2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 18
The Olympics are still going on for one more week, but we have all of August to give you the Power Rankings in USL PRO. The face of the league, regular city champions Orlando City, are going to use their remaining games as tuneups for the playoffs.
The Lions are No. 1 in our rankings, which is some movement among those below. Let's step aside for the USA Women's moment of glory, earning at least a silver in London and focus on the men's game! Here are your Power Rankings for Week 18 of USL PRO here on Bleacher Report and the View from Victoria Street.
1. Orlando City
Here is the scary part about Adrian Heath's Orlando City. Not only is this year's Lions team built to win the USL PRO title, they are built to not drop a single match for the remainder of the season. Do not be surprised if somewhere down the road, this team joins MLS.
On Wednesday, Orlando whipped the Harrisburg City Islanders 4-2 at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Jamie Watson scored a brace in the sixth and 32nd minutes. Other goalscorers included Erik Ustruck (52') and Dennis Chin (75').
A much stiffer test on Friday against the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium saw Watson give Orlando a 1-0 victory in the 65th minute of play. The Lions conclude their regular season on Aug. 17 against the Dayton Dutch Lions at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
2. Wilmington Hammerheads
David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads had a pair of matches with the Charleston Battery. In the first match, held on Friday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., both sides played to a 2-2 draw. Andres Cuero opened the scoring in the 35th minute of play before Steven Perry scored an 82nd-minute equalizer.
Wilmington prevailed on Saturday against the Battery, 2-1, at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C. Gareth Evans scored an equalizer in the 34th minute of play while Corey Hertzog scored the game-winner in the 45th minute.
The Hammers conclude their regular season with an Aug. 18 contest at Legion against the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
3. Rochester Rhinos
Jesse Myers' Rochester Rhinos were given some bad medicine by the Lions of Orlando City in their 1-0 defeat on Friday. They will look to rebound against the Charleston Battery on Aug. 11 at Sahlen's Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
4. Charlotte Eagles
Mark Steffens' Charlotte Eagles ran it up on Antigua Barracuda FC 4-0 at Charlotte Christian Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday. Juan Guzman ('13), Darryl Roberts ('24), Josh Rife ('27) and Jorge Herrera ('68) all scored for the Eagles.
Charlotte continue their season with a couple of matches. On Friday, 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 Saturday, the Eagles travel to Bellbrook High School in Bellbrook, Ohio to take on the Dayton Dutch Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
5. Harrisburg City Islanders
Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders were run over the league powerhouse known to all as Orlando City by the tune of 4-2 at the Skyline Sports Complex on Wednesday. Garret Pettis scored for Harrisburg in the 10th minute for the City Islanders, who also received an own goal from Orlando's Wes Allen in the 82nd minute of play.
Harrisburg continue their season with a couple of matches. On Wednesday, they host the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Saturday, they travel to City Stadium in Richmond, Va. to take on the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
6. Richmond Kickers
Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers shut out Antigua Barracuda 2-0 on Friday at City Stadium. Gerson Dos Santos opened the scoring in the 84th minute of play before Matthew Delicate slammed the door shut in the 90th minute.
Richmond's next match is this Saturday against the Harrisburg City Islanders at City Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
7. Charleston Battery
Michael Anheuser's Charleston Battery had limited success this past weekend against the Wilmington Hammerheads. In the first game at Blackbaud, Nicki Paterson scored a 50th-minute equalizer and Taylor Mueller recorded a go-ahead goal in the 77th minute, but the Battery were unable to hang on and were consigned to a 2-2 draw.
It was even worse for Charleston in the second game at Legion. Despite Charlie Romero giving the Battery a lead in the 27th minute, it wouldn't take long for the visitors to capitulate and fall 2-1.
A couple of must-win games await the Battery. On Wednesday, Charlotte travel to the Skyline Sports Complex to face the Harrisburg City Islanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. On Saturday, Charleston travel to Sahlen Stadium to face the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
8. Dayton Dutch Lions
Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions, who are eliminated from the postseason, were off this past week. They will take on the Charlotte Eagles at home on Aug. 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
9. Los Angeles Blues
Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues were off this past week.
Los Angeles return to action for a couple of games against Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff for the Aug. 9 and Aug. 11 matches are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be held at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.
10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Justin Evans' Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who are eliminated from the postseason, were off this past week. They will take on the Charlotte Eagles at home on Aug. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
11. Antigua Barracuda
It seems that Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC may want to play in its own country's first division after this season is over. They never stood a chance against the Richmond Kickers in the 2-0 defeat on Friday and were ripped apart by the Charlotte Eagles 4-0 on Saturday.
The season will be over soon for Antigua Barracuda, but they have to finish it off. Their next two matches are against a Los Angeles Blues team desperate to remain in the postseason hunt.
Kickoff for the Aug. 9 and Aug. 11 matches are scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be held at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.
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