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League One Power Rankings - Week 16

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 07/20/21, 3:30PM EDT


Toronto makes a big upward shift at the halfway point of an engaging return to action

There is, to be frank, a bit too much gray in the recent form displayed by Union Omaha and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.

Yes, you’re right, there’s nothing wrong with plugging away, avoiding defeats and consistently moving toward a place in the USL League One Playoffs at the end of the season. You can even look at Chattanooga and say it’s been pretty good fun, what with the late goals consistently arriving seemingly every game.

But why settle for that when you could jump on the Toronto FC II rollercoaster instead?

Winners of four of their last six games after Sunday’s Garrett McLaughlin-powered 4-2 victory against North Carolina FC, there haven’t been too many boring moments in the Young Reds’ return to the league this season.

For one, you’re pretty much guaranteed goals. Toronto is the only team in the league to have yet to record a shutout this season, while it’s also the only team whose current Expected Goals for and against is greater than 20 according to American Soccer Analysis. That’s a whole lot of high-quality chances and shots being taken every game.

On top of that, you get solid quality game-in and game-out. TFC II has the highest passing accuracy rate in the league this season (84.3 percent) and is also tied for third in Chances Created (127) and Total Shots (178) in 14 games. Players like Jayden Nelson – who’s already made his senior Canada debut – are the sort that you should watch now so you can brag later when he’s the next young Canadian making his way to Europe.

Does this mean Toronto is going to be a playoff contender over the second half of its season? Maybe, maybe not. In 2019 the team played similarly engaging soccer but came up short. The journey for this team, though, is going to be worth watching over the next few months.

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 16: @ TUC

Last Week: 1
Los Buhos got held to a draw at home on Friday night, but then saw both of its closest rivals fail to take advantage the following night to remain in top spot.
2 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 16: v. GVL

Last Week: 2
The Red Wolves picked up four points from two games in the past week, but they’re going to have to start winning more consistently against the teams lower down the standings.
3 Toronto FC II
Week 16: @ NE
Last Week: 6
What a great performance by Garrett McLaughlin on Sunday night to get Toronto its third win in the past five games. They’re the only team that can say they’ve achieved that right now in the league.
4 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 16: v. RIC
Last Week: 9
Tormenta fell in midweek but then pulled off a remarkable comeback victory against Greenville on Saturday to vault back into the playoff positions. Now, how long will they stay there?
5 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 16: @ CHA
Last Week: 3
Greenville didn’t concede three goals in a game once in the 2020 season, and only did so three times in 2019. It’s already reached three this season after Saturday’s defensive collapse.
6 Richmond Kickers
Week 16: @ NC, @ TRM
Last Week: 4
The Kickers rallied to earn a point against Fort Lauderdale on Saturday night, keeping them right in the middle of the pack ahead of a two-game week where four points should be the minimum required.
7 FC Tucson
Week 16: v. OMA

Last Week: 7
Tucson is illustrating how easy it can be to get back into the playoff race. With seven points from its past three games, it’s now only two points out of the top six.
8 Forward Madison FC
Week 16: v. FTL
Last Week: 7
Picking up a point on the road in Omaha is a decent return after going behind, now Saturday’s home game against Fort Lauderdale is an important one ahead of two tough road games to follow.
9 New England Revolution II
Week 16: v. TOR
Last Week: 5
The Revolution II continue to run hot-and-cold with a defeat in Tucson, yet they’re still right in the middle of the playoff race ahead of Friday’s game with Toronto FC II.
10 North Texas SC
Week 16: --

Last Week: 10
NTSC became the latest club to fall victim to Chattanooga’s penchant for late goals ahead of another challenging game on the road against Omaha on Saturday.
11 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 16: @ MAD
Last Week: 12
Another point earned, but Fort Lauderdale continues to sit with the most dropped points from winning positions this season in the league with 12. Think how much retaining half of that total would have helped at this point.
12 North Carolina FC
Week 16: v. RIC
Last Week: 11
North Carolina drops back to the bottom after getting run over by Garrett McLaughlin and Toronto FC II at home.

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