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April 15, 2015
Sounders FC 2, United earn third consecutive wins to start season

The top four teams in the USL’s Western Conference faced off Saturday night, and when the dust settled Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Arizona United SC were left alone at the top of the standings as the early-season race to the top began in earnest.

TUKWILA, Wash.---The first clash between the Cascadia rivals in the USL since 2008 proved to be a classic, as S2 rallied to take a late victory at Starfire Stadium. T2 took the lead at the half-hour mark as Harrison Delbridge headed home a free kick, but S2 got back on level terms early in the second half when Andy Craven was brought down in the penalty area, and Pablo Rossi converted from the spot. Craven was involved again in the winner three minutes from full time, as his clever, flicked pass found the run of Giuliano Frano, who lifted a volley past the advancing goalkeeper to claim all three points.

AUSTIN, Tex.---For a second consecutive contest, Long Tan scored the winner as Arizona continued its strong road trip to start the season. The goal arrived four minutes into the second half, as Brad Stisser’s low cross found Tan for a first-time finish into the top-left corner of the net. Arizona’s defense limited the Aztex attack to just one shot on goal as center backs Rob Valentino and Tyler Ruthven shone in the side’s first shutout of the season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.---Rodrigo Lopez continued to hold a spell over the LA Galaxy II as he recorded another goal and assist to lead his side to victory in front of a sellout crowd of 10,096 fans at the newly expanded Bonney Field. Lopez opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, and then provided the assist on a header by David Estrada for Sacramento’s third, while Emrah Klimenta scored in between. Ariel Lassiter tucked away a finish from Raul Mendiola’s third assist this season for LA in the second half, but Sacramento held on comfortably for the victory.

FENTON, Mo.---Saint Louis native Brandon Barklage scored the first goal at World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Saturday night, but the Pittsburgh Riverhounds rallied back to earn a point in front of a sellout crowd of 5,280 on Saturday night. Saint Louis took the lead as Barklage scored from close range off a corner just before halftime, but Pittsburgh’s Ryan Thompson made a number of key saves to keep his side in the contest, and the Riverhounds’ fightback in the second half was rewarded with 19 minutes to go as Vini Dantas scored after Stephen Okai’s cross was deflected.

Player of the Week
Richmond Kickers forward Jason Yeisley has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the fourth week of the 2015 season after he scored a pair of goals to lead the Kickers to victory against Wilmington Hammerheads FC on Friday night.
Yeisley earned 60 percent of the vote, which was conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Sacramento Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez finished second with 27 percent.

USL Team of the Week
GK – Andre Rawls, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Recorded a 10-save shutout as the Hammerheads took victory against the New York Red Bulls II
D – Rob Valentino, Arizona United SC: Standout performance limited Austin to one shot on goal as United earned its third consecutive win, and first shutout
D – Justen Glad, Real Monarchs SLC: Excellent defensive display was capped with a goal as the Monarchs took a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers 2
D – Kleyner Bejarano, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Strong defensively as the Switchbacks recorded their first shutout in a 1-0 win against Real Monarchs SLC
M – Giuliano Frano, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Scored the game-winner with three minutes to go as S2 remained perfect with its third consecutive win to start the season
M – Brandon Barklage, Saint Louis FC: Scored STL FC’s first goal at World Wide Technology Soccer Park as his side earned a point against Pittsburgh
M – Rodrigo Lopez, Sacramento Republic FC: Had a goal and an assist to lead the defending champion to victory in its home opener at Bonney Field
M – Didier Crettenand, Orange County Blues FC: Excellent throughout, Crettenand’s first goal for the Blues was the winner against Whitecaps FC 2
F – Mike Seth, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Had the only goal as Colorado Springs earned its first win in club history against Real Monarchs SLC
F – Jason Yeisley, Richmond Kickers: Two excellent finishes lifted Richmond to victory against Wilmington Hammerheads FC
F – Nick Zimmerman, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Scored a pair of goals as the Hammerheads took victory against the New York Red Bulls II
Bench: Travis Worra (RIC), Emrah Klimenta (SAC), Romeo Filipovic (OC), Sunny Jane (WIL), Christian Volesky (ROC), Andy Craven (SEA), Long Tan (AZ)

Wednesday, April 8
Real Monarchs SLC 1, Portland Timbers 2 1
Friday, April 10
Richmond Kickers 3, Wilmington Hammerheads FC 0
Saturday, April 11
Rochester Rhinos 3, FC Montreal 0
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1, Real Monarchs SLC 0
Saint Louis FC 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
Arizona United SC 1, Austin Aztex 0
Sacramento Republic 3, LA Galaxy II 1
Seattle Sounders FC 2 2, Portland Timbers 2 1
Sunday, April 12
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 3, New York Red Bulls II 0
Orange County Blues FC 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 0

Wednesday, April 15
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, 9:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, April 16
Louisville City FC vs. Rochester Rhinos, 6:30 p.m. CT
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2, 7 p.m. CT
Friday, April 17
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC, 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 18
Richmond Kickers vs. Charlotte Independence, 6 p.m. CT
Harrisburg City Islanders vs. FC Montreal, 6 p.m. CT
Charleston Battery vs. New York Red Bulls II, 6:30 p.m. CT
OKC Energy FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2, 7 p.m. CT
Saint Louis FC vs. Rochester Rhinos, 7:30 p.m. CT
Orange County Blues FC vs. Arizona United SC, 9 p.m. CT
Sacramento Republic FC 2 vs. Portland Timbers 2, 9:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 20
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Louisville City FC, 2 p.m. CT
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Toronto FC II, 5 p.m. CT
LA Galaxy II vs. Austin Aztex, 7 p.m. CT

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