USL Pro Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

And then there were 12.

With Puerto Rico's three franchises no longer a part of USL Pro, the league has reorganized the standings to feature two six-team divisions instead of three five-team divisions. Antigua Barracuda FC joins the American Division while the Los Angeles Blues are now part of the National Division.

The addition of Antigua has created a heated title race near the top of the American Division. Both Antigua and the still-perfect Richmond Kickers have 18 points and are riding incredible hot streaks.

The Blues enter the underperforming National Division with a commanding seven-point lead. It's a lead that could be extended as L.A. welcomes a Charlotte Eagles squad that is still looking for its first win.

FC New York will get two chances at its first win of its expansion season with road games against the Charleston Battery and the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Here is a look ahead to the weekend action in the USL Pro:

FRIDAY

FC New York at Charleston Battery, 7:30 p.m.

FC New York has yet to find the back of the net in two road games this season while the Battery look to leapfrog Orlando City to take over third place in the American Division.

SATURDAY

Richmond Kickers at Harrisburg City Islanders, 7 p.m.

The Kickers will try to extend their winning streak to seven games with the help of leading scorer Matthew Delicate. Harrisburg, having only played three games so far this season, needs to see some offensive production from an attacking force that has only scored twice.

Antigua Barracuda at Rochester Rhinos, 7 p.m.

Both Antigua and Rochester have gotten back to their winning ways after a slow start. Antigua has rattled off a six-game winning streak after opening 0-2, and Rochester has won two of its last three games.

FC New York at Wilmington Hammerheads, 7:30 p.m.

It will be interesting to see how a young FC New York team copes with less than 24 hours of rest against a Wilmington side that is strong at home.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Orlando City, 7:35 p.m.

Orlando City is trying to keep pace with Richmond and Antigua at the top of the American Division, while Pittsburgh is still in contention despite conceding five goals while only scoring two.

Charlotte Eagles at Los Angeles Blues, 10:30 p.m.

The Eagles have yet to find a win this season and will face a difficult task if they are to earn a victory against an L.A. offense that has scored 12 times.

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What do you think of this weekend's matchups? Excited for Antigua and Richmond race near the top of the table? Can L.A. extend its lead? What do you think about the league realignment?

Share your thoughts below.

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6 Responses to USL Pro Week 7: A Look Ahead

  1. Bigprof says:

    it’ll be down to one division by year’s end.

  2. jts says:

    or next week…

  3. Herb says:

    I’ve been to a couple of games, its been entertaining. Hope the league survives as is. I like the divisions, but they should have used wild card after the furst 2 teams of each division for the playoffs. The american div is much stronger than the national.

    Hope to see orlando win. They beat 2 mls teams in preseason!

  4. BAJ says:

    Blues won their first game against Charlotte on Thursday night. 2-1 goals From former Galaxy player Mike Randolph and Former Chivas USA player Chuk Chijindu.

  5. CUSAfan says:

    Chuk Chijindu is still a Chivas USA player, the guy is on loan.

  6. solles says:

    Road trip to Antigua! Makes USL worth it.