2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 11
In this week's USL PRO Power Rankings, there are no surprises as to who is at the top of the table. In fact, you have to not only be blind, but stupid and possibly dead to not realize that Orlando City belongs at the top of the Power Rankings. A 2-0 shutout win over hapless Antigua Barracuda FC keeps the Lions' No. 1 ranking.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Blues are making strides to the top with a breakout performance at Titan Stadium, on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.
Let's take a look at this week's USL PRO Power Rankings.
1. Orlando City
Adrian Heath's Orlando City were on top once again following a 2-0 shutout win over Antigua Barracuda FC. Kieron Bernard scored in the 14th minute for the Lions, while Matt Luzunaris slammed the door shut in second-half stoppage time.
Up next for Orlando is a match with the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Florida Citrus Bowl on June 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
2. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads were back at it again as they rallied to defeat the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del. Andriy Budnyy opened the scoring in the 16th minute while Corey Hertzog recorded the game-winner in the 29th minute of play.
Wilmington have a couple of matches this week. On June 22, they travel to Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On June 23, the Hammers travel to Bellbrook High School in Bellbrook, Ohio, to face the winless Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
3. Los Angeles Blues
The Curse of Titan Stadium is finally lifted for Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues, who finally broke through thanks to Bright Dike in identical 1-0 victories over the Dayton Dutch Lions.
In the first game on Friday, Dike scored on a solo run in the 56th minute, showing his class and superior skill level. Then, in the second game on Sunday, a delivery from Matt Fondy to Dike result in a strike that sealed the sweep in the 62nd minute.
Los Angeles will have the week off before they get back into action with a couple of matches. On June 28, they travel to Charlotte Christian Stadium to face the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. On June 30, the Blues head to Legion Stadium to take on the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET.
4. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery shut out Antigua Barracuda FC 3-0 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Nicki Paterson scored a brace in the 33rd and 63rd minutes, while Dane Kelly made it 2-0 Battery in the 44th minute of play.
Charleston continue their season on June 23 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
5. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders rallied to defeat the Rochester Rhinos 2-1 at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Yann Ekra equalized in the 86th minute and Luckymore Mkosana scored a game-winner in the 90th minute of play.
Harrisburg will look to pull off an upset win over Orlando City on June 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens's Charlotte Eagles recorded a statement victory when they crushed the Richmond Kickers 4-1 at Charlotte Christian Stadium.
Goals form Nathan Thornton (24'), Joseph Kabwe (65'), Miguel Ferrer (86') and Christian Meza in stoppage time paced the Eagles, who continue their season on June 28 against the Los Angeles Blues. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
7. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos opened their weekend of matches with a 2-1 defeat to the Harrisburg City Islanders on June 15 at Skyline Sports Complex. Michael Tanke scored the only goal in the 80th minute for Rochester.
They followed up that loss with a 1-1 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. Quavas Kirk equalized in the 61st minute for the Rhinos.
Rochester continue their season on June 23 against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
8. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers had a very difficult week. On June 15, they lost to the Wilmington Hammerheads, 2-1, at Legion Stadium. Christopher Agorsor scored in the sixth minute for the Kickers. Agorsor was in on goal in the 19th minute on June 16 against the Charlotte Eagles, but they were crushed, 4-1.
Richmond have a lot of work to do when they continue their season on June 23 against the Rochester Rhinos at City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans's Pittsburgh Riverhounds could only manage a 1-1 draw with the Rochester Rhinos at Chartiers Valley High School on June 17. Agustin Nunez scored in the 16th minute for the Hounds.
Up next for Pittsburgh is a match with the Wilmington Hammerheads at Chartiers Valley High School on June 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
10. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivan van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions were shut out by the Los Angeles Blues twice by the score of 1-0 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton. The Dutch Lions might be thinking about a manager change when they face the Wilmington Hammerheads on June 23 at Bellbrook High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
11. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC probably can't wait to return to Caribbean Football Union Club Championship play against Caledonia AIA after getting shut out by the Charleston Battery (3-0) and Orlando City (2-0).
The Barracudas' next league match is on June 29 against Charleston. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. Both teams meet again on July 1 in St. John's. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
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