2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 10
One of the interesting things about USL PRO is that it is not required for the league to adhere to the international calendar, as it is a lower-division league. That means while Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are going on, USL PRO is moving right along with them.
Orlando City returns to the top of this week's USL PRO Power Rankings, while Antigua Barracuda, despite sitting at the bottom, are cooking up something down on the islands.
Let's take a look at this week's USL PRO Power Rankings.
1. Orlando City
Adrian Heath's Orlando City bounced back from a terrible defeat to the Wilmington Hammerheads with a 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Jean Alexandre opened the scoring in the seventh minute of play and Jamie Watson recorded the game-winner in the 57th minute.
Orlando continue their season on June 17 against Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at the Citrus Bowl.
2. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads had a couple of matches this past week.
On June 8, the Hammers drew 1-1 with the Rochester Rhinos. Paul Nicholson scored an equalizer in the 68th minute at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. It was a much better performance against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., as Wilmington shut out the City Islanders, 2-0.
Andriy Budnyy opened the scoring in the 31st minute and Corey Hertzog doubled the Hammers' advantage in the 34th minute of play.
Wilmington continue their season on Jun. 15 when they take on the Richmond Kickers at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
3. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers slide into third in our Power Rankings after a 90th-minute goal from David Bulow sealed the Kickers' 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Eagles at City Stadium in Richmond, Va.
The Kickers have a couple of matches this week. On June 15, the Kickers face the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Richmond have a short turnaround when they face the Eagles on June 16 at Charlotte Christian Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
4. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery, after one week at the top of our Power Rankings, fell to fourth after a 2-1 defeat to Orlando City. Nicholas Paterson scored for the Batter in the 38th minute of play.
Charleston's next match is on June 15 against Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
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 on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles then host the Dutch Lions again on June 17 at Titan Stadium. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
6. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos only managed a 1-1 draw with the Wilmington Hammerheads at Sahlen's Stadium. Tyler Rosenlund scored the only goal for the Rhinos in the 30th minute of play.
Rochester have a couple of matches to deal with this week. On June 15, they take on the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. On June 17, the Rhinos face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
7. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders were shut out, 2-0, but the Wilmington Hammerheads at the Skyline Sports Complex. They continue their season against the Rochester Rhinos at Skyline. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.
8. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivan van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions drew 1-1 with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Careflight Field in Springboro, Ohio. Mettin Copier scored for Dayton.
The Dutch Lions have two matches with the Los Angeles Blues coming right up at Titan Stadium in Fullerton. Kickoff for the first match on June 15 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET. Kickoff for the June 17 contest will take place at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans's Pittsburgh Riverhounds battled to a 1-1 draw with the Dayton Dutch Lions at Careflight Field. Shintaro Harada scored for the Riverhounds.
Pittsburgh's next contest is scheduled for June 17 against the Richester Rhinos. Kickoff at Chartiers Valley High School is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
10. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens's Charlotte Eagles were shut out 1-0 by the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium this past weekend. They continue their season on June 16 against the Richmond Kickers at Charlotte Christian Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
11. Antigua Barracuda FC
Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC were out this week due to a majority of players having national team obligations. However, they are currently taking part in the CFU Club Championship and are in the semifinals against Caledonia AIA of Trinidad and Tobago.
Prior to qualifying for the semifinals, Antigua Barracuda shut out Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname 3-0, drew scoreless with Victory of Haiti and defeated W Connection of Trinidad and Tobago 2-1.
If the Barracudas finish third place or better in the tournament, they will qualify for the Group Stage of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.
The Barracudas' next league contest is a June 15 meeting with the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On June 17, the Barracudas travel to Orlando to take on Orlando City at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.
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