Sunday, April 19, 2015

CFU Club Championship

Six games were played in the CFU Club Championship on Sunday as group-stage action concluded.

GROUP ONE:

At Providence, Guyana:

Alpha United FC (Guyana) vs. Central FC (Trinidad and Tobago)

Final Group One Standings:

1.
2.
3. Inter Moengotapoe (GP: 2; GD: -5; PTS: 0)



GROUP TWO:

At Couva, Trinidad and Tobago:

W Connection (Trinidad and Tobago) vs. SAP FC (Antigua and Barbuda)

Final Group Two Standings:

1.
2.
3. Guyana Defence Force FC (GP: 2; GD: -6; PTS: 1)



GROUP THREE:

Both games played at Complexe Sportif des Cayes, Les Cayes, Haiti.

SV Excelsior (Suriname) vs. Montego Bay United (Jamaica)

America des Cayes (Haiti) vs. CS Moulien (Guadeloupe)

Final Group Three Standings:

1.
2.
3.
4.



GROUP FOUR:

Both games played at Sylvio Cator Stadium, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Lyford Cay Dragons (Bahamas) vs. Helenites SC (US Virgin Islands)

Don Bosco FC (Haiti) vs. USR Sainte-Rose (Guadeloupe)

Final Group Four Standings:

1. Don Bosco FC
2.
3.
4.

Don Bosco won Group Four and advanced to the semifinal round.

CAF Champions League

Six games were contested on Sunday as the second round of the CAF Champions League reached the midway point.

At Algiers:

USM Alger took the opening contest of their two-game series with AS Kaloum 2-1 at home.

At Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Al Hilal from Sudan took the opening match with SM Sanga Balende 1-0 on the road.

At El Eulma, Algeria:

MC El Eulma blanked visiting CS Sfaxien 1-0 in their series opener.

At Dolisie, Republic of the Congo:

AC Leopards took the opening match of their series with Smouha Sporting Club 1-0 at home.

At Tetouan, Morocco:

Moghreb Tetouan (Morocco) vs. Al-Ahly (Egypt), Game #1

At Casablanca, Morocco:

Raja Casablanca (Morocco) vs. ES Setif (Algeria), Game #1

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CAF Champions League: Al-Merrikh Takes Series Opener And TP Mazembe Gains Road Draw In Mali As Second Round Begins

Two games were played on Saturday as the second round of the CAF Champions League commenced.

At Omdurman, Sudan:

Al-Merrikh took the opening game of their series with Esperance ST 1-0 at home.

At Bamako, Mali:

TP Mazembe gained a series-opening 2-2 road draw with Stade Malien.

MLS: Crew, Hoops, Sounders, Caps, Galaxy Nab Saturday Wins; Dynamo Battle Back To Earn Road Draw With DCU

Six Major League Soccer games were on the Saturday schedule.

At Washington:

Ricardo Clark's equalizer in the 65th minute lifted the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 road draw with DC United.  Chris Rolfe scored for the hosts in the 36th minute.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Federico Higuain (32'), Justin Meram (55') and Kei Kamara (60') each scored a goal as the Columbus Crew dominated visiting Orlando City 3-0.

At Frisco, Texas:

Fabian Castillo scored twice (1', 10') and Blas Perez scored the winning goal in the 27th minute as FC Dallas survived a 206- minute weather delay and a furious comeback attempt by Toronto FC to hold off the visiting Reds 3-2 despite two goals from the visitors' Sebastian Giovinco (83', 89').

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Lamar Neagle scored twice (5', 25') as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on the road.

At Sandy, Utah:

Darren Mattocks scored the only goal of the match in the 80th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated nine-man Real Salt Lake 1-0 on the road.

At Carson, California:

Omar Gonzalez scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated visiting Sporting Kansas City 2-1.

OFC Champions League: Ba, Auckland City, Gaitcha Clinch Semifinal Berths As Group-Stage Play Ends

Group-stage play in the OFC Champions League came to a close on Saturday in Fiji with four games.

GROUP A:

Both games were contested at Govind Park in Ba.

In the opener, Bertrand Kai converted a pair of penalty kicks (45'+2, 79) as Gaitcha FCN laid claim to a berth in the semifinal round for being the second-placed club with the best record following their 8-1 annihilation of Lupe Ole Soaga.

In the finale, Saula Waqa scored twice (15', 55') as Ba FC won Group A and a semifinal-round berth with a 2-0 blanking of AS Pirae.

Final Group A Standings:

1. Ba FC (GP: 3; GD: +7; PTS: 9)
2. Gaitcha FCN (GP: 3; GD: +7; PTS: 6)
3. AS Pirae (GP: 3; GD: -5; PTS: 1)
4. Lupe Ole Soaga (GP: 3; GD: -9; PTS: 1)

Ba FC, as Group A winners, and Gaitcha FCN, as the second-place club with the best record, advanced to the semifinal round.



GROUP B:

Both games were played at National Stadium in Suva.

In the opener, Abdulwali Aman scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute as Suva FC defeated Western United 3-1 as tournament play ended for both clubs.

In the nightcap, Joao Moreira delivered a natural hat trick (3', 56', 64') as defending champs Auckland City locked up the Group B crown and a berth in the semifinals with a 3-0 domination of Amicale FC, eliminating the club from Vanuatu from the tournament.

Final Group B Standings:

1. Auckland City (GP: 3; GD: +9; PTS: 9)
2. Amicale FC (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 6)
3. Suva FC (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Western United FC (GP: 3; GD: -6; PTS: 0)

Auckland City won Group B and advanced to the semifinal round.

Here are the matchups for the semifinal round with both matches set to be played this coming Tuesday at Suva, Fiji:

Gaitcha FCN (New Caledonia) vs. Auckland City (New Zealand)

Ba FC (Fiji) vs. Team Wellington (New Zealand)

The winners will meet in the one-match final at Suva's National Stadium on Sunday, April 26.  The winner would advance to this December's FIFA Club World Cup.

CFU Club Championship: Don Bosco Clinches Semifinal Berth

Group-stage play in the CFU Club Championship continued on Friday.

GROUP ONE:

At Providence, Guyana:

Willis Plaza scored both goals during a four-minute second-half stretch (53', 57') as Central FC (Trinidad and Tobago) eliminated Inter Moengotapoe from the tournament with their 2-0 blanking of the club from Suriname.

Group One Standings:

1.   Alpha United FC (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2.   Central FC (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. z-Inter Moengotapoe (GP: 2; GD: -5; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP TWO:

At Couva, Trinidad and Tobago:

A 0-0 stalemate between Guyana Defence Force and SAP FC from Antigua and Barbuda eliminated the Guyanan club from the tournament.

Group Two Standings:

1.    W Connection (GP: 1; GD: +6; PTS: 3)
2.    SAP FC (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. z-Guyana Defence Force FC (GP: 1; GD: -6; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP THREE:

Both games were contested at Complexe Sportif des Cayes, Haiti.

In the opener, CS Moulien defeated Excelsior 3-2, eliminating the Surinamese club from the tournament.

In the nightcap, Jamaica's Montego Bay United put themselves in the Group Three drivers seat by dominating host club America des Cayes 4-1.

Group Three Standings:

1.    Montego Bay United FC (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2.    CS Moulien (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3.    America des Cayes (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. z-SV Excelsior (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP FOUR:

Both contests were played at Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

In the opener, Lyford Cay Dragons gained a 2-2 draw with USR Sainte-Rose.

In the nightcap, hosts Don Bosco FC locked up the Group Four title and a berth in the semifinal round with a 5-1 beatdown of Helenites.

Group Four Standings:

1. y-Don Bosco FC (GP: 2; GD: +14; PTS: 6)
2. z-USR Sainte-Rose (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
3. z-Helenites (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 1)
4. z-Lyford Cay Dragons (GP: 2; GD: -10; PTS: 1)

y-Won Group Four and clinched a berth in the semifinal round

z-Eliminated from tournament


Friday, April 17, 2015

MLS: Red Bulls Blank Visiting Quakes

At Harrison, New York:

Sacha Kljestan (29') and Mike Grella (35') delivered the goals as the New York Red Bulls blanked the visiting San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 in the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest.

OFC Champions League: Team Wellington Wins Group C, Advances To Semis

Two games were played on Friday as action from Group C of the OFC Champions League concluded.  Both games were played at National Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

In the opener, Tommy Semmy scored the winning goal in the 58th minute as Hekari United defeated AS Tefana 3-2 to keep their chances of advancing to the semifinal round as the second-place team with the best record alive.

In the nightcap, Michael Gwyther scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute as Team Wellington won Group C and locked up a berth in the semifinal round with a 3-2 victory over Tafea FC.

Final Group C Standings:

1. Team Wellington (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 9)
2. PRK Hekari United (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 6)
3. Tafea FC (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)
4. AS Tefana (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)

Team Wellington won Group C and advanced to the semifinal round.  PRK Hekari United are still alive for advancing to the knockout stage as the second-placed club with the best record.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MLS: C.J. Rescues Philly As Late Equalizer Gain Road Point Against NYCFC

At New York City:

In the lone Thursday Major League Soccer contest, C.J. Sapong's equalizer in the 86th minute lifted the Philadelphia Union to a 1-1 road draw with New York City.  Mehdi Ballouchy scored for the hosts in the 57th minute.

CFU Club Championship Begins

Six games were played on Wednesday as the opening round of the CFU Club Championship commenced.

GROUP ONE:

All games in this group are being played at National Stadium in Providence, Guyana.

Daniel Wilson (26'), Gregory Richardson (56'), and Kithson Bain (90') each delivered a goal as host club Alpha United dominated visiting Inter Moengotapoe from Suriname 3-0.

Group One Standings:

1. Alpha United FC (Guyana) (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
2. Central FC (Trinidad and Tobago) (GP: 0; GD: 0; PTS: 0)
3. Inter Moengotapoe (Suriname) (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)



GROUP TWO:

All games in this group are being played at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.

The originally-scheduled match between Antigua and Barbuda's SAP FC and Jamaica's Waterhouse FC was cancelled due to the Jamaican club's withdrawal from the tournament due to financial problems.

In the one contest that was played, Hashim Arcia delivered a hat trick (35', 47', 81') and Shahdon Winchester added a double (23', 28') as host club W Connection destroyed the Guyana Defence Force 7-1.

Group Two Standings:

1.     W Connection (Trinidad and Tobago) (GP: 1; GD: +6; PTS: 3)
2.     SAP FC (Antigua and Barbuda) (GP: 0; PTS: 0; PTS: 0)
3.     Guyana Defence Force (GP: 1; GD: -6; PTS: 0)
4. w-Waterhouse FC (Jamaica)

w-Withdrew from tournament



GROUP THREE:

All games in this group are being played at Complexe Sportif des Cayes in Les Cayes, Haiti.  Two games took place on Wednesday.

In the opener, Montego Bay United defeated CS Moulien of Guadeloupe 1-0.

In the nightcap, hosts America des Cayes doubled up Suriname's SV Excelsior 4-2.

Group Three Standings:

1. America des Cayes (Haiti) (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Montego Bay United FC (Jamaica ) (GP: 1; GD: +1: PTS: 3)
3. CS Moulien (Guadeloupe) (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. SV Excelsior (Suriname) (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



GROUP FOUR:

All games in this group are being played at Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Two of the contests took place on Wednesday.

In the opener, USR Sainte-Rose gained a 2-2 draw with Helenites  from the United States Virgin Islands.

In the nightcap, hosts Don Bosco annihilated Lyford Cay Dragons FC from the Bahamas 10-0.

Group Four Standings:

1. Don Bosco FC (Haiti) (GP: 1; GD: +10; PTS: 3)
2. Helenites (US Virgin Islands) (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. USR Sainte-Rose (Guadeloupe) (GP: 1: GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Lyford Cay Dragons FC (Bahamas) (GP: 1; GD: -10; PTS: 0)

The four group winners would advance to the semifinal round (both games will be played on May 22) with the winners advancing to the final and the losers to play in the third-place game, both of those contests are set for May 24.  Both finalists and the winner of the third-place game would qualify for the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

Copa Libertadores: Corinthians, Montevideo Wanderers Advance To Knockout Stage; Boca Conclude Perfect Group Five Run

The next-to-last week of Copa Libertadores group-stage play concluded on Thursday with four games.

GROUP TWO:

At Sao Paulo, Brazil:

A 0-0 home draw with San Lorenzo clinched the Group Two title for Corinthians.

Group Two Standings:

1. y-Corinthians (GP: 5; GD: +8; PTS: 13)
2.    Sao Paulo (GP: 5; GD: +3; PTS: 9)
3.    San Lorenzo (GP: 5; GD: 0; PTS: 7)
4. z-Danubio FC (GP: 5; GD: -11; PTS: 0)

y-Clinched Group Two title and berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP FOUR:

At Santiago, Chile:

Nilmar scored twice (9', 31') as Internacional climbed to the top of the Group Four standings with one game left as they demolished Universidad de Chile 4-0 on the road and eliminated the hosts from the tournament. 

Group Four Standings:

1.    Internacional (GP: 5; GD: +5; PTS: 10)
2.    The Strongest (GP: 5; GD: 0; PTS: 9)
3.    Club Sport Emelec (GP: 5; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
4. z-Universidad de Chile (GP: 5; GD: -7; PTS: 3)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP FIVE:

At Barinas, Venezuela:

Matias Santos (33'), Nicolas Albarracin (63'), and Gaston Rodriguez (87') each scored a goal as Montevideo Wanderers locked up a berth in the knockout stage with 3-0 road domination of already-eliminated Zamora FC.

At Buenos Aires:

Leandro Marin (81') and Jonathan Calleri (90'+2) delivered the goals as Boca Juniors completed a perfect group-stage run with a 2-0 home blanking of Palestino, eliminating the Chilean club from the tournament.

Final Group Five Standings:

1. Boca Juniors (GP: 6; GD: +17; PTS: 18)
2. Montevideo Wanderers (GP: 6; GD: +1; PTS: 10)
3. Club Deportivo Palestino (GP: 6; GD: 0; PTS: 7) 
4. Zamora FC (GP: 6; GD: -18; PTS: 0)

Boca Juniors and Montevideo Wanderers advanced to the knockout stage.


Europa League: Sevilla and Napoli Grab Series Openers; Goose Eggs For Club Brugge And Dnipro In Belgium; Dynamo Kiev And Fiorentina Battle To 1-1 Draw

Four games were contested on Thursday as the quarterfinal round of the Europa League commenced.

At Seville, Spain:
Carlos Bacca (73') and Denis Suarez (88') scored late as Sevilla 
came from behind to top visiting Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1 in the opening contest of their two-game series. Aleksandr Ryazantsev scored for the Russian club in the 29th minute.

At Bruges, Belgium:
The opening match between Club Brugge and visiting FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

At Kiev, Ukraine:

Khouma Babacar's stoppage-time equalizer (90'+2) lifted Fiorentina to a series 1-1 road draw with Dynamo Kiev.  Jeremain Lens scored for the hosts in the 36th minute.

At Wolfsburg, Germany:

Marek Hamsik scored twice (23', 64') as Napoli found themselves in the driver's seat for a berth in the semifinal round following their series-opening 4-1 road domination of VfL Wolfsburg.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Copa Libertadores: Sao Paulo Lay Claim To Knockout-Stage Berth; River Plate, Too

Group-stage play in the Copa Libertadores continued on Wednesday with six games.

GROUP ONE:

At Guadalajara, Mexico:

Arturo Gonzalez scored the only goal of the match in the 39th minute as Club Atlas defeated visiting Atletico Mineiro 1-0.

At Santiago, Chile:

Luis Alfonso Paez (30'), Omar Sebastian Perez (46'), and Yerry Mina (67') each scored a goal as Independiente Santa Fe dominated Colo-Colo 3-0 on the road.

Group One Standings:

1. Independiente Santa Fe (GP: 5; GD: +3; PTS: 9)
2. Colo-Colo (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 9)
3. Atletico Mineiro (GP: 5; GD: -1; PTS: 6)
4. Club Atlas (GP: 5; GD: -3; PTS: 6)



GROUP TWO:

At Montevideo, Uruguay:

Ricardo Centurion scored the winning goal in the 90th minute as Sao Paulo FC knocked off Danubio FC 2-1 on the road to lock up a berth in the knockout stage and eliminate the Uruguayan club from the tournament.



GROUP FOUR:

At La Paz, Bolivia:

Alejandro Chumacero scored the only goal of the match in the 57th minute as The Strongest moved to the top of the Group Four standings for the time being with their 1-0 home win over Club Sport Emelec.



GROUP SIX:

At Buenos Aires:

Rodrigo Mora scored twice (42', PK-52') as River Plate locked up a berth in the knockout stage with a 3-0 home domination of Club Deportivo San Jose, ending the tournament for the Bolivian club.

At Chiclayo, Peru:

Enrique Esqueda produced a hat trick (10', 16', 73') while Jonathan Espericueta delivered the game winner in the 81st minute as Tigres, who already locked up a Round-of-16 berth, defeated home-standing Juan Aurich 5-4 on the road and eliminated the Peruvian club from the tournament.

Final Group Six Standings:

1. UANL Tigres (GP: 6; GD: +9; PTS: 14)
2. River Plate (GP: 6; GD: +1;PTS: 7)
3. Juan Aurich (GP: 6; GD: -2; PTS: 6)
4. Club Deportivo San Jose (GP: 6; GD: -8; PTS: 4)

Tigres and River Plate advanced to the knockout stage.












UEFA Champions League: Barca, Dragons Take Series Openers By 3-1 Scores

The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League continued on Wednesday with two games.

At Paris:
Suárez at the double as Barcelona beat Paris
Luis Suarez (that's him celebrating) scored twice (69', 79') as Barcelona defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the opening match of their two-game series.

AFP/Getty Images photo

At Porto, Portugal:
Porto assume pole position against Bayern
Ricardo Quaresma scored twice (PK-3', 10', that's him celebrating with teammates after his second goal) as FC Porto knocked off visiting Bayern Munich 3-1 in their series opener.

Getty Images photo


OFC Champions League: Team Wellington On Cusp Of Advancing To Semifinals

Two games were played in Group C of the OFC Champions League were played on Wednesday, both played at National Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

In the opener, Hadisi Aengari (OG-22') and Jarrod Smith (45') produced the scoring as Team Wellington all but sewed up a berth in the semifinal round with their 2-0 win over PRK Hekari United.

In the nightcap, Angelo Tchen's penalty kick in the 85th minute enabled AS Tefana to salvage a 1-1 draw with Tafea FC which saw both clubs eliminated from the tournament.  Jean Kaltack scored for the club from Vanuatu in the 36th minute.

Group C Standings:

1.    Team Wellington (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2.    PRK Hekari United (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
3. z-Tafea FC (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)
4. z-AS Tefana (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Copa Libertadores: Racing Club, Guarani Lock Up Knockout-Stage Berths As Play In Group Eight Concludes

Four games were played in the Copa Libertadores' group stage on Tuesday.

GROUP THREE:


At Buenos Aires:

Ramon Abila scored twice (14', 25') as Club Atletico Huracan defeated visiting Cruzeiro 3-1.

At Sucre, Bolivia:

Leonardo Castro (45'+1) and Miguel Suarez (84') produced the goals as Universitario remained atop Group Three with one game remaining following their 2-0 home blanking of Mineros de Guayana.

Group Three Standings:

1.    Universitario (GP: 5; GD: +3; PTS: 9)
2.    Cruzeiro (GP: 5; GD: +3; PTS: 8)
3.    Club Atletico Huracan (GP: 5; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
4. z-Mineros de Guayana (GP: 5; GD: -8; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP EIGHT:

At Lima, Peru:

Federico Santander's goal in the 13th minute enabled Club Guarani to gain a 1-1 road draw with Sporting Cristal, good enough to clinch a berth in the knockout stage.  Sergio Blanco scored in the 58th minute for the Peruvian club, who were eliminated from the tournament.

At Avellaneda, Argentina:

Brian Fernandez scored the winning goal in the 90th minute as Racing Club de Avellaneda locked up top spot in Group Eight with their 3-2 home win over Deportivo Tachira.

Final Group Eight Standings:

1. Racing Club de Avellaneda (GP: 6; GD: +8; PTS: 12)
2. Club Guarani (GP: 6; GD: +2; PTS: 9)
3. Sporting Cristal (GP: 6; GD: -1; PTS: 7)
4. Deportivo Tachira (GP: 6; GD: -9; PTS: 3)

Racing Club de Avellaneda and Club Guarani advanced to the knockout stage.

UEFA: Opening Match Of Madrid Derby (Rematch of Last Year's Final) Ends In Scoreless Stalemate; Juve Top Monaco In Series Opener

The UEFA Champions League's quarterfinal round commenced on Tuesday with two games.

At Turin, Italy:
Vidal gives Juventus the edge over Monaco
Arturo Vidal's penalty kick in the 57th minute (that's him celebrating after scoring) lifted Juventus to a 1-0 series-opening home win over AS Monaco.

At Madrid:
Atlético and Real Madrid draw a blank
The opening contest between Atletico Madrid and visiting Real Madrid (game one of a two-match rematch of last year's final) ended in a 0-0 stalemate.  Here, we see Los Galacticos' Raphael Varane tracking the run of the Mattress Makers' Antoine Griezmann.

AFP/Getty Images photos

OFC Champions League

Four games were played on Tuesday as the second cycle of contests from OFC Champions League group-stage play commenced in Fiji.

GROUP A:

Both games were played at Govind Park in Ba.

In the opener, Saula Waga delivered a hat trick (32', 46', 53') as Ba defeated Lupe ole Soaga 3-1, eliminating the Samoan club from the tournament.

In the nightcap, Jean-Christ Wajoka scored twice (37', 66') as Gaitcha kept their chances of advancing alive with a 5-2 beatdown of AS Pirae, eliminating the Tahitian club from the tournament.

Group A Standings:

1.    Ba FC (GP: 2; GD: +5; PTS: 6)
2.    Gaitcha FCN (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. z-Lupe ole Soaga (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 1)
4. z-AS Pirae (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP B:

Both games were played at National Stadium in Suva.

In the opener, Darren White scored twice (68', 87') as Auckland City dominated Western United 3-0, eliminating the club from the Solomon Islands from the tournament.

In the nightcap, Osea Vakatalesau scored twice (16', 47') and Fenedy Masauvakalo scored the winning goal in the opening minute of second half stoppage time as Amicale FC defeated Suva FC 3-2, knocking the club from the host country from the tournament.

Group B Standings:

1.   Auckland City FC (GP: 2; GD: +6; PTS: 6)
2.   Amicale FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3. z-Suva FC (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 0)
4. z-Western United (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament

Sunday, April 12, 2015

MLS: Lions, Galaxy Blank Cascadia Clubs

Two games were played in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

At Portland, Oregon:

Cyle Liran (30') and Kaka (PK-85') delivered the scoring as Orlando City blanked the Portland Timbers 2-0 on the road.

At Carson, California:

Alan Gordon scored the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the visiting Seattle Sounders 1-0.

MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   DC United (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 10)
2.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 4; GD: +3; PTS: 8)
3.   Orlando City SC (GP: 6; GD: +1; PTS: 8)
4.   New England (GP: 6; GD: -2; PTS: 8)
5.   Chicago (GP: 5; GD: -2; PTS; 6)
6.   Columbus (GP: 5; GD: 0; PTS: 5)
7.   New York City FC (GP: 5; GD: 0; PTS: 5)
8.   Philadelphia (GP: 6; GD: -3; PTS: 5)
9.   Toronto FC (GP: 4; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
10. Montreal (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 2)

NOTES:  The New York Red Bulls, Orlando City, and New England, all with eight points apiece, have each won two games thus far this season.  Columbus, New York City, and Philadelphia, all with five points apiece, each each won one game.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.    Vancouver (GP: 7; GD: +2; PTS: 13)
2.    FC Dallas (GP: 6; GD: -1; PTS: 10)
3.    San Jose (GP: 6; GD: 0; PTS: 9)
4.    Real Salt Lake (GP: 5; GD: +2; PTS: 9)
5.    Kansas City (GP: 6; GD: 0; PTS: 9)
6.    Houston (GP: 6; GD: +2; PTS: 8)
7.    Los Angeles (GP: 6; GD: 0; PTS: 8)
8.    Seattle (GP: 5; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
9.    Colorado (GP: 5; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
10.  Portland (GP: 6; GD: -1; PTS: 6)

NOTE:  San Jose, Real Salt Lake, and Sporting Kansas City, each have nine points.  The Quakes have the first tiebreaker, total wins, of which they have three, while RSL and SKC each have won twice.  Houston and Los Angeles, each of whom with eight points, have each won twice, with the Dynamo holding the superior goal differential (+2 to 0).  Colorado and Portland, each with six points, have each won once, with the Rapids holding the superior goal differential (+2 to -1).

OFC Champions League: Hekari United, Team Wellington Grab Sunday Wins In Group C

Action from Group C of the OFC Champions League opened on Sunday at National Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

In the opener, Alick Maemae scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 54th minute as Papua New Guinea's Hekari United raced out to a 3-0 lead before hanging on to hold off Tafea FC from Vanuatu 3-2.

In the nightcap, Jarrod Smith scored the winning goal in the 67th minute as Team Wellington defeated AS Tefana from Tahiti 2-1.

Group C Standings:

1. PRK Hekari United (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Team Wellington (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Tafea FC (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. AS Tefana (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)