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The Daily Dirt, July 17: I Love a Rainy Night

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This was the scene at Silverbacks Park last night for the Charleston Battery vs. Nigeria U23 match...

A combination of a lot of rain in a short period of time plus poor drainage resulted in a field that was unplayable. Just before kickoff time, the game was postponed until 10:00am this morning.

Things look better now:

Unfortunately, the game will not be streamed this morning. It is also unknown what will be done to remedy fans who bought tickets for last night’s game, but are now unable to attend the rescheduled match. Promoters United Soccer Africa told us that they are “doing our best to see how we can best accommodate the fans that cannot make the rescheduled match.”


Domestic

Fabian Espindola’s late equalizer earned DC United a point on the road in Columbus (Black & Red United)

Colorado has not lost in 14 games, score their ninth goal after the 75th minute, and beat Sporting 1-0 (Burgundy Wave)

Dallas bounces back from a big loss in Seattle with a 3-1 win at home over Chicago (Big D Soccer)

Fabian Castillo’s rabona cross for an assist must be witnessed:

Mauro Diaz had a highlight of his own:

Vancouver and Orlando draw 2-2 in a back and forth affair. (Eighty Six Forever)

RSL and New England ended scoreless, but the story was in the press box at Rio Tinto Stadium:

Simon Dawkins’ 70th minute winner gives the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over Toronto (Center Line Soccer)

FC Cincinnati drew 35,061 to Nippert Stadium for their 2-0 friendly loss to Crystal Palace

Joe Cole showed he still has it , opening the scoring in a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico FC in NASL action:

Great look at US youth development in the sport by Doug McIntyre (ESPN FC)

FC Dallas academy teams earn national titles (Big D Soccer)


International

Highlights of PSV (and Atlanta United target Andres Guardado) in their 2-1 win over FC Sion in a preseason friendly:

Tottenham agree to a £11m deal to sign Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille (The Guardian)

Villarreal interested in Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo (Goal)

Chelsea after Andre Ayew of Swansea? (Daily Star)


Local

The Silverbacks lost in the NPSL South Region semifinal on the road to Miami United 2-0. They will return home for a friendly next Saturday against the Middlebrough U23 team at Silverbacks Park.

Braves blow a lead late, lose 4-3 to the Rockies (Talking Chop)

Taking a look at the Falcons’ offensive line, will they improve in 2016? (The Falcoholic)