The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 3

Shuffling the deck a bit

Only 2 1-1 draws this week. Some surprise results and things are still looking very messy. There are still 6 teams with less than 3 games played, so we are still working without the Forge Factor.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Notes
1 San Antonio 3 +2 2-0-1 San Antonio played on the counter as usual against Colorado Springs, but the breakthrough didn’t materialize until 83 minutes in. They then needed a heroic Jordan Farr PK stop literally at the final whistle to preserve the victory. Heading out to Monterey next.
2 Sacramento Republic 4 +2 2-0-1 Possibly the best game of the weekend saw SacRep win 1-0 over San Diego. The Republic have given up just 1 goal in 3 games so far and are looking to cause waves this season. They get a reeling Lou City next.
3 Birmingham Legion 5 +2 2-0-1 The Three Sparks rode a strong defensive performance to a 1-0 victory in Hartford, including standout games from GK Trevor Spangenberg and youngster Matthew Corcoran. Next up a trip to a less-than-impressive Tampa Bay.
4 San Diego Loyal 1 -3 2-1-0 San Diego will be regretting the failure to convert on a couple of golden opportunities in the 0-1 loss to Sacramento, dropping points for the first time. They head out to a rested Phoenix.
5 Louisville City 2 -3 2-1-0 Lou City’s home opener was, frankly, a disaster. They looked totally listless in attack and defense. Just 2 shots on target, and that would not have been enough to beat El Paso’s 3 surprise goals. They head back out to Sacramento, which may not help matters.
6 Charleston Battery 10 +4 1-0-2 The Battery lost head coach Ben Pirmann to a red card, but were already 3-0 up over the Rowdies. The 2-year nightmare may be over. They get Hartford next.
7 Indy Eleven 9 +2 1-0-1 Indy Eleven visited a brutally windy Detroit and got the 3 points on a Bryam Rebellon goal in the 62nd minute in an otherwise fairly even contest. Las Vegas comes calling this week and the Eleven could see their standing improve.
8 Monterey Bay Union 8 0 1-1-1 Monterey Bay took the lead over RGV early in the second half on a huge error by Tyler Deric in what had been a physical but even game to that point. They then lost Mobi Fehr in the 71st minute to a red card and got pummeled, giving up the equalizer in stoppage time. Still, keeper Gerold Ngnepi made 9 saves.
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6 -3 0-1-2 The Rowdies were, well, not good, losing 0-3 in Charleston and still looking for their first win of the season. The Legion will do their damnedest to keep them waiting.
10 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 11 +1 1-1-1 The Switchbacks couldn’t find a way past Jordan Farr, who stopped all 5 shots on target, including a PK, and lost 0-1 as a result. A less daunting opponent in Loudoun coming up, but still no pushover.
11 Rio Grande Valley Toros 12 +1 0-0-3 The Toros needed a man advantage to finally get a shot past Ngnepi for the late equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Monterey. They immediately went down to 10 men themselves and that was all she wrote. Off to Detroit this week.
12 New Mexico United 16 +4 1-0-0 New Mexico United were on a bye this week. Again. Next up: at Oakland if the field’s OK.
13 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 14 +1 1-0-2 Pittsburgh had the bulk of the scoring chances, but fell behind early to Miami and had to wait until the 85th minute to get an equalizer on a banger from Burke Fahling. They play tonight at Tulsa.
14 FC Tulsa 17 +3 1-1-1 Tulsa finally got into the win column, scoring with all three shots on target to beat Loudoun on a disgraceful baseball field surface at ONEOK. Two games Tuesday and Friday will be a major test.
15 Loudoun United 13 -2 1-1-1 Loudoun’s good start came to a crashing halt this week in Tulsa as they lost 0-3. The Switchbacks head east this week in what could be an even matchup.
16 El Paso Locomotive 24 +8 1-3-0 The Locomotive probably shocked themselves as much as anyone else, winning 3-0 in Louisville. Getting away from home was the break they desperately needed. They play in Tulsa this Friday.
17 Orange County 19 +2 0-1-2 The 2-2 result against Las Vegas was fair, although OC had to come back from a deficit twice, with the final equalizer predictably by Milan Iloski. A long cross-country trip to Hartford next.
18 The Miami FC 7 -11 0-1-2 Kyle Murphy needed 2 tries to score in the 23rd minute, but that was all of their shots on target the whole game. The lead was nixed by Pittsburgh with 5 minutes left in regulation, who also had only 2 on target. They get Memphis this week.
19 Detroit City 15 -4 1-2-0 Detroit City gave up a goal and a man (Yazeed Matthews) and couldn’t find a way back despite trying very hard in stoppage time, losing 0-1 to Indy in the home opener. 10 cards total were issued in the game. RGV this week could be another close match.
20 Oakland Roots 18 -2 0-1-1 The Roots’ field was unplayable, so the match against Memphis got postponed. They’d better have it ready for New Mexico, who are stuck on just 1 game played so far.
21 Hartford Athletic 21 0 0-2-1 Hartford’s attack wasn’t able to find a breakthrough against the Legion in their home opener. 1 point from 3 games and they are already struggling in a competitive Eastern Conference. Orange County could be a turning point this week.
22 Phoenix Rising 20 -2 0-1-1 Phoenix Rising were on a bye this week. A smarting San Diego visits this week.
23 Las Vegas Lights 22 -1 0-0-2 The Lights led twice on goals by Cubo Torres and Pato Botello Faz, but gave up equalizers twice in Orange County. The last 3 goals were scored over just 4 minutes. Indy away this week.
24 Memphis 901 23 -1 0-2-0 Memphis 901 traveled all the way to Oakland only to see their match postponed. A good week, all things considered. They now travel the opposite direction to Miami.


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