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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
LOCALS: S.A. Winds are first-time winners

By Scott French

The Santa Ana Winds enjoyed its first victory in the National Premier Soccer League, pulling away early in the second half to a 4-1 triumph over Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental in a Western Division match at Calabasas High School.

Thomas Culver, a former midfielder at Costa Mesa's Former Vanguard University, gave the first-year Winds (1-1-0) an early lead, and Corona's Alex Munoz (Centennial HS/Cerritos College and Cal State Dominguez Hills) doubled the advantage by halftime. Torrance's Diego Turoldo (North Torrance HS/Cal State Dominguez Hills) and teen forward Yohel de Jesus, who has played in Chivas USA's academy, tallied in the first 17 minutes of the second half to put away Hasental (0-3-0), also a first-year side.

BEST IN THE WEST: Early returns suggest So Cal's best NPSL sides are better than NorCal's. At least that seems the lesson from Hollywood United's trek north last weekend. The Hitmen (3-1-0) romped in wins over the two previous NPSL titlists (and the Northwest's top two teams), routing 2009 champ Sonoma County Sol, 4-0, and defending champion Sacramento Gold, 3-0.

San Diego Flash (3-0-0) won the showdown for first place in the Southwest -- beating San Diego Boca, 2-1, on Dutch Jock's 89th-minute goal.

STOCK EXCHANGE: American Soccer Corp. has succeeded in listing its San Diego Boca on a German stock exchange. It's unclear which exchange is involved; the biggest is the FWB Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse in Frankfurt.

ASC also owns the San Diego Boca soccer store, just north of downtown San Diegom from which the NPSL team takes its name.

HIGH DESERT OPENER: Rattlers FC, one of two local clubs (Hollywood United is the other) to escape the USL Premier Development League to the NPSL, plays its first game in its new league Saturday against Hasental at Palmdale High School. Kickoff is 5 p.m.

WESTERN DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday

FC Hasental 1 (Anguiano 64), Santa Ana Winds 4 (Culver 5, Munoz 42, Turoldo 55, De Jesus 62)
Sonoma County Sol 0, Hollywood United FC 4
Real San Jose 2, Bay Area Ambassadors 0
Sunday
San Diego Flash 2 (LoSarah 25, Jock 89), San Diego Boca 1 (Roget 28)
Sonoma County Sol 8, Real San Jose 0
Sacramento Gold 0, Hollywood United FC 3

Standings
Southwest:
Hollywood United FC 9 points, San Diego Flash 9, San Diego Boca FC 6, Santa Ana Winds 3, Rattlers FC 0, FC Hasental 0.
Northwest: Sonoma County Sol 6, Sacramento Gold 3, Real San Jose 3, Bay Area Ambassadors 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
FC Hasental vs. Rattlers FC at Palmdale HS, 5 p.m.
Real San Jose vs. Hollywood United at Hollywood HS, 7 p.m.
Santa Ana Winds vs. San Diego Boca at Balboa Stadium (San Diego), 7 p.m.
San Diego Flash vs. Bay Area Ambassadors at Chabot College (Hayward), 7 p.m.
Sacramento Gold vs. Sonoma County Sol at Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park), 7 p.m.

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

Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 0, L.A. Blues 3 (Rivera 50, G. Bravo 81, Gaitan 91+)
Richmond Kickers 1 (Delicate 24), Rochester Rhinos 0
Saturday
Charlotte Eagles 0, Orlando City FC 1 (Valentino 30)
Dayton Dutch Lions 1 (LaCrone 65), Charleston Battery 2 (Paterson 46, Falvey 58)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Harrisburg City Islanders, ppd., violent storm
Rochester Rhinos at Wilmington Hammerheads, ppd., violent storm
Sunday
Antigua Barracuda 1 (Thomas), L.A. Blues 2 (Gaitan 32, pen. NA)
Wilmington Hammerheads 1 (Mulholland 52), Rochester Rhinos 0
River Plate Puerto Rico at Puerto Rico United, ppd.

Standings
International:
L.A. Blues 6 points, Sevilla PR 2, River Plate PR 1, Puerto Rico United 1, Antigua Barracuda FC 0
American: Richmond Kickers 9, Orlando City 6, Charleston Battery 6, Wilmington Hammerheads 3, Charlotte Eagles 0
National: Harrisburg City Islanders 0, Dayton Dutch Lions 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, Rochester Rhinos 0, FC New York 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Wednesday
L.A. Blues at Puerto Rico United, 4 p.m.
Thursday
Sevilla FC Puerto Rico at Antigua Barracuda, 4 p.m.
Friday
Puerto Rico United at Orlando City FC, 4:35 p.m.
Saturday
Charleston Battery at Richmond Kickers, 2 p.m.
FC New York at Charlotte Eagles, 4 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.
Sevilla FC Puerto Rico at Antigua Barracuda, 4 p.m.
Rochester Rhinos at Dayton Dutch Lions, 4:30 p.m.
L.A. Blues at River Plate Puerto Rico, 5 p.m.