USL Week 20 Wrap Up: Charlotte and Colorado Springs Surprise

IMAGE, COLORADO SWITCHBACKS FC

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Writer

USL Week 20 had several shocking results but none more jaw dropping than Rochester’s first loss of the 2015 season. The Charlotte Independence, one of the league’s newest teams, has made a name for itself with dramatic victories this season but none will be bigger than their 4-2  — win unless they win the league title.

Charlotte weren’t the only ones producing upsets as Colorado Springs continues their strong season with a dominant victory over LA Galaxy II. Sacramento Republic FC also made a comeback, downing the Seattle Sounders FC 2, proving that they are still worthy of the title they hope to defend in this season’s playoffs.

Rochester Suffers Their First Loss

Rochester’s loss to Charlotte was a series of firsts for the team in 2015. Not only was their 19 game unbeaten streak broken but they also surrendered more than one goal in a game for the first time this season. It was also the first time the Rhinos scored two goals this season and didn’t pick up a point. All of this to say that it was a combination of Charlotte’s tenacity mixed with what could have been a very bad day for Bob Lilley’s Rochester team.

It wasn’t a complete waste of a performance by Rochester who led early in the game with a goal from Grant Van De Casteele. Charlotte responded quickly, tying the game just two minutes later and taking the lead before the end of the first half. Goals continued in the second half as they led 3-1 before the Rhinos responded by taking advantage of Charlotte’s shaky back line. Rochester is a team that prides itself on defense and when it can’t produce, the team must scrape for goals. On this night it just wasn’t enough as Charlotte moved up to 8th place and just 5 points shy of the final playoff spot.

Colorado Springs Reminds Everyone Just How Good They Are

The talk of the Western Conference have been the triumvirate of LA, Seattle and Sacramento. However, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks have not only been keeping pace, but fearlessly battling some of the more well known teams in the league. This week, captain Luke Vercollone led the charge with two goals to sink LA Galaxy II and give the team an important first victory in three games.

With their win and Seattle’s loss to Sacramento, the Switchbacks are now only one point back of 1st place and prove that they can hang with just about anyone in the conference. Their schedule won’t get easier as a home and away fixture against Sacramento and a trip to Seattle looms in the near future. Still, the Switchbacks have shown that they are hungry and willing to fight for wins against some of the more established USL teams in 2015.

USL Week 20 Results:

Arizona United SC: 0
Oklahoma City Energy: 3

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: 3
Tulsa Roughnecks: 1

LA Galaxy II: 0
Colorado Spring Switchbacks: 2

Louisville City FC: 3
Toronto FC 2: 2

Harrisburg City Islanders: 2
Richmond Kickers: 4

Wilmington Hammerheads: 0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds: 3

Rochester Rhinos: 2
Charlotte Independence: 4

FC Montreal: 0
Charleston Battery: 0

Portland Timbers FC 2: 1
Austin Aztex: 0

Orange County Blues FC: 2
Real Monarchs SLC: 1

Seattle Sounders FC 2: 0
Sacramento Republic FC: 2

St. Louis FC: 1
New York Red Bull II: 2

Arizona United SC: 3
Tulsa Roughnecks: 5


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  • johnny martens

    Go USL!
    7-0 vs nasl in the usoc – where are the pro/rel folks screaming about how USL teams should be promoted up to nasl, they seem to be worthy clearly?…


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