TAMPA, Fla. – The Richmond Kickers claimed the 2013 USL PRO Regular Season Championship on Wednesday night as they took a 2-0 victory against Orlando City at City Stadium. The victory gave Richmond the No. 1 seed for the upcoming USL PRO Playoffs, and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
in the battle for the final playoff position, the Wilmington
Hammerheads kept their improbable playoff hopes alive as a late surge
earned a 4-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Legion
Stadium. The win moved Wilmington above VSI Tampa Bay FC into
ninth position in the standings, just one point behind the Dayton Dutch
Lions going to the final game of the season.
Richmond’s victory was keyed by veteran forward Matt Delicâte, who
scored both goals in the Kickers’ victory. The club’s all-time leading
scorer struck five minutes apart off assists by Joseph Ngwenya and
Houston Dynamo loanee Brian
Ownby. Orlando had chances to come back into the game in the second
half, but a missed penalty by Kevin Molino and some outstanding
goalkeeping by Andrew Dykstra, on loan from D.C. United, preserved the
Kickers’ victory and the regular season championship.
Wilmington scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to get past the
Riverhounds, who had taken an early lead on Jose Angulo’s 14th
goal of the season. The Hammerheads got back on even terms before the
halftime break through
Kyle Greig, however, and then put in a late push to take victory.
Steven Perry scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 76th minute, and that was followed by finishes by Bryce Taylor and Cody Arnoux to seal victory.
The Hammerheads still need help if they are to advance to the
postseason, with the Dayton Dutch Lions still in control of the final
playoff position. Should Dayton take victory against Harrisburg on Saturday
night, the Dutch Lions would
earn their first playoff berth in club history. Should Harrisburg
either draw, or take victory, against the Dutch Lions, the Hammerheads
would jump into eighth position with a victory against Antigua Barracuda
FC. VSI Tampa Bay remains alive, but would need
to take victory against Charlotte on Friday night, and have Harrisburg defeat Dayton and Wilmington draw with Antigua on Saturday to advance to the postseason.
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