The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 21

Another wacky week in the USL Championship

Only in the USL Championship can you get 50 goals and 7 clean sheets in 15 games. Well, there were 5 games with at least 4 goals, and 2 with 7 goals, and one player got a 4-bagger. Absolutely nuts.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 San Diego Loyal 1 0 9-5-6 25.972 Getting destroyed 0-6 by Borussia Dortmund on Thursday didn’t hurt the Loyal too badly as they beat Colorado Springs 2-0 on Sunday to follow up the 5-0 win in Colorado.
2 Orange County 6 +4 9-9-4 19.973 Orange County’s strong run of form continues with a closish 1-0 victory over New Mexico. 6 wins in the last 7 games now.
3 San Antonio 2 -1 10-4-7 19.350 Tani Oluwaseyi’s 4 goals catapulted into the league scoring lead as San Antonio predictably beat Hartford 5-2 toi stay within striking distance of Sacramento.
4 Charleston Battery 9 +5 11-5-6 18.686 The Battery got 2 late goals to beat Birmingham away 2-1. Just 2 points behind Pittsburgh with a game in hand.
5 Oakland Roots 4 -1 9-6-7 18.229 Oakland were extremely lucky to get the 1-0 win over Las Vegas in midweek, then took the lead over Detroit 23 seconds in only to give it up barely 4 minutes later and then getting 9 saves from Paul Blanchette to get the 1-1 draw.
6 The Miami FC 13 +7 5-9-8 17.527 Adrian Zendejas had another good game, making 5 saves and only giving up an unfortunate own goal in the 2-1 win over Loudoun. 10 points in the last 5 games and showing some life.
7 New Mexico United 3 -4 8-8-4 15.790 New Mexico had some chances but couldn’t score as they lost 0-12 in Orange County and gave up a late red card. Very much in the playoff hunt though.
8 Detroit City 14 +6 6-11-6 14.669 Detroit gave up an early goal but were generally the better team in Oakland. They came away with just the 1-1 draw though. Inching closer to the playoff line.
9 Birmingham Legion 8 -1 9-9-2 14.614 The Legion more or less controlled the game for 81 minutes, then it went to pot in the 1-2 home loss to Charleston.
10 Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 0 11-5-5 14.518 The Rowdies showed up bog for new head coach Nicky Law, comfortably handling Tulsa 3-0. Back in the winning mood after 2 poor games leaderless.
11 Rio Grande Valley Toros 12 +1 6-6-9 14.272 The Toros got a big 5-2 win over El Paso and looked in cruise control most of the game. 11th in the West but just 2 points out of the playoffs.
12 Sacramento Republic 17 +5 11-3-8 13.293 SacRep waxed Phoenix with 4 first half goals but then struggled to get past an always troublesome Las Vegas 2-1. The 4-game winless streak is over.
13 Indy Eleven 16 +3 6-8-7 12.586 Indy Eleven got a surprise 3-1 win in Pittsburgh, including a center circle golazo by Aodhan Quinn, then failed to get a shot on goal in Louisville, losing 0-2.
14 FC Tulsa 5 -9 7-8-7 11.364 Tulsa’s 5-game win streak came to a crashing end as they were blanked 0-3 in Tampa. Stronger opposition exposed their potential weaknesses.
15 Phoenix Rising 7 -8 7-6-8 9.759 Phoenix Rising gave up 4 first half goals to Sacramento, scoring none, then scored 2 first goals and gave up none against Monterey, edging over the playoff line.
16 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 11 -5 11-4-8 9.460 The Riverhounds failed to get their 1000th goal at home, losing 1-3 to Indy, but got it and 3 more in the 4-2 beatdown of Memphis 901. 2 big losses in the last 3 games though.
17 Louisville City 22 +5 9-7-5 6.183 Lou City’s 3-game losing streak came to an end in a comprehensive 2-0 LIPAFC home win over Indy. Excellent goalkeeping by Yannik Oettl kept it from being worse.
18 Memphis 901 19 +1 8-6-6 5.249 Memphis took an early 2-goal lead and blew it big time, losing 2-4 in Pittsburgh, and adding a red card late (their 3rd in 2 games).
19 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 15 -4 9-11-2 5.093 The Switchbacks lost to San Diego Loyal 0-2 thanks largely to a 5-save performance by Koke Vegas. Outscored 8-1 in the last 3 games and slipping off the pace.
20 Hartford Athletic 18 -2 3-14-4 4.431 A shock 2-5 loss the San Antonio? Well, yes, in that they scored first and added a second. Last week’s win over Las Vegas remains the difference between the league’s 2 worst teams.
21 Loudoun United 23 +2 6-15-2 2.068 Loudoun heavily outshot Miami but couldn’t finish except on an own goal and lost 1-2. Just one win in the last 6 games, and that was over Hartford.
22 Las Vegas Lights 21 -1 1-12-8 1.767 The Lights were the better team but lost 0-1 in  Oakland thanks to a foolish offside by Andrew Carleton Roots 0-1 and then lost a close game 1-2 to Sacramento.
23 El Paso Locomotive 20 -3 9-7-5 0.508 El Paso led twice in the first 16 minutes but got KO’d 2-5 in Rio Grande Valley. Winless in the last 7 games now but just 1 point from a home playoff spot.
24 Monterey Bay Union 24 0 7-9-6 -0.902

Monterey Bay lost to Phoenix Rising 0-2, but the play was a lot closer than the scoreline, including a PK denial by Rocco Rios Novo. Just 1 point in the last 6 games, however.

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