USL Week 8: Cincinnati’s Record House & The 15-year-old Goalscorer

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Week 8 of the USL season was marked by significant milestones for the league and for individual teams. FC Cincinnati had the biggest weekend with not only another home win but also a new record in attendance for USL with over 23,000 fans. That number also set a best-ever attendance week for the league, with a combined 73,000+ taking in matches.

Other teams had major events on the micro level as 15-year-old Alphonso Davies scored his first professional goal, helping to propel Vancouver to the top of the Western Conference in a big win against Los Dos.

FC Cincinnati Making Waves On and Off the Field

23,375 is the type of attendance you expect for teams like NYCFC. However, that number is what third division USL side FC Cincinnati is putting in the stands.

The record crowds are not the only thing keeping Cincinnati in the news as the team is also starting to collect wins as well. Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh catapults John Harke’s men into a three way tie for first place along Louisville City FC and Charlotte Independence.

A tremendous atmosphere at Nippert Stadium has been a big plus for Cincinnati and it showed on Saturday as the team pushed through a 1-0 victory. Jimmy McLaughlin was the goal-scorer in the 27th minute and that was more than enough for victory. Expectations were set high before the season but Cincinnati are more than matching the hype.

Vancouver Moves into First with Goal from Youngest Player

Los Dos has dropped two games in a row and opened the door for Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to move to the top of the Western Conference. The most notable story line from the result was the third goal of the game for Vancouver which was scored by Alphonso Davies. The Liberian forward is only 15-years-old and scored his first professional goal in the 21st minute.

The goals came early and often with the lead already 3-0 by Davies’ goal. LA attempted a late comeback with two goals by Jose Villareal but couldn’t escape the team’s early deficit. Los Dos have now dropped two games in a row, one at home and away, dropping out of first place. Before last week’s loss to Sacramento, LA had been undefeated in 2016. Now, the race is certainly on for them as Vancouver remains the only undefeated team in USL will little signs of slowing down in the coming weeks.

USL Week 8 Results:

Charleston Battery: 3
Harrisburg City Islanders: 2

Charlotte Independence: 1
Wilmington Hammerheads: 1

Richmond Kickers: 0
Toronto FC II: 1

Real Monarchs SLC: 1
Rio Grande Valley FC: 1

Portland Timbers 2: 0
Colorado Springs Switchbacks: 1

Richmond Kickers: 1
New York Red Bull II: 1

Pittsburgh Riverhounds: 0
FC Cincinnati: 1

Charlotte Independence: 0
Rochester Rhinos: 0

Toronto FC II: 0
Charleston Battery: 2

St. Louis FC: 0
Louisville City FC: 2

Tulsa Roughnecks: 1
Swope Park Rangers: 2

Arizona United SC: 1
Orange County Blues FC: 1

Seattle Sounders FC 2: 0
Sacramento Republic FC: 2

FC Montreal: 1
Bethlehem Steel FC: 2

LA Galaxy II: 3
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: 4

San Antonio FC: 1
OKC Energy FC: 1