Category: Midland Odessa FC

Texas National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) Week 7 Recap

Midland-Odessa was the first Lonestar Conference side to qualify for the 2017 NPSL playoffs after a win last weekend.

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Week 7 Game Results:

Thursday, June 15

Dutch Lions FC-3 vs. Midland-Odessa FC-1

Houston Dutch Lions FC defeated the Sockers 3-1 Thursday evening in Conroe.  Midland-Odessa had a tough hill to climb when Jerry Scholman conceded an own goal to Dutch Lions in the 8th minute.  Carlos Acevedo doubled the lead for Dutch Lions in the 31st.  A late goal by Dutch Lions man-of-the-match Jesus Cortes then put the game away, though the Sockers pulled one back a few minutes before time when James O’Grady scored.

Saturday, June 17

Dallas City FC-2   Ozark FC-0

Two goals in the first 13 minutes from Sergio Lara and Archie Mesa led Dallas City FC to a 2-0 home win over winless Ozark FC.

Team photo prior to match at Greenhill School (Dallas City FC Facebook)

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Dutch Lions FC-6   Tyler FC-3

Dutch Lions FC scored four first half goals, the first 8 minutes in, to dominate Tyler FC and eventually win 6-3.  A brace by Yinka Lawal led the way, with other scoring coming from four different players.  Trailing 4-1 at the half, Tyler FC scored twice in the second half to close the gap.

Dutch Lions starting lineup and Man of the Match-former UTRGV Vaquero Archie Massen (Dutch Lions Twitter)

Houston Regals SCA-0   Midland-Odessa FC Sockers-2

Goals by Maliq Cooper in the 65th minute and Gilbert Rocha in the 74th led the Sockers to a 2-0 road win in Houston.  This victory allows the Sockers to clinch a Lonestar Conference playoff berth and put them in the drivers seat for the conference championship with only two regular season games remaining.

Ft. Worth Vaqueros-0  Shreveport Rafters FC-0

Ft. Worth was held to a scoreless draw at home against Shreveport Saturday. More importantly, however, this score combined with a 2-1 win in Louisiana earlier this year allowed the Vaqueros to reclaim the Texas Trail Classic “horns” (pictured below).  The Vaqueros dominated the first half, but both teams had chances in the second.  At the end of the match Vaqueros coach Nick Stavrou had this to say on the Ft. Worth website:  “You always want to win and I thought we created enough chances.  Unfortunately it just didn’t end up in the back of the net.”

General Team News:

An Eric Blum article on OA Online profiled Sockers captain Andrew Moullin who is playing in the NPSL in-between trials with San Antonio FC.

http://www.oaoa.com/sports/local/franchise/sockers/article_e68587a4-50b0-11e7-a9b5-c7336399e0b3.html

STANDINGS:

South Conference -Lonestar Division

Rank Lonestar Conference Division GP W L T Pts GF GA GD Pts/GP
1 Midland-Odessa FC 8 6 2 0 18 16 7 9 2.25
2 Dutch Lions FC 6 4 1 1 13 18 11 7 2.1667
3 Fort Worth Vaqueros 7 4 2 1 13 10 7 3 1.8571
4 Houston Regals SCA 6 2 3 1 7 7 10 -3 1.1667
5 Shreveport Rafters FC 6 1 4 1 4 7 10 -3 0.6667
6 Tyler FC 7 0 5 2 2 5 18 -13 0.2857

 

South Conference-Heartland Division

Rank Heartland Conference Division GP W L T Pts GF GA GD Pts/GP
1 FC Wichita 6 4 1 1 13 16 10 6 2.1667
2 Little Rock Rangers 7 3 0 4 13 11 8 3 1.8571
3 Tulsa Athletic 6 3 2 1 10 19 10 9 1.6667
4 Dallas City FC 6 3 2 1 10 12 8 4 1.6667
5 Demize NPSL 5 1 3 1 4 8 10 -2 0.8
6 Ozark FC 6 0 6 0 0 7 27 -20 0

 

Week 8 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Wednesday, June 21

Houston Regals SCA vs. Dutch Lions FC

Saturday, June 24

Shreveport Rafters SC vs. Houston Regals SCA

Midland-Odessa FC vs. Dutch Lions FC

Tulsa Athletic vs. Dallas City FC

Tyler FC vs. Ft. Worth Vaqueros

 

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Texas NPSL Week 6 Recap

After two impressive road wins, Midland-Odessa FC is now top of the table in the NPSL South Conference-Lone Star Division.

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Week 6 Game Results:

Thursday, June 8

Tyler FC Kings-0    Midland-Odessa FC Sockers-3

The Sockers scored three second half goals in the space of 11 minutes to defeat the Kings 3-0 Thursday night in Tyler.  Memo Diaz scored the opener in the 55th and Zach Penner followed immediately 3 minutes later to make it 2-0.   Both goals were assisted by Jamie O’Grady.  Elliott Bentley finished off the scoring in the 65th minute.

Earlier this week Sergio Gonzalez was named the Tyler FC Player of the Month for May.

“Sergio has been our most consistent attacker… Sergio is usually the first one to arrive to training and he lives further away than most guys on the team…” Says President and Head Coach Chris Avila. He also mentions that ” Sergio is focused and his work ethic is admirable. I expect big things for Sergio on and off the field because of the person he is.” Sergio Gonzalez is a quiet and humble kid who is always ready to play soccer! 

Saturday, June 10

Dallas City FC vs. Demize NPSL-POSTPONED

Dallas City FC posted a notice on its Facebook page June 9 that announced, due to weather, that the Saturday game has been postponed.

Dutch Lions FC-3   Ft. Worth Vaqueros-1

Three second half Dutch Lions FC goals offset the 26th minute opener by the Vaqueros Hilton Ngwa to win in Conroe last night.  Midfielder Jerry Scholman scored in the 49th minute and then put the game away when he scored in the 79th.  The other Dutch Lions goal was scored by forward Jose Pablo Covarrubias on a penalty.  The Dutch Lions dominated the second half and almost scored twice right after the break, before breaking through on Scholman’s first.

Vaqueros assistant Greer Chavez, who deputized for the absent head coach Nick Stavrou had this to say on the Ft. Worth website after the match:

“This was a tough loss. We came out strong and controlled the game in the first half,” Vaqueros assistant Greer Chavez said. “Glad to see Hilton Ngwa get on the scoresheet. They started faster in the second half and we just made too many mistakes in the back. We had chances throughout the game but couldn’t put them away. 

Pregame lineup photo and images from Dutch Lions FC Twitter feed

Houston Regals SCA-3    Tyler FC-0  

Behind a brace by Diego De la Cruz and a goal from Hector Balandran Regals SCA shutout Tyler FC at KIPP High School stadium in Houston.

Shreveport Rafters FC-1   Midland-Odessa FC Sockers-2

The Sockers won the second away game of the week, despite playing shorthanded for close to a half hour, when they defeated the Rafters 2-1 in Shreveport last night.  Zach Penner, after picking up two yellow cards in a little more than 10 minutes, was sent off in the 63 minute, with the Sockers leading 1-0 at the time off a James O’Grady 21st minute goal.  The Rafters leveled the game when an unfortunate 72nd minute goalkeeper clearance hit a Sockers player and created an easy opportunity for the Rafters.  Despite the challenge, the Sockers were fortunate to get the game winner in the 87th minute when Midland capitalized on a direct kick opportunity and Hamish Ritchie broke the deadlock.

STANDINGS:

South Conference -Lonestar Division

1 Midland-Odessa FC 6 5 1 0 15 13 4 9 2.5
2 Fort Worth Vaqueros 6 4 2 0 12 10 7 3 2
3 Dutch Lions FC 4 2 1 1 7 9 7 2 1.75
4 Houston Regals SCA 5 2 2 1 7 7 8 -1 1.4
5 Shreveport Rafters FC 5 1 4 0 3 7 10 -3 0.6
6 Tyler FC 6 0 4 2 2 2 12 -10 0.3333

South Conference-Heartland Division

1 FC Wichita 5 4 0 1 13 16 9 7 2.6
2 Little Rock Rangers 6 2 0 4 10 10 8 2 1.6667
3 Tulsa Athletic 5 2 2 1 7 16 9 7 1.4
4 Dallas City FC 5 2 2 1 7 10 8 2 1.4
5 Demize NPSL 4 1 2 1 4 7 7 0 1
6 Ozark FC 5 0 5 0 0 7 25 -18 0

Week 7 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Thursday, June 15

Dutch Lions FC vs. Midland-Odessa FC

Saturday, June 17

Dallas City FC vs. Ozark FC

Dutch Lions FC vs. Tyler FC

Houston Regals SCA vs. Midland-Odessa FC

Ft. Worth Vaqueros vs. Shreveport Rafters FC

 

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Texas NPSL, PDL Recap-Week 5

A light week of action, especially in the PDL, during Week 5 in the Texas high level amateur soccer leagues.

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Week 5 Game Results:

Saturday, June 3

Dutch Lions FC-4   Houston Regals SCA-1

Dutch Lions secured a 4-1 victory in their home opener and took a commanding lead after the first leg in the Houston city NPSL Derby.  A 19th minute goal by Yinka Lawa and a penalty by Jose Pablo Cova in first half stoppage time allowed Dutch Lions to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room at the half.  Dylan Armstrong finished off the scoring with a second half brace in the 80th and 82nd minutes to ice the match and leave the Regals with an uphill battle in the second leg later in the season.  Picture of game action from the Dutch Lions Twitter Feed below.

Ozark FC-0    Dallas City FC-4

A 6th minute goal by Papa Abdoualaye Faly opened scoring and Dallas City FC never looked back, winning 4-0 in Northwest Arkansas.  Goals by Zachary Adler in the 49th, Sergio Lara in the 60th and Luiz DeSousa in the 66th completed the rout.

Ft. Worth Vaqueros-2   Midland-Odessa FC-1

Ft. Worth, behind two second half goals, came from behind to beat the Sockers 2-1 last night at Fort Worth Arlington Heights High School.  Martin Field, Ft. Worth’s normal facility was flooded and a last day change of venue was required.  Ricardo Palomino’s 37th minute goal put the Sockers in the lead before the break.  In the second half, midfielder Jamie Lovegrove took over for the Vaqueros, assisting on Harris Partain’s 70th minute goal and then scoring the game winning penalty himself in the 86th minute.

Tyler FC-0    Shreveport Rafters FC-2

Goals by forwards Lucas Pereira in the 13 minute, Leandro Cid Fernandez in the 34th and Jacob Cunningham in the 80th led the Rafters to a 3-0 victory in Tyler against the winless Kings Saturday night.

STANDINGS:

Rank Lonestar Conference Division GP W L T Pts GF GA GD Pts/GP
1 Fort Worth Vaqueros 5 4 1 0 12 9 4 5 2.4
2 Midland-Odessa FC 4 3 1 0 9 8 3 5 2.25
3 Houston Regals SCA 3 1 1 1 4 3 4 -1 1.3333
4 Shreveport Rafters FC 4 1 3 0 3 6 8 -2 0.75
5 Dutch Lions FC 2 0 1 1 1 2 5 -3 0.5
6 Tyler FC 4 0 2 2 2 2 6 -4 0.5
Rank Heartland Conference Division GP W L T Pts GF GA GD Pts/GP
1 FC Wichita 4 3 0 1 10 11 7 4 2.5
2 Little Rock Rangers 5 2 0 3 9 9 7 2 1.8
3 Tulsa Athletic 4 2 2 0 6 15 8 7 1.5
4 Dallas City FC 5 2 2 1 7 10 8 2 1.4
5 Demize NPSL 4 1 2 1 4 7 7 0 1
6 Ozark FC 4 0 4 0 0 5 20 -15 0

 
Week 6 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Thursday, June 8

Tyler FC vs. Midland-Odessa FC

Saturday, June 10

Dallas City FC vs. Demize NPSL

Dutch Lions FC vs. Ft. Worth Vaqueros

Houston Regals SCA vs. Tyler FC

Shreveport Rafters FC vs. Midland-Odessa FC

 

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Week 5 Game Results:

Friday, June 2

Houston FC-0    OKC Energy U23-3

Three goals in the final 30 minutes by the Energy U23’s secured a convincing 3-0 win over Houston FC at Rice University in Houston Friday evening.  OKC Energy only outshot Houston 13-11, but made the best of their opportunities.  Pictures and lineup from the Houston FC Twitter page.

STANDINGS:

Mid South Division

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
OKC Energy U23 5 5 0 0 15 13 4 9
Mississippi Brilla FC 3 3 0 0 9 6 2 4
Texas United 4 2 2 0 6 7 6 1
Houston FC 4 1 3 0 3 6 9 -3
FC Cleburne 5 1 4 0 3 7 14 -7
Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C. 2 0 2 0 0 2 4 -2


Week 6 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Monday, June 5

Brazos Valley Cavalry vs. Texas United

Thursday, June 8

Brazos Valley Cavalry vs. Houston FC

Friday, June 9

FC Cleburne vs. Mississippi Brilla

Saturday, June 10

OKC Energy U23 vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry

Sunday, June 11

Texas United vs. Mississippi Brilla

 

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Texas NPSL, PDL Recap-Week 4

With the completion of Week 4 and the opener for Brazos Valley, all Texas teams have now begun 2017 play in both leagues.

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Week 4 Game Results:

Wednesday, May 24:

Shreveport Rafters-1    Ft. Worth Vaqueros-2

Ft. Worth defeated Shreveport Rafters 2-1 in Louisiana behind two goals by Vaqueros left winger Marco Ortiz.  The first goal was scored in the 22nd minute on a scissors-kick off an assist from Zack Stavrou.  Ortiz then scored again in the 55th minute.  Shreveport pulled a goal back in the 67th, but the Vaqueros held on for the road victory.  On the Vaqueros website, Ortiz commented on the victory:

“The team performed well. It’s always hard to get a W away from home, away from our supporters,” Ortiz said. “For me to get on the scoresheet is even better. It’s a testament to how hard all seventeen players who traveled today put me in good spots to finish today. I’m glad I could help the team like that.”

Friday, May 26:

Little Rock Rangers vs. Dallas City FC

Dallas City FC dropped a 2-1 decision to Little Rock in the Rangers first home game of the season.  Leonardo Ferri scored in the 39th minute, but Little Rock equalized five minutes later.  A Dallas City own-goal right before the end of the first half was the game winner for the Rangers.

Saturday, May 27

Midland-Odessa FC Sockers-2    Ft. Worth Vaqueros-1

Midland-Odessa continued its perfect record, all at home, in 2017, by defeating Ft. Worth 2-1 Saturday night.  Ricardo Palomino and Memo Diaz scored in the 29th and 49th minute respectively to secure the victory. Palomino’s first half goal came off a redirection of a free-kick and Diaz scored on a long range shot.  After substitutions in the last 20 minutes, the Vaqueros put more of a stamp on the game.  A 90th minute goal by Liren Halle made it closer, but it was not enough to stop the Sockers from improving to 3-0 on the season.  This game was billed as the NPSL National Game of the Week, between two undefeated sides.

Below is a link to a player profile on Sockers midfielder Alex VonHolle, who is the GM’s son, in the Odessa American from Eric Blum, (https://twitter.com/EricBlumOApublished before last nights match.

http://www.oaoa.com/oavarsity/boys/article_5a8e1b18-4286-11e7-a526-e785844e1401.html

Tyler FC Kings-2    Dutch Lions FC-2

A 90th minute goal by substitute Enoch Shipman saved a home draw for Tyler FC Saturday night against Dutch Lions FC.  Tony Bravo scored for Tyler in the 34th minute to take a lead into halftime.  Two second half goals by substitute Carlos Acevedo and midfielder Jorge Contreras had put Dutch Lions into the lead before Shipman’s late goal saved a point for the Kings.

Sunday, May 28

Demize NPSL vs. Dallas City FC

Dallas City was able to secure a 3-2 victory over Demize NPSL in Joplin, MO in the second game of the short weekend road trip.  Luiz DeSousa opened the scoring for the Texas side in the 3rd minute and Jorge Deleon scored twice in the second half, with the game winner coming in the 86th minute.

STANDINGS:

Heartland Conference

Team Games Wins Losses Ties Pts GF GA
Little Rock Rangers 4 2 0 2 8 8 6
FC Wichita 3 2 0 1 7 8 5
Tulsa Athletic 3 2 1 0 6 13 5
Dallas City FC 4 1 2 1 4 6 8
Demize NPSL 3 1 2 0 3 6 6
Ozark FC 3 0 3 0 0 5 16

 

Lonestar Conference

Team Games Wins Losses Ties Pts GF GA
Midland-Odessa FC 3 3 0 0 9 7 1
Fort Worth Vaqueros 4 3 1 0 9 7 3
Houston Regals SCA 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
Tyler FC 3 0 1 2 2 2 3
Dutch Lions FC 2 0 1 1 1 2 5
Shreveport Rafters FC 3 0 3 0 0 3 8

 

Week 5 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Saturday, June 3

Dutch Lions FC vs. Houston Regals SCA

Ozark FC vs. Dallas City FC

Ft. Worth Vaqueros vs. Midland-Odessa FC

Tyler FC vs. Shreveport Rafters FC

 

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Week 4 Game Results:

Monday, May 22

Houston FC-4    FC Cleburne-2

A brace by Joshua Bronstorph led Houston FC to a 4-2 home win over FC Cleburne at Rice University Stadium.  After Jordan Simon scored an early goal in the 5th minute, Bronstorph added the second in the 21st and the game winner in the 84th.  Substitute Luis Sanchez then put the game away in the 89th minute.  FC Cleburne goal scorers were Chris Escalera and Ross Ross Fitzpatrick.  Cleburne outshot Houston 18-8 on the night.

Tuesday, May 23

OKC Energy U23-2    Texas United-1

Despite gaining an early 19th minute lead off a Giovanni MontesDeoca goal, Texas United fell 2-1 to OKC Energy in Oklahoma City.  Two minutes of madness late in the first half was United’s undoing, as OKC Energy scored twice and then held on to secure their third victory of the season.

Thursday, May 25

Mississippi Brilla-1    Brazos Valley Cavalry-0

An early second half goal by Thomas Vancaeyezeele led Mississippi Brilla to a 1-0 win over Brazos Valley in the first of two games that were played by the Cavalry in Clinton over the weekend.  The goal was scored from directly in front of the goal off a nice cross.  A poor giveaway in the midfield directly led to the quick build-up that resulted in the game winner.  This was the inaugural match for Brazos Valley, who are a hybrid-affiliate of the Houston Dynamo.  The Cavalry ran out a 4-3-3, similar to the Dynamo’s preferred formation:

Friday, May 26

Houston FC-0    Texas United-1

The second goal of the season by Miguel Velasquez of Texas United in the 34th minute secured a 1-0 road victory over Houston FC.

Saturday, May 27

FC Cleburne-1    OKC Energy U23-2

An unfortunate 90th minute own goal by Evan Bozman allowed OKC Energy U23 to escape with a 2-1 win in their first away match of the year in Cleburne.  A 66th minute penalty by Anthony Powell had pulled Cleburne level shortly after OKC had taken the lead.  Pictures from last nights action on the Cleburne Twitter feed:

 

Mississippi Brilla-3    Brazos Valley Cavalry-2

The Cavalry lost the second game of the Mississippi trip 3-2 Saturday night.  After falling behind in the 18th minute, Rimario Gordon and Emmanuel Usen allowed the Cavalry to take the lead.  Brazos Valley’s first ever goal, by Gordon, was scored after his corner kick had been cleared to midfield.  Huntley Munn played a nice diagonal ball back to Gordon for a clinical finish. The second goal was scored by Usen immediately after he came on the field in the 56th minute as a substitute, also off a corner by Rimario Gordon. Unfortunately, poor defending on two late corner kicks allowed the game to slip away from Brazos Valley.  I suspect set-piece defending will be worked on extensively in practice this week.  That aside, two one-goal losses in the first ever games against a strong Brilla side gives hope for the future.  The excellent Brilla video feed allowed this game to be the PDL featured Game of the Week.

STANDINGS:

Mid-South Division

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
OKC Energy U23 4 4 0 0 12 10 4 6
Mississippi Brilla FC 3 3 0 0 9 6 2 4
Texas United 4 2 2 0 6 7 6 1
Houston FC 3 1 2 0 3 6 6 0
FC Cleburne 5 1 4 0 3 7 14 -7
Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C. 2 0 2 0 0 2 4 -2


Week 5 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Friday, June 2

Houston FC vs. OKC Energy U23

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Texas NPSL, PDL Recap-Week 3

After Week 3 action all Texas teams have opened their seasons in both leagues except for PDL side Brazos Valley Cavalry…who play there first ever match this Thursday in Clinton, Mississippi.

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Week 3 Game Results:

Thursday, May 18, 2017:

Midland-Odessa FC (MOFC)-2   Houston Regals FCA-0

Midland-Odessa won its opener 2-0 despite lacking a full roster and not holding a preseason camp or true team training session according to reports by Eric Blum on oaoa.com.  MOFC’s first goal was scored by forward Ricardo Palomino in the 23rd minute and Darius Strambler scored the second in the 37th.  Goalkeeper and team captain Braulio Linares-Ortiz had the shutout and four saves. Here is a link to the Odessa American game report: http://www.oaoa.com/oavarsity/boys/article_e32dad84-3c47-11e7-84f2-0701df95526e.html

Friday, May 19:

Dallas City FC-0   FC Wichita-2

Second half goals by Deri Corfe in the 65th and 70th minute led to Dallas City’s first loss of the season at the Greenhill School Stadium in Dallas.  The closest Dallas FC came to scoring is when forward Luis Sosa had a ball cleared off the line after he had beaten the goalkeeper.  This was the third consecutive victory for Wichita over Dallas City dating back to 2015.  Here is a link to the FC Wichita game story: http://www.fcwichita.com/2017/05/fc-wichita-men-score-big-road-victory/

Saturday, May 20

Ft. Worth Vaqueros-3   Dutch Lions FC-0

After a midweek loss to San Antonio FC eliminated Houston Dutch Lions from the U.S. Open Cup, they traveled to Ft. Worth and lost 3-0 to the Vaqueros.  Goals by Jesse Miralrio 20 seconds into the game, a penalty by Jamie Lovegrove in the 52nd and Marco Ortiz in the 78th allowed the Vaqueros to win their second match of the season.  Here is a link to the game story on the Vaqueros site: http://www.fortworthvaqueros.com/news_article/show/795090?referrer_id=3277387

This was the Dutch Lions starting eleven:

Tyler FC-0   Houston Regals SCA-0

In a feisty match that included eight yellow cards and two players sent off, neither team was able to score.  Tyler Kings Giovanni Sosa was red carded along with the Houston Regals SCA goalkeeper in the 85th minute due to an altercation.  This was Tyler FC’s first ever match.  Here is a link to the Tyler FC game story: http://www.tylerfootballclub.com/news/tfc-tie-the-houston-regals-at-their-first-home-game

Sunday, May 21

Midland-Odessa FC-3   Shreveport Rafters-0

Midland Odessa won its second game of the opening week.  The first goal was scored in the first minute by Ricardo Palomino, his second of the young season.  Forward Darius Strambler also scored his second in the 46th minute.  The final goal was scored by midfielder Maliq Cooper off an assist by Strambler.  Goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz had his second consecutive shutout with five saves.  Here is a link to the game report from the Odessa American’s Eric Blum: http://www.oaoa.com/sports/local/article_d3593332-3e9b-11e7-adaa-c3b68ee417bc.html

Week 4 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Wednesday, May 24:

Shreveport Rafters vs. Ft. Worth Vaqueros

Friday, May 26:

Little Rock Rangers vs. Dallas City FC

Saturday, May 27

Midland-Odessa FC vs. Ft. Worth Vaqueros

Tyler FC vs. Dutch Lions FC

Sunday, May 28

Demize NPSL vs. Dallas City FC

 

 

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Week 3 Game Results:

Wednesday, May 17

Texas United-4   FC Cleburne-2

Four different Texas United players scored, two in each half, to beat FC Cleburne 4-2 in Grand Prairie.  Flavio Guzman and Miguel Velasquez scored in the first and Nenad Markovic and Malik Shaheed netted in the second to seal the victory in the first ever game for both sides.  Gerber Chavez and Kwabena Sapon-Omoah scored for FC Cleburne in the second half to keep the game close.

Saturday, May 20

OKC Energy U23-3   Houston FC-2

Completing a three goal comeback after falling behind 2-0, a stoppage time goal by substitute Eric Leonard led OKC Energy’s U23 side to a 3-2 victory over Houston FC in Oklahoma City. Houston built the 2-0 lead off first half goals by Frederico Mattioli in the 26th minute and Thomas Menke in the 32nd.  This was Houston FC’s first ever PDL match.

FC Cleburne vs. Texas United

FC Cleburne returned the favor in the second game of the back-to-back with Texas United by winning 2-1 in Cleburne.  A 56th minute goal by Gerber Chavez, his second of the season, was the ultimate game winner.  Goals by Kwabena Sapon-Omoah (his second too) for FC Cleburne and Patricio Botello led to a 1-1 score at the halftime break.  FC Cleburne controlled the action out-shooting Texas United 18-10 on the day.

Week 4 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Monday, May 22

Houston FC vs. FC Cleburne

Tuesday, May 23

OKC Energy U23 vs. Texas United

Thursday, May 25

Mississippi Brilla vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry

Friday, May 26

Houston FC vs. Texas United

Saturday, May 27

FC Cleburne vs. OKC Energy U23

Mississippi Brilla vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry

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Texas NPSL, PDL Recap-Week 2

 

After only one high-level amateur game was played in Texas in both the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and USL Premier Development League (PDL) last weekend, Week 2 kicked-off with additional Texas teams opening their seasons in both leagues.

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Week 2 Game Results:

Saturday, May 13, 2017:

Ft. Worth Vaqueros-1   Tyler FC-0

Nick Rochowski scored an 88th minute goal off of a Jamie Lovegrove free-kick to lead the Vaqueros to a 1-0 victory over Tyler FC, who were playing their inaugural NPSL match.

Houston Regals FCA-3   Shreveport Rafters-2 

Coming back from a two goal deficit, the Houston Regals SCA opened their season at KIPP High School in Houston with a 3-2 victory over Shreveport Rafters.  After a scoreless first half, Jackson Darnell netted in the 49th and 55th minute to take the lead for the Rafters. The Regals then pulled a goal back when Brayan Gomez scored in the 64th minute.  Shortly thereafter Ricardo Caliman tied up the match.   Substitute Jorge Encinas Sicre scored the game winner in the 82nd minute to complete the comeback.

Week 3 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Thursday, May 18:

Midland-Odessa FC vs. Houston Regals FCA

Friday, May 19:

Dallas City FC vs. FC Wichita

Saturday, May 20

Ft. Worth Vaqueros vs. Dutch Lions FC

Tyler FC vs. Houston Regals SCA

Sunday, May 21

Midland-Odessa FC vs. Shreveport Rafters

 

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Game Results:

Saturday, May 13

OKC Energy U23-3   FC Cleburne-0

After a scoreless first half, OKC Energy’s U23 squad scored three second half goals in a 14 minute span, including a brace by Noah Keats, to spoil FC Cleburne’s inaugural PDL match at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Cleburne was outshot 20-9 and goalkeeper Taylor Lampe was forced to make 8 saves on the afternoon.  Below was the opening night starting lineup for Cleburne.

Week 3 Game Schedule: (Home Team Listed First)

Wednesday, May 17

Texas United vs. FC Cleburne

Saturday, May 20

OKC Energy U23 vs. Houston FC

Texas United vs. FC Cleburne

 

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NPSL and PDL 2017 Overview

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PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE:

The Premier Development League (PDL) is one of the two-top amateur soccer leagues sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).  The league consists of 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The PDL is operated by the Division 2 United Soccer League (USL) and primarily is a place for college players to play in the summer while maintaining their NCAA eligibility.

There are four Texas clubs in the PDL….all of them new to the league this season: Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (Bryan), FC Cleburne, Houston FC and Texas United (Grand Prairie). These clubs are four of six that play in the Mid-South Division of the Southern Conference.

Brazos Valley Cavalry FC:

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Date of Entrance into League:  January 16, 2017

Head Coach:  James Clarkson

Owner:  Clutch Entertain

Stadium: Nutrabolt Stadium: Bryan, TX

2017 Opener: Thursday, May 25 @ Mississippi Brilla

Cleburne FC:

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Date of Entrance into League:  February 9, 2017

Head Coach: Paul Davenport

Owner:  Neltex Sports Group

Stadium:  The Depot at Cleburne Station:  Cleburne, TX

2017 Opener: Saturday, May 13 @Oklahoma City Energy U23

Houston FC:

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Date of Entrance into the League:  February 3, 2017

Head Coach:  Bruce Talbot

Owner:  Jeff Fetzer

Stadium: Holloway Field at Rice University:  Houston, TX

2017 Opener:  Saturday, May 20 @ Oklahoma City Energy U23

Texas United:

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Date of Entrance into League:  February 9, 2017

Head Coach:  Ryan Higginbotham

Owner:  Neltex Sports Group

Stadium:  AirHogs Stadium:  Grand Prairie, TX

2017 Opener:  Wednesday, May 17 vs. FC Cleburne

 

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NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE:

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the other of the top amateur soccer leagues.  The league is the successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002.  The nationwide league is now nearing the entrance of its 100th team.

Six Texas clubs will play in the NPSL this season. All clubs play in the South Region.  Five of them play in the Lone Star Conference and one (Dallas City FC) in the Heartland Conference.

South Region/Lone Star Conference:

 

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Fort Worth Vaqueros (Ft. Worth):

Date of Entrance into League: 2014

Head Coach:  Nick Stavrou

Owner:  Michael Hitchcock

Stadium:  Martin Field (Texas Wesleyan University) Ft. Worth, TX

2017 Opener:  Saturday, May 13 vs. Tyler FC

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Houston Dutch Lions (Conroe):

Date of Entrance into League:  2016 (Played 2014-15 in PDL)

Head Coach:  Marco Pruis

Owner:  Martin Kroeze

Stadium:  HDL FC Soccer Facility:  Conroe, TX

2017 Opener:  Saturday, May 20 @ Ft. Worth Vaqueros

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Houston Regals SCA (Houston):

Date of Entrance into League:  Returned to the league in 2015

Head Coach: Danny Porlan

Owner: Miguel Landaverde

Stadium:  KIPP High School:  Houston, TX

2017 Opener:  Saturday, May 13 vs. Shreveport Rafters

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Midland-Odessa FC (Midland):

Date of Entrance into League:  2017 (Played 2009-16 in PDL)

Head Coach:  Matt Barnes

Owners:  Miles Prentice and Bob Richmond

Stadium:  Grande Communications Stadium:  Midland, TX

2017 Opener:  Thursday, May 18 vs. Houston Regals SCA

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Tyler FC (Tyler):

Date of Entrance into League: December 8, 2016

Head Coach: “Jojo” Juarez

Owners:  Avila Family

Stadium: Brook Hill Stadium: Bullard, TX

2017 Opener: Saturday May 13 @ Ft. Worth Vaqueros

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Dallas City FC (Dallas):   

Date of Entrance into League:  2013

Head Coach:  Carlos Fernandes

Owner:  DCFC Foundation

Stadium:  Greenhill School: Addison, TX

2017 Opener:  Saturday, May 6 vs. Little Rock Rangers

 

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