Next: top-seeded Louisville (18-0-3) in the quarterfinals.
Pablo’s cup: Colorado captain Pablo Mastroeni hoists the MLS Cup after the Rapids beat Dallas (AP Photo).
*The Colorado Rapids are the luckiest champions in MLS Cup history, winning 2-1 in OT over FC Dallas Sunday on a freak deflected own goal in frigid Toronto. I’m sure the Rapids’ Macoumba Kandji, whose hustle helped create the goal, and Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens, who made a victory-preserving save in the closing seconds, would disagree.
This should be the last MLS Cup played at a neutral site. There looked way more empty seats than Dallas and Colorado fans combined.
*Ten teams in the playoffs (an increase of two) in what will become an 18-team MLS next year, said Commish Don Garber today. Also, MLS is looking to give the Supporters Shield champion more (of something) for finishing first and investigating a fall to spring schedule that would align the league with Europe.
*The UCLA men are through to third round of the NCAA Tournament after beating Sacramento State 4-1 today. Next: Dartmouth 5 p.m. Sunday at Drake Stadium.
The UCLA women’s season is done after they lost 3-0 to Stanford Friday with the nation’s top scorer Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates scoring a brace.
The draw was made today.
The Bruins (14-4-1), who finished one point behind champion Cal in the Pac-10, will meet the winner of Thursday’s game between MPSF champion Sacramento State (10-4-7) and West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara (10-5-5) in the first round on Thursday. It’s UCLA’s 28th consecutive post-season appearance.
The second round game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Drake Stadium.
Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students/youth.
The winner of the second round game advances to a Nov. 28 game against Notre Dame, Dartmouth or Monmouth.
The other Southern California representative in the tournament, UC Santa Barbara (13-4-3), hosts Denver (9-6-4) Thursday and is expected to draw another large crowd.
The winner meets No. 6 Cal.
UCSB also hosts the final four this year.
Even though they lost 1-0 to San Francisco Sunday at Sullivan Field.
From the LMU press release: The Loyola Marymount men (12-6-2, 8-3-1 WCC) conclude the season tied with Santa Clara atop the WCC standing on 25 points and will await their postseason fate with Monday’s announcement of the NCAA College Cup field live on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. Santa Clara earns the conference’s automatic bid by virtue of 2-0 win over Gonzaga and a 1-0-1 season record against the Lions.
*USC (13-6-3) lost 4-0 to Notre Dame Sunday and were bounced from the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
*The UCLA women (13-7-2) upset Central Florida 2-1 Saturday at Drake Stadium, Elise Britt and Sydney Leroux doing the damage. They will next meet Stanford, 2-1 winners Sunday over Santa Clara, this weekend.
Notable: The Bruins have now advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 12th straight season.
*Cal Poly Pomona junior Luis Gonzalez of Long Beach scored four goals and had two assists to set a new California Collegiate Athletic Association record for points in a match with 10 in a 7-0 demolition of Cal State East Bay. Cal Poly plays Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday.
*Long Beach State beat Cal State Northridge, 2-1. Game story.
*The No. 11 UCLA men (10-4-1, 5-2-0) lost for the first time this season to No. 12 Cal, who with the win now have sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.
*The post-season hopes of the LMU women (9-5-2, 1-2-2 West Coast Conference) dimmed in a 0-0 tie with San Francisco. LMU is now sitting in a tie for fifth place in the WCC on five points with two matches remaining.
*Pepperdine beat Saint Mary’s 2-0 for its first WCC victory of the season. Pepperdine improved to 8-5-5 overall and 1-2-2 in the WCC.
*In a Saturday evening game, the Cal State Northridge men (2-11-2, 1-5-1 BWC) lost 4-0 to UC Santa Barbara.
*USC set a new NCAA women’s soccer record attendance in their derby against UCLA. The attendance figure bested a 2006 crowd in College Station, Texas for a Texas A&M-North Carolina match. Loved the name of the goalscorer, too, – Autumn Altamirano.
*Pepperdine (7-5-5, 0-2-2 WCC) drew 0-0 with San Francisco, hitting the crossbar with just seconds to play – for the second consecutive game.
*Despite a fly-over by President Barack Obama in the Marine One helicopter en route to LAX, freshman Tawni Martino scored her fourth game-winning goal of the season as LMU snapped a three-match winless streak with a 1-0 win over visiting Saint Mary’s in a West Coast Conference match at Sullivan Field. It was Martino’s team-leading seventh goal of the season and allowed the Lions (9-5-1, 1-2-1 WCC) to leap over the Gaels (7-6-3, 1-3-0 WCC) in the standings.
Two years ago, the last time USC and UCLA met at the Coliseum, a crowd of 7,804 watched the game, the second highest attendance for a non-NCAA Tournament women’s soccer game.
The record isn’t much more than that – 8,204 – and USC officials are hoping to break the mark at the 7 p.m. game Friday between the No. 23-ranked Trojans (8-4-3, 1-2-1 Pac-10) and the No. 19-ranked Bruins (9-5-1, 2-2).
The game features UCLA striker Sydney Leroux, the U.S. Under-20 star who leads the Bruins in scoring with nine goals. That’s also good for third in the Pac-10.
Admission is free for USC students, $3 for a group of 10 or more and $5 regular admission for adults. The first 2,500 fans through the gates receive a free commemorative scarf. Call 213-740-1244 for tickets.
*Senior Lindsay Bullock scored a hat trick, junior Nicole Hubbard scored twice and Long Beach State (10-3-2) drubbed Cal State Fullerton 5-2 in a Big West Conference match at Titan Soccer Stadium.
*Senior forward Farryn Townley scored a school-record 20th goal of her career as Cal State Northridge (9-7) beat UC Riverside 1-0 in a Big West Conference game.
*The Loyola Marymount women (8-5-1, 0-2-1 WCC) remained winless in the West Coast Conference, losing 2-1 to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.
*Pepperdine (7-5-4, 0-2-1) hit the woodwork twice, but lost 1-0 to No. 2-ranked Portland to remain winless in West Coast Conference play.
*USC (8-4-3, 1-2-1 Pac-10) drew 1-1 against the University of Oregon in Eugene.
*UCLA freshman Kelyn Rowe extended his scoring streak to six consecutive games as the UCLA men (9-3-1, 4-1-0 Pac-10) beat Cal 1-0 in double overtime to pull into a first-place tie with the Golden Bears in the Pac-10.
*The Cal State Dominguez Hills men (10-2-2, 8-2-2) retained their lead atop the CCAA South with a fifth consecutive shutout, defeating Sonoma State, 3-0.
*West Torrance High product Jessica Murphy scored yet again for Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-3-1, 8-3-1 CCAA) in a 1-0 win over Sonoma State in Carson. She has scored four of the Toros’ last five goals.
*In another sign Women’s Professional Soccer is more concerned with surviving than expanding, Commissioner Tonya Antonucci announced this morning she will leave the post she has held for three years at season’s end.
The financially-strapped WPS has recently laid off an unspecified number of employees and ended national marketing efforts.
From the WPS press release:
Antonucci will be replaced by WPS General Counsel Anne-Marie Eileraas, who will take the title of CEO, Women’s Professional Soccer. Under on-going league restructuring, Eileraas will head up the business and organizational aspects of the league office, working with the WPS Board, which will guide the strategic direction of the league.
*In local college games Sunday:
The UCLA men (3-1) beat Davidson 2-0 at Drake Stadium, freshman midfielder Kelyn Rowe scoring a pair of second-half goals.
The No. 13-ranked UCLA women (4-1-1) drew 1-1 with UC Santa Barbara (3-3-1) at Drake Stadium, defender Lauren Barnes getting a penalty kick equalizer. Star striker Sydney Leroux missed a first half penalty kick that could have evened the score. UCLA out-shot UCSB 30-10, but the tier snapped a 65-game home winning streak, the nation’s longest.
USC (4-1-2) beat Northern Arizona 3-1 at McAlister Field, getting goals from Samantha Johnson, Ashley Freyer and freshman Mia Bruno.
Pepperdine (4-2-1) beat Dartmouth 2-1 in Malibu.
The Cal State Northridge women (4-3) defeated UNLV, 1-0, in Las Vegas on a goal from Brittanie Sakajian.
The Matadors men (0-3-1) lost 3-1 to San Jose State in Fullerton.
Long Beach State (4-3-1) were crushed 6-0 by No. 19-ranked Cal in Berkeley.
The Loyola Marymount men (3-1) lost 3-1 and their undefeated start to the season to Butler in Kentucky.
The LMU women (4-2) lost 1-0 to No. 3-ranked Notre Dame on a second minute goal at Sullivan Field.