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League One Power Rankings - Week 25

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 09/21/21, 4:30PM EDT


Tormenta FC talisman Micaletto is keeping South Georgia above water, for now

As one of a handful of players that has been with South Georgia Tormenta FC since the start of its League One history, and one of those that turned professional with the club as it moved up from USL League Two in 2019, Marco Micaletto has – alongside goalkeeper Pablo Jara – been the club’s talisman.

The Italian-born midfielder might also be Tormenta FC’s most important player in the side’s hunt is to earn its first trip to the USL League One Playoffs this season.

There have been illustrations of this throughout this campaign, and Sunday night produced another as he produced a magical assist and a crucial game-tying goal against Fort Lauderdale CF that kept Tormenta FC above the playoff line with four games to go in its season.

Micaletto’s goal was his 10th of the campaign, and the 21st of his League One career, tied for second with former North Texas SC standout and current Haiti international Ronaldo Damus and one behind the Richmond Kickers’ Emiliano Terzaghi for the most in league history. In the young league’s living history, Micaletto has the potential to be – should he choose – one of the names that shapes the league in the same way players like Dane Kelly, Matthew Delicate, Kevin Molino and Jorge Herrera did 10 years ago when the USL Championship was formed.

In the present, though, Micaletto could be the player that makes the biggest difference for his side in the final month of the campaign. South Georgia will certainly be hoping that’s the case.

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 25: v. TUC

Last Week: 1
Omaha dropped two points back of Chattanooga for first place in the standings, but with two games still in hand have control over the situation after a creditable draw in North Texas.
2 FC Tucson
Week 25: @ OMA

Last Week: 2
Tucson might be disappointed to have let its second-half lead slip in Greenville, but a draw was probably a fair result and certainly didn’t cost the visitors much with results elsewhere keeping it in the top four of the standings.
3 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 25: @ MAD

Last Week: 3
Greenville had to battle back to get a point out of its clash with Tucson, but it’s still in the top three as none of the teams below Triumph SC was able to gain ground except for the Revolution II.
4 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 25: v. NE

Last Week: 4
A good home victory quickly erased the memory of the side’s defeat in its previous outing as the Red Wolves continued to drive toward a playoff berth.
5 Forward Madison FC
Week 25: v. GVL

Last Week: 5
As shorthanded as the Flamingos were – and as under pressure Toronto had them at times last Friday – coming out of the weekend with a point where most everyone else trod water is a solid result.
6 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 25: --

Last Week: 6
Marco Micaletto has the first 10-goal season of his career after Sunday night, and he’s now accounted for 32 percent of Tormenta FC’s tallies overall this season.
7 North Texas SC
Week 25: @ NC
Last Week: 8
There’s still time for North Texas, but it feels like a must win on Sunday against North Carolina FC to build a platform for the playoff six-pointers that lie beyond that in the schedule.
8 New England Revolution II
Week 25: @ CHA
Last Week: 11
The Revolution II illustrated once again why winning matters so much. With Sunday’s games all ending level, they’re back above the playoff line with seven games to go.
9 Toronto FC II
Week 25: @ RIC
Last Week: 10
The Young Reds hammered away at Madison but couldn’t find a winner. If they keep attacking like that, though, they’re going to stay in with a chance ahead of a potential do-or-die contest in Richmond on Saturday.
10 Richmond Kickers
Week 25: v. TOR
Last Week: 7
You can sense the frustration building in the Kickers’ fanbase after Friday night’s defeat in New England. After consecutive defeats, this next three-game homestand is the make-or-break point of the season
11 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 25: --
Last Week: 12
The math would have looked far better for Fort Lauderdale’s playoff chances if it could have just held on against South Georgia on Sunday. It didn’t, and now it has to sit and wait to see what happens this weekend.
12 North Carolina FC
Week 25: v. NTX
Last Week: 9
Going into Chattanooga was always going to be a big ask for NCFC’s young squad, but they competed well despite the defeat.

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