USL First Division Weekend Round-Up
Puerto Rico Islanders and Rochester Rhinos made the biggest moves up the United Soccer Leagues First Division standings during the latest weekend of action.
After spending much of the first half of the season near the bottom of the USL-1 table, Puerto Rico and Rochester have made the most of their fine form to break into the league's top four, with Charleston Battery still leading the way by three points from the second-place Islanders.
Action began with four games on Friday night. In Montreal, the Impact warmed up for Tuesday's crucial Nutrilite Canadian Championship game with a 3-1 victory over Miami FC Blues. Former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder David Testo found the scoresheet at Saputo Stadium, as John Limniatis' side ended Miami's nine-game unbeaten streak. In Carolina, Puerto Rico recorded their fourth-straight road victory with an impressive 2-0 win over the RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park. Former Whitecaps striker Josh Hansen and Haiti international Fabrice Noel scored the Islanders' goals in the first half, as the Caribbean club have now won six of their last seven matches in USL-1.
Friday action also saw Atlanta Silverbacks claim a dramatic 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers at the RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium in Georgia. Atlanta's Scot Buete cancelled out Lawrence Olum's 90th-minute goal for the visitors in second half stoppage time. Meanwhile, at the Starfire Sports Complex, Rochester handed Seattle Sounders their first home defeat after recording a 3-1 result. Luke Kreamalmeyer, Andrew Gregor, and Matthew Delicate scored for the Rhinos in Tukwila, Washington.
On Saturday, Charleston maintain their grip on first place in USL-1, as first-half goals by Darren Spicer and Stephen Armstrong gave the Battery a 2-0 victory over Portland at Blackbaud Stadium in South Carolina.
The lone match on Sunday saw the upwardly mobile Rhinos take their unbeaten run to five games with a 1-0 result at struggling Minnesota Thunder. Johnny Menyongar's fine volley strike proved the difference between the two sides at the National Sports Center, with the Thunder now winless in their last 10 league games. The result also brought the second coaching change of the USL-1 season, as Amos Magee stepped down from his post as Minnesota head coach after the club's poor run of form.