LOCALS: Rangers' start is strong

April, 11, 2012
4/11/12
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The Fullerton Rangers' team in the National Premier Soccer League isn't exactly new, but the name and organization are, so last weekend's West Division opener in Phoenix was a debut of sorts.

A winning debut.

The Rangers, who last year made the NPSL playoffs as the Santa Ana Winds and already posted three wins in qualifying en route to a berth in the U.S. Open Cup, received late goals from Julio Madrigal (Inglewood/Inglewood HS and L.A. Harbor College/Cal State Dominguez Hills) and Carlos Godinez to pull away to a 3-0 victory at debutant Phoenix Monsoon.

Madrigal also assisted Cuban forward Eder Roldan's 15th-minute opener for Fullerton, which is second in the Southern Conference, behind San Diego Flash, which routed Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental, 4-0, as Brandon Zuniga scored a hat trick.

So Cal's other new NPSL team, FC Santa Clarita Storm -- formerly Antelope Valley-based Rattlers FC -- settled for a 2-2 draw at San Diego Boca in its first game. Steven Martines set up Alex Harlley (Rosamond/Rosamond HS) and then added one of his own to give FCSC a two-goal lead by the 32nd minute, but NPSL Player of the Week Juan Bernal conveted a 65th-minute penalty and netted an equalizer 15 minutes later.

What happened to the Winds? They've got a team playing in the local United Premier Soccer League.

USL PRO KICKS OFF: The third-division USL Pro began its second season with four games -- road teams won three of them -- and defending champion Orlando City SC is back on top following a 2-0 win over the Charlotte Eagles. The Charleston Battery's Jose Cuevas is the league Player of the Week after scoring twice, including a 67th-minute winner, in a 2-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers.

The L.A. Blues open Saturday night against the Rochester Rhinos at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.

OPEN CUP UPDATE: Two more SoCal clubs are in the running for a U.S. Open Cup berth. Zicuiran 28, which plays in the L.A.-based league The Angels Confrontation, will face another local side, Napoli, with the winner meeting Stanislaus United Turlock Express from Northern California for U.S. Club Soccer's half-berth in the 99th edition of America's top soccer cup. The winner of that game will meet the NPSL's Bay Area Ambassadors for a spot in the main 64-team field.

THE NUMBERS
  • DIVISION 3/MEN
USL PRO

Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Friday

Antigua Barracuda 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Seth 41)
Saturday
Richmond Kickers 1 (Nyazamba 46+), Charleston Battery 2 (Cuevas 41, 67)
Charlotte Eagles 0, Orlando City SC 2 (Chin 3, Molino 91+)
Sunday
Antigua Barracuda 3 (Griffith 31, Smith 43, 81), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Green 88)

Standings
1. Orlando City SC (1-0-0) 3 points; 2. Antigua Barracuda (1-1-0) 3; 3. Charleston Battery (1-0-0) 3; 4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1-1-0) 3; 4. L.A. Blues (0-0-0), Dayton Dutch Lions (0-0-0), Harrisburg City Islanders (0-0-0), Rochester Rhinos (0-0-0) and Wilmington Hammerheads (0-0-0) 0; 10. Richmond Kickers (0-1-0) 0; 11. Charlotte Eagles (0-1-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Friday
Dayton at Charlotte, 4 p.m.
Saturday
Richmond at Charleston, 4:30 p.m.
Rochester vs. L.A. Blues at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday
Wilmington at Orlando City, 3 p.m.
Tuesday
Charleston at Charlotte, 4 p.m.
  • DIVISION 4/MEN
NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

WEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday
Phoenix Monsoon 0, Fullerton Rangers 3 (Roldan 15, Madrigal 70, Godinez 90)
San Diego Flash 4 (Zuniga 30, 55, 65, Picou 75), FC Hasental 0
San Diego Boca 2 (Bernal pen. 65, 80), FC Santa Clarita Storm 2 (Harlley 2, Martines 32)
North Coast Tsunami 3 (Smith 20, Rafferty 75, Reynoza 84), Sacramento Gold 5 (Pina 6, John Jones pen. 12, Prado 18 Fonseca 65, Jason Jones 74)
San Francisco Stompers 1 (Barrett 43), Bay Area Ambassadors 0
Sonoma County Sol 0, Real San Jose 0

Standings
Southern Conference:
1. San Diego Flash (1-0-0) 3 points; 2. Fullerton Rangers (1-0-0) 3; 3. FC Santa Clarita Storm (0-0-1) and San Diego Boca (0-0-1) 1; 5. Phoenix Monsoon (0-1-0) 0; 6. FC Hasental (0-1-0) 0.
Northern Conference: 1. Sacramento Storm (1-0-0) 3; 2. San Francisco Stompers (1-0-0) 3; 3. Real San Jose (0-0-1) and Sonoma County Sol (0-0-1) 1; 5. Bay Area Ambassador (0-1-0) 0; 6. North Coast Tsunami (0-1-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
San Diego Boca at San Diego Flash, 5 p.m.
Phoenix Monsoon vs. FC Santa Clarita Storm at Canyon HS (Canyon Country), 6 p.m.
North Coast Tsunami at Real San Jose, 7 p.m.
Sonoma County Sol at Bay Area Ambassadors, 7 p.m.
Sunday
FC Hasental vs. Fullerton Rangers at Santa Ana Stadium, 5 p.m.
San Francisco Stompers at Sacramento Gold, 7 p.m.
  • OTHER LEAGUES
OPENING DAY
USL Premier Development League:
April 29
USL W-League: May 11
Women's Premier Soccer League: TBA

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