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League One Power Rankings – Week 13

By Staff, 10/12/20, 5:30PM EDT


North Texas, Revolution II continue late surge - does either have a chance at the top two?

TAMPA, Fla. – It would have seemed far-fetched to think three weeks ago that we might be headed for a rematch of the 2019 League One Final on the final Friday in October. North Texas SC, after all, had only claimed two wins in 10 games and looked a shadow of the side that was last year’s title-winners.

Three wins in three games later – including Saturday night’s crucial 2-1 victory against the second-placed Richmond Kickers – has made it a possibility that Greenville Triumph SC could face NTSC for all the marbles on October 30.

So, what’s happened? Well, for starters, the gang that made last year such a success is back together. Since his return from a loan spell at the Championship’s Real Monarchs SLC, 2019 League One MVP Arturo Rodriguez has notched a pair of goals, and 2019 Golden Boot Ronaldo Damus has bagged three. Newcomer Alex Bruce has also found the net twice as the side has scored eight goals in its past three wins, a great recipe for success.

That’s reduced the gap to the Kickers to only three points with three games remaining, and while NTSC is likely to need to pass Richmond on points to secure a spot – the Kickers have a two-win advantage in the win column that serves as the first tiebreaker – it doesn’t seem too far-fetched that a side which reeled off six wins in its last seven games to close the 2019 regular season could do something similar here.

North Texas’ biggest impediment to the League One Final might come in its next game, against the only team that is on a longer winning streak currently in the league after Greenville Triumph SC’s draw in Tucson on Saturday night. The New England Revolution II have also caught fire under Head Coach Clint Peay with four wins in a row after Friday’s 4-1 romp past Fort Lauderdale CF.

The Revolution II have probably got too much to do if they’re going to reach the League One Final – their gap to the Kickers is at six points with three games remaining – but Friday night’s contest at Gillette Stadium figures to be a highly compelling matchup filled with some standout young talent.

If North Texas comes through that test, watch out.

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 14: OMA

Last Week: 1
Greenville conceded two goals for only the third time this season in Tucson, but the late equalizer by Lachlan McLean means Triumph SC needs only one more point to secure hosting duties for the League One Final.
2 New England Revolution II
Week 14: NTX

Last Week: 2
It’s honestly a shame the Revolution II’s run has arrived this late in the season, because they’re playing some extremely good and entertaining soccer right now in their four-game winning streak.
3 North Texas SC
Week 14: @NE
Last Week: 7
North Texas has scored one-third of its goals this season in its last three games and now sits on top of the league list for goals scored (23) and conversion rate (18%) which has got to have the side feeling good.
4 Union Omaha
Week 14: @GVL
Last Week: 3
Omaha must have been cursing its luck after Abdul Osumanu’s header for a potential game-winner in Madison was cleared off the line in stoppage time on Sunday evening. They’re level on points with Richmond for second, but the Kickers have the total wins tiebreaker and a game in hand.
5 Richmond Kickers
Week 14:TRM

Last Week: 5
The Kickers might be hearing the footsteps of North Texas SC after Saturday’s defeat, but the good news is their next two games are against the teams currently sitting second-last and last in the standings.
6 FC Tucson
Week 14: ORL
Last Week: 9
Conceding a last-minute equalizer against the league-leaders is a cruel way to get eliminated from postseason contention, but there’s plenty to draw from such a display in the offseason ahead.
7 Forward Madison FC
Week 14: @FTL, @CHA
Last Week: 4
There’s still a path for Madison to charge into the League One Final with four games left, but the challenge of such a compressed schedule in the final two weeks makes it a very difficult one to envision happening.
8 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 14: @RIC

Last Week: 8
Tormenta FC’s chances of reaching the League One Final ended last Wednesday night after its loss to Tucson.
9 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 14: MAD
Last Week: 6
Last Wednesday’s loss to North Texas probably closed the door to the Red Wolves’ realistic League One Final chances as it faltered for a third consecutive outing against a fellow contender.
10 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 14: MAD

Last Week: 10
Fort Lauderdale’s defense has sprung several leaks over the past few games. Ten goals conceded in its last three defeats has put it out of contention for the final game of the season.
11 Orlando City B
Week 14: @TUC

Last Week: 11
Another week, another loss for OCB. At least Wilfredo Rivera broke the club’s goal drought against the Kickers

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