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USL Recap: Week 18

Catch up on all biggest stories across the league with the ICS USL Recap.

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Both conferences provided an exciting slate of matches. Here is everything that went down in the recent week of the USL.

East Scores

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

West Scores

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

Five Stories

FC Cincinnati Win Final River Cities Cup Match

Louisville City FC did something this week that they had only ever done once previously this season. They lost. For only the second time this season, Louisville were on the wrong side of the scoreline at the final whistle. This season's final match of the inaugural River Cities Cup saw the victory go to Ohio thanks for a 2-0 by FC Cincinnati.

FCC were in control all match, and now look to carry this momentum into their battle with another top four club, Charleston Battery , this weekend. On the other side, Louisville will look to return to their offensive effectiveness against Orlando City B, against whom they have scored eight goals.

Baby Bulls lose to Battery

Despite starting the week on a high with a win over top club FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, the New York Red Bulls II were unable make it two for two as they fell 3-2 to the Charleston Battery on Saturday. The Baby Bulls unbeaten streak has reached its end at 12. Despite the bad result, NYRBII are still within a point of leaders Louisville City and are still very much in the hunt for the top spot in the USL.

Los Dos hold Another Offensive Clinic

The league's most potent offense recorded yet another high scoring win on Saturday as they defeated San Antonio FC 3-2. Los Dos currently sit in a tie for first of the West and are riding a nine match unbeaten streak, having outscored their opponents 20-10 during that time. Jack McBean added to his league leading goal tally with a goal on Saturday, stretching his own scoring streak to three straight.

OKC Shutout Rival Tulsa

OKC Energy FC posted their second shutout of the year over in-state rivals Tulsa Roughnecks in their 3-0 win on Saturday. A red card from Tulsa's Sammy Ochoa in the second half left the visitors down a man for the last 15 minutes.

OKC now ride a seven match unbeaten streak and have moved into the top four of the West. Tulsa watched yet another result go against them and they now hold the dubious honors of "leading" the West in losses (12) and the entire league in goals against (39).

Whitecaps 2 Escape with a Victory

Scoring in second-half stoppage time, Vancouver Whitecaps 2 regained control of their offense with a 2-1 victory over Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday. After two consecutive shutout losses, Whitecaps 2 will be pleased to find the back of the net once more. The Vancouver club kept their place at the top of the West. With a crucial fixture against Colorado Springs Switchbacks this week, Whitecaps 2 are looking to cement their top spot in the West for another week.

East Standings

Louisville City FC 20 42
New York Red Bulls II 19 41
FC Cincinnati 19 37
Charleston Battery 19 35
Rochester Rhinos 19 31
Richmond Kickers 19 29
Charlotte Independence 18 28
Orlando City B 19 25
Bethlehem Steel FC 20 25
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 19 24
Harrisburg City Islanders 21 20
Toronto FC II 22 20
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 18 10
FC Montreal 18 7

The top seven remains unchanged despite losses by the top two clubs. Orlando City B finds themselves in the final playoff spot at the end of the week, with Bethlehem and Wilmington on the bubble. Harrisburg and Toronto FC II are making a slow climb out of the bottom and sit only four points from the rest of the bubble clubs.

West Standings

Club GP Pts
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 19 35
LA Galaxy II 19 35
COS Switchbacks FC 19 31
OKC Energy FC 17 31
Sacramento Republic FC 19 29
Rio Grande Valley FC 19 28
Saint Louis FC 20 26
Swope Park Rangers 19 25
San Antonio FC 18 24
Seattle Sounders 2 20 23
Real Monarchs SLC 20 22
Orange County Blues FC 19 22
Arizona United SC 18 21
Portland Timbers 2 19 18
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 18 15

Whitecaps 2 and Los Dos sit level at the top for another week. OKC Energy take advantage of the Republic loss to move into the top four. Swope Park Rangers take the 8th spot for this week as San Antonio FC fall from the top half of the table. Finally, despite their slow first half, Sounders 2 have made steady progress out of the cellar, and now only sit two points outside a playoff spot.

What are your thoughts on the recent week of USL action? Which stories did we miss? Is there a club you are looking to make a run in the coming weeks? Let us know in the comments below!