The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 4

Changes galore in the rankings

We’re still quite a way off from instituting the Forge Factor; after 4 weeks FC Tulsa has still played just 2 games. Still, the league already looks to be settling into some tiers. and that’s not good for Legion fans right now.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Note
1 Louisville City 1 0 3-0-0 Lou City routed the Legion 5-0 in the second of a 3-game home stand. They finish with the first half of the LIPAFC. One of only two perfect teams remaining.
2 Detroit City 7 5 3-0-0 Outshooting Indy 16-7 seems like an overpowering performance, but Detroit needed 3 big saves from Nate Steinwascher and a late Maxi Rodriguez goal for the 2-1 win and a continued perfect record.
3 Sacramento Republic 2 -1 2-0-2 SacRep were definitely the better side in the 1-0 win over Memphis, but it took them 87 minutes to find a breakthrough. A potentially easy trip to Colorado Springs this week.
4 Charleston Battery 4 0 2-0-2 The Battery traded early goals with Miami, then went on to thoroughly dominate the attack, winning 2-1 on a late goal. Up to Rhode Island this week.
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 4 1-0-2 The Rowdies went down a goal early but exploded in the second half for 4 goals, 3 of them on the fast counter. The 4-1 win over Rhode Island FC could have been more too. Off to Pittsburgh next.
6 San Antonio 8 2 2-0-2 San Antonio and Monterey Bay played a close one, but the Texans ended up 2-1 winners on a late goal. They stay undefeated, heading to Las Vegas next.
7 Orange County 3 -4 2-0-2 The OC is top of the West after surviving a a tight contest with Tulsa 1-0. This was their first game not scoring 2 goals They head to Memphis next with a chance to maintain their lead.
8 Hartford Athletic 6 -2 2-1-0 The Athletic suffered their first loss, 1-2 at North Carolina and were well beaten in the process. A late comeback was stopped, but Hartford still look good. Back home against Miami next.
9 North Carolina FC 19 10 1-1-2 Oalex Anderson drew a penalty and scored a second to put NCFC clear in a dominant first half. They hold on for their first win, 2-1 over Hartford. A tough road trip to Detroit coming up.
10 Indy Eleven 5 -5 1-1-1 Indy took an early lead and had several good scoring chances they couldn’t convert on the way to a 1-2 home loss to Detroit. They put up only 7 shots and will need to improve on that against Lou City this week.
11 Loudoun United 10 -1 1-1-1 Loudoun United were on a bye this week.
12 FC Tulsa 13 1 1-1-0 Tulsa, in only their second game, had chances to equalize but never managed to get on the board, losing 0-1 to Orange County. Question marks still abound but some may be answered against Phoenix.
13 New Mexico United 16 3 2-1-1 New Mexico had little trouble dispatching Phoenix 1-0, and should have made it at least 2-0. They get El Paso next.
14 Monterey Bay Union 18 4 1-1-2 The Union gave up early and late goals to go down 1-2 in San Antonio, but they were always in the game and are a much improved side. They get stumbling Oakland next.
15 The Miami FC 11 -4 1-1-1 Miami lost to Charleston Battery 1-2 at home, but although the visitors pummeled them with 20 shots, they were never out of it. Defensively they look sound and are strong on the counter. A trip to chilly Connecticut next.
16 Las Vegas Lights 21 5 2-2-0 The Lights took it to Oakland with 3 second half goals for the 3-0 win. Two straight wins and they appear to be getting on track. A big test against San Antonio coming up.
17 Memphis 901 17 0 1-2-0 Memphis had just 1 shot on goal all game. That’s not enough against anyone, especially not Sacramento and they go down 0-1. They welcome Orange County this week.
18 Oakland Roots 15 -3 1-2-1 The Roots had very little attacking power and defense was also weak in the 0-3 home loss to Las Vegas. 2 straight losses to weakish opponents and they are looking iffy.
19 El Paso Locomotive 23 4 0-3-1 El Paso Locomotive were on a bye this week.
20 Rhode Island FC 14 -6 0-1-2 Rhode Island looked good in the first half but were absolutely whipped in the second, losing 1-4 in Tampa for their first loss. It won’t get easier with Charleston coming to town.
21 Birmingham Legion 12 -9 1-2-0 The Three Sparks have some serious injury issues already, but that doesn’t excuse the horrific defensive lapses and the lack of effective attack. First home game this week against Loudoun.
22 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 22 0 0-3-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds were on a bye this week.
23 Phoenix Rising 20 -3 1-3-0 1 goal in 4 games makes Phoenix the lowest scoring team in the USL. Rocco Rios Novo’s 8 saves, including a PK, made the 0-1 scoreline against New Mexico very flattering to the hosts. At Tulsa next.
24 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 24 0 0-3-0 Colorado Springs Switchbacks were on a bye this week.

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