The weekend’s USL slate saw San Antonio FC continue their dominance by blanking Portland Timbers II. With the win, San Antonio continues their run as USL’s only unbeaten team. The victory by the Western Conference leader was one of two 4-0 victories, with the Rochester Rhinos also blanking the Charlotte Independence by that score. Two other teams netted three goals while 10 clean sheet were recorded across the league.
The thriller of the weekend was Sounders 2’s win over the Switchbacks. The game produced five goals as well as five cards and the Switchbacks finished the game with 10 men.
Here’s a quick look at the USL results from the past weekend:
San Antonio FC 4, Portland Timbers 2 0
Billy Forbes opened the scoring for San Antonio in the 20th minute, but it was two stoppage time goals that added insult to injury for Portland. Cesar Elizondo scored a pair of goals in the 34th and 93rd minutes. Not to be left out of the goal fest, Zachary Herivaux opened his account for San Antonio in the 91st minute. The win extended San Antonio’s unbeaten run to seven games as they stayed atop the Western Conference with 19 points.
Bethlehem Steel FC 1, FC Cincinnati 0
Bethlehem Steel secured their second win over FC Cincinnati in the young season behind a goal from a Hugh Roberts goal in the 87th minute. The defender got on the end of an Adam Najem cross to deliver the blow to Cincinnati. At this point, Bethlehem may want to play Cincinnati every week as both of their wins this season have come over them.
Real Monarchs SL 2, Swope Park Rangers 1
Goals from Chandler Hoffman and James Moberg before the half were enough for Real Monarchs to see off Swope Park Rangers en route to their fifth win. Swope Park Rangers attempted to come back with Kharlton Belmar scoring to open the second half but it wasn’t enough on the day.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 0, Sacramento Republic FC 0
On an empty night at Thunderbird Stadium, Whitecaps 2 and Sacramento Republic played to a scoreless draw. Not much to write home about in this one.
Rochester Rhinos 4, Charlotte Independence 0
The woes continued for the Independence on Saturday, as they dropped to the cellar of the Eastern Conference after a four-goal defeat at the hands of the Rochester Rhinos. Wal Fall opened the scoring for the victors in the 27th minute, while Mike Garzi, Darius Madison and Kenardo Forbes knocked in second-half strikes for the Rhinos.
Charleston Battery 2, Ottawa Fury FC 2
A brace from Romario Williams wasn’t enough for the Battery as they slipped up against a cellar dweller Ottawa. Ryan Williams opened the scoring for Ottawa but his goal was canceled out by Williams right before halftime. Ottawa was able to go back ahead when Martin Del Campo scored in the 56th but the points were meant to be shared on the day. Williams got his second in the 84th minute as Charleston was able to rescue a point in this one.
Pittsburg Riverhounds 1, Harrisburg City Islanders 0
In the Keystone Derby, the Riverhounds were able to get the best of an Islanders team that finished with nine men. Things got a little chippy with eight cards being issued to the two teams, but it was a 75th minute that a goal from Cory Hertzog that sealed three points for the Riverhounds.
Louisville City FC 0, Toronto FC II 0
Toronto FC II keeper Angelo Cavalluzzo put in a heroic performance to stop Louisville City FC in their tracks. Louisville registered 19 shots, 11 of which were on target, but they were unable to find a breakthrough.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1, Richmond Kickers 0
Tampa Bay has moved into a tie atop the Eastern Conference behind a stout defensive performance. Although they have played one more game than the Charleston Battery, the Rowdies are level with the Southeastern club on 13 points. A Deshorn Brown scissor kick to close the first half was the only scoring in the match.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 3, Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2
There were goals galore in this one as Sounders 2 rebounded from their loss to San Antonio in a big way winning in the snow. In the 18th minute, Pascal Ebouissi was sent off for a two-footed challenge and Sounders 2 would turn it on from there. Thanks to a handball, Sounders 2 were awarded a penalty which Irvin Parra coolly slotted home. Richie Perez drew things level for the Switchbacks when his shot in the box took a deflection to find the top corner in the 40th minute. After the half, a quick brace by Felix Chenkam (goals in the 51st and 54th minute) put things out of reach as Seattle went up 3-1. Jordan Burt pulled one back for the Switchbacks in the 70th minute but it wasn’t be enough for the hosts.
Rio Grande Valley FC 3, OKC Energy FC 0
A clinical attacking performance saw Rio Grande Valley FC down OKC Energy with no trouble. Eric Bird opened the scoring in the eighth minute after receiving a through ball from Derrick Holland. In the 38th minute, the provider became the scorer as Holland scored a goal of his own off of an errant clearance by the OKC defense. Jose Escalante made it thrice as nice for Rio Grande Valley in the 68th minute with a cool solo finish.
Correction: Louisville City is also unbeaten
Apologies for that Gary. Thanks for the correction!