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USSF D-2 Pro League Weekend In Review

From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center:
 
CONFERENCE LEADERS HELD TO DRAWS IN WEEK 14 OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE

Week 14 Recap

This week’s USSF D-2 Pro League saw two of the three weekday matches end in draws during Week 14 of the 2010 season. The two conference leaders drew their midweek matches as Vancouver Whitecaps FC was held to a 1-1 draw against visiting AC St. Louis and the Austin Aztex got a point on the road to the Rochester Rhinos in a 0-0 draw to maintain their sizable lead atop the USL conference. The final weekday match saw the Puerto Rico Islanders handle visiting Crystal Palace Baltimore with a 2-0 victory. The NSC Minnesota Stars played host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies where the home Stars took a 1-0 victory on an own goal. The Portland Timbers continued its unbeaten streak with their 2-0 victory against visiting Miami FC on Saturday July 10. The last match on July 10 proved to be a convincing 3-0 victory for St. Louis against the Montreal Impact in St. Louis. Puerto Rico played their second home match of the week when they played host to the Carolina Railhawks. The Railhawks proved to be too strong for Puerto Rico with a 2-0 victory and kept their unbeaten road streak alive.

Week 14 Results


Date Match Venue
July 8 Vanvouver Whitecaps FC 1, AC St. Louis 1 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, British Columbia
July 9 Rochester Rhinos 0, Austin Aztex 0 Marina Auto Stadium, Rochester, New York
July 9 Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Crystal Palace Baltimore 0 Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
July 10 NSC Minnesota Stars 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 National Sports Center, Blaine, Minnesota
July 10 Portland Timbers 2, Miami FC 0 PGE Park, Portland, Oregon
July 10 AC St. Louis 3, Montreal Impact 0 Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park, St. Louis, Missouri
July 11 Puerto Rico Islanders 0, Carolina RailHawks 2 Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Week 14 Quick Hits

  • Carolina is still undefeated on the road in eight matches. They are currently two games into a four game road trip and visit Montreal next week in a big NASL Conference matchup.
  • The 0-0 draw with Rochester marks only the second time Austin has been held scoreless all year - the first was also a 0-0 draw with Portland on June 9.
  • Rochester now holds a 2-1-1 record against the conference leaders including a win and a draw against USL Conference leader and rival Austin.

Week 15 Preview

Week 15 will kick off with a busy Wednesday this week hosting 4 matches. Crystal Palace will host Rochester at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Maryland SoccerPlex. St. Louis will be traveling to Minnesota for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick off slated at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The Montreal Impact will play host to Carolina when the match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET in Montreal, Quebec. The final Wednesday match will feature Vancouver and Miami at 7:30 p.m. ET in Burnaby, British Columbia. The lone Thursday match will feature Tampa Bay playing host to Puerto Rico. That match is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET in Tampa, Florida. The three matches set for Saturday will start off with league leaders Austin playing host to St. Louis. This match is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET in Austin, Texas. Miami will then be hosting the Puerto Rico Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Carolina will be traveling to Rochester to play the Rhinos at 7:00 p.m. ET in Rochester, NY. The Final match slated for Week 15 will feature the Montreal Impact hosting Baltimore. This match is set to kick off at 2:00 p.m. ET in Montreal, Quebec. .

Week 15 Schedule

Date Match Time Venue
July 14 Crystal Palace Baltimore vs. Rochester Rhinos 7 p.m. Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, Maryland
July 14 NSC Minnesota Stars vs. AC St. Louis 8 p.m. National Sports Center, Blaine, Minnesota
July 14 Montreal Impact vs. Carolina RailHawks 7:30 p.m. Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec
July 14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Miami FC 10:30 p.m. Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, British Columbia
July 15 Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Puerto Rico Islanders 7:30 p.m. George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Florida
July 17 Rochester Rhinos vs. Carolina RailHawks 7 p.m. Marina Auto Stadium, Rochester, New York
July 17 Austin Aztex vs. AC St. Louis 8:30 p.m. House Park, Austin, Texas
July 17 Miami FC vs. Puerto Rico Islanders 7:30 p.m. Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
July 18 Montreal Impact vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore 2 p.m. Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec

Week 15 Notes

  • Carolina faces two stern road tests as they face NASL Conference rivals Montreal on Wednesday before taking on second place USL Conference contenders Rochester on Saturday.
  • Every team is in action in Week 14 aside from Portland and seven teams play twice in one of the busiest weeks of the season.
  • Miami and Puerto Rico will play the return leg of their first matchup when Puerto Rico ran out 4-2 winners at home on June 2.

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Standings

NASL Conference PLD PTS
Carolina 29 44
Vancouver 29 44
Montreal 29 40
Miami 29 32
AC St Louis 29 29
Baltimore 29 24
USL Conference PLD PTS
Austin 28 53
Rochester 29 51
Portland 29 48
NSC Minnesota 30 40
Puerto Rico 29 36
FC Tampa Bay 29 29