The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 8

Equality rears its ugly head again

The USL Championship was back to parity this week. 6 of 12 games ended in draws, 4 of those 1-1 again. So, good news for the 6 teams that actually managed to win.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 El Paso Locomotive 3 2 4-3-1 21.531 The Locomotive’s first goal in the 2-1 win at San Diego was off a fortunate deflection, but when you’re hot, you make your own luck. 3 points from the last 5 games and a 3-game win streak.  
2 Sacramento Republic 1 -1 5-0-3 19.219 SacRep pummeled the Tulsa goal with 20 shots and 6 on target, but needed an open goal to find the net in the slightly surprising 1-1 draw.  
3 Phoenix Rising 4 1 2-1-4 17.384 Phoenix utterly dominated Loudoun in the 3-1 home win. They are quietly making their way up the standings as well as the rankings. They visit Tampa next.  
4 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 8 4 5-2-1 15.664 Colorado Springs scored twice in the first 15 minutes on the way to a 2-1 win in Charleston. The only dropped points in the last 5 games were to SacRep.  
5 Charleston Battery 2 -3 4-1-3 13.536 Spotting the Switchbacks an early 2-goal lead was not the best way to play when you’re missing Augustine Williams on suspension. Off to Sin City this Friday.  
6 Louisville City 7 1 4-2-2 13.271 Lou City have a poor offside call to thank for escaping Memphis with a 1-1 draw. They were not a convincing team on the night despite taking the early lead. A bye this week to regroup.  
7 Memphis 901 11 4 1-2-3 13.147 Phillip Goodrum was denied a goal by a bizarre offside call and Memphis had to settle for a point in the 1-1 draw with Louisville. They are beginning to look a bit better. They warm up for the US Open Cup clash with the Legion in Hartford.  
8 Monterey Bay Union 6 -2 3-2-3 13.060 Monterey Bay and RGV tied 1-1 in a largely uneventful match – other than 6 yellow cards – with the only really threatening shot coming from Christian Volesky as time was almost expired.  
9 Loudoun United 5 -4 3-3-1 12.731 Loudoun’s 2-game win streak came to a crashing end 1-3 in Phoenix, but they have a good chance to get back on track with Indy visiting this weekend.  
10 San Diego Loyal 9 -1 4-2-2 10.961 The Loyal were just a bit unlucky in the 1-2 loss to El Paso, but all told it was an entertaining affair of closely-matched teams.  
11 Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 +4 2-4-2 10.813 The Rowdies were easily the better side, but needed a late PK to get past Nate Steinwascher in the 1-0 win in Detroit. A slightly tougher game next week against Phoenix.  
12 Hartford Athletic 12 0 1-4-2 9.292 The Athletic’s late loss to the Legion didn’t hurt them in the rankings, but 1 win in 7 games is not great. They are playing strong teams close, though; they lost in Charleston exactly the same way.  
13 Birmingham Legion 16 3 5-2-1 9.179 For the second time this season, a stoppage time goal gave the Three Sparks a 3-2 win. A gutsy comeback, but those 2 bad losses will keep them down in the rankings for a while.  
14 The Miami FC 19 5 1-2-5 9.042 Miami made the long trek to Oakland in a matchup of the Legion’s 2 opponents this week. Only 5 shots on goals between them, but Miami’s were the better chances. Still, it ended 0-0.  
15 New Mexico United 22 7 2-3-1 8.563 The only shot that got past New Mexico’s Alex Tambakis was an own goal as the hosts cruised to a 3-1 win over Orange County.  
16 San Antonio 10 -6 3-1-4 7.981 San Antonio blew 2 attempts at an early PK, went down a goal immediately afterwards before tying 1-1 just before half time against Las Vegas. They are winless in the last four.  
17 FC Tulsa 14 -3 1-3-4 7.760 Tulsa GK Michael Nelson held Sacramento at bay but made a big mistake in allowing a goal. The equalizer was a bit lucky. Tulsa are winless in 5 games but head to Detroit next.  
18 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 18 0 2-2-4 7.266 Pittsburgh were marginally the stronger side in the 1-1 draw in Indianapolis. The game was generally lacking in meaningful attack. A trip to Monterey next.  
19 Oakland Roots 13 -6 2-3-2 5.440 Oakland have GK Paul Blanchette to thank for surviving the match with Miami 0-0. Their attack was pretty toothless. They come to the Magic City Saturday.  
20 Orange County 17 -3 1-4-3 4.571 Orange County’s hapless 1-3 loss in New Mexico signaled the end of Richard Chaplow’s tenure as head coach. The first coaching domino falls; who will be next?  
21 Detroit City 20 -1 1-6-1 4.128 Detroit’s scoring woes continued in the 0-1 loss to Tampa. City have scored 3 goals in 8 games; all 3 were in 1 game at El Paso. It could be a long season.  
22 Las Vegas Lights 23 1 0-1-5 3.674 The Lights’ 1-1 draw in San Antonio ends their long winless away start to the season. Home games won’t start easy though: Charleston Friday then the return fixture with San Antonio Sunday.  
23 Rio Grande Valley Toros 21 -2 1-2-4 3.135 The Toros traveled to Monterey and had a slight attacking edge in the game, but neither team scored in a testy game. They host New Mexico next.  
24 Indy Eleven 24 0 1-3-3 1.375 Another lackluster showing by the Eleven. Just 7 shots and 2 on goal in the 1-1 draw with the Hounds. They haven’t won since March 25th against Detroit.  


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