There’s isn’t a lot of movement in this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings, with Orlando City at the top for another week and the likes of Charleston, Richmond and Harrisburg giving chase. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Blues move down after a tough defeat against an MLS Reserve League side. Also falling this week are Phoenix FC Wolves.
All this and more in this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings.
1. Orlando City
A Dom Dwyer brace in the fourth and 53rd minutes powered Adrian Heath’s Orlando City to a solid 2-0 shutout victory over the Seattle Sounders Reserves at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. The Lions have a couple of big matches on the way. On May 17, they travel to the Skyline Sports Comples in Harrisburg, Pa. to take on the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On May 18, Orlando heads to Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. to face the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
2. Charleston Battery
Goals from Dane Kelly (2′), Nicki Paterson (13′), Zach Prince (21′) and John Wilson (29′) paced Michael Anhaeuser’s Charleston Battery to a big 4-2 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Two massive road contests are on the way for the Battlers. On May 14, they travel to Queens University Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. to face the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On May 19, Charleston travel to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. to tangle with the Houston Dynamo Reserves.
3. Richmond Kickers
A Joseph Ngwenya hat trick (18′, 22′, 44′) combined with an insurance goal from Luke Vercollone gave Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers a comfortable 4-1 victory over Antigua Barracuda FC. Richmond return to action against the Los Angeles Blues at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
4. Harrisburg City Islanders
A Sainey Touray brace (3′, 68′) combined with goals from Morgan Langley (1′) and Leo Fernandez (88′) was more than enough for Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders to prevail over Antigua Barracuda FC. The City Islanders host Orlando City on May 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles were off this past week. 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.
6. Los Angeles Blues
Jesus Rico-Sanz’s Los Angeles Blues tried to rally from 4-0 down thanks to an own goal in the 52nd minute and goals from Shay Spitz (72′) anmd Allan Russell (82′), but it was not enough as they fell, 4-3, at the Home Depot Center Track Stadium in Carson, Calif. Los Angeles hit the road for a couple of matches this weekend. On May 17, they travel to City Stadium to clash with the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. On May 18, they will look to sweep the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET.
7. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions won a wild 4-3 game with Phoenix FC Wolves at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. Braces from Gibson Bardsley (45′, 48′) and Joel DeLass (18′, 77′) paced the Dutch Lions, who will travel to Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. to face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
8. VSI Tampa Bay
Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay were off this past week and will return to action on May 26 against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Plant City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds got on the win column with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Phoenix FC Wolves at Highmark Stadium. A Jose Angulo brace (22′, 51′) led the way for the Hounds, who continue their home stand on May 18 against the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
10. Rochester Rhinos
Matthew Horth’s heroics in the 79th minute gave Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos a badly-needed 1-0 win over the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. The Rhinos will look to build on this results when they host Orlando City at Sahlen’s Stadium on May 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
11. Wilmington Hammerheads
After getting shut out 1-0 at home by the Rochester Rhinos, David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads got smoked, 4-2, by the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Despite a brace from Paul Nicholson (53′, 59′), it was not enough as they were blitzed early and often in the first half. Nicholson will hope to cool his head when the Hammers take on the Los Angeles Blues on May 18 at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
12. Phoenix FC Wolves
David Robertson’s Phoenixc FC Wolves dropped a couple of key contests this past week. Aaron King scored in the 90th minute against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds but the Wolves could not rally back and fell, 2-1, at Highmark Stadium. And in spite of goals from Thomas Ramos (6′), King (78′) and Peabo Doue (79′), the Wolves were forced to chase another game and fell, 4-3, to the Dayton Dutch Lions at Beavercreek High School. The Wolves take the week off before returning to action on May 23 against the Charlotte Eagles at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
13. Antigua Barracuda FC
Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC are at the bottom for another week after another couple of embarrassing defeats. They were shut out 4-0 by the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex before falling 4-1 to the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. Tamorley “Ziggy” Thomas scored for the Barracudas in the 35th minute of play. Antigua take the week off before returning to action against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 24 at Highmark Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.