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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
LOCALS: Rene Corona joins Hitmen's hat club

By Scott French

Hollywood United FC is mowing down most of the competition in the National Premier Soccer League, perhaps a little flummoxed that the level of the other teams -- San Diego Flash and perhaps Santa Ana Winds aside -- isn't quite what they saw most nights in the Premier Development League.


This week it was the Bay Area Ambassadors who took a beating, a 7-0 decision that kept HUFC (6-1-0) atop the Southwest Flight. The Hitmen, who scored six second-half goals, have struck 32 times in seven games, 30 in a five-game winning streak that has featured four shutouts.

Rene Corona (Corona/Centennial HS and Santa Ana College) was this week's hero, joining the Hitmen's hat-trick club with goals in the 19th, 58th and 78th minutes. Former Chivas USA winger Brent Whitfield (Long Beach/Poly HS and Cal State Fullerton) and Cuban forward Jose Miranda had registered three-goal games in HUFC's two previous encounters.

Whitfield scored twice and Miranda added a goal against Bay Area.

Santa Ana Winds extended its winning streak to four games with a 2-1 victory over Lancaster's Rattlers FC. Adan Coronado (Hawaiian Gardens/Artesia HS and Cerritos College) and Chen Yong Park scored the goals.

PDL: Orange County Blue Star and the Ventura County Fusion romped to big wins in the only Southwest Division action of the weekend in the USL Premier Development League.

Blue Star (2-0-0) routed pro side L.A. Blues 23, 5-0, as David Ponce (Foothill Ranch/Trabuco Hills HS and Loyola Marymount) and Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS and UC Santa Barbara) both scored twice and UCLA's Chandler Hoffman added a goal and two assists.

The Fusion (1-0-1) toppled L.A. Legends, 6-1, as Danny Barrera (Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks HS and UC Santa Barbara) scored a goal and assisted three more.

USL PRO: Max Griffin did it again, scoring his fifth goal of the season to carry Orlando City FC past the Dayton Dutch Lions, 1-0. The former UCLA and Littlerock High School standout from Palmdale, whose brother, Leonard, plays for the L.A. Blues, shares the league lead in goals with Richmond's Matthew Delicate, whose fifth lifted the Kickers (6-0-0) to a 2-1 win over previously perfect Wilmington (2-1-0).

Antigua Barracuda (6-2-0) extended its lead over the Blues (3-1-1) in the International Division to eight points with two shutout wins -- its fourth and fifth in a row -- over River Plate Puerto Rico, which was one of three Puerto Rican teams ousted Tuesday from the USL Pro.

Puerto Rico United and Sevilla FC Puerto Rico also were dropped from the league; financial difficulties and medical issues with two of the three owners had prevented the clubs from meeting league standards. United Soccer Leagues officials said conferences would be realigned and the schedule redrawn this week.

USL W-LEAGUE: The USL's women's league kicks off this weekend, with Pali Blues -- the L.A. Blues' sister club -- taking on newcomers L.A. Strikers in a tripleheader Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. The women's game starts at 1, the Southern California Seahorses face the L.A. Legends in a PDL game at 4:30, and the Blues meet the Charlotte Battery in the USL Pro at 7:30.

The Battery and Seahorses are related, too. Both are owned by Missionary Athletes International, a Christian missionary group.

Greater L.A.'s other W-League team, the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, open on May 22. The Women's Premier Soccer League, a rival to the W-League, starts May 21.

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

Antigua Barracuda 2 (Harvey 60, S. Smith 77), River Plate Puerto Rico 0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, Charleston Battery 0
Saturday
Richmond Kickers 2 (dos Santos 65, Delicate 80), Wilmington Hammerheads 1 (Becerra 3)
Dayton Dutch Lions 0, Orland City FC 1 (M. Griffin 28)
FC New York 1 (Hoffer 10), Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Angulo 16)
Sunday
Antigua Barracuda 1 (Mitchum 23), River Plate Puerto Rico 0

Standings
International:
1. Antigua Barracuda FC 18 points; 2. L.A. Blues 10 points; 3. x-Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 5; 4. x-Puerto Rico United 5; 5. x-River Plate Puerto Rico 2
American: 1. Richmond Kickers 18; 2. Orlando City 13; 3. Charleston Battery 11; 4. Wilmington Hammerheads 6; 5. Charlotte Eagles 1
National: 1. Rochester Rhinos 6; 2. Harrisburg City Islanders 4; 3. Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC New York 2; 5. Dayton Dutch Lions 0
x -- removed Tuesday from league



This week's games (all times Pacific)
Tuesday

Rochester Rhinos at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4 p.m.
Thursday
Charlotte Eagles at L.A. Blues (Centennial HS, Corona), 6:30 p.m.
Friday
FC New York at Charleston Battery, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
Richmond Kickers at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4 p.m.
Antigua Barracuda at Rochester Rhinos, 4 p.m.
FC New York at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Orlando City FC, 4:35 p.m.
Note: Schedule subject to revision following ouster of three Puerto Rico clubs




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

San Diego Boca 4 (Picou 23, 90, Lopez 77, Roget 80), Bay Area Ambassadors 2 (Benitez 39, Pmil 66)
Real San Jose 0, San Diego Flash 5 (Emeanua 28, LoSarah 34, 36, Bakal 85, Valle Ortiz 88)
Sunday
Hollywood United FC 7 (Corona 19, 58, 78, Whitfield 48, 54, Miranda 68, Espinoza 85), Bay Area Ambassadors 0
Santa Ana Winds 2 (Coronado 58, Park 60), Rattlers FC 1 (Huma 55)

Standings
Southwest:
1. Hollywood United FC 18 points; 2. San Diego Flash 18; 3. Santa Ana Winds 12; 4. San Diego Boca FC 9; 5. FC Hasental 4, 6. Rattlers FC 0
Northwest: 1. Sonoma County Sol 7; 2. Sacramento Gold 7; 3. Real San Jose 3; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
San Diego Flash vs. FC Hasental at Calabasas HS (Calabasas), 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento Gold vs. Hollywood United FC at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 7 p.m.
San Diego Boca vs. Santa Ana Winds at Santa Ana Stadium (Santa Ana, 7 p.m.
Rattlers FC vs. Real San Jose at Yerba Buena HS (San Jose), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday
San Diego Boca vs. FC Hasental at Oxnard College (Oxnard), 2 p.m.
Sacramento Gold vs. San Diego Flash at Westview HS (San Diego), 3 p.m.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday
Orange County Blue Star 5 (Ponce 5, 10, Silva 52, 88, Hoffman 58), L.A. Blues 23 0
L.A. Legends 1 (Arboleda 93+), Ventura County Fusion 6 (Williams 11, Daly 22, Rose 33, Riley 46, Barrera 72, Magee 85)

Standings: 1. Orange County Blue Star 6 points; 2. Ventura County Fusion 4; 3. Fresno Fuego 2; 4. L.A. Blues 23 1; 5. BYU Cougars, Ogden Outlaws and Southern California Seahorses 0; 8. L.A. Legends 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Thursday
Ogden Outlaws vs. L.A. Legends at Morningside HS (Inglewood), 5:30 p.m.
BYU Cougars vs. Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park (Fresno), 7 p.m.
Friday
L.A. Blues 23 vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College (Ventura), 7 p.m.
Saturday
L.A. Legends vs. Southern California Seahorses at Titan Stadium (Cal State Fullerton), 4:30 p.m.
BYU Cougars vs. Orange County Blue Star at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.
Ogden Outlaws vs. Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park (Fresno), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Southern California Seahorses vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College (Ventura), 5 p.m.

USL W-LEAGUE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday

L.A. Strikers vs. Pali Blues at Titan Stadium (Cal State Fullerton), 1 p.m.
Seattle Sounders vs. Victoria Highlanders at Bear Mountain Stadium (Langford, British Columbia), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Victoria Highlanders at Bear Mountain Stadium (Langford, British Columbia), 4 p.m.