and slotted the ball home.

Just three minutes later, off a Lipari corner, a FC Buffalo defender committed an own goal to put on the game, leaving Detroit City with the only perfect record in the league.

Sonic boom
Lehigh Valley Sonic found themselves down a goal early, but came back to defeat Eastern Pennsylvania rival Reading Revolution 2-1 on Saturday.

The Revs took a 6th minute lead when Aaron Rowland headed home a clean look past Sonic veteran goalkeeper Charlie Sales.

In the 25th minute midfielder Michael Gonzalez found an open Matt Baker on the left flank. Baker beat his defender and served a sensational flighted ball to Tucker Sandercock. Sandercock out jumped the Reading defender and sent a header to the far side of the goal to level the score at 1-1.

In the 64th minute, Sandercock chipped a well weighted pass to Baker who volleyed the ball into the back of the net giving Sonic the lead and the win and sole possession of second place in the NPSL Keystone Conference.

Northeast Playoff Tournament set
With their victory against Erie on June 16, Detroit City FC clinched a playoff spot and won the right to host the NPSL's Great Lakes tournament. The top four teams in the division advance to play July 13 and 14.

Holding on
Chattanooga FC played down a man for more than 30 minutes, but still managed a 0-0 tie with the Gulf Coast Texans Saturday.

CFC (5-2-1) continues to lead the Southeast with 17 points, and the Texans (5-1-2) have 16. Each has two games left, against the Rocket City United and New Orleans Jesters.

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