USL Roundup: Rochester stymied by ex-Rhino keeper

Of the 12 USL teams to advance to fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup against MLS opposition, only the expansion Charlotte Independence advanced with a 1-0 win at the New England Revolution, but there were several close calls, including the Philadelphia Union’s narrow victory on penalty kicks against the Rochester Rhinos, unbeaten in league play.

Ex-Rhino John McCarthy, the 2014 USL Goalkeeper of the Year, stopped three kicks from his former team at PPL Park to edge Philly into the fifth round.

“That's a tough team to break down,” Union head coach Jim Curtin told the Philadelphia Daily News. “[They're] very organized. I thought they outplayed us in the second half, to be honest.”

Rochester is close to tying a franchise record for an unbeaten start to a season with an 8-0-4 record in league play.

-- Two other USL teams lost in shootouts after holding leads. The Sacramento Republic FC led the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 before Chris Wondolowski scored twice to make it 2-2. The Charleston Battery led Orlando City 1-0 and 2-1, then went down 4-2 in overtime before coming back 4-4 in a match that produced four penalty kicks, three converted by OCSC's Carlos Rivas, the fourth by the Battery's Justin Portillo to make it 4-4 in the 115th minute.

The Seattle Sounders 2, the only MLS second team still alive, led Real Salt Lake on former MLS Homegrown player Sam Garza's first-half goal before falling, 2-1, on a pair of second-half goals.

MLS Alumni Watch

Former Sounders forward Sammy Ochoa, who scored eight goals in 18 games for Seattle in 2012, has yet to make a dramatic impact in Tulsa.

Ochoa, 28, played last season with Wilmington and scored six goals in 25 games. For the Roughnecks he’s started eight of 12 games and has scored just one goal.

A member of the U.S. team at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Ochoa started his pro career in Mexico with UdeG (“Tecos”) and played five years with Tecos before making the move to Seattle in 2011. His fortunes faded after a solid 2012 campaign and Seattle waived him in July, 2013, after he’d played just 390 minutes.

Player of the Week

For the second straight week, a player from OKC Energy FC has won the USL Player of the Week Award. Forward Danni Koenig scored three goals in victories against Vancouver and Tulsa as OKC rose to first place in the USL Western Conference

König earned 63 percent of a vote conducted by media members in each USL market a week after teammate Kyle Greig took the honors. Kenardo Forbes of Rochester finished second with 19 percent.

USL Team of the Week:
GOALKEEPER

Patrick McLain (Sacramento)
DEFENDERS

Jeanderson (Timbers 2)
Mike da Fonte (NY Red Bulls II)
William Yomby (Richmond)
Mele Temguia  (FC Montreal)
MIDFIELDERS
Lenardo Forbes (Rochester)
Jorge Herrera (Charlotte)
Aaron Kovar (Sounders FC 2)
Christian Duke (OKC Energy FC)
FORWARDS
Miguel Gonzalez (Colorado Springs)
Danni Koenig (OKC Energy FC)

This Week

USL, Week 14 Schedule:
Friday, June 19
Harrisburg City vs. Rochester
Saint Louis FC vs. Colorado Springs
LA Galaxy II vs. Orange County
Saturday, June 20
Richmond vs. Wilmington
Pittsburgh vs. FC Montreal
Charlotte vs. Charleston
Louisville City vs. NY Red Bulls II
Austin vs. Tulsa
Arizona United vs. Sounders FC 2
Sacramento vs. OKC Energy FC
Sunday, June 21
Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Timbers 2

USL Standings:
PTS EASTERN W-L-T +/-
28 Rochester 8-0-4 16/5
24 Richmond 6-2-8 22/15
24 Charleston 6-1-6 21/14
20 Louisville City 5-2-5 20/10
16 Pittsburgh 4-4-4 27/23
16 NY Red Bulls II 4-5-4 17/21
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15 Harrisburg 4-3-3 19/17
14 Saint Louis FC 3-3-5 13/13
12 Charlotte 3-4-3 12/14
9 Toronto FC II 2-5-3 9/19
7 Wilmington 1-7-4 9/20
5 FC Montreal 1-8-2 7/18

PTS WESTERN W-L-T +/-

24 OKC Energy FC 7-2-3 18/13
23 Sounders FC 2 7-4-2 25/21
22 Sacramento 7-6-1 23/17
22 LA Galaxy II 7-5-1 17/14
21 Colorado Springs 7-4-0 25/16
17 Timbers 2 5-6-2 17/20
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16 Orange County 5-4-1 16/10
16 Austin 5-7-1 15/18
14 Tulsa 4-5-2 14/19
13 Arizona United 4-6-1 12/22
13 Whitecaps FC 2 3-8-4 14/24
8 Real Monarchs SLC 1-7-5 13/22

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