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Thunder plots to raid the rich port

June 2, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Minnesota Thunder News Release


ST. PAUL, Minn. (Thursday, June 2, 2005)-The Minnesota Thunder (1-1-3, 6 pts.) will begin its hardest road trip of the season tonight as it plots to steal three points from the rich port of Puerto Rico. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. This marks the first-ever match-up between this two squads. The Thunder will also travel to Charleston and Atlanta for matches on Saturday and Sunday.

The Puerto Rico Islanders (2-2-2, 8 pts.) have surprised many this season, getting both its wins at home against the Rochester Raging Rhinos in back to back games. They also tied the defending league champions, the Montreal Impact, 1-1 to start the season.

“Puerto Rico is extremely tough at home,” said head coach Buzz Lagos. “But we feel confident coming off our win against Vancouver last weekend that we are going to get on a roll.”

The Thunder got an important win on Sunday night in an exciting 1-0 victory over the previously undefeated Vancouver Whitecaps. Godfrey Tenoff scored the lone goal of the match on a 40-yard chip shot in the 24th minute.

The Islanders are coming off a wild 4-4 tie at the Toronto Lynx last Saturday in which the first three goals were scored in a seven minute span, and four goals were scored in each half. The Islanders scoring threat comes from forward Mauricio Salles, who has three goals this season.

The Thunder will travel to Charleston, SC to take on the Battery (2-5-2, 8 pts.) Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The last time these two teams met was in the 2003 A-league final with Charleston winning 3-0.

On Sunday, and after four days of travel, the Thunder will head to Dekalb Memorial Stadium to take on the Atlanta Silverbacks (3-4-2, 11 pts.). Atlanta is sitting in fifth place in the league.

The Thunder will return home on June 11 to host the Charleston Battery at 7:05 p.m. at James Griffin Stadium in St. Paul. America Family Insurance will be giving away Freddy Juarez replica jersey t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans at the game. Gates open at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit www.mnthunder.com.

2. TENOFF AND WARREN MAKE TEAM OF THE WEEK

Both goalkeeper, Joe Warren, and midfielder, Godfrey Tenoff, made the Week 6 USL Team of the Week. Warren had a stellar game Sunday night against Vancouver, making a total of six saves to secure the shutout. Tenoff had the game-winning goal in the match on a 40-yard chip shot after a mistake by the Vancouver goalkeeper.

3. TAX DEXUCTIBLE THUNDER CAMPS START MONDAY

Minnesota Thunder summer soccer camps start on Monday, June 6, and will run through the middle of August. Camps are held in over 35 locations throughout the Twin Cities and are available for players ages 5-18. The camps are tax deductible and a Federal ID number is available upon request.

Thunder soccer camps offer the most unique opportunity for kids to learn the game from Minnesota’s professional soccer players.

Each camper will receive:
-Thunder T-shirt provided by Soccer USA
-Thunder soccer ball
-Game ticket to Camp Reunion night (Aug. 13 vs. Portland)
-Participation certificate
-Written evaluation
-Soccer USA discount certificate
-Wisconsin Dells Kids card

To find a camp nearest you or to register online, please visit www.mnthunder.com or call 651-917-TEAM for more information.

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