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Burgundy Boys on Loan, Week Nine

The Charlotte Independence continue to struggle as the USL season rolls into week nine.

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For fans of both the Colorado Rapids and Charlotte Independence, this was a weekend to forget as both clubs dropped games where the looked, in a word, inept. The Rapids lost 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City and Charlotte fell on the road to Charleston Battery.

But it was not all a lost cause for the Burgundy Boys on Loan.

Phoenix Rising FC 4:3 LA Galaxy II

If you like goals, this was your game. Mike da Fonte started and played the full 90 in a match that saw seven goals go in. Da Fonte had 52 total touches in this one and registered one shot as a center back in the 4-4-2 formation.

Charleston Battery 2:0 Charlotte Independence

Charlotte made their first trip down I-77 and I-26 this season to take on their Carolina rival and, well, it did not go well. Charlotte looked fairly lethargic throughout and something definitely seems amiss in the Queen City right now. Andrew Dykstra started and went 90 minutes, making one save on three shots, and Caleb Calvert was on the wing in a 3-4-3 formation. He played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card late in the match for dangerous play.

Sam Vines came on in the 50th minute as an injury substitute and was busy for his (slightly less than) a half of play, with 33 total touches and an 87% passing accuracy. He played at right back for Charlotte.

Ricardo Perez entered the game in the 73rd minute for his longest stint of the season and was in a defensive midfield position. He had 11 total touches in 17 minutes of work.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 0:0 Reno 1868 FC

A drab affair that did not feature goals or any Burgundy Boys on the pitch.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (3-5-2, 11 Points) vs Las Vegas Lights (2-1-4, 10 Points)

Location: Weidner Field, Colorado Springs, Colorado—7:00 PM MDT

What to Watch For: Vegas is an expansion team have lost just once in 7 games and they will be looking to take out Colorado Springs in their first trip to the Centennial State. With a win, both teams could climb above the red line in the Western Conference.

How to Watch: This match, and all USL matches, can be found at ESPN+ (subscription required)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Charlotte Independence (2-3-2, 8 Points) vs FC Cincinnati (5-1-2, 17 Points)

Location: Sportsplex at Matthews, Matthews, North Carolina—5:30 PM MDT

What to Watch For: This is the Queen City Derby as both Charlotte and Cincinnati consider themselves the Queen City. Regardless of who holds that title, Charlotte is now 0-3-2 in their last five and have been misfiring badly. They have got to get it fixed, but against the best team in the Eastern Conference will make that task difficult.

How to Watch: This match, and all USL matches, can be found at ESPN+ (subscription required)

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (0-3-5, 5 Points) vs Phoenix Rising FC (5-1-3, 18 Points)

Location: ONEOK Field, Tulsa, Oklahoma—6:00 PM MDT

What to Watch For: Phoenix quietly has found themselves just a point out of first place in the Western Conference and with just one loss, they take on the only team in the West without a win. da Fonte will look to continue his fine run of form and is looking very comfortable in central defense for Rising.

How to Watch: This match, and all USL matches, can be found at ESPN+ (subscription required)