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USSF D-2 Pro League Closes Out August Schedule with Seven Matches in Week 21


Week 21 Recap and Week 22 Preview of the USSF D-2 Pro League

Week 21 Recap  
The final week in August for the USSF D-2 Pro League featured seven games and kicked off on Aug. 25 with a 2-1 victory by the Carolina RailHawks against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in Florida. The Austin Aztex drew the Portland Timbers 1-1 on the road in Oregon, keeping pace with conference leaders Rochester. Both the Rhinos and Aztex have already qualified for the postseason, but a two-point difference between the clubs ensures a battle all the way down to the wire for the USL Conference crown. The Rhinos fell to the Montreal Impact 2-0 on Aug. 27, with Montreal forward Ali Gerba continuing his good form with both goals in the win, giving him five in the last two games. Carolina played their second game in three days on Aug. 28, falling to the Puerto Rico Islanders 3-2 in Cary, N.C. The final two games of the week took place on Sunday, Aug. 29 with a 2-2 draw between the Rowdies and AC St. Louis in Tampa and a 3-0 victory for Portland against Crystal Palace Baltimore. Timbers midfielder Ryan Pore scored one of the three goals, giving him his 14th of the season to remain atop the league’s goal scoring table.

Week 21 Results

 Date  Match   Venue
 Aug. 25   Tampa Bay Rowdies 1, Carolina RailHawks 2  George M. Steinbrenner Field; Tampa, Fla.
 Aug. 26  Portland Timbers 1, Austin Aztex 1  PGE Park; Portland, Ore.
 Aug. 27  Montreal Impact 2, Rochester Rhinos 0  Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec
 Aug. 28  Carolina RailHawks 2, Puerto Rico Islanders 3  WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
 Aug. 29  Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Austin Aztex 2  Swangard Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia
 Aug. 29   Tampa Bay Rowdies 2, AC St. Louis 2  George M. Steinbrenner Field; Tampa, Fla.
 Aug. 29  Portland Timbers 3, Crystal Palace Baltimore 0  PGE Park; Portland, Ore.

Week 21 Quick Hits

  • Montreal Impact forward Ali Gerba followed up his hat trick last week with a two-goal performance against Rochester.
  • Carolina broke their away victories franchise record with their seventh away victory this season.
  • Montreal broke Rochester's six-game win streak with their victory against the Rhinos on Aug. 27.

Week 22 Preview 
Week 22 kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 2 when Portland plays host to the Puerto Rico Islanders at 10 p.m. ET at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., and the Carolina RailHawks welcome Crystal Palace Baltimore to Cary, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. ET. The weekend games kick off with one Saturday match on Sept. 4 when the NSC Minnesota North Stars visit the Austing Aztex at 8:30 p.m. ET at House Park. The final two matches of the week will be played on Sept. 5, with the first featuring Vancouver Whitecaps FC playing host to Puerto Rico at 7 p.m. ET at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia, and AC St. Louis wrapping up the weekend against Miami FC at 7 p.m. ET at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, Mo.

Week 22 Schedule

 Date  Match   Time (ET)  Venue
 Sept. 2  Portland Timbers vs. Puerto Rico Islanders  10 p.m.  PGE Park; Portland, Ore.
 Sept. 3  Carolina RailHawks vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore  7 p.m.  WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
 Sept. 4  Austin Aztex vs. NSC Minnesota Stars  8:30 p.m.  House Park; Austin, Texas 
 Sept. 5  Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Puerto Rico Islanders  7 p.m.  Swangard Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia
 Sept. 5   AC St. Louis vs. Miami FC  7 p.m.  Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.

Week 22 Notes

  • With Rochester idle this week, Austin can take first place in the USL Conference with a victory. 
  • Puerto Rico will traverse most of the North American continent to face both Portland and Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Montreal, Rochester, and Tampa will be idle in Week 22.

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