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USL Recap, Week 13

Everything from the recent week of the USL action, all in one place.

Steve Aibel/LittleOrcaSports.com

Happy first day of Summer! Here is a look at everything from week 13 of the USL.

East Scoreboard

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

West Scoreboard

Home Away
Timbers 2 1-2 Sounders 2
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-2 LA Galaxy II
Orange County Blues 1-0 Real Monarchs SLC
Swope Park Rangers 1-3 OKC Energy FC
Arizona United SC 2-1 Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC 2-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
Sacramento Republic FC 3-2 RGVFC Toros
Whitecaps 2 1-0 Timbers 2

Big Stories

FC Cincinnati Comeback Win

A goal from Toronto FC II's Raheem Edwards in the first five minutes left FC Cincinnati down early. However, the home side came alive in the second half and scored twice in the span of two minutes to send 19,000+ fans at Nippert Stadium home happy with a 2-1 win. FCC take their nine match unbeaten streak into Louisville this weekend with a chance to avenge a 2-3 loss from the last meeting.

Republic Climbing Higher

Everything's coming up Republic! Paraphrased quotes from The Simpsons aside, Sacramento are in the middle of a seven match unbeaten streak, having outscored opponents 13-6 in that stretch.Cameron Iwasa opened the scoring this time, recording the fastest goal in Republic history just 38 seconds into the match, as the Quails knocked off the visiting RGVFC Toros, 3-2. A win this weekend against Arizona United could see Sacramento move into first place of the Western Conference.

Heating up in Arizona

As we enter the dog days of summer, Arizona United are starting to find their rhythm on the pitch, having won two straight. Goals from Tyler Blackwood and Long Tan were enough for Arizona to post a 2-1 victory over Saint Louis FC this past Saturday. Sitting only three points out of a playoff spot, AZU will travel to Rio Grande Valley with chance to move into the heart of the playoff race.

First Victory of the Brandt Era for the Riverhounds

The Riverhounds have finally grabbed their first win of the now month-old Dave Brandt era. A goal in the 28th minute from Corey Hertzog was enough for Pittsburgh to post their second win of the 2016 season against the lowly FC Montreal. The Riverhounds will look to carry this momentum into their two matches in the next seven days, first against the struggling Rochester Rhinos on Saturday and then an important Keystone Derby match against in-state rival Harrisburg on Monday.

Louisville Extends Unbeaten Run

In a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference final, Louisville City reversed the result, defeating Rochester 1-0. Louisville are riding the league's longest unbeaten streak, currently at 12 matches, including six shutouts. A busy week awaits for the top club in the Eastern Conference, with a match against Toronto FC II on Tuesday and the season's second River Cities Cup match against FC Cincinnati on Saturday.

San Antonio FC Snap Winless Streak

Winless in their last six matches - and goaless in three of those - San Antonio FC were looking to turn around their recent misfortunes against Colorado Springs this past week. A pair of first half goals did just that, as SAFC defeated the visiting Switchbacks, 2-1. With a win this week against Orange County, San Antonio could find themselves back in the heart of the Western Conference playoff race.

East Standings

Club GP PTS
Louisville City FC 14 31
New York Red Bulls II 13 28
FC Cincinnati 13 27
Charleston Battery 14 24
Charlotte Independence 13 21
Richmond Kickers 14 19
Rochester Rhinos 12 18
Orlando City B 14 18
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 13 17
Bethlehem Steel FC 13 17
Harrisburg City Islanders 14 13
Toronto FC II 15 13
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 12 9
FC Montreal 13 4

Louisville become the first USL club to reach the 30 point mark this season. The rest of the top four remain unchanged since each side earned victories over the weekend. Rochester has the biggest drop of the week, falling to seventh place. At the other end of the table, no club has changed their position from a week ago. Pittsburgh and FC Montreal remain in single digit point totals, though the Riverhounds are looking to change that soon. Will we see any change in the table next week?

West Standings

Club GP Pts
Whitecaps 2 14 28
Sacramento Republic FC 13 24
LA Galaxy II 15 23
COS Switchbacks FC 12 23
Rio Grande Valley FC 14 22
Saint Louis FC 14 19
OKC Energy FC 11 19
Orange County Blues 13 18
Timbers 2 15 17
Real Monarchs SLC 15 16
Arizona United SC 12 15
Swope Park Rangers 13 14
San Antonio FC 13 14
Sounders 2 14 13
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 13 8

Whitecaps 2 hold onto their top spot for another week. Sacramento's big win over RGVFC sends them into the top two. Los Dos keep third place for another week. Sixth through tenth are all separated by just three points, making the playoff race very close. At the bottom half of the table, Arizona United SC move up after their win against top half club, Saint Louis FC. There was also have movement at the very bottom of the table, with Tulsa Roughnecks sliding down into the basement as the only Western club with a single digit points total.

What are your thoughts on the recent week of the USL? What stories did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!