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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 9

By Staff, 05/06/19, 3:53PM EDT


The top spot stays steady, but other teams are on the move after a busy week of action

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 9: T, 0-0 @IND
Week 10: @NSH

Last Week: 1
The Rowdies will be disappointed not to have made the most of their man advantage, but a point in Indy is nothing to sneeze at.
2 New York Red Bulls II
Week 9: W, 5-0 BHM
Week 10: @OTT
Last Week: 5
The Red Bulls II are top of the East after producing a five-star performance against Legion FC on Wednesday to cap a four-game homestand with a third win.
3 Saint Louis FC
Week 9: --
Week 10: @CHS
Last Week: 2
After Mother Nature washed out Saturday’s home contest with Fury FC, Saint Louis should be well rested for its upcoming trip to Charleston.
4 North Carolina FC
Week 9: T, 0-0 @IND
Week 10: @OTT

Last Week: 4
Dave Sarachan’s side was held scoreless for the first time this season in an away draw with Indy, but that shouldn’t be too much of a concern heading to Ottawa on Sunday.
5 New Mexico United
Week 9: W, 3-0 SA
Week 10: @ELP
Last Week: 8
The club-record 15,023 fans at Isotopes park celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style as the home side cruised to a 3-0 victory over San Antonio to go top of the Western Conference.
6 Charleston Battery
Week 9: T, 2-2 PIT
Week 10: STL

Last Week: 6
Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser may have found another hidden gem in 18-year-old Jamaican forward Nicque Daley.
7 Indy Eleven
Week 9: T, 0-0 TBR, T, 0-0 NC
Week 10: --

Last Week: 7
A pair of scoreless draws isn’t exactly top-notch entertainment, but given the opposition and the circumstances, the results will do just fine.
8 Portland Timbers 2
Week 9: L, 1-2 RGV
Week 10: @TAC
Last Week: 3
After suffering a shock home defeat to RGVFC in midweek, T2 has had some time to regroup and prepare for next Sunday’s trip to struggling Tacoma.
9 Nashville SC
Week 9: W, 2-0 @ATL
Week 10: TBR, SPR
Last Week: 10
After throwing away a two-goal lead in its previous outing, Nashville showed it learned its lesson in Atlanta as it cruised to victory on the back of two early goals.
10 Fresno FC
Week 9: W, 4-2 @SLC
Week 10: SAC, @LA
Last Week: 13
Christian Chaney keyed Fresno’s four-goal outburst as the last unbeaten team in the West picked up an impressive road victory over the Monarchs.
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 9: T, 2-2 @CHS
Week 10: --
Last Week: 12
Back-to-back 2-2 draws means Bob Lilley’s side now has five draws from its opening eight games. A run of victories would do nicely.
12 Louisville City FC
Week 9: W, 2-1 MEM
Week 10: @SPR, @BHM
Last Week: 14
After claiming the first Hackworth Derby on Tuesday night, John’s side takes a three-game unbeaten run into Swope Park on Monday night.
13 Reno 1868 FC
Week 9: T, 2-2 TUL
Week 10: @SAC
Last Week: 15
Corey Hertzog is starting to look lively again, a welcome sight after Brian Brown carried 1868 FC through the season’s early stages.
14 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 9: T, 2-2 @RNO
Week 10: --
Last Week: 23
The Roughnecks continue to outperform expectations and will surely be happy to add an away draw with Reno to an increasingly impressive resume.
15 Orange County SC
Week 9: W, 2-1 PHX
Week 10: @SA
Last Week: 20
Orange County had to wait a long time to avenge its 2018 Western Conference Final defeat to Phoenix, but boy revenge is sweet.
16 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 9: L, 1-2 @OC
Week 10: RGV
Last Week: 9
Rising FC had its chances to get a result at Orange County, but now a response against RGVFC at Casino Arizona Field on Friday night is vital.
17 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 9: W, 2-1 @POR
Week 10: @PHX
Last Week: 26
Gerson Echeverry’s side has won three out of four and scored 13 goals over that span. RGVFC is red hot ahead of its trip to the desert.
18 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 9: L, 2-4 @LV
Week 10: @FRS, RNO
Last Week: 11
Republic FC was humbled by Las Vegas and can’t seem to put together back-to-back results. With games against Fresno and Reno coming up, things won’t get any easier.
19 OKC Energy FC
Week 9: W, 2-1 TAC
Week 10: @AUS

Last Week: 19
Welcome back, Deshorn Brown.
20 Austin Bold FC
Week 9: L, 0-1 @LA
Week 10: OKC
Last Week: 16
Bold FC stumbled on the road against the Galaxy II but will look to continue its unbeaten home start when it welcomes neighboring Energy FC to Bold Stadium on Friday.
21 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 9: W, 2-0 @COS
Week 10: NM
Last Week: 24
We knew his pedigree coming in, but Jerome Kiesewetter is quickly starting to look like one of the signings of the season so far.
22 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 9: L, 0-5 @NY, T, 2-2 @MEM
Week 10: LOU
Last Week: 17
The midweek hammering at the hands of the Red Bulls II wasn’t pretty, but Legion FC will feel a little better after Chandler Hoffman’s stoppage-time penalty salvaged a point against Memphis.
23 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 9: --
Week 10: NY, NC
Last Week: 22
The weather gave Fury FC a little bit of extra rest ahead of Wednesday morning’s match against the Red Bulls II. That might come in handy.
24 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 9: T, 0-0 @LA, W, 4-2 SAC
Week 10: COS
Last Week: 30
Junior Sandoval’s screamer summed up a dazzling performance from Lights FC against Republic FC. Eric Wynalda’s side will look to continue its unbeaten home start against Colorado Springs.
25 LA Galaxy II
Week 9: T, 0-0 LV, W, 1-0 AUS
Week 10: FRS
Last Week: 27
A bit of good fortune lifted the Galaxy II to victory over Bold FC. Now, can they find some consistency against California rival Fresno FC?
26 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 9: L, 2-4 FRS
Week 10: --
Last Week: 18
The Monarchs’ unbeaten home start came crashing to an end against Fresno. Martín Vásquez has some work to do over the bye week.
27 San Antonio FC
Week 9: L, 0-3 @NM
Week 10: OC
Last Week: 21
San Antonio’s mini turnaround is starting to look a little bit like the product of its opposition. A home date with Orange County on Saturday will be a good bench mark.
28 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 9: T, 3-3 @LDN
Week 10: ATL
Last Week: 29
Michee Ngalina keyed the offense in Steel FC’s draw with Loudoun but after conceding three goals in each of its last two games, Bethlehem must sort things out at the back.
29 Atlanta United 2
Week 9: L, 0-2 NSH
Week 10: @BST
Last Week: 28
Back-to-back shutout losses won’t give Stephen Glass’ squad a lot of confidence ahead of its upcoming three-game road trip.
30 Charlotte Independence
Week 9: T, 1-1 @HFD
Week 10: LDN
Last Week: 31
The Independence picked up a pair of draws on their recent two-game road swing and will like their chances to pick up all three points against Loudoun on Saturday.
31 Loudoun United FC
Week 9: T, 3-3 BST
Week 10: @CLT
Last Week: 32
Loudoun has produced three-goal outings in two of its last three games. That’s an encouraging sign heading to Charlotte.
32 Memphis 901 FC
Week 9: L, 1-2 @LOU, T, 2-2 BHM
Week 10: @HFD
Last Week: 33
Memphis has been on the receiving end of some tough breaks so far this season, but the Soccer Gods tend to even those out over the course of the year.
33 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 9: L, 0-2 ELP
Week 10: @LV
Last Week: 25
The Switchbacks have lost four of their last five games, with each defeat ending by a 2-0 scoreline. That’s not a trend you want to have.
34 Swope Park Rangers
Week 9: --
Week 10: LOU, @NSH

Last Week: 34
The Rangers are still looking for their first win of the season but have had plenty of time to prepare for Monday night’s challenge of Louisville.
35 Hartford Athletic
Week 9: T, 1-1 CLT
Week 10: MEM
Last Week: 36
The Athletic welcomed 11,346 fans into Rentschler Field and finally got off the mark for the season with a long-awaited point against the Independence.
36 Tacoma Defiance
Week 9: L, 1-2 @OKC
Week 10: POR
Last Week: 35
The Defiance have lost five straight and been outscored 18-1 over that span. Ouch.

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