Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
January 4, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
This past week the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces named Becky Hammon its new head coach, USL Championship's Oakland roots named Juan Guerra as the club's head coach, and Major League Rugby's NOLA Gold named Kane Thompson as the team's head coach. Highlights from this week are from the Women's National Basketball Association, NBA G League, American Hockey League, ECHL, North American Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Major League Soccer, United Soccer League Championship, United Soccer League One, Canadian Premier League, Major League Rugby, American Ultimate Disc League, Canadian football League and Premier Lacrosse League.
Women's National Basketball Association
Las Vegas Aces President Nikki Fargas announced that the team has hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, and six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon as the team's new head coach. "We're very excited to have Becky return to the Aces' franchise as our head coach," said Fargas. "Her success in the sport of basketball as both a player and a coach is unparalleled, and fueled by a tenacious desire to be the best she can possibly be. We have one of the most talented rosters in the WNBA, and Becky is the absolute best person to lead this team."
The Las Vegas Aces have named Becky Hammond as their new head coach.
NBA G League
Brittney Elena and NBA G League Ignite's Mike Foster square off in a free throw challenge and talk hoops, NBA influences, shoe game & more in this edition of Free Throw Lounge.
Canadian Elite Basketball League
The Memphis Grizzlies announced that they have signed forward Xavier Sneed to a 10-day contract. Sneed now becomes the fourth player in three days to have played with a Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) team to be later added to an NBA roster after Javin DeLaurier of the Niagara River Lions, Cat Barber of the Guelph Nighthawks and Xavier Moon of the Edmonton Stingers were signed to the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers respectively.
American Hockey League
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms extend to a seven-game point streak with an OT win.
The American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved the extension of the 2021-22 calendar by six days. The regular season will now conclude on April 30, 2022. "Nearly all of our 31 teams have seen their schedules impacted by COVID-related postponements," said AHL President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson. "Adding time to the end of the regular season will give our clubs more opportunities to reschedule these games." The 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs are expected to finish before June 30.
Plays of the Week
Saves of the Week
Features Alex Kile of the Maine Mariners in his first appearance with the team this season. He scored four times.
Southern Professional Hockey League
History was made on as Alec Hagman became just the 8th player in the Southern Professional Hockey League's history to record 300 career points. It came on the heels of a 6-2 victory for the Peoria Rivermen against Evansville Thunderbolts to take two games of the three-game weekend series.
North American Hockey League
Some of the best moments from the final games of 2021 and the first games of 2022
Western Hockey League
Top 10 Plays of the First Half
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
2022 NHL Draft - Under the Microscope: Drummondville Voltigeurs defenseman Maveric Lamoureux
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League tannounced an extension to its Holiday break until January 14, 2022 as the increase of COVID-19 cases across its communities in Eastern Canada remains a concern. The League's regular season schedule will resume in the week of January 17, with postponed games to be rescheduled at a later date.
Major League Soccer
Nashville Soccer Club announced it has received $1,000,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from CF Montréal in exchange for outside right back Alistair Johnston. Nashville SC is set to receive an additional 10% off any future transfer fee for the Canadian international. "We would like to thank Alistair for his contributions to our organization, and we wish him success in the next step of his journey with Montréal." - Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs.
Watch some of the most absurd curled goals scored in MLS this year. Do you have a favorite?
United Soccer League Championship
Oakland Roots have appointed Juan Guerra as the Club's new Head Coach to lead the team into the 2022 USL Championship season and beyond. Guerra was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and has extensive experience with North American soccer, having played or coached in the USL and NASL for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, New York Cosmos, Indy Eleven and Phoenix Rising.
Oakland Roots Announce Juan Guerra as the Club's New Head Coach
USL Championship 2021 Fan Voted Goal of the Year presented by Select - Austin Yearwood. Austin Yearwood's first professional goal in the USL Championship for New Mexico United against San Antonio FC took the annual award as it outdueled Sacramento Republic FC's Luis Felipe Fernandes with a 52-48 percent victory in the Final of the bracket conducted online over the past week.
USL Championship 2021 Fan Voted Save of the Year - Joe Kuzminsky
United Soccer League One
USL League One 2021 Fan Voted Goal of the Year - Devin Boyce
USL League One 2021 Fan Voted Save of the Year - Joe Rice
In a unanimous vote, the Spokane Public Funding District voted to support the USL over the MLS to play for 2022.
National Women's Soccer League
Portland Thorns FC announced that the club has signed goalkeeper Bella Bixby to a three-year contract. The 2022 season will be Bixby's fifth season with Thorns FC. In 2021, Bixby, 26, was named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team in her first NWSL regular season as a starter. She made 16 appearances (all starts), posting a league-best 0.69 goals-against average, while registering the second-most shutouts (9) in the NWSL. The Milwaukie, Ore. native helped lead a defense that set a league-record for shutouts in a season (13), while tying the NWSL record for fewest goals conceded (17) in a campaign.
Canadian Premier League
2021 was a year like no other. From a bubble in Winnipeg to crowing a new Champion in Hamilton, our league continued to take hold in Canada this year.
Major League Rugby
The NOLA Gold is proud to announce the hiring of Kane Thompson as the team's head coach. The 39-year old Thompson spent the last three seasons (2019-2021) as both a player and player-coach for the Gold. Just last season, Thompson was the forwards and defensive coach for the Gold. Before joining North American rugby, Thompson was a decorated international rugby player. He started every game in three World Cups for Samoa and was the starting eight-man when the Gallagher Chiefs won their first Super Rugby title in 2012.
The LA Giltinis top 5 moments from the 2021 season.
American Ultimate Disc League
The TOP 10 SKIES from the 2021 AUDL season!
Canadian Football League
The 2021 CFL season had amazing plays from start to finish. Watch which ones cracked the top 10 in Timber Mart Plays of the Year!
Watch to see which highlight reel catches of the 2021 CFL season made the top 10
Indoor Football League
The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the signing defensive lineman Dante Holmes for the 2022 season. Holmes (6'2, 255) enters his first season with the Storm. He spent the 2021 season with the Spokane Shock where he had 12 tackles and one tackle for loss in five games. In 2018 and 2019, Holmes garnered All-NAL honors after tallying 13 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, two forced fumbles and five pass break-ups.
Premier Lacrosse League
Atlas midfield Romar Dennis: A First Generation Latino American Lacrosse Player
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United Soccer League Championship Stories from January 4, 2022
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- Last Week around the Leagues - OSC Original by Fran Stuchbury
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