Even if the Harrisburg City Islanders didn't take a quick glimpse at the USL PRO standings, they'd still be anxious to reel in a result as soon as possible.
Maybe even two.
Still searching for their first victory after two frustrating outings, Bill Becher's anxious City Islanders (0-1-1, 1 points) are hoping to hammer out a pair of victories later this week once they get to California.
And while playing Thursday night at Orange County (1-3-0, 3 points) and Saturday night at Sacramento (2-2-1, 7 points) will help the City Islanders begin to erase the stagger generated by the early-season schedule, victories also would enable the City Islanders to generate some traction and escape the USL PRO basement.
"We feel we've played pretty well the first two games, but it's disappointing to have only one point," said Becher, whose City Islanders played Wilmington to a scoreless draw on April 5 and lost 1-0 on Saturday to visiting Dayton.
"I'm confident if we continue to play the way we're playing, we're going to get results. We've just got to keep our confidence. Don't get down that we didn't get results these two games. Keep playing. Keep plugging away. It's a long season.
"Results will come as long as we keep building on what we've done so far," added Becher, whose club opened last season by winning its first three games.
Yet while the City Islanders have not conceded an opposing finish in the run of play — Dayton's score came on a first-half penalty kick — that matters little to Becher's frustrated group. What does matter is registering victories.
Plenty of them.
"At the end of the day, what matters is [whether we] win or lose," said first-year center back Richie Marquez, one of four players on loan from the Philadelphia Union, the City Islanders' Major League Soccer affiliate.
"We got a tie, we got a point, but I feel like we deserved to win [the opener at Wilmington]. You can look at how many goals we've conceded, but at the end of the day we still took a loss. And that's what matters the most to any of us really."
And the City Islanders, one of four USL PRO clubs that have played just twice thus far, shouldn't be behind the curve much longer.
"That'll even out after this weekend," Becher said.
"I think getting two games this weekend is big."
Getting two wins would be even bigger.
RIBEIRO LANDS ON USL PRO TEAM OF THE WEEK
Despite the City Islanders' 1-0 loss to Dayton last weekend at Skyline Sports Complex, first-year center back Pedro Ribeiro was named to the latest USL PRO team of the week for his efforts in Harrisburg's home opener.
Ribeiro, on loan to the City Islanders from Philadelphia, was the lone Harrisburg player recognized. Marquez and attacking midfielder Yann Ekra received honorable mention from USL PRO's team of the week selection committee.
Midfielder Jason Pelletier was the only City Islanders player tagged following Harrisburg's scoreless draw on April 5 in Wilmington.
Dayton's Aaron Schoenfeld, who buried a penalty kick in the 41st minute for Saturday's lone score, also landed on the USL PRO team of the week. So did keeper Matt Williams, who made five second-half saves to preserve his second shutout.
L.A. Galaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman, who played two games on loan with the City Islanders earlier in his career, also received team of the week laurels.
Arizona's Brandon Swartzendruber, another former City Islander, landed among the honorable mentions alongside Marquez and Ekra.
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