The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 14

A wild week in the Championship

Another busy week in the Forge household, but we finally got around to this. 7 teams stood pat this week, which is rare. A few big movers though, including one rather surprising one. Oh, and there were a ton of goals.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Memphis 901 2 1 6-2-3 26.071 Memphis continue to ride the production of 18-year-old Nighte Pickering, whose goal and assist made for a 3-1 win in Louisville. 5 straight wins and they have games in hand.
2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4 2 7-2-5 21.627 The Riverhounds needed just 22 seconds for the winning goal against Charleston and finished 2-0 in a comprehensive performance. Top of the East, also with a 5-game win streak.
3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 -2 7-4-3 20.668 The Rowdies scored on 3 of their 4 shots on goal to edge New Mexico at home. Very much in contention in the East but  tough trip to El Paso next.
4 El Paso Locomotive 3 -1 8-3-2 20.222 El Paso finally dropped points after 7 wins, tying 2-2 with San Antonio, and they weren’t the better team in the game.
5 Sacramento Republic 5 0 8-1-5 17.982 Sacramento had the better chances in the 1-1 draw in San Diego but couldn’t finish them. They remained (temporarily) top of the West. Monterey Bay visits this weekend.
6 Oakland Roots 6 0 6-4-3 17.847 Oakland led twice in Phoenix but gave up a late blooper goal to finish it 2-2 in a generally even contest. Big game against Pittsburgh this week.
7 Indy Eleven 7 0 4-5-4 15.010 Indy Eleven lost defender Adrian Diz Pe early to a red card, went down a goal, saw Hartford get a red card, equalized, then lost sub Gustavo Rissi to another red card. 3 decent results in the last four, but they are short due to injuries and reds. Birmingham this week.
8 San Antonio 8 0 6-2-6 14.655 A huge howler by Jordan Farr and 2 offside goals cost San Antonio the win over El Paso. Still close to the Western crown, but have played more games than the leaders.
9 Monterey Bay Union 15 6 5-4-5 13.602 Monterey Bay got very lucky several times and especially late in Las Vegas to win 2-1 and hold on to 6th in the West. SacRep next though.
10 Detroit City 14 4 3-7-3 12.889 Detroit City had to wait out a 3-hour lightning delay to kick off in Charleston and were generally the better team in a somewhat lifeless 0-0 draw.
11 San Diego Loyal 13 2 6-4-4 10.342 The Loyal were a bit lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw with SacRep to follow the 3-3 goalfest with San Antonio last week. Holding on to a home playoff spot, barely.
12 Louisville City 11 -1 6-4-3 9.910 Lou City did not look good in the 1-3 home loss to Memphis. Wilson Harris is a constant threat, but the rest of the team seems rather out of sorts. Off to Phoenix next.
13 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 20 7 6-7-1 9.350 A visit by Orange County was what Colorado Springs needed to break a 5-game losing streak. A dubious PK aside, the 4-0 result was never in doubt.
14 FC Tulsa 10 -4 2-5-7 8.817 Tulsa traveled to Loudoun, got a 3rd minute PK, then gave up an own goal 15 minutes later, followed up by another goal 5 minutes after that and a 2nd half PK to lose 1-3. They continue to be erratic.
15 New Mexico United 9 -6 4-6-2 8.580 In their first game without coach Zach Prince, New Mexico United lost a close one in Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-3. 3 defeats in a row, but a chance to correct that against RGV this weekend.
16 Hartford Athletic 19 3 2-7-4 7.584 Giving up a man advantage was dumb, and it cost the Athletic a win. 1-1 against Indy and they remain the league’s worst team.
17 Phoenix Rising 17 0 4-4-5 7.329 The Rising trailed twice but got a late equalizer to split the points 2-2 with Oakland at home. Clinging to the last playoff spot but Louisville is up this week.
19 Orange County 12 -7 3-8-4 4.966 After 2 decent results against Miami and RGV, Orange County were back to normal, losing 0-4 to the Switchbacks. Off to Tulsa this week and a chance for points.
20 Loudoun United 24 4 4-9-1 3.547 Loudoun finally ended a 7-game losing streak with the 3-1 win over Tulsa in an untidy game. Trips to Miami and Birmingham this week.
21 Charleston Battery 16 -5 7-4-4 3.305 The Battery had Trey Muse to thank for a 0-0 home draw with Detroit but then got well beaten in Pittsburgh, 0-2. 1 point from the last 3 games and they’ve been outscored 0-6.
22 Birmingham Legion 21 -1 5-7-1 0.848 Birmingham Legion were on a bye this week.
23 The Miami FC 23 0 2-5-7 0.087 The bottom 2 in the rankings battled it out to a 3-3 draw. Miami FC led twice but couldn’t hold on at the last gasp. 2 points from the last 5 games; Loudoun coming up.
24 Rio Grande Valley Toros 22 -2 2-5-6 -0.175 The Toros needed a 97th minute equalizer to share points with Miami FC 3-3. And that’s 3 more goals than in the previous 3 games.

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