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Flash get help to clinch regular season title

Soccer America

Heading into the weekend, the Western New York Flash knew they had to win on Satuday night versus the Boston Breakers and then get some help on Sunday when the Chicago Red Stars played FC Kansas City.

Well, the Flash took care of business with a 2-1 win over the Breakers and the Red Stars gave the Flash the help they needed in a 2-1 win over FCKC.

The Flash actually ended the season in a three-way tie with FC Kansas City and Portland Thorns FC at 38 points. But, the Flash won the tie-breaker thanks to a league best +16 goal differential.

The Flash will now host Sky Blue FC on Saturday at 8pm in the NWSL semifinals. If they win, the NWSL Final will be at Sahlen's Stadium at 8pm on Saturday August 31st.

News & Notes:

- Abby Wambach finished second to FC Kansas City's Lauren Holiday (fka Lauren Cheney) in both goals (11 to Holiday's 12) and assists (8 to Holiday's 9). It will be interesting to see how the MVP voting shaking out.

New England's Juan Agudelo  had one of the sickest goals ever over the weekend. 

- The Rhinos ended their season with a late win on Friday night and a late loss on Saturday night.

- The Lancers have signed their next head coach. But, the team doesn't expect to unveil him for a couple of more weeks.

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, and not necessarily those of the Rochester Rhinos or SoccerSam.com. Feel free to send any comments or complaints to jamesrweise@gmail.com. James promises to read (but not to respond) to all of them.      


Rhinos gear sale something to worry about?

I, and likely many people in Rochester, have received a few emails recently about a 30% sale to clear out Rhinos team merchandise.

Now I'm sure that this has happened in the past and the team is still around. But, should this be something that concerns fans given the bad season on the field?

I haven't heard any rumors that the team is in trouble and might not be around. But, concerns about the teams' future given the less than stellar results on the field and the far less than capacity crowds, and it's not too far fetched to think that the team that burst on the scene in 1996 could have a fuzzy future.

Or maybe it's that they are changing leagues or changing companies that make stuff, or a whole host of other possibilities...

Randomness of the day:

- If NYCFC's stadium does look like this.... 

Juan Agudelo looks to be headed to Stoke City. 

Clint Dempsey hasn't sat down with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsman yet to talk about his move to Seattle. Oh to be a fly on the wall.... 

- Could Landon Donovan be headed back to Europe after his MLS contract expires in December? 

FC KC took their top of the table showdown with Portland over the weekend. 

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, and not necessarily those of the Rochester Rhinos or SoccerSam.com. Feel free to send any comments or complaints to jamesrweise@gmail.com. James promises to read (but not to respond) to all of them.       


Deuce Face

DF

First, I need to apologize for so much time off. I won't promise how active I'll be here, but I hope the posts will entertain at least.

I want to kick off this post talking about Clint Dempsey returning to MLS and specifically the Seattle Sounders. Reportedly , MLS paid the largest transfer fee in league history ($9 million) to get Dempsey back in the US. Seattle is reportedly guaranteeing Dempsey more money ($24 million over three and a half years) than any other player in league history.

The biggest question many have is what does Jurgen Klinsmann think of the move and how will it affect Dempsey's form next summer in Brazil should the US ride their current lead in the Hex to a berth in next year's World Cup?

Given how well Landon Donovan, and other MLS-based USMNTers, have performed for the USMNT, I'm not worried about this move affecting Dempsey's preparation for the World Cup. Heck, Dempsey could go on loan to a European club after the 2013 MLS reason ends and get tuned up that way. 

The intriguing question for me is what happens when a player you really like joins a club that isn't "your club"? I like Dempsey and I like DC United. 

Random takes: 

- The Rochester soccer community is short a great fan now that Mark Pallo and his family are moving south and will be supporting the Carolina RailHawks moving forward.

- This has been the worst season in Rhinos history and that is without debate. It will be interesting to see who they hire as the next head coach and what he can do to turn things around. Bob Lilley would be my first choice and Scott Vallow would be my second choice. But, we shall see.

- I can't wait to see what Aaran Lines and the WNY Flash can do down the stretch. Although, they might need to win two playoff games away from Sahlen's Stadium to win their fourth title in four years in four different leagues....

- Lancers season can't get here fast enough. And I can't wait to see the Dome get remodeled as it likely willbe the next home to the Lancers.

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, and not necessarily those of the Rochester Rhinos or SoccerSam.com. Feel free to send any comments or complaints to jamesrweise@gmail.com. James promises to read (but not to respond) to all of them.   


Root for and against Syracuse

MISL Standings

MISL Schedule

The Lancers will be rooting for Syracuse tonight (@ Chicago) and against Syracuse tomorrow (@ Milwaukee).

If the Lancers have those two games go their way, they will make the playoffs for the second straight season as the fourth seed.

If not, then the Lancers ended their season with back-to-back wins.

News & Notes:

- Elliot Fauske and his mohawk have been named the MISL Player of the Week. Lancers D Evan McNeley joined Fauske on the Team of the Week.

- The USWNT is ready for the Algarve Cup.

- I love the new US Soccer Centennial kits.

Equalizer Soccer does a Q&A with Flash F Veronica Perez. 

- Don Garber gives the Cosmos three years to build a stadium.

Carlos Ruiz is back in MLS with DC United. 

The Lancers' Troy Cole will play outdoor this summer with VSI Tampa Bay FC of the USL Pro League. 

- The Rhinos signed F Blake Brettschneider and F Matt Luzunaris.

Equalizer Soccer checked in with WNY Flash President Alex Sahlen.   

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, and not necessarily those of the Rochester Rhinos or SoccerSam.com. Feel free to send any comments or complaints to jamesrweise@gmail.com. James promises to read (but not to respond) to all of them.   


Lancers take to the road

MISL.com

The Rochester Lancers are fighting for a playoff spot and this weekend they travel to play the Missouri Comets this evening and the Wichita Wings tomorrow night.

Missouri will be looking to avenge last Sunday's loss to the Lancers where MISL leading scorer Doug Miller put up 11 points. That performance landed Miller on the MISL team of the week.

News & Notes:

Devo has the scoop on the five players the WNY Flash signed in the NWSL Free Agency period. 

- The Rhinos have hooked up with the New England Revolution in the new MLS-USL PRO League affiliation agreement. 

Pat Onstad has left DC United and has joined the front office of Toronto FC. 

- Could this be good news for USL cities when it comes to MLS expansion?

The USL PRO League 2013 schedule is out. 

Amy Rodriguez will miss the 2013 NWSL season as she is pregnant. 

Amy LePeilbet is out 6-8 months with a torn ACL. 

- Brek Shea is on the move from FC Dallas to Stoke City of the EPL.

Alecko Eskandarian has been named an assistant coach with the NY Cosmos. 

Ben Olsen is sticking around DC United even some of his key players are moving on. 

Jozy Altidore was the victim of racist chants during a Dutch Cup match. 

Mike Petke is the new head coach of the NY Red Bulls. 

- Peter Wilt will be the president of the 2014 NASL expansion team in Indianapolis.

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, and not necessarily those of the Rochester Rhinos or SoccerSam.com. Feel free to send any comments or complaints to jamesrweise@gmail.com. James promises to read (but not to respond) to all of them.      



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James Weise

James became the Kick This! News Director in March of 2005. A long time listener and caller of the show, he jumped at the chance to audition when he heard there was an opening. He brings to Kick This! the voice of the fan who has always maintained a love for the game and his team.

Growing up, James was a fan of Sheffield Wednesday because they had an American midfielder by the name of John Harkes. When MLS started up, DC United became Jamesí team to follow because their marquee player just happened to be John Harkes.

As a student at Clarkson University, he enjoyed watching a guy who did a crazy flip throw in, and even got to play in an indoor fraternity league against him. His name.... Mike Kirmse. James is a long time season ticket holder and Kirmse will likely always be his favorite all-time Rhino.

James is also passing on his love for the game. Both of his boys play for the town of Chili, and his daughter is anxiously awaiting her turn. Although only a year and a half, she loves playing soccer with the boys...


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