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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 19

By Staff, 07/15/19, 6:00PM EDT


Fresno FC jumps into the top three with another win as Phoenix holds strong at the 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 Phoenix Rising FC
Week 19: W, 1-0 @RGV
Week 20: AUS

Last Week: 1
Rising FC is one win shy of matching the league record for consecutive victories (10) and added to its already deep roster on Monday by bringing in former Liverpool defender Corey Whelan.
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 19: T, 1-1 @PIT
Week 20: STL
Last Week: 3
Lucky Mkosana’s late goal extended the Rowdies’ unbeaten run to five games with a point in Pittsburgh and got the forward off the mark in his second stint in Tampa Bay.
3 Fresno FC
Week 19: W, 2-1 NM
Week 20: POR
Last Week: 5
The Foxes have won three games in a row against current Western Conference playoff sides and will try to make it 4-for-4 against the Portland Timbers 2 next weekend.
4 Reno 1868 FC
Week 19: --
Week 20: @OKC, @LA
Last Week: 6
1868 FC’s bye week came at a good time as it now faces the prospect of three games in eight days, starting with Wednesday night’s trip to Energy FC.
5 New York Red Bulls II
Week 19: W, 4-3 @BST, W, 8-1 ATL
Week 20: @MEM
Last Week: 10
The Red Bulls II battled back from two goals down to beat Bethlehem before laying EIGHT goals on ATL UTD 2 on Saturday. With 12 goals over two games, it’s safe to say New York’s attack is back.
6 Indy Eleven
Week 19: L, 1-2 @HFD
Week 20: LDN
Last Week: 2
The Eleven saw their 10-game unbeaten run snapped on Saturday in Hartford and are probably still expecting more firepower from their big guns up front.
7 Louisville City FC
Week 19: T, 1-1 @OTT
Week 20: BST

Last Week: 7
Louisville continues to concede the opening goal and got a lucky break to escape Ottawa with a point, but Head Coach John Hackworth’s side is showing a champion’s fighting spirit.
8 North Carolina FC
Week 19: L, 0-1 @BHM
Week 20: LDN, @PIT
Last Week: 4
North Carolina saw its eight-game unbeaten run snapped in Birmingham and the scoreline probably could’ve been worse. Hosting Loudoun on Wednesday will offer a chance to rebound.
9 Nashville SC
Week 19: --
Week 20: @MEM
Last Week: 8
Nashville had the week off to rest some ailing starters and prepare for its inaugural trip to Memphis, where it will hope to replicate April’s 2-0 victory over its in-state rival.
10 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Week 19: T, 1-1 TBR
Week 20: NC
Last Week: 9
The Hounds have the joint-highest percentage of games drawn of any team in the league after allowing the Rowdies to snatch a point late on Saturday night.
11 El Paso Locomotive FC
Week 19: --
Week 20: SA, SLC

Last Week: 11
After a week of training, Sebastian Velasquez could be in line to make his Locomotive FC debut when El Paso hosts Copa Tejas rival San Antonio on Wednesday night.
12 Real Monarchs SLC
Week 19: W, 5-0 TAC
Week 20: @ELP
Last Week: 13
The Monarchs’ five-game winning streak looks nice, but four of the five came against non-playoff sides. A trip to El Paso on Saturday should tell us more.
13 Charlotte Independence
Week 19: W, 2-1 STL
Week 20: --
Last Week: 16
Enzo Martinez says the return of interim Head Coach Mike Jeffries brought the team’s identity back. After going six games unbeaten and returning to the playoff places, it’s hard to disagree.
14 Ottawa Fury FC
Week 19: T, 1-1 LOU
Week 20: SPR
Last Week: 15
Fury FC was unlucky not to hold onto all three points on Sunday against Louisville but has now won just once in its last seven games. That’s slightly concerning.
15 Sacramento Republic FC
Week 19: W, 1-0 POR
Week 20: @RGV
Last Week: 18
Win a few, lose a few. That seems to be the trend for Republic FC this season as it sits tied with a league-low two draws. Saturday’s victory over T2 should be a shot in the arm after a tough stretch.
16 Portland Timbers 2
Week 19: L, 0-1 @SAC
Week 20: @FRS
Last Week: 12
Portland has lost three of its last four games but is still sitting comfortably in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference standings.
17 New Mexico United
Week 19: L, 1-2 @FRS
Week 20: --
Last Week: 14
New Mexico’s fairytale run in the Open Cup came to an end on Wednesday and its dip in league form continued on Saturday. Kevaughn Frater’s return from suspension should help.
18 Charleston Battery
Week 19: PP MEM
Week 20: @HFD
Last Week: 17
Mother Nature cancelled Charleston’s match for the second straight week, which will mean a backloaded second-half schedule for the Battery.
19 Austin Bold FC
Week 19 W, 3-2 OC
Week 20: @PHX
Last Week: 21
The ability to bring Kris Tyrpak off the bench is paying big dividends for Head Coach Marcelo Serrano as the forward netted another dramatic game-winner for Bold FC.
20 OKC Energy FC
Week 19: --
Week 20: RNO, @COS
Last Week: 19
Energy FC held onto its spot above the playoff line during its week off and could make a serious statement in Wednesday night’s clash against Reno.
21 Loudoun United FC
Week 19: --
Week 20: @NC, @IND
Last Week: 20
Loudoun has played the fewest games in the league (14), which means it has plenty of opportunities to gain ground in the playoff race – starting with two road games this week.
22 Saint Louis FC
Week 19: L, 1-2 @CLT
Week 20: @TBR

Last Week: 22
Saint Louis slipped below the playoff line with its latest loss in Charlotte but holds four games in hand over the Independence to regain that ground.
23 Las Vegas Lights FC
Week 19: --
Week 20: --

Last Week: 23
Head Coach Eric Wynalda has another week to address any issues he’s seen over the first half of the campaign as Lights FC’s lengthy layoff continues.
24 San Antonio FC
Week 19: --
Week 20: @ELP@OC

Last Week: 24
San Antonio hosted EFL Championship side Cardiff City FC on Saturday and should take confidence from the performance into Wednesday’s trip to El Paso.
25 LA Galaxy II
Week 19: --
Week 20: RNO

Last Week: 25
With Frank Lopez joining Bradford Jamieson IV on loan in San Antonio, Los Dos will need someone else to step up and lead the attack.
26 Orange County SC
Week 19: L, 2-3 @AUS
Week 20: SA

Last Week: 26
Just when you thought Orange County may have turned a corner with its road form, it concedes a late winner. That said, a three-game home stand provides reason for optimism.
27 Hartford Athletic
Week 19: W, 2-1 IND
Week 20: @SPR, CHS
Last Week: 30
The Athletic made a winning start at its permanent home of Dillon Stadium and will hope to carry that momentum into a busy week.
28 Rio Grande Valley FC
Week 19: L, 0-1 PHX
Week 20: SAC
Last Week: 27
The Toros were inches away from ending Rising FC’s eight-game winning streak and should take some confidence from their performance despite the result.
29 Memphis 901 FC
Week 19: PP @CHS
Week 20: NSH, NY
Last Week: 28
Elliot Collier will hope the goals continue to flow against in-state rival Nashville on Wednesday night after netting a hat trick in his last outing.
30 Birmingham Legion FC
Week 19: W, 1-0 NC
Week 20: ATL
Last Week: 33
Legion FC earned its first win since April 27 against North Carolina FC but lost forward Chandler Hoffman for the season with a ruptured PCL.
31 Bethlehem Steel FC
Week 19: L, 3-4 NY
Week 20: @LOU
Last Week: 29
Steel FC showed little of its namesake as it coughed up a two-goal lead in the final 15 minutes of a gut-wrenching home loss to the Red Bulls II.
32 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Week 19: W, 1-0 TUL
Week 20: OKC
Last Week: 34
The Switchbacks kept a clean sheet for the first time in over a month to give interim Head Coach Wolde Harris his first win in charge of the club.
33 Swope Park Rangers
Week 19: --
Week 20: HFD, @OTT
Last Week: 31
The Rangers sank back to the bottom of the Eastern Conference but have a chance to change that when Hartford visits Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday.
34 Tacoma Defiance
Week 19: L, 0-5 @SLC
Week 20: --
Last Week: 32
The Defiance’s defensive woes reared their ugly head again against the Monarchs as the side has now conceded a league-high 49 goals this season.
35 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Week 19: W, 1-0 @COS
Week 20: --
Last Week: 36
The Roughnecks’ early-season form seems a long way in the rearview mirror after another disappointing loss to the Switchbacks.
36 Atlanta United 2
Week 19: L, 1-8 @NY
Week 20: @BHM
Last Week: 35
ATL UTD 2 conceded a season-high eight goals to the Red Bulls II and have now been responsible for the league’s last two single-game four-goal scorers in Chris Lema and Donovan Ewolo.

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