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2013 USL Pro Power Rankings: Week 2


It’s official: the Los Angeles Blues are a flash in the pan after failing to prove their cred on the road in Florida. Orlando City roars back to the top of the USL Pro Power Rankings, establishing some sort of league order. Let’s take a look at this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon.

1. Orlando City

A Jamie Watson brace (57′, 72′) combined with a Yann Songo’o strike in the 62nd minute gave Adrian Heath’s Orlando City a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Blues at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Orlando have a couple of matches this week. On Apr. 23, they take on the Charlotte Eagles at Queens University Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Apr. 27, the Lions square off against the Dayton Dutch Lions at the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

2. Wilmington Hammerheads

David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads opened up their season against Antigua Barracuda FC, shutting their out 2-0 on goals from Kyle Greig (49′) and Paul Nicholson (69′) at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. Up next for the Hammers are a couple of contests. On Apr. 26, Wilmington take on the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Apr. 28, the Hammerheads travel to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz, to take on Phoenicx FC Wolves. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

3. Harrisburg City Islanders

Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders defeated the Colorado Rapids Reserves 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Cris Hernandez (2′) and Greg Jordan (64′) scored for the Islanders, who return to action on Apr. 27 against the Rochester Rhinos at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

4. Richmond Kickers

Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers were out in full swing against the Rochester Rhinos, blowing them apart 4-1 at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Mike Callahan (45′), Joseph Ngwenya (51′), Jason Yeisley (66′) and Stanley Nyazamba (84′) all scored for Richmond, who are off this week. Up next for the Kickers is a match with the Charlotte Eagles on May 4 at City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

5. Charleston Battery

Michael Anhaueser’s Charleston Battery ran roughshod on Antigua Barracuda, 4-0, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Haviel Cordoves (21′), Ben Fisk (23′), Dane Kelly (75′) and Zach Prince (85′) all scored for Charleston, who return to action on Apr. 27 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Blackbaud. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

6. VSI Tampa Bay

Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay are piling on the wins, with yet another victory over the Los Angeles Blues, 3-2, at Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Fla. amid thunderstorms. Shawn Chin (28′), Sean Reynolds (53′) and Andriy Budnyy (74′) scored for VSI Tampa Bay. Up next for the hottest expansion team in the league is a match with th Dayton Dutch Lions at Plant City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

7. Charlotte Eagles

Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles played to a scoreless draw with the Rochester Rhinos on Apr. 19 at Queens University Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte continue their season with a couple of matches. On Apr. 23, they host Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Apr. 26, the home stand continues with a match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

8. Dayton Dutch Lions

Ivar van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions opened up their season with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. Gibson Bardley opened up the scoring in the 44th minute and Remco Klaasse slammed the door shut in second half stoppage time. Dayton have a couple of matches this week. On Apr. 26, they travel to Plant City stadium to face VSI Tampa Bay. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. On April 27, the Dutch Lions take on Orlando City at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

9. Los Angeles Blues

Jesus Rico-Sanz’s Los Angeles Blues take a massive slide in the Power Rankings this week. On Apr. 19, the Blues fell to Orlando City at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., by the tune of 3-2. Goals from Connor Hearn (70′) and Rodrigo Lopez (89′) paced the Blues. Despite a goal from George Davis IV in the 24th minute and an own goal at the hour mark, the poor defense that has hindered Los Angeles on the road last year reared its ugly head again in the form of another 3-2 defeat to VSI Tampa Bay. Los Angeles return to action on Apr. 26 against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Titan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.

10. Phoenix FC Wolves

David Robertson’s Phoenix FC Wolves were off this past weekend. The Wolves return to action on Apr. 22 when they face the Real Salt Lake reserve team at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is schedfuled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET. On Apr. 28, Phoenix host the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

11. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Kevin Kerr got on the board for Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 45th minute, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Dayton Dutch Lions 2-1 at Beavercreek High School. The Hounds have a couple of matches this week. On Apr. 26, Pittsburgh take on the Charlotte Eagles at Queens University Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Apr. 27, the Riverhounds travel to Blackbaud Stadium to face the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

12. Rochester Rhinos

After a scoreless draw with the Charlotte Eagles at Queens University Stadium, Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos were waxed 4-1 by the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. Matt Luzunaris opened up the scoring in the third minute but that was all the visitors could muster. Rochester return to action on Apr. 27 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

13. Antigua Barracuda

Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC are at the bottom of the Power Rankings after sinking to the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium and Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium by the tune of 2-0 and 4-0, respectively. The Barracudas get the weekend off before hitting the road for a couple of matches. On May 3, Antigua travel to Plant City Stadium to take on red-hot VSI Tampa Bay. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. On May 4, the Barracudas travel to the Citrus Bowl to face Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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