Indy Eleven's Aodhan Quinn became the all-time leader in regular season minutes in USL Championship history this past Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. | Photo courtesy Trevor Ruszkowski / Indy Eleven
“Eighty percent of success is showing up” – Woody Allen
What Allen meant wasn’t that if you show up, good things will automatically happen, but if you don’t show up at all, there’s no chance of it occurring.
For 10 seasons in the USL Championship, Aodhan Quinn has shown up, and then some.
In this week’s edition of the USL Championship News & Notes we take a look at the new all-time leader in regular season minutes in league history, the end of a one of the longest home undefeated streaks in USL Championship history, and the notable group of young players that two of the league’s top 17-year-olds joined this weekend.
Plus we’ve got our regular guide to upcoming individual landmarks across the Championship, and the weekly Discipline Report.
Let’s dig in.
AODHAN QUINN MOVES INTO ALL-TIME MINUTES LEAD IN USL CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo courtesy Trevor Ruszkowski / Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven’s Aodhan Quinn became the USL Championship’s all-time leader in regular season minutes on Saturday night as he played the full 90 minutes against the Tampa Bay Rowdies to move to 20,096 minutes in his career. Quinn and his predecessor in holding the record, Taylor Mueller, were joined by three other players in surpassing 20,000 minutes on Saturday night, with New Mexico United’s Josh Suggs, Monterey Bay F.C.’s Hugh Roberts and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Kenardo Forbes also achieving the landmark.
Quinn set the record in his 242nd regular season appearance in the USL Championship, which places him tied for seventh in the league’s history. He has played 92.3 percent of available minutes in those appearances, an average of 83 minutes per appearance over his 10-season career.
The 31-year-old has recorded at least 2,200 minutes in a season on five occasions, and twice played every minute of a regular season, both for Orange County SC in 2018 and 2020. Additionally, he is one of seven players to have recorded a combined 100 goals and assists in the Championship for his career, currently sitting with 51 goals and 49 assists.
Most Regular Season Minutes in the USL Championship
1. Aodhan Quinn – 20,096*
2. Josh Suggs – 20,082*
3. Taylor Mueller – 20,077
4. Hugh Roberts – 20,067*
5. Kenardo Forbes – 20,015*
* - active players
MIAMI FC ENDS SAN ANTONIO FC’S HOME UNDEFEATED STREAK
Miami FC claimed a 1-0 victory against San Antonio FC on Saturday night at Toyota Field to end the club’s 24-game home regular season undefeated streak. San Antonio’s run was the sixth-longest in the Championship’s history, and the longest since Indy Eleven’s 28-game home undefeated streak between July 4, 2018 and August 1, 2020.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is now the lone remaining side yet to be defeated at home this season (7-0-3), with the club’s 11-game home undefeated streak – which began on October 15, 2022 against Oakland Roots SC after a defeat at home to San Antonio FC in its prior contest at Highmark Stadium – currently the longest active streak in the league.
Longest Home Regular Season Undefeated Streak in USL Championship History
1. Richmond Kickers – 33 games (2012-14)
T-2. Indy Eleven – 28 games (2018-20)
T-2. Charleston Battery – 28 games (2014-16)
T-4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – 25 games (2018-20)
T-4. Orlando City SC – 25 games (2011-13)
6. San Antonio FC – 24 games (2022-23)
7. El Paso Locomotive FC – 23 games (2020-21)
8. Rochester Rhinos – 21 games (2014-16)
9. Phoenix Rising FC – 19 games (2020-22)
10. Tampa Bay Rowdies – 18 games (2017-18)
NEW MEXICO UNITED’S ALEX TAMBAKIS MOVES SECOND IN SHUTOUTS
New Mexico United’s Alex Tambakis moved into sole possession of second place in USL Championship regular season shutouts on Saturday night as he recorded the 44th of his career with a four-save performance in United’s 3-0 victory against Sacramento Republic FC.
Tambakis broke a tie with 2015 USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year Brandon Miller, and now ranks second all-time in the Championship in both shutouts and saves (514), trailing Evan Newton in both categories. The 30-year-old reached the mark in his 182nd regular season appearance in the league, which places him only seven appearances behind Newton (189) for the most appearances by a goalkeeper in the USL Championship’s history. Tambakis (16,367) also ranks second to Newton (16,876) for the most minutes played by a goalkeeper in the USL Championship’s history, a difference of 509 minutes.
Most Regular Season Shutouts in USL Championship History
1. Evan Newton – 58
2. Alex Tambakis – 44*
3. Brandon Miller – 43
T-4. Odisnel Cooper – 40
T-4. Matt VanOekel – 40*
* - Active Player
CHARLESTON’S BARAJAS, BIRMINGHAM’S CORCORAN JOIN NOTABLE YOUNG GROUP
The Charleston Battery's Fidel Barajas (left) and Birmingham Legion FC's Matthew Corcoran each recorded their first two-assist games in the USL Championship this past Saturday.
The Charleston Battery’s Fidel Barajas and Birmingham Legion FC’s Matthew Corcoran became just the seventh and eighth players in the USL Championship’s history to record a two-assist game in the league’s regular season before turning 18 years old on Saturday night. Barajas’ two assists helped the Battery to a 3-1 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, while Corcoran’s fueled a 2-1 comeback victory for Legion FC against Louisville City FC.
Former Tacoma Defiance forward Alec Diaz remains the youngest player to have recorded multiple assists in a USL Championship regular season game, having notched two assists aged 16 years, 310 days old in a 4-1 victory against FC Tulsa on October 13, 2018. Barajas (17 years, 108 days) enters at No. 4 on the overall list, while Corcoran (17 years, 155 days) enters at No. 6.
Youngest Players to Record Multiple Assists in a USL Championship Regular Season Game
1. Alec Diaz, Tacoma Defiance – 2 assists vs. FC Tulsa, 16 years & 310 days, 10/13/18
2. Caden Stafford, Philadelphia Union II – 2 assists vs. New York Red Bulls II, 16 years & 364 days, 9/26/20
3. Jonantan Villal, Atlanta United 2 – 2 assists vs. Charleston Battery, 17 years & 80 days, 3/27/22
4. Fidel Barajas, Charleston Battery – 2 assists vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 17 years & 108 days, 7/22/23
5. Ballou Tabla, FC Montreal – 2 assists vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 17 years & 133 days, 8/10/16
6. Matthew Corcoran, Birmingham Legion FC – 2 assists vs. Louisville City FC, 17 years & 155 days, 7/22/23
7. Jonathan Gomez, Louisville City FC – 2 assists vs. OKC Energy FC, 17 years & 316 days, 7/14/21
8. Pierre Da Silva, Orlando City B – 2 assists vs. Charleston Battery, 17 years & 318 days, 6/10/16
- Orange County SC’s 4-3 victory against Memphis 901 FC marked the first time the side has rallied from a two-goal deficit to take victory since a 4-3 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on October 13, 2017, when Irvin Parra scored twice for OCSC.
- Louisville City FC’s defeat to Birmingham Legion FC marked its first three-game losing streak in the USL Championship’s regular season since defeats to the New York Red Bulls II, Charleston Battery and Saint Louis FC between September 5 and 19 in 2015.
- Miami FC’s victory at San Antonio FC was its first road victory of the 2023 regular season, breaking a 10-game winless run away from Riccardo Silva Stadium.
- The Charleston Battery’s Trey Muse enters the week with 299 regular season saves in the USL Championship. He will become the 12th goalkeeper to reach 300 regular season saves in the league’s history with his next stop.
- Monterey Bay F.C.’s Hugh Roberts enters the week on 249 regular season appearances in the USL Championship. He would become the fifth player to reach 250 regular season games with his next appearance, and the fourth to reach the mark this season after Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Kenardo Forbes reached the mark this past Saturday.
Monterey Bay F.C.'s Hugh Roberts could make his 250th regular season appearance in the USL Championship's regular season on Saturday when his side hosts Phoenix Rising FC. | Photo courtesy Liza Rosales / Orange County SC
Approaching 250 regular-season appearances
Hugh Roberts (MB) – 249
Paolo DelPiccolo (LOU) – 247
Approaching 200 regular-season appearances
Speedy Williams (COS) – 199
Approaching 150 regular-season appearances
Chris Wehan (NM) – 148
Solomon Asante (IND) – 147
Amadou Dia (LOU) – 147
Kevon Lambert (PHX) – 146
Approaching 100 regular-season appearances
Sergio Rivas (NM) – 99
Jorge Hernandez (SA) – 99
Joe Kuzminsky (COS) – 99
Andrew Fox (OC) – 98
Camden Riley (SD) – 98
Akeem Ward (MEM) – 98
Dylan Mares (LOU) – 98
Dario Suarez (DET) – 98
Yuma (ELP) – 97
Approaching 15,000 regular season minutes
Conor Donovan (SAC) – 14,832
Paco Craig (MIA) – 14,807
Brian Ownby (LOU) – 14,748
Joe Farrell (PIT) – 14,686
Approaching 10,000 regular season minutes
Luiz Fernando (MEM) – 9,962
Anderson Asiedu (BHM) – 9,910
Tyler Pasher (BHM) – 9,875
Graham Smith (MEM) – 9,821
Approaching 75 regular season goals
Neco Brett (BHM) – 73
Approaching 50 regular season goals
Romario Williams (COS) – 49
Lucky Mkosana (TBR) – 48
Approaching 50 regular season assists
Aodhan Quinn (IND) – 49
Solomon Asante (IND) – 48
Approaching 30 regular season assists
Oscar Jimenez (LOU) – 29
Niall McCabe (LOU) – 27
Charlie Adams (SD) – 27
Rodrigo Da Costa (MEM) – 27
Approaching 300 regular season saves
Trey Muse (CHS) – 299
Approaching 200 regular season saves
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 188
Jake McGuire (MIA) – 188
Kyle Morton (LOU) – 187
Approaching 30 regular-season shutouts
Joe Kuzminsky (COS) – 29
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 28
Jordan Farr (SA) – 27
TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL Championship’s discipline report for Week 21 of the 2023 USL Championship season:
Miami FC’s Paco Craig will not serve a suspension following a successful appeal to the Independent Review Panel of his second yellow card against San Antonio FC. Craig will be available for selection in Miami’s contest against Loudoun United FC on Saturday night.
Memphis 901 FC’s Bruno Lapa has been suspended for one game following his red card for violent conduct against Orange County SC on July 22. Lapa will be unavailable for selection in Memphis’ contest against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night.
Memphis 901 FC’s Jeremy Kelly has been suspended for one game following his red card for two cautionable offenses against Orange County SC on July 22. Kelly will be unavailable for selection in Memphis’ contest against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night.
Rio Grande Valley FC’s Robert Coronado has been suspended for one game following his red card for serious foul play against FC Tulsa on July 21. Coronado will be unavailable for selection in Rio Grande Valley’s contest against El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday night.
Rio Grande Valley FC’s Frank Nodarse has been suspended for one game following his red card for two cautionable offenses against FC Tulsa on July 21. Nodarse will be unavailable for selection in Rio Grande Valley’s contest against El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday night.
Phoenix Rising FC’s Renzo Zambrano has been suspended one game for caution accumulation after receiving his eighth yellow card of the season against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on July 22. Zambrano will be unavailable for selection in Phoenix’s contest against Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday night.
The following players enter the upcoming matches one caution away from a yellow card accumulation suspension for their eighth yellow card of the season. Here is the breakdown per club:
Birmingham Legion FC (1) – Anderson Asiedu
El Paso Locomotive FC (2) – Eder Borelli, Bence Pavkovics
Indy Eleven (2) – Cam Lindley, Callum Chapman-Page
Loudoun United FC (1) – Houssou Landry
Memphis 901 FC (1) – Graham Smith
Monterey Bay F.C. (1) – James Murphy
Rio Grande Valley FC (1) – Taylor Davila
San Antonio FC (1) – Alen Marcina
Tampa Bay Rowdies (1) – Forrest Lasso
FC Tulsa (1) – Milo Yosef
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