Last weekend, the USL PRO wrapped up the regular season and released the league honors, and this Saturday, August 24, the playoff quarterfinals kick off at four clubs around the country.
The Richmond Kickers won the USL PRO regular season by finishing the season at the top of the 13-team table (15-1-10, 55 pts). The Richmond Kickers will host the Dutch Lions at City Stadium at 7 p.m. as they aim to add to their regular season championship with the club’s first title since 2009.
The Dayton Dutch Lions claimed the final playoff berth last weekend with a 3-1 victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders to advance to the postseason for the first time in club history. The Dutch Lions’ victory also kept the City Islanders in fourth place, leaving the Charleston Battery to claim the No. 3 seed.
Defending USL PRO champion the Charleston Battery will open the postseason against the No. 6-seed Los Angeles Blues at Blackbaud Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the two teams having split their home-and-home regular-season series. The Blues won the most recent meeting between the two teams, 2-1, in Los Angeles, but the Battery will enter confident having taken a 3-0 victory at home on July 27.
No. 2-seed Orlando City will open the playoffs against No. 7-seed the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at the Florida Citrus Bowl at 7:30 p.m. ET, and No. 4-seed Harrisburg City Islanders will host the No. 5-seed Charlotte Eagles at Skyline Sports Complex at 2 p.m. ET.
Antigua Barracuda FC finished at the bottom of the USL PRO table with an astounding 0 points and 26 straight losses.
2013 USL PRO PLAYOFFS Quarterfinals
Saturday, August 24
No. 4 Harrisburg vs. No. 5 Charlotte, 2 p.m. ET, Skyline Sports Complex
No. 1 Richmond vs. No. 8 Dayton, 7 p.m. ET, City Stadium
No. 2 Orlando vs. No. 7 Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. ET, Florida Citrus Bowl
No. 3 Charleston vs. No. 6 Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. ET, Blackbaud Stadium
2013 USL PRO Regular Season Honors
Jose Angulo, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Jose Angulo, Pittsburgh Riverhounds (15 goals)
Dom Dwyer, Orlando City (15 goals)
Matt Dallman, Pittsburgh Riverhounds (12 assists)
Goals-Against Average Champion
Andrew Dykstra, Richmond Kickers (0.863)