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League One Power Rankings - Week 18

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 08/03/21, 3:15PM EDT


Consecutive victories see North Carolina, Jay Tee Kamara surge up rankings

When you get sent out on loan for a season as a young player, the aim is that you not only produce and develop individually, but that you find ways to help your new club find success as well.

For Jay Tee Kamara, the second part of that equation at North Carolina FC – where he’s on loan from the USL Championship’s Louisville City FC – has been the tricky part. Now, though, it looks like the pieces might be starting to pull together, and with it a potential surge in the second half of the season.

Kamara’s move in the first part of the equation has been going swimmingly so far. The 19-year-old Sierra Leone native has recorded four goals and five assists this season. That assists mark is tied for second in the league and hasn’t come about by accident. According to American Soccer Analysis, Kamara ranks first in Expected Assists this season at 4.94xA, more than a full point ahead of one of the league’s other top creators in Union Omaha’s Damia Viader (3.82xA). Those numbers have come off 25 key passes, which means Kamara is not only carrying a major load when it comes to the creativity for NCFC, but is serving up prime chances consistently for his teammates.

As a first-year pro, Kamara was not likely to get much run in LouCity’s veteran-laden midfield and attack. What they may be getting back at the end of this season, though, is a player who has more than proven himself at this level and could be ready for a very bright future in the Championship moving ahead.

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 17: v. MAD

Last Week: 1
Letting a lead drop at home against a team that hadn’t claimed a point on the road all season isn’t a great look, but no-one else looks ready to take Omaha’s place at the top here or in the standings.
2 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 17: --

Last Week: 2
Three consecutive 1-1 draws keep the Red Wolves in second place, but at some point, this group must start winning games.
3 New England Revolution II
Week 17: v. NC

Last Week: 3
The Revolution II got the weekend off and saw most everything play out the way they could have hoped. They should be a little wary of the next team on the list on Thursday, though.
4 North Carolina FC
Week 17: @ NE
Last Week: 7
Yes, North Carolina FC is still in last place overall, and I don’t care. They’re the only team to have won back-to-back contests in their last two outings and they’ve scored seven goals in the process.
5 Richmond Kickers
Week 17: @ TOR
Last Week: 8
The Kickers got the win they needed to move back above the playoff line. Now to try and claim that elusive second consecutive victory in a Friday evening visit to Toronto.
6 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 17: @ GVL
Last Week: 4
As with the Revolution II, Tormenta was off this past week and thanks to most of the threats to their playoff status sharing points, they got to stay in fourth place.
7 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 17: @ TRM
Last Week: 5
Give Greenville credit for finding a way to earn a point – and even in some moments look dangerous – after going down to 10 men in Toronto, but that’s four games without a win now.
8 Toronto FC II
Week 17: v. RIC
Last Week: 6
Toronto wasn’t able to capitalize on a full half with a man advantage against Greenville on home turf, and while it’s still above the playoff line that result makes Friday’s game with Richmond all the more important.
9 North Texas SC
Week 17: @ TUC
Last Week: 11
North Texas earned its first point of the road at the unlikely environ of Werner Park, and now it will head to Tucson with a chance to pull itself back into the playoff race.
10 Forward Madison FC
Week 17: @ OMA

Last Week: 10
Madison and Chattanooga were tied for the most draws in League One this season, so what happened on Saturday was entirely predictable. The Flamingos have to find a way to soar, soon.
11 FC Tucson
Week 17: v. NTX
Last Week: 9
In a league where teams keep edging forward, a defeat on the road like Saturday’s isn’t disastrous for Tucson’s playoff chances, but it does mean the side needs to rebound with a win to counterbalance things.
12 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 17: --

Last Week: 12
FTLCF is back below the playoff line after getting out to a losing start in its homestand against North Carolina. Eleven games to go, and the clock is ticking a little more loudly now.

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