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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
LOCALS: Coombes' quintet leads FCSC

By Scott French

FC Santa Clarita's inaugural National Premier Soccer League home game couldn't have started much worse. Three minutes in and the Phoenix Monsoon were celebrating.

The next hour was an onslaught, with the Storm -- formerly Rattlers FC in the Antelope Valley -- scoring nine goals, five of them before halftime, en route to a simple triumph Saturday in the West Division's Southern Conference.

Tyler Coombes (Palmdale/Palmdale HS and Cal State L.A.) was chosen the NPSL's national player of the week after scoring five goals. He had a hat trick by the 43rd minute.

He netted one goal more than Jason Jones in Northern Conference leader Sacramento Gold's 9-0 destruction of the San Francisco Stompers the following day.

FCSC (1-0-1) is second in the NPSL West-Southern, two points behind the Fullerton Rangers (2-0-0), who notched their second shutout victory as Eder Roldan and David Arvizu scored second-half goals to beat visiting FC Hasental, 2-0, on Sunday. Hasental, from the Conejo Valley, has been shut out in each of its first two games.

Fullerton visits Santa Clarita on Saturday evening. The game is at Valencia High School and begins at 6.

USL PRO: The L.A. Blues were the fifth team in the third-division league, of five, to drop their home opener, falling to the Rochester Rhinos on Tam McManus' goal. Defending champ Orlando City ended the skid, romping to a 4-1 victory over Wilmington behind USL Pro Player of the Week John Rooney. Man United superstar Wayne Rooney's little brother, who last year was with the New York Red Bulls, scored two goals and assisted the third.

The big news in Fullerton was the attendance: 2,432, roughly 53.6 percent of last year's gate for all 12 league home games. It's the No. 4 mark in USL Pro so far, behind the totals at home openers in Orlando (8,421), Richmond (5,009) and Charleston (4,729).

U.S. OPEN CUP: Napoli, from the Central Coast Soccer Association, will represent Southern California in the U.S. Club Soccer qualifying final Sunday in Fresno after Zicuiran 28, from The Angels Confrontation in L.A., withdrew from the competition. Napoli faces Stanislaus United Turlock Express at Chukchansi Park, and the winner plays April 28 at the NPSL's Bay Area Ambassadors for a berth in the 64-team field.

Two more berths will come from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association's Region IV tournament, which we've been told will be played May 4-6 in Ontario. No other details are out yet.

The Open Cup begins May 15.

THE NUMBERS

USL PRO

Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Friday
Charlotte Eagles 0, Dayton Dutch Lions 0
Saturday
Charleston Battery 1 (N. Patterson 19), Richmond Kickers 2 (Nyazamba 63, Gorres 90)
L.A. Blues 0, Rochester Rhinos 1 (McManus 22)
Sunday
Orlando City SC 4 (Rooney pen. 9, 41, Valentino 54, Chin 65), Wilmington Hammerheads 1 (Taylor 56)
Tuesday
Charlotte Eagles 0, Charleston Battery 3 (Donatelli 22, Richter 44, Mack 86)

Standings
1. Orlando City SC (2-0-0) 6 points; 2. Charleston Battery (2-1-0) 6; 3. Antigua Barracuda (1-1-0) 3; 4. Rochester Rhinos (1-0-0) 3; 5. Richmond Kickers (1-1-0) 3; 6. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1-1-0) 3; 7. Dayton Dutch Lions (0-0-1) 1; 8. Charlotte Eagles (0-2-1) 1; 9. Harrisburg City Islanders (0-0-0) 0; 10. L.A. Blues (0-1-0) 0; 11. Wilmington Hammerheads (0-1-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Friday
Harrisburg City Islanders at Charlotte Eagles, 4 p.m.
Rochester vs. L.A. Blues at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
Dayton Dutch Lions at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.
Orlando City SC at Richmond Kickers, 4 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.
>NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

WEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday
San Diego Flash 2 (Jock 41, LoSarah 53), San Diego Boca 2 (Perez 4, 68)
FC Santa Clarita Storm 9 (Coombes 6, 23, 43, 53, 57, Bueno 15, 64, Galvan 16, Martines 59), Phoenix Monsoon 1 (Mejica 3)
Real San Jose 1 (Pacheco 67), North Coast Tsunami 0
Bay Area Ambassadors 2 (Lind 16, Hill 35), Sonoma County Sol 2 (Jones 29, Lombardi 84)
Sunday
Fullerton Rangers 2 (Roldan 53, Arvizu 70), FC Hasental 0
Sacramento Gold 9 (Jason Jones 22, 38, 53, 55, Piņa 29, 45, Chimetti 59, John Jones pen. 64, Chambers 91+), San Francisco Stompers 0

Standings
Southern Conference:
1. Fullerton Rangers (2-0-0) 6 points; 2. FC Santa Clarita Storm (1-0-1) 4; 3. San Diego Flash (1-0-1) 4; 4. San Diego Boca (0-0-2) 2; 5. FC Hasental (0-2-0) 0; 6. Phoenix Monsoon (0-2-0) 0.
Northern Conference: 1. Sacramento Storm (2-0-0) 6; 2. Real San Jose (1-0-1), 4; 3. San Francisco Stompers (1-1-0) 3; 4. Sonoma County Sol (0-0-2) 2; 5. Bay Area Ambassadors (0-1-1) 1; 6. North Coast Tsunami (0-2-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
Sonoma County Sol at North Coast Tsunami, 1 p.m.
San Diego Flash at Phoenix Monsoonm 3 p.m.
Fullerton Rangers vs. FC Santa Clarita Storm at Valencia HS, 6 p.m.
FC Hasental vs. San Diego Boca at Balboa Stadium (San Diego), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Real San Jose at San Francisco Stompers, 7 p.m.
Bay Area Ambassadors at Sacramento Gold, 7 p.m. OPENING DAY
USL Premier Development League:
April 29
USL W-League: May 11
Women's Premier Soccer League: May 19