The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 6

Changes galore in the rankings

Six weeks in and we still have 3 teams on only 4 games played. that will be fixed this upcoming week and so the Forge Factor will come into play. For now, here are our expert judgment rankings:

Rank Team Previous Change Record Note
1 Charleston Battery 6 5 4-0-3 Beating both sides of the LIPAFC in one week (Louisville City 3-2 and Indy Eleven 4-2) in convincing fashion is going to get you a boost in the rankings. Still unbeaten they head to Tulsa this week.
2 Louisville City 1 -1 4-1-0 Lou City games continue to be the highest-scoring in the Championship at a hefty 4.6 per game, but this week they were finally not on top. They lose to the Charleston Battery 2-3 to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. They head to Loudoun next.
3 Detroit City 2 -1 4-0-0 Detroit City were on a bye this week and so remain the only perfect team in the Championship. Oakland at home this week.
4 Orange County 4 0 3-0-3 Orange County and San Antonio combined for just 5 shots on goal in a 0-0 draw. OC didn’t have any really good looks though. They stay on top of the West, but this was a yawner. SacRep coming up.
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 2 2-0-3 The Rowdies blew by Miami 5-2 Thursday evening but are still only good for 5th in the competitive East. Unbeaten though, and that probably wont change against El Paso.
6 Monterey Bay Union 11 5 3-1-2 The Union got an early PK and never looked back in the 3-1 win over La Vegas, although it was perhaps closer than the scoreline. Riding high and they look like potential trounble in the West. They go to Memphis this week.
7 Las Vegas Lights 5 -2 3-3-0 An off game for the Lights who saw their 3-game shutout win streak end 1-3 in Monterey, although it was fairly close. Emrah Klimenta also picked up a silly red card and will miss the cross-country trip to Rhode Island.
8 Sacramento Republic 3 -5 3-0-3 SacRep pummeled 10-man Tulsa with 23 shots but got only 1 goal for their pains and ended in a 1-1 draw. Not good enough, even against a strong side. A big game in Orange County next.
9 FC Tulsa 9 0 1-1-2 Down a man for 74 minutes and just 26% possession in Sacramento usually means a heacvy defeat. But Tulsa managed an impressive 1-1 draw. A slowish start to the season bt they are finding their rhythm. Charleston next though.
10 San Antonio 8 -2 2-1-3 San Antonio had probably the only good shot on goal in the 0-0 draw with Orange County. Neither side looked likely to score otherwise. They have yet to make an big impression. Up to Hartford next.
11 Hartford Athletic 10 -1 3-1-0 Hartford Athletic were on a bye this week. They host San Antonio next.
12 New Mexico United 14 2 3-1-1 New Mexico United were on a bye this week. North Carolina away coming up.
13 Birmingham Legion 13 0 2-2-1 The Legion gave up a softish PK in the first minute but then had the better of the chances in a relatively tedious 1-1 draw in North Carolina. Off to Miami next.
14 North Carolina FC 15 1 1-2-3 North Carolina were lucky to get an early PK and rode that to a lifeless 1-1 home draw with the Legion. They stay home this week for New Mexico.
15 Indy Eleven 12 -3 1-4-1 Indy generated 20 shots and 8 on target but fell to Charleston 2-4. They are giving up a league-high 2.5 goals a game, although 9 of those were the last two games. They need to fix the defense. A break in Colorado this week?
16 Phoenix Rising 17 1 2-3-1 The Rising needed 71 minutes t get a goal past the Switchbacks and got the 1-0 win. Not exactly an overwhelming display but it gets them to 7th in the West. The other low-scoring team, Pittsburgh, next up.
17 Loudoun United 16 -1 2-2-1 Loudoun fell behind but rallied to beat Memphis 2-1 at home, benefitting from some wasteful play by the visitors. The two-game losing streak is broken but Lou City is coming to town.
18 Oakland Roots 23 5 2-3-1 Someone had to break a losing streak in the tilt with El Paso. Oakland were always the more likely. They emnerge 3-2 winners in South Texas. A tough assignment in rested Detroit this week.
19 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 20 1 0-3-2 For the 4th time in 5 games Pittsburgh failed to score; they have just 1 goal so far this season and are looking utterly lost in attack. A trip to typically stingy Phoenix next won’t help.
20 Rhode Island FC 19 -1 0-1-4 Each side had one good chance in the 0-0 draw with Pittsburgh, but it took 80 minutes to produce them. Rhode Island is not living up to expectations yet. Out west to Las Vegas this week.
21 Memphis 901 22 1 1-4-0 Memphis went ahead but blew the lead in Loudoun, losing 1-2. Several good scoring chances went wide and so the losing streak extends to 4. Home to Monterey Bay next and things may not improve.
22 The Miami FC 18 -4 1-4-1 Miami’s losing streak extends to 3, 2-5 to the Rowdies. That 1 win? All the way back in Week 1. Against Colorado. The Legion may be rubbing their hands in anticipation.
23 El Paso Locomotive 21 -2 0-5-1 El Paso led twice in the first half but gave up 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of the second to go down 2-3 to Oakland. Still no wins this season; don’t expect one in Tampa.
24 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 24 0 0-5-0 The Switchbacks still have just 1 goal on the season. Their only shot on target in Phoenix did not really test Rios Novo. The dire season continues. They play Indy next.

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