Az soccer: Tucsonenses Alvarez, Collins score for Sacramento
Plus Davis, Valentino lead their teams' defenses to shutouts
Our weekly roundup of players with Arizona connections playing in leagues around the world.
Ventura Alvarado, D – Club Necaxa (Ascenso MX, Mexico)
Necaxa broke their string of five draws with a 1–0 loss to Alebrijes de Oaxaca. Alvarado played all 90 minutes of the match.
Max Alvarez, F – Sacramento Republic FC (USL-Pro)
Former FC Tucson standout Alvarez scored the second goal of Sacramento Republic’s 3–0 romp over LA Galaxy II on Sunday.
Nat Borchers, D - Real Salt Lake (MLS)
A late first half free kick nearly gave Borchers a chance to flick in a goal off of his head. He couldn’t control the ball, and his team ended up with a 2–2 draw against Philadelphia. The tie still leaves RSL undefeated so far this season.
Tony Cascio, M – Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cascio had his team’s first shot in the match in Saturday’s match against New England. It went wide, and no one else on the team was able to score in the 2–0 loss.
David Clemens, M – Dayton Dutch Lions (USL-Pro)
Did not play this weekend.
Dakota Collins, F – Sacramento Republic FC (USL-Pro)
Collins came in as a second-half substitute in the second half (for an injured Justin Braun) and had a shot in the Republic’s 2–1 loss to Orange County on Saturday. He played a full 90 in and had a goal against LA Galaxy II on Sunday.
Danny Cruz, M - Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Cruz didn’t play in Saturday’s match against Real Salt Lake.
Renae Cuéllar, F – Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Cuéllar’s Spirit outshot but couldn’t outscore Western New York Flash and fell 3–1. The former UA Wildcat was subbed out in the 68th minute.
Justin Davis, D – Minnesota United FC (NASL)
Davis helped lead the back line to a 3 – 0 shutout of the San Antonio Scorpions.
Michael D’Arrigo, G – Arizona United SC (USL-Pro)
D’Arrigo was on the bench for the debut game for Arizona United this weekend.
Nick DeLeon, M – DC United (MLS)
DeLeon had a rather common affliction for the DC United midfield on Saturday: won plenty of balls but couldn’t do much with them. Even with that, his team managed to get a 1–0 result against New York.
Mix Diskerud, M – Rosenborg BK (Tippeligaen, Norway)
Diskerud came on in the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Odd Grenland BK.
Roger Espinoza, M – Wigan Athletic FC (Championship, England)
Espinoza was on the bench as his team lost a heart-breaking FA Cup semifinal to Arsenal in penalty kicks on Saturday.
Brad Evans, M - Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Evans is still out after a tackle during a match against FC Dallas last month.
Robbie Findley, F - Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Findley is still out with a knee injury.
Justen Glad, D - Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Tucsonan Glad was not on RSL’s roster for the weekend match. RSL’s next reserve match is on April 28.
Alan Gordon, F - San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Usually used as a late-game substitute, Gordon started the match for an injured Steven Lenhart. He got four shots in the Earthquakes’ 1–1 draw with Columbus on Sunday.
Larry Jackson, G – New England Revolution (MLS)
The New England Revolution signed Jackson to the team last week. He had played for FC Tucson in their match against Chivas USA in November.
Aaron Long, M – Sacramento Republic FC (USL-Pro)
Long, on loan from the Portland Timbers, played all 90 minutes in Saturday’s match, a 2–1 loss to Orange County.
Amy LePielbet, D - FC Kansas City (NWSL)
The Arizona State grad is still recovering from surgery.
Sydney Leroux, F - Seattle Reign (NWSL)
LeRoux had two shots on goal, but the scoring was done by Scottish debutante Kim Little in the Reign’s 3–0 victory over the Boston Breakers.
Brandon McDonald, D – Ljungskile SK (Superettan, Sweden)
McDonald was a late-game substitute in Monday’s match against Landskrona BoIS. The match ended in a 0–0 draw.
Jessica McDonald, F - Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
McDonald recorded an assist off of a throw in on Allie Long’s game winner against the Houston Dash.
Sam Monahan, M – FC Honka (Naisten Liiga, Finland)
Monahan created no end of trouble for HJK’s defense, but goalkeeper Noora Matikainen seemed to be up to the task. Still, Monahan’s team came away from the match with a 2–0 victory.
Mike Randolph, D – Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
Randolph was one of only four familiar faces on a revamped Silverbacks squad on Sunday. The mostly green squad fell 4–0 to the New York Cosmos.
Luis Robles, G - New York Red Bulls (MLS)
It was a losing effort for his team, but Robles’s four saves make him the leading shot stopper in the league at 26.
Carlos Salcedo, D – Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Salcedo was an unused substitute for the match against Philadelphia.
Donny Toia, D - CD Chivas USA (MLS)
Toia was an unused substitute for Saturday’s match against Portland. He has appeared in reserve matches, and could be available for Sunday’s reserve match against Seattle.
Rob Valentino, D - Orlando City SC (USL-Pro)
Valentino spent his 90 minutes on the backline securing the shut out over the Charleston Battery. The 1–0 win puts the team in a familiar spot: first place in the league.
Minh Vu, M - Rochester Rhinos (USL-Pro)
Vu came in as a sub in the 73rd minute only to see his team blow their one goal lead and a chance for the first win of the season. The match ended 1–1 to Dayton Dutch Lions.
Andrew Weber, G – Portland Timbers FC (MLS)
With Donovan Ricketts returning from suspension, Weber sat on the bench for Saturday’s match against Chivas USA.