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USL eCup Power Rankings – Week 2

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com , 04/12/20, 11:30AM EDT

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Half the field has been eliminated, here’s where the remaining 16 land going into the bracket

The wheat has been separated from the chaff.

For those that were eliminated, we have some lovely parting gifts from our friends at HyperX.

For the 16 teams that remain in the USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, the dream of lifting the trophy is still alive. (Editors note: Wait, we were supposed to order a trophy for this thing?)

And while there remains one clear favorite out west in the desert, we’ve also got a cluster of other players that on their day might have a chance at glory.

Just try to avoid getting blown up quite as often as DJ Ocho on Friday.

For more insightful Rocket League analysis, and for all complaints, come visit me on Twitter (@NJEMurray).

Austin Bold FC Birmingham Legion FC Charleston Battery El Paso Locomotive FC
Forward Madison FC Indy Eleven Loudoun United FC Philadelphia Union II
Phoenix Rising FC Reno 1868 FC Richmond Kickers Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC Tacoma Defiance FC Tucson Union Omaha

Rank

 

Team

Group | Finish

Summary

1 FC Tucson
Captain: Trent Wieland
Charity: Community Food Bank of Southern AZ
7 | 1st
Next: v. MAD
Trent Wieland. Legend.
2 San Antonio FC
Captain: Josh Richards
Charity: Spurs Give
4 | 1st
Next: v. PHX
There’s been no stopping Josh Richards so far, and the best news for the Group 4 winner might be he’s on the opposite side of the bracket from Tucson.
3 Union Omaha
Captain: Jake Mickleson
Charity: Omaha Foundation
6 | 1st
Next: v. RIC
Los Buhos clicked into a high gear with Wesley Mims on the sticks this week to romp to victory in Group 6. The stage is set for a run to the title game.
4 Tacoma Defiance
Captain: Josh Atencio
Charity: United Way of Pierce County
1 | 1st
Next: v. ATX
What do you value, a solid defense or an attack that can pull games out when needed? In Tacoma, you have a bit of both, which could mean a postseason run for Josh Atencio.
5 Birmingham Legion FC
Captain: Patrick Glenn
Charity: Birmingham Strong Fund
8 | 1st
Next: v. IND
There’s been magic in the controller for the Magic City Brigade’s Kaylor Hodges so far, capped off by an impressive win against longtime rival Memphis.
6 Saint Louis FC
Captain: Keith Mayfield
Charity: STL Area Food Bank
5 | 1st
Next: v. LDN
The performances by STLFC’s Keith Mayfield have been mighty impressive so far. The tricky part? A potential Quarterfinal matchup with FC Tucson.
7 Philadelphia Union II
Captain: Evan Slabicki
Charity: City Team - Chester
3 | 1st
Next: v. ELP
No one has proved more people wrong than Union II’s Evan Slabicki. He has been superb through his first three outings.
8 Charleston Battery
Captain: Mauro Cichero
Charity: MUSC COVID Emergency Fund
2 | 1st
Next: v. RNO
With 65 goals and 15 saves, Mauro Cichero has been doing work at either end of the field. But has he expended too much energy? We’ll see how much is left in those boost buttons.
9 Austin Bold FC
Captain: Andrew Green
Charity: Central Texas Food Bank
2 | 2nd
Next: v. TAC
Bold FC’s Michael Cerna restored the shine to the club’s crest with two big victories, and that should have the full attention of Tacoma going into the knockout stage.
10 El Paso Locomotive FC
Captain: Logan Ketterer
Charity: El Paso F&B Workers Fund | Group 4
4 | 2nd
Next: v. PHI
Rebounding to advance after an opening defeat was impressive, Logan Ketterer. Now, have you got the sort of postseason run your side put up last November?
11 Loudoun United FC
Captain: Brandon Williamson
Charity: Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund
6 | 2nd
Next: v. STL
Loudoun’s Brandon Williamson is going to have to shake off that loss to Omaha fast, otherwise Saint Louis is going to get SiLLy and send United home.
12 Reno 1868 FC
Captain: Kevin Bass
Charity: Food Bank of Northern Nevada
1 | 2nd
Next: v. CHS
Coming through with a clutch victory means Reno gets a chance at the postseason, but who’s going to be on the sticks to take on a dominant Charleston Battery side next?
13 Indy Eleven
Captain: Jordan Farr
Charity: Agape International Missions
7 | 2nd
Next: v. BHM
An explosive performance by Chad Irvine sent the Eleven through, now they’re going to be upset-minded against Legion FC in the Round of 16.
14 Richmond Kickers
Captain: Nathan Heintschel
Charity: Feed More Richmond
5 | 2nd
Next: v. OMA
The win against the Red Bulls II was good, but we’re not sure there was enough to convince us that there’s an upset in the making against Omaha coming next.
15 Phoenix Rising FC
Captain: Joey Farrell
Charity: AZ COVID-19 Community Response Fund
3 | 2nd
Next: v. SA
It’s a postseason trip for Rising FC’s Joey Farrell, but the performance in the Round of 16 is going to have to be way sharper against a top San Antonio FC side.
16 Forward Madison FC
Captain: Brandon Eaton
Charity: Flock Soccer Fund
8 | 2nd
Next: v. TUC
Good news is you’re into the knockout stage. The bad news is you get first crack at knocking off FC Tucson. Good luck with that.

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