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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.