LOCALS: HUFC waits for Open Cup ruling

Hollywood United FC is awaiting word on a National Premier Soccer League rival's appeal of sanctions for fielding an ineligible player to find out, for sure, that it is headed to the U.S. Open Cup.

The Hitmen are set to take one of four NPSL slots in the annual competition after the San Diego Flash, an ambitious club led by former English pro and current Fox Soccer analyst Warren Barton, forfeited two games for using an ineligible player, Englishman Lee Underwood.

Early-season games in the NPSL double as qualifiers for the Open Cup, which dates to 1914 and features clubs from all strata of American soccer -- amateur to Major League Soccer -- and the forfeits gave the Flash's berth to HUFC. First-round games are slated for June 14.

It's all pending appeal, but the Hitmen's record becomes 7-0-1 after a 3-1 loss to San Diego (now 5-2-0) in their opener was changed to a 3-0 victory. The winless Bay Area Ambassadors also picked up a win.

HUFC's five-game winning streak was stopped Saturday in a 1-1 draw with visiting Sacramento Gold.

Elsewhere in the NPSL:

  • Santa Ana Winds (5-1-0) won their fifth in a row, beating San Diego Boca, 3-1, on goals by Chong Yong Park, Torrance's Diego Turoldo (North Torrance HS/Cal State Dominguez Hills) and Carlos Godinez. That puts them on top in the Southwest Flight, because, it turns out, Hollywood United is in the Northwest Flight. That's according to HUFC, who learned of it only on Monday. The Hitmen were listed in the Southwest on the league's website until last week.

  • Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental (2-4-1) toppled Boca, 3-1, the day after a wild, 5-4 loss loss to Sonoma County Sol. Los Conejos let a 4-2 lead slip away in the last half-hour.

  • Lancaster's Rattlers FC won its first NPSL game, winning, 2-1, at Real San Jose on an 82nd-minute goal by Roberto Mariscal (Palmdale/Palmdale HS). Miguel Guillen (Rosamond/Rosamond HS) also scored for the Snakes.

PDL: Defending Southwest Division champ Ventura County Fusion (3-0-1) grabbed first place with shutout victories over L.A. Blues 23 and Southern California Seahorses in the USL Premier Development League. Former UC Santa Barbara standout David Walker (Orange/Villa Park HS), a 2010 Houston Dynamo draft pick, scored and set up two more goals in Friday's 4-0 romp over the Blues, then assisted UCLA's Reed Williams (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) to start Sunday's 2-0 win against the Seahorses.

Fresno Fuego (2-0-2) also won twice to move into second, one point ahead of Orange County Blue Star (2-0-1), which settled for a 1-1 draw in Irvine with unfancied BYU on a late own goal. One of the top three is likeliest to gain a U.S. Open Cup berth.

USL W-LEAGUE: Pali Blues spoiled the L.A. Strikers' debut, winning, 1-0, on a late goal by the University of Florida's Tiffany McCarty, but it could have been over earlier had the two-time W-League champs finished their chances.

The Santa Clarita Blue Heat, the third local team in the national semipro/amateur league -- another of the United Soccer Leagues' competitions -- plays its opener Sunday at Valencia High School in Valencia against Victoria (B.C.) Highlanders, who visit the Strikers on Wednesday and Pali on Friday.

WPSL: The Women's Premier Soccer League (the other national semipro/amateur outfit) kicked off last weekend with founding club California Storm falling to the Bay Area Breeze, the northern portion of the group looking to bring Women's Professional Soccer back to So Cal next year. Two legends were on the field: Tiffeny Milbrett set up the lone goal for the Breeze, and Brandi Chastain was red-carded after just six minutes for the Storm.

The Breeze is home this weekend to the Orange County Waves, former L.A. Sol coach Abner Rogers' team and the southern half of the WPS bid. All of the Southern California teams in the Pacific Conference play NorCal counterparts this weekend.

The other L.A.-area teams (with their home field): longtime power Ajax America (Nansen Field, Rolling Hills Estates), Claremont Stars (Claremont High School), Los Angeles Premier FC (La CaƱada High School) and newcomers Los Al Vikings (Long Beach City College and Veterans Stadium, Long Beach).

USL PRO: Richmond's perfect run finally ended in a 1-1 draw with Harrisburg, which is the L.A. Blues' next guest, on June 24 at Centennial High School in Corona and June 26 at Cal State Fullerton. The Kickers (6-0-1) remain atop the American Division, one point ahead of Antigua Barracuda (6-3-0), which lost, 2-0, at Rochester. Orlando City FC (5-1-1) is two points further back.

The Blues (4-2-1), who split two games with the Charlotte Eagles, are four points ahead of the Rochester Rhinos (3-3-0) in the American Division. L.A. visits divisional rivals Dayton (0-4-0) and Pittsburgh (1-3-2) this weekend.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Angulo 26), Rochester Rhinos 0


L.A. Blues 2 (Randolph 6, Chijindu 88), Charlotte Eagles 1 (Toby 83)


Charleston Battery 0, FC New York 1 (Brito 35)


L.A. Blues 1 (Gaitan 75), Charlotte Eagles 2 (Roberts 22, Herrera pen. 91+)

Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Becerra pen. 56), Richmond Kickers 1 (Bangura 82)

Rochester Rhinos 2 (Jadeosingh 53, Rosenlund 60), Antigua Barracuda 0

Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (Banks 15, 19, Noviello 90), FC New York 1 (Brito 17)

Orlando City FC 1 (Molino 3), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0


National: 1. L.A. Blues 13 points 2. Rochester Rhinos 9; 3. Harrisburg City Islanders 5; 4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2; 5. FC New York 5; 6. Dayton Dutch Lions 0

American: 1. Richmond Kickers 19; 2. Antigua Barracuda 18; 3. Orlando City 16; 4. Charleston Battery 11; 5. Wilmington Hammerheads 9; 6. Charlotte Eagles 4

This week's games (all times Pacific)


L.A. Blues at Dayton Dutch Lions, 4:30 p.m.

Orlando City FC at Rochester Rhinos, 4:30 p.m.

Antigua Barracuda at Charlotte Eagles, 5 p.m.


FC New York at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.

Charleston Battery at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.


Orlando City at Harrisburg City Islanders, noon

L.A. Blues at Pittsburgh Riverhouds, 2 p.m.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Hollywood United FC 1 (Miranda 62), Sacramento Gold 1 (Prado 82)

FC Hasental 4 (Thomas 21, Garcia 36, Gonzalez 43, Anguiano 58), Sonoma County Sol 5 (McFarlin 5, 65, Boone 51, Larsen 61, Middlemiss 90)

Santa Ana Winds 3 (Park 15, Turoldo 60, Godinez 83), San Diego Boca 1 (Roget 5)

Real San Jose 1 (Abass 61), Rattlers FC 2 (Guillen 18, Mariscal 82)


FC Hasental 2 (Chavez 50, De La Piedra 88), San Diego Boca 1 (Lopez 41)

San Diego Flash 3 (Emeanua 6, Pizarro 22, LoSarah 32), Sacramento Gold 1 (Prado 60)


Southwest: 1. Santa Ana Winds 15; 3. San Diego Flash 15; 4. San Diego Boca FC 9; 5. FC Hasental 7, 6. Rattlers FC 3

Northwest: 1. Hollywood United FC 22 points; 2. Sonoma County Sol 10; 2. Sacramento Gold 8; 3. Bay Area Ambassadors 4; 4. Real San Jose 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Santa Ana Winds vs. Real San Jose at Santa Ana Stadium (Santa Ana), 7 p.m.

Rattlers FC vs. San Diego Boca, Balboa Stadium (San Diego), 7 p.m.

Hollywood United FC vs. Bay Area Ambassadors at Chabot College (Hayward, Calif.), 7 p.m.


Rattlers FC vs. San Diego Flash at Westview HS (San Diego), 3 p.m.

FC Hasental vs. Sacramento Gold at River City HS (West Sacramento), 6 p.m.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


L.A. Legends 1 (Rivera 35), Ogden Outlaws 1 (Lara 75)

Fresno Fuego 2 (Cuevas 66, Campbell 79), BYU Cougars 0


Ventura County Fusion 4 (Rose 9, Walker 17, Riley 37, Magee 67), L.A. Blues 23 0


Southern California Seahorses 1 (Shaw 72), L.A. Legends 0

Orange County Blue Star 1 (Avila 20), BYU Cougars 1 (og Matchett 77)

Fresno Fuego 4 (M. Blanco 33, 71, Campbell 77, Reinhart 90), Ogden Outlaws 2 (Hickman 19, Castano 54)


Ventura County Fusion 2 (Williams 47, Rose 68), Southern California Seahorses 0

Standings: 1. Ventura County Fusion 10 points; 2. Fresno Fuego 8; 3. Orange County Blue Star 7; 4. Southern California Seahorses 3; 5. Ogden Outlaws 1; 6. BYU Cougars 1; 7. L.A. Blues 23 1; 8. L.A. Legends 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Ventura County Fusion vs. Orange County Blue Star at Ventura College, 7 p.m.

Fresno Fuego vs. BYU Cougars at BYU South Field (Provo, Utah), 7 p.m.


Fresno Fuego vs. Ogden Outlaws at Bonneville HS (Washington Terrace, Utah), 5 p.m.

L.A. Blues 23 vs. Southern California Seahorses at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m,.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Pali Blues 1 (McCarty 87), L.A. Strikers 0

Victoria Highlanders 0, Seattle Sounders 0


Victoria Highlanders 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 2 (Weimer 16, pen. 35)

Standings: 1. Vancouver Whitecaps 3 points; 2. Pali Blues 3; 3. Seattle Sounders 1; 4. Victoria Highlanders 1; 5. Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Colorado Force and Colorado Rush 0; 8. L.A. Strikers 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)


L.A. Strikers vs. Victoria Highlanders, Pasadena City College, 7 p.m.


L.A. Strikers vs. Colorado Force, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colo), 6:30 p.m.

Pali Blues vs. Victoria Highlanders, Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.


L.A. Strikers vs. Colorado Rush at Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6 p.m.


Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders at Percy Perry Stadium (Coquitlam, British Columbia), 4 p.m.

Santa Clarita Blue Heat vs. Victoria Highlanders, Valencia HS (Valencia), 7 p.m.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Bay Area Breeze 1 (Alkek 60), California Storm 0


Pacific-South: 1. Ajax America, Claremont Stars, Los Al Vikings, Los Angeles Premier FC, Orange County Waves and San Diego SeaLions 0 points

Pacific-North: 1. Bay Area Breeze 3; 2. Clovis Sidekicks, North Bay FC Wave, San Francisco Nighthawks and West Coast Wildkatz 0; 6. California Storm 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Claremont Stars vs. Clovis Sidekicks at Clovis North HS (Fresno), 1 p.m.

San Diego SeaLions vs. North Bay FC Wave at Novato HS (Novato, Calif.), 5 p.m.

Orange County Waves vs. Bay Area Breeze at Dublin HS (Dublin, Calif.), 6 p.m.

Los Al Vikings vs. San Francisco Nighthakws at San Mateo HS (San Mateo, Calif.), 6 p.m.

L.A. Premier FC vs. West Coast Wildkatz at Granada HS (Livermore, Calif.), 6 p.m.

Ajax America vs. California Storm at Folsom HS (Folsom, Calif.), 7 p.m.


Los Al Vikings vs. Clovis Sidekicks at Clovis North HS (Fresno), 1 p.m.

Ajax America vs. West Coast Wildkatz at Granada HS (Livermore, Calif.), 1 p.m.

Claremont Stars vs. North Bay FC Wave at Solano Community College (Fairfield, Calif.), 5 p.m.

San Diego SeaLions vs. Bay Area Breeze at Dublin HS (Dublin, Calif.), 6 p.m.

Orange County Waves vs. San Francisco Nighthakws at Mustang Complex (Danville, Calif.), 1 p.m.

L.A. Premier FC vs. California Storm at Folsom HS (Folsom, Calif.), 6 p.m.