Both conferences provided an exciting slate of matches. Here is everything that went down in the recent week of the USL.
|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|
|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|
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.
|Louisville City FC||20||42|
|New York Red Bulls II||19||41|
|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|
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.
|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!