USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 11

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you experienced a bit of deja vu when watching both matches between the Los Angeles Blues and Dayton Dutch Lions this weekend, you likely were not the only one.

The Los Angeles Blues ousted the last-place Dutch Lions twice this weekend and both were 1-0 affairs at Cal State Fullerton Titan Stadium. But making things even more eerily similar was the way in which both games were decided.

Bright Dike, the Portland Timbers forward who is on loan to Los Angeles, scored the winner in Friday and Sunday's games. Both goals came in the early stages of the second halves of those respective fixtures, and they helped keep Dayton winless through 12 games this season. The Blues, meanwhile, have jumped up to fifth place in the standings.

Here's a look back at all the Week 11 action in USL Pro:

WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS 2, RICHMOND KICKERS 1

Not even going down early is enough to ruin the Hammerheads' unbeaten home record. The Hammerheads' undefeated record at home remained in tact this past Friday as they rallied after conceding early to defeat the Kickers. Chris Agorsor scored six minutes in but Corey Hertzog, who is on loan from the New York Red Bulls, delivered an assist to Andriy Budnyy 10 minutes later. Hertzog then went from provider to scorer when he netted the winner in the 29th minute.

HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS 2, ROCHESTER RHINOS 1

An 80th minute goal from Michael Tanke appeared to be all the Rhinos would need to walk away from Harrisburg with three points on Friday. Unfortunately for the Rhinos, it wasn't. Six minutes after Tanke scored, City Islanders substitute Yann Ekra equalized and that was followed up by a winner from Lucky Mkosana in stoppage time to give Harrisburg a 2-1 victory.

CHARLESTON BATTERY 3, ANTIGUA BARRACUDA FC 0

The Battery picked up an emphatic home win on Friday, beating Antigua Barracuda, 3-0, on Friday. Nicki Paterson led the way with a brace while Dane Kelly added a goal in a match that saw Antigua stay near the bottom of the table.

CHARLOTTE EAGLES 4, RICHMOND KICKERS 1

Playing in their second road match in two days, the Kickers were beaten thoroughly in a 4-1 loss to the Eagles on Saturday. Richmond scored first when Agorsor scored his second goal in two days, but then Charlotte knocked in four unanswered. Nathan Thornton, Joseph Kabwe, Miguel Ferrer and Cuitlahuac 'Christian' Meza all scored for the Eagles.

ORLANDO CITY 2, ANTIGUA BARRACUDA FC 0

Antigua Barracuda's struggles continued on Sunday, as they suffered a 2-0 road loss to Orlando City on Sunday. The Lions maintained atop the league table courtesy of goals from Kieron Bernard and Matt Luzunaris. Orlando now has a five point lead over second-place Charleston Battery in the standings.

ROCHESTER RHINOS 1, PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS 1

Two days after enduring a demoralizing defeat, the Rhinos needed to rally to pick up a point against the Riverhounds. The Rhinos and Riverhounds tied, 1-1, on Sunday in a game that saw Pittsburgh take the lead when Agustin Nunez scored in the first half. Rochester responded, however, through a second-half finish from Quavas Kirk. 

USL PRO STANDINGS

1. Orlando City (9-1-2, 29 points, +12 GD)

2. Charleston Battery (8-3-0, 24 points, +13 GD)

3. Rochester Rhinos (6-3-4, 22 points, +4 GD)

4. Wilmington Hammerheads (5-3-4, 19 points, +3 GD)

5. Los Angeles Blues (5-3-2, 17 points, +3 GD)

6. Richmond Kickers (4-4-5, 17 points, -2 GD)

7. Harrisburg City Islanders (4-2-4, 16 points, +4 GD)

8. Charlotte Eagles (3-8-2, 11 points, -5 GD)

9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-6-4, 10 points, -7 GD)

10. Antigua Barracuda FC (2-8, 6 points, -14 GD)

11. Dayton Dutch Lions (0-7-5, 5 points, -11 GD) 

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What do you think of these results? Wondering how the Dayton Dutch Lions lost to the Blues twice in the exact same manner? Impressed by Hertzog's latest performance for Wilmington?

Share your thoughts below.

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2 Responses to USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 11

  1. Gnarls says:

    Timbers fans don’t read SBI, or use the internet for that matter.

  2. BAJ says:

    Vamos Azules!!! Keep pushing Blues