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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 12

By Staff, 05/27/19, 3:30PM EDT


Tampa Bay, New Mexico stay 1-2 as gap starts to open at top of each conference

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 12: W, 1-0 SPR
Week 13: @BHM

Last Week: 1
The Rowdies got a battle from the Rangers’ back line before finally breaking through, but now they’re breaking away at the top of the East.
2 New Mexico United
Week 12: W, 3-1 @AUS
Week 13: --

Last Week: 2
The top two scorers in the Championship and the first team to defeat Bold FC on its home turf, United continues to impress as it keeps rolling along.
3 Saint Louis FC
Week 12: --
Week 13: MEM

Last Week: 3
Saint Louis might be fifth for now, but its 1.9 point-per-game rate is second only to the Rowdies in the Eastern Conference after this week’s bye.
4 Indy Eleven
Week 12: T, 0-0 NSH
Week 13: PIT

Last Week: 4
A scoreless draw against Nashville was the second-most-likely result between the two sides, and the Eleven are still well positioned 10 games in.
5 Portland Timbers 2
Week 12: T, 1-1 ELP
Week 13: SLC

Last Week: 5
T2 didn’t make the most of its chances against El Paso but can still jump back into second place on Wednesday when the struggling Monarchs come to visit.
6 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 12: W, 4-2 @SLC
Week 13: @NY
Last Week: 8
Three consecutive victories have seen the Rising FC attack spring into life the way we were expecting to see at the start of the season.
7 Nashville SC
Week 12: W, 1-0 @BHM, T, 0-0 @IND
Week 13: --

Last Week: 7
Four points and two shutouts is a good week on the road but NSC needed a penalty kick to claim victory against Birmingham Legion FC as chances were few and far to come by.
8 North Carolina FC
Week 12: W, 2-1 @NY
Week 13: @HFD
Last Week: 14
North Carolina had to weather all kinds of pressure in New York but did enough to take victory on the road and jump back into the top four.
9 Louisville City FC
Week 12: T, 2-2 @BST
Week 13: CHS

Last Week: 9
Letting a two-goal lead slip, even on the road, was uncharacteristic for Louisville as it missed out on a big chance to remain in touch with the frontrunners.
10 New York Red Bulls II
Week 12: L, 1-2 NC
Week 13: BST
Last Week: 6
Back-to-back losses have seen the goals dry up a bit for the Red Bulls II, even if the chances haven’t. New York recorded 18 chances created against NCFC.
11 Fresno FC
Week 12: W, 1-0 AUS, T, 3-3 @TAC
Week 13: @COS
Last Week: 12
The Foxes were so close to a six-point week but after their late dramatics against Austin they got a taste of their own medicine in Tacoma on Sunday.
12 Reno 1868 FC
Week 12: --
Week 13: LV
Last Week: 11
The weekend’s results will have been pretty pleasing for Reno as it remained in touch of a top-two position when it hosts Silver State Cup rival Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday.
13 Charleston Battery
Week 12: T, 1-1 ATL
Week 13: @LOU
Last Week: 10
The Battery aren’t exactly in bad position after drawing with ATL UTD 2 on Saturday but four games without a win isn’t the momentum you’d like heading to Louisville.
14 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 12: T, 1-1 @POR
Week 13: @TAC
Last Week: 16
Locomotive FC continued its undefeated streak in Portland as Omar Salgado finally broke through for the first time this season.
15 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 12: T, 1-1 @HFD
Week 13: CLT
Last Week: 13
Ottawa had to settle for a draw in Hartford but is still carrying positive momentum while well-placed to gain ground on the East’s front-runners.
16 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 12: T, 0-0 CLT
Week 13: @IND
Last Week: 15
Pittsburgh has drawn two-thirds of its games so far this season after Saturday’s scoreless effort against the Independence.
17 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 12: T, 0-0 @LV
Week 13: AUS

Last Week: 17
The Roughnecks were held scoreless for the first time this season in Las Vegas but still came away with a point to keep treading water in the middle of the pack.
18 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 12: W, 3-1 SA
Week 13: @OC
Last Week: 20
The Toros got back in the win column against South Texas Derby rivals San Antonio and took advantage of the draws around the rest of the West in the process.
19 Orange County SC
Week 12: T, 2-2 @LA
Week 13: RGV
Last Week: 18
Orange County let victory slip through its fingers in stoppage time against 405 Derby rival Los Dos and missed out on moving above the playoff line as a result.
20 OKC Energy FC
Week 12: W, 1-0 COS
Week 13: LA
Last Week: 23
A superlative goal by Omar Gordon was enough for Energy FC to take victory against the Switchbacks but the side offered little offensively in the second half.
21 Austin Bold FC
Week 12: L, 0-1 @FRS, L, 1-3 NM
Week 13: @TUL
Last Week: 19
Back-to-back defeats – including a first home loss at Bold Stadium – have Austin needing to pick itself up ahead of Wednesday night’s Open Cup contest.
22 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 12: --
Week 13: SA
Last Week: 21
As Republic FC has struggled of late, there might not be a more welcome visitor to Papa Murphy’s Park than San Antonio on Saturday after this week’s bye.
23 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 12: T, 0-0 TUL
Week 13: @RNO
Last Week: 24
Lights FC picked up a point at home against a well-organized Roughnecks side and while it has struggled on the road, you can bet Las Vegas will be up for its trip to Reno on Saturday.
24 Memphis 901 FC
Week 12: T, 2-2 @SPR
Week 13: @STL
Last Week: 27
A three-game undefeated streak is something for 901 FC to try and build on, especially with a big Open Cup clash coming up in midweek.
25 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 12: L, 0-1 NSH
Week 13: TBR
Last Week: 22
It’ll be more than a month since Legion FC last took victory when it plays host to the undefeated Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday.
26 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 12: L, 2-4 PHX
Week 13: @POR
Last Week: 25
Everything was going great for the Monarchs until suddenly it wasn’t as a two-goal lead disappeared under the weight of four consecutive goals by Phoenix.
27 Loudoun United FC
Week 12: --
Week 13: --
Last Week: 28
Another week off ahead for Loudoun but draws all around the Eastern Conference means it’s still in touch with 10th place.
28 San Antonio FC
Week 12: L, 1-3 @RGV
Week 13: @SAC
Last Week: 26
Five consecutive road defeats to start the season are seriously threatening SAFC’s playoff chances, and a visit to Sacramento is going to be no easy way to break that streak.
29 Charlotte Independence
Week 12: T, 0-0 @PIT
Week 13: @OTT

Last Week: 29
The Independence picked up a shutout and a point on the road to remain undefeated all-time against Riverhounds SC, but with a man-advantage it really should have been more.
30 Atlanta United 2
Week 12: T, 1-1 @CHS
Week 13: --

Last Week: 30
It’s now six games without a win for Atlanta, even if the last three have all seen the side pick up a point for a draw.
31 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 12: T, 2-2 LOU
Week 13: @NY

Last Week: 31
Six games without a win for Steel FC as well, although the side deserves some credit for fighting back after going two goals down against Louisville.
32 LA Galaxy II
Week 12: T, 2-2 OC
Week 13: TAC, @OKC

Last Week: 32
Los Dos snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat to keep themselves just above the playoff line but have notched just one win in the last seven games overall.
33 Hartford Athletic
Week 12: T, 1-1 OTT
Week 13: NC
Last Week: 34
The Athletic continued to build on their return home with a 1-1 draw against a solid Fury FC side, and now can aim for more Open Cup glory in Memphis.
34 Swope Park Rangers
Week 12: T, 2-2 MEM, L, 0-1 @TBR
Week 13: --
Last Week: 33
The Rangers battled hard against the Rowdies but offensively didn’t register a shot on goal as they continued to linger near the bottom of the East.
35 Tacoma Defiance
Week 12: T, 3-3 FRS
Week 13: @LA, ELP

Last Week: 35
The Defiance have taken back-to-back draws – and held leads – against playoff contenders in Reno and Fresno, but still need to fix that defense.
36 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 12: L, 0-1 @OKC
Week 13: FRS

Last Week: 36
The Switchbacks’ current five-game losing streak was manifested in Jordan Burt’s missed penalty kick against Energy FC.

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