USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 26

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Austin Aztex had two chances to win both the outright USSF D-2 title last weekend, and both times they came up empty-handed.

Playing two games in a three day span isn't easy, and both were on the road. Friday night, the Aztex were beaten handily by the Carolina Railhawks 3-1. The result, combined with Vancouver's tie against Portland, secured the No. 2 seed for the Railhawks and a first round matchup against Minnesota.

After Rochester's win on Saturday, the Aztex could have clinched against Montreal, but came away 2-0 losers, with striker Randi Patterson getting sent off. He'll miss the opening leg of the playoffs as a result.

The two losses could end up being a blessing in disguise — Austin avoids a quarterfinal matchup against Puerto Rico, one of their biggest nemesis all season, and will get a rematch with Montreal as the D-2 playoffs are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Still, losing two straight while getting outscored 5-1 is no way to prepare for the playoffs.

Here's a look at the rest of this weekend's D-2 action:

PUERTO RICO DRAWS MIAMI

A game with very little at stake saw Miami's win-streak snapped as the Islanders managed a 1-1 draw in Florida. The two sides traded goals in the game's first 15 minutes, Danilo Martins for the Blues and on-loan defender David Horst for the Islanders. That would be all the goals this game would see, as the Islanders prepare for the playoffs and Miami looks to next year.

WHITECAPS, TIMBERS TIE

The last regular season game at Swangard Stadium in Vancouver ended in a 2-2 draw between the Whitecaps and Portland Timbers, but it won't be the last in 2010. As a result of the tie, Portland and Vancouver will meet in the first round of the 2010 D-2 playoffs, starting on Thursday back in Vancouver. Cody Arnoux grabbed the equalizer for the Whitecaps, after Bright Dike put the Timbers ahead in the second half.

ROWDIES ROUT BALTIMORE

In a bizarre game with no real implications, the Tampa Bay Rowdies won a goal-scoring fest with Crystal Palace Baltimore by a 6-3 score. Visiting Baltimore was so short-handed that coach Jim Cherneski suited up, scoring twice, while Aaron King and Mozzi Gyorio each had two goals for Tampa Bay.

ROCHESTER WINS IN ST. LOUIS

Needing a win to have any shot at the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and the regular season league championship, Rochester delivered a 2-1 win over expansion St. Louis and will face Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals. Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 3rd minute, Isaac Kissi led the comeback, scoring twice to lead the Rhinos to the win.

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5 Responses to USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 26

  1. DrewROC says:

    That CP-Baltimore is just how D2 ball has been in this country for far too long. Not sure what it will take to get away from that. From the looks of things Rochester will drop down into the USL-Pro division next year, too. See you later USSF D2.

  2. Harraby Harry says:

    Ah, D2! Now, that’s proper footy culture. No corporate football here. All we need are terraces, meat pies and some fan on fan violence and then we’ll be well on our way to proper football!

  3. doktoramor says:

    Rhinos road to the championship begins now!

  4. jts says:

    Austin injury issues (concussion abound) could have some influence, both in past 2 games and in playoffs.

    Aztex were in nearly every game last year but gave up either a tieing or losing goal in the last 5-10 minutes. This year they have generally held at the end of the games. They may miss Marshall, who was recalled to Galaxy.

    Rooting for a Aztex title.

  5. Kejsare says:

    Judging by the energy of the match at Swanguard this playoff series will be intense! Hopefully, the Timbers will be on the positive side of the result this time. The 3-3 match last year was incredible, but ended the wrong way for us Timbers fans.

    Three cheers to D2 soccer and all its non-glamorous joy it brings to its fans!