Los Angeles Soccer: Brennan Tennelle
The Anaheim Bolts strengthened their defense on the eve of their third official encounter, signing former Chivas USA defender Cameron Dunn and former Real Salt Lake back Brennan Tennelle.
It isn't certain either will be available when the Bolts on Friday meet PASL Pro league Western Division leader Turlock Express and Saturday play their opener in the U.S. Open Arena Cup, both 8 p.m. starts at Anaheim Convention Center.
Dunn (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS and UC Irvine) was drafted by Chivas USA in 2007 but never featured for the club, instead playing in the second and third tiers of the American game. He was with the third-tier L.A. Blues last spring and summer.
Tennelle (UC Santa Barbara), 25, was drafted by Real Salt Lake in 2008 but did not play for the club. He played last summer for the San Diego Flash in the National Premier Soccer League, a fourth-tier competition.
There's a new boss in the W-League's Western Conference, and it's not any of the expected contenders.
Second-year Santa Clarita Blue Heat leapt atop the standings with two impressive wins last week, surging ahead with a 5-2 romp over a stacked Vancouver Whitecaps team.
Portuguese star Edite Fernandes' quality has helped transform Blue Heat (4-0-1), an also-ran in year one, into an attacking giant, with 15 goals in the past three games. The Whitecaps (4-1-1), who arrived for a three-game L.A. trip looking a good bet to repeat as conference champ, had conceded just three goals in their first five games.
Englishwoman Stacey Rodwell, who played at Cal State L.A., had three assists Sunday against Vancouver -- two on Fernandes goals -- after setting up Fernandes in a 3-0 win Friday over the Seattle Sounders.
Colorado Rush (4-1-0) is one point behind Blue Heat and Vancouver.
Two-time W-League champ Pali Blues (3-0-2), which drew with Vancouver and beat Seattle, is the only other unbeaten side in the West. They played a scoreless draw with Santa Clarita on May 26 and meet again in a regular-season finale July 17 at Canyon High School in Canyon Country.
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