The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 14

Some confusing changes

A few big moves in the rankings, some of which may stick, others not so much. A degree of normality was restored after the bookie-defying results last week, although there were a still a couple of surprises and some odd goings-on in a couple of games.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Notes
1 New Mexico United 1 0 6- 2- 4 7.72 New Mexico United were on a bye this week.
2 Sacramento Republic 10 +8 6- 3- 4 6.84 SacRep follow up last week’s win over San Antonio with a solid victory in Detroit and jump the playoff line into 6th, trailing New Mexico only on tiebreakers. That will get you positive marks in the rankings.
3 Birmingham Legion 7 +4 6- 4- 4 5.63 The Legion had to wait nearly two hours to really get started but a late Anderson Asiedu goal secured the big derby win over Memphis and continued the team’s improving fortunes. Now they have to wait 17 days while everyone else jockeys for position.
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 0 7- 3- 5 5.36 With the 2-1 win in Miami the Rowdies have 13 points from their last 5 games, all against quality opposition. They’ve played more games than both Memphis and Louisville, but are very much back in contention for the conference title.
5 El Paso Locomotive 13 +8 7- 6- 3 4.87 The Locomotive won a close one 1-0 in Phoenix and continue their steady climb in the standings. However, they have played between 2 and 4 more games than anyone else above the playoff line in the West.
6 Memphis 901 2 -4 9- 3- 1 4.55 Area Code FC saw their league-leading 5-game win streak snapped in a rainy Birmingham thanks to late heroics. A game this Wednesday in Hartford should get the team back into the winning column.
7 Oakland Roots 6 -1 4- 4- 8 4.08 The Roots should probably consider themselves very lucky to get the 2-2 draw with RGV. The Toros were definitely the better team on the night but gave up two late goals to blow the lead and remain a point behind the hosts in the standings.
8 San Antonio 5 -3 10- 3- 0 4.03 San Antonio traded own goals with Monterey Bay in a slightly odd contest that saw the visitors come away with a 3-2 win, although it wasn’t an overly convincing display from the Western Conference contenders.
9 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 11 +2 10- 2- 0 3.61 The 3-1 win in LA was largely a lackluster affair that really did little to bolster the Switchbacks’ argument for being best in the West. Still, they have the best PPG in the league and games in hand.
10 LA Galaxy II 12 +2 5- 7- 3 3.53 Los Dos took the early lead and nearly doubled in a game that was marked by poor attacking and poor defending on both sides. Neither team showered itself in honors in this one.
11 Charleston Battery 27 +16 2- 9- 2 3.25 Charleston get a huge bump in the rankings after they shock the Riverhounds 3-0. The scoreline is more or less reflective of the balance of play as well. Next up is a trip to Tampa, so the recovery may be short-lived.
12 Monterey Bay Union 3 -9 4- 9- 0 3.16 The Union drop thanks to two consecutive home losses. the game against San Antonio was fairly evenly played, however, but the loss was worsened by a late double yellow incurred by center back Hugh Roberts.
13 Indy Eleven 14 +1 6- 4- 3 3.13 Wednesday’s other rain delayed game saw an very even contest between Indy and Miami end 1-1. That kept the two teams level on points and opened the door for the Legion to leapfrog both of them.
14 Las Vegas Lights 20 +6 5- 6- 4 2.81 The Lights didn’t have to work too hard to get the 3-0 win over Orange County but were the deserved winners in a not very entertaining match. Still, they are struggling; this was their first win since April 16th.
15 San Diego Loyal 21 +6 7- 3- 4 2.37 The 3-0 win over Hartford went more or less according to form, although it wasn’t that close. Not by a long shot. The Loyal remain 5 points adrift of the top two, though, who both have games in hand.
16 Detroit City 9 -7 7- 3- 5 2.24 Detroit lose at home in the USLC for the first time. It was a weakish 0-2 performance against Sacramento, who were clearly uncowed by the Keyworth Stadium atmosphere and kept the smoke bombs at bay.
17 Rio Grande Valley Toros 18 +1 6- 8- 1 2.02 The Toros went 2-0 up in Oakland, including a golazo bike from Wahab Ackwei, then threw it away with what looked like an own goal (but wasn’t credited as such) and a late equalizer that should have been easily stopped.
18 Phoenix Rising 25 +7 7- 7- 0 1.95 Thanks to the 0-7 thrashing dropping out of their form book, the Rising get quite a boost despite losing a tight one against El Paso, which was very even until Phoenix gave up a red card and a PK 70 minutes in.
19 FC Tulsa 17 -2 4- 8- 2 1.83 FC Tulsa were on a bye this week.
20 The Miami FC 8 -12 5- 5- 6 1.40 Christian Sorto scored just 20 seconds after a two-hour rain delay, only to see the lead slip away against Indy. Then they gave up 2 set piece goals to a Tampa team that was outplaying them anyway. 1 point from a 2-game home week is not good.
21 Louisville City 19 -2 8- 3- 3 0.97 Louisville City were on a bye this week.
22 Atlanta United 2 22 0 3- 10- 1 0.93 Atlanta got their first win since April 2nd, handling Loudoun fairly comfortably. As a result, they are now just 1 point behind them in 11th, but still well adrift of the playoff
23 Hartford Athletic 16 -7 2- 8- 2 0.86 The league’s northeasternmost team trekked to play the southwesternmost and got thumped 0-3 by San Diego. Adding insult to injury, manager Harry Watling managed to get a yellow card and a red card in the space of 2 minutes in the first half.
24 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 15 -9 7- 4- 3 0.83 The 0-3 loss in Charleston only adds to Pittsburgh’s recent woes. They have just 2 points from their last 4 games and look to be slipping badly. This last game was very poorly played.
25 New York Red Bulls II 23 -2 1- 11- 2 0.47 The Baby Bulls outpossessed and outshot Loudoun but made some horrific mistakes to lose the match. Last week’s 2-2 draw with San Diego is clearly an outlier for this team who are now worst in the league.
26 Loudoun United 26 0 3- 9- 2 0.43 Loudoun were pretty much gifted the midweek win by New York. Twonited at the weekend were not so generous. Loudoun ends the week with 3 of 6 points but a negative goal differential.
27 Orange County 24 -3 3- 6- 5 -0.12 What does it say when your only shot on goal is into your own net? Add to that giving up a PK and OC were shooting themselves in the foot all game in Vegas. The terrible title defense continues.

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