The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 27

All streaks must end

3 teams are now locked in to the playoffs and 1 is out. A second elimination was delayed by bad weather. There’s still a ton to play for in this wild USL Championship season.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Orange County 1 0 14-9-5 25.535 The win streak ended with a lifeless 0-0 draw with El Paso. Milan Iloski will be gone this winter, so they need to make as much of this season as possible.
2 Charleston Battery 7 5 15-7-7 20.190 Tristan Trager scored either side of half time for the 2-0 win over San Diego. The Battery clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2019.
3 Monterey Bay Union 6 3 10-11-7 20.094 A softish PK and 7 saves by Carlos Herrera were what the Union needed to beat Memphis 1-0. 3 straight wins and they are now above the playoff line.
4 Phoenix Rising 3 -1 11-8-9 16.990 No one seemed all that interested in winning as Phoenix drew 0-0 in Tulsa. The 3-game win streak is over and they remain in 5th place in the West.
5 Indy Eleven 4 -1 11-9-8 16.667 Indy Eleven were on a bye this week.
6 Detroit City 8 2 9-12-7 16.013 Detroit led after 72 seconds and never looked back, winning 2-1 over Miami. No Nate Steinwascher for once, but no problem. Not safely above the line yet, but getting there.
7 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9 2 15-5-9 15.378 The Riverhounds strolled to a 3-1 win over Loudoun and it wasn’t that close. They stay top of the East, but by the thinnest of margins.
8 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 -6 16-7-5 14.598 Tampa blew a late lead to lose 2-3 in Memphis then edged Lou City 2-1 at home. 3-goal week for Cal Jennings. Still barely behind Pittsburgh.
9 San Diego Loyal 5 -4 12-8-7 13.758 The Loyal had no real answer to the Battery’s defense and went down 0-2, dropping points for the first time since announcing the closure. Still in the top 4 though.
10 Louisville City 10 0 12-9-7 13.122 Lou City played the Rowdies close but lost 1-2 in St. Pete. They remain in 4th but the East is bunched up behind them.
11 Sacramento Republic 11 0 14-5-9 11.423 Sacramento Republic were on a bye this week.
12 Memphis 901 13 1 11-8-9 10.159 Memphis played both Bays this week, outshooting its opponents 42-9 at home but needed late errors to beat Tampa 3-2 and couldn’t get past Monterey, losing 0-1.
13 FC Tulsa 21 8 8-12-9 9.042 Tulsa needed to follow up last week’s win over San Antonio with another result but ended up 0-0 at home against Phoenix. Bad results fall out of the rankings though.
14 El Paso Locomotive 22 8 10-11-6 8.846 The Locomotive had no shots on goal in the 0-0 draw in Orange County, missing a chance to get back over the playoff line. It counts as a good result though.
15 Birmingham Legion 15 0 12-13-3 8.410 The Legion put together a pretty complete game for once, beating New Mexico 1-0 in a must-win situation. Off to South Texas this week.
16 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 17 1 11-13-4 7.649 The Switchbacks got a late equalizer and hung on to finish 1-1 with San Antonio and stay barely above the playoff line.
17 Las Vegas Lights 24 7 3-16-9 7.250 12 minutes in the Lights were down a goal and out of the playoffs, but came back to beat Oakland Roots 3-1. Ironically, their best result of the season.
18 Rio Grande Valley Toros 19 1 7-10-11 6.943 The Toros’ game at Hartford was postponed due to weather.
19 San Antonio 20 1 13-5-11 6.408 San Antonio gave up a late goal for a 1-1 draw with Colorado Springs and are winless in the last 5 games, scoring just twice.
20 Loudoun United 16 -4 7-19-3 4.777 Loudoun got thoroughly handled in Pittsburgh, going down 1-3. Not out of the playoffs yet but it’s close.
21 The Miami FC 12 -9 7-13-8 4.692 Miami got a late consolation PK, but lost 1-2 in Detroit and were never really in it. 4 losses in the last 5 and the playoffs are starting to get out of reach.
22 New Mexico United 18 -4 9-13-6 4.005 New Mexico were unable to muster much in the way of attack in the 0-1 loss at the Legion. Just 4 points in the last 5 games.
23 Oakland Roots 14 -9 11-10-7 2.176 Oakland are still safely in playoff position but the 1-3 loss in Las Vegas was their 4th in 5 games and they are looking very vulnerable.
24 Hartford Athletic 23 -1 4-19-4 0.626 Hartford’s game against RGV was postponed due to weather.

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