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Meanwhile, plenty of action among the rest of the lower divisions finished even in low scoring contests. Three of the four NASL matches finished 1-1 or scoreless and two of the four MLS Reserve League matches finished even. Tampa Bay used a win over Carolina to move atop the table amid the NASL headlines while New York Red Bulls striker Andre Akpan was the highlight of the MLS reserves this week, scoring in a loss to Dallas and tallying four times in a 7-2 win in Houston.
USL Pro -- CHAMPIONSHIP
Back on loan from Sporting Kansas City for the first time since being called back to MLS midseason, Dom Dwyer had arguably the greatest night of the year as he led Orlando City to the championship with a four-goal, one assist performance. And the Lions needed all five tallies he was involved in.
Charlotte, known all season for its defense, claimed the lead in the 20th minute off a corner. During the regular season, that would have been a huge goal as the pair played to a 1-1 draw in the first meeting and a 1-0 Orlando win in Florida in the second.
Instead, the game turned into an all-out goalfest with Dwyer and Charlotte's Christian Ramirez leading the way.
Ramirez got behind the line in the 58th minute to give Charlotte the lead again, but then Dwyer returned to the forefront. He converted a penalty three minutes later after Adama Mbengue was taken down in the box and then put the Lions in front in the 69th with another header, this time off a corner. Chin scored what proved to be the game-winner on a 20-yard effort a minute later to create the first two-goal lead in the game and Mbengue pushed the advantage to three with five minutes left. Charlotte's Christian Meza scored three minutes later, but the three-goal hole was too much to pull out of that late in the contest. As they pushed for a comeback Chin added his second in the final minute.
SATURDAY, September 7
Charlotte 4 :: 7 Orlando
CHE: Fejiro Okiomah (Jorge Herrera) 20
ORL: Dom Dwyer (Dennis Chin) 33
ORL: Dom Dwyer (Erik Ustruck) 42
CHE: Christian Ramirez (Ben Newnam) 43
CHE: Christian Ramirez 58
ORL: Dom Dwyer (penalty) 61
ORL: Dom Dwyer (Anthony Pulis) 69
ORL: Dennis Chin 70
ORL: Adama Mbengue (Dom Dwyer) 85
CHE: Christian Meza (Tommy Smith) 88
ORL: Dennis Chin 90
North American Soccer League
In a back-and-forth affair, the Tampa Bay Rowdies rallied at home and found a little fortune to claim the only win in the league on the night, 3-2, against Carolina, jumping the RailHawks into the top spot in the Fall table. Ty Shipalane gave the visitors the advantage, but former RailHawk Etienne Barbara set up Eric Frimpong in the 42nd and Georgi Hristov on the hour mark to put the Rowdies in front. Enzo Martinez, who set up Shipalane's opener in the 34th put things level again in the 64th and it looked like it would be a full night of draws when a deflected Lucky Mkosana shot was inadvertantly headed into the goal by Carolina defender Paul Hamilton two minutes into stoppage time.
If you took an extended break at halftime for concessions, you may have missed all the meaningful action in New York as the Cosmos converted from the spot via Marcos Senna in the 44th. Atlanta pulled even four minutes after intermission when Shane Moroney nodded in a free kick from Pablo Cruz.
SATURDAY, September 7
Atlanta 1 :: 1 New York
NY: Marcos Senna (pen) 44
ATL: Shane Moroney (Pablo Cruz) 49
Edmonton 1 :: 1 Minnesota
MIN: Cristiano Dias (Miguel Ibarra) 76
EDM: Corey Hertzog (Antonio Rago) 77
Carolina 2 :: 3 Tampa Bay
CAR: Ty Shipalane (Enzo Martinez) 34
TB: Eric Frimpong (Etienne Barbara) 42
TB: Georgi Hristov (Etienne Barbara) 60
CAR: Enzo Martinez (Brian Shriver) 64
TB: Carolina Own Goal (Paul Hamilton) 92+
San Antonio 0 :: 0 Fort Lauderdale
MLS Reserve League
The action Sunday in the MLS Reserves took on a bit of both the USL championship's wild goalfest and the NASL's penchent for draws. The Galaxy rebounded from scoring an early own goal to claim the lead before the break with Chandler Hoffman setting up Charlie Rugg and scoring himself. Danny Mwanga, however, spoiled the victory with two minutes left in regulation on a rocket from the edge of the area. Portland also found a late equalizer with three minutes left, taking advantage of an extra man from Olmes Garcia's 65th minute straight red send-off with Antony Macchione scoring from 15 yards.
TUESDAY, September 3
Dallas 3 :: 2 New York
NY: Ruben Bover (Amando Moreno) 19
DAL: Peter Luccin (Diego de la Tejera) 30
DAL: Kenny Cooper 38
NY: Andre Akpan 40
DAL: Jonathan Top 63
SUNDAY, September 8
Colorado 2 :: 2 LA Galaxy
COL: LA Own Goal (Oscar Sorto) 9
LA: Charlie Rugg (Chandler Hoffman) 22
LA: Chandler Hoffman (Laurent Courtois, Colin Clark) 33
COL: Danny Mwanga (unassisted) 88
Salt Lake 1 :: 1 Portland
RSL: Devon Sandoval 53
POR: Anthony Macchione (Jacob Kempf) 87
New York 7 :: 2 Houston
NY: Andre Akpan 7
NY: Andre Akpan 13
NY: Andre Akpan 27
NY: Marius Obekop 35
HOU: Calen Carr (Brian Ownby) 42
NY: Michael Bustamante 54
HOU: Omar Cummings 72
NY: Andre Akpan 79
NY: Ruben Bover 84
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