2012 USL PRO Power Rankings: Week 12

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2012


In this week's USL PRO Power Rankings, the Dayton Dutch Lions secure a breakthrough weekend of results to move up the ladder. Meanwhile, Orlando City remain at the top of the rankings while Antigua Barracuda stay in the cellar after taking the weekend off due to Caribbean Football Union work.

Here are this week's USL PRO Power Rankings.

1. Orlando City

Adrian Heath's Orlando City powered their way to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders. Matt Luzunaris opened the scoring in first-half injury time before Dennis Chin scored a brace in the 47th and 70th minutes of play.

Orlando have a weekend of matches up ahead.

On Jun. 29, they face the high-flying Dayton Dutch Lions at Bellbrook High School in Bellbrook, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Then on Jun. 30, the Lions take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

2. Charleston Battery

Michael Anhaueser's Charleston Battery are second after storming past the Harrisburgh City Islanders 3-1. Jose Cuevas (45'), Navion Boyd (50') and Ryan Richter (68') led the charge for the Battery.

Charleston will travel to Antigua and Barbuda for a couple of matches with Antigua Barracuda FC.

Kickoff for the first match is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. Kickoff for the second match is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

3. Los Angeles Blues

Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues were off this week.

On Jun. 28, the Blues travel to Charlotte Christian Stadium to face the Charlotte Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. On Jun. 30, LA head to Legion Stadium to take on the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET.

4. Rochester Rhinos

Jesse Myers's Rochester Rhinos won a 3-2 shootout over the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. Graciano Brito (27') and Andrew Hoxie (85') delivered some equalizers but it was JC Banks's 90th minute goal that because all the difference.

Rochester continue their season on Jun. 30 against the Harrisburgh City Islanders at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

5. Charlotte Eagles

Mark Steffens's Charlotte Eagles were off this week.

They continue their season on Jun. 28 against the Los Angeles Blues at Charlotte Christian Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

6. Dayton Dutch Lions

Ivar van Dinteren's Dayton Dutch Lions were in need of a break and they got it in the form of a 4-0 hammering of the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Eli Garner scored a brace to lead Dayton, while Gibson Bardsley and Eric Kissinger added to the  blowout.


Dayton's next league match is on Jun. 29 against Orlando City at Bellbrook High School.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

7. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Justin Evans's Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1 at Chartiers Valley High School. Matt Kassel scored a 51st minute equalizer before Darren Amoo scored a game-winner in the 82nd minute of play.

Pittsburgh host Orlando City on Jun. 30. Kickoff at Chartiers Valley High School is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

8. Richmond Kickers

Leigh Cowlishaw's Richmond Kickers have been having a difficult season of sorts. On Jun. 23, they gave up a late rally to the Rochester Rhinos and lost 3-2 at City Stadium.

Luke Vercollone and Jason Yeisley scored for Richmond. The Kickers continue their season on Jul. 3 against the Los Angeles Blues.

Kickoff at City Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

9. Harrisburg City Islanders

Bill Becher's Harrisburg City Islanders had a nightmare of a weekend.

On Jun. 22, they were shut out by Orlando City 3-0 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL., and on Jun. 23, they were flattened by the Charleston Battery 3-1 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.

Harrisburg's next match is scheduled for Jun. 30, when they travel to Sahlen's Stadium to take on the Rochester Rhinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.


10. Wilmington Hammerheads

The City Islanders weren't the only team who tires blew off this past weekend.

David Irving's Wilmington Hammerheads had a weekend to be damned. On Jun. 22, they lost to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1. Manny Guzman scored in the 50th minute for the Hammers.

Unfortunately, it got worse for Wilmington, as they were destroyed by the Dayton Dutch Lions 4-0 at Bellbrook High School.

The Hammers have a chance to get right when they host the Los Angeles Blues on Jun. 30 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, Del.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

11. Antigua Barracuda

It was a sorry performance for Tom Curtis's Antigua Barracuda FC, who dropped 2-0 losses to Caledonia AIA and the Puerto Rico Islanders at the 2012 CFU Club Championship.

One can only wonder if the failure to secure a spot in CONCACAF Champions League leaves an indelible mark on the Barracudas' chances to make the USL PRO playoffs.

The Barracudas' next league match is on Jun. 29 against Charleston.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Both teams meet again on Jul. 1 in St. John's. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.