The LA Galaxy II suffered a horrific loss at the hands of Reno 1868 FC, kicking off an eventful midweek slate for the USL.
Along with the huge victory for Reno, the Charlotte Independence staked their claim to a spot at the top of the Eastern Conference table with their fourth road victory this season. The Real Monarchs shook off their stumble a week ago to get back to their winning ways and the Tampa Bay Rowdies finally won a game, snapping a seven-game winless streak.
Here’s a look at all of the midweek results:
Reno 1868 FC 9-0 LA Galaxy II
Reno 1868 FC hammered the LA Galaxy II Monday night, 9-0. Jordan Murrell and Chris Wehan each scored a brace with additional support from Dane Kelly, Antoine Hoppenot, Matt LaGrassa, and Darwin Espinal. Los Dos had a rough start, coughing up three goals in the first 15 minutes, including an own goal in the third minute. The loss is the Galaxy’s eleventh this year, matching their record for losses in a season with quite a few games to be played. Reno moved into fourth place with the victory.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-3 Charlotte Independence
It truly was Independence day in Pittsburgh. The Charlotte Independence have officially shaken off their slow start to the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 on the road Tuesday. The usual suspects powered the night for the Independence with a goal from Enzo Martinez and a brace from Jorge Herrera. The Independence have put in solid road efforts so far this season, four of their seven victories have come away from home.
Saint Louis FC 0-0 Rochester Rhinos
The Rochester Rhinos earned a hard fought road point from Saint Louis FC on Wednesday. The defensive battle kept either side from creating much danger until nearly the end of the first half. The Rhinos tested but couldn’t beat Adam Grinwis, forcing him into a save in the 37th minute on a shot from Jochen Graf. Grinwis came up again big in the 74th minute for the home side, denying Wal Fall from point blank range to keep the teams level. St. Louis’ best chance in the match came from former Rhino Christian Volesky. His 72nd minute shot at the top of the six-yard box was parried away by Tomas Gomez. St. Louis is now winless in their last four games.
Real Monarchs 3-1 OKC Energy
Chandler Hoffman led the Real Monarchs over the OKC Energy 3-1 Wednesday night. Hoffman’s USL pedigree is well known, and he showed his class scoring his 40th and 41st USL regular season goals en route to the victory. Karsten Hanlin got the scoring started for the Monarchs in the eighth minute before an Alex Dixon header leveled proceedings in the 26th minute. The score remained even until the 70th minute when Hoffman scored on a low cross. He doubled his tally six minutes later from the penalty spot, after drawing a foul from Energy defender Coady Andrews. Andrews was sent off for the foul, leaving the Energy with 10 men the rest of the way. The Monarchs now sit on top of the Western Conference with a five point cushion.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 FC Cincinnati
The Tampa Bay Rowdies snapped a seven-game winless streak in their win over FC Cincinnati, 2-0, Thursday night in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU. A crowd of 6,269 was in attendance to watch Martin Paterson and Joe Cole shake off the winless streak in style. While the goal scorers earned the plaudits, it was the play of former Chicago Fire midfielder Alex Morrell that was the difference maker for the Rowdies. He earned the assist on Paterson’s goal, and created two additional chances on the night, while taking care of possession with smart passes all game long. The win kept the Rowdies in third place in the Eastern Conference, with several teams breathing down their neck.