Big Apple Soccer says RailHawks keeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has signed with Red Bull New York to suit up for Wednesday's match against Real Salt Lake. According to the same source, he's been training with RBNY since Friday.
RBNY made the move citing extreme hardship: One of its keepers, the Senegalese Bouna Coundoul, is on international duty. [UPDATE 4:47 p.m.: Confirmation from the Red Bulls here.]
Patterson-Sewell spent the 2008 season with RBNY. In 2009, he appeared in 15 league games for the RailHawks, notching 10 clean sheets and a .533 goals-against average.
Since we're taking time out to post, I should note that I appeared on this week's Match Fit USA podcast. I didn't really have new news to report, but I hope I sound reasonably informed. Thanks to Jason and Zach for having me on.
And finally, those who didn't catch the first leg of the USL-1 finals between Vancouver and Montreal—because of a certain barn-burner down in Honduras—missed a pretty good 3-2 victory for the visiting Impact. Among the highlights: Vancouver's rookie of the year Marcus Haber's thrilling 50-yard run that culminated in a behind-the-back crossover and a goal.
Among the lowlights: Martin Nash's straight red for a crude challenge to Montreal's Roberto Brown, right under the nose of referee Carol Anne Chenard. Brown was stretchered off, but bounded back on the field minutes later. The USL's Web site has a surprisingly sensationalistic headline about the incident: Nash: Brown cried like a baby. [UPDATE 2 Oct. 13, 7:35 a.m.: That headline has been changed.]
At halftime, USL President Tim Holt was interviewed. The deferential interviewer said not a word about the ongoing league ownership crisis, but Holt did slip in praise for Bob Lenarduzzi and Joey Saputo, the respective owners of Vancouver and Montreal, for their contributions to Canadian soccer. Vancouver and Montreal are both members of the dissident Team Owners Association.
The second leg is Saturday, Oct. 17, and it will be on Fox Soccer Channel. There's been some confusion about the start time, but the USL Web site says 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.