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Rutgers MLS Update: July Recap
  • Posted on August 05, 2013 12:57:33 PM
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  • Nick LaBrocca
    Nick LaBrocca

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 5, 2013) – Catch up with former Scarlet Knights Nick LaBrocca, Dilly Duka and Peter Vermes and their 2013 MLS seasons.

    Nick LaBrocca – Colorado Rapids –To date, LaBrocca has made starts in 11 of the Rapid’s 16 games with a goal and an assist under his belt.  During July, the former Scarlet Knight appeared in all five Rapids contests, with four starts.  He played all 90 minutes against the New England Revolution on July 17 with his first goal of the year and 16th of his career in a 2-1 come from behind victory (Click here to view the goal). Just outside the penalty box, LaBrocca had a cutback that opened enough space to drive a low left-footed strike into the corner of the goal to tie the game at 1-1.  With his team up 2-1, he had a chance at an insurance score in the 77th minute, but dinged the post on the shot.  LaBrocca also played all 90 minutes against the Seattle Sounder on July 20 in a 1-1 with an assist off a corner.

    Colorado made a leap during July from sixth to second in the Western Conference and sits three points behind leader Real Salt Lake.  Riding a six-game unbeaten streak into August, the Rapids hold a 9-7-8 overall record, which includes a 3-0-2 mark during the month of July.

    Up Next:  at Chivas USA – 8/11; Vancouver – 8/17; at Sporting KC – 8/31

    Dilly Duka – Chicago Fire – Duka has played in 18 games with 13 starts for the Fire with 16 shots, two goals and an assist.  Against San Jose on July 3, Duka captured a goal and an assist to help Chicago to the 3-2 victory.  After the Earthquakes went up 1-0 in the game’s 14th minute, the Fire responded immediately when Duka collected a cross, turned and forced a reaction save out of the Earthquake keeper, setting the tone for the Fire's first-half dominance.  Duka finished off a cross in the 36th minute, bouncing a shot off the ground and over the Earthquake keeper. Then in the 47th minute, Duka played a cross to teammate Patrick Nyarko, to put the Fire ahead.

    Chicago currently stands at 8-9-4 overall and sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.  The Fire went 2-2-1 during the month of July.  Chicago will be featured on NBC Sports on August 23 when they take on former Scarlet Knight Peter Vermes’ Sporting KC.

    Up Next:  D.C. United – 8/7; Montreal – 8/10; at New England – 8/17; Sporting KC – 8/21

    Follow Dilly Duka on twitter at @d_duka11

    Peter Vermes – Sporting Kansas City – Vermes, in his fifth year as manager and seventh season technical director, has helped to lead his squad to a 10-7-6 overall mark this season.  Kansas City, which went 3-1-1 in July, sits in second place in the Eastern Conference and is just two points out of first place New York in the standings.

    Vermes closed out July coaching the MLS All-Stars against AS Roma.  The All-Stars fell 3-1 in front of standing room-only crowd of 21,175 in Kansas City, setting the record for the largest crowd in Sporting Park history.

    Kansas City’s match-up with Nicaragua’s Real Esteli in a friendly will air on Fox Soccer Plus on August 7th at 10 p.m. EST.  Vermes’ club will also play Paraguay’s Olimpia in another friend on August 27.  Additionally, Sporting KC’s contest with Dilly Duka’s Chicago Fire on August 23 will air on NBC Sports.

    Up Next: at Real Esteli – 8/7; New England – 8/10; at San Jose – 8/18; at Chicago – 8/23; at Olimpia – 8/27; Colorado – 8/31

    Follow ScarletKnights.com throughout the MLS season for more updates on former RU men’s soccer stars in the league.

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