LOCALS: Rangers' start is strong

The Fullerton Rangers' team in the National Premier Soccer League isn't exactly new, but the name and organization are, so last weekend's West Division opener in Phoenix was a debut of sorts.

A winning debut.

The Rangers, who last year made the NPSL playoffs as the Santa Ana Winds and already posted three wins in qualifying en route to a berth in the U.S. Open Cup, received late goals from Julio Madrigal (Inglewood/Inglewood HS and L.A. Harbor College/Cal State Dominguez Hills) and Carlos Godinez to pull away to a 3-0 victory at debutant Phoenix Monsoon.

Madrigal also assisted Cuban forward Eder Roldan's 15th-minute opener for Fullerton, which is second in the Southern Conference, behind San Diego Flash, which routed Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental, 4-0, as Brandon Zuniga scored a hat trick.

So Cal's other new NPSL team, FC Santa Clarita Storm -- formerly Antelope Valley-based Rattlers FC -- settled for a 2-2 draw at San Diego Boca in its first game. Steven Martines set up Alex Harlley (Rosamond/Rosamond HS) and then added one of his own to give FCSC a two-goal lead by the 32nd minute, but NPSL Player of the Week Juan Bernal conveted a 65th-minute penalty and netted an equalizer 15 minutes later.

What happened to the Winds? They've got a team playing in the local United Premier Soccer League.

USL PRO KICKS OFF: The third-division USL Pro began its second season with four games -- road teams won three of them -- and defending champion Orlando City SC is back on top following a 2-0 win over the Charlotte Eagles. The Charleston Battery's Jose Cuevas is the league Player of the Week after scoring twice, including a 67th-minute winner, in a 2-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers.

The L.A. Blues open Saturday night against the Rochester Rhinos at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.

OPEN CUP UPDATE: Two more SoCal clubs are in the running for a U.S. Open Cup berth. Zicuiran 28, which plays in the L.A.-based league The Angels Confrontation, will face another local side, Napoli, with the winner meeting Stanislaus United Turlock Express from Northern California for U.S. Club Soccer's half-berth in the 99th edition of America's top soccer cup. The winner of that game will meet the NPSL's Bay Area Ambassadors for a spot in the main 64-team field.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Antigua Barracuda 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Seth 41)


Richmond Kickers 1 (Nyazamba 46+), Charleston Battery 2 (Cuevas 41, 67)

Charlotte Eagles 0, Orlando City SC 2 (Chin 3, Molino 91+)


Antigua Barracuda 3 (Griffith 31, Smith 43, 81), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Green 88)


1. Orlando City SC (1-0-0) 3 points; 2. Antigua Barracuda (1-1-0) 3; 3. Charleston Battery (1-0-0) 3; 4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1-1-0) 3; 4. L.A. Blues (0-0-0), Dayton Dutch Lions (0-0-0), Harrisburg City Islanders (0-0-0), Rochester Rhinos (0-0-0) and Wilmington Hammerheads (0-0-0) 0; 10. Richmond Kickers (0-1-0) 0; 11. Charlotte Eagles (0-1-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Dayton at Charlotte, 4 p.m.


Richmond at Charleston, 4:30 p.m.

Rochester vs. L.A. Blues at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.


Wilmington at Orlando City, 3 p.m.


Charleston at Charlotte, 4 p.m.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Phoenix Monsoon 0, Fullerton Rangers 3 (Roldan 15, Madrigal 70, Godinez 90)

San Diego Flash 4 (Zuniga 30, 55, 65, Picou 75), FC Hasental 0

San Diego Boca 2 (Bernal pen. 65, 80), FC Santa Clarita Storm 2 (Harlley 2, Martines 32)

North Coast Tsunami 3 (Smith 20, Rafferty 75, Reynoza 84), Sacramento Gold 5 (Pina 6, John Jones pen. 12, Prado 18 Fonseca 65, Jason Jones 74)

San Francisco Stompers 1 (Barrett 43), Bay Area Ambassadors 0

Sonoma County Sol 0, Real San Jose 0


Southern Conference: 1. San Diego Flash (1-0-0) 3 points; 2. Fullerton Rangers (1-0-0) 3; 3. FC Santa Clarita Storm (0-0-1) and San Diego Boca (0-0-1) 1; 5. Phoenix Monsoon (0-1-0) 0; 6. FC Hasental (0-1-0) 0.

Northern Conference: 1. Sacramento Storm (1-0-0) 3; 2. San Francisco Stompers (1-0-0) 3; 3. Real San Jose (0-0-1) and Sonoma County Sol (0-0-1) 1; 5. Bay Area Ambassador (0-1-0) 0; 6. North Coast Tsunami (0-1-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)


San Diego Boca at San Diego Flash, 5 p.m.

Phoenix Monsoon vs. FC Santa Clarita Storm at Canyon HS (Canyon Country), 6 p.m.

North Coast Tsunami at Real San Jose, 7 p.m.

Sonoma County Sol at Bay Area Ambassadors, 7 p.m.


FC Hasental vs. Fullerton Rangers at Santa Ana Stadium, 5 p.m.

San Francisco Stompers at Sacramento Gold, 7 p.m.



USL Premier Development League: April 29

USL W-League: May 11

Women's Premier Soccer League: TBA