Release: July 12, 2007
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men's soccer standout Ryan Pierce excels with Harrisburg City
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Ryan Pierce, a two-year starting back for the
Binghamton men's soccer team from 2004-05, is currently a starting
defender for the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer
League. Through 13 games the City Islanders are 7-2-4 and Pierce
has played the third most minutes on anyone on the squad.
On Wednesday night, however, Pierce and the City Islanders had
perhaps their most memorable match of the year--a 1-0 upset over
MLS powerhouse D.C. United in the third round of the U.S. Open
Cup. In the 12-year history of the MLS, D.C. United has been
the most successful franchise. It is has won the league title
four times and advanced to the finals a total of five times.
The United Soccer League is one of four professional soccer leagues
in the United States, along with MLS, the top professional league
in the nation, U.S. Soccer and the United States Adult Soccer
Association. The U.S. Open Cup is an annual event in which teams
from all four leagues compete to determine a champion.
"Playing against such a soccer power as DC United is an
honor and a great opportunity to show our skills and talents
to a team at the highest level of soccer in the US," Pierce
said earlier in the week. "We played D.C. in a exibition
match in preseason and lost 3-0, so hopefully we can get a much
better result on the 11th. This will be a great test personally
to size myself up against the MLS players."
"We are extremely proud of Ryan's accomplishments in his
rookie year (as a professional) and this opportunity is great
for him and his team," Binghamton head coach Paul Marco
said prior to the game against D.C. United. "I'll be at
the game cheering him on with a few former Bearcats."
The United Soccer League consists of 23 professional teams in
two divisions. The City Islanders are in the second division
along with teams from Richmond , Charlotte, Cleveland, Western
Massachusetts, Baltimore, Wilmington (N.C.), Cincinnati and Bermuda.
The City Islanders' game against D.C. United on Wednesday will
take place at Hempfield High School in Greensburg, Pa. Kickoff
is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.