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Burgundy Boys on Loan, Week Eight

Two ties and a loss greeted the Burgundy Boys on Loan this past week.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Ugh, the dreaded tie.

For Charlotte Independence and Phoenix Rising FC, they had to share the spoils in their respective matches this past weekend. But for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, they dropped a tight result on the road.

Here is how the Burgundy Boys on Loan fared this past weekend:

Charlotte Independence 0:0 Indy Eleven

The Jacks and Indy Eleven battled to a hard-fought scoreless draw that brought the Charlotte winless streak to four games. Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was with the Colorado Rapids to back up Zac MacMath after the Tim Howard red card against Real Salt Lake. Ricardo Perez did not see the pitch.

Sam Vines lined up at left back in a 4-2-3-1 and played the full 90 minutes. He had 73 total touches with a passing accuracy rating of 84%.

Caleb Calvert started up front and played 75 minutes. He had one shot (off target) and had only 21 total touches on the ball.

Orange County SC 1:0 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

The Switchbacks fell behind in the 6th minute and could not find an equalizer as they dropped a tough one to OCSC.

New Rapids loanee Sam Hamilton started and played 79 minutes in the midfield as a center midfielder in a 4-3-3. His passing was solid at 86% but he did not register a shot on goal.

Niki Jackson started as a center forward in the 4-3-3 but did not register a shot in his 64 minutes of work.

Phoenix Rising 1:1 Fresno FC

This was a massive result for Rising as they were able to tie a game where they went down a man in the 26th minute. They pulled the game level in the 90th minute to grab a massive point.

Mike da Fonte started and played the full 90 minutes (he has now played every minute of this season) and had a stellar 89% passing rating and anchored a defense that played down a man for two-thirds of the match.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Phoenix Rising FC (3-1-3, 12 Points) vs LA Galaxy II (0-4-3, 3 Points)

Location: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, Tempe, AZ—8:30 PM MDT

What to Watch For: Phoenix is back in action at home in a match that should be winnable. All three points would bring them to second in the Western Conference table (depending on other results).

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Charleston Battery (3-2-2, 11 Points) vs Charlotte Independence (2-2-2, 8 Points)

Location: MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, SC—5:00 PM MDT

What to Watch For: North vs South Carolina in a match that has all sorts of importance. Charlotte has not won since week two and will be looking for all three points. Charleston will be trying to keep the winless streak of the Jacks going.

How to Watch: This match, and all USL matches, can be found at ESPN+ (subscription required). You can also join us at the official Charlotte Independence watch party at the new Independence Bar, Jack’s House, at 1523 Elizabeth St in Charlotte.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (3-5-1, 10 Points) vs Reno 1868 FC (2-3-2, 8 Points)

Location: Weidner Field, Colorado Springs, CO—6:00 PM MDT

What to Watch For: The Switchbacks have lost five times already but find themselves just a point out of the playoff spots. Jackson and Hamilton will be looking to start again and shine for Colorado Springs as they look to get called up to the Rapids.

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