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May 30th, 2013 7:03PM
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[USL PRO SCHEDULE: Week 11] Coming off of a 1-0 win over MLS's San Jose Earthquakes in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, the second-place Charleston Battery returns to USL PRO action at Blackbaud Stadium on Friday night against the Harrisburg City Islanders in a battle of two of the hottest teams in the first two months of the season.

The Battery's shutout against San Jose was its fourth in a row in all competitions. It came away with a 2-1 victory in the first match with Harrisburg behind goals from Mike Azira and Nicki Paterson.

The City Islanders continue a three-game road with games at Charleston and Charlotte on Saturday. Their loss 2-0 at Richmond last week was their first road defeat of the season.

-- USL PRO's other midweek winner in the Open Cup, first-place Orlando City, is idle this weekend. It was announced on Thursday that the four players Sporting Kansas City loaned to Orlando City will not be made available to play in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round match-up on June 12, based on an agreement between the two partnered clubs.

Forward Dom Dwyer, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids and has already tied the USL PRO single-season scoring record with 13 goals, midfielder Christian Duke, goalkeeper Jon Kempin and defender Yann Songo'o have been with Orlando City since March 14.

Sporting Kansas City, the defending Open Cup champion, has a two-year affiliation deal with Orlando City.

USL PRO SCHEDULE, Week 11
Friday, May 31
Richmond vs. Phoenix FC
Charleston vs. Harrisburg
Rochester vs. Los Angeles
Saturday, June 1
Pittsburgh vs. Rochester
VSI Tampa Bay FC vs. Portland Timbers Reserves
Wilmington vs. Phoenix FC
Charlotte vs. Harrisburg
Sunday, June 2
Dayton vs. Los Angeles

USL PRO STANDINGS:
PTS TEAM W-L-T- +/1
26 Orlando City 8-1-2 30/11
19 Charleston 6-2-1 15/8
18 Richmond 5-0-3 20/8
17 Los Angeles 5-5-2 23/18
16 Harrisburg 5-2-1 17/9
15 VSI Tampa Bay FC 5-3-0 12/7
13 Charlotte 3-1-4 14/10
13 Dayton 4-2-1 12/12
10 Pittsburgh 2-4-4 9/12
9 Phoenix FC 2-5-3 13/18
6 Wilmington 2-7-0 8/20
5 Rochester 1-6-2 4/17
0 Barracuda FC 0-9-0 5/31

USL PRO SCHEDULE, Week 12
Wednesday, June 5
Harrisburg vs. Wilmington
Charleston vs. Charlotte
Friday, June 7
Pittsburgh vs. Toronto FC Reserves
Orlando City vs. Phoenix FC
VSI Tampa Bay FC vs. Barracuda FC
Rochester vs. Montreal Impact Reserves
Saturday, June 8
Harrisburg vs. Colorado Rapids Reserves
Richmond vs. Wilmington
Charleston vs. Houston Dynamo Reserves
Dayton vs. Columbus Crew Reserves
Sunday, June 9
VSI Tampa Bay FC  vs. Phoenix FC
Orlando City vs. Barracuda FC

USL PRO SCHEDULE, Week 13
Friday, June 14
Charlotte vs. Chicago Fire Reserves
Richmond vs. Barracuda FC
Rochester vs. VSI Tampa Bay FC
Saturday, June 15
Pittsburgh vs. Charleston
Wilmington vs. New York Red Bulls Reserves
Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves vs. Los Angeles
Phoenix FC vs. Real Salt Lake Reserves
Sunday, June 16
Harrisburg vs. Barracuda FC
Rochester vs. Charleston
Dayton vs. VSI Tampa Bay FC

(Click here for USL PRO streaming on USL Live on Unation.)



3 comments
  1. David Quinn
    commented on: May 31, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.
    Sporting KC & MLS not allowing those players to play in this open cup game is nothing more than big brother acting like a coward. You are supposed to be the 2 time defending MLS Eastern Conference Champions capable of beating anyone except Houston in the Playoffs. To deny those 4 players of the opportunity to play in this game is a joke. If it was a friendly where winning & losing wasn't important I am sure they would play. MLS & Sporting KC you both have 4 days to set this right.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 31, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.
    David, no one should bite the hand that feeds him, no matter what.
  1. Matt D
    commented on: May 31, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.
    It's pretty common in loan clauses in the rest of the world not to allow a loaned player to play against his parent team.

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