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League One Power Rankings - Week 23

By ETHAN TRIEBSCH -, 09/06/22, 1:30PM EDT


Kickers remain on top despite Omaha's strong Week 23

Despite sitting out of Week 23's action and conceding their first-place standing to Omaha, the Richmond Kickers remain on top of the Power Rankings heading into Week 24.

The aforementioned Owls are challenging the Kickers at the top of the Power Rankings as they rose to the top of the league table for the first time this season thanks to a pair of incredible victories. South Georgia Tormenta FC is on the rise at the right time following a victory over Charlotte, and expansion sides Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC and Central Valley Fuego FC move up as well.

Biggest Movers






1 Richmond Kickers
Week 23: ---

Last Week: 1
Average Ranking: 2
While off on Week 23, the best offense and second-best defense in the league has had time to prep for a midweek contest against Tormenta FC. A win for the Roos gets them back to the top of the table.
2 Union Omaha
Week 23: W v. MAD, W v. CHA
Last Week: 4
Average Ranking: 5
In possibly a season-defining week for the Owls, Omaha overcame a pair of personnel deficits to claim two improbable victories that propelled it to the top of the standings.
3 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 23: T v. MAD
Last Week: 2
Average Ranking: 5
Greenville was seconds away from retaining its spot at the top of the table before Madison’s Jeremiah Streng came up with a pivotal equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time to force Triumph SC to share points.
4 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 23: L @ OMA
Last Week: 3
Average Ranking: 4
Amazingly, the Red Wolves have conceded result-altering goals against the Owls within the first two or last two minutes of all three contests against the reigning champs this season. Tough break for a Red Wolves side that’s found a good rhythm lately.
5 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 23: W @ CLT
Last Week: 7
Average Ranking: 6
Tormenta FC have grabbed two consecutive wins to position itself for the postseason with just seven matches remaining. Since donning the gloves, goalkeeper TJ Bush has allowed just two goals in three matches.
6 Forward Madison FC
Week 23: L @ OMA, T @ GVL
Last Week: 5
Average Ranking: 7
After being on the receiving end of a late winner against Omaha on Wednesday, Madison responded with an even later equalizer of their own to stun Greenville. One point in two matches is not going to be enough as the season winds down, though.
7 Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Week 23: W v. NC
Last Week: 8
Average Ranking: 9
Convincing back-to-back wins for the Hailstorm has positioned them above the playoff line with just five matches to go. The first-year side does not control its own destiny, though, as all six teams below the playoff line have at least one match in hand.
8 Central Valley Fuego FC
Week 23: W v. TUC
Last Week: 9
Average Ranking: 5
By virtue of its seven matches remaining, Fuego FC currently controls its own postseason destiny. With a trio of teams hot on its trail, however, Central Valley will need to avoid draws and losses.
9 Charlotte Independence
Week 23: L v. TRM, L @ TUC
Last Week: 6
Average Ranking: 6
The Jacks are in a free fall at the worst possible time. Winless in four straight and only able to manage three goals in that span, Charlotte is in desperation mode.
10 FC Tucson
Week 23: L @ CV, W v. CLT

Last Week: 10
Average Ranking: 10
Staving off postseason elimination, Tucson earned its first home victory of the season over a struggling Charlotte side. With the most matches remaining in the league, anything is possible for Tucson.
11 North Carolina FC
Week 23: L @ NCO

Last Week: 11
Average Ranking: 5
NCFC look dead in the water. Winless in five straight and outscored by a combined seven, North Carolina must show signs of life in a hurry if they hope to challenge for the postseason.

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