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How the Battery’s M&M Boys made USL Championship history | News & Notes

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 05/01/24, 3:40PM EDT


Louisville City FC’s attack achieves a first in league history; Markanich powers to best individual start in a decade

The Charleston Battery's Nick Markanich and MD Myers have each scored in the club's past four contest, a first for teammates in the USL Championship's history. | Photo courtesy Michael Wiser / Charleston Battery

The attacking prowess of the Charleston Battery and Louisville City FC were on full display this past weekend.

For each, the weekend delivered landmark performances which also now stand as record-setters in the USL Championship’s history. In this week’s edition of News & Notes we look at the Battery’s Nick Markanich and MD Myers’ concurrent scoring streaks, LouCity’s historic run of home form, and where Markanich stands among the best individual nine-game starts to a regular season campaign.

We also have notes on Miami FC’s streak-ending victory against San Antonio FC, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC midfielder Kenardo Forbes’ ascent to the top of the Championship’s all-time regular season minutes table. There’s also our regular look ahead to upcoming landmarks among the league’s players, and the Week 9 Discipline Report.

Let’s begin.



The Charleston Battery’s Nick Markanich and MD Myers became the first teammates to both record goals in four consecutive games during Charleston’s victory against Las Vegas Lights FC. The duo have each found the net in each of the club’s current four-game winning streak against Louisville City FC, Indy Eleven, FC Tulsa and Las Vegas.

Previously a small collection of teammates had registered goals in three consecutive games alongside each other, including the feat of the trio of Phoenix Rising FC teammates Adam Jahn, Solomon Asante and Junior Flemmings each scoring in three consecutive games during the 2019 season. That run was part of a longer individual streak achieved by Asante that capped at seven games.

Most Consecutive Games with Goals by Teammates in USL Championship Era
MD Myers & Nick Markanich (CHS) – 4 games (4/9 to 4/27, 2024)
Danny Trejo & Cal Jennings (LV) – 3 games (6/11 to 6/24, 2022)
Hadji Barry & Michee Ngalina (COS) – 3 games (8/14 to 8/28, 2021)
Solomon Asante, Junior Flemmings & Adam Jahn (PHX) – 3 games (5/18 to 6/7, 2019)
Enzo Martinez & Jorge Herrera (CLT) – 3 games (7/4 to 7/15, 2017)
Dom Dwyer & Jamie Watson (ORL) – 3 games (5/26 to 6/10, 2013)


Louisville City FC took a 6-0 victory against Hartford Athletic on Saturday at Lynn Family Stadium. In the process it became the first club in the USL Championship era to record at least five goals in three consecutive home league contests, having previously taken a 5-0 win against Birmingham Legion FC on March 30 and a 5-3 victory against Indy Eleven on April 6.

LouCity has previously recorded three five-goal performances at home in a season once during the 2019 campaign. Three teams have previously recorded four five-goal home performances in a single season in the Championship’s history with the New York Red Bulls II and LA Galaxy II both doing so in the 2018 season and Real Monarchs SLC following in the 2019 season.

With the club’s current run of goalscoring, LouCity has also recorded the most goals by a team through seven games of a Championship regular season. The club’s 23 goals in seven games surpassed the 21 goals recorded in the opening seven games of the season by Orlando City SC in 2013 and Phoenix Rising FC in 2020.

Most Goals through first seven games of a Championship Regular Season
23 – Louisville City FC (2024)
21 – Phoenix Rising FC (2020)
21 – Orlando City SC (2013)
19 – Phoenix Rising FC (2021)


The Charleston Battery's Nick Markanich scored the first four-goal game in the club's USL Championship era to move to 11 goals in nine appearances to start the 2024 season this past Saturday. | Photo courtesy Ben Clemens / Charleston Battery

The Charleston Battery’s Nick Markanich became the club’s first player to record a four-goal performance in the USL Championship era on Saturday in the Battery’s 6-0 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC, and in doing so reached 11 goals this season in nine appearances for the defending Eastern Conference title-winners.

That stands as the most goals scored by a player in the opening nine appearances of a season since Dom Dwyer recorded 12 goals in nine appearances for Orlando City SC at the start of the 2013 Championship season.

Most Goals through first nine appearances of a Championship Regular Season
12 – Dom Dwyer, Orlando City SC (2013)
11 – Nick Markanich, Charleston Battery (2024)
10 – Hadji Barry, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (2021)
10 – Junior Flemmings, Phoenix Rising FC (2020)
10 – Dane Kelly, Reno 1868 FC (2017)

Markanich also became only the second player on record in the USL Championship era to have notched four goals and one assist in a regular season contest. He joined former Reno 1868 FC forward Danny Musovski, who had four goals and one assist against the Tacoma Defiance on September 10, 2019.


Miami FC rallied from an early deficit to take a 2-1 victory against San Antonio FC on Saturday for its second win of the 2024 season. The victory ended a run of 65 consecutive games in which San Antonio had not suffered defeat after scoring the opening goal in a game that dated to a 2-1 loss against Austin Bold FC on October 4, 2020.

Over that span, San Antonio has lost only once when holding a lead overall. SAFC fell 4-2 to New Mexico United on October 20, 2021 after holding a one-goal lead at the halftime break.


Pittsburgh Riverhound SC's Kenardo Forbes became the Championship's all-time leader in regular season minutes this past Saturday against Detroit City FC. | Photo courtesy Chris Cowger / Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Kenardo Forbes became the all-time leader in regular season minutes in the Championship’s history on Saturday as he logged 82 minutes in the Hounds’ 2-0 victory against Detroit City FC at Highmark Stadium. Forbes now sits on 21,265 minutes for his regular season career, with the next potential landmark the league’s all-time regular season appearances mark. Forbes is now eight appearances behind Yann Ekra, who recorded 277 regular season appearances in his career in the league.

Most Individual Regular Season Minutes in USL Championship History
1. Kenardo Forbes (PIT) – 21,265*
2. Hugh Roberts – 21,237
3. Josh Suggs – 21,126
4. Aodhan Quinn (IND) – 20,906*
5. Taylor Mueller – 20,077

* - active player

Quick Hits

- The Charleston Battery’s six-goal performance was only the second time the side had scored six goals in a regular season game in the regular season era. The Battery had previously taken a 6-1 victory against Toronto FC II on June 24, 2017.

- Louisville City FC’s Niall McCabe made his 200th regular season appearance for the club, coming on as a substitute in LouCity’s victory against Hartford Athletic at Lynn Family Stadium. He becomes only the fourth player to record at least 200 regular season appearances for a single club in the Championship’s history.

Upcoming Player Milestones

FC Tulsa's Phillip Goodrum could make his 100th regular season appearance in the USL Championship this Saturday when the side visits Birmingham Legion FC. | Photo courtesy Victor Schwanke / FC Tulsa

Approaching 200 regular-season appearances

Conor Donovan (SAC) – 196

Approaching 150 regular-season appearances
Lindo Mfeka (OAK) – 147
Justin Dhillon (ELP) – 147
Matt VanOekel (BHM) – 146
Frank Lopez (MIA) – 146

Approaching 100 regular-season appearances
Phillip Goodrum (TUL) – 99
Alex Villanueva (DET) – 99
Danny Crisostomo (TBR) – 98
Jordan Farr (TBR) – 97
Cal Jennings (TBR) – 97
Robbie Crawford (CHS) – 97  

Approaching 20,000 regular season minutes

Sean Totsch (LOU) – 19,571

Approaching 15,000 regular season minutes
Neveal Hackshaw (OAK) – 14,612

Approaching 10,000 regular season minutes
Collin Martin (NC) – 9,841
Akeem Ward (MEM) – 9,550
Luis Felipe Fernandes (SAC) – 9,517

Approaching 70 regular season goals
Augustine Williams (IND) – 68

Approaching 60 regular season goals
Romario Williams (HFD) – 58
Russell Cicerone (SAC) – 58

Approaching 50 regular season goals
Rodrigo Da Costa (NC) – 48

Approaching 50 regular season assists
Rodrigo Lopez (SAC) – 46
Brian Ownby (LOU) – 46
Enzo Martinez (BHM) – 46

Approaching 40 regular season assists
Christiano Francois (LDN) – 38

Approaching 30 regular season assists
Niall McCabe (LOU) – 29
Rodrigo Da Costa (NC) – 29
Cam Lindley (IND) – 27

Approaching 250 regular season saves

Jordan Farr (TBR) – 246

Approaching 200 regular season saves
Nathan Steinwascher (DET) – 192

Discipline Report – Week 9

TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL Championship’s discipline report for Week 9 of the 2024 USL Championship season:

Detroit City FC’s Stephen Carroll has been suspended for one game following his red card for denial of a goalscoring opportunity against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on April 27. Carroll will be unavailable for selection in Detroit’s contest against Loudoun United FC on Saturday.

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