By JOHN BOSCHINI
With the Richmond Kickers off for the weekend, Orlando City took a temporary lead at the top of the Atlantic Division while Antigua Barracuda FC gifted Charlotte its second win of the season.
It was the second 2-0 loss in as many weeks for Antigua, which is cooling rapidly after a hot streak during April.
The Wilmington Hammerheads are steadily moving their way up the table following a 3-0 against defending champion Charleston Battery. It was the second consecutive three-goal game for the Hammerheads.
Orlando followed up a scoreless draw with Rochester Rhinos with a 3-1 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders. The Los Angeles Blues extended their winless streak to four games with a 1-1 draw to Dayton before getting back on track with a victory over Pittsburgh.
The Riverhounds’ 3-0 defeat came on the heels of a 2-0 defeat of FC New York.
Here is a look back at the weekend’s results in the USL Pro:
Los Angeles Blues 1, Dayton Dutch Lions 1: The Dayton Dutch Lions finally picked up their first point of the season but still sit four points adrift at the bottom of the National Division. The Blues started quickly with a goal from Jhonathan Bravo in the sixth minute before Kolby Lacrone equalized on the hour mark.
Orlando City 0, Rochester Rhinos 0: Both sides combined for only 10 shots in a game marred by hefty challenges. Six yellow cards were produced as both teams moved closer to the top of their respective tables.
Charlotte Eagles 2, Antigua Barracuda FC 0: Goals from Darren Toby and Alan Sanchez were enough to down an Antigua side that could only manage two shots in total.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2, FC New York 0: Jeremy Deighton and Matt Fondy scored as Pittsburgh’s offense put Derby Carrillo under constant pressure, forcing six saves.
Wilmington Hammerheads 3, Charleston Battery 0: Luke Mulholland netted a double, and Jack Avesayn added an insurance goal in the 90th minute as Charleston managed little in the form of offensive pressure.
Orlando City 3, Harrisburg City Islanders 1:Orlando got its offense back on track against a normally stingy Harrisburg defense. Demar Stewart put Orlando ahead in just the second minute. The game stayed at 1-0 until the 80th minute when Stephen Basso equalized, but Maxwell Griffin and Lewis Neal scored just seconds apart to put the game out of reach.
Los Angeles Blues 3, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0: Edwin Miranda opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Chukwudi Chijindu followed up with a brace to give LA a straightforward victory.
What did you think of the weekend's results? Can Orlando continue its form? Excited Dayton finally recorded its first point? Worried about Charleston?
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