Fusion-Bradenton game thread

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Team news: Less than 20 minutes before kickoff. The players are on the field warming up. The Fusion are wearing its home blue shirts. "The atmosphere is great and the guys are fired up," texts team translator Greg Asatourian from Laredo, Tex.

Fusion starting lineup: Bryan Hill, Dylan Riley, Dillon Barna, Ivan Becerra, Armondo Guerrero, Bryan Byrne, Manny Guzman, Alfonso Motagalvan, Danny Barrera, Rodrigo Lopez, Anthony Hamilton.
Game-time conditions: 104 degrees, hot, humid and windy.
1st minute -- Hamilton floats in a good cross to start, but no one is there to attack it. Bradenton earns a corner on the count.
2nd minute -- Hill makes a huge save on the free kick, knocking it high and over. The corner is delt with by Byrne.
3rd minute -- Guzman plays it forward to Barrera, who is fouled and earns a free kick 25 yards out. Barrera takes the set piece and the goalkeeper palms it over for a corner.
4th minute -- Lopez nearly finds Becerra with the corner, but Bradenton attacker Stephen Morris gets forward past a few Fusion players. He breaks free 1 on 1 with Hill and just misses wide.
6th minute -- Barna heads away a Bradenton corner kick with ease.
7th minute -- Lopez gets back to handle a Bradenton corner and fouls midfielder Jose Roberto Ramos. But the free kick is turned over needlessly. Hamilton threatens on the counter attack but Motagalvan finishes over the bar.
8th minute -- Morris misses wide with a good chance on a Bradenton counter.
Asatourian adds "So far it has been a great up and down fast paced game.

9th minute -- Lopez finds Motagalvan who finds Byrne, whose cross is deflected over by Bradenton defender Guilherme Reis.
Asatourian adds "Morris looks dangerous and Bradenton is maintaining good possession."
13th minute -- Riley and Hamilton nearly pull off a give and go, but the shot is dragged wide.
Asatourian adds "Bradenton is having trouble containing Byrne."
14th minute -- Hamilton is played through by the shot is saved.
18th minute -- The Fusion has a penalty shout as Becerra may have been fouled in the box, but the ref doesn't give it. Lopez found Becerra with a great give and go and Ivan beat his defender.
20th minute -- A second Fusion shout comes to nothing as a potential Bradenton back pass is handled by the keeper, but it is missed by the referees.
Ranbir Shergill adds "should have had two penalties."
Asatourian adds "Everyone on our bench has been warned for protesting. Two stone cold penalties not awarded. Both teams are attacking furiously."
23rd minute -- Byrne drags a shot wide.
24th minute -- Lopez's cross to Riley creates a great chance by the free header from 6 yards goes just wide.
27th minute -- The Fusion bench explodes after Riley is given a yellow card after a disputed foul.
33rd minute -- Hamilton explodes down the wing, but the cross goes high. Byrne follows with a strong shot that is blocked down by a Bradenton defender.
36th minute -- Bradenton 1, Fusion 0: Bradenton scrambles home the opening goal off a ball that Hill couldn't catch.
38th minute -- Fusion 1, Bradenton 1: The Fusion immediatley equalize. Lopez explodes into the penalty area with a great dribble and finishes with a low shot.
40th minute -- Fusion 2, Bradenton 1: Lopez's cross is deflected and Becerra arrives to head the ball past the Bradenton keeper for a fantastic Fusion response.
Asatourian adds "This has been an amazing fast paced game full of chances with the Fusion having the most possession.."
43rd minute -- Bradenton earns a free kick but Cameron Hepple's free kick is driven wide.
44th minute -- Lopez's corner kick is driven in but Becerra's header is deflected.
45th minute -- Fusion 3, Bradenton 1: Barrera nods down into the box for Hamilton, who spins in the and finishes expertly for a mammoth two-goal halftime lead.

46th minute -- The second half has kicked off without a substitution.
49th minute -- Bradenton forward Ederson Lopes gets into a good position, but Lopez wins it back for the Fusion and finds a streaking Guerrero. But the move comes to nothing.
51st minute -- Fusion 4, Bradenton 1: The Fusion have one foot in the final now. Barrera, the Westlake High product, takes the ball off a Bradenton defender, walks into the penalty area calmly and sends a curving shot home for a three-goal Fusion lead.
54th minute -- Fusion 5, Bradenton 1: The Fusion score its fifth unanswered goal. Bradenton was pushing forward looking to create some chances and the Hamilton punished it on the counter attack. Barrera picks up the assist.
55th minute -- Barrera, who has had a goal and an assist in the second half, yields for Agoura High graduate Sam Myerson. Barrera would have been suspended for the final with a yellow card.
59th minute -- Hagop Chirishian on for an injured Manny Guzman, right before Hill makes a great save. Bradenton wastes the resulting corner.
69th minute -- Ramos dribbles through the Fusion defense and slips a pass to Lopes to fire high.
74th minute -- Adam Smarte, who didn't start because of an elbow injury, comes on to replace Motagalvan.
75th minute -- Chirishian sets up a chance for Myerson, but the save is made.
77th minute -- Arthur Aghasyan comes on for Hamilton.
80th minute -- Avesyan is getting ready to replace Byrne.
NEWS UPDATE -- The PDL just cleared Ranbir Shergill to announce that, if the result stands, the Fusion will host the PDL final next Saturday night at Buena High.
90th minuteFusion 6, Bradenton 1: Aghasyan makes it six with a header from Lopez in the final minute.

The score is final. The Fusion will host either the Chicago Fire or Cary Clarets Aug. 8 at Buena High for the PDL national title.

Last I heard, Chicago led Cary, 2-1.


Well Done Boys. Rocking into the final next week. Great Blog. We love you Fusion.

Well done Fusion!!!!

Thanks for the updates-invaluable for those of us unable to attend.


This is thrilling, see you next week.

Thanks for the blog!!! Will be sitting here at computer for the next two hours.

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