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League One Power Rankings – Week 11

By Staff, 09/28/20, 5:30PM EDT


Richmond regains second place and looks well positioned with games in hand on chasing pack

TAMPA, Fla. – With an eight-point lead in the standings after their fourth consecutive victory on Friday night, the march to the League One Final goes on for Greenville Triumph SC.

As of now, five of the teams below Greenville can no longer catch them, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be long before the first of our finalists is confirmed.

So, our attention inevitably turns to the No. 2 slot, which is now occupied by the Richmond Kickers after an excellent week that saw the side not only take two victories itself but also saw its closest rivals – Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, Union Omaha and Forward Madison FC – all lose at least once as well.

There’s obviously one player grabbing the headlines in Richmond right now. Golden Boot leader Emiliano Terzaghi has been arguably the best new arrival in the league this season, bringing experience from his native Argentina to help elevate the Kickers’ attack.

What’s maybe most interesting about the Kickers, though, is they’re a team that has thrived without needing to necessarily control a game in the way others look to. Richmond’s average possession for the season is last in the league at 41.9 percent, but its shot conversion rate leads the league at 18.3 percent.

Can the Kickers sustain their performance over the final six games of the season? There’s no reason to doubt it. With two games next against the New England Revolution II and Orlando City B, there’s also a chance to pad the advantage they hold over the chasing pack.

With four weeks to go, there might be only one team for the rest to chase in the closing stages of the season.

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

Biggest Movers






1 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 12: ORL

Last Week: 1
It’s looking like a question of when, and not if, Triumph SC will clinch its place in the League One Final. Greenville just keeps finding ways to pull out three points.
2 Richmond Kickers
Week 12: NE
Last Week: 3
A six-point week that included a win against one of the teams you’re going up against for a place in the playoffs? That’s a very good seven days for the Kickers.
3 Forward Madison FC
Week 12: TUC
Last Week: 6
It was essential that Madison rebounded from its midweek defeat out West at home to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on Saturday. The Flamingos did, and that keeps them in the playoff picture.
4 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 12: @OMA

Last Week: 4
I’m not sure if Tormenta FC is going to be in the picture for the League One Final at the end of the season, but I know they can’t be overlooked by anyone down the stretch.
5 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 12: --
Last Week: 2
The last time the Red Wolves suffered back-to-back defeats this season, they responded with a 4-0-1 run in their next five games. Something similar is going to be required here with four games to go.
6 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 12: OMA, @NTX
Last Week: 10
Fort Lauderdale is probably exactly where it should be in the standings. Solid side, but it hasn’t consistently turned in enough wins to be looked at as a contender for the postseason.
7 FC Tucson
Week 12: @MAD
Last Week: 8
After victory against Madison on Wednesday night, Tucson had a big chance to follow up at home to a middling Fort Lauderdale CF side. It couldn’t, and now the best it can do is second place with four games left.
8 New England Revolution II
Week 12: @RIC
Last Week: 9
The Revolution II are one of only three teams with at least two consecutive wins right now in League One as Justin Rennicks continued to do his thing this weekend.
9 Union Omaha
Week 12: @FTL, TRM
Last Week: 5
The only team with a longer winless streak right now than Omaha? That would be Orlando City B. Not what you want when you’re vying for a top-two finish.
10 North Texas SC
Week 12: FTL
Last Week: 7
There’s no shame in losing narrowly to the league leaders, but Friday night’s loss means a repeat is not on the cards for NTSC unless it goes on a serious tear in its last six games.
11 Orlando City B
Week 12: @GVL

Last Week: 11
Three losses in a row, three games without a goal. The last time OCB recorded multiple goals in a game was in its last win on August 7.

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