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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 5

By Staff, 04/08/19, 5:00PM EDT


Rowdies make move ahead of high-profile visit of Louisville

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

Biggest Movers






1 Saint Louis FC
Week 5: W, 2-0 @ATL
Week 6: BHM

Last Week: 1
13 points from five games matches starts by Louisville City FC (2018) and San Antonio FC (2017) over the past two years.
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 5: W, 4-0 HFD
Week 6: LOU
Last Week: 5
Four shutouts in five games and a four-goal outing gives the Rowdies big momentum ahead of Louisville’s visit on Saturday.
3 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 5: L, 1-2 @TAC, W, 1-0 AUS
Week 6: @POR
Last Week: 2
Last Monday’s loss in Tacoma was tough, but Saturday’s late win against Austin would have brightened spirits again.
4 North Carolina FC
Week 5: T, 1-1 MEM
Week 6: @ATL
Last Week: 3
Two consecutive comebacks to earn a draw have North Carolina undefeated after four games.
5 Nashville SC
Week 5: W, 3-0 @OTT
Week 6: MEM
Last Week: 9
That was the sort of Nashville side we were expecting to see this season, comprehensive attacking display in Ottawa.
6 Indy Eleven
Week 5: --
Week 6: --
Last Week: 8
Visits to the Swope Park Rangers and Bethlehem Steel FC could be a chance to make hay after a bye week.
7 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 5: T, 0-0 FRS
Week 6: @ELP

Last Week: 7
No side until Rising FC had recorded four consecutive draws to start a regular season in the Championship’s history.
8 Charleston Battery
Week 5: W, 2-0 CLT
Week 6: @BST
Last Week: 11
Still undefeated after Sunday’s win against Charlotte, Ian Svantesson and Zeiko Lewis are looking a solid 1-2 punch.
9 New York Red Bulls II
Week 5: PPD @BHM
Week 6: @CLT
Last Week: 13
Denied the chance to add to their lead by Mother Nature on Saturday, the Red Bulls II get some credit for that start here.
10 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 5: W, 3-1 RNO
Week 6: @NM
Last Week: 18
Revenge on Reno for last postseason’s defeat will have been sweet for the Monarchs. U.S. U-20 goalkeeper David Ochoa continues to shine.
11 Portland Timbers 2
Week 5: W, 3-2 @OKC
Week 6: SAC
Last Week: 20
A three-goal comeback on the road in OKC? T2 continues to impress with a bounce-back win.
12 OKC Energy FC
Week 5: L, 2-3 POR
Week 6: @RGV
Last Week: 4
Energy FC saw the other side of the three-goal comeback this week and has now conceded 10 times in three games.
13 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 5: L, 0-2 @OC
Week 6: RNO
Last Week: 6
First real glitch for the Switchbacks this season will have them wanting a response against Reno next Saturday.
14 New Mexico United
Week 5: T 0-0 @RGV
Week 6: SLC

Last Week: 14
A six-game undefeated streak is the longest to start an inaugural season in league history, but four of those results have been draws.
15 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 5: W, 1-0 @LOU
Week 6: HFD
Last Week: 21
A win in Louisville was the breakthrough the Hounds were looking for. Now they get Hartford for their home opener.
16 Fresno FC
Week 5: T, 0-0 @PHX
Week 6: TUL

Last Week: 16
Getting a point despite being down to 10 men for more than a half in Phoenix was solid for the still-undefeated Foxes.
17 Louisville City FC
Week 5: L, 0-1 PIT
Week 6: @TBR
Last Week: 10
LouCity has its first back-to-back home defeats in club history and a notable injury list as it heads to face the Rowdies.
18 Orange County SC
Week 5: W, 2-0 COS
Week 6: TAC
Last Week: 25
Was that the win that kickstarts OCSC’s season? We’ll find out on Wednesday against Tacoma.
19 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 5: --
Week 6: PHX

Last Week: 19
After a week off, Saturday’s visit from Phoenix Rising FC could bring a lot of entertainment to Southwest University Field.
20 Reno 1868 FC
Week 5: L, 1-3 @SLC
Week 6: @COS
Last Week: 15
The early penalty-kick miss summed up 1868 FC’s trip to the Monarchs and put the side on a three-game winless streak.
21 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 5: W, 4-3 @SPR
Week 6: CHS
Last Week: 22
Wins like Saturday’s at Swope Park are going to make a big difference when the race for the playoffs begins to heat up.
22 LA Galaxy II
Week 5: W, 4-2 TUL
Week 6: @SA
Last Week: 30
Back-to-back wins for Los Dos have them a point back of the conference lead but there are still some concerns defensively.
23 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 5: L, 0-3 NSH
Week 6: LDN
Last Week: 17
Defeat to Nashville was a lesson in how far Ottawa will need to go to come good on its aspirations this season.
24 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 5: L, 2-4 @LA
Week 6: @FRS
Last Week: 12
The good: Luca Lobo still can’t stop scoring. The bad: the Galaxy II produced far too many clear looks on goal.
25 Austin Bold FC
Week 5: L, 0-1 @SAC
Week 6: --
Last Week: 26
After as hard as Austin battled, Jermaine Taylor’s late own goal was a downer. Back home to face Phoenix next.
26 San Antonio FC
Week 5: W, 2-1 LV
Week 6: LA
Last Week: 29
The first win is out of the way, now can SAFC find a way to contain the Galaxy II’s attack this weekend?
27 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 5: L, 1-2 @SA
Week 6: TAC
Last Week: 23
Lights FC might have been hard done by with the offside call on Mobi Fehr’s disallowed effort, but that’s three losses in four games.
28 Memphis 901 FC
Week 5: T, 1-1 @NC
Week 6: ATL, @NSH
Last Week: 32
Solid effort against North Carolina FC that might have netted all three points if not for Alex Tambakis’ heroics in the NCFC goal.
29 Atlanta United 2
Week 5: L, 0-2 STL
Week 6: @MEM, NC
Last Week: 27
Atlanta won’t be the last team to lose at home to Saint Louis and it put up a pretty good effort at a fightback.
30 Swope Park Rangers
Week 5: L, 3-4 BST
Week 6: --
Last Week: 28
Swope Park is still winless after letting victory slip through its fingers against Steel FC. Store that result away for the end of the season.
31 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 5: PPD NY
Week 6: @STL

Last Week: 31
After going down against the Red Bulls II, Legion FC got a reprieve from Mother Nature.
32 Charlotte Independence
Week 5: L, 0-2 @CHS
Week 6: NY
Last Week: 24
Nothing seems to be falling right for the Independence, who are still looking for their first win after losing to the Battery.
33 Tacoma Defiance
Week 5: W, 2-1 SAC
Week 6: @OC, @LV
Last Week: 36
A second win of the season is a plus for the Defiance as they get ready for Orange County in midweek.
34 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 5: T, 0-0 NM
Week 6: OKC

Last Week: 34
Three goals in five games just isn’t enough for the Toros as they continue to look for their first win.
35 Loudoun United FC
Week 5: --
Week 6: @OTT
Last Week: 33
Loudoun is still winless, but it might have looked at Ottawa’s performance against Nashville and thought there’s a chance at a breakthrough this weekend at TD Place.
36 Hartford Athletic
Week 5: L, 0-4 @TBR
Week 6: @PIT
Last Week: 35
Five consecutive defeats to start the season, and the road remains a tough one with a visit to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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