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USL Weekly Preview - May 4/5/6

03 May 2019

USL Weekly Preview

Three PASS4Soccer clients started in the USL Championship last weekend, while another two were on the substitutes bench for the respective teams.

Reno 1868 midfielder Will Seymore played the full 90 minutes during the defeat to El Paso Locomotive.

Macauley King and Lewis Hilton were also named in the starting line-ups last weekend and a total of seven players could feature across the USLC over the next two days.

Each of the seven players, who could feature this weekend, 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 9

Memphis 901 FC vs Birmingham Legion - May 4 (9:00pm)

Birmingham Legion had two games this last week, but midfielder Joe Holland, despite being named as a substitute, didn't feature in either match.

The Legion edged out 1-0 winners against Loudoun United last Saturday, but suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of New York Red Bulls II through the week.

Nevertheless, that loss was Birmingham's first one in six games and they've kept three clean-sheets in those matches too.

Their week 9 opponents, Memphis 901, have only won one game this season and are six matches without a victory - picking up one point from a possible 18.

Memphis have lost four-in-a-row and they also had two games this past week. They went down 1-0 to Charleston Battery last Sunday and 2-1 to Louisville City on Tuesday evening.

Indy Eleven vs North Carolina FC - May 5 (12:00am)

Indy Eleven were another team to play two games this last week and King featured the defeat to NYRBII on Sunday.

King played 86 minutes during the 2-1 defeat to the Red Bulls, but was an unused substitute from the goalless draw with Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Indy have won four of their seven games this season, while North Carolina FC have won back-to-back matches - scoring seven goals and conceding one.

Last weekend, they beat strugglers Hartford Athletic 4-1 at home. Striker Mario Lomis has scored six goals in seven games this season and will be threat for NC, against the Eleven.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs El Paso Locomotive FC - May 5 (1:00am)

Defender Andrew Fox wasn't named in the squad for El Paso Locomotive, who beat Reno 1868 last weekend.

The 1-0 victory for El Paso means they've now picked up four points in their last two encounters and have only lost once in their last six.

Locomotive have also kept four clean-sheets this season and have conceded, on average, under a goal a game.

Their opposition this weekend, Colorado Springs Switchbacks, are second-bottom in the Western Conference and have two of eight games in the 2019 season.

They have picked up two points from their last five games and played two matches this last week. They held conference-leaders, Portland Timbers 2, to a 2-2 draw, but lost 2-0 to Tulsa Roughnecks through the week.

Saint Louis FC vs Ottawa Fury FC - May 5 (1:30am)

Midfielder Hilton has featured in every single game for Saint Louis FC this season and played 87 minutes of the 3-1 win against Swope Park Rangers.

Saint Louis are up to second in the Eastern Conference and are now two points behind the leaders.

They've kept four clean-sheets in eight games and have lost just one games this season. Their week 9 opponents, Ottawa Fury, won their last match.

The Fury, who have won half of their games this season, are inside the top 10 after a 2-0 victory at home to Atlanta United 2 last weekend.

Reno 1868 FC vs Tulsa Roughnecks FC - May 5 (3:00am)

Midfielder Seymore was the only PASS4 client to play the full 90 minutes for his respective team at the weekend.

Reno 1868 went down 1-0 away to El Paso Locomotive, with a 76th-minute penalty being the difference between the two sides.

Seymore has now featured in seven-straight matches and has started six of them. Tulsa Roughnecks are Reno's next opponents.

After back-to-back defeats, they bounced back to pick up four points from their last two matches. In their last match, they drew 1-1 at home to OKC Energy.

Reno will have to be wary of joint-second goalscorer Luca Lobo, who has six goals in eight games, while Rodriga Da Costa is joint-top in the assists table with six in nine matches.

New Mexico United vs San Antonio FC - May 6 (12:30am)

New Mexico couldn't have asked for a much better start to their inaugural season and they currently sit third in the Western Conference.

United are just one point off top-spot after the dramatic 3-3 draw with conference-leaders, Portland Timbers 2, last weekend.

It was a game in which they lead 2-0, trailed 3-2 going into injury time, but rescued a point in the dying embers of the game.

Midfielder Daniel Bruce didn't feature for New Mexico, while their opponents this week, San Antonio FC, beat Tacoma Defiance 3-0 in their last match.

Defender Johnny Fenwick was an unused substitute against Tacoma, but San Antonio have lost all three of their away games this season.


Kick-off times are based on UK time and all USL Championship games and highlights, and USL League One highlights, will be available on their official YouTube channels.


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