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League One Power Rankings - Week 14

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 07/06/21, 2:00PM EDT


Greenville gets back on track as Lomis continues to shine up front

Welcome back, Greenville Triumph SC.

And to you too, Marios Lomis.

Sunday afternoon’s 3-0 victory against the New England Revolution II was a fine statement by the defending title-holders that the rust from its layoff at the start of June had finally been shed, and also put the Triumph SC forward back on track in pursuit of not only the League One Golden Boot, but potentially a season that could set the standard for the league for a while.

With 11 goals in 11 games, the Dutch forward holds a four-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot, and with more than half the season to go Lomis is already starting to close in on Ronaldo Damus’ league record of 16 goals set in the 2019 season. He’s doing it above the odds, too, with Lomis’ individual Expected Goals mark sitting at 6.38xG, a 4.62 different from his current goal total.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. In the USL when players have posted record-setting campaigns, typically it’s been as a result of elevated finishing numbers. The gold standard in the Championship, of course, is Cameron Lancaster’s 25-goal campaign for Louisville City FC in 2018 that still stands as the league record and may for some time. Lancaster outperformed his xG by 6.89 that season, while others like Thomas Enevoldsen, Daniel Rios and Chris Cortez have also seen their biggest campaigns come in years where they vastly exceeded their expected numbers.

So, while some might look at this and expect Lomis to cool off – which certainly may happen – there are more than enough examples out there that say he could be headed for the first 20-goal season in League One’s history. If that happens, then Greenville is likely to be sitting pretty as it prepares to defend its title in the postseason.

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

Biggest Movers






1 Union Omaha
Week 14: --

Last Week: 1
Omaha succumbed to the Red Wolves moments before what would have been an impressive victory down to 10 men, but a point after being outshot 12-4 in the second half will be good enough for now.
2 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 14: v. TUC

Last Week: 2
With their man-advantage for the final 35 minutes, the Red Wolves racked up a 2.18xG mark against Omaha but had to settle for Marky Hernandez’s late equalizer.
3 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 14: v. NC

Last Week: 3
A 3-0 victory against the Revolution II looked much more like the Triumph SC we’ve become accustomed to, and Marios Lomis keeps pushing toward the Golden Boot individually.
4 Forward Madison FC
Week 14: @ NTX
Last Week: 7
The Flamingos deserved their victory against the Revolution II on balance, and that’s got them edged back above the playoff line with a top-four position well within reach.
5 Richmond Kickers
Week 14: --
Last Week: 6
The Kickers had to battle to snap their three-game winless streak against North Texas, but Emiliano Terzaghi getting back in the goals was a very pleasing part of Saturday night’s 3-2 victory.
6 Toronto FC II
Week 14: @ NE
Last Week: 9
Two of TFC II’s most experienced players – goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Canadian international Noble Okello – came through in a big way last week. Now TFC II can continue its pursuit of a playoff position.
7 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 14: --
Last Week: 4
Tormenta FC’s hot streak is now firmly in the rear-view mirror after a draw with North Carolina. The next four games – one each against the Red Wolves and Kickers and two with Triumph SC – could end up defining this season.
8 New England Revolution II
Week 14: v. TOR
Last Week: 5
The Revolution II came back to earth with a bump after defeats to Madison and Greenville. The playoff places are still within sight but beating Toronto FC II on Friday is going to be important.
9 FC Tucson
Week 14: @ CHA
Last Week: 12
It’s typically a fallacy to suggest a coaching change provides an automatic improvement in results, but Tucson’s win against Fort Lauderdale was one it really needed to have.
10 North Carolina FC
Week 14: @ GVL

Last Week: 10
Four points from its past two games should have North Carolina feeling a bit better about itself, and it’s going to need to be confident as it heads to face Greenville on Saturday.
11 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 14: --
Last Week: 8
Fort Lauderdale reached the halfway point of its season with another defeat, this time to FC Tucson. At some points, all those dropped points are going to end up sinking the side’s playoff hopes.
12 North Texas SC
Week 14: v. MAD
Last Week: 11
Two dropped leads in Richmond ended in a second consecutive defeat for North Texas. Its next three games against Madison, Chattanooga and Omaha are going to be massive tests.

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