A surprise team is at the top of this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings: the Charlotte Eagles. Orlando City move down to No. 2 after earning just four out of a possible six points. A lot of teams in this league will be taking part in U.S. Open Cup action this week. Their performances will not be reflected in these Power Rankings. Let’s take a look at the roundup, here on the View from Avalon.
1. Charlotte Eagles
A Shaun Francis goal in the 65th minute was more than enough to give Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles a 1-0 upset victory over the Charleston Battery at Queens University Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday.
The Eagles have a couple of matches in USL Pro play this week. On May 23, they travel to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. to take on Phoenix FC Wolves. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. The road trip continued on May 25, when they travel to Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif to clash with the Los Angeles Blues. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET.
2. Orlando City
Adrian Heath’s Orlando City opened up the week with a 2-2 draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders on May 17 at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Dom Dwyer scored a brace in the 22nd and 65th minutes. Eric Ustruck was the hero in the 85th minute on Saturday against the Rochester Rhinos as the Lions, despite playing down to 10 men, outlasted Rochester 1-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Up next for Orlando is a match with the resurging Wilmington Hammerheads on May 25 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
3. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers salvaged a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Blues thanks to Joseph Ngwenya in the 37th minute of play at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The home stand continues for the Kickers when they host the Harrisburg City Islanders on May 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
4. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders got goals from Sainey Touray in the 17th minute and Yann Ekra late but it was not enough as they were consigned to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City. The City Islanders return to action on May 24 against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5. Charleston Battery
After getting shutout by the Charlotte Eagles 1-0 on Tuesday at Queens University Stadium, Michael Anhaueser’s Charleston Battery exacted a 1-0 shutout on the Houston Dynamo Reserves at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. on Sunday thanks to Dane Kelly in the 35th minute of play. Charleston’s next contest is May 25 against the Rochester Rhinos at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Wilmington Hammerheads
Jamel Wallace (16′) and Daniel Steres (40′) opened up the scoring for David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads, who secured a 2-1 statement win over the Los Angeles Blues on Saturday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. The Hammers will look to build on their breakthrough result on May 25 against Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
7. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions fought back to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. Gibson Bardsley (65′) and Tjeerd Westdjik (84′) scored for Dayton, who return home to Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio to take on Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
8. VSI Tampa Bay
Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay were off this past week due to US Open Cup action 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. Los Angeles Blues
It was not a good week on the road for Jesus Rico-Sanz’s Los Angeles Blues. On Friday, they drew 1-1 with the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. Juan Perez put the match on level terms late in the 88th minute. On Saturday, the Blues fell 2-1 to the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. Despite a penalty conversion for Allan Russell in the 86th minute, the Blues paid the price for having to chase the game 40 minutes in. The Blues host the Charlotte Eagles at Anteater Stadium on May 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Jhonny Arteaga (10′) and Jose Angulo (51′) were in on goal for Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, but they could not hang on against the Dayton Dutch Lions as they were consigned to a 2-2 draw at Highmark Stadium. The home stand continues for the Hounds when they host struggling Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.
11. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos dropped yet another contest, 1-0 against Orlando City at Sahlen’s Stadium. Rochester return to action on May 25 against the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
12. Phoenix FC Wolves
David Robertson’s Phoenix FC Wolves took the weekend off due to U.S. Open Cup play. They will return 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 were off this past week and will return to action against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 24 at Highmark Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT. On May 26, Antigua travel to Beavercreek High School to clash with the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.