DU men’s match vs. Stanford has been moved to practice pitch at Dick’s
Saturday’s exhibition between the University of Denver men’s soccer team and Stanford has been moved to the Colorado Rapids’ practice field at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The game time has been changed to 4:30 p.m., and admission will be free. Denver opens the regular season at the Duke Classic in Durham, N.C., facing North Carolina State on Sept. 4 and Duke on Sept. 6. The Pioneers play their first home game Sept. 11 against Dayton.
IN THE GREELEY TRIBUNE: Sportswriter extraordinaire Matt Schuman writes about the crop of freshmen that the University of Northern Colorado soccer team is counting on for the 2009 season, including Alexsys Tamayo, who looked sharp against Nebraska on Saturday at Jackson Stadium. Read Schuman’s story here.
EXHIBITION RESULT: Pana Vazquez scored in second-half stoppage time as Southern Methodist walked off with a 1-0 victory over the University of Denver men’s soccer team Saturday night in Houston. The Pioneers host Stanford in their final exhibition game Saturday and open the regular season Sept. 4-6 at the Duke Classic in Durham, N.C., facing North Carolina State and Duke.
MY VOTES FOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK: I voted for Kheli Dube, who scored three goals in the New England Revolution’s 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. In second place, I picked Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel, who recorded a brace in a 3-2 victory over Dallas. If the North American Soccer Reporters had asked me to vote for three or four players, I’d have had Chivas USA’s Sacha Kljestan (two goals in a 2-0 victory) in third and the Rapids’ Omar Cummings in fourth. Omar was great on Sunday at Chicago, but his goals had a lot less meaning after the Fire scored three in the final 20 minutes to win 3-2.
FORMER RAPIDS IN INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Dedi Ben Dayan played the full 90 for Israel in a recent match against Northern Ireland. The Belfast Telegraph has the story and an awesome slide show. Click on the photo to start the slide show. I think that’s Dedi wearing No. 19. He’s in the lineup in the second pic, and there’s a nice action shot of him later. Many thanks to Mark C. Young and his wonderful MLS alumni roundups. Young also points out that former Rapids player Junior Agogo scored on a PK for Ghana in a 4-1 win over Zambia in London. Read his entire post here.
WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER: Heather O’Reilly scored as the NY/NJ Sky Blue beat the Los Angeles Sol 1-0 to capture the WPS championship. The Sky Blue is the same team that tied the Colorado Force in a weather-shortened exhibition in June at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.