USL Championship: What's in the news ...

1. The Phoenix Rising opened up a five-point lead in the Western Conference with its seventh straight win, a 4-1 road win over OKC Energy FC  during which it played with 10 players for more than 60 minutes. The Rising has scored 41 goals in 16 games, 15 more goals than the second best team, New Mexico, and its plus-26 goal difference is better than the goal production of all but nine teams in the 36-team league.

-- Results: USL Championship (Week 16)

2. After struggling badly on the road to start their second season, the Las Vegas Lights have won back-to-back away games. After a 5-1 win over U.S. Open Cup quarterfinalist New Mexico United, Eric Wynalda's Lights beat El Paso Locomotive, 1-0, to end the expansion team's nine-game unbeaten streak. The lone goal was scored by Cameroonian Preston Tabortetaka.

3. Ottawa rallied to tie Nashville FC, 3-3, and extend its unbeaten streak to nine games, only three away from tying the Fury record. Ottawa came back from 1-0 and 3-2 down to earn a share of the points on a goal by Wal Fall with less than 10 minutes to play.
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