2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 4

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2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 4

A new face is at the top of the 2012 USL PRO Power Rankings. With their 1-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions, the Rochester Rhinos are the top team over Orlando City who only managed a scoreless draw against the Richmond Kickers.

Let's take a look at this week's Power Rankings in USL PRO.


1. Rochester Rhinos

Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos are off to a flying start in USL PRO, and are one of only three teams yet to lose a match. The Rhinos defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions 1-0.

JC Banks, who was on the score sheet last week against the Los Angeles Blues, delivered the game-winner in the 67th minute.

Up next for the Rhinos is a match with the Charlotte Eagles at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Kickoff is scheduled for May 5 at 7:05 p.m. ET.


2. Orlando City

Adrian Heath's Orlando City saw their win streak end after being consigned to a 0-0 draw with the Richmond Kickers. The Lions aim to bounce back on May 5 when they host the Pittsbugh Riverhounds at the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.


3. Charleston Battery

Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery are back on the winning track, defeating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0. Nicki Patterson scored the eventual winner nine minutes into the match for Charleston.

Orlando vs. Richmond

Charleston continue their season on May 4 when they host Antigua Barracuda FC at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.


4. Wilmington Hammerheads

David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0 on Saturday at Legion Stadium. Andriy Budnyy's 45th minute strike sealed all three points for the Hammers.

The Hammerheads have three games in five days this week. The first match is on May 2 against Antigua Barracuda FC at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Wilmington will then continue their season this weekend with a two-game series against the Los Angeles Blues. The first match, on May 4 at Sherbeck Field at Fullerton College, is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The second match will be on May 6 at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.


5. Harrisburg City Islanders

Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders were off this week. They resume action on May 4 against the Charlotte Eagles at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.


6. Richmond Kickers

Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers may have drawn scoreless with Orlando City, but since it was Orlando City that they recorded a draw against, it must feel like a victory. Their next chance at a victory is on May 5 against the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff at Miami Valley South Stadium in Dayton, Ohio is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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7. Antigua Barracuda

It was another hit-and-miss weekend for Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC. In a wild Thursday night match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, the Barracuda defeated the Charlotte Eagles 3-2. Stefan Smith recorded a brace in the 55th and 60th minutes, while Peter Byers opened up the scoring in the 12th minute of play.

However, the Barracuda were unable to replicate that success on Saturday, falling 2-0 to Charlotte. Antigua Barracuda hit the road this weekend for a couple of matches.

The Barracuda take on the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 2 at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On May 4, they take on the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.


8. Charlotte Eagles

Mark Steffens' Charlotte Eagles split a pair of matches with Antigua Barracuda FC this past week. In the first match, they lost a 3-2 goal festival at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Jorge Herrera scored in the 37th minute and Luke Williams added a second in the 78th minute of play.

Charlotte bounced back with a 2-0 shutout win over the Barracuda. Luke Blakely scored an own goal in the sixth minute of play and Darryl Roberts closed the door shut in the 57th minute.

Charlotte's next contest is on May 4, when they take on the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


9. Los Angeles Blues

Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues were off this week. A couple of matches against the Wilmington Hammerheads are on tap.

The first match, on May 4 at Sherbeck Field at Fullerton College, is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The second match will be on May 6 at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.


10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

A couple of 1-0 defeats to the Charleston Battery and Wilmington Hammerheads doomed Justin Evans' Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Hounds are in need of a positive result. Can they get it on May 5 against the formidable Orlando City? Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at the Citrus Bowl.


11. Dayton Dutch Lions

Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions dropped another match, a 1-0 shutout loss to the Rochester Rhinos. The Dutch Lions return to action on May 5 against the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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