March 26, 2007

Sprinkles: USL ahoy!

New York: The Bulls were busy over the weekend in South Carolina. The first team snuck a victory out of Blackbaud Stadium, beating the host Battery 1-0 on a 90th minute goal from Dema Kovalenko. On Sunday, the reserves drew 1-1 with Duke.

A 19 year old English trialist, Danny Stott, played with the reserves. He's a product of the Bolton youth academy. The British Invasion just won't quit.

LA: The Gals won the first USL-MLS Challenge in Puerto Rico, defeating their hosts 2-1 on Saturday. Chris Albright and Nate Jacqua were the goalscorers. It seems like Jacqua is fitting in well with his new teammates, he's put up a few goals this preseason.

Puerto Rico: Props to the Islanders for recognizing Cobi Jones prior to their match with the Galaxy over the weekend. Very classy...

Colorado: First, there were reports than the Colorado ownership was looking to buy a stake in Arsenal. That would've explained the partnership and possible/potential name change. However, now reports are denying that is the case. Nothing would really surprise me at this point.

Atlanta: The Silverbacks routed Georgia State over the weekend in a scrimmage/friendly. Reports have the Memphis duo of Tony McManus and Andy Metcalf as standing out.

Also, there was an Alan Woods sighting at Silverbacks Park last night. He suited up for one of the top teams in the Liga Lawrenceville at right back. Could a return to the Silverbacks be imminent?

Virginia Beach: With the issues in Mariner-land, it's not shock that Woods is playing in an Atlanta league. The staff members don't even know what's going on at this point, hoping that something will be resolved by Tuesday. Coach Colin Clarke said, "The league wants this thing done as quickly as possible, because if its schedule needs to be redone, it will take a lot of work." I guess every option is still on the table then, I figured the league wouldn't drop the Mariners from the schedule at this late date.

Carolina: To continue with the USL talk, the Railhawks have signed former DCU man David Stokes. Another interesting name on their trial list is Dario Brose, formerly of the San Jose Earthquakes. I had forgotten all about him. He's been coaching since his last season with the Quakes.

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