USL: Rhinos clinch regular-season title

The Rochester Rhinos, who have lost only one game all season, clinched the 2015 USL regular-season title when they tied Richmond, 0-0, on the road. Rhinos goalkeeper Brandon Miller set a USL record with his 12th shutout of the season.

USL Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
*Rochester 54 *Louisville City 48 NY Red Bulls II 42 Charleston 40 Richmond 37 Charlotte 37 // Pittsburgh 36 Harrisburg 35 Saint Louis FC 27 FC Montreal 25 Toronto FC II 22 Wilmington 17.
*Clinched playoff berth.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
*OKC Energy FC 43 *Colorado Springs 42 *LA Galaxy II *42 Orange County 42 *Sacramento 41 Tulsa 39 // Sounders FC 39 Timbers 2 32 Arizona United 31 Austin 30 Whitecaps FC 29 Real Monarchs SLC 26.
*Clinched playoff berth.

The Rochester tie and the New York Red Bulls II’s 3-2 win over Louisville handed the Rhinos their first silverware since the 2010 USSF Division 2 Pro League regular-season title.

Both Rochester and Richmond had late chances to grab the victory late. Rochester’s Alex Dixon had a finish cleared off the line by Richmond’s Luke Mishu, and Miller made a big save to deny George Davis IV.

The Orange County Blues earned their first victory over the LA Galaxy II in club history and booked a return to the USL playoffs as Christofer Ramirez scored a 90th-minute winner to earn a 2-1 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Anteater Stadium. Los Dos took the lead early as Ariel Lassiter converted a penalty kick for his 10th goal of the season, but the Blues got back on level terms before the break as Brenton Griffiths found the net.

Just three points separate the top seven teams in the Western Conference, but five teams have already clinched playoff berths as sixth-place Tulsa has already finished its season.

The Roughnecks claimed the final edition of the Black Gold Derby and in turn kept their playoff hopes alive as goals by Brady Ballew and Kidd Nwabueze gave them a 2-1 victory over OKC Energy FC in front of 6,005 fans at ONEOK Field.

In the Eastern Conference, just Rochester and Lou City FC are through to the playoffs. The Charlotte Independence moved into sixth place ahead of Pittsburgh as it extended its undefeated streak to 11 games with a 1-0 win and 2-2 tie against Wilmington.

USL Week 25, Results:
Wednesday, September 2
Louisville City 3 Harrisburg 0
Real Monarchs SLC 2 OKC Energy FC 0.
Thursday, September 3
Wilmington 0 Charlotte 1
Saturday, September 5
Toronto FC II 3 FC Montreal 2
Timbers 2 0 Colorado Springs 1
Charlotte 2 Wilmington  2
Richmond 0 Rochester 0
Pittsburgh 1 Charleston 1
Austin Aztex 2 Sounders FC 2 1
NY Red Bulls II 3 Louisville City 2
Orange County  2 LA Galaxy II 1
Arizona United 2 Real Monarchs SLC, 3
Sunday, September 6
Whitecaps FC 2 1 Sacramento 2
Harrisburg 0 Saint Louis FC 0
Tulsa 2 OKC Energy FC 1

USL Week 25, Schedule:
Wednesday September 9
Charlotte vs. Toronto FC II 7 p.m. ET
FC Montreal vs. NY Red Bulls II 7:30 p.m. ET
Colorado Springs  vs. Austin Aztex 9 p.m. ET
Friday September 11
Sounders FC 2 vs. Orange County  10:30 p.m. ET
Saturday September 12
Real Monarchs SLC vs. Arizona United 6 p.m. ET
Wilmington  vs. Pittsburgh 7 p.m.  ET
Harrisburg vs. Richmond 7 p.m. ET
Rochester vs. Toronto FC II 7:05 p.m. ET
Charleston vs. Louisville City 7:30 p.m. ET
OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs  8 p.m. ET
Saint Louis FC vs. Charlotte 8:30 p.m. ET
Timbers 2 vs. Sacramento 10 p.m. ET
Sunday September 13
Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Orange County 6 p.m. ET
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