Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Young keepers can't prevent America de Cali's relegation
by Paul Kennedy, December 18th, 2011 11:35PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, colombia

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] A pair of young American goalies, former University of Virginia star Diego Restrepo and 20-year-old Kevin Piedrahita, were pressed into service in the Colombian promotion/relegation playoffs, but they could not prevent America de Cali from being relegated for the  first time in its 84-year history.

With starting goalie Julian Viafara serving a six-month drug suspension, Restrepo regained his starting job, but a red card to Restrepo resulted in Piedrahita getting his his first pro start in the first leg of the playoffs against Patriotas.

America earned a 1-1 tie and looked to be in good shape going into the second leg with Restrepo in goal, but the Red Devils could only tie Patriotas 1-1 before 30,000 fans at the Estadio Pascual Guerrero in Cali.

Patriots won the shootout 4-3 to earn promotion for the first time in eight years.

America has won 13 league titles -- tied with Millonarios for the most in Colombian history -- and finished second in the Copa Libertadores three times (1985-87).

With America relegated to the Second Division, Restrepo might leave Cali after two seasons and return to the United States. Several MLS clubs are reported to be interested in the 23-year-old keeper.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Torres absent from Copa Libertadores final    
After starting both legs of the semifinals, Jose Torres did not play for Mexico's Tigres in ...
MLS honors Rothenberg with legacy award    
MLS founder Alan Rothenberg was named the first recipient of an award that will bear his ...
What They're Saying: Prince Ali    
"[Michel] Platini is not good for FIFA, Football's fans and players deserve better. FIFA is engulfed ...
MLS All-Star Game Takeaways: Kaka carries All-Stars    
Brazilian star Kaka says he grew up and loved watching U.S. all-star games. He finally got ...
ICYMI MLS: Penedo leaves Galaxy, Barnetta goes to Philly    
It looks like Donovan Ricketts could be on his way back to L.A. in the aftermath ...
Video Pick: Lloyd golazo ups goal streak to seven games    
If there is one lesson NWSL opponents should have learned from the Women's World Cup, it's ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"I haven't made a decision about the Olympics next summer and I would have to make ...
USL Roundup: Board of Governors meets in Denver    
For the third straight year, the USL has held its annual midseason Board of Governors meeting ...
How does MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars sound?    
With Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game set to pit the MLS All-Stars against Tottenham at Dick's ...
TV Report: Gold Cup reaches more than 6.8 million viewers    
The Gold Cup final between Mexico and Jamaica was watched by 6 million viewers on Univision, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives