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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Leverock & Harrisburg Advance in Open Cup

Goals from Danny DiPrima, Cardel Benbow and Ken Tribbett, earned Dante Leverock and his USL's Harrisburg City Islanders teammates a 3 – 0 win over Reading United A.C. 3-0 in their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second-round scrap at Exeter High School.

The City Islanders and Reading United are affiliates of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

DiPrima and Benbow connected in the first 10 minutes for Bill Becher's club, which owned a 2-0 lead at the break and improved to 8-1 in its Open Cup openers.

Tribbett scored early in the second half for Harrisburg. Jason Plumhoff set up the last two City Islanders scores, while Benbow assisted on DiPrima's finish.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Blatter May Only Face One Challenger

Reports from the Netherlands say Luis Figo and Michael Van Praag will withdraw from the FIFA Presidential race in order to throw more support behind Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, who will be the main opponent to longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the May 29th election.

The Dutch newspaper De Volksrant was first to report the development, citing sources close to FIFA. Bermuda Football Association President Larry Mussenden will head the Committee that will oversee the FIFA Elections on May 29th.

“We can confirm that there have been discussions between the candidates regarding the possibility to join forces. Our shared, collective goal is to achieve change within FIFA. It is good that there is a growing international coalition striving for that goal. That is our main focus now. It is too soon to talk about which candidate might have the biggest chance,” a source close to Van Praag told World Football Insider.

Van Praag, chairman of the Dutch football association, announced his intention to run against Blatter in January.

The three candidates reportedly met in Switzerland last week to discuss massing their votes in an attempt to unseat Blatter, who has been FIFA president since 1998 and has long been the target of accusations about FIFA’s ethics. Even if Van Praag and Figo rally support behind al-Hussein, Blatter still is expected to easily win another term as FIFA president.

However, al-Hussein is seen as the candidate with the best chance at the upset. The Princeton-educated Jordanian served on FIFA’s executive committee for four years.

A spokesman for Figo, the former FIFA player of the year, denied to Reuters that any deal was in place and also said he would not be traveling to the Netherlands on Thursday for a joint news conference with Van Praag and al-Hussein. However, the spokesman stopped short of denying that Figo would drop out of the race.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Leverock in USL Team of the Week

Harrisburg City Islander’s Dante Leverock was named to the USL Team of the Week, while his teammate Ken Tribbett named honorable mention following a 2-0 victory against the Charlotte Independence.

Leverock and Tribbett controlled the defense against the Independence helping to extend their unbeaten streak to five straight matches and remain undefeated at home.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Two Unavailable for the Warm Up Matches

Islandstats.com can reveal that at least two players who played roles in Bermuda advancement in the CONCACAF First Round 2018 Russia World Cup Qualifier against the Bahamas are unavailable for the Warm Up matches arranged.

Jonte Smith is currently playing in Norway for Flekkerøy Idrettslag, while Dante Leverock is playing for the Harrisburg City Islanders in the United Soccer League.

Smith set up the third goal for Bermuda at the National Sports Center in the return leg 3 – 0 win, while Leverock scored Bermuda’s first goal of the campaign with a header in the Bahamas. Both players however are available for the World Cup Qualifiers.

Meanwhile 30 minutes after Islandstats.com posted the upper part of this story the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) announced an upcoming friendly match between the Bermuda Men’s National Team and the Puerto Rico Men’s National team.

The match will take place at the National Sports Centre, Friday, June 5th, at 7:30pm Bermuda time not the date or time previously announced by other media.

BFA Vice President Mark Wade commented, “We are happy to have a final warm-up match at home before the team leaves for Guatemala. This match gives the public a chance to see the team in its final preparations.”

Bermuda National Team First Assistant Maurice Lowe added, “Our preparations are going well; there is a buzz within the team. Intensity has been high in the training sessions. Puerto Rico will be a good opponent to test ourselves against, I don’t think their ranking shows exactly how good they are.”

Tickets for the friendly match against Puerto Rico, as well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Second Leg Qualifier against Guatemala, will go on sale on Tuesday, May 26th. Tickets will be available from the BFA Offices and online from www.ptix.bm. There will be a ‘two-match special’ on offer, as well as group rates and discounts for Seniors/Children.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Leverock & Harrisburg Remain Undefeated at Home

Leverock Signs Jerseys for Fans
Dante Leverock and his Harrisburg City Islanders teammates cruised to victory over the Charlotte Independence (2-3-2) after a pair of first half scores secured a 2-0 win.

Skyline Sports Complex hosted 2,167 fans as the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak to five straight matches and remain undefeated at home.

Cardel Benbow began scoring in the 11th minute after Neil Shaffer saved a broken play. After a through ball was intercepted by the Independence, Shaffer regained possession for the home team and delivered a sliding pass to spring the Jamaican forward on a race to the penalty area, where he buried a laser past the near post.

The Islanders wouldn’t stop there, as a 35th minute corner kick by Jason Plumhoff found the head of Ken Tribbett, to send the Isles into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Charlotte struggled to find first half opportunities, but their best opportunity came in the 28th minute when Jack Thompson’s point-blank take was deflected away as Islanders keeper Nick Noble fell to his right hip. Independence forward Ryan Finley accounted for three of the visitor’s four opening half shots and five of their eight for the match.

The second half wouldn’t provide any goals, despite yielding a total of seven shots from the two sides.

The most dangerous opportunity came in the 74th minute when Charlotte midfielder Enzo Martinez fired a rocket from 20 yards out, forcing Noble to dive to his right to deflect the shot away. The Independence also threatened the goal with eight corner kick chances, but the home defense held strong to seal Noble’s second consecutive shutout.

The triumph keeps Harrisburg in fifth place and firmly in playoff position in the USL Eastern Conference table.
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