2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 14

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2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 14
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In this week's USL PRO Power Rankings, Orlando City are on top for another week as they swept the weekend's matches with the Los Angeles Blues.

Teams moving up, teams moving down, and maybe a team staying put. We have it all in this week's USL PRO Power Rankings.

1. Orlando City

Adrian Heath's Orlando City were on top of their game in their weekend tilt with the Los Angeles Blues at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.

On July 6, a second-minute goal from Kieron Bernard gave Orlando a 1-0 victory over the Blues. On July 8, a complete performance from the Lions resulted in a 4-0 whitewash of Los Angeles at Titan Stadium.

Dennis Chin led the way with a brace in the seventh and 17th minutes of play. Other goalscorers for Orlando included Jean Alexandre (70') and Matt Luzunaris (78').

Orlando return to the Florida Citrus Bowl to take on the Rochester Rhinos on July 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

2. Charlotte Eagles

Mark Steffens' Charlotte Eagles also had a clean sweep this weekend against the Charleston Battery. On Friday at Blackbaud Stadium, the Eagles shut out Charleston 2-0. Nate Thornton opened the scoring in the 48th minute and Juan Guzman doubled the advantage in the 79th minute of play.

Los Angeles vs. Orlando, July 6, 2012.

A 36th minute goal from Darryl Roberts was enough for the Eagles to defeat the Battery at Charlotte Christian Stadium 1-0 to complete the sweep.

Up next for Charlotte is a match with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on July 14 at Charlotte Christian Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

3. Wilmington Hammerheads

David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads only had one game this past weekend. Corey Hertzog's 66th minute heroics were enough for the Hammers to defeat the Richmond Kickers, 1-0, at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del.

The Hammerheads continue their season with a couple of matches. On July 12, Wilmington face the Rochester Rhinos at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On July 14, the Hammerheads take on the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

4. Harrisburg City Islanders

Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders could only secure four of a possible six points this past weekend. On July 6, the City Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a 3-2 goal festival at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa.

Lucky Mkosana (18'), Sainey Touray (81') and Garrett Pettis (87') led the way for Harrisburg.

A feisty performance from Antigua Barracuda FC consigned the City Islanders to a 1-1 draw at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Touray equalized at the 90th minute for Harrisburg.

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The City Islanders continue their season on July 13 against the Dayton Dutch Lions at the Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.

5. Rochester Rhinos

Jesse Myers' Rochester Rhinos had all cylinders firing this week. On Indepedence Day at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the Rhinos crushed Antigua Barracuda FC 4-1.

Kendell McFayden (3', 18') and Andrew Hoxie (77', 81') each earned a brace to lead the Rhinos.

On July 7, the Rhinos shut out the Dayton Dutch Lions 2-0 at  Sahlen's. Danny Earls opened the scoring three minutes into the contest, while super sub Isaac Kissi doubled the advantage in the 90th minute of play.

Up next for Rochester are a couple of road matches. On July 12, the Rhinos clash with the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. On July 14, Rochester travel to the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. to take on the Lions of Orlando City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

6. Charleston Battery

Michael Anhaeuser's Charleston Battery were shut out, 2-0 and 1-0, by the Charlotte Eagles in their home-and-home series this past weekend.

The Battery will aim to bounce back on July 14 when they host the Wilmington Hammerheads at Blackbaud Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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7. Richmond Kickers

Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers had a hit-and-miss week. A Ryan Heins goal was enough for the Kickers to secure a 1-0 victory on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Blues, but they fell by the same margin on July 7 to the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium.

The Kickers will look to get back on the winning track when they take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for July 13 at 7 p.m. ET.

8. Dayton Dutch Lions

Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions had a hit-and-miss week. On Independence Day, an 86th-minute game winner from Akeem Priestley paced the Dutch Lions to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. However, Dayton could not build on their result and fell to the Rochester Rhinos 2-0 on July 7.

Dayton's next contest is on July 13 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Skyline Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Justin Evans' Pittsburgh Riverhounds had a tough week ahead of them, and the results spoke for themselves.

A 1-0 shutout defeat to the Dayton Dutch Lions was followed up by a tough 3-2 defeat to the Harrisburg City Islanders. Rich Costanzo delivered an early equalizer in the 25th minute and Darren Amoo gave the Hounds an early lead in the 80th minute that was short-lived.

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Pittsburgh have a couple of matches this week. On July 13, the Riverhounds travel to City Stadium to face the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On July 14, the Riverhounds travel to Charlotte Christian Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. to take on the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

10. Antigua Barracuda

Tom Curtis' Antigua Barracuda FC had a tough week. On Independence Day, they were run over by the Rochester Rhinos, 4-1. Peter Byers scored in the 29th minute for the Barracudas.

Antigua were consigned to a 1-1 draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders on July 7. Matthew Aldred scored in the 71st minute for the Barracudas, who were unable to maintain the lead late.

Antigua Barracuda have an opportunity to get right this weekend against the Los Angeles Blues at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Kickoff for the July 12 contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET while the July 14 match is scheduled to kickoff at the same time.

11. Los Angeles Blues

What hit them? A Lion-sized hurricane from the South, that's what. Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues were inept in their play and couldn't run with Orlando City, as they were shut out in fitting fashion, 1-0 and 4-0, at Titan Stadium.

That came on the heels of a 1-0 midweek defeat to the Richmond Kickers on Tuesday at City Stadium.

Perhaps a couple of glorified pillow fights with Antigua Barracuda FC at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton could fix the struggling Blues, who are now riding a five-game losing streak.

Kickoff for the July 12 contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET while the July 14 match is scheduled to kickoff at the same time.

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