Professional Soccer Returns to Clipper Stadium in Lancaster

harrisburg city islandersProfessional Soccer is returning to Clipper Stadium in Lancaster for two Harrisburg City Islanders home games this August.

Harrisburg will host a regular season game versus FC Montreal on Saturday, August 29 as the City Islanders look to gain a United Soccer League playoff berth.

Then 2 days later the Islanders will host an exhibition against the 2014 US Open Cup runner-up, the Philadelphia Union their MLS Partners from Philadelphia on Monday, August 31. The City Islanders a 4-4-1 record against Major League Soccer clubs in the U.S. Open Cup.

Both games will start at 7:00 PM. Gates will open at 5:30 PM.

All seats for these soccer events will be general admission. The cost will be $15 for the exhibition against the Union and $12 for the Saturday night game against Montreal. A combo ticket that includes a ticket to both matches is also available for purchase at the discounted price of $22. For ticket information visit the Lancaster Barnstormers website.

LancasterBarnstormers.com

The games will feature several local soccer heroes for the Central PA area:

  • The former Warwick High School standout and National High School Player of the Year, the Union’s Andrew Wenger.
  • In addition to Wenger, the Union’s roster also includes Jimmy McLaughlin of Great Valley and former City Islanders star Sheanon Williams.
  • The City Islanders squad features area natives Garret Pettis, a forward from Lower Dauphin High School, who currently resides in Elizabethtown, midfielder Danny DiPrima of Dillsburg and former Pennsylvania Player of the Year Brett Jankouskas of Palmyra.

Come out and support local soccer in Central PA!

Philadelphia UnionFc Montreal logo

Local WPSL Soccer Team; Lancaster Inferno to Play Buxmont Torch

Lancaster inferno wpsl logoCome out to support your local WPSL Soccer Team, the Lancaster Inferno, as they battle the Buxmont Torch. It’s the 2014 Season’s First Home Game and at Hempfield HS Stadium. Cost is $4 and kids 15 and under are admitted free if they are wearing their team’s soccer jersey OR an Inferno T-Shirt.

Game Day:  6/11/2014
Time:  7 PM
Cost: $4
Where:  Hempfield HS Stadium – 350 Mumma Drive, Landisville, PA 17538 United States
Website: www.lancasterinferno.com

 

 

What Do You Think? Should the “Triple Punishment” be Removed From Soccer?

The discussion has come up again after Arsenal and Manchester City both suffered after having a player sent off because of a foul in a goal scoring opportunity.

Foul on Arjen Robben - Bayern Arsenal game

 

The argument is that a team is unfairly punished three times.

  1. Penalty
  2. Sending off and the team has to play short
  3. A suspension

So what should be taken away?

  • No penalty even though the player that was fouled would have most likely scored a goal?
  • Fouling player is allowed to continue playing even though they committed a foul that most likely stopped a goal?
  • Fouling player does not serve a suspension?

If any, maybe no suspension, but why should this red card be treated differently then any other red card? Or should no one that receives a red card serve a suspension?

Does the game suffer when a team is forced to play with 10? Yeah probably, but when the referee has clearly made the correct decision it’s not his fault nor the fault of the rules. It’s the players’ fault.

If we start making the rules more lenient, violent fouls will surely increase, since players will not be held responsible.

What do you think?

 

Union and Islanders and Final, Oh My!

This weekend is a big weekend for soccer. The Harrisburg City Islanders, the Philadelphia Union and the USA Women’s National Team all play this weekend.

Saturday, July 16th:

Wilmington Hammerheads vs. City Islanders

wilmington hammerheads VS   Harrisburg City Islanders

7:30 pm at Legion Stadium

 

Sunday, July 17th:

VS 

7pm at Gillette Stadium

 

The big game of the weekend is the US Women’s National team versus Japan for the Women’s World cup final.

Sunday, July 17th:

US Soccer Logo VS  Japan national team logo

2pm at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

 

Who do you pick to win the games this weekend?  Are you getting together to watch any of the games? Post it here and let everyone know!

Do You Have What it Takes to Play for the Union or City Islanders?

The Philadelphia Union and Harrisburg City Islanders have announced that they will be holding a joint tryout on December 20-21, 2010. The tryouts will be held at In the Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, PA. This is the home training grounds for the City Islanders.  Register on the City Islanders website: www.cityislanders.com

Philadelphia Union

“Our eyes are constantly open to identifying talent and this tryout is a terrific opportunity to evaluate a large number of players simultaneously,” said Philadelphia Union Coach John Hackworth. “Our partnership with Harrisburg enables us to pool resources with the goal of finding players who can compete within our player development structure, and ultimately with the Union first team. We look forward to seeing who turns out for this exciting two-day event.”

“Philadelphia is a first class organization and we are pleased to partner with them once again,” added City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher. “I look forward to having the Union’s coaching staff here in Harrisburg and I believe that a joint tryout with franchises from different levels of professional soccer is a great way to find players who may be able to contribute to one of the respective teams. It should be a quality event. We have open tryouts each year and we’ve always found a player or two that have not only made our team, but made a measurable difference. I suspect this year will be no different.”

Read more on the Union site: Union, Islanders to Host Joint Tryout