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CAL SOUTH ALUMNI UPDATE: SACHA KLJESTAN & CHRIS PONTIUS LEAD TEAMS TO IMPORTANT RESULTS

May 02, 2016


Photo Source: USA Today

Cal South alumni continued activity across all three professional soccer levels last weekend, with a handful having standout performances. Sacha Kljestan scored and assisted in the New York Red Bulls’ biggest win in 2016, and Chris Pontius continued scoring with the Philadelphia Union, as well as Nick Rimando with stellar saves. The following is a recap of this weekend’s activity:

MLS

New York Red Bulls 4 – 0 FC Dallas

Cal South alumnus Sacha Kljestan scored the second goal in what would be the Red Bull’s biggest win this 2016 season, a 4-0 victory over former standings leader FC Dallas. Kljestan and fellow Cal South alum Sal Zizzo assisted in the opening goal for the Red Bulls, scored by Lloyd Sam in the 37th minute. ODP goalkeeper Chris Seitz was on bench for the first time in six games for Dallas.

Philadelphia Union 1 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes

Former Irvine Strikers forward Chris Pontius helped lead the Philadelphia Union to a 1-1 draw with San Jose Earthquakes. In the 30th minute, Pontius headed home a corner kick from Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta. While Pontius came out of the match in the 73rd minute, Joshua Yaro and Richie Marquez went the full 90 minutes for Philly, while Hotspurs USA alum Marvell Wynne also played the entire match for the Earthquakes.

Seattle Sounders FC 1 – 0 Columbus Crew

With Chad Marshall and Christian Roldan playing the full 90 minutes for Seattle, the Sounders earned three crucial points that allows them to continue making strides in the Western Conference Standings. Seattle’s Homegrown Player Jordan Morris scored his third goal in three games in the 1-0 win over Tyson Wahl’s Columbus Crew, the team’s first loss in two games.

Chicago Fire 1 – 1 DC United

Steve Birnbaum and DC United split points with the Chicago Fire after earning a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park. Birnbaum, who has been a regular in United’s starting line-up, played the full 90 minutes, while Brandon Vincent was on bench for the Fire.

Real Salt Lake 2 – 1 Houston Dynamo

After taking their first loss of the season, Real Salt Lake bounced back and took a 2-1 win over Houston in front of their home crowd. Nick Rimando had a stellar performance in the match, including saving the ball with his face (video below). Arsenal FC’s Tony Beltran also played in the match, going the full 90 minutes.

Portland Timbers 2 – 1 Toronto FC

With goalkeeper Wade Hamilton on bench for Portland, the Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC. The Canadian squad, which included Cal South alumnus Marky Delgado, has now ended their eight-game road trip and will host their first home game next Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City 1 – 1 LA Galaxy

Sporting KC and the LA Galaxy finished off the weekend with an entertaining 1-1 draw at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday evening. Irvine StrikersBenny Feilhaber played the full 90 minutes and created dangerous scoring opportunities while former ODP player Daniel Steres and Robbie Rogers stood strong in the Galaxy’s backline.

NASL

Ottawa Fury FC 2 – 0 Miami FC

Miami FC dropped a 2-0 result in their trip to Canada, losing 2-0 against the Ottawa Fury. San Diego Nomads Rhett Bernstein and Jaime Chavez both played in the entire match. Miami has yet to earn their first win of the season, sitting in 10th place of the Spring Season Standings with just two points.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 – 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies

With the help from former La Jolla Nomads midfielder Eric Avila, the Tampa Bay Rowdies earned a 1-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers; Avila provided the assist in Neill Collins’s goal in the 77th minute. With the win, the Rowdies continue escalating the standings, currently in fifth place in the standings with eight points.

New York Cosmos 1 – 0 Carolina RailHawks

The New York Cosmos made huge strides as they handed the Standings first-place team the Carolina RailHawks their first loss of the season as the Cosmos earned a 1-0 win. Gabriel Farfan, formerly at La Jolla Nomads, provided the assist in Yohandry Orozco’s goal in the end of the first half. The Cosmos are now in third place in the standings with nine points.

USL

Rio Grande Valley FC 0 – 2 LA Galaxy II

With a player pool full of Cal South alumni, LA Galaxy II spoiled the party for Rio Grande Valley FC as the Angelinos defeated the club 2-0 in their first home match in club history. Ten former Cal South players added minutes in the match, while Strikers alum Robert Casner played 52 minutes for RGVFC.

San Antonio FC 3 – 1 Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Orange Soccer Club alumnus Carlos Alvarez played the full 90 minutes and assisted in the opening goal for what would be a 3-1 win over the Tulsa Roughnecks on Saturday night. With the win, San Antonio now adds eight points this season with two wins in the 2016 campaign.

Sacramento Republic 0 – 1 Orange County Blues FC

OC Blues FC played spoiler as they took a 1-0 win over Sacramento Republic in a sell-out Bonney Field in Northern California. The lone goal from the Blues in the 16th minute was more than enough for the Orange County team to clinch their third consecutive win. Cal South alumni Mats Bjurman, Jack McCracken and Nikola Illich added minutes to their 2016 campaign.

New York Red Bulls II 0 – 2 Charlotte Independence

Caleb Calvert provided in assist in Charlotte Independence’s opening goal in the 13th minute in what would end up being a 2-0 win for the Independence on Saturday night. Calvert, who is on loan from the Colorado Rapids, has already scored two goals this 2016 season, adding two assists. The Independence now sit in the second spot of the Eastern Conference standings.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 1 – 1 OKC Energy FC

Sounders 2 extended their undefeated run to four games as they earned a 1-1 draw with OKC Energy FC on Sunday. Former Santa Barbara SC defender Tony Alfaro played the full 90 minutes, aside from also being in the 18-man roster for the MLS side that earned a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew on Saturday.