Week 2 of the USSF D-2 Pro League Concludes After Five Weekend Matches
Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Preview of the 2010 USSF D-2 Pro League
Week 2 Recap
The second week of the 2010 USSF Division-2 Pro League wrapped up this weekend after 10 teams were in action during five weekend matches. Friday night’s contests saw the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the NSC Minnesota Stars earn their first points of the season – each claiming 1-0 road victories. The Rowdies traveled to Maryland where they defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore, and Minnesota triumphed against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Saturday evening’s trio of matches started in Oregon where the Portland Timbers claimed a 1-0 home victory against the Rochester Rhinos. In their franchise home opener, AC St. Louis could not hold off the Austin Aztex as they fell 2-1 at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, Mo. The last match of the weekend ended a scoreless draw as Vancouver Whitecaps FC made the cross-continental journey to take on Miami FC in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Week 2 Results
|April 16||Crystal Palace Baltimore 0, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1||UMBC Stadium; Catonsville, Md.|
|April 16||Carolina RailHawks 0, NSC Minnesota Stars 1||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|April 17||Portland Timbers 1, Rochester Rhinos 0||PGE Park; Portland, Ore.|
|April 17||AC St. Louis 1, Austin Aztex 2||Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.|
|April 17||Miami FC 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0||Lockhart Stadium; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.|
Week 2 Quick Hits
- After winning in Week 2, the Austin Aztex are the only team to have played two games and taken the maximum six points available.
- Minnessota's 1-0 win in Cary, N.C., marked the first win for the NSC Minnessota Stars franchise.
- Portland opened their home schedule with a 1-0 win in front of a sold out crowd of 15,418 at PGE Park.
- Goalkeeper Jay Nolly and the Vancouver defense are the only team that has not given up a goal in the first two weeks (excludes Puerto Rico who have not opened their season yet).
Week 3 Preview
Week 3 features a full slate of matches that begin midweek when the Puerto Rico Islanders open their 2010 season against the NSC Minnesota Stars on Wednesday, April 21, at 8:05 p.m. ET in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The following day will see the Portland Timbers play host to AC St. Louis at PGE Park at 7 p.m. ET. St. Louis will complete their Pacific Northwest doubleheader on Saturday, April 24, when they meet Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 4 p.m. ET at Swangard Stadium. Later in the evening, Tampa Bay will be on the road again as they clash with the NSC Minnesota Stars at the National Sports Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and Crystal Palace Baltimore will play host to the Puerto Rico Islanders at 7 p.m. ET. The Montreal Impact open their home schedule on Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in an afternoon contest with the Portland Timbers at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec. Capping the weekend will be the Austin Aztex at home against the Rochester Rhinos as the Texas club looks to preserves its perfect record on the season.
Week 3 Schedule
|April 21||Puerto Rico Islanders vs. NSC Minnesota Stars||8:05 p.m.||Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|April 22||Portland Timbers vs. AC St. Louis||7 p.m.||PGE Park; Portland, Ore.|
|April 24||Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. AC St. Louis||4 p.m.||Swangard Stadium; Vancouver, British Columbia|
|April 24||NSC Minnesota Stars vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies||7 p.m.||National Sports Center; Minneapolis, Minn.|
|April 24||Crystal Palace Baltimore vs. Puerto Rico Islanders||7 p.m.||UMBC Stadium; Catonsville, Md.|
|April 25||Montreal Impact vs. Portland Timbers||2 p.m.||Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec|
|April 25||Austin Aztex vs. Rochester Rhinos||6 p.m.||House Park; Austin, Texas|
Week 3 Notes
- Puerto Rico, the only team yet to play, opens its season at home against the NSC Minnessota Stars who have three points after the opening two games.
- With Puerto Rico, Vancouver and Montreal playing at home, three of the seven scheduled games will be played outside of the geographic United States.