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Gameday Report: June 30, Week 16

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 06/30/18, 7:01PM EDT

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Louisville grabs late equalizer against Red Bulls II; Foxes get two great finishes to down Republic FC


Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

THREE THINGS THAT MATTERED

1. Louisville City FC saw the James O’Connor era come to an end with a dramatic 3-3 draw against the New York Red Bulls II as Magnus Rasmussen scored a late equalizer in stoppage time after New York had reeled off three consecutive goals in the second half. The draw allowed FC Cincinnati – a 2-0 winner against Ottawa Fury FC in front of 27,107 fans at Nippert Stadium – to move further ahead at the top of the Eastern Conference.

2. Fresno FC gave itself new life in its bid to reach the USL Cup Playoffs as it handed Sacramento Republic FC a 2-0 defeat at Chukchaski Park in the second meeting between the Northern California rivals this season. Coupled with a draw between Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and San Antonio FC, and Saint Louis FC being held at home by Rio Grande Valley FC, the Foxes jumped into ninth in the Western standings.

3. The race for the USL Golden Boot continued to add contenders on Saturday night as Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster, FC Cincinnati’s Danni Konig and the Charlotte Independence’s Jorge Herrera all recorded their eighth goal of the season, respectively. There are now 10 players with at least eight goals in the USL this season, with the Swope Park Rangers’ Kharlton Belmar and Orange County SC’s Thomas Enevoldsen still top of the tree on nine.

GAME REPORTS

RENO 1868 FC (1), PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 (0)

 

Reno 1868 FC’s Danny Musovski scored his third goal in two games against the Portland Timbers 2 this season as the hosts took a 1-0 victory at Greater Nevada Field to extend their undefeated streak to 13 games. Musovski scored the only goal of the game with nine minutes to go on Antoine Hoppenot’s seventh assist of the season as 1868 FC moved into fifth place in the Western Conference.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Danny Musovski, Reno 1868 FC
– For a second consecutive meeting with T2, Musovski had the late game-winner in a performance that also saw him win 10 of 15 duels overall after coming on as a second-half substitute.

FRESNO FC (2), SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC (0)

 

Fresno FC claimed its first victory against regional rival Sacramento Republic FC in a 2-0 victory at Chukchansi Park on Saturday night. The Foxes took the lead seven minutes before halftime when Juan Pablo Caffa put home his fourth goal of the season off a clever flicked pass by Rony Argueta, and the hosts wrapped up victory in second-half stoppage time as Franck Tayou scored from 70 yards over the head of Republic FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Juan Pablo Caffa, Fresno FC
– Caffa put the Foxes ahead and was in good form with five shots overall and three key passes in a big victory for the hosts.

COLORADO SPRING SWITCHBACKS FC (1), SAN ANTONIO FC (1)

 

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and San Antonio FC exchanged penalty kicks in either half in a 1-1 draw at Weidner Field. The Switchbacks took the lead in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half when Jordan Burt converted from the spot after Shane Malcolm was fouled in the area, but San Antonio’s Rafa Castillo answered in the 66th minute as he became SAFC’s leading scorer in the club’s history to earn the visitors a point.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Omar Gordon, San Antonio FC
– Gordon provided the biggest attacking threat for the visitors, finishing with three of the side’s six shots on target as it rallied back for a point on the road at Weidner Field.

TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC (2), LAS VEGAS LIGHTS FC (2)

 

Both sides held a lead during the contest, but Tulsa Roughnecks FC and Las Vegas Lights FC played to a 2-2 draw at a rainy ONEOK Field on Saturday night. The Roughnecks took the lead from the penalty spot in the fourth minute through Joaquin Rivas, but Las Vegas went ahead with goals on either side of halftime by Raul Mendiola and Daigo Kobayashi, who also scored from the penalty spot. Las Vegas had the chance to add to its lead with a second penalty kick, only for Sammy Ochoa to shoot over in his return to Tulsa in the 61st minute, and the Roughnecks made the visitors pay for the miss as Josh Morton scored two minutes later to level the score with what would be the final goal of the night.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Josh Morton, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
– Morton had the game-tying goal and also created two chances while making eight clearances and three interceptions defensively for his side.

SAINT LOUIS FC (0), RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC (0)

 

Saint Louis FC and Rio Grande Valley FC played to a scoreless draw at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis as the sides combined for three shots on goal in the contest. Saint Louis’ Tomas Gomez was the busier of the two goalkeepers as he finished the game with two saves, but neither side was able to find a breakthrough as the Toros’ recorded their league-leading ninth draw of the regular season.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Kai Greene, Rio Grande Valley FC
– Greene recorded seven tackles and three interceptions as the Toros limited their hosts to only one shot on goal out of 10 shots overall in earning a point on the road.

NASHVILLE SC (3), ATL UTD 2 (0)

 

Nashville SC got a goal and assist by Alan Winn as a sellout crowd of 8,815 saw the side rebound from its midweek defeat with a 3-0 victory against ATL UTD 2 at First Tennessee Park. Winn set up Brandon Allen for the opening goal in the 19th minute and then added a second of his own just before halftime. Nashville completed its victory with five minutes to go as Lebo Moloto also found the net.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Alan Winn, Nashville SC
– Winn had a goal and assist, recorded two key passes and completed 22 of 24 passes before being substituted just past the hour-mark

LOUISVILLE CITY FC (3), NEW YORK RED BULLS II (3)

 

Magnus Rasmussen scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn Louisville City FC a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls II in front of 7,689 fans at Slugger Field in James O’Connor’s final game as Head Coach of Louisville. The hosts had taken a two-goal lead to the halftime break on goals by Cameron Lancaster, including an exceptional looping 45-yard strike to open the scoring, but New York hit back in the second half on goals by Brian White, Cristian Casseres Jr. and Tom Barlow to take the lead with three minutes to go. Rasmussen salvaged a draw for Louisville as full time neared, however, with a near-post header that found the net and sent Slugger Field into celebration.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC
– Lancaster struck two outstanding early goals to give him eight in the regular season as he helped send off Head Coach James O’Connor in a boisterous final outing.

FC CINCINNATI (2), OTTAWA FURY FC (0)

 

FC Cincinnati got goals in either half by Danni Konig and Nazmi Albadawi to extend its undefeated streak to six games in a 2-0 victory against Ottawa Fury FC before a crowd of 27,107 at Nippert Stadium. Konig scored his eighth goal of the season in the 16th minute off a cross from the left by Blake Smith, and Albadawi added an insurance goal in stoppage time to extend the club’s lead in the Eastern Conference to six points as it reached the midway point of its season. 

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Nazmi Albadawi, FC Cincinnati
 – Albadawi put in a solid shift all over the field, winning 7 of 9 duels and was rewarded with a fine late goal that capped the victory for the hosts.

INDY ELEVEN (1), PENN FC (1)

 

A 10-man Indy Eleven got an 80th-minute equalizer from Jack McInerney to earn a 1-1 draw with Penn FC in front of 10,222 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night. The visitors took the lead five minutes into the second half when Aaron Dennis was brought down in the penalty area by Indy defender Karl Ouimette, and Mkosana converted with a low shot to the right side for his fifth goal in the past three games. Ouimette was then sent off for the hosts as he received his second yellow card in the 76th minute, but despite being down to 10 men Indy leveled with 10 minutes to go thanks to McInerney’s free kick that dipped into the left corner of the net from 28 yards out.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Jack McInerney, Indy Eleven –
McInerney produced an outstanding free kick to level the score for the hosts, and almost grabbed a late winner despite the side being down to 10 men late on. 

RICHMOND KICKERS (1), NORTH CAROLINA FC (3)

 

North Carolina FC rallied from a halftime deficit to take a 3-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at City Stadium to spoil David Bulow’s first game as Head Coach of the Kickers. Heviel Cordoves got the Kickers off to an ideal start in the fourth minute, but then a pair of goals in three minutes from set pieces, the first ruled an own goal, the second by Austin da Luz, put North Carolina ahead just past the hour mark.  The visitors then wrapped up victory from the penalty spot as Ulrich Ewolo scored deep in stoppage time.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Austin da Luz, North Carolina FC 
– Da Luz played a role in North Carolina's opening two goals of the game, being credited with the second, as the club's captain led his side back to a big road victory.

BETHLEHEM STEEL FC (4), CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE (1)


Bethlehem Steel FC swept to a 4-1 victory against the Charlotte Independence at Goodman Stadium on Saturday evening as four different players found the net for the hosts in the victory. Chris Nanco put Steel FC up after 10 minutes, but then the hosts pulled away after the break as Santi Moar scored 41 seconds into the second half and both Drew Skundrich and Fabian Herbers added goals in the final 20 minutes before Jorge Herrera’s stoppage-time consolation for the visitors.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Drew Skundrich, Bethlehem Steel FC
– Skundrich recorded his first goal and assist in the professional ranks to lead Bethlehem to a big victory in the club’s pursuit of a return to the USL Cup Playoffs.

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