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Rochester Vaults into First Place of the USSF D-2 Pro League after Two Wins in Week 19

Week 19 Recap and Week 20 Preview of the USSF D-2 Pro League

Week 19 Recap  
With the D-2 season winding down, Week 19 was a return to a full league schedule with 10 games across three days. On Aug. 11, the Rochester Rhinos defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-0 on the road, which, combined with their 2-1 victory against the Montreal Impact on Aug. 14, puts the Rhinos at the top of the table. In other action, the Portland Timbers drew the NSC Minnesota Stars 2-2 in Oregon and the Montreal Impact played Crystal Palace Baltimore to a scoreless draw in Quebec. Welcoming Tampa Bay to their home, the Puerto Rico Islanders drew the Rowdies 1-1. Portland goalkeeper Steve Cronin earned a shutout in their second game of the week as the Timbers defeated AC St. Louis 1-0 on Aug. 14. The Austin Aztex lost only their third game of the season, falling to the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale saw a high-scoring in-state rivalry match as Miami FC drew the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-3. Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned a 1-0 victory against the NSC Minnesota North Stars and Crystal Palace defeated the RailHawks 2-1 in Baltimore.

Week 19 Results

 Date  Match   Time (ET)  Venue
 Aug. 11   Puerto Rico Islanders 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1  8:05 p.m.  Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico
 Aug. 11  Portland Timbers 2, NSC Minnesota Stars 2  10 p.m.  PGE Park; Portland, Ore.
 Aug. 11  Carolina RailHawks 0, Rochester Rhinos 2  7 p.m.  WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
 Aug. 11  Montreal Impact 0, Crystal Palace Baltimore 0  7:30 p.m.  Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec
 Aug. 14  Crystal Palace Baltimore 2, Carolina RailHawks 1  5 p.m.  Lumsden-Scott Stadium; Baltimore, Md.
 Aug. 14   Rochester Rhinos 2, Montreal Impact 1  7 p.m.  Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
 Aug. 14  NSC Minnesota Stars 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1  8 p.m.  National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
 Aug. 14  AC St. Louis 0, Portland Timbers 1  8:10 p.m.  Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.
 Aug. 14  Miami FC 3, Tampa Bay Rowdies 3  7:30 p.m.  Lockhart Stadium; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
 Aug. 14  Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Austin Aztex 0  8:05 p.m.  Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Week 19 Quick Hits

  • Portland snapped a four-game winless streak with their 1-0 victory at St. Louis.
  • Austin's loss to Puerto Rico was their third of the season and just their first on the road in 20 games.
  • Vancouver is now unbeaten in their last five matches and have only one loss in their last 15.

Week 20 Preview 
Week 20 kicks off with a handful of weekday games starting on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The Rochester Rhinos will visit Crystal Palace Baltimore at 7 p.m. ET and the Carolina RailHawks play host to Miami FC at 7 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. There will be one game played on Aug. 19, featuring the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7:30 p.m. ET at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Closing out the work week will be AC St. Louis and the Puerto Rico Islanders as they face off at 8:10 p.m. ET at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis on Friday, Aug. 20. Three games will be contested on Saturday with the first matchup seeing the Montreal Impact visit Crystal Palace Baltimore at 5 p.m. ET in Towson, Md. Rochester will then welcome Miami FC to Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. at 7 p.m. ET and the NSC Minnesota North Stars will play host to the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. CT in Blaine, Minn. The final game for Week 20 will be on Sunday, Aug. 22 when the Carolina RailHawks meet the Austin Aztex at 6 p.m. CT at House Park. 

Week 20 Schedule

 Date  Match   Time (ET)  Venue
 Aug. 18   Crystal Palace Baltimore vs. Rochester Rhinos  7 p.m.  Ridley Athletic Complex; Baltimore, Md.
 Aug. 18  Carolina RailHawks vs. Miami FC  7 p.m.  WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
 Aug. 19  Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC  7:30 p.m.  George M. Steinbrenner Field; Tampa, Fla.
 Aug. 20  AC St. Louis vs. Puerto Rico Islanders  8:10 p.m.  Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.
 Aug. 21  Crystal Palace Baltimore vs. Montreal Impact   5 p.m.  Paul Angelo Russo Stadium; Towson, Md.
 Aug. 21   Rochester Rhinos vs. Miami FC  7 p.m.  Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
 Aug. 21  NSC Minnesota Stars vs. Portland Timbers   8 p.m.  National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
 Aug. 22  Austin Aztex vs. Carolina RailHawks  7 p.m.  House Park; Austin, Texas

Week 20 Notes

  • St. Louis and Puerto Rico have only met once so far this season, a 1-0 win for St. Louis in Puerto Rico on June 12.
  • Rochester will look to extend their newfound lead with two games against Baltimore and Miami while Austin plays just once against Carolina this week.
  • Puerto Rico, Carolina and Minnesota will all be looking to take home three points with all three teams locked in a tie on 28 points as they start to look to make a push for the playoffs

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