Soccer Notes.

Timmy Chandler

American Christen Press scored two goals to lead FC Gothenburg to a 3-2 win over Fortuna Hjorring of Denmark and move into the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-3 aggregate win. Press was one of three Americans along with her former Stanford teammates, Cam Levin, and U.S. international Yael Averbuch to start for the Swedish club in its final match of the fall…..Teen star Lindsey Horan, who had signed to play at UNC before turning pro, scored her sixth goal in seven games to lead Paris St. Germain to a 3-0 win at Yzeure Allier. American Libby Stout was in goal for Yzeure Allier. Next up for second-place PSG is a match with first-place Lyon, which has won its first eight games by a margin of 52-2….Former University of Louisville defender Austin Berry, who started 28 consecutive matches for the Chicago Fire, has been named the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year. Chicago allowed only 41 goals this past season. Former University of North Carolina standout Logan Pause, was named the league’s Individual Fair Play Award winner. The 10-year pro, who also plays for the Fire, started 31 games and committed just 11 fouls with no red or yellow cards. He played a total of 2,424 minutes….. In the recent U.S. international friendly with Russia, USA fielded five German-born and-raised players. Not a couple, but five, including four starters – nearly half the lineup of field players. The starters were Timmy Chandler (age 22), Danny Williams (23), Fabian Johnson (24) and Jermaine Jones (31). Terrence Boyd (21) was a late substitute. Also, Mix Diskerud, who scored the late equalizer in stoppage time, was born and raised in Norway…..MLS clubs placed 42 players on waivers for the annual postseason Waiver Draft. Only one player — 23-year-old Cole Grossman — was selected. The former Duke star is headed to Real Salt Lake from the Columbus Crew. Grossman played in two league games during his rookie year and 10 – including five starts – in 2012. Among 14 forwards on the list of 42 players waived, were Jose Angulo (Red Bulls), former Carolina RailHawks goalscorer Etienne Barbara and former USC Gamecock Blake Brettschneider…,…Major League Soccer has announced that Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler has been named 2012 MLS Defender of the Year. Also, MLS announced that Silviu Petrescu was voted Referee of the Year and Ian Anderson was voted the Assistant Referee of the Year. These two awards were voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management…..It has been reported that U.S. WNT goalkeeper Hope Solo and former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens were married on November 13, one day after Stevens was arrested for fourth-degree domestic violence assault. The police report stated that Stevens said he and Solo had been arguing over whether they would live in Washington (State) or Florida after marriage. Stevens was not charged and was later released when a judge ruled there was no evidence connecting him to an assault….D.C. United and midfielder Branko Boskovic have parted ways, ending a 2 1/2-year tenure interrupted by a major knee injury. Boskovic, 32, was under contract through next summer, but family issues in his native Montenegro led to a mutual agreement to terminate the deal…..FC Dallas of MLS has announced the retirement of assistant coach John Ellinger. He was the U.S. Under-17 MNT coach when the U17 Men’s Residency Program was launched in Bradenton, FL, a position he left to become the first head coach of MLS expansion Real Salt Lake in 2004….Landon Donovan missed the 2-2 draw against Russia to close out 2012 for the U.S. MNT as his LA Galaxy was in the MLS playoffs. Donovan, who continues to make comments about the possibility of retiring before the 2014 World Cup, has only played in eight of the USA’s 20 games under coach Juergen Klinsmann ….Philadelphia Union teammates, Florida native Zac MacMath and Mexican-born rookie Cristhian Hernandez, spent three weeks after the MLS season training in Europe. Goalkeeper MacMath trained at Everton, who’s #1 goalkeeper is Tim Howard.
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