Well, it sure feels good to be in Orlando City’s shoes. With no match until Jun. 29, the Lions are feeling fine as they remain at the top of this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon.
1. Orlando City
Adrian Heath’s Orlando City were off this week. They return to action on June 29 against the Richmond Kickers at the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
2. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers got a brace from Brian Ownby (56′, 77′) and goals from Nate Robinson (24′) and Joseph Haboush (85′) en route to an easy 4-0 victory over Antigua Barracuda at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The Kickers host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves on Jun. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
3. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions are on the rise, and they defeated VSI Tampa Bay FC 2-1 at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. Remco Klasse and Tjeerd Westdijk scored for Dayton, who return to action on Jun. 21 against the Phoenix FC Wolves at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET.
On Jun. 23, the Dutch Lions face the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
4. Harrisburg City Islanders
At the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders rolled past Antigua Barracuda FC 3-1 on goals from Morgan Langley (30′), Sainey Touray (38′) and Yann Ekra (67′). Harrisburg’s next match is at home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser’s Charleston Battery secured a pair of 1-1 draws. Jose Cuevas scored in the 37th minute against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday and Shawn Ferguson equalized in the 47th minute against the Rochester Rhinos on Sunday. The Battery continue their season on Jun. 22 against VSI Tampa Bay FC at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Los Angeles Blues
A 90th-minute strike from Chris Cortez salvaged a 1-1 draw between Daryoush Yazdani’s Los Angeles Blues and the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Los Angeles continue their season on Jun. 23 against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Titan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
7. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles defeated the Chicago Fire Reserves 2-1 at Queens Sports Complex on the campus of Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Down 1-0, goals from Christian Ramirez (70′) and ben Newnam (75′) gave the Eagles a significant come-from-behind win.
Up next for Charlotte are a couple of matches. On Jun. 21, the Eagles host VSI Tampa Bay FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Jun. 22, Charlotte travel to Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. to take on the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
8. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads upset the New York Red Bulls Reserves 1-0 at Legion Stadium on a goal from Daniel Steres in the 57th minute of play. Wilmington host the Charlotte Eagles on Jun. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Rochester Rhinos
On Friday, Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos played their most completed game of the season: a 3-0 shutout of VSI Tampa Bay at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Tyler Rosenlund (4′), Tam McManus (53′) and Blake Brettschneider (66′) scored for the Rhinos.
However, they could not build on their victory, as they settled for a 1-1 draw at home against the Charleston Battery on Sunday. Lance Rozeboom scored for the Rhinos in the 28th minute of play. Despite the draw, Rochester are ready to build on their results on Jun. 21 at home against winless Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET.
10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Jose Angulo’s goal in the 71st minute salvaged a 1-1 draw for Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds against the Charleston Battery at Highmark Stadium. The Hounds also have two matches this week. On Jun. 21, they travel to the Skyline Sports Complex to face the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Jun. 23, the Riverhounds return home to host winless Antigua Barracuda. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
11. VSI Tampa Bay FC
Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay FC saw the wheels fall off this past week. After getting shut out 3-0 by the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium, the Flames were doused 2-1 by the Dayton Dutch Lions at Beavercreek High School.
VSI will look to rebound with a couple of matches. On June 21, they travel to Queens Sports Complex. to face the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Jun. 22, the road trip continues when they clash with 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 played to a scoreless draw with the Real Salt Lake Reserves at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. Phoenix host the Dayton Dutch Lions on Jun. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
13. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC were smoked 4-0 by the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium and 3-1 by the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex. Orlando Mitchum scored for Antigua in the 47th minute of play. The Barracudas return to action on Jun. 21 against the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. On Jun. 23, Antigua travel to Highmark Stadium to face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.