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USL League One Power Rankings – Week 7

By Staff, 08/31/20, 2:00PM EDT


Kickers move into top spot after completing perfect month of August vs. Greenville

TAMPA, Fla. – Welcome to the top of the tree, Richmond Kickers.

Saturday night’s victory against Greenville Triumph SC wasn’t quite enough to move into first place in the standings overall for now, but it’s certainly enough to move the Kickers into top spot in the League One Power Rankings, which is almost as good.

Four consecutive wins in August with Emiliano Terzaghi continuing to lead the way with his fourth goal of the month has the Kickers poised nicely as we enter the second full month of the season. With two games in hand on Greenville, first place is now there for the taking for Richmond as Head Coach Darren Sawatzky’s turnaround looks in full effect.

But the Kickers should have an eye on their shoulder as well, with Union Omaha right there to remind them it’s looking like a three-team race for the two spots in the League One Final at the moment. Los Buhos have continued to impress with their undefeated start, and the atmosphere – while socially distanced – at Werner Park is matching the performances put forth by Head Coach Jay Mims’ side so far.

With the midway point of the season nearing, it’s shaping up to be quite a race to the finish line.

Here’s how everything else looks this week. As always, feel free to come and yell at me on Twitter (@NJEMurray).

Biggest Movers






1 Richmond Kickers
Week 8: @TUC
Last Week: 2
The good times are back at City Stadium, where the Kickers are now 3-0-0 this season and looking like a side ready to compete for a title once again. For us nostalgists, it’s great to see the historic club back in this form.
2 Union Omaha
Week 8: ORL
Last Week: 3
Los Buhos kept pace with Richmond with their victory against Tucson on Saturday, and Ethan Vanacore-Decker capped his great month with his league-best fourth assist in August. Strong stuff.
3 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 8: @TRM
Last Week: 1
Losing on the road to Richmond wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Losing on the road to the New England Revolution II? Now, that was a surprise, and it’s going to turn the pressure up on Triumph SC holding onto first overall.
4 Forward Madison FC
Week 8: @NE

Last Week: 4
Madison’s principles were on full display this past week as it added its voices to those calling for an end to systemic racism while postponing its game on Sunday. There’s much more to this life than soccer.
5 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 8: GVL
Last Week: 6
A draw against Orlando City B feels like a bit of a letdown, but Tormenta FC is still right in the middle of things as they reach the midway point of their regular season.
6 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 8: @FTL
Last Week: 8
That 4-0 victory against New England was the sort of response everyone at the Red Wolves was looking for this week. They’ll need to carry that momentum with them to South Florida to find a first road win of the season, though.
7 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 8: CHA
Last Week: 5
Saturday’s game with Chattanooga is the first of three in a row at home for Head Coach Jason Kreis’ squad, and it could determine whether this side is going to be a contender or not at the end of the season.
8 FC Tucson
Week 8: RIC
Last Week: 7
It was back to earth with a bump in Omaha for Tucson on Saturday night. Can they be the side that derails the Kickers’ momentum when Richmond visits Kino Sports Complex this Saturday night?
9 New England Revolution II
Week 8: MAD
Last Week: 10
No, Saturday wasn’t the Revolution II’s finest moment this season, but who cares. They beat the League One leader for their first win in club history on Wednesday night!
10 North Texas SC
Week 8: @ORL
Last Week: 9
There’s only one team in League One that hasn’t earned a victory in its last five games, and it’s last year’s champion. A turnaround might be possible, but it’s got to start on Thursday night.
11 Orlando City B
Week 8: NTX, @OMA

Last Week: 11
Orlando knocked pretty hard on Tormenta FC’s door when they got up a man on Friday night, but still couldn’t find a way to open it and pick up a much-needed victory.

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