Friday, August 17

LD Update: Final weekend in USL Pro; Strikers minus two stars

Eight of the nine games in the final weekend of the USL Pro regular season this week will likely decide the playoff field as teams two through eight fight for the remaining three berths of six or playoff positions that that include a second bye to the semifinals. Orlando City clinched the top spot several weeks ago. With all but the top three teams having two games left to play and only five points separating second-place Rochester and the pair of sixth-place sides Charlotte and Harrisburg, plenty of scenarios are in play for the final weekend. The LA Blue, four points back of postseason position are also in the hunt with some help. Seven of the nine matches are available via online streams.

The Final Nine  (# view on USLnation)

Wilmington @ Charlotte
Richmond @ Antigua
Harrisburg @ LA #
Dayton @ Orlando City #
Pittsburgh @ Rochester #
Dayton @ Charleston #
Charlotte @ Wilmington #
Richmond @ Antigua #
Harrisburg @ LA #

Where They Stand  GP / Pts

1 Orlando City - 23/56
2 Rochester - 23/38
3 Charleston - 23/37
4 Richmond - 22/35
5 Wilmington - 22/34
6 Charlotte - 22/33
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7 Harrisburg - 22/33
8 Los Angeles - 22/29

NASL News: The Atlanta Silverbacks will see Brian Haynes assume the reigns as head coach of the team with Eric Wynalda returning to California to perform his broadcast responsibilities for Fox Soccer... Andy Herron of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers was suspended for two games by the league... Fort Lauderdale also lost midfielder Walter Restrepo for the remainder of the season due to an ACL tear suffered during training. 

USL Pro News: The league unveiled the Team of the Week, recognizing Tony Donatelli of the Charleston Battery as the Player of the Week.

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