Paid Their Dues: Mapp Lights It Up

Richard Wolowicz

In this new series, find out how former Union players fared with their current clubs over the weekend.

Justin Mapp sliced open the porous DCU defense on Saturday night, contributing to Di Vaio's first goal with his right foot (!!!). Mapp has been a threat for a Montreal offense that leads the league in goals per game, and he added another assist to his total on Saturday, bringing him up to four. He will surely add to that number with a finisher like Di Vaio as a teammate. Carlos Ruiz and Lionard Pajoy were sidelined with injury for DC.

Jordan Harvey failed to pressure Vicente Sanchez as he sent in a cross that Deshorn Brown nodded into the net. That goal would prove to be the winner, and Vancouver weren't able to put a stop to Colorado's unbeaten streak which was extended to nine games on Saturday. Brad Knighton was included in the 18, but did not play. Danny Mwanga failed to crack the Rapids' gameday roster.

Bakary Soumaré was sent off after the final whistle in Foxborough on Saturday. After the match ended, Soumaré pursued a New England Trainer who he claims was time-wasting during the game's final moments. You can read more about the incident here. On the field, the Revs shut out the Fire as both teams look to make a playoff push. Despite New England's 2-0 win, they are still on the outside looking in.

Elsewhere in MLS, Both Shea Salinas and Andrew Jacobson didn't play for  their clubs due to hamstring strains, Brian Perk was out with a concussion, Chandler Hoffman didn't make the LA 18, and Chris Seitz watched from the sidelines for Dallas.

Toni Ståhl and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers got their first win of the NASL Fall Season this weekend. The Strikers beat the Scorpions 2-1 in San Antonio, and the Texas side is now the only club not to have won a game this season. The Strikers finished at the bottom of the table during the Spring, and they are only three points from that spot at the moment.

Down in USL PRO, J.T. Noone and VSI Tampa Bay tied the Charlotte Eagles 3-3. The result eliminated the club from playoff contention in this, their inaugural season. The Charlotte team featuring Union draftee Stephen Okai will enter the playoffs as the fifth seed.

Also in USL PRO, Morgan Langley played 66 minutes in Harrisburg's 3-1 loss to Dayton. HCI will still enter the playoffs as the fourth seed, and Dayton will come in as the eighth seed.

On the other side of the border, Michael Orozco Fiscal played a full 90 minutes as his Puebla defeated Chivas 4-2. In the 50th minute, Orozco Fiscal came close to scoring on a header, but Chivas goalkeeper Luis Michel was there with the save. New manager Rubén Omar Romano began his Puebla tenure with a win, while now former Chivas manager Benjamin Galindo was fired immediately after the match. Puebla will host Cruz Azul on Friday.

Farther south in Costa Rica, Porfirio López and Alajuelense tied Limón 2-2. After two league matches, the club is still without a win. On Thursday, Party Rock and his teammates will face San Miguelito to open up their CONCACAF Champions League Campaign.

In Colombia, Faryd Mondragón saw yellow as Deportivo Cali defeated Cúcuta Deportivo 2-1. The win sees Cali move up to second in the Colombian Clausura.

Down in Brazil, Freddy Adu didn't make the gameday roster as Bahia tied Santos. Adu hasn't dressed for the last three games, but he won't let that deter him. Adu spoke out on Twitter, as he's been known to do during times of frustration. A little over a third of the way into the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A season, and it is still a very close race. Bahia sits in 10th, but is within five points of both 3rd place and 17th.

"I won't stop fighting for my chance." -Adu

Across the pond, Joe Tait and Gateshead FC lost by a score of 2-1 to 2nd-placed Barnet. Gateshead has lost its first three games of the season, and manager Anth Smith resigned on Sunday. Tait joined Gateshead from Darlington 1883 in this window, and he'll be playing under his second manager since that move.

Over in Germany, Kai Herdling made his season debut in the 82nd minute of Hoffenheim's 5-1 spanking of Hamburg. Hoffenheim will take on Freiburg next week.

Two former Union players also made some news off the field this weekend. Danny Califf was appointed Director of Soccer Operations for the recently announced Bearfight FC of Wilmington. It was also announced that Thorne Holder will be the club's goalkeeper coach when they begin play. You can check out all the details here.

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