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Dick DiVeronica embodies spirit of New York State Boxing Hall of Fame

Canastota, New York welterweight Dick DiVeronica embodies the true spirit of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame: New Yorkers honoring New Yorkers for their accomplishments and achievements in boxing.

DiVeronica will be part of a 24-member Class of 2019 inducted at the eighth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner this Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“This is what the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame is about, honoring and remembering men and women who devoted their time and energy to our beloved sports,” NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “We thank all of them and their families for sharing these special people with us.”

Limited tickets are still available, priced at $125.00 per adult and $60.00 for children (under 16), and include a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the day. Tickets are available to purchase by contacting Duffy at 516.313.2304 or depcomish@aol.com. Go on line at http://www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

DiVeronica fought professionally between 1958-1972, compiling a 44-31-1 (13 KOs) record as a welterweight contender. He was stopped only twice in 58 pro fights, once by NYSBHOF charter (2012) inductee Emile Griffith.

“This wasn’t expected (NYSBHOF induction) and we’re all super excited,” DiVeronica’s daughter Theresa commented. “We live in the same town as the International Boxing Hall of Fame, but my father will never be inducted into that Hall of Fame because he was never a world champion, only a contender. Billy Backus (undisputed world welterweight champion in 1971-72) is from Canastota, too. He and my father never fought because they didn’t want the hometown fighter losing. My father was a humble guy and we’re so happy to have him recognized by the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.”

DiVeronica will now join Backus, who was a member of the Class of 2014, in the NYSBHOF. Boxing was incredibly important in DiVeronica life in and out of the ring. He started a boxing club in Germany while stationed there in the U.S. Army. He even met his wife at the famed 5th St. Gym in Miami. Dick was staying there at the home of a relative, right next door to where his future wife lived. One day he asked her out and eventually they were married and starting a family back in Canastota.

“My family is so excited,” Theresa added. “We’ll be there for the induction ceremony, even my older sister from Germany.”

Other living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include (Bronx-born) three-time, two-division world champion Wilfredo Benitez (53-8-1, 31 KOs), (Hempstead) WBO super featherweight world champion Rogelio Tuur (46-4-1, 30 KOs), (Bronx) 1968 U.S. Olympian Davey Vasquez (19-15, 6 KOs), WBO super middleweight world title challenger Michael Olajide (27-5, 19 KOs), of Manhattan, and Queens’ world heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KOs).

Posthumous participants being inducted are (Bronx) three-time lightweight world champion Jimmy Carter (84-31-9, 34 KOs), Brooklyn welterweight Al “Bummy” Davis (65-10-4, 46 KOs), (Schenectady) world welterweight champion Marty Servo (47-4-2, 14 KOs), (Bronx) world heavyweight title challenger Roland LaStarza (57-9, 27 KOs), Brooklyn world lightweight champion Paddy DeMarco (75-26-3, 8 KOs )and Manhattan’s Lower East Side lightweights Sid Terris (94-13-5, 12 KOs) and Leach “The Fighting Dentist” Cross (35-10-4, 22 KOs).

Living non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are New York City-based promoter Don King, Flushing judge John McKaie, referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. Brooklyn sportscaster Steve Albert, and Bronx trainer Bob Jackson.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Utica matchmaker Dewey Fragetta, Corona, Queens referee Johnny LoBianco, Garden City referee Wayne Kelly, Flushing sportsman Harry Hill, award-winning journalist Jimmy Cannon, of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and NYSAC official/former NABF president Joe Dwyer, of Brooklyn.

Each attending inductee (or direct descendant of) will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his or her induction into the NYSBHOF.

The 2019 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Don Majeski, Ron McNair, and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career.

NYSBHOF

CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and Arthur Mercante, Sr.

CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James “Buddy” McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard and Don Dunphy.

CLASS OF 2014: Floyd Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D’Amato, William Muldoon and Tom O’Rourke.

CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby, Joey Giamba, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley, Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al Weill.

CLASS OF 2016: Aaron Davis, Charles Murray, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Viruet, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Rocky Graziano, Rocky Kansas, Joe Lynch, Joe Miceli, Ed Brophy, Joe DeGuardia, Randy Gordon, Dennis Rappaport, Howie Albert, Freddie Brown, Howard Cosell, Ruby Goldstein and Jimmy Jacobs.

CLASS OF 2017: Gaspar Ortega, Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes, Doug Dewitt, “The Bronx Bomber” Alex Ramos, Dick Tiger, Jose Torres, “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey, Don Majeski, Ron Katz, Stan Hoffman, Bobby Bartels, Hank Kaplan, Al Gavin, Arthur Donovan and Dan Parker.

CLASS OF 2018: Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle, Jake Rodriguez, Terrence Alli, “Baby” Joe Mesi, Kid Chocolate, James J. “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Jack McAuliffe, Billy Costello, Melio Bettina Ralph “Tiger” Jones, Charley Norkus, Dave Anderson, Pete Brodsky, Herb Goldman, Bobby Goodman, Melvina Lathan, Ron Scott Stevens, Johnnie Addie, Johnny Bos, Murray Goodman, Bert Randolph Sugar and Sam Taub.

ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

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New York City FC 1 – 0 Chicago Fire SC

New York City FC made their return to the Bronx after getting the first win of the season just three days ago vs. D.C. United.
With the fire in their belly and the comfort of being in front of their home crowd, the Boys in Blue came into Bronx Borough Night looking to move up the early standings after a tough start to the year.

Dome Torrent’s XI saw one change coming into tonight’s game with Alexandru Mitriță missing out with ankle injury he suffered against D.C. United. In Mitriță’s place, Valentin Castellanos made his return from concussion protocol after a head to head collision against Minnesota United.

Taty’s return paid off early for the City boys, as Héber broke through the right side of the Chicago Fire defense, crossing the ball for Castellanos to find the back of the net on the slide for his second goal of the season in the 9th minute.

Once again Héber’s speed and ability to hold up the ball up front created the opportunity, as it did vs. D.C. on Sunday.
After that lightning start, the game slowed down after a couple of lengthy stoppages for treatment to players and, after one such break, Ronald Matarrita was subbed out in the 31st minute with a knock.

NYCFC held the 1-0 lead going into halftime but Chicago had the ball in the back of the net early in the second period. It was CJ Sapong who found the target from close range but the goal was disallowed by the officials for offside.

Substitute Sweat found himself in some promising positions after coming into the game and he was able to get the ball to scoring position for Héber who was close to scoring his first home goal for City, but unfortunately David Ousted was there to keep the ball out of his net.

Not long after, NYC had a great chance to double their lead with Héber coming away with the ball in the middle third, pushing it through the midfield to Taty, who set Maxi Moralez up for a strike which rebounded back off the underside of the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten.

There was another golden opportunity to score the second goal in stoppage-time but unfortunately, for the second game in a row, Maxi Moralez missed from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Bastian Schweinsteiger. This time his shot from 12 yards was on target but Ousted guessed right and pushed it away.

It wasn’t quite as pretty as Sunday but NYCFC came away with the 1-0 victory, their second win in a row and their first at home in 2019, on a night where we celebrated the Boogie Down Bronx.

QUOTES 

NYCFC HEAD COACH DOMÈNEC TORRENT

On current winning streak…
“I think the players are feeling more comfortable and I also feel comfortable as coach. I think the prior matches before the winning streak went well. I think we have a system that the players enjoy. We have good quality players. It does not always mean that we will always use the system of play. It all depends on the opponents we are facing. However, the matches where we have used this system have been successful.”

Thoughts on facing Orlando City SC on short rest…
“We have a chance today to recover. I think we are ready to play against Orlando. They usually play with the same system. It is not easy to recover when you have another game in two days, but we feel ready. My opinion is that it will be a tough game. Orlando plays with intensity, but right now our team is playing with intensity as well.

NYCFC GOALKEEPER SEAN JOHNSON

On having back to back clean sheets…
“Yea I think it’s obviously important to get a little bit of momentum. Two wins in a row after a bit of a rough start to the season, we haven’t lost many games, but we haven’t won many, so it’s good for the confidence of the group to be able to get wins together back to back and now having another game at home I think that stretch is important.”

Thoughts on switching defensive formation and leading to three shutouts in the last four outings…
When playing three-back to five-back, whatever you want to call it, it gives guys the ability now to use their ability, use their talent, to not only go forward but also defend. Now we have a lot of cover as well so we should be getting better just playing the system in the past few games. I’m happy with the boys defense, it’s been a good couple of games, this one’s a bit more of a fight. You need to win the games like this sometimes, and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”

On players feeling comfortable in NYCFC’s set up…
“I think we’re all comfortable. We’re three games into the system and I think if we’re not comfortable now, then we have a problem. But we have talented players, talented group – an intelligent group as well that’s able to take on principles rather quickly, execute them and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that.”

NYCFC MIDFIELDER VALENTIN CASTELLANOS

On winning at home…
We are very happy, also making our fans happy who always support us and honestly it was very much needed.”

On his second goal of the season…
“It’s a very positive thing especially if it’s to help the team, and play for the fans. It’s important for me to do what I have to do to make sure I do things right.”

On the quality of the goal…
“Honestly it was a very good attack, we did everything good and luckily it went in.”

On the mood during the weekend prior to winning the game…
“There’s always going to be pressure surrounding all the players and the Club because we have to win and we want to always win as well. We tried to be calm during the weekend and try our best to do everything right and thankfully we are able to win.”

CHICAGO FIRE GOALKEEPER DAVID OUSTED

On his thoughts on the game…
“I’m disappointed. I thought we could have gotten more out of it. We came here with an idea of getting points away from here but the way it shaped up tonight, it wasn’t to be. I think we put in a lot of work but we fell shy.”

On looking ahead to the next match against Montreal…
“I’m looking forward to it because we need to get back out there and get points on the board. I still believe that this team has a lot of firepower going forward and I think we can create chances. We need to be a little bit more solid in the back and the results will come. But, it’s still a good group, it’s still a positive group in there, and we just need to move forward.”

For more information on New York City FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nycfc.com/

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Boston City FC Kicks Off NPSL Season in Hartford

The season starts here! Boston City FC kicks off the club’s fourth season in the National Premier Soccer League on the road this Saturday, April 27, before opening a seven-match home schedule in Revere on May 4.

New head coach Michael Bustamante, whose midfield inspiration propelled Boston City to the NPSL playoffs back in the 2016 inaugural season and won him all-league honors, introduces a new-look squad to Lions fans this weekend.

A visit to rival Hartford City FC on Saturday, April 27, at the University of Hartford (kickoff 7pm) is followed by a return fixture at the club’s new home of Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere the following Saturday, May 4, at 7pm.

Season tickets for seven NPSL home matches and one special event are now available at www.BostonCityFC.com with prices frozen for the fourth straight season.

Coach Bustamante, who was raised in Chelsea and now lives in Revere, has retained a handful of players from previous seasons, while introducing players with local ties and from the college ranks, alongside those given an opportunity to progress from the club’s second team.

“This is going to be really special for all of us, playing our first match as a new group and then being at home for the first time in Revere,” said Bustamante. “For me, I’m excited to coach a really competitive match with our team against Hartford, and for the guys, they’re ready for the challenge of looking to get three points.

“I think we have key players in all positions and now it’s a question of how we make them work together as a unit. I’m excited to see our squad perform at the level I believe they can, with the instruction I give them. We need to focus in this first game on playing the game on our terms.

“We’ve talked a lot about creating a new identity for Boston City and the professionalism of our team in terms of our approach and attitude and that’s what I believe our supporters will see from this team.”

Saturday’s match facts:
Hartford City FC vs. Boston City FC
Kickoff 7pm
Al-Marzook Field, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06117
Boston City FC head coach Michael Bustamante (first season)
Hartford City FC head coach Nick Balistierri (first season)

Selected Boston City FC player information:
Striker Jhonata Batista was averaging a goal per game in 2017 when he suffered a season-ending injury. The hard-working forward rejoined the Lions in the fall after a spell with Greater Lowell and is chasing the club’s all-time scoring record of 17 goals, with his total currently standing at nine. Batista has been scoring freely for the Boston City FC II team, including four goals in a recent Bay State Soccer League win.

Goalkeeper Jake Wagmeister was named the Ironsides Crew supporters’ player of the year in 2018, having been ever-present in the line-up once he earned the starting job between the posts. He is the only keeper out of nine in club history to record a shutout on his debut, as the Lions beat Hartford City 2-0 on June 9, 2018.  Revere’s own Santi Cardona is a tricky midfielder who celebrated his promotion to the first team from Boston City FC II with a stunning goal in the last home match, a 3-1 win over Greater Lowell.

Defender Peter Borboh Kargbo joined the Boston University men’s soccer program in 2017 and earned Patriot League All-Conference third team honors as a freshman. He played at the Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy in his native Sierra Leone before coming to the United States. At the Santa Barbara soccer club, he won three Coast Soccer League championships and a U.S. Youth Soccer national title.
Defender/Midfielder Zion Balogun transferred from Texas Wesleyan to the Boston University soccer program in 2018, though the defender / midfielder hails from Tottenham in London. He started his career with Tottenham Hotspur as a schoolboy before joining Leyton Orient and then Enfield Town.

Haitian midfielder Chris Gilbert impressed at last year’s tryouts and joined Boston City FC II for the second half of the 2018 Bay State Soccer League Season, also playing in the U.S. Open Cup qualifying rounds. In the spring of 2019, Chris was one of three Lions players who traveled to the Boston City FC academy in Manhuaçu to spend three weeks training with the club’s professional team.
Midfielder Mateus Araujo has impressed for Boston City FC II in the Bay State Soccer League. He scored the equalizing goal in the first BCFC II match of 2019 as the Lions won 2-1 in the McKenzie Cup. In his native Brazil, he played at Botafogo-SP and Monte Azul-SP.

Boston City FC notes: This is the 2019 opening match for both teams… this is the first time Boston City has opened a season away from home (2016, 2017 and 2018 were all played at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden vs. NY Cosmos)… the Lions’ opening day record is 0-2-1… Boston City FC and Hartford City FC have met four times previously with Boston City edging the series 2-1-1… the teams met once in 2018 with goals from Rigoberto Jimenez and Isaac Addai earning a 2-0 win… Goalkeeper Jake Wagmeister made his Lions debut in that win… In 2017, the Colts knocked the Lions out of the NPSL playoffs with a 2-1 victory… During the 2018 regular season, Boston City won 3-1 at home on the back of an Isaac Addai hat-trick and drew 3-3 away with goals from Addai, Gabriel De Souza and Kevin Herrera… that draw is the only time the sides have met in Hartford with the other three matches played in Boston… only four members of the current squad have played against Hartford City before and all in home matches: Jhonata Batista, Jake Wagmeister, Rigoberto Jimenez, Santi Cardona… former Lions defender and occasional striker Filipe Dutra, who played 734 minutes in 10 matches for Boston City in 2017, scoring 2 goals, will line up for the Colts against his former team… this is one of two matches opening the NPSL Northeast Regional Conference North Atlantic Division season, along with New York Cosmos vs. New York Athletic Club.

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NOTES & QUOTES: D.C. United 0 – 2 New York City FC

New York City FC visited D.C. United for an Easter Sunday showdown at Audi Field looking for their first victory of 2019 against the early Eastern Conference pacesetters.

The last time these two teams met for City’s Home Opener, both teams left Yankee Stadium with one point apiece after a goalless draw but the Boys in Blue were coming in off a much-improved performance in the 3-3 draw against Minnesota United last weekend.

Héber came in for his first start up front in place of the injured Taty Castellanos, while Alexandru Mitriță was also restored to the lineup, replacing Ismael Tajouri-Shradi as Dome Torrent fielded a 3-5-2 formation, with Anton Tinnerholm and Ronald Matarrita providing the width.

Héber and Mitri were lively from the start, and the Romanian only just missed an attempt after cutting inside on 10’ with a curling strike from the edge of the box which had Bill Hamid scrambling across his line.

That set the tone for a dominant road team, who played the majority of the 90’ inside the D.C. half, well in the ascendancy.

After a series of near-misses, NYC finally scored the goal their dominance had earned on 35′ through Mitriță, who banked it into the back of the net from Héber’s assist for his second goal for the Club.

It was a tidy finish, with the Romanian finding squeezing the ball between Hamid’s outstretched palm and the inside of the post.

Before going into the half Leonardo Jara committed a foul on Anton Tinnerholm, resulting in a penalty kick, meaning Dome Torrent’s men had a great chance to go in 2-0 up but, unfortunately, Maxi Moralez’s spot-kick found the outside of the post.

NYCFC kept up their dominance after the interval and struck again 10 minutes into the second period.

This time it was Héber who scored his first goal in his first start for the City. The striker rifled it in emphatically from an acute angle after a lovely lofted through ball from Matarrita, making it 2-0 to the Road Blues.

There were more chances for second half substitute Jonathan Lewis and Moralez in the remaining minutes and Matarrita hit the post, but NYC would go back to the Big Apple content with a dominant, exciting 2-0 road win over the Eastern Conference leaders.

Next up, Chicago Fire visits Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night as NYCFC looks to string together consecutive victories and climb up the standings.

QUOTES

New York City FC Head Coach Domènec Torrent

On the result..
“Today, [we] deserved to win this game because I know how hard they work every single day at our facility.”

On Héber…
“I am sure we signed the right player. If you want to play him in the spaces, it’s good news for New York City. I am very happy for him because he’s a good player and he’s a good guy.”

On having the confidence of his players…
“I am sure I have the confidence of my players because every day they show me how hard they train and how much confidence in my staff they have.”

On playing away from home…
“I remember last year we had many problems when we played away. That changed and right now I am very happy, especially for our supporters because I know how important it is for them.”

New York City FC Forward Héber

On his first goal…
“It’s important to be confident because always the chances come. When the chances come you need to be ready to score.”

On how he’s feeling after his first start
“This is my first game this year so I feel tired. I need to learn [the league]. Tactically, it’s different. I need a few more games to be in good shape and be [the player] they saw in Croatia.”

On relationship with Maxi Moralez and Alexandru Mitriță
“When you play with players with quality, it is easy.”

New York City FC Defender Anton Tinnerholm

On the pressure to win:
“Of course, everyone knows that we haven’t won, and it’s our first win so we’re happy. I think if you look at our defense [tonight], that’s the best in four months since I arrived back here. We know they have a lot of quality players, especially in [Luciano] Acosta and [Wayne] Rooney. They didn’t score, and we scored. That’s pretty much it.

On playing best game of the season so far…
I think today we showed the way [Dome] wants to play and finally we got a win…Now it’s an even more important game on Wednesday and I think we have to look at this game… and it shows the character of the players.”

On Héber…
“It’s important that he’s able to keep the ball upfront and it’s important for the team when we’re on the pressure and he keeps the ball moving forward. I think of course it’s important for him on the team that he scores but if you look at the 90 minutes he played like 60 minutes but he did a real solid performance and especially the way he’s keeping the ball up front it’s important for the team.”

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Sky Blue FC Fall Edged by Houston in Home Opener

Sky Blue FC opened up their home campaign with a 1-0 loss to the Houston Dash in Saturday night’s match up.

Sky Blue FC (0-2-0) started the match off full speed as they put pressure on the Houston backline forcing turnovers before the Dash were able to make their way up the pitch. In the 16th minute Kailen Sheridan was called into action early when Dash forward Veronica Latsko slipped in a ball to Lindsay Agnew creating a one on one chance at goal. Sheridan held her ground and stuffed Agnew’s shot to keep the scoresheet blank.

The first chance of the night for Sky Blue FC came in the 26th minute off a buildup in Houston’s final third as Sarah Killion played a ball into Carli Lloyd, who was immediately pushed to the ground and awarded a penalty kick. Lloyd stepped up to the spot, but the shot went off the left post.

Houston wasn’t letting off the gas in the first half as they fired off shots at Sheridan. In the 20th minute Dash defender Lindsay Agnew sent a rocket towards the upper right corner but wasn’t able to beat the diving Sheridan.

The last chance for Sky Blue in the first half was a scramble in the box that put the ball at the feet of Nahomi Kawasumi. Kawasumi collected the ball under pressure and put it on frame but the ball was cleared off the line by the Dash.

Sheridan was put to the test again in the second half as the ball was bouncing in the box and collected by Dash forward Rachel Daly. Daly attempted to send the ball into the back of the net but was denied by the out stretched foot of Sheridan and cleared off the line by Kawasumi.

Intensity picked up as fresh legs were subbed into the match. In the 64th minute Paige Monaghan came off the bench and linked up with Imani Dorsey multiple times, creating a few corner kicks to threaten the Dash backline.

Houston was able to slot one home in the 83rd minute coming from the foot of Sofia Huerta. The original chance on goal was created by Daly who tried to chip Sheridan who was denied by her quick reflexes. The deflection ended up going to Huerta who put the Dash up 1-0.

“It was a good step forward for the team technically and mentally. Tactically, I think the biggest thing for us is not taking a step back, making sure we push every week to go forward,” said Sky Blue Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. “I think that’s going to be the best thing for us right now, it’s really important that we don’t go backwards. We are on a good momentum and it’s the beginning of the season. Time to just push forward, full steam ahead.”

Sky Blue FC returns home on Sunday, April 28, (6 p.m. ET) to face the Portland Thorns. Tickets to all Sky Blue FC home games can be purchased by calling 888-SBFC-TIX or by visiting www.skybluefc.com.

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Sky Blue FC sign No. 29 NWSL College Draft Pick Kenie Wright

Sky Blue FC have added the No. 29 overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Drat, midfielder Kenie Wright, from Rutgers University, to the team’s roster. Per team and league polices, terms of the contract were not announced.

“I am so thankful to be signing with Sky Blue FC,” said Wright. “It has been a dream of mine to play at this level since I was a kid. Thank you to my family, friends and everyone at Rutgers for being so supportive along the way. So happy to be a part of this team!”

“Kenie has had a solid pre-season and has been a great spark to our squad,” said Head Coach Denise Reddy. “She is a multi-positional player and a consistent worker who brings energy day-in and day-out.”

Wright, 21, recorded 2 goals and 17 assists in 88 appearances as a Scarlet Knight. In her senior year Wright was recognized as a member of the 2018 Second Team All-Big Ten and was the Sportsmanship Award Honoree.

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First Women’s Main Event for RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass

The first-ever women’s main event for RJJ Boxing will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, along with three other bouts, on May 23, from Casino Del Sol’s outdoor AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) International female lightweight champion Ikram Kerwat (9-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of Frankfort, Germany by way of her native Tunisia, will headline against a challenger to be determined in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC International Female Lightweight Championship.

Promoted by Roy Jones Jr. and his promotion, RJJ Boxing, four bouts will stream live on UFC FIGHT PASS, which is the sixth installment under an agreement the two organizations. FIGHT PASS will exclusively live stream up to 72 professional boxing events through 2021.

Southwest boxing talent will be showcased in two of the fights being streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS. Tucson super featherweight Alfonso Olvera (11-5-2, 4 KOs) meets Carlos “Silk” Villa (14-3-1, 6 KOs), of San Antonio, in the six-round co-featured event. As part of RJJ Boxing’s regular shows, once again two undefeated prospects will go head-to-head, when Tucson middleweights Nicholas Rhoads (5-0, 2 KOs) faces Eduardo Ayala (4-0, 1 KO), of Phoenix, in a four-rounder.

In an eight-round bout, unbeaten bantamweight Max “The Baby Face Assassin” Ornelas (12-0-1, 4 KOs), ranked No. 12 in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the reigning NABA USA bantamweight champion, takes on tough Mexican opponent, Alex “Xhino” Rangel (17-9, 4 KOs).

Cards are subject to change.

Ticket prices range from $105.00 (VIP) to $17.00 (pavilion) and are available for purchase online at www.casinodelsol.com.