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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 3

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 03/25/19, 4:45PM EDT

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Thirteen teams remain unbeaten, but which one is on top of the pile?

The 2019 USL Championship Power Rankings are compiled each week by staff writers John Arlia and Nicholas Murray. Check back every Monday during the regular season to see who’s hot, and who’s not, as the biggest season in the league’s history progresses.

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Atlanta United 2 Austin Bold FC Birmingham Legion FC Bethlehem Steel FC Charleston Battery Charlotte Independence Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC El Paso Locomotive FC Fresno FC
Hartford Athletic Indy Eleven LA Galaxy II Louisville City FC Las Vegas Lights FC Loudoun United FC Memphis 901 FC Nashville SC North Carolina FC
New Mexico United New York Red Bulls II Orange County SC OKC Energy FC Ottawa Fury FC Phoenix Rising FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Portland Timbers 2 Rio Grande Valley FC
Reno 1868 FC San Antonio FC Real Monarchs SLC Saint Louis FC Sacramento Republic FC Swope Park Rangers Tacoma Defiance Tampa Bay Rowdies Tulsa Roughnecks FC

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1 Saint Louis FC
(2-0-1)
Week 3: T, 1-1 TBR
Week 4: CLT

Last Week: 1
Couldn’t make it three wins from three, but a home point against the Rowdies is solid.
2 Sacramento Republic FC
(2-0-1)
Week 3: W, 4-1 OKC
Week 4: --
3
Last Week: 5
Sacramento stopped OKC’s momentum in its tracks and built its own.
3 North Carolina FC
(2-0-0)
Week 3: --
Week 4: CHS

Last Week: 3
Week off from league play, beat a Liga MX side in an exhibition instead.
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(2-0-1)
Week 3: T, 1-1 @STL
Week 4: LDN

Last Week: 4
Tampa Bay was good value for its point in a solid road test.
5 Louisville City FC
(2-1-0)
Week 3: W, 2-1 HFD
Week 4: BHM
3
Last Week: 8
Even with two consecutive wins, LouCity has plenty of room to grow.
6 OKC Energy FC
(2-1-0)
Week 3: L, 1-4 @SAC
Week 4: @RNO
4
Last Week: 2
After a serious setback in Sacramento, the response is going to be important.
7 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
(2-1-0)
Week 3: W, 1-0 SA
Week 4: @PHX
4
Last Week: 11
Heck of a way to introduce yourself to the Trailheads, Cesar Romero.
8 Nashville SC
(1-1-1)
Week 3: T, 1-1 @NY
Week 4: --
2
Last Week: 6
It wasn’t all that pretty, but a point in New York is nothing to sneeze at.
9 Phoenix Rising FC
(0-0-2)
Week 3: --
Week 4: COS
2
Last Week: 7
A Four Corners Cup showdown with the Switchbacks after a bye should make for a big Saturday night.
10 Reno 1868 FC
(1-0-2)
Week 3: T, 1-1 @FRS
Week 4: OKC
1
Last Week: 9
Still undefeated, and looking hard to beat, after a good road point in Fresno.
11 Real Monarchs SLC
(1-0-2)
Week 3: W, 5-0 LA
Week 4: @LV
5
Last Week: 16
Monarchs head to Las Vegas off a Maikel Chang-fueled first victory.
12 Indy Eleven
(1-1-0)
Week 3: --
Week 4: HFD
2
Last Week: 10
Home opener week and Hartford coming to town? Three points are necessary.
13 Portland Timbers 2
(2-0-1)
Week 3: W, 3-1 LV
Week 4: @LA
5
Last Week: 18
T2 racked up 11 goals last season against next opponent the LA Galaxy II, and has six goals in its last two games.
14 Charleston Battery
(1-0-1)
Week 3: --
Week 4: @NC
2
Last Week: 12
Back-to-back Southern Derby contests in the next two weeks will be a good test.
15 Fresno FC
(1-0-2)
Week 3: T, 1-1 RNO
Week 4: --
2
Last Week: 13
It didn’t feel like the Foxes did enough to defeat Reno, but a solid start continues.
16 New York Red Bulls II
(1-0-1)
Week 3: T, 1-1 NSH
Week 4: MEM
2
Last Week: 14
New York could be frustrated after being the width of a goalpost away from two consecutive wins.
17 New Mexico United
(1-0-3)
Week 3: W, 2-1 TUL, T, 2-2 @OC
Week 4: @TAC

Last Week: 17
First win was nice but letting another lead slip ended the week on a downer.
18 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
(2-1-1)
Week 3: L, 1-2 @NM, W, 4-0 TAC
Week 4: RGV
1
Last Week: 19
Roughnecks could surpass their 2018 win-total in April.
19 Ottawa Fury FC
(1-0-1)
Week 3: --
Week 4: --
4
Last Week: 15
Another bye week before Nashville SC comes to town for a must-see home opener.
20 Orange County SC
(0-1-2)
Week 3: T, 2-2 NM
Week 4: @ELP

Last Week: 20
Late dramatics earned a point, but OCSC is still looking for a first win.
21 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
(0-1-1)
Week 3: T, 2-2 @SPR
Week 4: @BST
1
Last Week: 22
Hounds showed guts to pull a point out of the fire against the Rangers.
22 Charlotte Independence
(0-1-1)
Week 3: T, 3-3 ATL
Week 4: @STL
2
Last Week: 24
After Herrera’s goal, everyone thought the game was won. It wasn’t, which will sting.
23 Bethlehem Steel FC
(1-2-0)
Week 3: L, 0-1 MEM
Week 4: PIT
2
Last Week: 21
Two games without a goal, Steel FC needs a bit more bite in attack.
24 El Paso Locomotive FC
(0-1-2)
Week 3: T, 2-2 RGV
Week 4: OC
4
Last Week: 28
A draw that feels like a loss was the perfect way to sum up Saturday’s Copa Tejas opener for Locomotive FC.
25 Atlanta United 2
(1-1-1)
Week 3: T, 3-3 @CLT
Week 4: --
1
Last Week: 26
Could have easily folded after going behind in stoppage time, credit that it didn’t and pulled out a draw.
26 San Antonio FC
(0-2-1)
Week 3: L, 0-1 @COS
Week 4: @AUS
3
Last Week: 23
Cesar Romero’s late strike was a stake through SAFC’s heart. Big game next in Austin.
27 Swope Park Rangers
(0-1-1)
Week 3: T, 2-2 PIT
Week 4: --

Last Week: 27
Rangers will be disappointed they didn’t find a way to close out Saturday’s performance.
28 Las Vegas Lights FC
(0-2-1)
Week 3: L, 1-3 @POR
Week 4: SLC
3
Last Week: 25
It’ll be back home, but Lights FC needs to get on track against a tough Monarchs side.
29 Memphis 901 FC
(1-1-1)
Week 3: W, 1-0 @BST
Week 4: @NY
2
Last Week: 31
When it’s your first time in the win column, it doesn’t matter much how it happens.
30 Loudoun United FC
(0-1-1)
Week 3: --
Week 4: @TBR

Last Week: 30
FiveThirtyEight.com gives Loudoun United a 4 percent chance to beat the Rowdies on Saturday. Woof.
31 Austin Bold FC
(0-1-1)
Week 3: --
Week 4: SA
1
Last Week: 32
Head Coach Marcelo Serrano’s U.S. Virgin Islands won 3-0 on Friday. Can Bold FC find the same magic?
32 LA Galaxy II
(1-2-0)
Week 3: L, 0-5 @SLC
Week 4: POR
3
Last Week: 29
Which version of Los Dos is going to show up this week? Defeat to Monarchs was deflating after prior victory.
33 Rio Grande Valley FC
(0-2-1)
Week 3: T, 2-2 @ELP
Week 4: @TUL
2
Last Week: 35
A first goal and a first point brings a sigh of relief to the Toros’ locker room.
34 Birmingham Legion FC
(0-2-0)
Week 3: --
Week 4: @LOU
1
Last Week: 33
A week off, but the daunting task of a visit to Louisville up next.
35 Hartford Athletic
(0-3-0)
Week 3: L, 1-2 @LOU
Week 4: @IND
1
Last Week: 36
The Athletic showed improvement but didn’t get anything to show for it.
36 Tacoma Defiance
(1-2-0)
Week 3: L, 0-4 @TUL
Week 4: NM
2
Last Week: 34
Opening night is gone. Seven goals conceded over the last two games isn’t pretty.

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