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League One Power Rankings - Week 4

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 04/27/21, 1:15PM EDT


Greenville grinds, while Los Buhos and North Texas live up to the preseason hype

You come at the king, you best not miss.

Sorry, Richmond. You missed. Repeatedly.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s the shot chart from the second half of this past Saturday’s match between the Richmond Kickers and Greenville Triumph SC. While up a man for the duration, the Kickers didn’t put a shot on frame, gave up an own goal – Greenville didn’t record an official shot itself in the final 45 minutes – and fell to defeat.

While there is a very long way to go in the League One regular season, three points now counts exactly the same as it will in September and October when these two teams will likely be dueling it out for playoff position – and potentially even top spot in the standings. If the Kickers are looking up at Triumph SC at that point, they will also be looking back on Saturday night at City Stadium as a missed opportunity.

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

Biggest Movers






1 Greenville Triumph
Week 3: W, 1-0 @RIC
Week 4: v. NTX

Last Week: 1
Some of the names have changed, but Greenville’s defense remained staunch against what Richmond had to offer. They’ll get another test this week against North Texas’ potent attack.
2 Union Omaha
Week 3: W, 2-0 v. TRM
Week 4: --

Last Week: 2
You probably couldn’t have drawn up a better home opener for Omaha than its 2-0 victory against South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday. A trip to Fort Lauderdale is up next on May 7.
3 North Texas SC
Week 3: W, 4-2 v. FTL
Week 4: @GVL
Last Week: 4
Firing in four goals in your home opener is a good way to calm any concerns about firepower after the departure of Arturo Rodriguez and Ronaldo Damus, and Bernard Kamungo’s capper was a beauty.
4 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 4: --
Last Week: 5
The Red Wolves are still waiting for their regular-season debut, but North Texas’ performance should have given them plenty to think about before May 8.
5 Richmond Kickers
Week 3: L, 0-1 GVL
Week 4: @FTL
Last Week: 3
The Kickers mis-fired in a big way against Greenville, putting only one of 12 shots overall on target throughout the 90 minutes. Bounce-back performance on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale is needed.
6 Forward Madison FC
Week 4: --

Last Week: 6
Madison will be paying close attention to opening game opponent FC Tucson on Saturday night ahead of their meeting on May 8.
7 FC Tucson
Week 4: @TRM
Last Week: 8
Tucson will be hoping to avoid any opening-night jitters as it travels to face South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday night with its host having lost twice already.
8 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 3: L, 2-4 @NTX
Week 4: v. RIC
Last Week: 7
North Texas could prove a handful for most teams this season, but FTLCF is going to want to cut down on then number of chances it concedes after giving up 10 shots from inside its own penalty area on Saturday.
9 North Carolina FC
Week 4: --

Last Week: 9
Acquiring U.S. Youth International goalkeeper Damian Las on loan from Fulham is a smart piece of business by NCFC ahead of its opener on May 8 against Greenville.
10 New England Revolution II
Week 4: --
Last Week: 11
Say what you want, but technically New England is still tied for first place on points with five of the other six teams that have now seen action.
11 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 3: L, 0-2 @OMA
Week 4: v. TUC
Last Week: 10
Two defeats, and more concerningly no goals and six shots on target through two games for Tormenta. More is going to be needed against Tucson on Saturday.
12 Toronto FC II
Week 4: --

Last Week: 12
We’ve still got three weeks until TFC II hits the field, but right now they’ve got the youngest average age of any squad in League One at 20.6 years of age.

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