Week 9 Power Rankings

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.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. NYRB II (↑1): Beat Birmingham midweek to take the top spot in the East and the top spot in our rankings. Only one loss and a +12 goal difference has them in great shape.

  2. Tampa Bay Rowdies (↓1): Went on the road and earned a point against a really strong Indy Eleven side.

  3. North Carolina FC (↔): Like Tampa Bay, went to Indy and drew 0-0.

  4. Nashville SC (↑3): Move up three spots after a solid 2-0 win in Atlanta, albeit with the help of a howler of an own goal.

  5. Saint Louis FC (↓1): Didn't play this week with their match in Ottawa postponed due to flooding.

  6. Charleston Battery (↓1): Drew 2-2 at home against Pittsburgh.

  7. Indy Eleven (↓1): Only took two points from two home matches in Week 9, drawing 0-0 with both Tampa Bay and North Carolina. So far they haven't lived up to the preseason hype.

  8. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (↔): Went to Charleston and earned a 2-2 draw. They're proving to be a really difficult side to play against.

  9. Louisville City FC (↑3): Pulled of a gritty 2-1 win at home against Memphis. It hasn't been pretty, but they're working their way up the table. They're better than they looked at the start of the season.

  10. Ottawa Fury FC (↑1): Their home match against Saint Louis was postponed, but move up a spot after Bethlehem and Birmingham drop.

  11. Bethlehem Steel (↓1): Drew 3-3 on the road against Loudoun.

  12. Birmingham Legion FC (↓2): Spanked 5-0 in New York and drew 2-2 away to a really poor Memphis side.

  13. Atlanta United 2 (↑1): Lost 2-0 at home to Nashville, but put in a decent performance.

  14. Loudoun United FC (↑2): Played their first match at Audi Field and drew 3-3 against Bethlehem.

  15. Charlotte Independence (↓2): Could only manage a draw against Hartford, who were in a horrible run of form.

  16. Memphis 901 FC (↓1): Lost 2-1 in Louisville, and only got on the board with a horrible own goal. They've shown flashes of being a decent side, but they can't keep giving up goals like this.

  17. Swope Park Rangers (↔): Didn't play in Week 9.

  18. Hartford Athletic (↔): Played their first home match of the season and conceded in the first three minutes. Fought back to draw 1-1 for their first point of the season, but they're still hemorrhaging goals.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  1. New Mexico United (↑1): Beat San Antonio 3-0 to take the top spot. Their 22 goals for is the most in the West, and they've had a fantastic start to USL.

  2. Fresno FC (↑4): Went to Salt Lake City and beat the Monarchs 4-2. They're sitting at sixth in the West, but they've played the fewest games and are the only unbeaten side in the conference.

  3. Portland Timbers 2 (↓2): Beaten 2-1 at home by RGV Toros.

  4. Rio Grande Valley FC (↑6): The West's biggest movers this week. Went to Portland and pulled off a 2-1 win against the then-top side.

  5. Reno 1868 FC (↑1): Drew at home against Tulsa.

  6. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (↑2): Went to Reno and left with a 2-2 draw.

  7. Phoenix Rising FC (↓3): Lost 2-1 away to Orange County.

  8. Sacramento Republic FC (↓5): Drop five points after dropping a 4-2 loss in Las Vegas.

  9. Orange County SC (↑4): Won 2-1 against Phoenix.

  10. Real Monarchs SLC (↓3): Blown out 4-2 at home by Fresno.

  11. El Paso Locomotive FC (↑4): Won 2-0 in Colorado Springs.

  12. Austin Bold FC (↓3): Lost 1-0 in Los Angeles to a fairly poor Los Dos team.

  13. Las Vegas Lights FC (↑4): Jump four spots after an away draw with the Galaxy and a convincing 4-2 win in Sacramento

  14. LA Galaxy II (↔): Drew Las Vegas on Monday before dropping three points at home to Austin.

  15. OKC Energy (↓4): Drop four spots after scraping by with a 2-1 against a terrible Tacoma team.

  16. CS Switchbacks FC (↔): Lost 2-0 at home to El Paso.

  17. San Antonio FC (↓5): Dropped a 3-0 loss away to New Mexico.

  18. Tacoma Defiance (↔): Came within 20 minutes of a much-needed away draw, but lost to OKC Energy. They've conceded an astonishing 28 goals in 10 matches.


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