Orlando City return to the top of the USL Pro Power Rankings after a thorough victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads at home. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Eagles are on a slide while the Los Angeles Blues claw their way up. We have movers and shakers and more in this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings.
1. Orlando City
Goals from Jamie Watson, Bryan Burke, Robert Valentino and Dom Dwyer paced Adrian Heath’s Orlando City to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Orlando will return to USL Pro action when they host Phoenix FC Wolves on Jun. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The home stand will continue on Jun. 9 when they take on Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
2. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers got goals from Nate Robinson (60′) and Michael Seaton (66′) en route to a 2-0 shutout win over the Harrisburg City Islanders at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Richmond return to league action on May 31 when they host Phoenix FC Wolves. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
3. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaueser’s Charloeston Batter played to a scoreless draw with the Rochester Rhinos at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. and will hope for a more convincing performance on May 31 at home against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
4. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions cruised to a 3-1 win over Antigua Barracuda FC at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. Eli Garner, Joey Madigan and Remco Klaasse scored for the Dutch Lions, who return to action on Jun. 2 at home against the Los Angeles Blues. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
5. Los Angeles Blues
A Chris Cortez brace in the 19th and 50th minutes, to go with a 42nd minute strike from Gabriel Gonzalez and an own goal in the 18th minute gave Jesus Rico-Sanz’s Los Angeles Blues a wild 4-3 victory over the Charlotte Eagles at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif. Los Angeles hit the road for a couple of contest. On May 31, the Blues travel to Sahlen’s Stadium to take on the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. PT/7:35 p.m. ET. On Jun. 2, the Blues face the Dayton Dutch Lions at Beavecreek High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m PT/6:30 p.m. ET.
6. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles didn’t have a particularly good week this past week. Christian Ramirez (5′) and Sergio Villasenor (35′) gave the Eagles a 2-2 drawe with Phoenie FC Wolves at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Temper, Ariz. And despite a brace from Jorge Herrera and an 88th-minute strike from Stefan Smith, Mark the Eagles came up short against the Los Angeles Blues and fell, 4-3, at Anteater Stadium. The Eagles return to action on Jun. 1 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Queens University Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
7. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders were shut out 2-0 by the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium and will look to bounce back on May 31 against the Charleston Battery. Kickoff at Blackbaud Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jun. 1, Harrisburg take on the Charlotte Eagles at Queens University Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
8. VSI Tampa Bay FC
Joseph Noone’s 71st-minute goal was enough for Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay FC to shut out the Wilmington Hammerheads 1-0 at Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Fla. VSI return to action when they host the Portland Timbers Reserves on Jun. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Rochester Rhinos
A scoreless draw was all that Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos could manager at Blackbaud Stadium. The Rhinos will have their work cut out for them when they host the Los Angeles Blues at Sahlen’s Stadium on May 31. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. On Jun. 1, the Rhinos travel to Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
10. Phoenix FC Wolves
On Thursday, David Robertson’s Phoenix FC Wolves played to a 2-2 draw with the Charlotte Eagles at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. Scott Morrison (17′) and Donny Toia (38′) scored for the Wolves. Phoenix have a couple of league games this week. On May 31, they travel to City Stadium to face the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Phoenix continue their road tril on Jun. 1 when they take on the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
11. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds got goals from Mike Seth (18′) and Matt Dallman (39′) in their 2-0 shutout win over Antigua Barracuda FC at Highmark Stadium. Their homestand continues on Jun. 1 against the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
12. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads had a tough week this week. Despite a goal from Paul Nicholson, the Hammerheads fell to Orlando City 4-1 at the Florida Citrus Bowl and were shut out by VSI Tampa Bay FC 1-0 at Plant City Stadium. Wilmington return to league action on Jun. 1, when they host Phoenix FC Wolves. Kickoff is scheduledd for 7:30 p.m. ET.
13. Antigua Barracuda
The losing streak for Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda continued as they fell to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-0 at Highmark Stadium and 3-1 to the Dayton Dutch Lions at Beavercreek High School. Orlando Mitchum scored the only goal of the weekend for the Barracudas, who have the week off before a couple of games on the road. Antigua Barracuda take on VSI Tampa Bay FC on Jun 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jun 9, the Barracudas face Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.