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League One Power Rankings - Week 8

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 05/25/21, 12:15PM EDT

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After strange 2020 campaign, Lomis is providing Greenville its final piece of the puzzle

There’s no other way to put this, 2020 was a strange season for Marios Lomis.

The Dutch forward played more games than anyone in the USL Championship’s regular season – he got to 17 appearances thanks to a midseason move from El Paso Locomotive FC to North Carolina FC that came at a point when NCFC had played fewer games than its Western Conference counterpart – but in both places the goals simply didn’t come.

But the quality that Lomis can bring didn’t simply disappear, and now that he’s at Greenville Triumph SC we’re seeing just how good that quality can be. With five goals in five games to take the lead in the USL League One Golden Boot race after Saturday’s winner at South Georgia Tormenta FC, he’s providing Triumph SC with a massive piece toward its goal of back-to-back titles.

Coming in to replace the departed Jake Keegan, now at Forward Madison FC, Lomis’ five goals have already tied the fourth-best scoring season in Triumph SC’s short history, and he seems set to become the first double-digit goalscorer in the club’s history in short order. For a team that has had close to everything in its first two seasons, a consistent goalscorer could be the element that keeps Greenville ahead of the pack once again this year.

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

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1 Greenville Triumph
(4-0-1)
Week 8: --

Last Week: 1
Greenville took control after the break against Tormenta FC and got another top-quality finish from Marios Lomis to grab victory. The defending title-holders keep rolling along.
2 Union Omaha
(3-0-1)
Week 8: @ MAD

Last Week: 2
After a weekend off, Wednesday night’s clash with Forward Madison FC is one everyone should have circled to tune into.
3 Forward Madison FC
(1-0-1)
Week 8: v. OMA, @ TRM

Last Week: 3
Madison gets a big chance to close the gap to the top two on Wednesday as it hosts Union Omaha, Breese Stevens Field should have a cracking atmosphere for a really important game.
4 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
(2-0-1)
Week 8: v. RIC

Last Week: 4
The Red Wolves pulled a big three points out of the fire thanks to Jason Ramos in second-half stoppage time to keep their momentum going against Fort Lauderdale.
5 Richmond Kickers
(2-2-1)
Week 8: @ CHA

Last Week: 5
The Kickers are still well-placed after their draw with North Carolina FC, but they’ll need to sharpen up their finishing for Saturday’s trip to Chattanooga.
6 Toronto FC II
(1-0-0)
Week 8: v. TUC, @ NTX
6
Last Week: 12
Victory at any point against North Texas SC is an impressive one. To do so in your first game back after 18 months off is even better. Hats off to Garrett McLaughlin and Co.
7 North Carolina FC
(0-2-1)
Week 8: v. TUC
1
Last Week: 8
Getting that first point of the season is a good sign, now North Carolina can take a shot at its first win on Saturday against a winless FC Tucson side.
8 North Texas SC
(2-3-0)
Week 8: v. TOR
2
Last Week: 6
North Texas’ loss to Toronto FC II kept it right in the middle of the pack with three defeats in its last four games. It’s going to need to put a consistent run together to solidify that top-six position.
9 Fort Lauderdale CF
(3-4-0)
Week 8: @ NE
2
Last Week: 7
The bad news is Fort Lauderdale lost again. The good news is that means it should win, having now alternated wins and losses for seven consecutive games to start the season.
10 New England Revolution II
(1-2-1)
Week 8: v. FTL

Last Week: 10
The Revolution II are back in action on Friday night against Fort Lauderdale, against which it claimed its only prior win of the season on April 10. Can it repeat that feat on home turf?
11 FC Tucson
(0-2-1)
Week 8: @ TOR, @ NC

Last Week: 11
Tucson has had a week off to try and dust itself off ahead of a two-game week that sees it face Toronto FC II and North Carolina FC.
12 South Georgia Tormenta FC
(1-5-0)
Week 8: v. MAD
3
Last Week: 9
Three consecutive defeats and five out of six to start the season is not the way this was supposed to go in Statesboro.

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