Three unbeaten teams remain in the first two weeks of the 2023 United States Soccer League season after the dust settled Sunday night.
The New Orleans Breakers, Birmingham Stallions and Michigan Panthers all improved to 2-0 with wins. It was the Stallions who had the most dominant win of the weekend.
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The defending champions defeated the Memphis Showboats, 42-2. Alex McGough started at quarterback and was 21-for-28 with 301 yards and four touchdown passes. Each of the four touchdowns went to different receivers: Jace Sternberger, Davion Davis, Myron Mitchell and Thaddeus Moss. Running back Zaquandre White ran for two touchdowns.
Birmingham had 463 total yards and Memphis only had 183 yards.
The Breakers defeated the Gamblers, 38-31, thanks to McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s breakthrough with less than 1 minute to play. He threw a 34-yard pass to Lee Morris to get to the Gamblers 14-yard line. Then it was Wes Hillis who scored on the next play.
Bethel-Thompson had two touchdown passes and 251 passing yards on the day. Hillis had three touchdowns on the ground.
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Gamblers quarterback Kenji Bahar had three touchdown passes in the loss. Justin Hall caught two of them and Anthony Ratliff-Williams the other. Hall finished with eight catches for 110 yards.
On Sunday night, the Panthers and Josh Love topped the Philadelphia Stars and Case Cookus 24-10.
Love had 174 passing yards, a touchdown pass, and two interceptions. But Reggie Corbin delivered on the ground with 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Corbin had a 52-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
In the other game on Sunday, the New Jersey Generals defeated the Pittsburgh Maulers 20-3. The Generals forced three turnovers, while Dakota Prukop and Darius Victor had touchdowns in the game.
The Maulers and Showboats are the only winless teams in the USFL. The Generals are 1-1 on the season.
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Here’s what’s available for Week 3.
- April 29: Birmingham Stallions vs. New Orleans Breakers (12:30 p.m. ET; US)
- April 29: Houston Gamblers vs. Memphis Showboats (7 p.m. ET; FOX)
- April 30: Philadelphia Stars vs. Pittsburgh Maulers (noon ET; NBC/Peacock)
- April 30: Michigan Panthers vs. New Jersey Generals (4 p.m. ET; FOX)