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Lopez Leads Sacramento Past LA
Stoppage-time winner caps hat trick in 3-2 semifinal victory

Rodrigo Lopez had a second-half hat trick as Sacramento Republic FC recorded a dramatic comeback to take a 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy II at a sold-out Bonney Field in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs on Saturday night. Republic FC will host the Harrisburg City Islanders next Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game.

Lopez Leads Sacramento Past LA

Rodrigo Lopez had a second-half hat trick as Sacramento Republic FC recorded a dramatic comeback to take a 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy II at a sold-out Bonney Field in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs on Saturday night. Republic FC will host the Harrisburg City Islanders next Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game.

City Islanders Advance Past Kickers

Morgan Langley had a goal and assist as the No. 8-seed Harrisburg City Islanders’ dream postseason continued with a dramatic 3-2 victory against the No. 4-seed Richmond Kickers on Saturday night in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs. The City Islanders, who upset regular-season champion Orlando City SC in the quarterfinals, advanced to next weekend’s USL PRO Championship Game as Jamiel Hardware and Danny DiPrima also found the back of the net.

Hoffman Buoyed By Standout Season

As LA Galaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman sees it, 2014 couldn’t have gone much better. “For me, it’s been a dream situation this year,” Hoffman said by phone this week. “My first two years in the league, I’m on the cusp of trying to break into a first-team squad. In the reserve league you have 10 games over a calendar year, which isn’t enough to improve, especially when you’re young you need games and you need important games that matter, so for this year it was huge."

USL PRO Welcomes Independence

USL PRO is proud to announce the Charlotte Independence will join the league beginning with the 2015 season. The team will feature an ownership group led by Jim McPhilliamy, the current President & Managing Partner of Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds. “The Charlotte Independence, with their distinguished professional sports experience, will be one of the driving factors in placing the city of Charlotte prominently on the U.S. soccer map while contributing to the growth and success of USL PRO, on and off the field,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said.

City Islanders Continue To Entertain

A season ago, the Harrisburg City Islanders were arguably the most entertaining side to watch in USL PRO. Bill Becher’s side led the league with 55 goals as the duo of Lucky Mkosana and Sainey Touray combined for 24 goals to lead the club’s free-flowing attack. This offseason, both Mkosana and Touray departed, but the City Islanders’ have remained just as entertaining with another 45 goals. Instead of relying on a pair of double-digit scorers, however, Harrisburg has received contributions from across the squad, with three players tied for a team-high with six goals.

USL PRO Playoffs Review -- Quarterfinals

Nicholas Murray and David Wagner look back on the quarterfinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs, which saw the Harrisburg City Islanders upset Orlando City, and the Richmond Kickers, LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic FC also advance to the semifinals next weekend.

USL PRO GP PTS
Orlando City SC 28 62
Sacramento Republic FC 28 55
LA Galaxy II 28 51
Richmond Kickers 28 51
Charleston Battery 28 41
Rochester Rhinos 28 38
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 28 38
Harrisburg City Islanders 28 37
Arizona United SC 28 33
OKC Energy FC 28 32
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 32
Charlotte Eagles 28 31
Orange County Blues FC 28 28
Dayton Dutch Lions FC 28 22

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