In this week's USL PRO Power Rankings, a new team moves up to the top of the heap. It's the Charlotte Eagles, who scored a breakthrough performance against the cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Blues.
Orlando City, after a disappointing set of draws, slides down to second.
It's going to be a busy week of football in the third division of American soccer, so let's take a look at the USL PRO Power Rankings.
1. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens's Charlotte Eagles are at the top of this week's USL PRO Power Rankings after a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Blues at Charlotte Christian Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Mauricio Salles (29'), Christian Meza (32') and Jorge Herrera (87') led a balanced scoring attack for the Eagles.
Charlotte continues its season with a couple of matches. On Jul. 6, the Eagles face the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Jul. 7, Charlotte take on the Battery again, this time at Charlotte Christian Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
2. Orlando City
Adrian Heath's Orlando City team is suddenly struggling to earn wins. On Jun. 29, the Lions only managed a 2-2 draw with the Dayton Dutch Lions at Bellbrook High School in Bellbrook, Ohio. Anthony Pulis and Matt Luzunaris scored for Orlando in that contest.
On Jun. 30, the Lions could only muster up a 1-1 draw to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Kevin Molino salvaged the draw in the 90th minute of play.
Up next for Orlando City is a two-game series with the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif. Kickoff for the Jul. 6 match is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET, while the Jul. 8 match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.
3. Charleston Battery
Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery split a pair of matches with Antigua Barracuda FC at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda.
The Battery won the first match, 2-0. Jose Cuevas (75') and J.C. Banks (90+') led the way for Charleston. However, they dropped the second match, 1-0.
Charleston will now have a two-game series with the Charlotte Eagles in the cards this weekend. Kickoff for the Jul. 6 match at Blackbaud Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Kickoff for the Jul. 7 contest at Charlotte Christian Stadium is slated for 8 p.m. ET.
4. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburgh City Islanders bounced back from their U.S. Open Cup exit with a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium in Harrisburg, Pa.
Lucky Mkosana opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, and also delivered the game-winner to Drew Yates in the 83rd minute of play.
This weekend, Harrisburg has a couple of matches to deal with. On Jul 6, the Islanders clash with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
On Jul 7, the City Islanders host Antigua Barracuda FC at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads ran it up on the Los Angeles Blues, winning a 4-2 barnburner at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del. Corey Hertzog scored a brace in the fifth and 73rd minutes to lead the charge for the Hammers. Other goal scorers included Bryce Taylor (3') and Andriy Budnyy (31').
Wilmington's next match is on Jul. 7 against the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff at Legion Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
6. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans's Pittsburgh Riverhounds drew 1-1 with Orlando City on Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School. Matt Kassel put the Hounds ahead 1-0 in the 82nd minute, but they could not hold on to the lead—giving up an equalizer just before stoppage time.
Pittsburgh has a couple of matches this week. On Wednesday, they head west to take on the Dayton Dutch Lions on Independence Day at Bellbrook High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Jul. 6, the Riverhounds face the Harrisburg City Islanders at Chartiers Valley High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
7. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos fell 2-1 to the Harrisburg City Islanders at Sahlen's Stadium on Saturday. J.C. Banks scored in the 89th minute to lead Rochester.
Rochester has a couple of matches this week. On Independence Day, the Rhinos host Antigua Barracuda FC at Sahlen's. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:55 p.m. ET. On Jul. 7, the Rhinos host the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
8. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers were off this weekend.
The Kickers continue their season on Jul. 3 against the Los Angeles Blues. Kickoff at City Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Jul. 7, Richmond face the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Antigua Barracuda
Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC split a pair of matches with the Charleston Battery at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. In the first game, they were shut out 0-2, but a 47th minute strike from Peter Byers gave the Barracudas a 1-0 win in the second match.
Antigua next hits the road for a couple of contests. On Independence Day, they take on the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:55 p.m. ET. On Jul. 7, the Barracudas will look to upset the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
10. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions recorded an impressive 2-2 draw with Orlando City at Bellbrook High School. Joel DeLass and Akeem Priestley paced the Dutch Lions.
Like many teams this week, the Dutch Lions have a couple to deal with. On Independence Day, Dayton clashes with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Bellbrook High. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On Jul. 7, the Dutch Lions take on the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
11. Los Angeles Blues
Charlie's Naimo's Los Angeles Blues had a very rough weekend, and for their efforts, they enter the cellar of this week's USL PRO Power Rankings. Bright Dike may not be enough to save this Blues team this season.
Dike was on the scoresheet in the 58th minute, and helped deliver a score for Irving Garcia in the 88th minute against the Charlotte Eagles—but it was not enough as the Blues fell, 2-3.
Dike also scored in the 25th minute against the Wilmington Hammerheads, but he could not do it alone as the Blues were blitzed, 2-4. Bryan Burke also scored for LA in the 60th minute of play.
A three-match gauntlet awaits the cellar-dwellers this week. On Jul. 3, the Blues travel to City Stadium to face the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles will then return to Titan Stadium for a two-game home stand with the Lions of Orlando City. Kickoff for the Jul. 6 match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET while the Jul. 8 match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
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