Last weekend was busy across the USL landscape with seven matches taking place on Saturday and two on Sunday.
In an exciting twist of the table, Charlotte Independence held on after conceding in the 21st minute to earn a draw with Phoenix Rising FC after Irvin Parra’s goal for Charlotte in the second minute.
From an interdivision standpoint, LA Galaxy II and Tacoma Defiance shared the points with a 1-1 draw at Dignity Health Sports Park while Oakland Roots also shared points with the Indomitable Club’s next opponent, Las Vegas Lights FC. There was plenty of exciting action outside the confines of the Pacific Division, including Hartford Athletic storming back with two goals in the final five minutes to stun New York Red Bulls II with a 2-2 draw.
It’ll be USL soccer every day of the week this week up until Sunday. New Mexico United and Charleston Battery kicked things off on Monday night from Albuquerque with a 2-1 win for the home side, while Hartford Athletic downed Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 in an Atlantic Division fixture on Tuesday.
Portland and Gotham FC played to a scoreless draw on Sunday, while Chicago Red Stars and OL Reign each picked up three points to stay in the playoff hunt.
Looking ahead, North Carolina and Houston face off on Saturday as USWNT forward Lynn Williams and company look to get back to winning ways at the top of the table. Sunday’s NWSL slate features three matchups, highlighted by a top-three fixture in third-place Portland Thorns FC squaring off with second-place Orlando Pride.
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