Two champions will collide Friday when the defending W-League title holders Pali Blues travel to Maryland to face the 2007 champion Washington Freedom in the W-League championship game at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The Puerto Rico Islanders squared off with their fellow league-leading Portland Timbers Thursday evening, but neither side was able to gain the advantage and sole possession of first as the two played to a scoreless draw.
With a two-game road trip to South Florida, the Portland Timbers were poised to make history.
At the close of action Saturday, three teams stood tied atop the USL First Division standings with a fourth just three points back.
At the midway point in the season, the clubs in the lower half of the USL First Division table made the most of the holiday week, celebrating some important point earned toward moving into playoff position.
The Battery got their revenge with a 1-0 win of their own in South Carolina over those same Islanders to move back to the top of the USL First Division table.
The 2008 regular season champion Puerto Rico Islanders used a pair of 1-0 victories on the week against the league-leading Charleston Battery to propel them back to the top of the USL First Division table for the first time this season.
Appearing as though both were destined to be left behind by the rest of the league, the Cleveland City Stars and Minnesota each provided eye-opening results on the weekend that showed they should not be taken lightly.
The lone remaining unbeaten in the USL First Division, the Charleston Battery, finally found themselves atop the league table as they posted a victory and a draw in a two-game series on the road against the expansion Austin Aztex.
The Carolinas are the hot spot so far in the young 2009 USL First Division season as the North Carolina-based RailHawks posted two road wins on the week.