Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lower Division Power Rankings - June 11

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The weekly edition of the mixed Lower Division power rankings based on results from all competitions. Four of the top five also play in the US Open Cup this week, which could play into the next edition of the rankings.

Last week I said positions 2-4 were difficult to judge. With this week's results the list expanded to include teams from 2-6 as Harrisburg and Charleston jumped into the mix. One thing is clear - there are four distinct groups. Orlando City is alone at the top followed by the teams from 2-7. After that is a muddled group of nine teams in the middle followed by a foursome at the bottom that just don't look like things will either change or start going their way; though I would suspect if any did, it would be Rochester.

This Week (Last Week) Club (League) :: W-L-D :: Notes

1 (1) Orlando City (USL Pro) :: 10-1-2 :: Posted a pair of 2-0 wins at home, blanking Phoenix Friday and shutting out Antigua with two late goals Sunday.

2 (3) Carolina RailHawks (NASL) :: 4-1-3 :: The RailHawks fell behind at home in the 87th despite a man advantage but found two goals in stoppage time for 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

3 (4) Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) :: 3-3-3 :: Scored short-handed in the 87th but couldn't hold onto the lead in Carolina, falling 2-1.

4 (5) Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) :: 8-3-1 :: Used an own goal and another strike in second half for 2-0 home win against Wilmington Wednesday before falling 3-1 at home to the Rapids Reserves Saturday in which they gave up the one-goal advantage in the second half.

5 (6) Charleston Battery (USL Pro) :: 7-3-2 ::  Finished level with Charlotte in back-and-forth affair rallying and taking the lead before giving up 89th minute equalizer at home Wednesday and then drubbed the visiting Houston Dynamo Reserves Saturday 4-1.

6 (2) Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) :: 6-0-4 :: Took the lead with 12 minutes left but gave up equalizer at home a minute later in 1-1 draw against Wilmington.

7 (9) Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) :: 3-2-5 :: Found a late equalizer on the road for a 2-2 draw at Charleston Wednesday.

8 (10) Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) :: 4-2-3 :: Played to a 4-4 thriller at home with the Columbus Crew Reserves Saturday, tallying the last goal in the 89th minute for the draw.

9 (11) Minnesota United (NASL) :: 4-3-2 :: Rallied from first half deficit with pair of second half goals for 2-1 win at home against Fort Lauderdale.

10 (12) FC Edmonton (NASL) :: 2-3-4 :: Despite playing a man down for about an hour, they earned a 1-1 draw on the road with a second half equalizer.

11 (13) VSI Tampa Bay (USL Pro) :: 7-3-1 :: Drubbed visiting Antigua 8-0 Friday evening but edged visiting Phoenix 1-0 Sunday, scoring a man down in the second half.

12 (8) LA Blues (USL Pro) :: 5-5-4 :: Idle, but slide only because others below them moved up.

13 (7) Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) :: 4-2-2 :: With a man advantage since the 31st they took the lead but only earned a 1-1 draw at home versus Edmonton.

14 (17) Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) :: 3-8-1 ::  Fell 2-0 in Harrisburg on Wednesday on a pair second half goals and then posted a 1-1 draw in Richmond Saturday, scoring a minute after Richmond in the second half.

15 (14) Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) :: 2-5-2 :: Took the lead 10 minutes in on the road but fell 2-1 at Minnesota.

16 (15) San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) :: 2-4-2 :: Idle.

17 (16) Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) :: 1-7-4 ::  Saw a win elude them at home with the Montreal Impact Reserves scoring the 1-1 equalizer Saturday in the 86th minute.

18 (18) Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro) :: 3-4-5 :: Led since the ninth minute at home against the Toronto FC Reserves, allowing the equalizer in the 72nd for a 1-1 draw.

19 (19) Phoenix FC (USL Pro) :: 2-9-3 :: Lost 2-0 on the road against Orlando City Friday and then dropped a 1-0 decision Sunday at Tampa Bay, allowing the winner despite a man advantage.

20 (20) Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro) :: 0-11-0 :: Drubbed 8-0 on the road against Tampa Bay Friday, but were so, so close to a point Sunday, surprisingly taking league-leader Orlando to the 87th minute before a penalty broke the deadlock in a 2-0 loss.