There’s not a lot of movement in this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings. Once again, Orlando City rules the roost with a massive victory over the cellar-dwellers, Antigua Barracuda. Chasing the Lions are the likes of the Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers and Los Angeles Blues. Let’s take a look at this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Orlando City
Adrian Heath’s Orlando City were firing on all cylinders in their 7-2 rout of Antigua Barracuda FC at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Dom Dwyer scored a hat trick in the first, 17th and 40th minutes of play. Other goalscorers for Orlando included Anthony Pulis (4′), Dennis Chin (12′) and Rob Valentino (54′), Orlando went up 6-0 on an own goal in the 49th minute of play.
The Lions travel to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. to take on the Seattle Sounders Reserves on May 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
2. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser’s Charleston Battery scored a couple of big wins this past week. Goals from Michael Azira (10′) and Nick Paterson (38′) paced the Battery to a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Paterson was the hero once again in the 33rd minute in the Battery’s 1-0 shutout win over the Dayton Dutch Lions at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio.
The Battery return to action on May 11, when they host the Wilmington Hammerheads at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
3. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers took four out of a possible six points this past week. Goals from Luke Vercollone (73′) and Michael Seaton (90′) gave the Kickers a 2-0 shutout win over the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium, while Brian Ownby (14′), Stanley Nyazamba (34′) and Connor Shanosky (90′) salvaged a wild 3-3 draw with the Charlotte Eagles at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Up next for Richmong is a May 11 contest with struggling Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
4. Los Angeles Blues
Jesus Rico-Sanz’s Los Angeles Blues played to a scoreless draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Their scoring touch will need to come back, as they have the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves coming their way tomorrow. Kickoff at the Home Depot Center Track Stadium in Carson, Calif. is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.
5. Harrisburg City Islanders
It was a hit-and-miss week for Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders. Despite a goal from Cristhian Hernandez in the 43rd minute of play, the City Islanders were unable to rally and fell, 2-1, to the Charleston Battery at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. However, they were able to bounce back, 1-0 over the Rochester Rhinos, on a goal from Morgan Langley in the 37th minute of play. Harrisburg continue their season on May 10 with a match against Antigua Barracuda FC at Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
6. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles got goals from Christian Meza (48′), Stefan Smith (79′) and Shaun Francis (90′), but they could not hold on to the lead late and were consigned to a 3-3 draw at City Stadium. Charlotte continue their season on May 14 against the Charleston Battery at Queens University Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
7. Phoenix FC Wolves
David Robertson’s Phoenix FC Wolves played to a 1-1 draw against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Donny Toia scored for the Wolves in the 11th minute of play. Phoenix get another shot at the Riverhounds on May 9 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsbugh, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.
8. VSI Tampa Bay
Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay rallied from a goal down to roll past Antigua Barracuda FC, 3-1 at Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Fla. Tony Donatelli scored a 52nd minute equalizer before Mauricio Salles added a brace in the 75th minute and second-half stoppage time.
VSI Tampa Bay will have a long break before returning to action on May 26 against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Plant City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivan van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions dropped a 1-0 defeat to the Charleston Battery at Beavercreek High School and will look to rebound on May 11, when they host Phoenix FC Wolves. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
A couple of draws was all Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds could muster up. Andrew Marshall’s 79th minute strike salvaged a 1-1 draw with Phoenix FC Wolves at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, but they followed it up with a scoreless draw against the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium. The Hounds get another crack at the Wolves on May 9 at Highmark Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
11. Wilmington Hammerheads
The slump continues for David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads, who were hammered 2-0 by the Richmond Kickers at Legion Stadium. Two matches await the struggling club. On May 10, they host the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On May 11, Wilmington travel to Blackbaud Stadium to face the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
12. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos dropped yet another match in USL Pro, this time to the Harrisburg City Islanders, 1-0, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. The Rhinos travel to Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. on May 10 to tangle with the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is scxheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
13. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC dropped a couple of tough ones on the road. At Plant City Stadium, Tamorley “Ziggy” Thomas got the Barracudas ahead in the eighth minute, but they could not hold on and proceeded to get burned, 3-1, by VSI Tampa Bay. Things got real ugly at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Despite a 76th minute goal from Hazeley Pyle and an own goal from Orlando in the 89th minute of play, the damage had been done in their 7-2 defeat to Orlando City.
The road trip continues for the Barracudas. On May 10, they travel to the Skyline Sports Complex to take on the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On May 11, Antigua travel to City Stadium to clash with the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.