USL Rewind: Charlotte snaps loss streak

Charlotte downed Richmond Kickers, 1-0, on a goal by Caleb Calvert Saturday to end a run of five games without victory.

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In the 30th minute, Calvert -- on loan from the Colorado Rapids -- volleyed a corner kick by Enzo Martinez into the net and Charlotte, despite failing to convert a penalty kick, Charlotte held on to win. Brian Brown converted from the spot but because of encroachment by the Independence he was forced to re-kick and missed the second attempt.

A shot by Richmond came back off the crossbar and Charlotte also needed two fine saves from goalie John Berner to reach the final whistle. By winning, Charlotte (6-4-3, 21 points) jumped over Richmond (5-5-4, 19 pts.) into fifth place, one rung above the Kickers.

USL Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE:
Louisville City 31 points; NY Red Bulls II 28; FC Cincinnati 27; Charleston 24; Charlotte 21; Richmond 19; Rochester,  Orlando City B 18; Wilmington, Bethlehem Steel 17; Harrisburg, Toronto FC 13; Pittsburgh 9; FC Montreal 6.
WESTERN CONFERENCE: Whitecaps FC 2 28 points; Sac Republic FC 24; Colorado Springs, LA Galaxy II 23; Rio Grande Valley FC 22;  Saint Louis FC, OKC Energy FC 19; Orange County 18; Portland 17; Real Monarchs 16; Arizona United 15; Swope Park Rangers, San Antonio FC 14; Sounders FC 2 13; Tulsa 8.

GALAXY II FLUSH WITH TIES. Coaches and players know only too well why the Galaxy’s second team is not atop the Western Conference. Just like the dad who gets the same present each Father’s Day, Galaxy II has more ties than it needs.

And it squandered another lead Saturday in Tulsa, finishing up at 2-2 after goals by defender Jeffrey Payeras -- his first of the season -- and USL leading scorer Jack McBean (12 goals) built up a 2-0 lead. A penalty kick won and converted by ex-Sounder Sammy Ochoa cut the lead in half and then keeper Bennett Sneddon failed to corral a corner kick and it bounced over the line for an equalizer.

Galaxy II (5-3-8, 23 pts.) is fourth in the Western Conference, five points back of leader Vancouver Whitecaps 2, and for the fifth time this season failed to hold onto a lead. Tulsa (2-9-2, 8 pts.) in in last place.

SIGNS OF LIFE IN THE DESERT. There’s still a long way to go for Arizona United SC to get into the playoff chase, but it managed a second straight victory for the first time this season on Saturday.

Goals by Tyler Blackwood and Long Tan gave AUSC enough of a lead to hold back Saint Louis FC for a 2-1 win in Peoria, Ariz. Blackwood scored from a nice through ball supplied by Luke Rooney, and Tan bagged the eventual winner by chipping goalkeeper Mark Pais, with the assist going to Peter Kelly.

SLFC got a goal in stoppage time from Jordan Roberts, but with a bit of luck could have been in a position to win. Chad Bond hit the crossbar with a free kick in the first half and Jamiel Hardware did the same on a fierce volley.

AUSC is 4-5-3 (15 points) and in 11th place, three slots out of the playoffs, but with so few games played can still make up considerable ground. Sixth-place Saint Louis (5-5-4, 19 pts.) is among the teams within range. 

STREAK BUSTERS. Certainly not to be depicted in a feature film, much less a sequel, Louisville City FC has added another winning streak to its collection.

LCFC, which earlier this month ended Charleston’s 29-game home unbeaten run, on Saturday stopped Rochester’s streak without a loss at Rhinos Stadium after 24 games. A goal by Andrew Lubahn enabled Louisville City some payback for losing to Rochester in last year’s Eastern Conference playoff finals.

Lubahn notched his third goal of the season on a pass from Niall McCabe in the 28th minute. LCFC handed Rochester its fourth shutout with the aid of an offside call that annulled an apparent goal by Kenardo Forbes.

The victory maintained Louisville City’s place atop the overall standings at 9-1-4 (31 pts.). Defending champion Rochester is seventh at 5-4-3 (15 pts.)

 

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