The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 30

Just 3 weeks left

Only one team booked its berth in the playoffs this week; six spots remain open and eleven teams are competing for them. It’s going to be a wild finish.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2 1 14-13-5 22.781 The Switchbacks waxed Detroit 3-0 in rainy conditions and then blew a lead late at home to tie RGV 1-1. As a result they don’t clinch a playoff spot but continue a strong run.
2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 -1 18-5-9 19.893 Pittsburgh were in control all night in the 3-2 win over Tulsa despite the tight scoreline. They hold on to a 3-point lead over Tampa and the league’s best record.
3 The Miami FC 7 4 10-14-8 18.165 Miami hit the crossbar 3 times in the 2-0 win over Hartford; it could have been much worse. 3 -game win streak, but they will have a tough holding that playoff spot.
4 San Antonio 6 2 14-5-13 16.262 San Antonio did everything they could to lose against Oakland but came back late to draw 2-2. A red card after the game ended to Jordan Farr on the bench. They fall 3 points behind Sacramento.
5 Rio Grande Valley Toros 10 5 9-10-12 15.466 RGV should have lost in Colorado Springs, but tied it 1-1 deep in stoppage after going down a man. They then nearly blew it at the final whistle. Slim playoff hopes remain.
6 New Mexico United 13 7 11-14-7 14.299 New Mexico got the 2-0 win in Louisville, but it was costly. They were down to 9 players late in the game for stupid reasons. That will hurt their postseason chances.
7 San Diego Loyal 16 9 14-9-8 14.016 A Ronaldo Damus hat-trick led the Loyal to a blowout 4-1 win over Monterey. Solidly in 3rd with 3 games to play; second in the West is possible.
8 Memphis 901 4 -4 13-9-10 13.810 Once again Memphis lost to the Legion, 1-2 this time; PK aside, they generated very little attack. They hold on to 4th place thanks to Lou City also losing.
9 El Paso Locomotive 12 3 12-12-7 13.359 El Paso got a surprise 3-2 win over Charleston and vaulted back into the playoff spots in the West. 3 games left and they could well stay up there.
10 Tampa Bay Rowdies 14 4 18-8-6 13.133 The Rowdies were outplayed by Hartford, who gifted them a 2-0 win. The 1-0 win over Loudoun was much more comfortable. Last week’s loss to Memphis keeps them in 2nd.
11 Phoenix Rising 5 -6 12-8-12 12.661 The Rising were the weaker team but got a late equalizer to finish 1-1 with Orange County. That’s all they needed to clinch a playoff spot. 4th right now but that may not stick.
12 FC Tulsa 8 -4 9-14-9 11.656 Tulsa got a PK at the death to make it 2-3 in Pittsburgh, but they were never really in it. They drop to 10th in the East and playoff chances are dwindling.
13 Indy Eleven 18 5 12-11-9 11.428 Indy were all over Detroit City, winning 3-0 handily. With that they clinch a playoff spot and stay 2 points ahead of the Legion.
14 Charleston Battery 3 -11 16-8-8 11.136 The Battery missed a couple of good chances, including a PK, and went down 2-3 in El Paso. They are guaranteed at least 3rd in the East, but likely can’t improve on that.
15 Sacramento Republic 15 0 16-6-10 10.133 #1 v. #12 in the West? The 2-0 win over Las Vegas was a forgone conclusion. They stay 3 points clear of San Antonio but it’s not over yet.
16 Birmingham Legion 21 5 13-15-4 10.043 The Legion played as well as they did against Miami, but with a far better result. It’s Memphis; what else is new? A home playoff game is still possible.
17 Louisville City 9 -8 14-11-7 7.142 Lou City had a chance to pass Memphis but blew it big time, managing to lose to New Mexico who were down to 9 men in the second half.
18 Monterey Bay Union 11 -7 11-13-8 5.512 The Union led early but then got manhandled by San Diego, losing 1-4. Back out of the playoffs and the game this weekend in Birmingham is huge. Orange County after that.
19 Las Vegas Lights 20 1 3-19-10 4.646  The Lights’ miserable season is almost done. They fall 0-2 to Sacramento this week; Colorado Springs and San Diego at home to close it out.
20 Loudoun United 22 2 7-21-4 4.594 Loudoun were never really in the 0-1 loss in Tampa. Without Hugo Fauroux it might have been a wider scoreline. 1 point in the last 6 games.
21 Orange County 19 -2 14-11-6 4.476 Orange County should have made more of the 1-1 draw in Phoenix. The win streak is now a distant memory, with just 2 points in the last 4 games. Down to 5th in the West.
22 Oakland Roots 23 1 11-11-9 4.174 Oakland scored in the 8th minute and again on the ensuing kickoff to take a commending lead over San Antonio but blew it deep in stoppage time for the 2-2 draw. Still in the playoffs, but dropping 2 points hurts.
23 Detroit City 17 -6 10-15-7 0.529 Detroit managed jut 3 shots on goal in two games, losing 0-3 to both Colorado Springs and Indy. They slip out of the playoff spot, but still have a good path to the postseason.
24 Hartford Athletic 24 0 4-23-4 -4.349 Hartford scored twice against Tampa, but in their own net to lose 0-2. Then they were handled easily by Miami, also 0-2. 9 straight losses now.

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