2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 6
The Lions of Orlando City are roaring once again in this week's USL PRO Power Rankings after sweeping Antigua Barracuda FC in St. John's. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Blues have gotten red-hot all of a sudden while the Rochester Rhinos continue their winning ways.
We have it all here in this week's USL PRO Power Rankings.
1. Orlando City
Adrian Heath's Orlando City were at the top of the heap once again after a successful road trip to Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, to take on Antigua Barracuda FC.
In the first match, an own goal in the 90th minute by Antigua's George Dublin was enough for Orlando to secure a 1-0 victory on Friday. In the second match, held on Sunday, goals from Maxwell Griffin in the 26th minute and Wes Allen in the 49th secured a 2-1 win over the Barracudas.
Orlando continues their season on May 24, when they host the Los Angeles Blues at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
2. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos continued their winning ways when they took on the Charlotte Eagles and Charleston Battery.
At Charlotte Christian Stadium, a goal from Conor Chinn in the 18th minute gave the Rhinos a 1-0 win over the Eagles. At Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., it was the heroics of Danny Earls in the 61st minute that propelled Rochester to another 1-0, this time over the Battery.
Rochester's next opponent is the Dayton Dutch Lions at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Kickoff is scheduled for May 18 at 7:35 p.m. ET.
3. Los Angeles Blues
Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues had another breakthrough week on the road. On Friday, a 79th minute goal from Allan Russell gave the Blues a 1-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions at Miami Valley South Stadium in Bellbrook, Ohio.
A short turnaround didn't faze the Blues, who defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0 at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. Ricky Waddell opened up the scoring in the 46th minute, Bright Dike made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute and Matt Fondy slammed the door shut in the 69th minute of play.
The Blues have the weekend off before they travel to Orlando, Fla. on May 24 to face Orlando City. Kickoff at the Citrus Bowl is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
4. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers continued their season on Saturday, when they faced the Harrisburg City Islanders at City Stadium in Richmond, Va.
In spite of goals from Matthew Delicate in the eighth minute and Christopher Agorsor in the 78th minute, the Kickers failed to hold on to the lead twice and were consigned to a 2-2 draw.
The Kickers continue their season on May 18, when they travel to Chartiers Valley High School to face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads were off this week. They return to action on May 19, when they host the Charlotte Eagles at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, DE. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders salvaged a 2-2 draw with the Richmond Kickers on Saturday at City Stadium. J.T. Noone scored an equalizer in the ninth minute and Yann Ekra equalized again in the 80th minute of play.
A busy weekend is in the cards for the City Islanders. On May 16, they host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at the Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On May 19, they host the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff at Skyline is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.
7. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery were on the short end of the stick on Saturday, falling 1-0 to the Rochester Rhinos. They get a chance to rebound on May 26, when they face the Los Angeles Blues at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
8. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens' Charlotte Eagles were also on the short end of the stick, losing 1-0 to the Rochester Rhinos at Charlotte Christian Stadium. Their next match is scheduled for May 19, when they take on the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans' Pittsburgh Riverhounds were flattened by the Los Angeles Blues, 3-0 at Chartiers Valley High School. They will get a chance to redeem themselves with a couple of upcoming matches.
On May 16, they travel to the Skyline Sports Complex to face the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On May 18, the Riverhounds return home to face the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff for that match is also scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
10. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions were stonewalled in their 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Blues on Friday.
A couple of matches are on tap for Dayton. On May 18, the Dutch Lions face the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. The Dutch Lions then travel to the Skyline Sports Complex on May 19 to face the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.
11. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC are at the bottom yet again after another lackluster weekend at home. A George Dublin goal doomed the Barracudas in their first match against Orlando City, 1-0. And in spite of Quinton Griffin scoring on a penalty in the 20th minute of play, they were silenced 2-1 by the Lions.
Can the Barracudas get their act together? They have a long time to think about how this season has unfolded for them before their next match, a June 15 meeting with Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
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