2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 5
In this week's USL PRO Power Rankings, the top three stay where they are. The Rochester Rhinos, Orlando City and Charleston Battery recorded big victories, while the Los Angeles Blues recorded a breakthrough week, with their first positive results of the season.
Let's take a look at this week's USL PRO Power Rankings on Bleacher Report.
1. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers' Rochester Rhinos were up and at it with another victory, this time a 1-0 result over the Charlotte Eagles at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. These 1-0 victories are turning out to be old hat for the top team in the Power Rankings.
Rochester's victory came off an own goal by Mark Bloom in the ninth minute of play. Up next for the Rhinos is another match with the Eagles at Charlotte Christian Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for May 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Rhinos will have a quick turnaround and travel to Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. to face the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
2. Orlando City
Adrian Heath's Orlando City roared to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Dennis Chin opened up the scoring for Orlando in the 68th minute. Charlie Campbell added a second in the 80th minute from Ian Fuller, who recorded the game-winner in the 88th minute of play from Kevin Molino.
The Lions continue USL PRO play this weekend against Antigua Barracuda FC at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. Kickoff for the May 11 contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The kickoff time for the May 13 contest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.
3. Charleston Battery
Michael Anheuser's Charleston Battery had all cylinders firing in their 4-0 shutout victory over Antigua Barracuda FC. Jose Cuevas opened the second-half barrage in the 46th minute of play.
Nicki Paterson was on the feast in the 74th minute of play from Sallieu Bundu, who returned the favor in the 80th minute of play. Paterson also was in on Dane Kelly's goal in the 90th minute.
Their most complete performance under their belts, Charleston are intent on building on this result with a May 12 match against the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Blackbaud Stadium.
4. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers drew 1-1 with the Dayton Dutch Lions at Miami Valley South Stadium in Bellbrook, Oh. David Burlow salvaged the draw on a 90th-minute penalty kick.
Up next for Richmond is a match with the Harrisburg City Islanders at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is scheduled for May 12 at 7 p.m. ET.
5. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads had a collection of results this past week. On May 2, they shut out Antigua Barracuda FC 3-0. Andriy Budnyy scored a brace in the ninth and 76th minutes for Wilmington. Also on the feast was Bryce Taylor in the 13th minute.
The Hammers then dropped their first match with the Los Angeles Blues, 2-1, at Fullerton College. Taylor got Wilmington ahead in the 39th minute but they were unable to hold on.
In the second match, Hakop "Jack" Avesyan recorded a brace in the 66th and 75th minutes to give Wilmington a 2-2 draw with the Blues at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.
Wilmington continue their season on May 19 against the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Los Angeles Blues
Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues got the breakthrough weekend they need, albeit they had to work for it against the Wilmington Hammerheads. In the first match, the Blues rallied for a 2-1 victory at Sherbeck Field on the campus of Fullerton College.
Matt Fondy scored his first goal with LA in the 49th minute, but it was Allen Russell with the deciding spot kick in the 57th minute that sealed all three points.
A wild second-half shootout at Titan Stadium defined the second match between these two teams, who settled for a 2-2 draw. Irving Garcia equalized in the 68th minute for the Blues, but it was Park Cheun-Yong that spared LA blushes in the 84th minute of play.
Los Angeles hit the road for a couple of matches this weekend. On May 11, they travel to Miami Valley South Stadium for a match with the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET. On May 12, the Blues face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.
7. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens' Charlotte Eagles had a hit-and-miss weekend. On May 4, they defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders 2-1 at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Joseph Kabwe helped provide both goals for Charlotte, to Darryl Roberts (66') and Jorge Herrera (73').
The Eagles were unable to replicate their heroics, and an own goal sealed their fate against the Rochester Rhinos, 1-0. Charlotte will look to bounce back on May 11 against this same team at Charlotte Christian Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
8. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders had a disappointing weekend, falling 2-1 to the Charlotte Eagles at the Skyline Sports Complex. Antoine Hoppenot scored for the City Islanders in the 47th minute.
Harrisburg continue their season on May 12 against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans' Pittsburgh Riverhounds put up a valiant fight against Orlando City but fell, 3-2, at the Florida Citrus Bowl. An own goal by Orlando's Wes Allen in the 79th minute and a second goal from Matt Kassal in the 85th minute was all the Hounds could muster.
Up next for Pittsburgh is a match with the resurgent Los Angeles Blues. Kickoff at Chartiers Valley High School is scheduled for May 12 at 7 p.m. ET.
10. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions saw victory taken away from them in the cruelest of fashions, as they were consigned to a 1-1 draw with the Richmond Kickers later at Miami Valley South Stadium. Gibson Bardsley scored the only goal of match for Dayton, in the second minute of play.
Dayton host the LA Blues next. Kickoff is scheduled for May 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
11. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis' Antigua Barracuda FC fall to the bottom of this week's Power Rankings after being sliced and diced by the Wilmington Hammerheads, 3-0, and the Charleston Battery, 4-0.
The only direction now for the Barracudas is up. Unfortunately for them, it comes against Orlando City, perhaps their toughest assignment yet. Kickoff for the May 11 contest at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The kickoff time for the May 13 contest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.
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