Brief reports of United Soccer Leagues play this weekend.
USL First Division
Monday, May 22
Rochester Rhinos 0 at Vancouver Whitecaps 0
A battle of the league's top two and only remaining unbeatens ended just as it started after 90 minutes of scoreless action. Rochester's Scott Vallow and Vancouver's Tony Caig each made three saves for clean sheets.
Friday, May 26
Miami FC 1 at Toronto Lynx 0
In a special afternoon school day match, World Cup MVP Romario showed his skills, providing the lone tally of the match after 19 minutes. Chris Doyle made three stops to preserve the victory.
Seattle Sounders 2 at Vancouver Whitecaps 2
The two northwest rivals played to their sixth consecutive draw as Joey Gjertsen and Cam Weaver each scored a pair of goals on the night. Gjertsen, who would end the weekend as the scoring leader, notched his fourth in the 18th and fifth in the 32nd to give the home side the lead each time. Weaver, on the other hand, tallied equalizers with his third and fourth strikes of the year in the 23rd and 73rd minutes.
Saturday, May 27
Atlanta Silverbacks 0 at Charleston Battery 0
The two southern rivals played to a scoreless deadlock with Felipe Quintero needing just one save for Atlanta and Keith Wiggans posting four for Charleston.
Portland Timbers 1 at Minnesota Thunder 0
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar found Byron Alvarez 34 minutes in for what proved the game-winner as both teams seemed unable to find the mark. Portland Josh Saunders was not called upon for any saves for the shutout and Minnesota's Joe Warren only had to stop one other shot that was on frame.
Rochester Rhinos 0 at Virginia Beach Mariners 0
The Rhinos finished their season-opening seven-game road swing unbeaten with a second consecutive scoreless draw. They will open the long-awaited PAETEC Park June 3 in Rochester. Vallow made three stops for the Rhinos while Matt Nelson mirrored it for the Mariners.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 at Seattle Sounders 1
The Sounders snapped the six-game run of draws between the two rivals, but not without controversy as the deciding goal was a 43rd minute penalty converted by Andrew Gregor. Chris Eylander posted three saves for the win.
Sunday, May 28
Miami FC 0 at Montreal Impact 0
Shutouts proved the theme of the week as Miami and Montreal completed the fourth scoreless match and brought the number of shutouts to 11 for the week. Chris Doyle made six stops for Miami while three-time Goalkeeper of the Year Greg Sutton only needed to make three on his end.
USL Second Division
After starting the season 1-1-3 the defending champion Charlotte Eagles returned to form with a pair of road wins, downing the Western Mass Pioneers 2-1 Friday in a championship rematch on a pair of Clay Roberts goals while Dustin Swinehart set up both tallies in a 2-0 win at New Hampshire Saturday. Meanwhile, Wilmington dropped second place Cincinnati 4-0, allowing Charlotte to move to second.
In other action, league-leading Richmond played to a 0-0 draw at last-place Long Island and Pennsylvania rivals Pittsburgh and Harrisburg also went scoreless.
Premier Development League
New Orleans picked up its first victory at home, downing Austin 3-1 with Robert Najarro providing a pair of goals in the win. The Shell Shockers opened with three losses on the road before returning to their previous home Pan American Stadium last week for the opener. The team will play out the remaining home schedule at Kenner's Muss Bertolina Stadium, where they recorded the win Wednesday while Pan American continues renovations from Hurricane Katrina flooding.
Each night on the weekend saw a hat-trick in PDL action as Ron Murphy led Cape Cod in a late-game road rally past Rhode Island 3-2 Friday and Richard Lesmes did the same for Brooklyn Sunday at Richmond. Chicago got three from Ryan Anderson Saturday in a 4-0 win at Indiana.
The week opened with U.S. international Tiffeny Milbrett leading Vancouver to a 1-0 win over Seattle. She helped lead the Whitecaps to a second win at Seattle Saturday with a goal in the 3-2 win. Elsewhere in the west, former WUSA player Katie Antongiovanni helped lead Mile High to two wins against San Diego with four goals.
The Minnesota Lightning registered a 4-1 win over London in their inaugural match with a pair each from Emily Redberg and Holly Gault. Ottawa opened their home slate with a convincing 5-0 win over expansion Hamilton with new additions Carrie Kveton and Stacey Stocco finding the net.