LOCALS: Hollywood United rolls on

April, 25, 2011
4/25/11
10:49
PM PT

Hollywood United FC is finding that the National Premier Soccer League's Western Division not as tough as it hoped it would be.


The Hitmen, atop the Southwest Flight, hammered Real San Jose, 11-0, on Saturday night to improve to 4-1-0. The last three wins, all shutouts over Northwest Flight clubs, have been by an 18-0 margin. HUFC joined the NPSL, primarily for financial reasons, after playing several seasons in the rival Premier Development League, and club management cited the competitiveness of NPSL clubs when they announced the switch.

It's clear the divisional championship, barring something wholly unexpected, will be going to HUFC or the San Diego Flash, who are 4-0-0 after a 3-0 win over Bay Area Ambassadors up in Hayward. The Flash beat the Hitmen, 3-1, on April 9

Former Chivas USA winger Brent Whitfield (Long Beach/Long Beach Poly HS and Cal State Fullerton) had a hat trick after 34 minutes, and Jose Miranda and Andy Contreras pitched in with two goals apiece.

HASENTAL WINS: Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental claimed its first victory, spoiling Rattlers FC's NPSL debut with a 3-1 victory at Palmdale High School. Romanian forward Lucian Leu, Johnny Gonzalez and Omar De la Piedra (L.A. Mission College) scored for Hasental (1-3-0).

Santa Ana Winds (2-1-0) made it two in a row on the road with a 3-2 triumph at San Diego Boca on a last-minute strike by Diego Turoldo (Torrance/North Torrance HS and Cal State Dominguez Hills).

GRIFFIN STRIKES AGAIN: Max Griffin (Palmdale/Littlerock HS and UCLA) has two two-goal games in three games for Orlando City FC in the third-tier USL Pro. He netted a pair in a 2-2 draw Friday with Puerto Rico United and leads the third-tier league with four goals.

Around USL Pro: Anthony Hamilton (Redlands/UC Irvine) and Felix Motagalvan (UC Santa Barbara) scored for Rochester in a 3-2 victory at Dayton. … Richmond is 4-0-0 after Shaka Bangura's 90th-minute goal beat Charleston, 2-1.

PDL OPENERS: The Premier Development League, like the NPSL a national semipro/amateur fourth-division league, kicks off its season Friday night in Fresno, with L.A. Blues 23 visiting the Fuego. The Blues, whose top team is playing in USL Pro, joined the PDL after Hollywood United moved to the NPSL.

Two more openers on Sunday, with Fresno visiting the reigning Southwest Division champ Ventura County Fusion and Orange County Blue Star taking on L.A. Legends in Huntington Park.
  • DIVISION 3

USL PRO
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Wednesday

Puerto Rico United 2 (Ramos 66, 78), L.A. Blues 4 (Colic 29, 59, Randolph 41, Priestley 83)
Thursday
Antigua Barracuda 0, Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 1
Friday
Orlando City FC 2 (M. Griffin 47, 50), Puerto Rico United 2 (Silva 30, Turizo 73)
Saturday
River Plate Puerto Rico 1 (Matos 58), L.A. Blues 1 (Rivera 12)
Richmond Kickers 2 (Bulow 63, Bangura 90), Charleston Battery 1 (Coleman 15)
Charlotte Eagles 0, FC New York 0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Harada 48), Harrisburg City Islanders 0
Antigua Barracuda 3 (Smith 19, 21, Gregory 74), Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 2 (Gordley 15, Gustave 83)
Dayton Dutch Lions 2 (Davis 8, Segebart 88), Rochester Rhinos 3 (Motagalvan 13, Banks 45, Hamilton 69)

Standings
International:
L.A. Blues 10 points, Sevilla PR 5, Antigua Barracuda FC 3, River Plate PR 2, Puerto Rico United 2
American: Richmond Kickers 12, Orlando City 7, Charleston Battery 6, Wilmington Hammerheads 3, Charlotte Eagles 1
National: Harrisburg City Islanders 3, Rochester Rhinos 3, Dayton Dutch Lions 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, FC New York 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Wednesday
Antigua Barracuda at Puerto Rico United, 1 p.m.
Friday
Charleston Battery at Charlotte Eagles, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.
Antigua Barracuda at River Plate Puerto Rico, 5 p.m.
Puerto Rico United at Sevilla FC River Plate, 5 p.m.
Saturday
Rochester Rhinos at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Charleston Battery, 4:30 p.m.
Richmond Kickers at Dayton Dutch Lions, 4:30 p.m.
Orlando City FC at FC New York, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
L.A. Blues vs. Antigua Barracuda at Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.
  • DIVISION 4

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
WESTERN DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday

Rattlers FC 1 (Cange 8), FC Hasental 3 (Leu 26, Gonzalez 40, De la Piedra 65)
Hollywood United FC 11 (Whitfield 3, 22, 34, Rodriguez 11, Muranda 48, 81, Acevedo 68, Contreras 71, 78, Corona 84, Mendoza 86)
San Diego Boca 2 (Roget 22, Picou NA), Santa Ana Winds 3 (Piechota 5, Novoa 57, Turoldo 90)
Bay Area Ambassadors 0, San Diego Flash 3 (Underwood 5, Emeanua 70, Shah 87)
Sonoma County Sol 0, Sacramento Gold 0

Standings
Southwest:
Hollywood United FC 12 points, San Diego Flash 12, Santa Ana Winds 6, San Diego Boca FC 6, FC Hasental 3, Rattlers FC 0
Northwest: Sonoma County Sol 7, Sacramento Gold 4, Real San Jose 3, Bay Area Ambassadors 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
San Diego Boca vs. Rattlers FC at Palmdale HS (Palmdale), 5 p.m.
Bay Area Ambassadors vs. FC Hasental at Calabasas HS (Calabasas), 7 p.m.
Sacramento Gold vs. Real San Jose at Yerba Buena HS (San Jose), 7 p.m.
Sunday
San Diego Boca vs. Hollywood United FC at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.
Sonoma County Sol vs. San Diego Flash at Westview HS (San Diego), 3 p.m.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
This week's games (all times Pacific)
Friday
L.A. Blues 23 vs. Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park (Fresno), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Fresno Fuego vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College (Ventura), 5 p.m.
Orange County Blue Star vs. L.A. Legends at Huntington Park HS (Huntington Park), 6 p.m.

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