The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 16

This was a hugely entertaining week in the Championship. Amazing goals, a ton of red cards (and very much to the Legion’s benefit). Who needs the Gold Cup? This is way more fun.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Monterey Bay Union 2 1 7-4-5 21.518 The Union #1? How did they get there? Well, Anthony Siaha saves a PK and the ball is immediately taken all the way for a Christian Volesky goal. They beat The Miami FC 1-0 and have a league-best 4-game win streak.
2 Memphis 901 1 -1 8-2-4 20.293 Area Code FC are scary good. Goals from newcomers Rodrigo da Costa and Emerson Hyndman led to a 4-0 pasting of FC Tulsa, which they followed up with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Charleston.
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3 0 8-2-6 19.381 The Riverhounds have dropped just 2 points in their last 7 games and are top of the East. This week they beat San Diego Loyal at home 2-1 but needed stoppage time to do it.
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 0 8-4-4 19.356 The Rowdies trailed twice early but finally beat 10-man Loudoun United 4-2. No losses in the last 5 games, but Tampa is not overly convincing as a contender.
5 El Paso Locomotive 7 2 9-3-3 15.421 El Paso Locomotive were on a bye this week.
6 Phoenix Rising 16 10 5-4-7 15.292 Phoenix Rising got some serious goalkeeping out of Patrick Rakovsky to beat New Mexico United 3-1 but then needed an equalizer 3 minutes into second half stoppage time to tie 1-1 with Oakland Roots.
7 Sacramento Republic 9 2 9-2-5 14.844 Trust us: you need to at least watch the highlights of Sacramento’s 3-1 over San Antonio. The final game of the week was a wild and crazy affair. SacRep have the league’s best record and deserve it.
8 Oakland Roots 6 -2 6-4-5 13.633 Oakland Roots and Phoenix Rising had almost no action until the 82nd minute, after which they split goals and points 1-1. 5th in the West with games in hand.
9 Orange County 13 4 5-8-4 13.333 3 clean sheet wins in the last 4, this one 1-0 over Detroit City, and it wasn’t anywhere near that close. A rare red card to an already subbed out player (Kyle Scott) added to the entertainment.
10 Detroit City 5 -5 4-8-4 13.145 Detroit City looked pretty inept in the 0-1 loss to Orange County. Their 5-game unbeaten streak is now over. A chance to get back on track next week at Tulsa.
11 Indy Eleven 10 -1 5-6-4 12.606 Indy Eleven had far fewer scoring chances than Hartford Athletic, but they made the best of them, winning 2-0 in Connecticut.
12 Birmingham Legion 18 6 7-7-1 11.032 The Legion had relatively little trouble dispatching Loudoun 2-0. Diba Nwegbo added his name to the long list of scoring threats. A new win streak is in effect.
13 San Diego Loyal 11 -2 6-5-5 10.025 San Diego made the long trip to Pittsburgh and nearly came away with a point in a pretty even game. They lost 1-2 though and are winless in the last 5 games.
14 Louisville City 15 1 7-4-4 9.763 Lou City took 77 minutes to get the breakthrough against Las Vegas Lights and rode that goal to the win. A big game against Pittsburgh coming up next.
15 San Antonio 12 -3 6-3-7 9.498 No wins in the last 4 games; are San Antonio slipping? See SacRep above, by the way. Oh, they play the Legion next and will do it without Jordan Farr and Mitchell Taintor.
16 Rio Grande Valley Toros 23 7 3-5-7 7.883 The Toros’ 6-game winless streak is over. The 1-0 win over Colorado Springs was a lackluster affair, but they should have scored more.
17 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 8 -9 7-9-1 7.753 In a disastrous road trip, the Switchbacks failed to get a shot on goal in the 0-1 loss at RGV and followed that up losing 1-2 to New Mexico United. And that score was an own goal.
18 New Mexico United 19 1 5-7-3 7.012 United’s 1-3 home loss to Phoenix Rising was closer than the score suggests, then they dominated Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-1. Check out Amando Moreno’s bicycle kick golazo in that second game.
19 Loudoun United 14 -5 5-11-1 6.761 Loudoun were blanked by the Legion 0-2, but then led twice at home against Tampa before a Daniel Chica red card and eventually lost 2-4. Still above the playoff line though.
20 Charleston Battery 17 -3 8-5-4 6.744 Battery keeper Trey Muse had a nightmare game in the 2-3 loss at Memphis 901. They’ve given up 12 goals in the last 5 games now and are looking vulnerable.
21 Las Vegas Lights 20 -1 1-8-6 2.193 No shots on goal is no way to get results. The Lights lose their 4th straight, 0-1 at Louisville. They are 7 points adrift at the bottom of the West and have the league’s worst PPG.
22 The Miami FC 24 2 2-7-7 1.142 Miami’s last win was May 3 (against the Legion, alas). The 0-1 loss in Monterey keeps a 7-game winless streak going, and they did it in bizarre fashion.
23 Hartford Athletic 21 -2 2-10-4 0.299 Hartford couldn’t convert many good chances and lost to Indy Eleven 0-2 this week. Just 2 points from the last 5 games, worst in the league, and head coach Tab Ramos is now gone.
24 FC Tulsa 22 -2 2-7-7 -3.527 FC Tulsa will be regretting letting da Costa go to Memphis as he immediately punished them , scoring early in a 0-4 thrashing. Outscored 10-1 in the last 3 games.

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