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League One Power Rankings - Week 2

By ETHAN TRIEBSCH -, 04/12/22, 11:00AM EDT


Top two spots unaltered after second week of 2022 campaign

The top two spots of the League One Power rankings remain unchanged from the season-opening week as the Richmond Kickers and Central Valley Fuego FC secured a pair of draws to maintain their position.

The Richmond Kickers hosted a Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC side eager to get off to a quick start in their first League One match in club history. Just over a third of the way into the match, the visitors did just that as Ethan Vanacore-Decker put the Hailstorm ahead. Thanks to a second-half header from Emilano Terzaghi, however, the Kickers were able to stifle an intense Northern Colorado attack to retain the unbeaten start to its season.

Central Valley traveled to Charlotte for the latter's home opener and League One debut. Even with Fuego FC's strong start to the season, the Independence challenged the visitors, putting three past Ofek Antman in goal and only conceding a draw after an improbable Villyan Bijev goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Elsewhere, the Chattanooga Red Wolves moved up a pair of spots following its sensational 3-1 win over North Carolina FC in Cary, resulting in the hosts dropping a spot in the process. Forward Madison FC fell to the fourth position following a 2-2 draw with Union Omaha in which the Flamingos held strong advantages in numerous statistical categories.

The biggest risers naturally include the pair of League One newcomers – Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC and the Charlotte Independence - that nearly topped the early leaders, while the biggest fall sees Tormenta FC drop three spots as a product of the movement behind it.

Biggest Movers






1 Richmond Kickers
Week 3: @ CHA

Last Week: 1
A strong outing from goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald may have been the difference between a Kickers draw or a loss. For now, however, a 55th-minute goal from Emiliano Terzaghi keeps the Kickers on top.
2 Central Valley Fuego FC
Week 3: --

Last Week: 2
Maintaining its blazing hot start to the season, Fuego FC was challenged by the Independence before notching a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes of the back-and-forth contest to seal the draw.
3 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 3: v. RIC
Last Week: 5
One of the most impressive showings over the weekend, the Red Wolves relied on a 10-minute span in which they sent in a trio of incredible scores to take all three points on the road.
4 Forward Madison FC
Week 3: @ TUC
Last Week: 3
Despite trailing the reigning champs for most of the second half, Madison’s dominance in possession and the passing game paid off with a Jeremiah Streng equalizer in the 70th minute.
5 North Carolina FC
Week 3: vs. GVL
Last Week: 4
NCFC held onto the lead for most of the match until the Red Wolves sent in three nearly unstoppable shots in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.
6 Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Week 3: @ CLT
Last Week: 9
Traveling to face one of the league’s hottest teams in your League One debut is tricky, but the Hailstorm were up to the challenge, holding advantages in several statistical categories as they left Richmond with an impressive draw.
7 Union Omaha
Week 3: @ TRM

Last Week: 7
The defending champs were able to match Madison’s offensive production to earn a draw, but significant deficits in possession, passes and clearances may have cost Omaha all three points.
8 Charlotte Independence
Week 3: vs. NCO
Last Week: 11
The Independence surprised Central Valley with an efficient offensive showing, challenging the newcomers’ perfect start and nearly claiming a victory if not for Villyan Bijev’s improbable stoppage-time score.
9 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 3: vs. OMA
Last Week: 6
Tormenta FC are back in Statesboro to take on Union Omaha this Saturday as it looks to defeat the defending champs for the first time in club history.
10 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 3: @ NC
Last Week: 8
Triumph SC travel up I-85 to take on North Carolina FC on Saturday as the club seeks its first points of the year. In four prior meetings, Greenville has never lost to its neighbors to the north.
11 FC Tucson
Week 3: v. MAD
Last Week: 10
FC Tucson welcome Forward Madison FC to Kino North Stadium on Saturday as they look to claim a win in its League One home opener.

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