USL Roundup: Earle off to fast start on loan

Two days after being loaned to Arizona United by FC Dallas, defender Otis Earle helped his new team break a losing streak.

Earle went the distance in a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2 that ended Arizona United’s four-game losing skid. His back-post cross in the 63rd minute produced a chance that Long Tan headed home for the winning goal.

“It was really nice to play in a full game,” Earle, who hadn’t played for FCD until a week ago in a U.S. Open Cup match against OKC Energy told “It was just nice to get my legs out there, to be with the team and play 90 minutes of a competitive game. And obviously getting the three points was the icing on the cake.”

Head coach Mike Dellorusso gave the performance a favorable review. “He was good, he was very good,” Dellorusso said. “He’s getting a little bit more comfortable playing in games. He’s hasn’t played in games in a while. He played in [FC Dallas] game the other night which was in hand, didn’t get many minutes. I think he’s excited to be here, fits in our system well, and I was very pleased with him.”

Arizona United is FCD’s USL affiliate, and Dellorusso plays a system similar to that utilized by head coach Oscar Pareja.

Earle, who played collegiately at UC Riverside, was FCD’s first-round pick (No. 15 overall) in the SuperDraft last January after playing impressively at the MLS Player Combine but wasn’t able to crack FCD’s first-team rotation.

“The best thing I can do is try to raise the level as best I can,” said Earle, whose father is former Jamaican international Robbie Earle. “They’ve had a couple bad results, so hopefully now we can build from this, I can do my part. Get my fitness in, play in games, which I wasn’t doing that in Dallas, so hopefully I can start getting minutes under my belt.”

MLS Callups

After playing a dozen games for Red Bulls II, defender Manolo Sanchezhelped create a goal and nearly scored for the big team in its 2-1 loss to Vancouver last weekend.

Subbed into the game after the Whitecaps took a 2-0 lead in the 76th minute, Sanchez played a ball wide for Chris Duvall, who flighted a cross that Anatole Abang banged into the net. Sanchez nearly equalized a few minutes later, but after cutting into the penalty area his hard shot was saved by ‘Caps keeper David Ousted.

The Red Bulls took Sanchez with the 79th overall pick in the SuperDraft last January and gave him his first MLS action after he’s scored two goals and registered one assist for Red Bulls II. He credited his USL experience for helping his adjustment to the MLS level.

“It certainly helps,” he told “The first thought I had when I stepped on the field was ‘I can play here. I belong here.’ Unfortunately the goalkeeper made a great save. If I can do more of that, I've done my job.”

Gold Cup Callups

Three Concacaf teams dipped into the USL ranks while picking their 23-man rosters for the Gold Cup, which begins July 7.

In group play the U.S. plays Haiti, which has named Mechack Jerome of Charlotte and Sebastien Thuriere of Charleston. Portland Timbers 2 forward Rundell Winchester is a member of Trinidad & Tobago’s squad. Pittsburgh Riverhounds keeper Ryan Thompson will represent Jamaica.

Player of the Week

A dynamic showing by New York Red Bulls II midfielder Dan Metzger has earned him the USL Player of the Week award. His play helped the team down Louisville FC, 2-0, on Saturday. Metzger won with 40 percent of the votes submitted by media members that cover the league. Tying for second place with 30 percent apiece were Gabe Gissie (Sacramento Republic FC) and Dave Romney(LA Galaxy II).

USL Team of the Week:

Charlie Lyon, Sounders FC 2
Anthony Arena, Pittsburgh
Dave Romney, LA Galaxy II
Karl Ouimette, NY Red Bulls II

Marco Bustos, Whitecaps FC 2
Dan Metzger, NY Red Bulls II
Rony Argueta, Colorado Springs
Jorge Herrera, Charlotte
Yann Ekra, Harrisburg
Gabe Gissie, Sacramento
Long Tan, Arizona United

This Week

USL, Week 15 Schedule:
Wednesday, June 24
Colorado Springs vs. Orange County
Thursday, June 25
FC Montreal vs. Wilmington
Tulsa vs. Sacramento
Seattle vs. Real Monarchs SLC
Friday, June 26
Charlotte vs. Richmond
Saturday, June 27
Rochester vs. Pittsburgh
Louisville City vs. OKC Energy FC
Charleston vs. Harrisburg
Toronto FC II vs. Wilmington
Tulsa vs. LA Galaxy II
Saint Louis FC vs. NY Red Bulls II
Austin vs. Sacramento
Orange County vs. Whitecaps FC 2
Arizona United vs. Real Monarchs SLC

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


25 Sacramento 8-6-1 25/18
25 LA Galaxy II 8-5-1 20/14
24 Colorado Springs
8-4-0 26/16
24 OKC Energy FC 7-3-3 19/15
23 Sounders FC 2 7-5-2 26/23
17 Austin 5-7-2 16/19
17 Timbers 2 5-7-2 19/23
16 Orange County 5-5-1 16/13
16 Whitecaps FC 2 4-8-4 17/26
16 Arizona United 5-6-1 14/23
15 Tulsa
4-5-3 15/20
 8 Real Monarchs SLC 1-7-5 13/22

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