Major League Soccer Comes to Greensboro’s Macpherson Stadium

Posted by Don Moore on January 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

Two professional soccer teams will come to Greensboro’s Macpherson Stadium in March for exhibition games against ACC powers.

The New England Revolution of Major League Soccer will take on ACC Champion Wake Forest on March 7 in Bryan Park’s Macpherson Stadium at 7:00 pm. On Friday, March 20, Sky Blue FC of the new Women’s Professional Soccer league will play NCAA Champion University of North Carolina, also in Macpherson Stadium at 7:00 pm.

Advance tickets for both games will go on sale Feb. 2. The four-time MLS Cup finalist Revolution are led by US national team striker Taylor Twellman, who ranks fifth all-time on the MLS scoring list with 91 goals. The Revs also have strong North Carolina and Carolina
Dynamo ties. Winston-Salem native, Wake Forest alum and former Dynamo standout Wells Thompson started 11 games for New England as a rookie last season. Defender Pat Phelan was also a standout at Wake, and two former Duke players – veteran Jay Heaps and recent signee Michael Videira – also figure heavily in the Revs 2009 plans. Other players of interest include US national team midfielder Steve Ralston, MLS All-Star Shalrie Joseph, and goalkeeper Matt Reis.

Wake Forest has emerged as an NCAA powerhouse, winning the 2007 NCAA title and going 21-1-1 in 2008 before losing to UNC in the national semifinals. Wake is well-represented with North Carolina players such as Cary’s Zach Schilawski, Wilmington’s Cody Arnoux (Carolina Dynamo), Durham’s Ike Opara and Raleigh’s Nick Millington.

Sky Blue FC is a member of the new Women’s Professional Soccer league, a seven-team league with franchises in Boston, Chicago, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington and New York/New Jersey. Sky Blue boasts three members of the 2008 Gold Medal winning US national team – former Tar Heel Heather O’Reilly, USA captain Christie Rampone and Natasha Kai. The team also features former UNC midfielder Kacey White, two Brazilian midfielders – Ester and Rosana – two Australian national team players and an English national team player. Sky Blue will fill out its squad at the WPS draft Friday, Jan. 16.

The Tar Heels, 25-1-2 in 2008, expect to come to Greensboro with a roster full of players that helped the team win the NCAA crown.
For more information on the New England Revolution, go to www.revolutionsoccer.net
For more information on Sky Blue FC go, to www.womensprosoccer.com/ny/default.aspx

2009 Carolina Dynamo Century Club memberships are on sale now! Please find an order form by clicking on the following link.

The Carolina Dynamo recently announced the formation of “The Battleground”. The Battleground is the official supporters club of the
Carolina Dynamo. For more information or to sign up today please visit the following link.

The 2009 Carolina Dynamo schedule will be released in the coming weeks, so please continue to check www.carolinadynamo.com for the latest Dynamo news.

Major League Soccer’s 2009 SuperDraft will take place today at 2:00 live on ESPN2 form the NSCAA Coaches Convention being held in St. Louis. If you get the chance to tune in, watch for Dynamo players as they will figure prominently in the draft.


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