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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 15

By Staff, 06/17/19, 5:00PM EDT


Phoenix stays on top, while Locomotive FC surges into the top five

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 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 15: W, 3-0 OC
Week 16: @RNO, @OKC

Last Week: 1
Rising FC has outscored its opponents 19-3 over its five-game winning streak and now boasts a league-best goal differential of +20.
2 Indy Eleven
Week 15: W, 2-1 @LDN
Week 16: ATL

Last Week: 2
Tyler Pasher’s 89th-minute goal sealed Indy’s comeback victory against Loudoun, the Eleven’s fifth away win of the season – tied for most in the league.
3 Nashville SC
Week 15: W, 3-2 @HFD
Week 16: OTT

Last Week: 3
Nashville is the only other Championship club with five road wins this season after Cameron Lancaster’s stunning strike gave NSC three points in Hartford.
4 North Carolina FC
Week 15: W, 2-0 SPR
Week 16: @STL
Last Week: 6
North Carolina struck twice in the opening 15 minutes to cruise past Swope Park for its third win in four games.
5 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 15: W, 2-0 @TUL
Week 16: LV
Last Week: 10
Jerome Kiesewetter made it 10 goals in 10 games and Locomotive FC extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a shutout victory in Tulsa.
6 New York Red Bulls II
Week 15: W, 1-0 LOU
Week 16: @PIT
Last Week: 9
The Red Bulls II recorded at least 10 shots on target for the fourth time this season and Mathias Jørgensen made the 10th attempt count as he netted New York’s lone goal in its win over Louisville.
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 15: T, 1-1 CHS
Week 16: BST
Last Week: 4
The Rowdies dropped points at home for the second straight weekend and are now in danger of falling out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
8 New Mexico United
Week 15: L, 1-5 @LV
Week 16: @LA
Last Week: 5
$2 Tequila Night in Las Vegas didn’t go well for United, which conceded five goals to Lights FC, but it’ll have the chance to move past the hangover against FC Dallas in the Open Cup on Wednesday.
9 Portland Timbers 2
Week 15: T, 2-2 FRS
Week 16: @OC
Last Week: 7
T2 have shown off plenty of resiliency in recent weeks and Head Coach Cameron Knowles’ side needed more of it Sunday to avoid a home defeat to Fresno.
10 Reno 1868 FC
Week 15: W, 4-2 LA
Week 16: PHX
Last Week: 13
Reno didn’t miss Brian Brown in its 4-2 win over the LA Galaxy II this weekend. Will it on Tuesday night when it hosts conference leader Phoenix Rising FC?
11 Louisville City FC
Week 15: L, 0-1 @NY
Week 16: CLT
Last Week: 8
Chris Hubbard did what he could to keep the Red Bulls II at bay in his first league start, but the LouCity goalkeeper didn’t have enough help around him in a 1-0 loss in New York.
12 Charleston Battery
Week 15: T, 1-1 @TBR
Week 16: SPR
Last Week: 14
After playing 120 minutes in the Open Cup on Thursday, the Battery fought valiantly to earn a point thanks to a late goal from super-sub Ian Svantesson.
13 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 15: --
Week 16: TUL
Last Week: 15
Results elsewhere kept Republic FC within reach of the top six ahead of Saturday’s home date with Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
14 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 15: T, 0-0 MEM
Week 16: @NSH
Last Week: 11
Fury FC maintained over 65 percent of possession and outshot Memphis 19-7, but failed to score for the first time since April 20.
15 Fresno FC
Week 15: T, 2-2 @POR
Week 16: SA
Last Week: 16
Fresno was moments away from a big win in Portland but is still well positioned in the middle of the Western Conference moving forward.
16 Saint Louis FC
Week 15: L, 1-3 @BST
Week 16: NC
Last Week: 12
Saint Louis extinguished the Chicago Fire in the Open Cup on Wednesday but got burnt on the defensive end in Saturday’s trip to Bethlehem.
17 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 15: W, 5-0 @ATL
Week 16: NY
Last Week: 20
The Hounds produced their best performance of the season on Saturday, netting three goals in the opening 13 minutes to cruise to victory over ATL UTD 2.
18 Austin Bold FC
Week 15: T, 1-1 TAC
Week 16: @RGV
Last Week: 17
Bold FC is unbeaten in its past three games, but a home draw against the Tacoma Defiance feels more like an opportunity missed.
19 OKC Energy FC
Week 15: T, 1-1 SA
Week 16: PHX
Last Week: 18
Energy FC has now dropped 10 points from winning positions this season after conceding another late goal in its draw with San Antonio FC.
20 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 15: W, 3-0 COS
Week 16: AUS
Last Week: 25
After Michael Salazar signed with the Houston Dynamo, Carlos Small picked up the scoring slack in RGVFC’s win over the Switchbacks.
21 Orange County SC
Week 15: L, 0-3 @PHX
Week 16: POR
Last Week: 19
Orange County was limited to just one shot on goal in its trip to Phoenix as it saw its seven-game unbeaten run come to an end.
22 Loudoun United FC
Week 15: L, 1-2 IND
Week 16: --
Last Week: 21
Loudoun nearly held on for a point against Indy despite being outshot 28-6 but has now lost three of its last four games heading into a bye week.
23 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 15: --
Week 16: @COS

Last Week: 23
Results elsewhere see the Monarchs sitting just four points adrift of the playoff places heading into Saturday night’s visit to Colorado Springs.
24 Hartford Athletic
Week 15: L, 2-3 NSH
Week 16: @BHM
Last Week: 22
Hartford hung in there with Nashville for 90 minutes but eventually the visitors’ 32-11 advantage in shots took its toll.
25 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 15: W, 5-1 NM
Week 16: @ELP
Last Week: 28
Lights FC put on a five-star display against New Mexico that fans at Cashman Field partaking in $2 Tequila Night will hope to remember.
26 San Antonio FC
Week 15: T, 1-1 @OKC
Week 16: @FRS

Last Week: 26
Jack Barmby’s stoppage-time free kick found the bottom-right corner and ensured SAFC’s unbeaten mark all-time against Energy FC at Taft Stadium remained intact.
27 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 15: L, 0-2 ELP
Week 16: @SAC
Last Week: 24
The Roughnecks were held to just one shot on target on their home turf against Locomotive FC and are now winless in their last seven outings.
28 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 15: L, 0-3 RGV
Week 16: SLC
Last Week: 27
The Switchbacks’ two-game winning run came to a crashing halt in a three-goal defeat at Rio Grande Valley.
29 Memphis 901 FC
Week 15: T, 0-0 @OTT
Week 16: --

Last Week: 29
Memphis is approaching 200 minutes without a goal in league play and may well use this upcoming bye week to work on creating more offensive opportunities.
30 Charlotte Independence
Week 15: W, 4-1 @BHM
Week 16: @LOU
Last Week: 33
The Independence gave General Manager Mike Jeffries a winning return to the touchline with three second-half goals against Legion FC.
31 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 15: W, 3-1 STL
Week 16: TBR
Last Week: 34
After conceding four goals in each of its past two games, Steel FC showed some resolve – and more impressively some attacking prowess – despite playing with 10 men for over an hour against Saint Louis.
32 LA Galaxy II
Week 15: L, 2-4 @RNO
Week 16: NM
Last Week: 31
Los Dos needs to show more steel in defense if it wants to end its seven-game winless run anytime soon.
33 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 15: L, 1-4 @CLT
Week 16: HFD
Last Week: 30
Prosper Kasim’s first-half goal ensured Legion FC scored in back-to-back games for the first time since mid-April, but it wasn’t enough to break Birmingham’s losing skid.
34 Atlanta United 2
Week 15: L, 0-5 PIT
Week 16: @IND
Last Week: 32
ATL UTD 2 conceded a season-worst five goals at home against Pittsburgh and matched its heaviest home defeat in club history.
35 Tacoma Defiance
Week 15: T, 1-1 @AUS
Week 16: --
Last Week: 36
Tacoma is still rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference after its draw in Austin, but that result should give the Defiance confidence heading into a lengthy layoff.
36 Swope Park Rangers
Week 15: L, 0-2 @NC
Week 16: @CHS
Last Week: 35
The Rangers rolled over early in North Carolina and are now the only team in the Championship without a pair of wins on the season.

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