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League One Power Rankings - Week 24

By ETHAN TRIEBSCH -, 09/13/22, 3:30PM EDT


Richmond remain on top after big Week 24 win

With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the Richmond Kickers are exactly where they want to be after a big Week 24 win against Tormenta FC. Omaha's shock loss to Tucson means the Kickers remain atop the league table and Power Rankings.

Forward Madison FC drops a pair of spots after conceding its largest home loss in club history with its 5-2 defeat courtesy of Chattanooga. Despite controlling its playoff destiny, Central Valley also drops two spots due to its recent inactivity.

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1 Richmond Kickers
Week 24: W v. TRM

Last Week: 1
Average Ranking: 2
Just one of two teams above the playoff line with six or more matches remaining, the Kickers are in the postseason driver’s seat. Taking down a strong South Georgia side kept the Kickers at the top of the table.
2 Union Omaha
Week 24: L @ TUC

Last Week: 2
Average Ranking: 5
A shocking loss to Tucson prevented Omaha’s return to the top of the table. Still, though, the Owls join Richmond as the only two teams to possess single-digit magic numbers.
3 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 24: W @ MAD
Last Week: 4
Average Ranking: 4
The Red Wolves have lost only once in their last 10 outings to shoot up the standings and position themselves for a spot in the playoffs. Nearly everything went right for Chattanooga in its dominant 5-2 victory in Madison.
4 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 24: L @ CLT
Last Week: 3
Average Ranking: 5
Since topping the table in recent weeks, Triumph SC have gone 0-2-1 in its last three contests with both losses coming against teams then below the playoff line. It won’t get any easier as Greenville has the third-toughest remaining schedule to navigate.
5 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 24: L @ RIC, W v. NCO

Last Week: 5
Average Ranking: 6
Led by Player of the Week Kazaiah Sterling, Tormenta FC will face the strongest remaining schedule in the league as things currently stand. South Georgia will be happy with their star forward’s form, though, as the Ibises are 7-0-2 when Sterling records a goal or an assist.
6 Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Week 24: L @ TRM
Last Week: 7
Average Ranking: 9
Despite conceding a tough 3-1 loss to Tormenta FC, the Hailstorm see a slight jump in the Power Rankings thanks to movement above them. With the fewest matches and fourth-toughest schedule remaining, the Hailstorm will need to pick up as many points as possible down the stretch.
7 Charlotte Independence
Week 24: W v. GVL
Last Week: 9
Average Ranking: 6
The Jacks picked up a big win over Greenville to snap their four-match winless streak. With the easiest remaining schedule, Charlotte’s playoff hopes rest in the hands of other clubs as things stand.
8 Forward Madison FC
Week 24: L v. CHA
Last Week: 6
Average Ranking: 7
The next time the ‘Mingos take the field it will be nearly a month since their last win. Madison is slumping at a bad time, sure, but it does have the second-easiest schedule to navigate in its final five matches.
9 FC Tucson
Week 24: W v. OMA
Last Week: 10
Average Ranking: 10
Tucson is riding its first multi-match win streak of the season thanks to a resounding win against Omaha, and it could not have come at a better time. As with the other three teams at the bottom of the table, Tucson has seven matches remaining – tied for the most in the league – to make a playoff push.
10 Central Valley Fuego FC
Week 24: PPT
Last Week: 8
Average Ranking: 6
Sitting near the bottom of the table and the Power Rankings, Fuego FC surprisingly controls its own destiny thanks to its seven matches remaining. Central Valley should take advantage of its two upcoming home matches before it must hop back on the road.
11 North Carolina FC
Week 24: PPT

Last Week: 11
Average Ranking: 7
NCFC has settled at the bottom of the table for the first time this season amid a five-match winless run. Not eliminated from playoff contention just yet, North Carolina need to find results in its final seven matches.

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