News Detail

CAL SOUTH ALUMNI UPDATE: USL KICKS OFF SEASON, MLS SLOWS DOWN FOR INTERNATIONAL BREAK

March 29, 2016

With the international FIFA date, only three Cal South players had activity with their respective teams in Major League Soccer. Sean Franklin played the full 90 minutes in DC United’s 3-0 loss to FC Dallas, who counted on former So Cal United goalkeeper Chris Seitz's two saves in goal. Jalil Anibaba and the Houston Dynamo were unable to bounce back from their loss the previous weekend, falling 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  

The international break did not stop the United Soccer League (USL) from kicking off this weekend, and with it, over 20 former Cal South players began activity.

The following is a recap of all Cal South alumni in USL action:

Charlotte Independence 0 – 1 Louisville City FC

On loan from the Colorado Rapids, 19-year-old forward Caleb Calvert played every minute of the match for the Charlotte Independence’s 1-0 loss to Louisville City FC on Saturday night. Fellow Cal South alum Aodhan Quinn also played the full match with Louisville.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2 – 1 OKC Energy FC

Cal South alum Rony Argueta played the full 90 minutes in Colorado Springs Switchback’s 2-1 win over OKC Energy FC on Saturday night. The Switchbacks will have a bye week before returning to action as they host Arizona United SC at Switchbacks Stadium.

LA Galaxy II 2 – 0 Arizona United SC

Albion SC alumnus Ariel Lassiter led the LA Galaxy II to a 2-0 victory over Arizona United FC in their season home opener. Lassiter played the full 90 minutes along with Cal South alum David Romney, Bradford Jamieson IV, Lee Nishian, and Alejandro Covarrubias, as well as scoring the brace that would give Los Dos the victory.

New York Red Bulls II 2 -2 Toronto FC II

Midfielder Aaron Long and the New York Red Bulls II earned a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC II at Red Bull Arena. The Oak Hills, Calif. native and former Seattle Sounders FC II defender played the entire match against the Canadian side.

Orange County Blues FC 0 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Cal South partner Orange County Blues FC took a 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in their season home opener on Saturday night. Former Cal South players Jack McCracken, Ryan Felix, Nikola Ilich and Mats Bjurman each added their first minutes of the season, while Christopher Santana was on the bench for this match. The Blues will now host Saint Louis FC this Saturday at Anteater Stadium.

Orlando City B 1 – 2 Wilmington Hammerheads FC

Cal South alum Craig Nitti and Orlando City B kicked off the season with a 2-1 loss to Wilmington Hammerheads FC last Saturday. The Floridians will be looking to bounce back this Friday when they host the Charleston Battery at Titan Soccer Complex.

Portland Timbers 2 1 – 2 Swope Park Rangers

The 2016 MLS SuperDraftee and Cal South alumnus Wade Hamilton was at goal for the Portland Timbers 2 as they took a 2-1 loss to Swope Park Rangers in the first game of the season. The Timbers 2 will be looking to bounce back as they host fellow MLS affiliate Vancouver Whitecaps 2 next Saturday at Merlo Field.

Real Monarchs 1 – 0 Saint Louis FC

Oxnard, Calif. native Emilio Orozco played in the first victory for Real Monarchs this season, a 1-0 win over Saint Louis FC. The Midwest team will now travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy II this Wednesday, while Orozco and crew will host Los Dos on Saturday, April 2.

Seattle Sounders FC 0 – 1 Sacramento Republic

Former Cal South players Michael Farfan and Tony Alfaro started in Seattle Sounders FC II’s 1-0 loss to Sacramento Republic on Friday night. While Alfaro played the full 90 minutes in Seattle’s backline, Farfan added his first 45 minutes with the Sounders. Real So Cal alumnus JJ Koval and Agustin Cazarez also added minutes with Sacramento Republic, going the full 90.

Tulsa Roughnecks 2 – 0 Rio Grande Valley FC

Cal South alumnus Carlos Martinez led the Tulsa Roughnecks to a 2-0 victory over debutant club Rio Grande Valley FC. The San Pedro, Calif. native scored an early second half goal to complement the first goal scored in the first half. Martinez went on to play until the 84th minute when he was subbed off the match.