The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 26

The Championship's busiest week yet

With a ton of midweek games, there were a lot of double-game weeks, and for the first time this season no one had a bye. Only one big shock result though, and it shows in the Power Rankings

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Notes
1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 9 +8 16-9-3 5.916 The Switchbacks blew a ton of chances in the overpowering 1-0 win over Phoenix. Still, they have the league’s longest win streak at 3 and are jockeying with San Diego for second in the West.
2 Indy Eleven 20 +18 8-14-5 5.914 The Eleven followed up last week’s win over San Antonio with a 2-1 win over Louisville, making the most of a rare Kyle Morton gaffe and a stupid PK, then reverted to form in Detroit, drawing 0-0.
3 The Miami FC 1 -2 12-8-8 5.814 Miami took advantage of the Legion flubbing a PK and being temporarily down a center back to take the lead but couldn’t maintain it and the 3-game win streak ends in a 1-1 draw.
4 Birmingham Legion 6 +2 15-7-6 5.334 The Legion will be regretting Juan Agudelo’s horrendous PK attempt in a game they should have won. The 1-1 draw drops them out of the home playoff spots, but only on tiebreakers with Pittsburgh.
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 13 +8 16-5-6 5.296 The Rowdies took Las Vegas to the woodshed in a massive 6-1 win, with 4 more shots on goal. Every other East team above the playoff line dropped points this week and the Rowdies are making an argument for top spot.
6 Rio Grande Valley Toros 2 -4 8-12-6 4.729 RGV got close to tying the game up in Phoenix but couldn’t quite get there in a tight 1-2 loss. They aren’t out of the playoff chase though, which is ridiculously bunched up in the West.
7 Hartford Athletic 10 +3 7-15-6 4.444 In a weird week, the Athletic scored 4 goals in the 90th minute or later to draw 3-3 in New York and win 3-1 in LA in a big transcontinental road trip. Tab Ramos is now at the helm, but Hartford is just one loss from elimination.
8 El Paso Locomotive 12 +4 11-11-7 4.332 El Paso’s 2-1 win in New Mexico thanks to a Luis Solignac brace is really down to New Mexico wasting a boatload of chances. They should consider themselves extremely lucky in this one.
9 Detroit City 3 -6 11-6-10 3.655 Detroit were the dominant team in the 1-1 draw with Indy, but that’s not saying much in a game that had just 3 shots on target. They remain a point behind Miami but with a game in hand.
10 Oakland Roots 8 -2 7-9-12 3.415 Losing 0-2 to San Antonio is hardly a surprise, but generating just 2 shots on target with 64% possession is pretty bad. Still in the playoff hunt, but this team needs to find its comfort zone very fast.
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 22 +11 15-7-6 3.415 The Hounds were a bit lucky to draw 0-0 with Charleston in midweek and barely held on for the 2-1 win in Loudoun. A mediocre 8 points from their last 4 games, and they were all against the bottom teams in the East. It gets much harder from here.
12 San Antonio 15 +3 19-5-3 3.012 San Antonio cruised to a 2-0 win over the Roots as it recovered from 2 poor results, drawing with RGV and losing to Indy. A win over San Diego this week gives them potentially an 11-point lead with a game in hand,
13 Loudoun United 21 +8 7-17-3 2.937 Loudoun went to Memphis Wednesday and got the shock 1-0 win but lost 1-2 to Pittsburgh at the weekend but were never out of either game. They cling to playoff chances but are just one draw or loss from elimination.
14 Charleston Battery 19 +5 5-17-6 2.551 The Battery played spoiler in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and may have had the best scoring chance in the 0-0 draw, then were easily the better team at home beating New York 3-0 in a match of eliminated teams.
15 New Mexico United 18 +3 11-8-9 2.509 New Mexico’s 1-2 loss to the Locomotive came down to failing to convert on many chances, including two goals call back for offsides in the first 15 minutes. as well as a bunch of near misses. They miss a chance to leapfrog Sacramento into the home playoff spots.
16 Louisville City 5 -11 18-5-4 2.446 Lou City took the early lead in Indy but two defensive howlers led to the 1-2 loss. The weekend 3-1 win over an understrength Sacramento was not too impressive. The Rowdies are closing in on the Eastern lead.
17 Orange County 16 -1 6-11-10 2.248 For once Milan Iloski didn’t score. Instead he assisted his brother Brian for OC’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Memphis. They were the better side on the day but couldn’t hang on, giving up a late goal. Still mired in the West’s cellar.
18 Sacramento Republic 7 -11 12-8-7 2.171 SacRep rested 10 starters from last week ahead of Wednesday’s US Open Cup final, so the 1-3 loss in Louisville surprised no one. Even so, the hosts did not have it all go their own way.
19 LA Galaxy II 11 -8 10-12-6 2.077 Los Dos went down a man but were not entirely dominated in the 3-1 loss to Hartford, giving up 2 late goals. The loss leaves them just a point below the playoff line.
20 Monterey Bay Union 23 +3 10-14-2 2.060 Monterey Bay were already 2-1 up when San Diego’s Kyle Adams was shown red for a blatant DOGSO. The extra goal sealed the deal and the Union are still in with a shot at the playoffs, 5 points out with 2 games in hand.
21 Phoenix Rising 26 +5 9-13-5 1.984 The Rising edged the Toros 2-1 for their first win under Juan Guerra, then got completely run over by the Switchbacks in a 0-1 loss that was very flattering to the visitors. 4 points from the last 5 games and the playoffs are getting away from them.
22 San Diego Loyal 14 -8 16-8-4 1.878 For the second straight game, the Loyal lost 1-3, this time to Monterey, 3 losses in the last 4 games and their hold on 2nd in the West is looking very shaky. A huge game in San Antonio coming up this weekend.
23 Atlanta United 2 27 +4 5-20-4 1.394 Twonited came out on top 2-1 over Tulsa and missed a pint blank chance to make the win more solid. Evenly played, but they were the better team on the day and still cannot be discounted despite being long since eliminated.
24 FC Tulsa 17 -7 10-14-4 0.629 Tulsa did their dim playoff chances no favors by losing 1-2 in Atlanta. The game was fairly even, but 2 losses in the last 3 against teams below them in the standings is not good.
25 Memphis 901 4 -21 16-7-4 0.586 Area Code FC are in a slump. After losing to the Legion last week, they lost again to Loudoun 0-1 thanks to poor finishing and then needed a late goal to draw Orange County 1-1. They drop to 3rd in the East, just a point ahead of Birmingham and Pittsburgh.
26 Las Vegas Lights 24 -2 10-11-7 -0.307 Las Vegas have given up 11 goals in the past 2 games. The 1-6 loss to Tampa didn’t put theme below the playoff line, but only because LA also lost. They need to wake up.
27 New York Red Bulls II 25 -2 3-20-5 -0.333 The Baby Bulls scored in just 18 seconds and again less than 2 minutes later to take a big lead over Hartford, but gave up 2 second half stoppage time goals in a wild 3-3 draw then were totally throttled by the Battery 0-3 in a meaningless contest.

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