CHICAGO (Oct. 9, 2010) – The Carolina RailHawks, Montreal Impact and Puerto Rico Islanders all advanced to the semifinals of the USSF D-2 Pro League Playoffs this evening. Carolina and Montreal will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec on Thursday, Oct. 14, while Puerto Rico will face the winner of the Portland-Vancouver series.
The No. 6 seed Impact defeated the No. 3 Aztex 3-2 in Austin to earn an aggregate score of 5-2 after a 2-0 win in the first leg. After a scoreless first leg between Carolina and Minnesota, Carolina advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 victory. Despite losing 2-1 in Rochester, Puerto Rico advanced to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate after defeating the Rhinos 2-0 in the first leg.
The second leg of the last first round matchup between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore. Vancouver carries a 2-0 advantage into the match. The aggregate winner will face Puerto Rico in the semifinals.
The playoffs consist of a two-leg, aggregate goals series in the first round, semifinals and finals. Away goals will not be considered a tie-breaker in the aggregate goal series. If teams are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg, they will play two 15 minute overtime periods. Penalty kicks will follow overtime if the teams have not broken the deadlock.
USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule and Results
First Round, Leg 1
|Oct. 6||Montreal Impact 2, Austin Aztex 0||Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec|
|Oct. 6||NSC Minnesota Stars 0, Carolina RailHawks 0||National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.|
|Oct. 7||Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Rochester Rhinos 0||Bayamon FC Soccer Complex; Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|Oct. 7||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Portland Timbers 0||Swangard, Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia|
First Round, Leg 2
|Date||Match||Time (ET)/Agg. Score||Venue|
|Oct. 9||Rochester Rhinos 2, Puerto Rico Islanders 1||2-3||Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.|
|Oct. 9||Carolina RailHawks 4, NSC Minnesota Stars 0||4-0||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|Oct. 9||Austin Aztex 2, Montreal Impact 3||2-5||House Park; Austin, Texas|
|Oct. 10||Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC||9 p.m.||Merlo Field (Univ. of Portland); Portland, Ore.|
Semifinal, Leg 1
|Oct. 14||Puerto Rico Islanders vs. TBA||8:05 p.m.||Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|Oct. 14||Montreal Impact vs. Carolina RailHawks||7:30 p.m.||Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec|
Semifinal, Leg 2
|Oct. 17||TBA vs. Puerto Rico Islanders||TBA||TBA|
|Oct. 17||Carolina RailHawks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders||7 p.m.||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
Final, Leg 1
Match will be played on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 23
Final, Leg 2
Match will be played on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 30