The USL PRO Playoff Championship is set: Orlando City SC will host Charlotte Eagles on Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM (CT). Fans can watch the match stream live at: http://www.uslnation.com/USLPro/
Orlando City SC earned their place in the final by defeating defending playoff champion Charleston Battery 3-2. Three early goals by the Lions were too much to overcome for Charleston.
Losing just one match all season, Commissioners’ Cup winner Richmond Kickers were the overwhelming favorite to defeat fifth-seeded Charlotte. Richmond looked on their way when Mike Callahan scored just 11′ into the match. Charlotte responded with two first half goals of their own and held off the Kickers in the second half to complete the upset.
Semifinal result: Orlando City SC 3, Charleston 2
Scoring summary: ORL- Long Tan 4′ ORL- Adama Mbengue 5′ ORL- Dennis Chin 19′ CHB- Michael Azira 33′ CHB- Amadou Sanyang 60′
Semifinal result: Charlotte Eagles 2, Richmond Kickers 1
Scoring summary: RIC- Mike Callahan 11′ CHE- Christian Ramirez 31′ CHE- Nate Thornton 38′
Past USL Commissioners’ Cup winners
- 2013: Richmond Kickers
- 2012: Orlando City SC
- 2011: Orlando City SC
- 2009: Portland Timbers
- 2008: Puerto Rico Islanders
- 2007: Seattle Sounders
- 2006: Montreal Impact
- 2005: Montreal Impact