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USL Championship Power Rankings - Week 11

By Staff, 05/20/19, 5:25PM EDT


New Mexico moves into second, but Rowdies remain strongly on top

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.

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 11: W, 2-0 NY
Week 12: SPR

Last Week: 1
With back-to-back shutout victories against Nashville SC and the Red Bulls II, the Rowdies have made themselves the team to beat in the East, if not the league.
2 New Mexico United
Week 11: W, 3-1 @COS
Week 12: @AUS
Last Week: 4
NMU has produced an answer to every question it’s been posed this season as it heads to face Austin Bold FC, which is undefeated on its home turf.
3 Saint Louis FC
Week 11: T, 0-0 LOU
Week 12: --

Last Week: 3
Matt Bahner’s teammates were thanking him for saving their point on the road on Saturday night with a last-gasp goal line clearance against Louisville.
4 Indy Eleven
Week 11: W, 1-0 CHS
Week 12: NSH
Last Week: 7
The Eleven had to huff and puff to blow the Battery’s house down late, but they’ve got three consecutive shutouts ahead of a home date with Nashville SC.
5 Portland Timbers 2
Week 11: --
Week 12: ELP
Last Week: 6
After a week off, next Saturday’s home contest with El Paso Locomotive FC is looking like a treat on the schedule for neutral fans.
6 New York Red Bulls II
Week 11: L, 0-2 @TBR
Week 12: NC
Last Week: 2
The Red Bulls II attack just couldn’t get into gear against Tampa Bay’s stingy defense, but a return home to face North Carolina could help get things back on track.
7 Nashville SC
Week 11: T, 1-1 CLT
Week 12: BHM, @IND
Last Week: 9
The numbers say Nashville might have expected better than a draw against Charlotte, but a late goal-line clearance and penalty decision could have sent things the way of the visitors.
8 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 11: W, 4-0 LV
Week 12: @SLC
Last Week: 15
With back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, Phoenix has taken advantage of its stagnating rivals to jump up to third place in the West.
9 Louisville City FC
Week 11: T, 0-0 STL
Week 12: @BST
Last Week: 12
Louisville got everything but the goal in its Kings’ Cup clash with Saint Louis but should be feeling optimistic good things are around the corner.
10 Charleston Battery
Week 11: L, 0-1 @IND
Week 12: ATL
Last Week: 5
The Battery couldn’t hold on in Indianapolis, but a home win against Atlanta would quickly fix what ails Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser’s squad.
11 Reno 1868 FC
Week 11: T, 1-1 @TAC
Week 12: --
Last Week: 8
Reno managed to salvage a late point in Tacoma after getting caught flat at kickoff. Wonder if other clubs will try to make a similar move to the Defiance’s?
12 Fresno FC
Week 11: --
Week 12: AUS, @TAC
Last Week: 10
The Foxes will have been pleased with all the draws that surrounded it this weekend. Can’t take games in hand for granted, but an avenue to the top two is there.
13 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 11: W, 3-0 @BST
Week 12: @HFD
Last Week: 20
This sort of form is what Fury FC was talking about when it began its new direction last season. Ten points from four games has the side rocketing up the standings.
14 North Carolina FC
Week 11: T, 0-0 BHM
Week 12: @NY
Last Week: 11
NCFC is still solidly in the playoff pack, but only one goal in the past three games ahead of a visit to New York is a bit of a concern.
15 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 11: --
Week 12: CLT
Last Week: 13
The Hounds were dealt an unlucky break after a good first half in Memphis had them ahead. It’ll be a surprise if that disappointment lingers, though.
16 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 11: W, 3-1 SAC
Week 12: @POR
Last Week: 19
Locomotive FC rolled the dice on roster rotation in the Open Cup and crapped out, but this side’s best lineup kept on winning in the league against Republic FC.
17 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 11: T, 1-1 @SA
Week 12: @LV
Last Week: 14
It might be three consecutive draws now for the Roughnecks, but they’re showing a resiliency that is going to keep them in this playoff race for a while.
18 Orange County SC
Week 11: T, 2-2 AUS
Week 12: @LA
Last Week: 16
Undefeated in four games, but three of those have been drawn. OCSC needs to start putting three-point performances together.
19 Austin Bold FC
Week 11: T, 2-2 @OC
Week 12: @FRS, NM
Last Week: 17
This week looks like a challenging one for Bold FC, with a trip to fifth-place Fresno on Wednesday night followed by a home contest with New Mexico United.
20 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 11: T, 2-2 LA
Week 12: SA
Last Week: 22
The Toros had victory – and a place above the playoff line – snatched away late by Los Dos. They’ll expect more against Texas rival San Antonio FC on Saturday.
21 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 11: L, 1-3 @ELP
Week 12: --
Last Week: 18
Republic FC has conceded 16 goals this season after its last two league losses. That’s halfway to the total it allowed in the entire 2018 regular season.
22 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 11: T, 0-0 @NC
Week 12: NSH
Last Week: 24
Birmingham battled to earn a point on the road in North Carolina and its defense will likely need to pull off something similar as it takes on Nashville’s big guns on Wednesday.
23 OKC Energy FC
Week 11: T, 1-1 SLC
Week 12: COS

Last Week: 23
After letting another lead slip, Energy FC needs to take advantage of back-to-back home games against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and the LA Galaxy II.
24 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 11: L, 0-4 @PHX
Week 12: TUL
Last Week: 21
The home/road splits between Lights FC’s performances are mindboggling. At least they’re back at home this Saturday, but the Roughnecks could be a handful.
25 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 11: T, 1-1 @OKC
Week 12: PHX

Last Week: 25
The Monarchs managed to salvage a point in OKC, but now need to get things moving at home, a task that won’t be easy against Phoenix Rising FC.
26 San Antonio FC
Week 11: T, 1-1 TUL
Week 12: @RGV

Last Week: 26
After being able to rely on picking up wins at home earlier this season, now SAFC has back-to-back draws at Toyota Field as it missed out on chances to move up.
27 Memphis 901 FC
Week 11: --
Week 12: @SPR, @TBR
Last Week: 28
Memphis caught a break thanks to Mother Nature but now needs to head to Swope Park and pick up points to give it a chance to gain on the playoff places.
28 Loudoun United FC
Week 11: L, 1-2 HFD
Week 12: --
Last Week: 27
Loudoun was unable to build on its win against the Independence and now gets until June 5 to work on things thanks to its back-loaded schedule.
29 Charlotte Independence
Week 11: T, 1-1 @NSH
Week 12: @PIT
Last Week: 31
The Independence might feel a bit hard-done-by after only coming away from Nashville with a point, especially on the decision they felt should have been given as a penalty kick.
30 Atlanta United 2
Week 11: T, 1-1 @SPR
Week 12: @CHS

Last Week: 30
Atlanta is still hanging around the playoff positions, but the gap to ninth place is beginning to widen ahead of two tough outings against Charleston and New York.
31 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 11: L, 0-3 OTT
Week 12: LOU
Last Week: 29
Bethlehem’s winless streak continued in a comprehensive loss to Ottawa. With Louisville the next visitor, the road gets no easier.
32 LA Galaxy II
Week 11: T, 2-2 @RGV
Week 12: OC

Last Week: 32
Los Dos rallied well to earn a point against Rio Grande Valley FC, but its place in the standings still feels unconvincing overall.
33 Swope Park Rangers
Week 11: T, 1-1 SPR
Week 12: MEM, @TBR

Last Week: 33
The Rangers couldn’t find a win against Atlanta and now find themselves 10 points back of ninth place.
34 Hartford Athletic
Week 11: W, 2-1 @LDN
Week 12: OTT
Last Week: 36
Hartford’s wins are like buses; you wait forever for one and then two show up back-to-back. It’s a big chance to build for the Athletic.
35 Tacoma Defiance
Week 11: T, 1-1 RNO
Week 12: FRS

Last Week: 35
The Defiance dazzled in recording the fastest goal in Championship history but couldn’t hold on against Reno late.
36 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 11: L, 1-3 NM
Week 12: @OKC
Last Week: 34
The Switchbacks’ agony doesn’t seem close to ending after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday night.

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