The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 16

Goals galore this week

It was a big week in the USL Championship, with fully seven teams having double-game weeks. On top of that there was a ton of scoring and at least one major upset. And a certain local team is looking just a bit better…

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 2 8-3-4 17.91 Tampa pummeled 10-man Hartford with 26 shots but needed a very late PK to get the 1-0 win. To the top of the rankings on results elsewhere. Loudoun away Saturday.
2 Birmingham Legion 8 6 6-5-3 17.15 The Legion were brutal to a weakened San Antonio team for the much-needed 3-0 win. That and recent good results against good teams see the Three Sparks up in the ratings. At Detroit Wednesday and Louisville at home Saturday.
3 Rhode Island FC 17 14 2-4-9 16.67 Rhode Island shocked everyone, probably including themselves, with a huge 5-2 win in Louisville despite being heavily outshot. Quite a way to get your second-ever win. El Paso visits Wednesday.
4 Indy Eleven 1 -3 9-5-2 16.20 Indy put up 17 shots and 8 on target, but none were especially threatening. The long win streak ends 0-1 against Orange County and it could have been worse. Off this week to lick their wounds.
5 Oakland Roots 4 -1 7-8-2 14.87 Oakland Roots came from behind to beat El Paso 2-1 in a close game but then lost by the same score in Monterey Bay.That ended a 3-game win streak despite a late comeback attempt and both sides ending with 10 men. They go to Orange County Saturday.
6 Detroit City 9 3 7-3-2 14.85 Detroit City were on a bye. They host the Legion Wednesday and visit Miami Saturday.
7 Loudoun United 5 -2 5-6-4 14.78 Loudoun came from 2 goals down yo draw 2-2 with Miami, but blew a PK and were foiled on numerous other shots. The 3-game 8-0 win streak 2 games back is receding now. A tough assignment against Tampa Bay Saturday.
8 North Carolina FC 2 -6 4-5-6 14.65 North Carolina’s 0-0 draw with Pittsburgh was a rather drab affair but they hold on to the final playoff spot in the East. They visit Charleston Friday.
9 Phoenix Rising 14 5 5-5-6 11.91 Phoenix got to host the Battery in a rematch of last year’s title game. It ended a rather tedious 0-0. They head to Memphis Friday.
10 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 6 -4 6-6-3 11.66 The Switchbacks scored early and late for a high-scoring but tight 3-3 draw in  Las Vegas and then outplayed New Mexico but blew it with a late PK to go down 0-1. Still very much in the tight West race. Monterey Bay Saturday.
11 New Mexico United 16 5 9-4-1 11.23 New Mexico were outshot at home16-8 and 6-4 on target by Colorado Springs but got the 1-0 win on a PK to stay 3 points clear at the top of the West with a game in hand. To San Antonio Saturday.
12 Sacramento Republic 13 1 6-2-7 11.18 Sacramento’s 0-0 draw with Tulsa was a close-fought game that was ultimately decided by a bad offside call that kept SacRep on even terms. They are 1-2-2 in the last 5 and looking a little shaky. Hartford on Saturday.
13 Memphis 901 12 -1 6-6-4 10.80 Bruno Lapa scored a first-half Goal of the Year candidate from 60+ yards only to see his effort wasted by Akeem Ward giving up a PK for the 1-1 draw with Las Vegas. Slipping down the table a bit now. Phoenix Friday.
14 Las Vegas Lights 11 -3 4-7-6 10.64 The Lights had two close draws this week, a wild 3-3 affair with Colorado Springs and a more sedate 1-1 with Memphis. 5 games unbeaten and they are beginning to look a bit more like the strong team of early this season. They get Pittsburgh Saturday.
15 FC Tulsa 23 8 4-5-5 10.19 FC Tulsa came from behind to beat Miami 2-1 with both teams making several late scoring attempts. They then drew Sacramento 0-0 but Phillip Goodrum was denied a goal on a very dubious offside call. Rough. 4 points below the playoff line. Off this week.
16 El Paso Locomotive 10 -6 3-10-3 10.08 El Paso got an early lead on a poor defensive error by Okalnd but ended up 1-2 losers in a well-fought contest. 5 points adrift at the bottom of the West. They visit Rhode Island Wednesday.
17 Hartford Athletic 15 -2 5-8-1 10.05 Hartford lost Beverly Makangila to a 43rd-minute red card but hung with the Rowdies until giving up a PK in the 87th minute. A heartbreaking loss. Off to Sacramento this Saturday.
18 Orange County 19 1 6-6-3 9.28 Orange County officially had 1 shot on target against Indy, although they had the better chances overall. But that was enough for the 1-0 win. Brian Iloski got hurt, though. Oakland Saturday.
19 Louisville City 7 -12 11-3-2 8.86 Lou City beat Pittsburgh Wednesday just 1-0 and then were embarrassed 2-5 at home by Rhode Island. They had only lost at home by 3 once ever and allowed 5 goals once ever (both last year). This is one for the history books. Is revenge on the cards in the Magic City this week?
20 Monterey Bay Union 18 -2 6-7-4 7.96 The Union were heavily outshot by Oakland but generaly had the better play and surived a late comeback for the 2-1 win. They remain erratic but hold on the last home playoff spot in the West by their fingernails. They go to Colorado Springs Saturday.
21 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 21 0 3-7-6 5.37 The Riverhounds lost a close one 0-1 to Lou City before drawing 0-0 with North Carolina FC 0-0. 11 goals in 16 games and 0 in the last 4 is not getting it done. To Las Vegas Saturday.
22 Charleston Battery 20 -2 8-2-6 4.75 The Battery were unable to avenge the title loss, drawing 0-0 in Phoenix. Both teams were unimpressive. Charleston is winless in its last 5 and scoreless in its last 4. North Carolina at home Friday.
23 The Miami FC 24 1 2-12-2 0.25 Miami took leads twice this week and managed to waste them both, losing 1-2 in Tulsa in a wild game and drawing 2-2 at home with Loudoun thanks to goalkeeping heroics by Felipe Rodriguez. The 7-game losing streak is over though. Detroit Saturday.
24 San Antonio 22 -2 4-7-5 -1.44 San Antonio were pretty much on crutches at the end of this one with their squad thinned by injury and international duty. The 0-3 loss could have been much worse if not for Kendall McIntoch’s goalkeeping. No easier this week with New Mexico calling.

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