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Richmond to host Charlotte in Second Division final
by Paul Kennedy, August 24th, 2009 6:45AM
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[USL] The Portland Timbers became the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the USL First Division with a 3-1 win over Miami FC that extended its unbeaten streak to 23 games and their winning streak to five. The Richmond Kickers will host the Charlotte Eagles for the USL Second Division championship Saturday (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delay, 11 pm ET) after they won 1-0 decisions in the semifinals.

USL-1 Results
Aug. 18
Carolina 1 Vancouver 1
Att.: 2,377
VAN: Marcus Haber (Mason Trafford) 66
CAR: Andriy Budnyy (John Cunliffe) 87

Cleveland 1 Montreal 2
Att.: 1,502
MON: Peter Byers (Tony Donatelli) 59
CLE: Jason Hotchkin (Ryan Stewart) 69
MON: Mauro Biello (Leonardo Di Lorenzo) 75

Aug. 19
Rochester 3 Minnesota 3
Att.: 5,190
MIN: Lawrence Olum (Rod Dyachenko) 6
ROC: Warren Ukah 16
ROC: Andrew Gregor (Ryan Heins) 37
MIN: Rich Costanzo 42
ROC: Nano Short (Warren Ukah) 48
MIN: Jeremiah Bass (Ricardo Sanchez) 90

Aug. 20
Charleston 1 Vancouver 1

Att.: 2,746
VAN: Charles Gbeke (Wes Knight) 5
CHA: Ian Fuller (Tsuyoshi Yoshitake) 47

Aug. 22
Cleveland 1 Minnesota 1
Att.:: 1,788
CLE: Teteh Bangura (Jason Hotchkin) 23

Rochester 0 Carolina 0
Att.:: 7,758

Portland 3 Miami FC 1
Att.: 13,845
POR: Mandjou Keita (Keith Savage) 45
MIA: Tim Merritt 77
POR: Mandjou Keita (Keith Savage) 81
POR: Ryan Pore (Mandjou Keita) 90

Red Card:
MIA: Walter Ramirez 66

Aug. 23
Montreal 2 Austin 0
Att.: 13,034
MON: Cedric Joquiviel (David Testo) 23
MON: Peter Byers 90

Vancouver 2 Miami FC 0
Att.: 5,288
VAN: Charles Gbeke (Gordon Chin) 80
VAN: Charles Gbeke (Randy Edwini-Bonsu) 90

Portland 14 1 9 40 13 51
Charleston 12 4 9 27 15 45
Carolina 13 5 6 29 14 45
Puerto Rico 11 5 8 31 22 41
Rochester 9 8 7 29 27 34
Montreal  9 10 5 26 26 32
Vancouver  8 9 7 33 29 31
Miami FC 7 12 4 20 34  25
Minnesota 4 11 8 23 33 20
Cleveland 3 15 7 18 43 16
Austin 3 13 8 21 41 15

USL-2 Results
First Round
Aug. 19
Charlotte 3 Real Maryland 1
Att.: 760
CHA: Jorge Herrera (penalty) 4
CHA: Dustin Swinehart (Diego Martins) 16
RMD: Gary Brooks (Ryan Cordeiro) 83
CHA: Gustavo Bentos (Jorge Herrera) 90

Red Card:
RMD: Joe Funicello 90, Gary Brooks 90

Richmond 1 Harrisburg 0
Att.: 1,923
RIC: Matthew Delicate 120

Wilmington 0 Charlotte 1
Att.:  2,783
CHA: Gustavo Bentos (Josh Rife) 85


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