NPSL Region Finals – Saturday, July 25
Midwest: AFC Cleveland vs Indiana Fire FC – 3 PM (CT)
Northeast: New York Cosmos B vs Clarkstown SC Eagles – 5 PM (ET)
South: Myrtle Beach Mutiny vs Chattanooga FC – 7:30 PM (ET)
West: Sacramento Gold FC vs CD Aguiluchos USA – 7:30 PM (PT)
Congratulations to the 2015 USASA Werner Fricker Open Cup winner – West Chester United SC
Werner Fricker Open Cup results
- Wester Chester United SC 2, RWB Adria 1
It took longer than many league finals, but Icon FC eventually came out on top in the inaugural ASL Cup on Saturday. After a scoreless 90′ of play Icon FC and Western Mass PFC played another 30′ without a goal, although each club had several chances.
Penalties would decide the champion of the new American Soccer League (ASL), which began play in the Fall of 2014. Icon FC converted their first PK while Western Mass missed their opening two. From there the teams exchanged goals until Round 8 of the shootout. After Icon converted Western Mass failed and the champions were crowned.
Today it was announced that Western Mass PFC would withdraw from the ASL and would not compete in 2015.
When Minnesota United FC (NASL) entered a reserves side in the National Premier Soccer League in 2014 a new rivalry was born: the Twin Cities Derby. Two clubs separated by just over 30 miles of freeway and presently the only NPSL teams in the state of Minnesota.
On Wednesday, July 1 the next chapter of the derby will be played at East Ridge High School Stadium, home of Minnesota United FC Reserves (3-2-3), in Woodbury. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Minnesota TwinStars FC have bounced around the west metro in recent seasons, now calling Cooper High School Stadium in Robbinsdale their home. Their young squad is currently bottom of the 13-team NPSL Midwest table at 0-1-5.
There have been three meetings between the clubs so far with each winning once and one draw.
Twin Cities Derby history
June 8, 2014 – TwinStars FC 3-1
June 15, 2014 – draw 1-1
June 7, 2015 – MNUFC Reserves 2-0
July 1, 2015 – 7:00 PM at East Ridge HS
July 13. 2015 – 8:30 PM at East Ridge HS
On July 3, 2015 the inaugural American Soccer League (ASL) season will close with the first ASL Cup. Western Mass PSC will face Icon FC at Rowan Stadium in Philadelphia to decide the first league champion.
Western Mass PSC (11-1-7) topped the regular season table with just one loss during the ASL split-season (Fall and Spring). The loss came at the hands of Rhode Island Oceaneers on April 11.
In their semifinal match Western Mass defeated Philadelphia Fury 2-0. Chris Roswess and Tomaso D’Agostino were the goal scorers while Jose Silva earned the clean sheet with four saves.
New Jersey-based Icon FC (9-4-4) mixed in a week-long tour of China in late May playing against Citizen FC (Hong Kong First Division), Guangzhou Evergrande (China Super League) and Eastern SC (Hong Kong Premier League), winning all three friendlies. Icon were atop the ASL table at times during the season making observers believe the two best clubs are meeting in the final.
Icon FC earned a 6-0 victory over Rhode Island in their semifinal to advance.
During the regular season the teams played twice, both resulting in a 1-1 draw. The first matchup was on October 25 at Lusitano Stadium with the most recent match played on June 6.
WHAT: 2015 ASL Cup
WHEN: Friday, July 3 at 7 PM (ET)
WHERE: Rowan Stadium, Philadelphia
Fans can follow the ASL Cup teams on Twitter: @IconSoccer @WMProSoccer
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