8:58 pm - Thursday August 17, 2017

USL Week 5: Rhinos, Republic FC Rise to Top‏

With the USL season a little more than a month old, five teams remain undefeated, including four teams in the Eastern Conference. The value of victory is becoming apparent, however, with Rochester and Sacramento claiming the top spots in their respective conferences thanks to solid victories during the fifth weekend of the season.

 

Rhinos, Republic FC Rise to Top‏

 

FEATURED GAMES
Rochester Rhinos 1, Saint Louis FC 0
The Rochester Rhinos continued their best start since 2012 as second-half substitute Colin Rolfe scored the only goal in front of 5,001 fans at World Wide Technology Park to lift his side to victory. In an open contest both sides had chances, and Rhinos goalkeeper Sean Murdoch made a big point-blank save to keep the game scoreless in his first appearance for the club before Rolfe capitalized on a good pass by Kenardo Forbes. Rolfe fired a low shot into the left corner of the net to move his side top of the Eastern Conference

Sacramento Republic FC 3, Portland Timbers 2 0
Rodrigo Lopez scored his league-leading fifth goal of the season, and also added an assist, as Republic FC extended its winning streak to three games to move three points clear at the top of the Western Conference in front of a record crowd of 11,242 at Bonney Field on Saturday night. Lopez opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a curling finish, and then provided the delivery as Mickey Daly scored from a free kick shortly before halftime. Former Des Moines Menace player Zev Taublieb capped the scoring with eight minutes to go with his first professional goal.

OKC Energy FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 1
Danni König added a late game-winner to an earlier assist as OKC Energy FC rallied to take victory in its home opener at the newly renovated Taft Stadium. In front of 6,797 fans, S2 took the lead as Darwin Jones scored his fourth goal of the season just past the half-hour mark, but OKC leveled the score on König’s header set up Chuy Sanchez in the 38th minute. Energy FC missed a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time, but claimed victory with four minutes to go as König drove home a finish from Casey Townsend’s deflected cross to send the home fans into celebrations.

Orange County Blues FC 3, Arizona United SC 0
Christofer Ramirez scored a pair of goals as Orange County knocked Arizona from the ranks of the undefeated with an impressive victory at Anteater Stadium. Disappointed after falling 2-1 to United in their first game of the season despite holding a 17-4 shot advantage, the Blues earned a second consecutive victory with an impressive attacking display. Ramirez sent home a powerful header to open the scoring in the 33rd minute, and Luka Petricevic added a second four minutes later. Ramirez added his second seven minutes into the second half, as the Blues put together their strongest performance of the season.

QUOTABLE
“It took a while, it took a while to happen, but to play like that and for it to be the first one, I feel awesome. We’ve been talking about it all week, talking about trying to get it from the beginning, but it feels awesome.” – Richmond Kickers goalkeeper Ryan Taylor after recording his first professional shutout in a 3-0 win against the Charlotte Independence

“We’ve had good minutes off the bench in both of the weekend games. I’m delighted with that and guys being ready to impact the game – it shows we’re a team who has depth.” – Rochester Rhinos coach Bob Lilley following his side’s 1-0 win against Saint Louis FC

“James gives me the mindset to run at players. In the sequence we scored, he told me to take the outside back and that’s I did and took the shot. It was a relief because we felt we were so unlucky all game. For that to be the first goal I’ve scored in Louisville it just feels amazing.” – Louisville City FC’s Kadeem Dacres on his stoppage-time goal that earned LCFC a 1-1 draw on the road with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds

“Casey put in a good ball and I think someone tried to kick it away but I put it in. For me, I’m a good player in the box and I work hard in the box. I score a lot of my goals in there, it’s something I’m good at.” – OKC Energy FC forward Danni König on his game-winning goal against Seattle Sounders FC 2

BY THE NUMBERS
3
– There have already been three hat tricks recorded in the USL this season, with Richmond’s George Davis IV joining Pittsburgh’s Kevin Kerr and Seattle’s Darwin Jones in achieving the feat. Last season, there were five hat tricks total in the USL.

1 – Louis Beland-Goyette scored the first goal in FC Montreal’s history, but it wasn’t enough to earn the side its first point as the Harrisburg City Islanders took a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

100 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2’s Tyler Rosenlund became the second player to make 100 appearances in the USL on Sunday as his side drew 1-1 with Toronto FC II. Richmond’s William Yomby will also reach the landmark with his next appearance for the Kickers, which could come on Wednesday night against New York Red Bulls II.

3 – Bradford Jamieson IV made his first start for the LA Galaxy on Saturday night. 2014 USL Rookie of the Year finalists Jamieson, Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC) and John McCarthy (Philadelphia Union) have all now made their MLS debuts this season.

STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Team GP GF GA Pts
Rochester Rhinos 5 3 0 2 7 2 11
Charleston Battery 4 3 0 1 9 5 10
Richmond Kickers 4 2 0 2 9 3 8
Louisville City FC 4 1 0 3 5 3 6
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4 1 1 2 8 6 5
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 4 1 1 2 6 6 5
New York Red Bulls II 4 1 1 2 5 5 5
Saint Louis FC 4 1 2 1 3 4 4
Toronto FC II 4 1 2 1 6 8 4
Harrisburg City Islanders 3 1 2 0 4 8 3
Charlotte Independence 3 0 2 1 3 7 1
FC Montreal 3 0 3 0 1 7 0

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Team GP  L   T   GF GA Pts
Sacramento Republic FC 6 4 2 0 14 9 12
Seattle Sounders FC 2 5 3 2 0 14 9 9
Arizona United SC 4 3 1 0 5 5 9
OKC Energy FC 3 2 0 1 5 3 7
Portland Timbers 2 5 2 2 1 7 8 7
Orange County Blues FC 3 2 1 0 6 2 6
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 4 2 2 0 7 6 6
Austin Aztex 5 2 3 0 5 6 6
LA Galaxy II 4 1 3 1 6 9 4
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 4 1 2 1 5 8 4
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 5 1 3 1 4 9 4
Real Monarchs SLC 5 0 3 2 4 10 2

RESULTS
Wednesday, April 15
Sacramento Republic FC 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 0

Thursday, April 16
Louisville City FC 1, Rochester Rhinos 1
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 4, Seattle Sounders FC 2 3

Friday, April 17
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 5, Real Monarchs SLC 2

Saturday, April 18
Richmond Kickers 3, Charlotte Independence 0
Harrisburg City Islanders 2, FC Montreal 1
Charleston Battery 1, New York Red Bulls II 1
OKC Energy FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 1
Rochester Rhinos 1, Saint Louis FC 0
Orange County Blues FC 3, Arizona United SC 0
Sacramento Republic FC 3, Portland Timbers 2 0

Sunday, April 19
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1, Louisville City FC 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 1, Toronto FC II 1
LA Galaxy II 2, Austin Aztex 1

SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 22
New York Red Bulls II vs. Richmond Kickers, 7:30 p.m. ET

Friday, April 24
Charlotte Independence vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Orange County Blues FC, 10:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, April 25
FC Montreal vs. Richmond Kickers, 2:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Toronto FC II, 7 p.m. ET
Louisville City FC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 7:30 p.m. ET
OKC Energy FC vs. Saint Louis FC, 8 p.m. ET
Austin Aztex vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 9 p.m. ET
Real Monarchs SLC vs. LA Galaxy II, 10 p.m. ET
Arizona United SC vs. Portland Timbers 2, 10:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 26
Rochester Rhinos vs. New York Red Bulls II, 2:05 p.m. ET
Wilmington Hammerheads FC vs. Charleston Battery, 3 p.m. ET
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2, 6 p.m. ET

HOW TO FOLLOW
Every game of the 2015 USL season can be seen live, free and in HD on YouTube (www.Youtube.com/USL), with updates from across the league also available via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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