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Monday, June 29, 2015
Leverock & Harrisburg City Islanders Go Down

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Charleston Battery forward Dane Kelly opened the scoring in the second minute and added his second of the game with a brilliant 25-yard blast in the second half to lead the hosts past Dante Leverock and his Harrisburg City Islanders teammates 4-1 at Blackbaud Stadium.

The win lifted the Battery past rival Richmond for second place in the Eastern Conference heading into Friday’s showdown with undefeated, first-place Rochester.

Charleston also picked up goals from defender Taylor Mueller and forward Ricky Garbanzo in the first and second halves, respectively. Mueller volleyed in a deflected free kick from his spot near the right post in the 39th minute, and Garbanzo picked up his fourth league goal in the 75th minute when Maikel Chang bounced a shot off the right post and the rebound fell to the rookie in front of an open net.

The City Islanders got on the scoreboard in the 89th minute after referee Neil Barbulescu awarded a Harrisburg penalty. Substitute forward Brett Jankouskas put it away to blemish what would have otherwise been the first clean sheet of Battery goalkeeper Kevin Corby’s young USL career. The win was Corby’s first in four starts, and featured five saves and solid play for 90 minutes.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
BFA Responds to Media Questions

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The Bermuda Football Association President Larry Mussenden has issued a Press Release following Bermuda's exit from the 2018 Russia CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier at the National Sports Center almost two weeks ago.

"The BFA has received some media enquiries in respect of the recent World Cup campaign concerning team accommodation and player conduct.

The BFA made a decision to house the players in a small hotel upon their return from Guatemala on the Saturday night. They would have remained there until Monday late afternoon when they would leave for the NSC. Upon arrival on the late AA flight from Miami, the team was transported from the LF Wade Airport to the hotel. The BFA had made reservations that would have two (2) players to a room. When the team arrived at the hotel, it was discovered that the hotel did not have the required rooms. Alternate arrangements were made at the hotel at that late hour, with extra beds in two rooms, whilst some coaches gave up their rooms so that players could have rooms.

Additionally, the BFA discovered that there were issues with the food service which ultimately led to the pre-match meal being cancelled with alternative arrangements being made at a restaurant in Hamilton.

The BFA then became aware of issues of the conduct of a few players who had females in their rooms on Monday in breach of the expected conduct. As a result of that, the Coach – who had earlier given up his room to players - did leave the hotel early in order to consider how to deal with the issue after which he did join the team at the NSC when we put on a strong display of exciting football against Guatemala.

This week has been set aside for a postmortem of the entire World Cup Campaign were we will be discussing the positives and negatives of the series of matches with a view of establishing ways for improvements. Additionally, we will be addressing the conduct of the few players as mentioned above. We are committed to ensuring the long term goals for the current generation of the senior team are met.

We are deeply upset that Bermuda did not advance to the next round. We are grateful to all the players who gave their utmost to playing for Bermuda. We reiterate that it is an honor to play for Bermuda and to follow in the footsteps of some of the best football players who have played for Bermuda as evidenced by the Guatemala Class of ’67 players who themselves were honored at half-time at the Guatemala match. We are confident that all the players, including the professional ones, will reflect on their individual commitment and dedication to Bermuda, to playing for Bermuda and representing their local clubs that invested so much into them as they grew up playing football in Bermuda. We thank our players and coaching staff. Also, we extend our sincere thanks to the people of Bermuda for all their support during the recent campaign."
Friday, June 26, 2015
Blatter - I Have Not Resigned as FIFA President

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Sepp Blatter says he has not resigned as FIFA President.

The 79-year-old Swiss was thought to have ended his 17-year reign on June 2nd amid claims of corruption in World Football's Governing Body.

But, according to Swiss newspaper Blick, Blatter told a party at a FIFA museum: "I did not resign. I put myself and my office in the hands of the FIFA Congress."

Blatter is thought to be considering standing for re-election as president.

Two criminal investigations into alleged FIFA corruption began in the week that Blatter was elected for a fifth term in charge.

Four days after being voted president, Blatter - who is reportedly under investigation in the United States – said, "While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football.

"Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary Elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA President until that election."

However, Blatter did not use the words 'resign' or 'resignation'.

In response to Blatter's latest comments, Labour MP Chris Bryant, the shadow secretary of state for culture, said, "Sepp Blatter's antics remind me not so much of the hokey-cokey as Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.

"It's time FIFA put an end to all this speculation, which is harming the sport, and give a final date for Blatter's departure."

Meanwhile, Blatter may not attend the final of the Women's World Cup in Canada because of the twin investigations into FIFA by American and Swiss authorities.

He would normally present the trophy to the winning team, but FIFA will not confirm whether Blatter or secretary general Jerome Valcke will attend.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "In terms of the FIFA President and the FIFA Secretary General, their future travel plans will be confirmed in due course."
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Chesterfield Excited about World Cup Player Simons

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He may have yet to taste Football League action but new Chesterfield striker Rai Simons arrives at the Proact with international experience reports Phil Tooley of the Derbyshire Times.

The 19-year-old will report back for his first re-season next week, buoyed by appearances in three World Cup qualifiers with Bermuda.

Simons followed the same path into League football as Sheffield United’s Che Adams, after impressing at Evo-Stik side Ilkeston.

While he awaits his Chesterfield debut, the forward has this summer achieved something which most footballers do not.

Simons started in Bermuda’s 5-0 demolition of the Bahamas alongside Huddersfield Town’s Nahki Wells before sitting out the second leg, a 3-0 triumph.

He was then a second half substitute as Bermuda battled out a superb goalless draw with Guatemala in the next stage and came off the bench for the final half hour in the decisive second leg which brought a 1-0 defeat with Wells absent.

Simons will be battling with the likes of Mani Dieseruvwe, Byron Harrison and Armand Gnanduillet to make it into Dean Saunders’ XI.

The attack looks set to be spearheaded by new signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, twice top scorer in the Championship and Simons will be keen to catch the eye of the new Chesterfield boss as he looks to partner the former Wolverhampton Wanderers ace.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Smith & Floy Return to Winning Ways

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Jonte Smith and his Floy FC Teammates came good starting their match against Eidsvold Turn.

In the 18th minute Floy took the lead when Magnus Ask Mikkelsen crossed into the path of Lars Chistian Thorsen who finished from close range.

Smith and his teammates gave away the lead in the 29th minute when Ole Andreas Nesset scored, but just 3 minutes later Mikkelsen put Floy back in front from a free kick.

There were no further goals in the half as Floy went to the break leading 2-1.

In the second half Eidsvold Turn came close equalizing several times. During this period, Floy defenders Bernard Brons and Marius Andersen made important interventions.
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