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USL Recap, Week 14

With 18 matches over the past week, 46 goals scored by all clubs, a big week of USL in the books!

Indomitable City Soccer/Alex Leguizamo

As the month of June draws to a close, let us take a look back at everything that happened in the USL this week.

Eastern Scores

HOME AWAY
Harrisburg City Islanders 2-3 FC Montreal
Louisville City FC 4-1 Toronto FC II
Harrisburg City Islanders 1-3 Charlotte Independence
Charleston Battery 1-0 Harrisburg City Islanders
Rochester Rhinos 2-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Louisville City FC 0-0 FC Cincinnati
FC Montreal 1-3 Orlando City B
New York Red Bulls II 4-0 Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Toronto FC II 0-1 Charleston Battery

Western Scores

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

Five Stories

Scoreless in Louisville

Despite the build-up to the most anticipated match of the Eastern Conference thus far, the night ended with Louisville City and FC Cincinnati sharing the points in a scoreless draw. Both sides had their share of chances, but each failed to find the back of the net. This is the first scoreless draw in club history for FC Cincinnati. Expect another highly contested -- and hopefully high-scoring -- match at the end of July when these two meet again at Nippert Stadium.

Charlotte Moving Up

After going a month without a victory, Charlotte Independence have now won two in a row. Three second-half goals made the difference in their victory over Harrisburg early Saturday afternoon. The recent positive results have moved Charlotte into the top five of the Eastern Conference. July offers the promise of even more upward mobility, as four of Charlotte's next five matches are against clubs in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Monarchs Defeat Rocky Mountain Rival

A pair a red cards from both sides highlighted Sunday's match between Real Monarchs and Colorado Springs Switchbacks. While it was a memorable one for the Monarchs, it was one to forget for Colorado Springs Switchbacks captain Luke Vercollone, who missed a potential equalizer from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time. Watch for the rematch between these two sides on Wednesday. The Switchbacks will be looking to avenge the loss and Vercollone will want to make up for his penalty miss.

A Pair of Draws for Arizona United

With two games in four days, this past week was a busy one for Arizona United. First they played Rio Grande Valley FC Toros to a 1-1 draw in Texas on Wednesday, then they collapsed late and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC at home. Tyler Blackwood made a big impact for United, scoring in both the week's matches. Unbeaten in four and having scored a goal in their last seven, AZU will look to continue this momentum with their next five matches -- all against clubs from the bottom half of the Western Conference.

Blues Victory at the Death

It was a close match all the way to the end, but Orange County Blues were able to post their third win in five games thanks to a Didier Crettenand penalty in second-half stoppage time. The Blues face their in-state rivals, LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic in their next two matches and have a chance to move into the top four with a win in either match.

Eastern Conference Standings

Club GP PTS
Louisville City FC 16 35
New York Red Bulls II 14 31
FC Cincinnati 14 28
Charleston Battery 15 27
Charlotte Independence 14 24
Rochester Rhinos 13 21
Orlando City B 15 21
Richmond Kickers 15 20
Bethlehem Steel FC 14 18
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 14 17
Harrisburg City Islanders 16 13
Toronto FC II 17 13
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 13 9
FC Montreal 15 7

The top six teams going undefeated this week means no movement near the top of the table. The bottom four also remain the same, with each side suffering at least one loss this past week. Thankfully there was some movement in the middle, with Orlando City B moving up to seventh after a win over FC Montreal and Wilmington dropping a spot after giving up four goals in a loss to New York Red Bulls II.

Western Conference Standings

Club GP Pts
Whitecaps 2 15 29
LA Galaxy II 16 26
Sacramento Republic FC 14 25
COS Switchbacks FC 13 23
Rio Grande Valley FC 16 23
Saint Louis FC 15 22
Orange County Blues 15 21
OKC Energy FC 12 20
Real Monarchs SLC 16 19
Swope Park Rangers 14 17
Timbers 2 16 17
San Antonio FC 14 17
Arizona United SC 14 17
Sounders 2 15 13
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 14 8

Whitecaps 2 hold their top spot for another week, with Los Dos and Republic rounding out the top three. Orange County moves up to seventh after a last-second goal gave them all three points over RGVFC. 10th through 13th are all level at 17 points, but Timbers 2 have played two more matches than the others. There was no change at the bottom of the table, with Sounders 2 and Tulsa both suffering yet another loss.

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