RED BULLS: WIN BY NYRB GIVES TEAM TWO OF LAST THREE SUPPORTER SHIELDS

BY: The New York Red Bulls

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (October 25, 2015) – The New York Red Bulls claimed the organization’s second Supporters’ Shield, and second in the last three seasons, on Sunday night with a 2-1 win at Toyota Park. New York finishes with the best record in MLS, 18-10-6. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan scored to see New York to a first victory at Chicago since 2005, and just the fourth victory in the Windy City in franchise history.

With the victory New York set a new franchise record with 18 wins in a season. New York had previously won 17 matches in a season in 2000 and 2013. New York finishes with a 6-7-4 road record, tied for the second-most road wins in MLS.

Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring with his 17th of the season in the eighth minute, benefitting from the work of Kljestan and Sal Zizzo. Kljestan’s corner from the right side was headed on by Zizzo at the near post, falling perfectly for Wright-Phillips, who found himself alone in front of goal and swept the ball by Chicago’s Alec Kann.

With the goal Wright-Phillips tied a league record for most goals over two seasons. With 27 markers in his 2014 MLS Golden Boot-winning season, Wright-Phillips has 44 goals over the last two seasons, tying him with Stern John, who scored 26 for Columbus in 1998, and followed that up with 18 tallies in 1999.

The assist was Kljestan’s 14th of the season, tying him in the franchise record books with Eduardo Hurtado and Thierry Henry for most assists in a MLS regular season. Hurtado recorded 14 in 1998, while Henry reached that mark for the Red Bulls in 2014. It was the second assist of the season for Zizzo.

Kljestan got a goal of his own in the 35th minute, converting a penalty kick that was won by Mike Grella. The goal was Kljestan’s eighth of the season, and fifth from the penalty spot. Kljestan recorded a PK goal and assist in each of the three matches against Chicago this year, and finishes the regular season with a run of 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in the final 19 games after recording two goals and one assist in his first 14 contests.

Chicago pulled one back in the 78th minute, with forward Gilberto connecting solidly on a scissor kick in front of goal, leaving Red Bulls’ keeper Luis Robles no chance to react.

Robles and the back line dug in after the goal and New York was able to overcome a late surge from Chicago. Robles made four saves on the evening, earning his 50th career win for New York to extend his own franchise record. It was also the 106th consecutive league start for Robles, as he continues his iron man streak.

The Red Bulls will hold home-field advantage throughout the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, and would also host MLS Cup, should it advance through the Eastern Conference. New York awaits the results of the knockout round, played this Wednesday and Thursday, to learn its matchup for the Eastern Conference semifinals. New York will travel to the lowest remaining seed to open the conference semifinals on Sunday, November 1. New York will return home to host the second leg of the series on Sunday, November 8.

HARTFORD CITY FOOTBALL CLUB ANNOUNCED 8-12-15

MECCHI: HARTFORD CITY FC ROSTER GROWS ADDING THREE

Hartford City Football ClubHARTFORD CITY FC SIGN IMPACT TRIO FROM FOLDED ROCHESTER LANCERS

BY: Shawn Mecchi, Hartford City FC

HARTFORD, CT  – Hartford City FC took another step in building out the roster for their inaugural season in the Major Arena Soccer League by signing Joey Tavernese and twins Jayme and Joey Kapinos.  All three players were integral contributors to a Rochester Lancers organization that reached the Eastern Division finals last March.

JOEY TAVERNESE

The 2014-15 season was a breakout year for Tavernese. His 28 goals and 20 assists earned him the team’s Offensive Player of the Year award. He was also named to the MASL Team of the Week after a March 1 performance in which he tallied 4 goals and 2 assists versus the Baltimore Blast.

A tireless player who can set up goals as well as finish them, here’s what Hartford City FC head coach Paul Wright had to say about Tavernese:  “I expect Joey to lead our attack and be a constant threat going forward. He is a player that will rarely be outworked and will provide us with valuable MASL experience.”

Since the conclusion of the MASL season, Tavernese has played for Icon FC (New Jersey) of the ASL. The Garden City, NY native was a mainstay of the Siena College program from 2007-2010. He’s enjoyed professional stints with FC New York (USL), Armadale SC (Australia), and Antigua GFC (Guatemala).

JOEY KAPINOS

Kapinos is a proven goalkeeper with 41 starts in the MASL over three seasons. He amassed 584 saves, boasting a .715 save percentage while representing the Rochester Lancers (2014-15) and the Detroit Waza Flo (2012-13, 2013-14).

His first year in the league, Joey set the Detroit club record for wins in a season with 13, helping the team to a US Arena Open Cup championship and earning himself all league 2nd team plaudits. He has also represented the US Futsal National Team during the 2015 WMF World Cup.

Joey competed for the Southern New Hampshire University men’s soccer program from 2008-2011, where he holds the record for lowest goals against average (.406).

Coach Wright on Kapinos:  “Joey is an exceptional goalkeeper who brings a wealth of experience to the team. He is a great communicator and we will be counting on his leadership this season.”


JAYME KAPINOS

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The Ludlow, MA native is an experienced two-way player who has also competed for the Rochester Lancers (2014-15) and Detroit Waza Flo (2013-14). In just two seasons, Jayme Kapinos has played in 22 games, contributing 3 goals, 5 assists, and 20 blocked shots.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Kapinos was one of the most integral players in Southern New Hampshire University’s men’s soccer program from 2008-2011.  He was named to the Northeast-10 all-rookie team in 2008, 2nd team in 2010, and in 2011 he was named to both the conference 1st team and the All-East Region team.

Coach Wright on Kapinos: “Jayme is a strong defender, a consistent performer with prior playoff experience in the MASL. We expect him to play an important role as we prepare for competition in this league.”

Hartford City FC will open its inaugural season Nov. 8 at the XL Center against the Chicago Mustangs. Individual and season tickets are available at http://www.hartfordcityfc.com.
For group ticket sales information, please call 1-844-HCITYFC (424-8932).

ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE

The MASL was formed in 2014 by teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. The league represents the highest level of professional indoor soccer in the world, and features 24 teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States and Mexico.

MECCHI: HARTFORD CITY FOOTBALL CLUB SIGNS TWO

Hartford City Football ClubLOCAL SOCCER STANDOUTS FIRST TO SIGN WITH HARTFORD CITY FC

BY: Shawn Mecchi, HFD City Football Club

HARTFORD (October 1, 2015) – Hartford City FC, competing in its first year in the Major Arena Soccer League, made two Connecticut natives their first two official player signings.  Patrick Boucher (Cromwell High School, Class of 2007) and Hami Kara (Wethersfield High School, Class of 2008) were both 1st-team All-State selections before moving on to college and professional soccer.

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Boucher is the all-time scoring leader at Cromwell High School with 93 goals and 45 assists. In 2007 he was named state Player of the Year by Gatorade, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, and the Hartford Courant, as well as being named to the Adidas/COSIDA All-America team.

From there Boucher went on to shine at the University of Hartford as a four-year starter. He’s since played professional soccer for the CFC Azul and most recently the Western Mass Pioneers, where he was named to the ASL All-Star team.

Hartford City FC head coach Paul Wright:  “Pat is a dynamic player whose strengths are suited to the indoor game. We feel he will contribute right away with his 1v1 attacking abilities and the intensity he brings.”

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A three-year starting goalkeeper at Wethersfield High School, Kara holds the school record with 50 career shutouts. Fifteen of those clean sheets came in the 2004 season, when the freshman goalkeeper’s efforts helped Wethersfield to a CIAC Class L state championship. As a senior in 2007, Kara again managed 15 shutouts, earning All-State and All-New England honors.

After high school, Kara experienced a stint with the reserves for Turkish elite club Fenerbache. He then played the 2009-2010 seasons at Manchester Community College, where he was named to the All-America 1st Team in 2009 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after leading his defense to 16 shutouts over a 20-game season. Kara transferred to the University of Pittsburgh and become a regular starter over the course of the 2011-2012 seasons.

After college, Kara returned to Turkey for trials with Kartalspor, Giresunpor and Istanbulspor throughout 2012-2013, including featuring in a 1-0 shutout victory over Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray. After returning to the United States, he spent the 2013 preseason with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer and has since played for the Western Mass Pioneers of the ASL.

Coach Wright on Kara:  “Hami is an excellent shot-stopper and he’s very comfortable with the ball at his feet. He could be very successful in this league.”

Hartford City FC will open its inaugural season Nov. 8 at the XL Center against the Chicago Mustangs. Individual and season tickets are available at http://www.hartfordcityfc.com. For group ticket sales information, please call 1-844-HCITYFC (424-8932).


ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE

The MASL was formed in 2014 by teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. The league represents the highest level of professional indoor soccer in the world, and features 24 teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States and Mexico.

BECK: WELCOME TO HOWLINGS-SOCCER

MitchGreetings and welcome to Howlings-Soccer.

Over the next year, we are going to go on quite the adventure together. If you’re on this page it means a) you’ve been reading Howlings for some time and you’re willing to give it a chance and b) you have a deep desire for more soccer information.

We are going to cover A LOT of different programs. We’ll give you New York Red Bulls Information or New York City Football Club when we have interesting enough information to share with you.

We’ll write quite a bit about the New York Cosmos and especially about the Hartford City Football Club.  That’s going to be the primary focus of our site.

We’re going to start with the focus on HCFC and their indoor season that is coming up.

There’s lots of “football” being played in this area and if you want to cover it and write something, we’ll do whatever we can to get it going for you.

Feel free to shoot me any questions, comments or ideas and we’ll discuss them openly and honestly.