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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 5

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 04/08/19, 5:00PM EDT

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Rowdies make move ahead of high-profile visit of Louisville

The 2019 USL Championship Power Rankings are compiled each week by staff writers John Arlia and Nicholas Murray. Check back every Monday during the regular season to see who’s hot, and who’s not, as the biggest season in the league’s history progresses.

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Atlanta United 2 Austin Bold FC Birmingham Legion FC Bethlehem Steel FC Charleston Battery Charlotte Independence Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC El Paso Locomotive FC Fresno FC
Hartford Athletic Indy Eleven LA Galaxy II Louisville City FC Las Vegas Lights FC Loudoun United FC Memphis 901 FC Nashville SC North Carolina FC
New Mexico United New York Red Bulls II Orange County SC OKC Energy FC Ottawa Fury FC Phoenix Rising FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Portland Timbers 2 Rio Grande Valley FC
Reno 1868 FC San Antonio FC Real Monarchs SLC Saint Louis FC Sacramento Republic FC Swope Park Rangers Tacoma Defiance Tampa Bay Rowdies Tulsa Roughnecks FC

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Summary

1 Saint Louis FC
(4-0-1)
Week 5: W, 2-0 @ATL
Week 6: BHM

Last Week: 1
13 points from five games matches starts by Louisville City FC (2018) and San Antonio FC (2017) over the past two years.
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(3-0-2)
Week 5: W, 4-0 HFD
Week 6: LOU
3
Last Week: 5
Four shutouts in five games and a four-goal outing gives the Rowdies big momentum ahead of Louisville’s visit on Saturday.
3 Sacramento Republic FC
(3-1-1)
Week 5: L, 1-2 @TAC, W, 1-0 AUS
Week 6: @POR
1
Last Week: 2
Last Monday’s loss in Tacoma was tough, but Saturday’s late win against Austin would have brightened spirits again.
4 North Carolina FC
(2-0-2)
Week 5: T, 1-1 MEM
Week 6: @ATL
1
Last Week: 3
Two consecutive comebacks to earn a draw have North Carolina undefeated after four games.
5 Nashville SC
(2-1-1)
Week 5: W, 3-0 @OTT
Week 6: MEM
4
Last Week: 9
That was the sort of Nashville side we were expecting to see this season, comprehensive attacking display in Ottawa.
6 Indy Eleven
(2-1-0)
Week 5: --
Week 6: --
2
Last Week: 8
Visits to the Swope Park Rangers and Bethlehem Steel FC could be a chance to make hay after a bye week.
7 Phoenix Rising FC
(0-0-4)
Week 5: T, 0-0 FRS
Week 6: @ELP

Last Week: 7
No side until Rising FC had recorded four consecutive draws to start a regular season in the Championship’s history.
8 Charleston Battery
(2-0-2)
Week 5: W, 2-0 CLT
Week 6: @BST
3
Last Week: 11
Still undefeated after Sunday’s win against Charlotte, Ian Svantesson and Zeiko Lewis are looking a solid 1-2 punch.
9 New York Red Bulls II
(2-0-1)
Week 5: PPD @BHM
Week 6: @CLT
4
Last Week: 13
Denied the chance to add to their lead by Mother Nature on Saturday, the Red Bulls II get some credit for that start here.
10 Real Monarchs SLC
(2-1-2)
Week 5: W, 3-1 RNO
Week 6: @NM
8
Last Week: 18
Revenge on Reno for last postseason’s defeat will have been sweet for the Monarchs. U.S. U-20 goalkeeper David Ochoa continues to shine.
11 Portland Timbers 2
(3-1-1)
Week 5: W, 3-2 @OKC
Week 6: SAC
9
Last Week: 20
A three-goal comeback on the road in OKC? T2 continues to impress with a bounce-back win.
12 OKC Energy FC
(2-2-1)
Week 5: L, 2-3 POR
Week 6: @RGV
8
Last Week: 4
Energy FC saw the other side of the three-goal comeback this week and has now conceded 10 times in three games.
13 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
(2-2-1)
Week 5: L, 0-2 @OC
Week 6: RNO
7
Last Week: 6
First real glitch for the Switchbacks this season will have them wanting a response against Reno next Saturday.
14 New Mexico United
(2-0-4)
Week 5: T 0-0 @RGV
Week 6: SLC

Last Week: 14
A six-game undefeated streak is the longest to start an inaugural season in league history, but four of those results have been draws.
15 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
(1-1-2)
Week 5: W, 1-0 @LOU
Week 6: HFD
6
Last Week: 21
A win in Louisville was the breakthrough the Hounds were looking for. Now they get Hartford for their home opener.
16 Fresno FC
(1-0-3)
Week 5: T, 0-0 @PHX
Week 6: TUL

Last Week: 16
Getting a point despite being down to 10 men for more than a half in Phoenix was solid for the still-undefeated Foxes.
17 Louisville City FC
(2-3-0)
Week 5: L, 0-1 PIT
Week 6: @TBR
7
Last Week: 10
LouCity has its first back-to-back home defeats in club history and a notable injury list as it heads to face the Rowdies.
18 Orange County SC
(1-2-2)
Week 5: W, 2-0 COS
Week 6: TAC
7
Last Week: 25
Was that the win that kickstarts OCSC’s season? We’ll find out on Wednesday against Tacoma.
19 El Paso Locomotive FC
(1-1-2)
Week 5: --
Week 6: PHX

Last Week: 19
After a week off, Saturday’s visit from Phoenix Rising FC could bring a lot of entertainment to Southwest University Field.
20 Reno 1868 FC
(1-1-3)
Week 5: L, 1-3 @SLC
Week 6: @COS
5
Last Week: 15
The early penalty-kick miss summed up 1868 FC’s trip to the Monarchs and put the side on a three-game winless streak.
21 Bethlehem Steel FC
(2-2-1)
Week 5: W, 4-3 @SPR
Week 6: CHS
1
Last Week: 22
Wins like Saturday’s at Swope Park are going to make a big difference when the race for the playoffs begins to heat up.
22 LA Galaxy II
(3-2-0)
Week 5: W, 4-2 TUL
Week 6: @SA
8
Last Week: 30
Back-to-back wins for Los Dos have them a point back of the conference lead but there are still some concerns defensively.
23 Ottawa Fury FC
(1-1-1)
Week 5: L, 0-3 NSH
Week 6: LDN
6
Last Week: 17
Defeat to Nashville was a lesson in how far Ottawa will need to go to come good on its aspirations this season.
24 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
(3-2-1)
Week 5: L, 2-4 @LA
Week 6: @FRS
12
Last Week: 12
The good: Luca Lobo still can’t stop scoring. The bad: the Galaxy II produced far too many clear looks on goal.
25 Austin Bold FC
(1-2-1)
Week 5: L, 0-1 @SAC
Week 6: --
1
Last Week: 26
After as hard as Austin battled, Jermaine Taylor’s late own goal was a downer. Back home to face Phoenix next.
26 San Antonio FC
(1-3-1)
Week 5: W, 2-1 LV
Week 6: LA
3
Last Week: 29
The first win is out of the way, now can SAFC find a way to contain the Galaxy II’s attack this weekend?
27 Las Vegas Lights FC
(1-3-1)
Week 5: L, 1-2 @SA
Week 6: TAC
4
Last Week: 23
Lights FC might have been hard done by with the offside call on Mobi Fehr’s disallowed effort, but that’s three losses in four games.
28 Memphis 901 FC
(1-2-2)
Week 5: T, 1-1 @NC
Week 6: ATL, @NSH
4
Last Week: 32
Solid effort against North Carolina FC that might have netted all three points if not for Alex Tambakis’ heroics in the NCFC goal.
29 Atlanta United 2
(1-2-1)
Week 5: L, 0-2 STL
Week 6: @MEM, NC
2
Last Week: 27
Atlanta won’t be the last team to lose at home to Saint Louis and it put up a pretty good effort at a fightback.
30 Swope Park Rangers
(0-2-1)
Week 5: L, 3-4 BST
Week 6: --
2
Last Week: 28
Swope Park is still winless after letting victory slip through its fingers against Steel FC. Store that result away for the end of the season.
31 Birmingham Legion FC
(1-2-0)
Week 5: PPD NY
Week 6: @STL

Last Week: 31
After going down against the Red Bulls II, Legion FC got a reprieve from Mother Nature.
32 Charlotte Independence
(0-3-1)
Week 5: L, 0-2 @CHS
Week 6: NY
8
Last Week: 24
Nothing seems to be falling right for the Independence, who are still looking for their first win after losing to the Battery.
33 Tacoma Defiance
(2-3-0)
Week 5: W, 2-1 SAC
Week 6: @OC, @LV
3
Last Week: 36
A second win of the season is a plus for the Defiance as they get ready for Orange County in midweek.
34 Rio Grande Valley FC
(0-3-2)
Week 5: T, 0-0 NM
Week 6: OKC

Last Week: 34
Three goals in five games just isn’t enough for the Toros as they continue to look for their first win.
35 Loudoun United FC
(0-1-2)
Week 5: --
Week 6: @OTT
2
Last Week: 33
Loudoun is still winless, but it might have looked at Ottawa’s performance against Nashville and thought there’s a chance at a breakthrough this weekend at TD Place.
36 Hartford Athletic
(0-5-0)
Week 5: L, 0-4 @TBR
Week 6: @PIT
1
Last Week: 35
Five consecutive defeats to start the season, and the road remains a tough one with a visit to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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