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League One Power Rankings - Week 3

By ETHAN TRIEBSCH -, 04/19/22, 11:00AM EDT


Red Wolves sit at the top of the table and the Power Rankings

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC have vaulted up the table and the Power Rankings after shutting out the Richmond Kickers on Saturday. The top spot of the Power rankings goes to Chattanooga for the first time since Week 22 of the 2021 season.

In an early-season marquee matchup at CHI Memorial Stadium, a 50th-minute goal from Moe Espinoza proved to be the decisive moment of the match. Strong performances by both Carlos Avilez and Akira Fitzgerald in goal helped keep the match a low-scoring one, but the Red Wolves' attacking power proved too much for the visiting Kickers as Espinoza unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box to stun the visitors.

The Charlotte Independence experience the biggest rise following its emphatic victory over the Hailstorm that saw the new League One club place three players on the Team of the Week. The biggest fall comes from the Kickers and Hailstorm following a pair of disappointing one-goal losses, respectively.

Biggest Movers






1 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 3: W v. RIC
Last Week: 3
The unbeaten Red Wolves simply cannot stop scoring bangers. Last time out, Chattanooga handed Richmond its first loss of the year and leapfrogged the Reds at the top of the table and the top of the Power Rankings.
2 Central Valley Fuego FC
Week 3: --

Last Week: 2
Even after a week off, Central Valley are still tied for the league lead in goals and clean sheets, getting it done on both sides of the pitch.
3 Richmond Kickers
Week 3: L @ CHA
Last Week: 1
Aside from a nearly unstoppable goal from the Red Wolves in the second half, the Kickers looked like they could escape CHI Memorial Stadium with at least a draw, maybe even a win.
4 Forward Madison FC
Week 3: T @ TUC

Last Week: 4
The Flamingos let three points slip away in Tucson, as the home side equalized in the final ten minute of the match following a late Madison sending off.
5 Charlotte Independence
Week 3: W v. NCO
Last Week: 8
Another League One newcomer that seems to be off to a strong start, the Independence are unbeaten through two thanks in large part to Week 3 Player of the Week, Tresor Mbuyu who’s tied for the league lead in goals and assists.
6 North Carolina FC
Week 3: T v. GVL
Last Week: 5
NCFC have recorded a win, a loss and a draw in its first three contests but were unable to take advantage of a personnel advantage during the final third of its last match.
7 Union Omaha
Week 3: T @ TRM

Last Week: 7
Still looking for its first win, a retooled Union Omaha side seems to be slowly building chemistry. A clean sheet and Team of the Week performance from Rashid Nuhu helps with that too.
8 Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Week 3: @ CLT
Last Week: 6
An unbeaten start to its existence was quickly dismantled thanks to an Independence stoppage-time winner. Relying on veteran leadership will be crucial for the Hailstorm going forward.
9 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 3: T v. OMA

Last Week: 9
Tormenta FC should’ve finally earned its first win against Omaha last Saturday with advantages in numerous statistical categories, but a strong showing from Nuhu in goal means both sides settled for a point.
10 FC Tucson
Week 3: T v. MAD
Last Week: 11
Still seeking its first victory of the season, FC Tucson had a strong defensive outing from Jacob Crull and Tarn Weir to earn a tough point against a strong Madison side.
11 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 3: T @ NC
Last Week: 10
Triumph SC have the pieces, it’s just a matter of putting them all together. Earning a draw in a match dominated by NCFC is a start.

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