Leo Gibson scored four goals as the Minnesota Thunder blew out the Carolina RailHawks 5-0 last evening.
The loss means that Carolina needs a win on the road in California on Sunday night if they are to overtake Miami FC for the 8th and final playoff spot.
The Charleston Battery also have a chance to leap over Miami FC when they play host to Puerto Rico in this week's FSC USL Game of the Week.
Carolina could have wrapped up the final playoff spot with a win either last Saturday at home versus Portland or last night. However, their inconsistent offense has gone in the tank again (1 goal in their last 4 USL 1st Division games) and it could cost them a playoff spot.
California will be licking their wounds after they lost 4-0 in Seattle last night. The Sounders win vaulted them past Portland and Montreal into 1st place overall with each team having one game to play.
News & Notes:
- Don't forget about the Town Hall meeting at 6pm tomorrow night ahead of the Rhinos-Impact game. Also of note is that Billy Sedgewick is bringing back his Quarters for Cancer campaign for one more Rhinos game.
- Yanks Abroad previews the US-Brazil game. I'm interested to see if Brazil's A- squad brings an A- game or not.
- Guess who wants back into MLS? Given that Ives Galarcep and Big Apple Soccer.com are talking about it should be a solid clue. I wonder how the Red Bulls could fit him under the cap? The only way I could see that happening is if they can get Claudio Reyna to retire.
- Glenn Davis has a nice little piece on Houston Dynamo supporters.
- The Wizards are looking at a failed mall development as a potential home for a new stadium. Whatever happened to the 20,000 seat magic number for MLS stadiums?
- Bill Urban believes that MLS is the only loser in Danny Szetela's move to Spain. But, what could MLS expect when Szetela wasn't even getting any playing time with the Crew?
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