[USL PRO] Top seed Orlando City needed overtime to beat the Charleston Battery, 3-1, before 7,609 fans at the Florida Citrus Bowl to advance to USL PRO's American Division final. Other divisional semifinal winners were the Richmond Kickers, Rochester Lancers and Harrisburg City Islanders.
ORLANDO CITY-CHARLESTON (3-1). Dennis Chin and Lewis Neal scored in overtime to rescue Orlando City. “I looked at my players after regulation and said it can’t end this way,” Orlando City coach Adrian Heath said. “We were the better team. We just needed the extra time to show it.”
Orlando City 3 Charleston 1.
OC: Max Griffin (Lewis Neal) 44
CHA: Nicki Paterson (Stephen Armstrong) 64
OC: Dennis Chin (Ian Fuller) 100
OC: Lewis Neal (Jamie Watson) 118
HARRISBURG-LOS ANGELES (3-2). Andrew Welker scored twice and Brian Ombiji had the game-winner for Harrisburg, which played the last 24 minutes with 10 men after Jason Pelletier was red carded. Harrisburg found the eventual winning goal in the 52nd minute when Brian Ackley flicked a long ball into the path of Ombiji, who chipped the Blues' Mexican keeper, Oscar Dautt. The win was Harrisburg’s first in the postseason since its 2007 title run in USL-2.
Harrisburg 3 Los Angeles 2.
LA: Josh Tudela (Jonatan DeLeon) 11
HAR: Andrew Welker (Sainey Touray) 34
HAR: Andrew Welker (unassisted) 39
LA: Eriys Garcia (Carlos Rivera) 45+
HAR: Brian Ombiji (Brian Ackley) 52
ROCHESTER-PITTSBURGH (4-0). Isaac Kissi had a goal and an assist and JC Banks had two assists as the Rhinos shut out the Riverhounds for the fourth time this season. Banks' crosses found Tyler Rosenlund and Tony Donatelli for goals in the first half hour. "Getting that first goal was very critical" said Rosenlund. "The first 15 minutes were very even and we knew we wanted that first goal. I was fortunate enough to get in and I am thankful I put it in."
Rochester 4 Pittsburgh 0.
ROC: Tyler Rosenlund (JC Banks) 10
ROC: Tony Donatelli (JC Banks) 28
ROC: Isaac Kissi (unassisted) 47
ROC: Andrew Cost (unassisted) 85
WILMINGTON-RICHMOND (0-0, 4-5 penalties). Richmond goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale turned Chris Bagley's shot on to the post to give the Kickers a shootout win at Legion Field after the first nine shooters all converted.
Wilmington 0 Richmond 0.
(Richmond wins 5-4 on penalties.)