Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lower Division Power Rankings - June 4

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The weekly edition of the mixed Lower Division power rankings based on results from all competitions, including the US Open Cup. Last week's edition saw the top five teams go 4-0-1 in the Open Cup vs MLS opposition.

The top four remain the same this week, mostly because I just couldn't justify any one team jumping past another. In fact, I even considered giving 2-4 all the same ranking so they were even. The top six right now are the elite and I don't see much hope for anyone in the bottom five.

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

1 (1) Orlando City (USL Pro) :: 8-1-2 :: Registered a 3-1 Open Cup upset win Tuesday against the visiting Colorado Rapids and were idle in league play.

2 (2) Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) :: 6-0-3 :: Took DC United to penalties in a scoreless draw in the Open Cup before being eliminated in the tiebreaker. They then  edged Phoenix 1-0 in league play Friday.

3 (3) Carolina RailHawks (NASL) :: 3-1-3 :: Blanked the LA Galaxy 2-0 in an Open Cup upset and then played to a 1-1 draw in Fort Lauderdale Saturday.

4 (4) Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) :: 3-2-3 :: Knocked off the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in an Open Cup upset and then went across the continent and played to a scoreless draw in Edmonton.

5 (6) Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) :: 7-2-1 :: Picked up a pair of big road wins in league play, downing Charleston and Charlotte, both of whom played in the Open Cup earlier in the week when Harrisburg was idle, 2-1 and 4-0, respectively.

6 (5) Charleston Battery (USL Pro) :: 6-3-1 :: The club knocked out the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in the US Open Cup, but fell 2-1 to Harrisburg in league play Friday.

7 (8) Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) :: 4-2-1 :: Trailing since the third minute, they got a late equalizer to force overtime at RSL, eventually falling 3-2 in the Open Cup. They kept their top spot in the league despite being idle with other contenders playing to draws.

8 (9) LA Blues (USL Pro) :: 5-5-4 :: Earned a pair of draws on the road, playing to a 2-2 draw in Rochester Friday and then a scoreless draw in Dayton Sunday after falling earlier in the week, 2-1, to Chivas USA in the Open Cup.

9 (7) Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) :: 3-2-4 :: Suffered their first home loss in league play Saturday, 4-0, to Harrisburg after losing 2-0 to the Chicago Fire.

10 (10) Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) :: 4-2-2 :: Fell 2-1 to the Columbus Crew in the Open Cup and then played to a scoreless stalemate with visiting LA Blues Sunday.

11 (11) Minnesota United (NASL) :: 3-3-2 :: Fell 2-0 on the road to San Antonio.

12 (12) FC Edmonton (NASL) :: 2-3-3 :: Played to a scoreless draw against Tampa Bay.

13 (13) VSI Tampa Bay (USL Pro) :: 5-3-1 :: Had a big 4-1 lead against the Timbers reserves only to finish even at 4-4.

14 (15) Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) :: 2-4-2 :: Fell 2-0 at home to FC Dallas in the Open Cup and then played to a 1-1 draw against visiting Carolina in league play.

15 (17) San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) :: 2-4-2 :: Registered a 2-0 victory over visiting Minnesota Saturday.

16 (14) Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) :: 1-7-3 :: Got rolled over by the New England Revolution 5-1 in the Open Cup and then rebounded with their first two-goal outing in a 2-2 draw against LA Blues in league play Friday, but on Sunday were 3-0 losers in Pittsburgh.

17 (18) Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) :: 3-7-0 ::  Defeated Phoenix, which played the night before in Richmond, 2-1 on Saturday.

18 (19) Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro) :: 3-4-4 :: Blanked the visiting Rhinos, who played the night before, 3-0 on Saturday.

19 (16) Phoenix FC (USL Pro) :: 2-7-3 :: Lost a pair of games on the road, falling 1-0 in Richmond Friday and 2-1 in Wilmington Saturday.

20 (20) Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro) :: 0-9-0 :: Good news is they didn't lose, but only because they were idle.