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USL PRO log: Week 11

Week 11: May 28 – June 4, 2013


5/28- Charleston and Orlando City advance to Fourth Round of US Open Cup

5/31- City Islanders look to rebound in rematch with Battery

5/31- Riverhounds go undefeated in USL PRO in May

5/31- The Kickers remain undefeated with home win

6/1- Wolves earn zero points in first two matches of four game road trip

6/1- Goals galore between VSI Tampa Bay and Timbers Reserves

This week’s Reckless Challenge Player of The Week may be a bit of a shocker to some but this man deserves the honor. The player of the week is midfielder Nate Robinson of the Richmond Kickers. The twenty-three year old pocketed the lone goal in a one to nil victory over Phoenix FC at City Stadium as his side continued their unbeaten streak in league play. In the thirtieth minute, Juan Arbelaez made a run down the side of Phoenix’s defensive third then crossed a ball back Robinson who after settling it just outsode the box ripped a shot into the upper 90. This is the second consecutive league game in which the Michigan Bucks product has scored the game winning goal. In my opinion a well deserved player of the week honor from Reckless Challenge goes to rookie Nate Robinson.


US Open Cup

5/28- DC United 0-0 (4-2) Richmond Kickers

5/28- San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Charleston Battery

5/28- Orlando City SC 3-1 Colorado Rapids

5/28- Rochester Rhinos 1-5 New England Revolution

5/28- CD Chivas USA 2-1 LA Blues

5/29- Chicago Fire 2-0 Charlotte Eagles

5/29- Dayton Dutch Lions 1-2 Columbus Crew

5/29- Wilmington Hammerheads 1-5 Portland Timbers


5/31- Phoenix FC 0-1 Richmond Kickers

5/31- Harrisburg City Islanders 2-1 Charleston Battery

5/31- LA Blues 2-2 Rochester Rhinos

6/1- Harrisburg City Islanders 4-0 Charlotte Eagles

6/1- Rochester Rhinos 0-3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

6/1- Phoenix FC 1-2 Wilmington Hammerheads

6/1- VSI Tampa Bay FC 4-4 Portland Timbers Reserves

6/2- LA Blues 0-0 Dayton Dutch Lions


This week the Wilmington Hammerheads head north to face the second place City Islanders on Wednesday night. Three Days later they will face undefeated Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. This will be a very tough test for the Hammers who find themselves in the bottom half of the table this season. A player to keep an eye out for this week is goalkeeper Phil Tuttle of the Wilmington Hammerheads. Tuttle will play in Harrisburg for the first time since departing from his former club. Last season Notre Dame grad did not play a single minute due to an ACL injury. It is always interesting in sports to watch a player face their former club, there always seems to be that extra motivation to perform better against your old teammates. More importantly, the Hammers have been struggling this year and a clean sheet in one of the games this week would be huge for his bottom table dwelling club on the road. Watch for San Jose earthquakes draftee Phillip Tuttle make a solid performance between the pipes to help give his team the chance to earn points on the road.


This week has two Wednesday night fixtures as Harrisburg host Wilmington and Charleston host Charlotte. Phoenix FC and Antigua Barracuda FC will spending their weekends in Florida. On Friday, Phoenix FC plays at Orlando City SC while Antigua will look to earn first points of the year at VSI. The two traveling clubs will face their other Florida opponent on Sunday evening. There are five interleague matchups between USL PRO and MLS Reserve sides this weekend: Toronto FC at Pittsburgh, Montreal Impact at Rochester, Colorado Rapids at Harrisburg, Houston Dynamo at Charleston, and Columbus Crew at Dayton. Richmond’s only fixture this week will be at home against Wilmington on Saturday. My game of the week is Rochester Rhinos hosting the Montreal Reserves. The old USL-1/A-League/NASL rivalry will be renewed at Sahlen’s Stadium and the Rhinos have a chance to earn three points against reserve side that will not be as motivated to play.

Ray Stellhorn
The first USL contributor at RecklessChallenge, provides coverage of Harrisburg City Islanders and occasionally other USL teams. He used to live in Glasgow, Scotland but is now currently finishing studying a Bachelor's degree in Sports Administration with minors in Business and International Studies.

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