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USL Championship - Week 2

14 March 2019
Pass4Soccer

USL Championship Week 2

The USL Championship made its return last weekend, after a long off-season, as the 2019 campaign got underway with some entertaining matches.

Lewis Hilton and Saint Louis FC are off to a winning start this season, while Andrew Fox, who made a big impact for El Paso Locomotive, lost his first match in USLC.

In Week 2, P4S will be present at Sportsplex at Matthews for the game on Friday night between Charlotte Independence and Indy Eleven.

Each of the eight players gained scholarships through P4S, went on to have successful university careers - as well as graduating with a degree - and are now playing professionally in the United States.

USL Championship - Week 2

Charlotte Independence vs Indy Eleven - March 15 (11:00pm)

Macauley King was an unused substitute for Indy Eleven in the opening-day loss to Saint Louis FC last Saturday.

The midfielder watched his side let a one-goal lead slip as Indy lost 2-1. King will be hoping to make an appearance in the game against Charlotte Independence.

Charlotte haven't played a regular season game yet and Pass4Soccer will be at Sportsplex at Matthews at the game on Friday for their season-opener.

Real Monarchs vs El Paso Locomotive - March 16 (7:00pm)

Fox was one of two P4S clients, who was named in the starting line-up for the opening round of fixtures last weekend.

The defender played the full 90 minutes of El Paso Locomotive's debut match in the USL Championship, but the expansion club lost 3-1 against OKC Energy.

Fox had five interceptions and three tackles to his name, while also having a passing accuracy of over 76% in the game.

Real Monarchs also got their season underway in Week 1 and were held to a 1-1 draw away to Sacremento Republic FC.

Reno 1868 FC vs Austin Bold - Mar 16 (9:00pm)

Will Seymore was named among the substitutes for Reno 1868 FC, but didn't come on in the draw with Orange County SC in Week 1.

Reno scored two goals in the space of five second-half minutes, but were pegged back late in the game, conceding a stoppage-time equaliser.

Their opponents, Austin Bold, drew 0-0 on the road against fellow expansion club Las Vegas Lights, at Cashman Field.

Birmingham Legion vs Ottawa Fury FC - Mar 17 (12:00am)

Birmingham Legion got off to a losing start in the USL Championship as they lost 2-0 to Bethlehem Steel last weekend.

Joe Holland wasn't in the squad for the Week 1 match, but could feature in the home match with Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday.

Ottawa picked up their first point as they drew 1-1 with Charleston Battery. The Fury took the lead after five minutes, but conceded an equaliser, just after the hour mark.

Nashville SC vs Saint Louis FC - Mar 17 (12:00am)

Hilton was another player that started for his team in Week 1 as Saint Louis FC got off to a winning start in 2019.

Saint Louis fell behind in the second-half, but produced a comeback to win 2-1 and pick up all three points at the Toyota Stadium.

Hilton played the full 90 minutes and was impactful in the final third. He had one shot on target, one off target and had a passing accuracy of 74%.

Nashville SC also picked up three points last weekend. Two goals in the space of three second-half minutes handed them a 2-0 victory over Louden United FC.

San Antonio FC vs Portland Timbers 2 - Mar 17 (12:30am)

San Antonio FC had the lead three times in the season-opener against Phoenix Rising, but were held to a 3-3 draw at home in Week 1.

Adam John's 80th-minute own goal looked to have gave San Antonio the victory, but substitute Jason Johnson scored in the 93rd-minute to rescue a point for Phoenix.

P4S clients Johnny Fenwick and Leeroy Maguraushe were both named on the substitutes bench, but didn't make an appearance.

San Antonio's Week 2 opponents, Portland Timbers 2, also picked up a point last weekend as they come from behind to draw 1-1 with Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

Phoenix Rising vs New Mexico United - Mar 17 (2:30am)

Daniel Bruce wasn't in the squad for New Mexico United's debut match in the USL Championship, but the 2019 expansion club did manage to claim their first point in Week 1.

New Mexico took the lead midway through the first-half, but conceded two minutes into the second-half and were held to a 1-1 draw with Fresno FC.

They are away to Phoenix Rising in Week 2, a side, who produced a spectacular late comeback to draw 3-3 with San Antonio FC last weekend.

 

Kick-off times are based on UK time and all games and highlights will be available to watch on the USLC's official YouTube channel. Click here to go to their channel.


  

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