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Beasts of the East: USL Conference Recap, Week 5

A quick recap of the past week of Eastern Conference action!

Steve Aibel/LittleOrcaSports.com

Here's all the went down in during week 5!

Scoreboard

HOME AWAY
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-2 Orlando City B
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls II
Harrisburg City Islanders 2-3 Louisville City
Charlotte Independence 3-2 Richmond Kickers
Rochester Rhinos 2-1 FC Montreal
Bethlehem Steel FC 0-0 Charleston Battery
Toronto FC II 1-2 FC Cincinnati

Three Stories

Rochester Rhinos open at home with a Win

After a three-match road trip to start the year, the defending champs opened their 2016 home schedule with a 2-1 victory over FC Montreal. Christian Volesky added to his tally this week scoring both goals in Rochester's win. Volesky has been on the end of each goal the Rhinos have scored this season, and has now tallied seven goals against the Canadian side dating to last year. FC Montreal, on the other hand, has had a less than ideal start to the year, holding the honor of the last club without any points earned this season, as well as being tied for last in goals scored across the league.

First ESPN match of the Season!

groundbreaking new deal was signed between the USL and ESPN earlier this week to broadcast matches throughout the season with the first match of the broadcast schedule on ESPN 3 this past Friday night. Orlando City B notched their first win of their USL history beating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1. Tyler Turner scored twice for OCB in the win. Pittsburgh will get to share the national spotlight on ESPN again next week as they travel to top-of-the table Louisville City.

NYRBII: Last Unbeaten in the East

The New York Red Bulls II continue their unbeaten start after a 1-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads. Rafael Diaz earned his second - and the club's fourth - consecutive shutout. What would have been the tying goal for Wilmington in the last minute of stoppage time was called off when a foul on the goalkeeper was called.

Standings

Club GP PTS
Louisville City 5 12
New York Red Bulls II 5 11
Charlotte Independence 5 9
FC Cincinnati 5 9
Charleston Battery 5 8
Richmond Kickers 5 7
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 5 7
Rochester Rhinos 4 7
Bethlehem Steel FC 5 7
Toronto FC II 4 5
Orlando City B 5 4
Harrisburg City Islanders 4 3
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3 1
FC Montreal 4 0

We leave Week 5 with the table looking similar to how it did in Week 4. Louisville City remains atop the table with twelve points and New York Red Bulls II are behind them in second with eleven points. Charlotte Independence and FC Cincinnati have moved up after wins from both sides this past week have them tied for third, with Charlotte taking the tiebreaker on goal difference. At the other end, Orlando City B have climbed out of the cellar with their win over Pittsburgh. FC Montreal now occupy the last spot in the east, twelve points off leader Louisville City.

What are your thoughts on the previous week's matches? What stories did we miss? What have been the biggest surprises of the season so far? Let us know in the comments below!