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The rarified air Indy Eleven’s winning streak has reached in Championship history | News & Notes

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 06/12/24, 1:25PM EDT


Louisville City FC, New Mexico United make their homes a fortress, and we put Jack Blake and Sean Totsch on the spot

Indy Eleven has become only the 12th club to record a winning streak of at least seven games in the USL Championship's regular season history. | Photo courtesy Matt Schlotzhauer / Indy Eleven

Indy Eleven’s seven-game league winning streak is unprecedented in its history.

It’s also placed it in elite company in the USL Championship’s regular season. In this edition of the USL Championship News & Notes we look at the remarkable run of the Boys in Blue, and the incredible home winning streaks currently being put together by Louisville City FC and New Mexico United that have powered their ascents to the top of their respective conferences.

We also have an inside look at two of the best penalty takers in the USL Championship in Indy Eleven’s Jack Blake and Louisville City FC’s Sean Totsch, our regular look at upcoming milestones for players around the league, and the Week 15 Discipline Report.

Let’s begin.



Indy Eleven became only the 12th team to record a seven-game winning streak in the USL Championship’s regular season with its 1-0 victory against Birmingham Legion FC on Sunday evening at Protective Stadium. The run by the Boys in Blue is now one shy of matching the longest winning streak in the Championship a season ago when Orange County SC recorded eight consecutive victories on its way to a top-two finish in the Western Conference.

Longest Winning Streaks in USL Championship History
1. Phoenix Rising FC (2019) – 20
2. FC Cincinnati (2018) – 10
T-3. Tampa Bay Rowdies (2021) – 9
T-3. Real Monarchs SLC (2017) – 9
T-5. Orange County SC (2023) – 8
T-5. Orlando City SC (2014) – 8


Louisville City FC and New Mexico United each extended their home winning streaks to start the 2024 season this past Saturday night. LouCity extended its run to seven games with a 2-1 victory against North Carolina FC at Lynn Family Stadium. The club’s run is now tied for the second-longest home winning streak to start a USL Championship season, moving alongside the 2013 Orlando City SC side, and is two games off the league record of nine consecutive home wins to start a season set by Real Monarchs SLC in 2017.

Most Consecutive Home Wins to Start a USL Championship Regular Season
1. Real Monarchs SLC, 2017 – 9
T-2. Louisville City FC, 2024 – 7*
T-2. Orlando City SC, 2013 – 7
T-4. Rochester Rhinos, 2015 – 6
T-4. Phoenix Rising FC, 2020 – 6

* - active streak

New Mexico’s dramatic 1-0 victory against Hartford Athletic at Isotopes Park, meanwhile, saw the side extend its overall home winning streak in the Championship’s regular season to eight games. United won its final three regular season games of the 2023 campaign and has now picked up where it left off to move into a tie for the fifth-longest home winning streak in the league’s history.

Most Consecutive Home Wins in the USL Championship Regular Season
1. Orlando City SC, 2014 – 13
2. Phoenix Rising FC, 2019 – 12
T-3. Indy Eleven, 2019-20 – 11
T-3. Real Monarchs SLC, 2018 – 11
T-5. New Mexico United, 2023-24 – 8*
T-5. El Paso Locomotive FC, 2021 – 8
T-5. Louisville City FC, 2017-18 – 8
T-5. Rochester Rhinos, 2015-16 – 8

* - active streak


Indy Eleven's Jack Blake has converted five consecutive penalty kicks to start the 2024 USL Championship season. | Photo courtesy Matt Schlotzhauer / Indy Eleven

Indy Eleven’s Jack Blake converted his fifth penalty kick of the season from five shots on Sunday evening to lead the Boys in Blue to a 1-0 victory against Birmingham Legion FC at Protective Stadium. In doing so, he moved within two goals of the club’s single-season record for goals from the penalty spot, set last year by Aodhan Quinn as he went 7 of 7 from the spot.

Quinn is one of seven players to have recorded at least six penalty kick goals without a miss in a single season in the Championship’s history. The current record is held by Luke Vercollone, who went 8 of 8 for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the 2015 season.

Most Penalty Kick Goals Without a Miss in a USL Championship Regular Season
1. Luke Vercollone, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (2015) – 8
T-2. Aodhan Quinn, Indy Eleven (2023) – 7
T-2. Aodhan Quinn, Orange County SC (2018) – 7
T-4. Phillip Goodrum, FC Tulsa (2023) – 6
T-4. Sam Fink, Saint Louis FC (2019) – 6
T-4. Wal Fall, Rochester Rhinos (2017) – 6
T-4. Sean Okoli, FC Cincinnati (2016) – 6
T-4. Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II (2016) – 6


Louisville City FC's Sean Totsch is a perfect 11 of 11 from the penalty spot in the USL Championship for his career. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

Louisville City FC center back Sean Totsch scored his 11th penalty kick in as many attempts in his career in the USL Championship regular season on Saturday night as his goal proved the game-winner in the side’s 2-1 victory against North Carolina FC at Lynn Family Stadium.

Totsch’s mark of 11 of 11 penalty kicks is only surpassed by former Richmond Kickers and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone, who converted 14 of 14 penalty kicks in the league. Vercollone and Totsch are the only players to record double-digit goals from the penalty spot without a miss.

Quick Hits

  • San Antonio FC’s Landry Walker became the fifth-youngest player to make his USL Championship debut aged 15 years, 24 days old this past Saturday against FC Tulsa. Walker surpassed fellow SAFC youngster Dalziel Ozuna as the youngest player to appear for the club in league play by three days.

  • New Mexico United’s Alex Tambakis is poised to become the first goalkeeper to record 200 regular-season appearances in the USL Championship’s history when United visits Memphis 901 FC on Saturday night. Tambakis is currently second in both saves and shutouts to former Championship Golden Glove winner Evan Newton.

  • Dom Dwyer’s debut for Oakland Roots SC against the Tampa Bay Rowdies this past Saturday night marked his first appearance in the USL Championship’s regular season since June, 9, 2013 for Orlando City SC, a span of 4,017 days.

  • Miami FC’s defeat to Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night marked its sixth consecutive loss, the longest such streak in the league this season and the longest suffered by the club since it joined the USL Championship.

Upcoming Player Milestones

New Mexico United's Alex Tambakis is set to become the first goalkeeper to record 200 regular season appearances in the USL Championship this weekend. | Photo courtesy New Mexico United

Approaching 200 regular-season appearances

Alex Tambakis (NM) – 199
Paco Craig (NC) – 198
Christiano Francois (LDN) – 197
Neveal Hackshaw (OAK) – 196
Russell Cicerone (SAC) – 196

Approaching 150 regular-season appearances
Robbie Mertz (PIT) – 147
Cam Lindley (IND) – 146
Prosper Kasim (BHM) – 150

Approaching 100 regular-season appearances
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 99
Jeremy Garay (ELP) – 99
Owen Lambe (OC) – 99
Manuel Arteaga (TBR) – 98
Ben Mines (IND) – 97     

Approaching 15,000 regular season minutes

Augustine Williams (IND) – 14,557
Charlie Adams (LV) – 14,555

Approaching 10,000 regular season minutes
Luis Felipe Fernandes (SAC) – 9,967
Jared Timmer (SAC) – 9,730
Shane Wiedt (SAC) – 9,729
Aedan Stanley (IND) – 9,725
Fabien Garcia (LV) – 9,718

Approaching 60 regular season goals

Wilson Harris (LOU) – 59
Romario Williams (HFD) – 58
Russell Cicerone (SAC) – 58
Cal Jennings (TBR) – 58

Approaching 50 regular season goals
Rodrigo Da Costa (NC) – 49

Approaching 50 regular season assists

Enzo Martinez (BHM) – 47
Rodrigo Lopez (SAC) – 46
Brian Ownby (LOU) – 46

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

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

Approaching 300 regular season saves
Kendall McIntosh (SA) – 294

Approaching 250 regular season saves
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 248
Tyler Deric (MEM) – 239

Approaching 50 regular season shutouts

Alex Tambakis (NM) – 47

Approaching 40 regular season shutouts
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 38

Discipline Report – Week 15

TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL Championship’s discipline report for Week 15 of the 2024 USL Championship season:

Sacramento Republic FC’s Jack Gurr has been suspended for one game following his red card for violent conduct against Monterey Bay F.C. on June 8. Gurr will be unavailable for selection in Sacramento’s contest against Oakland Roots SC on Saturday night.

Phoenix Rising FC’s Edgardo Rito has been suspended for one game following his red card for abusive language against Orange County Sc on June 8. Rito will be unavailable for Phoenix’s contest against El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday night.

El Paso Locomotive FC’s Tony Alfaro has been suspended for one game for caution accumulation following his eighth yellow card of the season against San Antonio FC on June 5. Alfaro will be unavailable for selection in El Paso’s contest against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday night.

The following players enter the upcoming matches one caution away from their eighth yellow card of the season and a one-game suspension for caution accumulation.

Here is the breakdown per club:

  • El Paso Locomotive FC (1): Liam Rose

  • Phoenix Rising FC (1): Jose Hernandez

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