The Club with the best record through 7 games of the season, qualifies for the one U.S. Open Cup spot alloted to the NPSL West Division. Although the Flash won over United, the Flash must still win or draw this weekend to qualify. Through their 7 matches, United sits with 18 points and now must hope for a loss by the Flash to advance via goal differential tiebreaker (United +26 vs Flash +14).
See the updated standings below:
In another interesting twist of fate, the SD Flash must get by the 2010 Defending NPSL Champions Sacramento Gold; to earn the qualification spot. The Sacramento Gold have had a decent campaign this year with a 2 - 1 - 1 record. However, this weekend will be tough for them. In order for them to catch up to their 7 match total, they travel to Southern California to play back-to-back matches against... Hollywood United on Saturday and then SD Flash on Sunday.
Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) apparently is intrigued enough by the scenario that they are sending a TV crew to cover the match in San Diego. Host Keith Costigan is slated to be the reporter for the match. FSC will show coverage of the match the following week on 'Fox Soccer Report' (which airs 4 times a week) and during 'Fox Super Sunday Plus' (the 2 hr live highlight show). This week is special because it is during the final weekend of the English Premier League and typically millions of people will be watching.
SD Flash vs Sacramento Gold - 3pm Sunday May 15, 2011 in San Diego.
CEO of SD Flash Soccer Club; Clent Alexander stated, "This is a huge opportunity for our Club, the Sacramento Gold and the National Premier Soccer League to be in front of tens of millions of soccer fans around the world. Through the hard work of everyone in our organization and support of our investors, is how we find ourselves in this unique position. I believe we will represent San Diego and the NPSL well. We thank FSC for their interest in covering this match."
The SD Flash Soccer Club is a Professional Men's Outdoor Soccer Club based in San Diego, California; that plays in the National Premier Soccer League. The team is formed from talented, local players and will provide quality entertainment at games in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
The National Premier Soccer League is a United States soccer league recognized by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and FIFA. The league is officially affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and teams can qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. As of 2011, the NPSL consists of 38 teams nationwide.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup dates back to 1914. It is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual US Open Cup is entering it’s 98th tournament in 2011.
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’
The SD Flash Soccer Club is owned and operated by San Diego Soccer Partners, Inc. and is in the process of becoming the 1st Publicly Traded Soccer Club in the U.S.
For more information visit http://www.SanDiegoFlashSoccer.com
Clenton A. Alexander
CEO / General Partner
The SD Flash Soccer Club
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San Diego Soccer Partners, Inc. is a Sports and Marketing firm. It owns and operates the SD Flash Soccer Club and several Internet Properties.