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
|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
|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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