MLSSoccer.com reports that during its midseason games played in several stadiums across the country, Rochester and a whole slew of other soccer teams battled it out. The Vancouver Whitecaps II and the Portland Timbers II played a five-goal game, with the Whitecaps eventually winning and moving to a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls II secured a sound 2-0 victory against the Louisville City FC in a consecutive second win. The first goal against Louisville happened just four minutes into the game. The Red Bulls’ goalie managed to make four stops.
Another New York state team, the Rhinos, is considered one of the strongest teams in the USL. Undefeated this season, the Rhinos played against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Although the match ended in a draw, the Rhinos still maintain an undefeated record of 13 matches.
USL wasn’t the only league in competition in Cascadia. The Major League Soccer (MLS) team the LA Galaxy II defeated the Orange County Blues FC 3-0.
Unlike the Galaxy, however, FC Montreal suffered a defeat against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0. The single goal against Montreal was miraculous considering that Montreal’s backup goalkeeper made seven saves beforehand.
Meanwhile, two western teams, the Seattle Sounders II and the Arizona United SC, battled it out in the Scottsdale Stadium. Though the Sounders II scored the first goal, they eventually lost the game 2-1.
The upcoming games of the season are sure to be exciting as the USL teams head to the playoffs. The Sounders are set to play against Salt Lake City Real Monarchs in a highly-anticipated match on June 27th. That same day, the Rhinos are facing off against the Riverhounds.
Though it may not have as large of a fanbase in the United States, soccer is still very popular, having more than 12.75 million soccer players in 2013.