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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 6

By Staff, 04/15/19, 4:30PM EDT


After Saint Louis FC suffered its first loss of 2019, who takes the top spot?

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 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 6: T, 1-1 LOU
Week 7: --
Last Week: 2
The Rowdies had John McCarthy to thank with seven saves, but they’re still undefeated this season.
2 Nashville SC
Week 6: W, 2-0 MEM
Week 7: @CHS
Last Week: 5
Back-to-back victories have vaulted Nashville up the Eastern standings, but a bigger test awaits on the road against the Charleston Battery this weekend.
3 Saint Louis FC
Week 6: L, 2-3 BHM
Week 7: @PIT
Last Week: 1
The first loss of the season also marked the first time STLFC had conceded more than one goal in a game in 2019.
4 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 6: W, 2-0 @ELP
Week 7: @AUS, TAC
Last Week: 7
That first win will come as a relief, but the display on the road against Locomotive FC showed how good Rising FC is at its best.
5 New York Red Bulls II
Week 6: W, 2-1 @CLT
Week 7: HFD, LDN
Last Week: 9
With three wins out of four to open the season, New York could be on top of the Eastern Conference by the end of Wednesday night.
6 New Mexico United
Week 6: W, 5-1 SLC
Week 7: @RNO
Last Week: 14
If Santi Moar and Chris Wehan click together consistently, New Mexico is going to be a hard team to stop in the attacking third.
7 Indy Eleven
Week 6: --
Week 7: @SPR, @BST
Last Week: 6
Back to action on Monday night against Swope Park, Indy will be looking to gain ground after its time off.
8 Portland Timbers 2
Week 6: W, 1-0 SAC
Week 7: COS
Last Week: 11
It wasn’t the prettiest display against Sacramento but earning a fourth win in the last five outings has put T2 on top of the West.
9 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 6: L, 0-1 @POR
Week 7: --
Last Week: 3
It won’t want to linger too long on its trip to Portland, but Republic FC does get a week off before a big visit from Phoenix Rising FC.
10 North Carolina FC
Week 6: L, 1-2 @ATL
Week 7: @CLT
Last Week: 4
Loss in Atlanta showed how easy it is to go from a four-game undefeated streak to a three-game winless run. NCFC heads to Charlotte in search of its first league victory since March 16.
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 6: W, 3-1 HFD
Week 7: STL
Last Week: 15
Kevin Kerr made it a home opener to remember for Hounds fans, and now they’ve got back-to-back wins under their belts.
12 Fresno FC
Week 6: W, 3-1 TUL
Week 7: --
Last Week: 16
The Foxes are still undefeated after beating Tulsa and Jemal Johnson finding the net for the first time this season was a very good sign indeed.
13 Charleston Battery
Week 6: L, 1-3 @BST
Week 7: NSH
Last Week: 8
The Battery’s first loss of the season was a tough one at Bethlehem. They’ll want a strong response when Nashville comes to visit this Saturday.
14 Orange County SC
Week 6: W, 4-0 TAC
Week 7: @OKC
Last Week: 18
Darwin Jones steps up in back-to-back games and Orange County looks to be on the move in the right direction.
15 Louisville City FC
Week 6: T, 1-1 @TBR
Week 7: OTT
Last Week: 17
It wasn’t a win, but LouCity’s 1-1 draw against Tampa Bay certainly provided room for optimism among the current injury issues.
16 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 6: L, 1-5 @NM
Week 7: SA
Last Week: 10
The Monarchs are proving good at home, not so good on the road so far this campaign after Saturday’s thumping by New Mexico.
17 Reno 1868 FC
Week 6: W, 2-0 @COS
Week 7: NM
Last Week: 20
After close calls in the past, Reno finally picked up its first win against the Switchbacks in a solid road victory.
18 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 6: W, 3-1 CHS
Week 7: @CLT, IND
Last Week: 21
Nine goals in a three-game undefeated streak is a sign Steel FC’s attack is back and feeling good again.
19 San Antonio FC
Week 6: W, 2-0 LA
Week 7: @SLC
Last Week: 26
Back-to-back victories should give SAFC plenty of confidence as it heads to Utah on Saturday, and it’s good to see Bradford Jamieson IV having fun again.
20 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 6: L, 0-2 RNO
Week 7: @POR
Last Week: 13
There was positive endeavor from the Switchbacks, but a lack of cutting edge meant a second consecutive loss.
21 OKC Energy FC
Week 6: L, 1-2 @RGV
Week 7: OC
Last Week: 12
A four-game winless streak is starting to drain the early-season optimism after Energy FC slid below the playoff line.
22 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 6: W, 3-2 @STL
Week 7: SPR
Last Week: 31
Back-to-back road wins against Louisville and Saint Louis are impressive, now Legion FC needs similar results on its home turf.
23 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 6: W, 2-0 LDN
Week 7: @LOU

Last Week: 23
Saturday’s win wasn’t against the toughest opposition in Loudoun, but it was just what Fury FC needed ahead of its trip to Louisville.
24 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 6: W, 5-0 TAC
Week 7: @RGV
Last Week: 27
That was some serious firepower Lights FC and Irvin Parra showed off against Tacoma. Now can they replicate it on the road against Rio Grande Valley?
25 Atlanta United 2
Week 6: W, 1-0 @MEM, W, 2-1 NC
Week 7: --
Last Week: 29
Two wins in a week shifted Atlanta up into the playoff positions ahead of next week’s midweek clash with the Rowdies.
26 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 6: L, 0-2 PHX
Week 7: @AUS
Last Week: 19
After the positive energy of its first victory, Locomotive FC’s attack simply fell flat against Rising FC.
27 Austin Bold FC
Week 6: --
Week 7: PHX, ELP
Last Week: 25
Austin gets in front of its home crowd again on Wednesday night, but will it have the creativity to pick through Phoenix’s renewed defense?
28 LA Galaxy II
Week 6: L, 0-2 @SA
Week 7: --
Last Week: 22
Los Dos notched just two first-half shots in its loss to San Antonio as the underwhelming version of the side returned to end its two-game winning streak.
29 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 6: L, 1-3 @FRS
Week 7: --
Last Week: 24
The Roughnecks will need to take stock during their week off after back-to-back defeats saw cracks start to appear.
30 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 6: W, 2-1 OKC
Week 7: LV
Last Week: 34
A first win of the season was a very welcome sight for the Toros, now they need to replicate that display against a fired-up Las Vegas side.
31 Swope Park Rangers
Week 6: --
Week 7: IND, @BHM
Last Week: 30
The Rangers are in serious need of finding the win column on Monday night, but Indy is going to be a strong test.
32 Memphis 901 FC
Week 6: L, 0-1 ATL, L, 0-2 @NSH
Week 7: --
Last Week: 28
Held at bay against Atlanta last Wednesday, 901 FC’s attacking struggles carried over to Saturday’s loss in Nashville.
33 Charlotte Independence
Week 6: L, 1-2 NY
Week 7: BST, NC
Last Week: 32
An early lead evaporated quickly for the Independence against New York, and it now gets a midweek clash with a currently-hot Steel FC.
34 Loudoun United FC
Week 6: L, 0-2 @OTT
Week 7: @NY
Last Week: 35
The defensive mistakes Loudoun made in Ottawa were punished strongly and highlighted the absence of Donovan Pines from the lineup.
35 Tacoma Defiance
Week 6: L, 0-4 @OC, L, 0-5 @LV
Week 7: @PHX
Last Week: 33
Two defeats and nine goals against on a two-game road trip? That wasn’t pretty at all for the Defiance.
36 Hartford Athletic
Week 6: L, 1-3 @PIT
Week 7: @NY

Last Week: 36
At least Jose Angulo’s SportsCenter Top 10 strike gave Hartford fans something to celebrate, but Wednesday’s game with New York is going to be tough as well.

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