This method of ranking team performance factors in point per game, strength of schedule, and goal difference. This isn't an attempt to predict the final table, but rather a way to measure a team's form.
NYRB II (↔): Lost 2-1 midweek at home to Pittsburgh, but had enough cushion to retain the top spot.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (↔): Didn't play this week, and still have a game in hand on New York and Nashville.
Nashville SC (↔): Picked up three essential points in Charlotte. Their midweek match against NYRBII has huge implications for how the table looks at the end of the year.
North Carolina FC (↑2): Exploded into the top four with a 5-0 demolition of Pittsburgh. They've gone without a lot of hype, but have quietly been one of the best teams in the East.
Indy Eleven (↔): Held on for a 2-1 win at home against a tricky Saint Louis side.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (↓2): After starting the week strong with a win on the road in New York, a second half collapse against North Carolina saw them lost 5-0. It's likely just a blip for a team who's been in great form, but it's not a flattering result by any means.
Ottawa Fury FC (↔): Cruised to a fairly routine road win against Loudoun United.
Louisville City FC (↔): A late winner away to Charleston saw the defending champions pick up a vital three points.
Saint Louis FC (↔): Were the better side for long stretches, but couldn't pick up a result in Indy. Three points out of playoff position with a game in hand on Birmingham, but they've really fallen off the wagon after a great start to the campaign.
Charleston Battery (↔): Gave up the winner in the 88th minute to Louisville City. After starting off the season well, they've become wildly inconsistent.
Charlotte Independence (↔): They're hanging around in the playoff race, but never really looked threatening against Nashville.
Birmingham Legion FC (↑2): Got a much-needed 1-0 win at home over Memphis to stay in playoff position, but with more games played than many of the clubs around them, they'll need to put together a consistent run of matches to qualify.
Bethlehem Steel (↑2): No match this week.
Memphis 901 FC (↓1): Defensively they've been better, but they're still struggling to convert chances, and it's costing them points.
Loudoun United FC (↓3): They're finally getting more matches at home, but the results still aren't there.
Swope Park Rangers (↔): Lost on the road to Atlanta.
Atlanta United 2 (↔): Picked up three points at home against Swope Park, but they're still solidly entrenched towards the bottom.
Hartford Athletic (↔): No match this week.
Phoenix Rising FC (↔): 15 straight wins. They're putting together one of the best ever regular seasons.
Fresno FC (↔): Fought hard for a draw against Real Monarchs. In good shape with games in hand on Reno and Austin.
Reno 1868 FC (↔): No shame in losing to Phoenix, and they put in a good fight, but they were never going to win in a shootout.
Sacramento Republic FC (↑2): Jumped back into the top four with a 4-0 win over Colorado Springs.
Real Monarchs SLC (↓1): Fifth in the table and these rankings. A draw against Fresno on the road is never an easy result, and they've really put together a consistent run in recent weeks.
New Mexico United (↓1): They'll be disappointed to only get a point at home against an LA side that played with 10 men for over half the match.
San Antonio FC (↔): Like New Mexico, only managed a draw at home against a really poor RGV side that played with 10 men for 60 minutes.
Portland Timbers 2 (↔): Lost 4-2 at home against OKC Energy in one of the more surprising results of the year.
Austin Bold FC (↑2): Smashed Tulsa 5-1 at home to jump up two spots.
El Paso Locomotive FC (↓1): Beat Tacoma 2-0 at home, despite playing with only 10 men for the final 30 minutes.
Orange County SC (↑2): Put in a really solid performance to win 3-0 at home against Las Vegas.
OKC Energy (↑2): Went on the road to Portland and came from behind to win 4-2 in one of their better performances of the year.
LA Galaxy II (↓1): Went down a man in the 41st minute and somehow managed a point on the road against New Mexico.
Rio Grande Valley FC (↑1): Played with 10 men for most of the match and still fought for a draw with San Antonio.
Las Vegas Lights FC (↓5): Beaten 3-0 on the road by Orange County.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC (↔): Smashed 5-1 by Austin.
CS Switchbacks FC (↔): Beaten 4-0 on the road by Sacramento.
Tacoma Defiance (↔): Lost 2-0 against El Paso. 15 points out of playoff position with 11 matches left to play, it would take a miracle and then some to keep their season alive.