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League One Power Rankings – Week 14

By Staff, 10/19/20, 6:30PM EDT


Omaha applies the pressure to Richmond as the final week of the season arrives

TAMPA, Fla. – Union Omaha made the biggest statement of the penultimate week of the USL League One season.

Now Los Buhos will have to wait and find out if it kept them in with a chance at a rematch.

Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 win by Omaha against Greenville Triumph SC was maybe the best game of the League One season so far, producing three outstanding goals and a brilliant late save by Union goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu to preserve all three points for the visitors at Legacy Early College. If you haven’t yet, you’ve got to check out these highlights.

If we get a rematch on October 30, I don’t think anyone would be complaining.

Whether we do is going to come down to the Richmond Kickers, who came out on the wrong end of maybe the most surprising result of the weekend in a 1-0 loss to South Georgia Tormenta FC. The Kickers still have their fate in their hands with two games in the final week against Orlando City B (away) and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (home). If it wins both, Richmond will get the ticket to visit Greenville.

But the Kickers are seemingly in a bit of a precarious moment. They have, after all, lost three of their last four games overall. While their final two games are against teams that have been eliminated from contention, there’s going to be no margin for error in either contest.

And so, Omaha will wait. With its final game of the season against Fort Lauderdale CF not getting underway at Werner Park until 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night, by midway through the first half it will likely know exactly what’s needed to force a rematch of its biggest win of the season.

Los Buhos will be hoping it’s a win, and you’re in.

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

Biggest Movers






1 Union Omaha
Week 15: FTL
Last Week: 4
Handing Greenville its first home defeat since the penultimate game of the 2019 regular season was a brilliant achievement for Los Buhos and put the pressure on Richmond to be perfect over its final two games.
2 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 15: @ORL
Last Week: 1
The Triumph did pretty close to everything you can to try and preserve their undefeated home record late against Omaha. If Union is the opponent in the League One Final, that’s going to provide plenty of motivation for Greenville to turn the tables.
3 New England Revolution II
Week 15: @TRM, @MAD
Last Week: 2
The Revolution II’s chances of reaching the League One Final are over after its draw with North Texas, but they’ve still taken 13 points from a possible 15 over their last five games overall.
4 North Texas SC
Week 15: @MAD, TRM
Last Week: 3
North Texas couldn’t find a winner against New England despite outshooting its hosts 6-2 in shots on target. That means the defending title-holders are going to need Richmond and Omaha to fall flat if they’re going to get a shot at Greenville.
5 FC Tucson
Week 15: --
Last Week: 6
A four-game undefeated streak to end the season and a home win to wrap things up at Kino North should give Tucson something to work with as it enters the offseason.
6 Forward Madison FC
Week 15: NTX, NE
Last Week: 7
The Flamingos are undefeated in their last five games. Unfortunately, they’ve drawn their last four in a row, which means no postseason this year.
7 Richmond Kickers
Week 15:@ORL, CHA
Last Week: 5
So much for Tormenta FC being an easy mark. The Kickers are still in control of their fate, but they’re going to need back-to-back wins for the first time in almost a month to be guaranteed to face Greenville.
8 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 15: NE, @NTX

Last Week: 8
Nothing like upsetting someone else’s apple cart late in the season. Tormenta FC ramped up the pressure on the Kickers impressively on Saturday night.
9 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 15: @RIC

Last Week: 9
The Red Wolves couldn’t come through with a finishing kick over the final weeks of the season, and that’s brought a season that promised a lot to an end.
10 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 15: @OMA

Last Week: 10
Fort Lauderdale is going to be the visitor for Union Omaha on Saturday night in its season finale. Richmond and North Texas are going to be hoping against hope for FTLCF’s four-game winless streak to end.
11 Orlando City B
Week 15: RIC, GVL

Last Week: 11
All eyes will be on Orlando City B’s Wednesday morning matinee against the Richmond Kickers. Can the Lions pull out one last hurrah to help Omaha?

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