NASL Combine Day Two Match Recaps

Three games highlighted the second day of the 2014 North American Soccer League Player Combine at the University of California, Irvine with more than 80 invited players from 24 countries participating in the three-day event.

Orange vs. Dark Blue:

The Orange squad jumped ahead early led by a chip in goal from forward Armando Garcia.  Later on in the half, forward Christopher Santana took advantage of a mistake from Dark Blue’s backline and beat the keeper heading in the second goal just before the half giving Orange the 2-0 advantage. Dark Blue cut it to 2-1 as French forward Goffin Boyoko converted a penalty shot, but soon after, Santana, coming up from right back, fed a ball into the box that a sliding defender Ben Sperber put home for the finishing touch in a 3-1 win for the Orange team.

Red vs. Green:

Team Red sprinted to an early 2-0 with goals in the first 10 minutes.  Just before the half, midfielder Irving Garcia bent a ball in from 30 yards into the upper right to give the Red team a 3-0 lead into the half. Mexican goalkeeper Cesar Castillo and his backline shut down Team Green very well through the first half, but Green got on the board as forward Harrison Hanley finished from 8 yards out.  The Green team would never get anything else going as Red took the win 3-1.

Black vs. Light Blue:

Both squads came out strong defensively to start. Black broke the scoreless tie with good play into the attacking third that French forward Cedric Betremieux finished from the top of the box inside the left post.  Light Blue countered near the end of the half and found defender Phil Muscarella right on the doorstep to pound home the tying goal making it 1-1 going into the half.  The sides would jockey throughout the second half including a chance that rang off the woodwork from Light Blue, but the match ended in a 1-1 draw.