USL First Division Weekend Round-Up


Charleston Battery lead the United Soccer Leagues First Division standings after claiming two more victories in the latest round of action.

The South Carolina club took advantage of Portland Timbers claiming another two draws during their weekend road trip to Puerto Rico and Miami.

In what was a busy weekend, the latest action started as far back as last Wednesday, with Charleston causing more last-minute heartache on Montreal Impact with a 1-0 win at Blackbaud Stadium. Seattle Sounders, meanwhile, endured a frustrating Wednesday at the Stafire Sports Complex after Scott Palguta cancelled out Zach Scott's opening goal to give the visiting Rochester Rhinos a 1-1 draw in Tukwila, Washington.

There were three games on Friday, with Vancouver Whitecaps building on a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy in Edmonton, Alberta, last Tuesday with a 1-0 success over Miami FC Blues in south Florida. In the Caribbean, Portland came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with hosts Puerto Rico Islanders. In the state of Georgia, former Whitecaps striker Jason McLaughlin had a goal and an assist, as Atlanta Silverbacks defeated Minnesota Thunder 2-1.

The lone game on Saturday saw USL-1 soccer back in Rochester's PAETEC Park for the first time in 2008, but Charleston striker Randi Patterson went to the top of the league's goalscoring charts after his neat second-half finish past Rhinos goalkeeper Scott Vallow gave the Battery a 1-0 victory in Upstate New York.

There were two goalless draws on Sunday, with Portland making it three 0-0 ties in four games for the month of May after another scoreless stalemate in Miami. It was the same outcome in North Carolina, as the hosts RailHawks drew 0-0 with visiting Minnesota. The only game that had goals was in Seattle, as the Sounders overcame ten-man Atlanta 4-2 at Starfire.

The final game took place on Victoria Day Monday, as a soggy Saputo Stadium hosted its first-ever competitive game, with the Impact drawing 0-0 with Canadian rivals Vancouver.