The Richmond Kickers remain at the top of this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings after another successful week of results. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Blues don’t seem so dead in the water, rebounding with a couple of big victories to shoot up the charts. Movers, shakers and more. All this in this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Richmond Kickers
At Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio, Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers defeated the Dayton Dutck Lions 3-2 on a brace from Luke Vercollone (57′, 59′) and a match-winner from Michael Seaton in the 71st minute of play.
The Kickers continue their season with a couple of matches. On Jul. 12, they travel to Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. to face the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. On Jul. 13, they head to the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. to face the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
2. Orlando City
On Wednesday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C., goals from Jamie Watson (8′) and Adama Mbengue (78′) gave Adrian Heath’s Orlando City a 2-2 draw with the Wilmington Hammerheads. Rob Valentino was on goal in th 56th minute to give the Lions a 1-1 draw with the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. on Friday.
Orlando return to action with a couple of matches. On Jul. 11, they face Charleston again at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jul. 14, the Lions travel to Beavercreek High School to face the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
3. Los Angeles Blues
Daryoush Yazdani’s Los Angeles Blues are back to winning once again. On Thursday at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif., the Blues blitzed Antigua Barracuda FC 6-0 on braces from Chris Cortez (30′, 49′) and Matt Fondy (59′, 82′). Also scored for LA were Gabriel Gonzalez (20′) and Rodrigo Lopez (78′).
Duach Jock (64′) and Fondy (89′) were in on goal to give the Blues a massive 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Saturday. The Blues continue their season on Jul. 10 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. On Jul. 13, the Blues return home for the second match with Antigua Barracuda. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
4. Dayton Dutch Lions
It was a hit-and-miss week for Ivan van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions. On Thursday at Beavercreek High School, they routed the Rochester Rhinos 3-1 on goals from Eli Garner (45′), Tjeerd Westdijk (64′) and Gibson Bardsley (81′). However, they couldn’t reprise their efforts at home against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, falling 3-2. Brandon Swartzendruber (4′) and Greg Preciado (87′) scored for the Dutch Lions.
Dayton continue their season with a couple of matches. on Jul. 10, they face the Columbus Crew Reserves at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET/ On Jul. 14, the Dutch Lions host Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
5. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles opened the week with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Thursday at Highmark Stadium. Goals from Jorge Herrera (17′) and Nate Thornton (45′), as well as an own goal from Pittsburgh’s Andrew Marshall, gave the Eagles the win.
On Saturday at Sahlen’s Stadium, Charlotte busted out to a 2-0 lead over the Rochester Rhinos on goals from Paul Islas (33′) and Herrera (74′). However, a couple of late goals consigned the Eagles to a 2-2 draw with the home side. Charlotte’s next match is scheduled for Jul. 13 against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff at the Queens Sports Complex in Charlotte, N.C. is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
And speaking of Hammerheads…
6. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads check in at sixth after a couple of solid performances on the week. On Wednesday at Legion Stadium, the Hammers drew 2-2 with Orlando City on a brace from Daniel Steres in the eighth and 81st minutes of play.
Steres was also in on goal against the Harrisburg City Islanders at home with a goal in the 33rd minute, but it was Cody Arnoux who had a 90th-minute winner to give Wilmington the 2-1 victory on Saturday. Wilmington return to action on Jul. 13 against the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff at the Queens Sports Complex is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
7. Charleston Battery
Heveil Cordoves spared Michael Anhaeuser’s Charleston Battery some third-division blushes in the 89th minute as the home side played to a 1-1 draw with Orlando City at Blackbaud Stadium. Like many teams this week, the Battery have a couple of matches.
On Jul. 11, Charleston face Orlando again, this time at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jul. 13, the Battery clash with VSI Tampa Bay FC at Plant City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
8. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds dropped a couple of tough matches this week. Darren Amoo (15′) and Andrew Marshall (40′) scored for the Hounds at Highmark Stadium on Thursday, but they fell to the Charlotte Eagles, 3-2. On Saturday, Jose Angulo scored in the 21st minute, but once again, late goals doomed Pittsburgh in their 2-1 defeat tot the Los Angeles Blues at home.
The Riverhounds take the week off before heading back into action on July 17 at home against Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Jul. 21, the home stand continues with a match against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
9. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders got a goal from Sainey Touray in the 73rd minute but they fell to the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1 at Legion Stadium. Two matches are on tap for Harrisburg. On Jul. 10, they host the red-hot Los Angeles Blues. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The home stand cpontinues on Jul. 13 against the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is also scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
10. Phoenix FC Wolves
At Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., David Robertson’s Phoenix FC Wolves shut out Antigua Barracuda 1-0 on a goal from Diego Faria in the 33rd minute of play. They face Antigua again on Jul. 11. Kickoff at home is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET.
11. VSI Tampa Bay FC
Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay FC were off this past week and will return to action on Jul. 13 against the Charleston Battery at Plant City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
12. Rochester Rhinos
Despite a goal from Blake Brettschneider in the 38th minute of play, Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos were blitzed by the Dayton Dutch Lions 3-1 on Thursday at Beavercreek High School. They followed that up with a 2-2 draw with the Charlotte Eagles at Sahlen’s Stadium. Andrew Hoxie (84′) and Tam McManus (90′) scored for Rochester.
Up next for the Rhinos is a match with the Richmond Kickers at Sahlen’s on Jul. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET.
13. Antigua Barracuda FC
Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC continued their losing streak with a 6-0 shutout loss to the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium on Thursday and a 1-0 shutout defeat to Phoenix FC Wolves on Saturday at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. Antigua return to action with their second match against Phoenix FC on Jul. 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET. Then, on Jul. 13, they return to Titan Stadium for their second match against the Blues. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET.