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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 14

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 06/10/19, 5:30PM EDT

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Phoenix rises into top spot after goal-barrage in four-game winning streak

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

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Summary

1 Phoenix Rising FC
(6-2-5)
Week 14: W, 5-0 TUL
Week 15: OC
5
Last Week: 6
Rising FC stayed perfect on $1 Beer Night with a 5-0 victory over Tulsa and has now scored 16 goals over its four-game winning streak.
2 Indy Eleven
(7-2-3)
Week 14: W, 3-0 @MEM
Week 15: @LDN
1
Last Week: 3
The Eleven found their attack against 901 FC and have now won three of their last four games.
3 Nashville SC
(7-3-4)
Week 14: W, 4-1 @BST
Week 15: @HFD
4
Last Week: 7
Nashville used a three-goal second half to record its first comeback victory in club history at Steel FC.
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(8-1-5)
Week 14: L, 1-3 NC
Week 15: CHS
3
Last Week: 1
The Rowdies outshot North Carolina FC 17-4 but couldn’t make the most of their chances as their 13-game unbeaten start came to an end at Al Lang Stadium.
5 New Mexico United
(6-2-7)
Week 14: T, 1-1 OKC, L, 0-3 SAC
Week 15: @LV
3
Last Week: 2
New Mexico couldn’t hold its lead in a midweek draw with Energy FC before suffering its first home defeat in club history at the hands of Sacramento.
6 North Carolina FC
(6-2-5)
Week 14: W, 3-1 @TBR
Week 15: @SPR
5
Last Week: 11
Dre Fortune’s brace and some superb goalkeeping from Alex Tambakis helped NCFC end Tampa Bay’s unbeaten start.
7 Portland Timbers 2
(6-2-5)
Week 14: T, 2-2 @AUS
Week 15: FRS
3
Last Week: 4
T2 showed plenty of resolve to earn a point in Austin after falling behind by two goals in the opening 35 minutes.
8 Louisville City FC
(7-4-3)
Week 14: W, 2-1 LDN
Week 15: @NY

Last Week: 8
An undermanned LouCity squad held off Loudoun’s comeback attempt for its second consecutive home victory.
9 New York Red Bulls II
(8-3-2)
Week 14: W, 3-1 @ATL
Week 15: LOU

Last Week: 9
After suffering back-to-back losses, the Red Bulls II have responded with seven goals over two successive victories. That’ll do.
10 El Paso Locomotive FC
(6-2-5)
Week 14: W, 3-0 LA
Week 15: @TUL
3
Last Week: 13
Jerome Kiesewetter’s solo act has him tied for second in the Championship’s Golden Boot race and Locomotive FC up to fourth in the West.
11 Ottawa Fury FC
(6-2-4)
Week 14: T, 2-2 @PIT
Week 15: MEM
1
Last Week: 12
Callum Irving’s stoppage-time penalty save preserved Ottawa’s 2-2 draw with Pittsburgh and extended Fury FC’s unbeaten streak to seven games.
12 Saint Louis FC
(5-2-4)
Week 14: L, 1-2 @HFD
Week 15: @BST
7
Last Week: 5
Saint Louis found the back of the net for the first time in three league outings but failed to hold onto its early lead against the Athletic.
13 Reno 1868 FC
(5-3-5)
Week 14: L, 2-3 @SA
Week 15: LA
3
Last Week: 10
1868 FC jumped out to a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes at Toyota Field but left empty-handed as San Antonio rallied for a 3-2 victory.
14 Charleston Battery
(5-3-5)
Week 14: W, 3-1 BHM
Week 15: @TBR
2
Last Week: 16
With leading scorer Zeiko Lewis away on international duty, the Battery matched their highest-scoring output of the season with three goals against Legion FC. Go figure.
15 Sacramento Republic FC
(6-5-2)
Week 14: W, 3-0 @NM
Week 15: --
5
Last Week: 20
Cameron Iwasa scored twice, and Republic FC looked like the Western Conference contender we expected at the beginning of the season in its 3-0 win at New Mexico.
16 Fresno FC
(5-2-6)
Week 14: T, 1-1 OKC
Week 15: @POR
2
Last Week: 14
Jemal Johnson’s long-range strike was worth all three points, but Fresno couldn’t hold on against Energy FC.
17 Austin Bold FC
(5-5-4)
Week 14: T, 2-2 POR
Week 15: TAC

Last Week: 17
Kris Tyrpak scored his fourth goal in two weeks to give Bold FC an early two-goal cushion, but Head Coach Marcelo Serrano’s side couldn’t hold on for back-to-back victories.
18 OKC Energy FC
(5-4-6)
Week 14: T, 1-1 @OKC, T, 1-1 @FRS
Week 15: SA
1
Last Week: 19
Deshorn Brown made sure that Energy FC earned points in both of its games this week, netting second-half equalizers in New Mexico and Fresno.
19 Orange County SC
(4-3-7)
Week 14: T, 1-1 @LV
Week 15: @PHX
4
Last Week: 15
Orange County is making a habit of finishing games with less than 10 players on the field. Despite four points from its last two games, that is a concern.
20 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
(2-2-7)
Week 14: T, 2-2 OTT
Week 15: @ATL
2
Last Week: 18
The Hounds were forced to settle or their fifth draw in six games after Neco Brett’s saw his stoppage-time penalty saved by Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving.
21 Loudoun United FC
(3-5-3)
Week 14: W, 3-2 @SPR, L, 1-2 @LOU
Week 15: IND
5
Last Week: 26
Loudoun gave its new Head Coach Ryan Martin a victory on his debut in midweek but couldn’t quite rally to earn a point in Louisville on Saturday.
22 Hartford Athletic
(2-9-3)
Week 14: W, 2-1 STL
Week 15: NSH
8
Last Week: 30
After its 10-game winless streak to start the season, Hartford is just four points out of the playoff places after Saturday’s comeback win over Saint Louis.
23 Real Monarchs SLC
(4-6-3)
Week 14: W, 5-3 RGV
Week 15: --
6
Last Week: 29
Douglas Martinez keyed an offensive outburst for the Monarchs against Rio Grande Valley help his side earn its first victory since April 20.
24 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
(4-5-5)
Week 14: L, 0-5 @PHX
Week 15: ELP
3
Last Week: 21
The Roughnecks got roughed up by Rising FC at Casino Arizona Field and have now been outscored 13-1 by Phoenix in their last three league meetings.
25 Rio Grande Valley FC
(4-6-4)
Week 14: L, 3-5 @SLC
Week 15: COS
3
Last Week: 22
Carlos Small scored twice late on but it was too little too late for RGVFC as it suffered its second consecutive setback.
26 San Antonio FC
(4-7-3)
Week 14: W, 3-2 RNO
Week 15: @OKC
5
Last Week: 31
San Antonio showed off just how important it is to have a strong Academy system as 17-year-olds Ethan Bryant and Jose Gallegos engineered a much-needed comeback win.
27 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
(4-8-2)
Week 14: W, 3-0 TAC
Week 15: RGV
7
Last Week: 34
Jordan Burt found the back of the net for the second straight game to lead the Switchbacks to back-to-back victories.
28 Las Vegas Lights FC
(4-6-4)
Week 14: T, 1-1 OC
Week 15: NM
3
Last Week: 25
Up a goal and a man heading into halftime, Las Vegas found a way to drop points in a disappointing home draw with Orange County.
29 Memphis 901 FC
(2-7-4)
Week 14: L, 0-3 IND
Week 15: @OTT
6
Last Week: 23
Memphis is still searching for that elusive first home league victory at AutoZone Park after being shut out by Indy Eleven.
30 Birmingham Legion FC
(3-7-3)
Week 14: L, 1-3 @CHS
Week 15: @CLT
6
Last Week: 24
Mikey Lopez finally ended Birmingham’s four-game scoring drought, but Legion FC’s losing streak continues after coming up short in Charleston.
31 LA Galaxy II
(4-5-6)
Week 14: L, 0-3 @ELP
Week 15: @RNO
4
Last Week: 27
Brian Iloski’s red card didn’t do Los Dos any favors against Locomotive FC as the side is now winless in six games./td>
32 Atlanta United 2
(3-6-4)
Week 14: L, 1-3 NY
Week 15: @ATL
4
Last Week: 28
Despite failing to win any of its last seven outings, ATL UTD 2 is still holding onto the final playoff spot in the East. For now.
33 Charlotte Independence
(1-7-6)
Week 14 T, 0-0 @SPR
Week 15: @BHM

Last Week: 33
The Independence will be frustrated to not have picked up three points against the Rangers after Abdoulie Mansally’s free-kick goal was ruled out in a controversial offside decision.
34 Bethlehem Steel FC
(3-7-4)
Week 14: L, 1-4 NSH
Week 15: STL
2
Last Week: 32
James Chambers’ trademark free kick was the lone bright spot as Steel FC slumped to its third defeat in four games against Nashville.
35 Swope Park Rangers
(1-7-5)
Week 14: L, 2-3 LDN, T, 0-0 CLT
Week 15: @NC

Last Week: 35
The Rangers conceded late in their midweek home defeat to Loudoun before failing to score and having a penalty saved in a scoreless draw with the Independence.
36 Tacoma Defiance
(2-11-3)
Week 14: L, 0-3 @COS
Week 15: @AUS

Last Week: 36
The Defiance were beaten handily by the team directly above them in the standings and saw their goal differential drop to a brutal -30 in the process.

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