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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 4

By Staff, 04/01/19, 5:00PM EDT


Top spot holds steady, but there are newcomers into the Top 10

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.

Select a logo to find where your team is ranked.

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

Biggest Movers






1 Saint Louis FC
Week 4: W, 1-0 CLT
Week 5: @ATL

Last Week: 1
Top of the tree in the Eastern Conference after matching its best start to a season by defeating Charlotte.
2 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 4: --
Week 5: @TAC, AUS

Last Week: 2
Monday Night Football in Tacoma could see Republic FC move into tie for first out West.
3 North Carolina FC
Week 4: T, 1-1 CHS
Week 5: MEM

Last Week: 3
Tommy McCabe’s wonderstrike salvaged NCFC’s undefeated start from the fire against the Battery.
4 OKC Energy FC
Week 4: T, 3-3 @RNO
Week 5: POR
Last Week: 6
They might have left it late, but that was the response Energy FC needed to avoid back-to-back losses.
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 4: T, 0-0 LDN
Week 5: HFD
Last Week: 4
The defense is looking like the best in the league so far with three shutouts in four games.
6 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 4: T, 2-2 @PHX
Week 5: @OC
Last Week: 7
Second consecutive week a newcomer has shone in his debut, well done Abraham Rodriguez.
7 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 4: T, 2-2 COS
Week 5: FRS
Last Week: 9
It’s a thrill a minute, but Rising FC is undefeated yet winless after three outings.
8 Indy Eleven
Week 4: W, 1-0 HFD
Week 5: --
Last Week: 12
Ayoze looked sharp in his season debut, that’s a very positive sign moving forward.
9 Nashville SC
Week 4: --
Week 5: @OTT
Last Week: 8
NSC will have been happy to see the number of draws around the East this week.
10 Louisville City FC
Week 4: L, 2-3 BHM
Week 5: PIT
Last Week: 5
LouCity is too good of a side to not register a shot on goal in the second half of its loss to Birmingham.
11 Charleston Battery
Week 4: T, 1-1 @NC
Week 5: CLT
Last Week: 14
So close to a big road victory against NCFC, the Battery are looking like a strong unit again.
12 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 4: W, 2-1 RGV
Week 5: @LA
Last Week: 18
Roughnecks are top of the West but the three wins have come against sides with one with between them.
13 New York Red Bulls II
Week 4: W, 3-2 MEM
Week 5: @BHM
Last Week: 16
MSU Soccer Park remains one of the toughest places to visit when the Red Bulls II attack is firing.
14 New Mexico United
Week 4: W, 2-1 @TAC
Week 5: @RGV
Last Week: 17
NMU did nicely to overcome its first deficit of the season and take all three points in Tacoma.
15 Reno 1868 FC
Week 4: T, 3-3 OKC
Week 5: @SLC
Last Week: 10
Losing one multi-goal lead might be considered unlucky. Losing two in four games is a concern.
16 Fresno FC
Week 4: --
Week 5: @PHX
Last Week: 15
A week off before a big trip to Phoenix, we’re going to learn a lot about the Foxes this Saturday.
17 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 4: --
Week 5: NSH
Last Week: 19
Given their time off to prepare for their home opener, Fury FC must avoid a slow start against Nashville.
18 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 4: L, 0-1 @LV
Week 5: RNO
Last Week: 11
A loss in Las Vegas wasn’t the follow-up the Monarchs were looking for after last week’s win.
19 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 4: W, 2-0 OC
Week 5: --
Last Week: 24
Winning that first game was big but holding Orange County to only two shots total was bigger.
20 Portland Timbers 2
Week 4: L, 2-3 @LA
Week 5: @OKC
Last Week: 13
Late concession to the Galaxy II put paid to the undefeated start, but T2’s still in decent shape overall.
21 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 4: T, 2-2 @BST
Week 5: @LOU

Last Week: 21
Another decent comeback to claim a point, but seeing Bob Lilley’s side conceding two goals a game is weird.
22 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 4: T, 2-2 PIT
Week 5: @SPR
Last Week: 23
Faris and Michee Ngalina proved the solution to Bethlehem’s scoring problem, could be more to come.
23 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 4: W, 1-0 SLC
Week 5: @SA
Last Week: 28
That first win is going to feel good this week ahead of a trip to San Antonio.
24 Charlotte Independence
Week 4: L, 0-1 @STL
Week 5: @CHS
Last Week: 22
The Independence have been great in the final 20 minutes of every game. Needs to be over 90 now.
25 Orange County SC
Week 4: L, 0-2 @ELP
Week 5: COS
Last Week: 20
A winless month to start the season is not even close to what we were expecting.
26 Austin Bold FC
Week 4: W, 1-0 SA
Week 5: @SAC
Last Week: 31
Opening night at Bold Stadium was a rousing success, can they carry that on the road against Sacramento?
27 Atlanta United 2
Week 4: --
Week 5: STL
Last Week: 25
They’ve battled well so far, but Saint Louis arrives this week to give Atlanta its biggest test so far.
28 Swope Park Rangers
Week 4: --
Week 5: BST
Last Week: 27
Winless after two games this year, the Rangers have won 31 regular-season home games in club history. They’ll look to add to that against Bethlehem.
29 San Antonio FC
Week 4: L, 0-1 @AUS
Week 5: LV
Last Week: 26
After looking hot the first two weeks, SAFC’s attack has gone off the boil in back-to-back losses.
30 LA Galaxy II
Week 4: W, 3-2 POR
Week 5: TUL
Last Week: 32
So far Los Dos is looking very Jekyll and Hyde, but when they’re on, they’re dangerous.
31 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 4: W, 3-2 @LOU
Week 5: NY
Last Week: 34
Victory in Louisville was a great first step. Hosting the Red Bulls II is going to be another challenge.
32 Memphis 901 FC
Week 4: L, 2-3 @NY
Week 5: @NC
Last Week: 29
There was plenty of fight from Memphis, but New York’s attack ended up being that little bit better.
33 Loudoun United FC
Week 4: T, 0-0 @TBR
Week 5: --
Last Week: 30
They didn’t create much against Tampa Bay, but that’s still a good road point to take home from Al Lang Stadium.
34 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 4: L, 1-2 @TUL
Week 5: NM
Last Week: 33
The Toros couldn’t build on their draw in El Paso, Saturday’s home game with New Mexico is crucial.
35 Hartford Athletic
Week 4: L, 0-1 @IND
Week 5: @TBR

Last Week: 35
The road has been tough for the Athletic so far, and gets no easier with a visit to face Tampa Bay’s stingy defense on Saturday.
36 Tacoma Defiance
Week 4: L, 1-2 NM
Week 5: SAC

Last Week: 36
A home clash with Sacramento Republic FC isn’t the ideal game to try and end a three-game losing streak.

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