JACKSONVILLE, FL - June 15, 2013 - On a beautiful Saturday evening the fans were treated to a finely orchestrated display of soccer as Jacksonville United dismantled the Cape Coral Hurricanes 4-0. The win moves United 4 points ahead to the top of the NPSL’s Sunshine Conference, with a record of 3 wins, 0 losses, and 2 ties.
Jacksonville’s clinical ability to move the ball around created numerous opportunities to score in the first half. Unfortunately many of those couldn’t be put on frame or beat the post. However, in the 16th minute United’s 3rd corner of the night was delivered by Tommy Krizanovic and found the head of Nurdin Hrustic who guided the ball into the net, securing Jacksonville a 1-0 halftime lead.
"I am happy with the lead at the half, but we need to do a better job of finishing to accomplish our goal of winning the conference," remarked coach Pat Cannon as his team headed into the locker room.
Coach Cannon’s halftime speech must have resonated with the players as they came out the second half wanting to put Cape Coral away from the moment the whistle blew. In 49th minute Jonathan Glenn delivered a perfect cross, which Tommy Krizanovic expertly finished to give Jacksonville a 2-0 lead. 3 minutes later Krizanovic returned the favor setting up Glenn with his 4th goal of the season as he headed in Krizanovic’s cross and the United rout of Cape Coral was on. It took United only 5 more minutes to net the last goal of the evening as Ryan King found Glenn again on a cross as he hit a one time volley to make the final score 4-0.
"The finishing in the second half was excellent and I am very proud of the whole team" said Pat Cannon. "I am equally as proud of the shutout for our injury-plagued back line."
Jacksonville’s mission to serve as a springboard for local players towards college and full professional organizations was well represented on Saturday evening, as 13 United players have either played college or high school soccer in Jacksonville. Four of those players (Vega, Bolt, Dixon and Grzeszczak) are products of the United youth system. Three of them just graduated this year from high school.
"It was a great night for the community as we did our small part of growing the game in Jacksonville" said Jacksonville president Barry Dixon. "Our product continues to get better and seeing the fans appreciate our efforts is a great sign for organizations such as the Sunshine Soccer Group as they look take soccer to the next level.
Jacksonville United will be home this Friday the 21st at 8 p.m. to face Miami United whom they tied two weeks ago 2-2.
June 9, 2013
John Gurel’s goal off of a rebound in the 51st minute was all the scoring for either side, as the New York Red Bulls Academy U-23 team topped visiting New York Athletic Club, 1-0, Sunday evening in a National Premier Soccer League Atlantic Division match on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The Red Bulls, who have not conceded a goal in 2013, move to 3-0 on the season, while New York Athletic Club is 1-1-1 through three matches.
The home team had a decided edge in the opening half, outshooting New York AC 10-1, but the contest was scoreless through the first 45 minutes.
“I thought we controlled the ball well in the first half,” said Red Bulls coach Simon Nee. “But (New York Athletic Club) was well-organized and well-disciplined in the back, which made it difficult for us to get behind them.”
Gurel’s goal came early in the second half following a corner kick. The initial shot was a close-in header by Antonio Matarrazo that New York AC keeper Adam Purdy punched out, but not clear. Gurel quickly controlled the rebound and made no mistake, firing the shot home from less than 10 yards out.
The Red Bulls had more chances in the second half, including a shot of Gurel’s where he received a pass at the top of the box and chipped the ball over Purdy, who had come out to cut off the angle. However, Gurel’s chip shot from 12 yards away just missed, settling on the roof of the goal.
“It was important for us to get the goal early in the second half,” said Nee. “But I thought toward the end, we could have possessed the ball better. Our aim is to get better as the season progresses and finishing in the final third is something we’ll keep working on in practice.”
The inability to add insurance very nearly cost the Red Bulls their chance for three points when New York AC produced its most dangerous foray with less than three minutes showing on the clock.
Pierre Meloty-Kapella, who had come on as a second-half sub for the visitors, found himself open in the box after taking a cross from the right wing. With no defenders close, Red Bull goalkeeper Kevin McMullen came off his line to make a sliding stop of the point-blank try, preserving the 1-0 Red Bulls lead.
Overall, the Red Bulls had a 19-6 lead in total shots and New York Athletic Club’s Purdy made eight saves, while McMullen of the Red Bulls stopped four shots for the clean sheet.
After the game, Nee cited the play of outside back Scott Thomsen, midfielders David Najem and Mael Corboz, and substitute forward Franklin Castellanos, who played the last 27 minutes.
“I thought Scott played very well; he was a constant threat,” said the coach. “David and Mael helped us control the middle. They were playing two against three, which required quick decisions and they both did very well. And Franklin made some good runs for us after he came in.”
Tampa Marauders F.C. is thrilled to announce their latest sponsor, The Soccer Shop of Tampa Bay. The strategic partnership will see The Soccer Shop becoming both a sponsor of the Marauders as well as becoming a retail location where fans can purchase Marauders merchandise and tickets. Mike Hernandez and Lisa Turbeville of The Soccer Shop of Tampa Bay agreed to this tremendous opportunity.
“We are proud to be a part of the Tampa Marauders’ inaugural year,” Turbeville said. ”Mike and I appreciate that we have the opportunity to share our excitement about Tampa’s newest team to other passionate soccer fans by having tickets and merchandise in our shop. Our goal is to help fill up their stadium and show the Marauders how much our soccer community is happy to have them.”
Kevin Hickling, President of Tampa Marauders F.C., expressed his delight with the completion of this very important deal.
“This deal will help the Tampa Marauders F.C. to become known to more soccer fans in the Bay Area. We are very excited about offering our merchandise at a retail location as well as giving a great location to fans to shop for great soccer gear.”