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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 10

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 05/13/24, 4:30PM EDT

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New Mexico continues to move, showing greater consistency in new regime

Remember when New Mexico was the darling of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2019, and packing in crowds at Isotopes Park in its inaugural season in the USL Championship?

Of course you do. It established United as a club to watch among the new wave of teams that joined the USL Championship five years ago.

Now, do you remember the longest winning streak the club that brought a breath of fresh air into the atmosphere had in the league that season?

Two games.

Yes, there were longer undefeated streaks, but the nuts and bolts of it were that New Mexico earned its spot in the postseason on the last day of the season, and because San Antonio had drawn earlier in the night.

Compare that to this season, where New Mexico now has the fortitude on the field that can make it a contender. After the high of Wednesday night’s victory in the Open Cup against Real Salt Lake – sending the side to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2019 – it came back and did enough to grind out a 2-1 win against Oakland Roots SC.

There have been blips in trips to the East coast so far this year – ones that New Mexico will hope to avoid in its upcoming Open Cup clash at New York City FC II – but the side has six wins in nine league outings to sit second in the West to Sacramento Republic FC having played one game fewer than the undefeated conference leader

As was in evidence again this past Saturday on the club’s traditional Meow Wolf Night, New Mexico has always found a way to stand out as a club. This year, it might have the substance on the field for even more.

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Here’s how this week’s rankings look.

Birmingham Legion FC Charleston Battery Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Detroit City FC El Paso Locomotive FC Hartford Athletic Indy Eleven
Las Vegas Lights Loudoun United FC Louisville City FC Memphis 901 FC The Miami FC Monterey Bay F.C. New Mexico United
North Carolina FC Oakland Roots SC Orange County SC Phoenix Rising FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Rio Grande Valley FC Sacramento Republic FC
San Antonio FC Tampa Bay Rowdies FC Tulsa

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Summary

1 Charleston Battery
(7-0-3)
Week 11: @ BHM

Last Week:
1
The Battery should be recharged for Wednesday night’s visit to Birmingham Legion FC. Then it’s all eyes on next week’s Open Cup visit from Atlanta United FC.
2 Louisville City FC
(7-1-0)
Week 11: @ LV
1
Last Week:
3
There was no Open Cup hangover for LouCity on Saturday. They’ve scored at least three goals in every home game this season.
3 Sacramento Republic FC
(5-0-5)
Week 11: ---
1
Last Week:
2
Republic FC trailed for the first time and needed a late escape to remain undefeated. No game this week as the Open Cup showdown with the Quakes next Tuesday beckons.
4 New Mexico United
(6-2-1)
Week 11: ---
2
Last Week:
6
New Mexico wasn’t at the top of its game this weekend after its Open Cup success, but it still found a way to win. That’s a very positive sign.
5 Indy Eleven
(4-4-2)
Week 11: v. HFD
6
Last Week:
11
Indy is undefeated in six games across all competitions and into the top four in the Eastern Conference after Sunday’s win. It looks like it’s all starting to come together.
6 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
(3-3-3)
Week 11: v. NC
1
Last Week:
5
The Hounds deserved something from their visit to Tulsa but they’re going to have to be more efficient with their finishing. Three shots on target off 20 overall isn’t a good proportion.
7 Detroit City FC
(5-1-2)
Week 11: ---

Last Week:
7
Le Rouge were held at home for the first time this season by Phoenix. They’re now winless in their last three league games overall, something they’ll need to change soon, but the the bye is a chance to freshen up.
8 Orange County SC
(4-2-3)
Week 11: @ OAK
4
Last Week:
4
There’s nothing wrong with going on the road and losing to a better team. That’s certainly what Saturday’s contest at Louisville looked like for OCSC, but now it needs to respond.
9 Phoenix Rising FC
(3-4-3)
Week 11: v. MIA
1
Last Week:
10
All things considered, that’s a solid road point for Phoenix in Detroit. Four games without a loss in all competitions now and an eminently winnable game at home to Miami up next.
10 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(3-2-4)
Week 11: v. TUL
2
Last Week:
8
You don’t expect an attack with the quality the Rowdies’ possess to have such a poor display as it did against Birmingham. Two shots on target was a waste.
11 Birmingham Legion FC
(4-3-2)
Week 11: v. CHS
3
Last Week:
14
Legion won, which was important. Was it convincing? Sort of, but it’s going to have to be better at home to Charleston on Wednesday night.
12 San Antonio FC
(3-2-5)
Week 11: ---
3
Last Week:
9
Even before Jorge Hernandez’s red card, San Antonio wasn’t exactly overwhelming Las Vegas. Down to 10 players, the hosts were lucky to get away with a draw.
13 Monterey Bay F.C.
(4-3-3)
Week 11: @ LDN
1
Last Week:
12
Monterey Bay could have taken all three points at home to Memphis on Saturday, but its finishing wasn’t quite good enough. At least Tristan Trager saved them a point.
14 Memphis 901 FC
(3-5-1)
Week 11: @ ELP
1
Last Week:
13
901 FC showed resilience after being under pressure in the first half in Monterey Bay. It will be disappointed it gave away a potential third consecutive victory after taking the lead late.
15 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
(3-5-1)
Week 11: v. RI
1
Last Week:
16
The Switchbacks have won three consecutive league games by a 2-0 scoreline. Granted, the competition hasn’t been the best the league has to offer, but it’s something.
16 FC Tulsa
(2-2-4)
Week 11: @ TBR
1
Last Week:
15
After allowing another comeback for a 2-2 draw, is Tulsa good enough to compete but not quite good enough to see results over the line? Something to prove going to Tampa Bay this weekend.
17 Rhode Island FC
(1-2-6)
Week 11: @ COS
1
Last Week:
18
Rhode Island did enough to earn its first home victory, and it would have been a remarkable one against Western leader Sacramento. It couldn’t hold on and in turn got another learning moment.
18 Loudoun United FC
(2-5-2)
Week 11: @ NC, v. MB
1
Last Week:
17
Loudoun fell into all the traps against El Paso on Friday night. Concede early, allow an easy goal on the counterattack and be wasteful in attack. It’s a shame, because there were good parts of this performance.
19 Las Vegas Lights FC
(3-6-1)
Week 11: v. LOU
4
Last Week:
23
The Lights almost pulled off the double against San Antonio but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Toyota Field. A positive performance that sadly doesn’t result in a win.
20 Oakland Roots SC
(2-6-2)
Week 11: v. OC

Last Week:
20
Across most of the numbers, Oakland played their hosts New Mexico United even, but United was able to capitalize on chances and Roots wasn’t. So it goes.
21 El Paso Locomotive FC
(1-7-2)
Week 11: v. MEM
3
Last Week:
24
Finally, a victory, even if it’s one you can poke a few holes in. The defensive resolve after two good finishes was a very positive sign, though.
22 North Carolina FC
(1-4-4)
Week 11: v. LDN, @ PIT

Last Week:
22
NCFC has better underlying numbers than its results have shown. It’s got to start turning those performances into wins in this double-game week.
23 Hartford Athletic
(3-5-0)
Week 11: @ IND
4
Last Week:
19
Hartford is still in the playoff positions in the East but it has lost five in a row in all competitions. Saturday’s visit to Indy Eleven offers little respite.
24 Miami FC
(2-7-1)
Week 11: @ PHX
3
Last Week:
21
Miami is tied for the most goals conceded in the league after Sunday’s defeat. There just isn’t enough consistency here week-to-week.

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