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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 8

By Staff, 04/29/19, 4:00PM EDT


Indy’s fall means a shift at the top, which club will take over?

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 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 8: W, 4-1 @ATL, T, 1-1 CLT
Week 9: @IND
Last Week: 2
Four points from two games meant the Rowdies couldn’t hold onto first place in the East, but they’re still undefeated heading to Indy.
2 Saint Louis FC
Week 8: W, 3-1 SPR
Week 9: OTT
Last Week: 3
A strong home victory against a struggling Swope Park Rangers is exactly how you’d have expected STLFC’s Saturday night to go, and it delivered.
3 Portland Timbers 2
Week 8: T, 3-3 @NM
Week 9: RGV
Last Week: 4
T2 was so close to opening a gap at the top of the Western Conference before it’s late concession in New Mexico.
4 North Carolina FC
Week 8: W, 4-1 HFD
Week 9: @IND
Last Week: 5
A four-goal outing against Hartford Athletic that saw “Brass Bonanza” constantly ringing around the stadium continued NCFC’s uptick in form.
5 New York Red Bulls II
Week 8: W, 2-1 IND
Week 9: BHM
Last Week: 9
The Red Bulls II got back to what they do best at home and eventually wore down Indy to pick up a big victory.
6 Charleston Battery
Week 8: W, 1-0 @MEM
Week 9: PIT

Last Week: 6
The Battery had to ride their luck in Memphis, but Dante Marini’s stoppage-time winner made sure they stayed near the top in the East.
7 Indy Eleven
Week 8: L, 1-2 @NY
Week 9: TBR, NC
Last Week: 1
There’s no shame in losing on the road to the Red Bulls II, but this week’s visits from Tampa Bay and North Carolina are going to be a challenge.
8 New Mexico United
Week 8: T, 3-3 POR
Week 9: SA
Last Week: 14
NMU put itself in position to win, but then salvaged a draw to keep in touch with Portland at the top of the standings.
9 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 8: T, 0-0 @SAC
Week 9: @OC
Last Week: 7
A point and a shutout on the road against Sacramento was a decent enough return, but we keep waiting for Phoenix to make its move.
10 Nashville SC
Week 8: T, 2-2 @PIT
Week 9: @ATL
Last Week: 8
It looked like NSC had produced a strong bounce-back victory until the Hounds found a way back, now three points in Atlanta is going to be essential.
11 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 8: T, 0-0 PHX
Week 9: @LV
Last Week: 10
A home draw with Rising FC wasn’t a bad result, but Sacramento will be thankful none of the sides above it managed victory either.
12 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 8: T, 2-2 NSH
Week 9: @CHS
Last Week: 11
The Hounds earned a draw that felt like a win against Nashville, but Pittsburgh’s six-game undefeated streak has now included four draws.
13 Fresno FC
Week 8: T, 2-2 OC
Week 9: @SLC
Last Week: 12
The Foxes rallied impressively to maintain their undefeated record but they’re going to need to start stringing some wins together soon.
14 Louisville City FC
Week 8: --
Week 9: MEM
Last Week: 15
LouCity will get a chance to add to victory last time out when it hosts Memphis on Tuesday night in the Championship Game of the Week.
15 Reno 1868 FC
Week 8: L, 0-1 @ELP
Week 9: TUL
Last Week: 13
The breaks just wouldn’t fall Reno’s way on the road in El Paso, but it’ll get the chance to move up in the standings against the Roughnecks this weekend.
16 Austin Bold FC
Week 8: W, 3-2 SLC
Week 9: @LA
Last Week: 19
Seven points from a possible nine on the homestand was a fine return and pushed Bold FC into the West’s playoff positions.
17 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 8: W, 1-0 LDN
Week 9: @NY, @MEM
Last Week: 22
Prosper Kasim brought salvation to the Magic City Brigade against Loudoun, and now Legion FC has 10 points from its last four games.
18 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 8: L, 2-3 @AUS
Week 9: FRS
Last Week: 16
The Monarchs continue to be great at home and poor away. At least that bodes well for Saturday’s visit from Fresno FC.
19 OKC Energy FC
Week 8: T, 1-1 @TUL
Week 9: TAC
Last Week: 17
A point on the road in the Black Gold Derby could have been more if not for the woodwork. Energy FC will want to make hay at home to Tacoma on Saturday.
20 Orange County SC
Week 8: T, 2-2 @FRS
Week 9: PHX

Last Week: 20
OCSC will have been disappointed to let its two-goal lead in Fresno slip away, but there were signs this side is getting close to a good run of form.
21 San Antonio FC
Week 8: W, 3-0 TAC
Week 9: @NM
Last Week: 25
A three-goal victory against struggling Tacoma was a job well done by SAFC. Sunday’s visit to New Mexico will be a much sharper test.
22 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 8: W, 2-0 ATL
Week 9: @STL
Last Week: 26
Ottawa continues to win the games it should, defeating ATL UTD 2 on Sunday. Now, can it find a win people aren’t expecting on the road in Saint Louis?
23 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 8: W, 2-0 COS, T, 1-1 OKC
Week 9: @RNO
Last Week: 30
The Roughnecks showed they measure up to their in-state rival in Saturday’s draw. A road trip to Reno will indicate how they measure up to the rest of the conference.
24 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 8: W, 1-0 RNO
Week 9: @COS
Last Week: 27
The goal to break the scoreless streak might have come from the penalty spot, but it gave Locomotive FC a very welcome boost in front of its home fans.
25 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 8: L, 0-2 @TUL
Week 9: ELP
Last Week: 18
The Switchbacks are on a five-game winless streak after losing to Tulsa in midweek and need a serious turnaround this weekend.
26 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 8: T, 4-4 @LA
Week 9: @POR
Last Week: 21
The Toros could have lost, should have won, and ended up setting for a 4-4 draw against the LA Galaxy II to keep them below the playoff line.
27 LA Galaxy II
Week 8: T, 4-4 RGV
Week 9: LV, AUS
Last Week: 29
It’s unlikely we see a reprise of last Wednesday’s eight-goal thriller when Las Vegas Lights FC visits on Monday night, but we can hope for one, right?
28 Atlanta United 2
Week 8: L, 1-4 TBR, L, 0-2 @OTT
Week 9: NSH
Last Week: 23
Back-to-back defeats put a serious dent in Atlanta’s goal differential and Nashville is in big need of a win when it heads to Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Saturday.
29 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 8: --
Week 9: @LDN
Last Week: 24
After a week off, Steel FC gets to visit Audi Field on Friday night for Loudoun United FC’s home opener.
30 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 8: --
Week 9: @LA, SAC
Last Week: 28
Las Vegas is currently in 17th place in the West, but with a win on Monday night it could jump into the playoff places. Big incentive against Los Dos.
31 Charlotte Independence
Week 8: T, 1-1 @TBR
Week 9: @HFD
Last Week: 34
There were things to like about the Independence’s road draw against the Rowdies, and now they get the chance to spoil Hartford’s home opener.
32 Loudoun United FC
Week 8: L, 0-1 @BHM
Week 9: BST
Last Week: 31
United just couldn’t hold on against Birmingham, sending the side into its home opener this Friday night on a down note.
33 Memphis 901 FC
Week 8: L, 0-1 CHS
Week 9: @LOU, BHM

Last Week: 33
Memphis did everything except score and got punished by Charleston as a result. Can it respond on a quick turnaround against LouCity on Tuesday?
34 Swope Park Rangers
Week 8: L, 1-3 @STL
Week 9: --
Last Week: 32
The Rangers are one of only two winless teams left in the league after their defeat at Saint Louis, and a fourth consecutive playoff berth is looking a long way away.
35 Tacoma Defiance
Week 8: L, 0-3 @SA
Week 9: @OKC

Last Week: 35
Sixteen goals against in four consecutive defeats is hardly defiant. Tacoma needs to find something, fast.
36 Hartford Athletic
Week 8: L, 1-4 @NC
Week 9: CLT

Last Week: 36
The road trip is over, but what sort of shape will the Athletic be in when they take to Rentschler Field on Saturday night for their home opener?

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