The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 28

One more team in; one more out

Overall, it wasn’t that much of a decisive week in the Championship, with only one more team booking its berth in the playoffs and one team finalizing its elimination that was delayed last week.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Phoenix Rising 4 3 12-8-9 21.598 Phoenix didn’t score until first half stoppage time, but came out swinging in the second to win 5-0 over Detroit. Now 4th in the West. Danny Trejo’s brace ties him with Albert Dikwa for the league lead with 17.
2 Monterey Bay Union 3 1 11-11-7 20.806 Who had Monterey Bay with a league-best 4-game win streak on their bingo card? Las Vegas scored twice early but the Union came back with 3 of their own to stay just over the playoff line.
3 Orange County 1 -2 14-10-5 17.900 Orange County finally lost a game, 0-1 to Colorado Springs Switchbacks despite dominating the attacking stats. They fail to close the gap with San Antonio and remain in 3rd.
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 7 3 16-5-9 17.660 The Riverhounds needed a very late goal to beat 10-man Miami 2-1 and were not overly convincing as conference leaders. A desperate New Mexico next.
5 Charleston Battery 2 -3 15-7-8 17.541 Tristan Trager scored after just 20 seconds, but the lead over Loudoun held up for just 2 minutes. The teams traded 2 more goals over 3 minutes in the second half and ended 2-2. The Battery miss a chance to overtake Tampa.
6 Louisville City 10 4 13-9-7 16.140 Wilson Harris scored in the 5th minute and Lou City sat comfortably on that lead the rest of the game, winning 1-0 over San Diego. They lead Memphis by 1 point for the last Eastern home playoff spot.
7 FC Tulsa 13 6 9-12-9 15.979 Phillip Goodrum scored in the 10th minute and then the game degenerated into a near brawl. Both teams ended with 10 men as Tulsa beat Oakland 1-0 to stay in8th with a 2-point margin.
8 Sacramento Republic 11 3 15-5-9 14.268 SacRep needed 94 minutes to get the only goal in a tough 1-0 win over El Paso. With that they become the first Western team to clinch a playoff berth.
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 -1 16-7-6 13.342 The Rowdies were down 2 goals in the second half but were up 1 after 81 minutes only to see the tying goal in stoppage time. A wild one in San Antonio. They stay 3 points behind Pittsburgh with a game in hand.
10 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 16 6 12-13-4 12.864 The Switchbacks rode an 8-save performance by Christian Herrera to beat Orange County 1-0 away. They catch up to Oakland on points, but so did Monterey. They lead on tiebreakers though, sitting in 6th.
11 Memphis 901 12 1 12-8-9 12.603 Memphis managed to be down 1-2 to Hartford at halftime but hit them with 18 shots in the second half to win 3-2. Road game at Birmingham and Tampa this week are enormous.
12 Indy Eleven 5 -7 11-10-8 11.910 Indy will be regretting the saved PK in the 2-3 loss in Albuquerque. The 6-game unbeaten run ends, but they hold position in the standings.
13 El Paso Locomotive 14 1 11-12-6 11.289 El Paso scored early and cruised to a 1-0 win in Las Vegas, then played SacRep fairly close only to lose 0-1 late in a heartbreaker. They stay 1 point out of the playoffs.
14 San Diego Loyal 9 -5 12-9-7 10.222 San Diego had 63% possession but were outshot 18-7 by Louisville and lost 0-1. 2 straight losses and they drop out of the home playoff spots.
15 Rio Grande Valley Toros 18 3 8-10-11 9.877 The Toros needed a win and they got one in a largely defensive battle, winning 1-0 at home over the Legion. 5 points out of the playoffs with 5 to play; it’ll be tough but the schedule is favorable.
16 New Mexico United 22 6 10-13-6 7.771 New Mexico fell behind early, then avoided doubling the deficit with Andy Thomas stopping a PK. They then scored 3 before giving up a late goal in the 3-2 win over Indy. Playoff hopes barely alive still.
17 San Antonio 19 2 13-5-12 7.764 San Antonio scored more goals than they had in the previous 6 games combined. They still tied the Rowdies 3-3. The winless streak extends to 6, but they hang on the second in the West.
18 Detroit City 6 -12 9-13-7 7.045 Detroit managed just 1 shot on goal and were thoroughly whipped by Phoenix 0-5. 2 [points below the playoff line, but they have a game in hand. They have a slightly favorable schedule.
19 Las Vegas Lights 17 -2 3-18-9 5.974 The Lights’ 2 best shots in the 0-1 loss to El Paso were both by keeper Leo Diaz, except one was almost in his own net. Then they led by 2 goals against Monterey Bay but still managed to lose 2-3.
20 Loudoun United 20 0 7-19-4 5.222 Loudoun and Charleston traded goals over short periods twice. Hugo Fauroux came up with a huge save in second half stoppage time to preserve the 2-2 draw. 2 points from elimination now.
21 Birmingham Legion 15 -6 12-14-3 4.495 The Legion frankly deserved to lose 0-1 in Edinburg, generating almost nothing in attack and looking generally lifeless. Memphis and Miami at home this week and they have to take all 6 points.
22 The Miami FC 21 -1 7-14-8 3.425 Miami played Pittsburgh tough despite losing Bolu Akinyode to a second yellow. Still they fell 2-1 to a goal as regulation time ended. 4 straight losses and 7 points out of the playoffs with 5 to play.
23 Oakland Roots 23 0 11-11-7 0.299 There were 13 yellow and 2 red cards in the Roots’ 0-1 loss to Tulsa. Once solid-looking they have lost 4 straight and are down to 7th in a 3-way points tie.
24 Hartford Athletic 24 0 4-20-4 -0.474 Hartford looked good in the first half but completely collapsed in the second, going down 2-3 in Memphis and ending their already tiny playoff chances.

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