San Antonio FC has not lost on its home turf at Toyota Field in more than calendar year across all competitions after this past weekend's draw with Sacramento Republic FC. | Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC
Ask around, and you’ll probably hear that San Antonio FC’s Toyota Field has become the hardest place to play in the USL Championship. In this week’s USL Championship News & Notes, we’ve got the numbers to back that up.
We also look at a significant landmark for Louisville City FC in the Championship’s regular season history, New Mexico United’s Chris Wehan is the latest to join an elite group, and Carlos Harvey’s big day at the office for Phoenix.
All of that, plus a look ahead to upcoming individual landmarks around the league, and the Week 6 Discipline Report.
Let’s dig in.
SAN ANTONIO HOME UNDEFEATED STREAK SURPASSES A CALENDAR YEAR
San Antonio FC’s undefeated streak at Toyota Field surpassed a calendar year in the past week with the club’s 0-0 draw against Western Conference rival Sacramento Republic FC extending the run to 24 games across all competitions.
Since suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Phoenix Rising FC on April 2, 2022, San Antonio has gone undefeated in 18 consecutive USL Championship regular season contests, three USL Championship Playoffs contests, and three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contests, including last year’s Third Round upset of Austin FC. San Antonio is bidding to join a group of nine teams that have gone undefeated in a full regular season campaign, most recently accomplished in 2021 by Phoenix Rising FC (13-0-3) and El Paso Locomotive FC (11-0-5).
To surpass the Championship’s all-time home undefeated streak, however, SAFC may need to carry its undefeated run for another calendar year. The Championship’s current record for the longest regular season home undefeated is held by the Richmond Kickers, who went 33 regular season games without defeat at City Stadium between June 23, 2012 and August 23, 2014.
Longest Home Regular Season Undefeated Streak in USL Championship History
1. Richmond Kickers – 33 games, 2012-14
T-2. Charleston Battery – 28 games, 2014-16
T-2. Indy Eleven – 28 games, 2018-20
T-4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – 25 games, 2018-20
T-4. Orlando City SC – 25 games, 2011-13
LOUCITY BECOMES WINNINGEST CLUB IN CHAMPIONSHIP’S REGULAR SEASON
Louisville City FC became the winningest club in the USL Championship’s regular season history on Saturday afternoon as it claimed its 139th victory with its 1-0 win against Detroit City FC at Lynn Family Stadium. The victory broke a tie with Orange County SC, which remained on 138 regular season victories after falling 1-0 at El Paso Locomotive FC later that day.
LouCity now sits one win ahead of both Orange County SC and the Charleston Battery, which claimed its 138th regular season victory in the Championship era on Saturday night against Hartford Athletic. LouCity’s winning percentage sits at 56.7 percent, with side having lost only 50 regular season contests in 245 regular season games as it enters Saturday’s 2022 USL Championship Final rematch with San Antonio FC.
Most Club Victories in the USL Championship Regular Season
1. Louisville City FC – 139 wins
T-2. Charleston Battery – 138 wins
T-2. Orange County SC – 138 wins
4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – 134 wins
5. Phoenix Rising FC – 132 wins
NEW MEXICO UNITED’S CHRIS WEHAN BAGS 50TH REGULAR SEASON GOAL
New Mexico United's Chris Wehan recorded his 50th regular season goal in the USL Championship on Saturday, making him the fifth player to record at least 50 goals and 30 assists in the league's regular season history. | Photo courtesy Kiera Winslow / Mont
New Mexico United’s Chris Wehan became the 22nd player to record 50 regular season goals in the USL Championship’s history on Saturday night during his club’s contest against Monterey Bay F.C. With 31 career regular season assists to accompany his goal total, the 29-year-old also joined an elite group to have recorded both at least 50 regular season goals and 30 regular season assists in his career.
Players to have recorded 50 goals, 30 assists in USL Championship’s regular season
Jorge Herrera – 72 goals, 35 assists in 231 appearances
Enzo Martinez – 59 goals, 39 assists in 191 appearances*
Alex Dixon – 53 goals, 31 assists in 224 appearances*
Solomon Asante – 50 goals, 47 assists in 132 appearances*
Chris Wehan – 50 goals, 31 assists in 144 appearances*
* - Active Player
PHOENIX’S CARLOS HARVEY PUTS IN THE WORK
Phoenix Rising FC’s Carlos Harvey delivered one of the performances of the weekend in his side’s 2-1 victory against Birmingham Legion FC with his individual numbers putting him in a fascinating group when it comes to duels won, tackles won, and goals in the same game.
According to Opta, the Panamanian international recorded 14 duels won and five tackles won in addition to his game-winning goal for the visitors at Protective Stadium. Those are marks that had only been previously reached in a single game by five players since the Championship’s partnership with Opta prior to the 2017 season.
Players with 1 goal, 5 tackles won, 14 duels won in a regular season game (2017-present)
Jonathan Barden, Ottawa Fury FC – 1 goal, 6 tackles won, 18 duels won vs. Saint Louis FC, 9/2/17
Julian Buscher, LA Galaxy II – 1 goal, 7 tackles won, 19 duels won vs. Las Vegas Lights FC, 5/26/18
Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence – 2 goals, 5 tackles won, 16 duels won vs. Ottawa Fury FC, 10/19/19
Mark Segbers, Miami FC – 1 goal, 5 tackles won, 14 duels won vs. New York Red Bulls II, 3/12/22
Cristian Nava, New Mexico United – 1 goal, 5 tackles won, 15 duels won vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 5/24/22
Carlos Harvey, Phoenix Rising FC – 1 goal, 5 tackles won, 14 duels won vs. Birmingham Legion FC, 4/9/23
Indy Eleven's Sebastian Guenzatti is set to make his 150th regular season appearance in the USL Championship of his career on Saturday night when the Boys in Blue visit Orange County SC. | Photo courtesy Trevor Ruszkowski / Indy Eleven
Approaching 200 regular-season appearances
Danny Barrera (HFD) – 197
Approaching 150 regular-season appearances
Sebastian Guenzatti (IND) – 149
Forrest Lasso (TBR) – 149
Cameron Lancaster (LOU) – 148
Eric Bird (TUL) – 148
Bradley Bourgeois (TUL) – 148
Lucky Mkosana (TBR) – 146
Aaron Guillen (TBR) – 146
Duke Lacroix (COS) – 146
Approaching 100 regular-season appearances
Graham Smith (MEM) – 99
Leland Archer (CHS) – 99
Romario Williams (COS) – 99
Michael Salazar (MIA) – 98
Wilson Harris (LOU) – 98
Sam Gleadle (MB) – 97
Joe Kuzminsky (COS) – 97
Approaching 15,000 regular-season minutes
Alex Tambakis (NM) – 14,927
Tarek Morad (OAK) – 14,842
Bolu Akinyode (MIA) – 14,746
James Musa (COS) – 14,639
Approaching 10,000 regular-season minutes
Rodrigo Da Costa (TUL) – 9,942
Approaching 75 regular season goals
Neco Brett (BHM) – 72
Approaching 50 regular-season goals
Lucky Mkosana (TBR) – 48
Approaching 50 regular season assists
Aodhan Quinn (IND) – 48
Solomon Asante (IND) – 47
Approaching 40 regular season assists
Enzo Martinez (BHM) – 39
Approaching 30 regular season assists
Oscar Jimenez (LOU) – 29
Justin Portillo (NM) – 28
Niall McCabe (LOU) – 27
Approaching 250 regular season saves
Trey Muse (CHS) – 248
Approaching 40 regular-season shutouts
Matt VanOekel (BHM) – 38
Approaching 30 regular-season shutouts
Joe Kuzminsky (COS) – 29
TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL Championship’s discipline report for Week 6 of the 2023 USL Championship season:
The Charleston Battery’s Dante Polvara will not serve a suspension following a successful appeal of his second yellow card against Hartford Athletic on April 8 to the Independent Review Panel. Polvara will be available for selection in Charleston’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Robbie Mertz has been suspended for one game following his red card for serious foul play against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on April 8. Mertz will be unavailable for selection in Pittsburgh’s contest against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Arturo Ordonez has been suspended for one game following his red card for two cautionable offenses against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on April 8. Ordonez will be unavailable for selection in Pittsburgh’s contest against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night.
Oakland Roots SC’s Emrah Klimenta has been suspended for one game following his red card for two cautionable offenses against Indy Eleven on April 8. Klimenta will be unavailable for selection in Oakland’s contest against Hartford Athletic on Saturday night.
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