2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 9
A new team has taken over at the top of this week's USL PRO Power Rankings.
The Charleston Battery finished the weekend unbeaten with big victories over Pittsburgh and Dayton.
Meanwhile, Orlando City has taken a big tumble after dropping a stinker against the Wilmington Hammerheads.
Let's take a look at this week's USL PRO Power Rankings on Bleacher Report and the View from Victoria Street.
1. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery was flying this past weekend.
On May 31, the Battery rode a Nicki Paterson brace in the 45th minute and first-half injury time to a 3-1 victory over the Pittrsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa.
Dane Kelly added an insurance goal in the 69th minute for Charleston.
The Battery built on that result with a 1-0 shutout of the Dayton Dutch Lions. Jose Cuevas scored a second-half goal to lead the visitors at Beaver Creek High School in Dayton, Ohio.
Charleston's next match is on June 9 against Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
2. Richmond Kickers
It was a mixed bag of results for Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers.
On June 1, they drew 1-1 with the Harrisburg City Islanders. Shane Johnson scored in the 68th minute for the Kickers, who failed to hold on to their advantage late.
Luke Vercollone was the hero for Richmond in the fifth minute against Rochester, as his goal was enough for the Kickers to hold off the Rhinos 1-0 on June 2.
Richmond continue their season on June 9 against the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff at City Stadium in Richmond, Va., is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
3. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads had a complete games on Saturday, slaying Orlando City 3-1 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del.
Corey Hertzog recorded a brace in the 26th and 90th minutes. Mark Briggs, who delivered Hertzog's first goal, also scored in the 56th minute of play.
Wilmington have a couple of matches on tap this week.
On June 8, they travel to Sahlen's Stadium to face the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. EST.
On June 9, the Hammers face the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
4. Orlando City
Adrian Heath's Orlando City suffered a shock defeat to the Wilmington Hammerheads, losing 3-1 at Legion Stadium. Dennis Chin scored the only goal for the Lions in the 13th minute of play.
Orlando continues their season on June 9 against the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
5. Los Angeles Blues
Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues were off this week.
Los Angeles's next match is on June 15 against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Titan Stadium, located on the campus of California State University-Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.
6. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders drew 1-1 with the Richmond Kickers at the Skyline Sports Complex. Garrett Pettis scored for Harrisburgh in the 79th minute of play.
Harrisburg continue their season against the Wilmington Hammerheads on June 9. Kickoff at Skyline is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
7. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos were unfortunate to not get the job done on Saturday, as they fell to the Richmond Kickers 1-0 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Their next match is on June 8 against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff at Sahlen's Stadium is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. EST.
8. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens's Charlotte Eagles were off this past week.
Charlotte's next match is on June 9 against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
9. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions can't seem to get a break.
They were shut out by the Charleston Battery, 1-0, at Beaver Creek High School. Their next match is on June 9 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans's Pittsburgh Riverhounds were forced to play down to 10 men in the second half as they fell to the Charleston Battery, 3-1. Rich Costanzo scored in the 60th minute for Pittsburgh.
The Riverhounds continue their season on June 9 against the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff at Careflight Field in Springboro, Ohio, is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
11. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC were off this past week.
The Barracudas' next contest is a June 15 meeting with the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
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