By JOHN BOSCHINI
Week 15 passed without any major changes, and with the conclusion of the USL Pro season now only a month away, that'll suit Orlando City just fine.
Orlando still holds a comfortable nine-point lead in the American Division and faces a long vacation before the home stretch. Orlando beat fellow division leader Rochester, 2-1, in its last game until August 5. That gives Richmond, who trails Orlando but has three games in hand, an opportunity to make up some ground. The Kickers got off to a good start with a 1-0 victory over Antigua.
Rochester faces a challenge on its lead atop the National Division. Despite their weekend loss, the Rhinos still hold a four-point lead over the Harrisburg City Islanders having played one more game. The Islanders fell to Wilmington and tied Charlotte in their disappointing weekend. Also lurking are the Los Angeles Blues, who find themselves just seven points off the lead with three games in hand.
Here is a look back USL Pro's Week 16:
Harrisburg City Islanders 1, Charlotte Eagles 1: Harrisburg looked to be on its way to a crucial road victory when Nelson Becerra scored in the first minute, but Luke Williams salvaged a tie for the Eagles with a second-half equalizer.
Dayton Dutch Lions 1, Los Angeles Blues 1: Dayton managed its first three-game unbeaten streak of the season with its third draw in a row.
A 90th-minute penalty kick from Cesar Rivera gave the Blues a share of the points and resulted in Joe Tait being sent off for dissent. Dayton was camped inside its own half for much of the game but did manage to take the lead in the seventh minute with a goal from George Davis.
Orlando City 2, Rochester Rhinos 1: Matt Luzunaris, on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, broke a 1-1 tie with a game-winning goal that came before halftime at Orlando cemented its place at the top of the American Division.
Lewis Neal gave Orlando the lead in just the fourth minute, but Tony Donatelli scored in the 15th minute to equalize for the Rhinos. Rochester pressed but couldn't find an equalizer in a scoreless second half.
Richmond Kickers 1, Antigua Barracuda FC 0: Shaka Bangura scored in the fourth minute, and the Kickers were able to keep Antigua's offense at bay to hold out for a narrow victory.
Wilmington Hammerheads 3, Harrisburg City Islanders 1: Wilmington scored four times, albeit once into its own net, for a 3-1 victory over Harrisburg.
The Hammerheads were in a hole after an own goal sent them into the locker room down a goal but second-half goals from Andres Cuero, Luke Mullholland and Richard Jata resulted in a comfortable win.
Los Angeles Blues 4, Dayton Dutch Lions 1: Cesar Rivera scored in the 32nd minute and added a penalty kick before halftime to cancel out Eric Kissinger's early goal for Dayton.
Mehrshad Momeni and Gerardo Bravo scored after the break to turn a narrow lead for the Blues into a rout.
What did you think of this weekend's results? Impressed with Orlando? Can Los Angeles mount a charge up the standings?
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