Blog: RSL's Loan Sharks - May 18

Nimo & Melia seeing action in USSF D-II, USL-2

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It’s that time again, time to check in on the three RSL player’s currently on loan …

Leading off will be an update on MF Alex Nimo who is currently with the Portland Timbers
and have posted a 3-1-2 (11 pts) record. Nimo is received much deserved
praise from the Timber faithful that he most definitely deserves.
According the offside blog for the Timbers “Alex Nimo was again the
best player on the pitch for Portland and his crosses and deft work in
possession helped jumpstart the Timbers’ rusty attack.” High praise
will assuredly follow the MF for many matches to come as he continues
to impress the folks in the Northwest region.

On the table: After taking one of a
possible six points from two home contests last week, the Timbers
(3-1-2, 11 pts.) relinquished the top spot in the USL Pro-First
Division, falling two points behind the surprising Austin Aztex (4-1-1,
13 pts.) and even with the Rochester Rhinos (3-1-2).

Last games

Next games:

  • Wednesday, May 19 v. Montreal Impact (8:00 p.m. MT)
  • Saturday, May 22 @ Crystal Palace Baltimore (5:00 p.m. MT)

Next up is GK Tim Melia who is currently with the Charleston Battery
who have an impressive 5-0-1 (16 pts) start to their season. Melia has
been a welcomed addition to the Battery as seen in a local Post and
Courier article which can be seen here.
A couple of lines from the article praise how much Melia has meant to
the club after going through many ‘keepers and they public is excited
to have Melia on loan from RSL. Here’s a rundown of his current stats
to show why the fans and team love him so dearly: 6 starts, 5 wins, 1
tie, 2 clean sheets, only allowed 4 goals, and his GAA is 0.67! Nice
work Tim!

On the Table: Charleston’s undefeated
5-0-1 record and subsequent 16 points has shot the Battery out to a
quick seven-point cushion atop the seven-team USL-Pro Second Division,
with the Charlotte Eagles and Richmond Kickers giving chase at 9 points.

Last game: May 15 v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Saw only shot on frame get past, but still garnered the “W” from a 2-1 result at Blackbaud Stadium

Next games: It’s the dreaded Keystone State double …

  • Friday, May 21 @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds
  • Saturday, May 22 @ Harrisburg City Islanders

And finally we will venture out to the Atlantic to see how DF David Horst is doing with the Puerto Rico Islanders. Finally
his paperwork went through and has been allowed to start playing. He
started in the May 7th game in Trinidad and Tobago against Joe Public
as the Islanders took the result 1-1 in a closely contested match. The
result also ensured the Puerto Rican side a spot in the CONCACAF
Champions League. Not to mention getting to play a game in Trinidad and
Tobago? Not too shabby Mr. Horst … not too shabby at all. Don’t forget
your sunscreen!

On the table: The Islanders started off
their quirky schedule quite well, winning two out of their first three.
However, Puerto Rico’s last match came on May 1, forcing the Islanders
(2-1-0, 6 pts.) to play catch up to the rest of their USL Pro-First
Division brethren as they sit on the bottom of the six-team table …
however, still within striking distance of both 5th place Minnesota and
4th place Tampa Bay.

Next game: Wednesday, May 26 v. Carolina Railhawks

We will continue to bring you the info on the players currently on loan and wish them all the best on and off the pitch.