For the first time this season, the Los Angeles Blues are at the top of this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings after going through a week unbeaten. Watch out, Richmond and Orlando, the Blues are coming.
Movers, shakers, and everything in between. We have it all in this week’s USL Pro Power Rankings. Let’s take a look.
1. Los Angeles Blues
Daryoush Yazdani’s Los Angeles Blues opened up the week with a 4-2 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. on Wednesday. Matt Fondy scored a brace in the 46th mand 84th minutes of play to lead LA. Also scoring for the Blues were George Davis IV (6′) and Gabriel Gonzalez (13′).
Gonzalez (12′) and Davis (50′) were also in on goal in the Blues’s 4-0 shutout of Antigua Barracuda FC on Saturday at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Other goalscorers included Duach Jock (58′) and Juan Perez (84′). Los Angeles return to action on Jul. 21 at home against the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.
2. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw’s Richmond Kickers played to a 1-1 draw with the Rochester Rhinos on Friday at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Luke Vercollone scored for the Kickers in the 65th minute. Michael Seaton was the hero on Saturday for the Kickers, who shut out the Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0 at the Skyline Sports Complex.
Up next for the Kickers are a cuple of contest. On Jul. 19, they face the Phoenix FC Wolves at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled fr 10:30 p.m. ET. Then, the Kickers have a crunch-time match on Jul. 21 against the high-flying Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
3. Orlando City
A Jamie Watson brace in the 29th and 70th minutes propelled Adrian Heath’s Orlando City to a 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery on Thursday at the Florida Citrus Bowl. On Sunday at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio, a wild game saw the Lions draw 3-3 with the Dayton Dutch Lions. Dennis Chin (24′), James O’Connor (43′) and C.J. Sapong (65′) scored for Orlando.
Two games are on tap for Orlando. On Jul. 17, they face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Jul. 17 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Jul. 20, the Lions host the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
4. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens’s Charlotte Eagles powered their way to a 3-2 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads at the Queens Sports Complex thanks to goals from Paul Islas (31′), Jorge Herrera (68′) and Christian Meza (84′). The Eagles return to action against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Jul. 20 at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5. VSI Tampa Bay FC
Matt Weston’s VSI Tampa Bay FC pushed ahead early and never looked back in their 4-2 victory over the Charleston Battery at the Plant City Stadium. Tony Donatelli (7′), Josh Rige (12′), Chad Burt (19′) and Sallieu Bundu (59′) scored for VSI, who host the Harrisburg City Islanders on Jul. 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Phoenix FC Wolves
A Thomas Ramos goal in stoppage time was enough for David Robertson’s Phoenix FC Wolves to shut out Antigua Barracuda FC 1-0 at Grand Canyon University. The Wolves continue their season on Jul. 19 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium against the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
7. Dayton Dutch Lions
It wasn’t a good week for Ivar van Dinteren’s Dayton Dutch Lions. Tjeerd Westdijk scored in the 42nd minute on Wednesday against the Columbus Crew Reserves at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, but they couldn’t build on it and fell, 3-1. On Sunday at Beavercreek High School, Dayton got goals from Shintaro Harada (31′), Joel Delass (59′) and Brandon Swartzendruber (88′), but they were held to a 3-3 draw with Orlando City.
Dayton continue their season with a couple of contest. On Jul. 19, they travel to Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. to face the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jul. 20, the road trip continues with a match against the Charlotte Eagles at the Queens Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
8. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds were off this past week. They return to 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. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving’s Wilmington Hammerheads fell to the Charlotte Eagles, 3-2, at the Queens Sports Complex. Daniel Steres (6′) and Paul Nicholson (63′) scored for the Hammers, who have a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 19, they travel to Sahlen’s Stadium to clash with the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. On Jul. 21, they head to Highmark Stadium for a date with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
10. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhauser’s Charleston Battery slide down the Power Rankings after a couple of poor showings this past week. On Thursday, despite a 55th minute goal from Jose Cuevas, they fell, 2-1, to Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl. The Battery goals from Heviel Cordoves (63′) and Cuevas (90′) on Saturday against VSI Tampa Bay, but they paid the price for falling behind early and lost, 4-2, at the Plant City Stadium.
Charleston host the Dayton Dutch Lions on Jul. 19 at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
11. Harrisburg City Islanders
Also getting hit hard this week were Bill Becher’s Harrisburg City Islanders. Don Anding (19′) and Sainey Touray (66′) scored for the City Islanders on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Blues at Skyline but were doubled-up, 4-2. On Saturday, they were shut out 1-0 by the Richmond Kickers at home.
The City Islanders hit the road this week for a couple of matches. On Jul. 19, they face VSI Tampa Bay FC at Plant City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jul. 20, they head to the Florida Citrus Bowl to clash with Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
12. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers’s Rochester Rhinos were consigned to a 1-1 draw with the Richmond Kickers at Sahlen’s Stadium on a 90th-minute equalizer by Andrew Hoxie. Like a number of teams this week, Rochester have a couple of matches. On Jul. 19, they host the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. On Jul. 21, they travel to Quebec to take on the Montreal Impact Reserves. As of this post time, the kickoff time and location is to be determined.
13. Antigua Barracuda FC
Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC were down and out in the 1-0 defeat to Phoenix FC Wolves at Grand Canyon University and their 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium. The Barracudas continue their season on Jul. 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.