Week 17 Recap
The lone match on July 27 between the Carolina RailHawks and the Rochester Rhinos kicked off Week 17 of the USSF D-2 Pro League, with the Rhinos coming out on top 1-0 in a rainy game in Cary, N.C. The following day, Mike Ambersley scored a hat trick for AC St. Louis to defeat the Portland Timbers 3-0 on July 28, while in a Canadian derby, Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Impact on the road. A full slate of games on July 31 saw several draws, with Crystal Palace Baltimore tying the Impact 1-1, Carolina drawing Vancouver 2-2 and the Tampa Bay Rowdies drawing Portland 2-2 in Tampa. The only victory on the day went to the league leading Austin Aztex, as they defeated Miami FC 3-1 in front of a home crowd. The week wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, as AC St. Louis had another multiple goal scorer in Luke Kreamalmeyer, who netted two to help his club draw the NSC Minnesota Stars in St. Louis.
Week 17 Results
|July 27||Carolina RailHawks 0, Rochester Rhinos 1||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|July 28||AC St. Louis 3, Portland Timbers 0||Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.|
|July 28||Montreal Impact 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1||Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec|
|July 31||Crystal Palace Baltimore 1, Montreal Impact 1||Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.|
|July 31||Carolina RailHawks 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|July 31||Tampa Bay Rowdies 2, Portland Timbers 2||George M. Steinbrenner Field; Tampa, Fla.|
|July 31||Austin Aztex 3, Miami FC 1||House Park; Austin, Texas|
|Aug. 1||AC St. Louis 2, NSC Minnesota Stars 2||Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.|
Week 17 Quick Hits
- Vancouver had a productive week on the road as they earned four points against NASL Conference opponents to increase their lead at the top of the standings.
- AC St. Louis' Mike Ambersley recorded the first hat trick in franchise history in the club's 3-0 win against Portland in St. Louis.
- Minnesota has gone unbeaten in their last four matches with a 1-0-3 record and three consecutive draws.
Week 18 Preview
Week 18 kicks off with a Wednesday afternoon match at the Maryland SoccerPlex as Crystal Palace Baltimore takes on Miami FC at 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 4. Later in the evening, the Portland Timbers visit the Rochester Rhinos at 7 p.m. ET in a crucial USL Conference match, as both teams look to keep pace with the Austin Aztex at the top of the table. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, in the midst of a five-game road trip, stop in St. Louis on Friday night for an Aug. 6 match at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Carolina RailHawks and Montreal Impact, who sit second and third in the NASL Conference behind Vancouver, will be keeping an eye on that match before they meet on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. ET in Cary, N.C. Miami FC and the Puerto Rico Islanders will be looking to pull themselves off the bottom of their respective conferences when they meet at 8:05 p.m. ET in Puerto Rico on Saturday, while the Austin Aztex will be looking for another home win when they meet the Tampa Bay Rowdies at House Park at 8:30 p.m. ET to round out the weekend schedule.
Week 18 Schedule
|Aug. 4||Crystal Palace Baltimore vs. Miami FC||2 p.m.||Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.|
|Aug. 4||Rochester Rhinos vs. Portland Timbers||7 p.m.||Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.|
|Aug. 6||AC St. Louis vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC||8:10 p.m.||Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park; St. Louis, Mo.|
|Aug. 7||Carolina RailHawks vs. Montreal Impact||7 p.m.||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|Aug. 7||Austin Aztex vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies||8:30 p.m.||House Park; Austin, Texas|
|Aug. 7||Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Miami FC||8:05 p.m.||Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
Week 18 Notes
- Rochester has the chance to become the second team to reach 10 wins this season when they meet Portland at home on Wednesday.
- Carolina and Montreal will be renewing their NASL Conference rivalry for the fourth time this season having split the previous three results with both teams winning one match and drawing the third.
- Minnesota is the only idle team in Week 18.
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