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League One Power Rankings - Week 15

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 07/13/21, 4:15PM EDT


With eight teams separated by four points, here we are, stuck in the middle with you

Go look at the loss column in the USL League One standings right now and you’ll see a hierarchy as to where we stand this season – there’s a top three, and then there’s everyone else.

Venerable projection site SportsClubStats right now has each of Union Omaha, Greenville Triumph SC and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC as at least 95 percent certain to the be in the playoffs when we get to the end of the season, and given how infrequently all three lose, it’s hard to argue.

Beyond that, though? It’s anybody’s guess. There is no form guide that cannot be flipped on its head – see North Texas trouncing Forward Madison in El Plastico on Saturday night – and there is no-one immune from looking like a playoff team one week and an also-ran the next.

As your resident Power Ranker, it makes for a very messy list.

So, what do we think we know? Is North Texas as good as it has shown us, and primed to go on a run? Is Madison’s attack primed to weather a tough four-game run that starts against Union Omaha on Friday night and emerge ready to be a top-four side? What about Richmond, which has a positive goal differential in the standings but a negative one in its underlying numbers?

More importantly, which team is going to look at the standings – which had eight teams separated by four points between fourth and 11th place – and say, “I’m going to take that playoff spot, thank you.”

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 15: v. MAD

Last Week: 1
Omaha got the week off and got to see both of their rivals for top spot fail to take advantage. Pretty good week, all in all.
2 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 15: v. TRM, @ NTX

Last Week: 2
Oh, how the turntables have turned. After being the comeback kids for most of this season, the Red Wolves got a taste of their own medicine against FC Tucson.
3 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 15: v. TRM

Last Week: 3
With a chance to regain top spot available, Greenville couldn’t get things going in the final third against North Carolina at home. Disappointing.
4 Richmond Kickers
Week 15: v. FTL
Last Week: 5
Richmond also had the week off, but gets a bump up because that win against North Texas on July 3 is looking pretty good after the past weekend.
5 New England Revolution II
Week 15: @ TUC
Last Week: 8
After their win against Toronto FC II on Friday night, the Revolution II are one of only three teams to have won three games in their last five outings, and Toronto is one of the others.
6 Toronto FC II
Week 15: @ NC

Last Week: 6
Toronto lost to the Revolution II, sure, but it produced more than enough chances to get something from the game, which is a lot more than can be said for some teams last week.
7 Forward Madison FC
Week 15: @ OMA
Last Week: 4
Madison got a bit of a hiding against North Texas, and now has to rebound against Omaha on Friday night, one of two meetings with top-three opposition before the end of the month.
8 FC Tucson
Week 15: v. NE
Last Week: 9
Yes, it was only worth a point in the standings, but a two-goal comeback against Chattanooga on the round has some real potential for value in terms of confidence moving toward the mid-point of the season.
9 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 15: @ CHA, @ GVL
Last Week: 7
With the season at its halfway point for Tormenta, the urgency has to kick in for a massive week featuring road games at Chattanooga on Wednesday and Greenville on Saturday.
10 North Texas SC
Week 15: v. CHA
Last Week: 12
That was mighty impressive, North Texas. Now you get to show us its repeatable against Chattanooga on Saturday night.
11 North Carolina FC
Week 15: v. TOR
Last Week: 10
NCFC might have finished scoreless against Greenville, but the progression is starting to show itself in the club’s youngsters. Sunday’s game with Toronto should be interesting.
12 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 15: @ RIC
Last Week: 11
Someone’s got to be last each week. It’s your turn in the barrel, Fort Lauderdale.

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