LOCALS: Fusion topple Kiwi youngsters

Cal State Bakersfield's Gyasi Zardes scored two first-half goals in the Ventura County Fusion's 2-1 victory over New Zealand's under-20 national team in a friendly Wednesday afternoon at Oxnard College, the Premier Development League team's first victory in five games against foreign opposition.

Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) tallied in the ninth and 35th minutes for the Fusion, which wraps up PDL regular-season play this weekend and then heads into next week's playoffs. Dakota Lucas scored in the 26th for the Junior All Whites, who are headed to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

The Fusion has lost four times to English clubs the past five seasons, falling to West Bromwich Albion, 4-2, last weekend. They'll take on Argentina's Independiente on Friday evening at Oxnard College.