Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lower Division Power Rankings - July 10

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The NASL Spring campaign closed with Atlanta number two in the mixed rankings, trailing only the unbeaten Richmond Kickers. However, don't be surprised to see San Antonio quickly move up the list from their number-three position as they are arguably the hottest Lower Division team right now having beaten every team in the NASL over the past seven games except Atlanta as they went on an amazing season turnaround of 6-0-1 to go from the bottom of the table to a title contender that came up one goal (the 1-0 loss in Atlanta during the run) shy of the championship.

Orlando City's slide continues with San Antonio's jump and don't look now, but the Wilmington Hammerheads are starting to show strong with positive results over the past week against the top two teams in the USL Pro table.

The bottom of the list, meanwhile, remains a muddled mess. Antigua has, arguably, its last chance at picking up points when they play the second of two games in Phoenix.

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

1 (1) Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) :: 9-0-6 :: Roared back from an early Dutch Lions goal for a 3-2 win in Dayton.

2 (2) Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) :: 6-3-3 :: Won the Spring NASL title by posting a 3-0 win in Minnesota along with help elsewhere.

3 (5) San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) :: 6-4-2 :: Finished the season with a 2-0 win over league-leading Carolina for a 6-1-0 record (only loss to Atlanta) over the final seven games.

4 (3) Carolina RailHawks (NASL) :: 5-2-5 :: Fell on the road, 2-0, to the San Antonio Scorpions, coming up short in the bid for the Spring title.

5 (4) Orlando City (USL Pro) :: 10-2-4 :: The Lions are now winless for three straight, playing to a 2-2 draw in Wilmington and a 1-1 tie in Charleston, allowing equalizers in the final 10 minutes of both games.

6 (6) Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) :: 5-4-3 :: Posted an easy 4-0 home win over state rival Fort Lauderdale.

7 (8) Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) :: 7-2-8 :: The Eagles continue to impress, winning 3-2 in Pittsburgh after trailing twice, and going up two goals two nights later in Rochester only to finish level at 2-2.

8 (10) Charleston Battery (USL Pro) :: 7-3-6 :: Picked up a 1-1 draw against visiting Orlando courtesy of an 89th minute equalizer.

9 (12) Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) :: 6-8-3 :: A big week for the Hammerheads against two top teams, posting a 2-2 draw against visiting league-leading Orlando Wednesday and capturing a 2-1 win over second-place Harrisburg Saturday thanks to a 90th minute winner.

10 (7) Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) :: 10-5-1 :: Missed a chance to move atop the table, falling 2-1 in Wilmington on a 90th minute winner.

11 (9) Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) :: 7-3-5 :: Came from behind to defeat visiting Rochester Thursday, 3-1, and saw a Richmond come back to hand them a 3-2 loss at home.

12 (11) FC Edmonton (NASL) :: 3-4-5 :: Idle.

13 (14) VSI Tampa Bay (USL Pro) :: 7-6-3 :: Idle.

14 (16) LA Blues (USL Pro) :: 7-6-5 :: Dropped a big 6-0 win on visiting Antigua Thursday before traveling to Pittsburgh Saturday for a 2-1 victory thanks to an 89th minute winer.

15 (15) Minnesota United (NASL) :: 4-6-2 :: Lost 3-0 at home to eventual Spring champion Atlanta.

16 (13) Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro) :: 5-6-6 :: Suffered two losses at home, falling 3-2 to Charlotte and 2-1 to Los Angeles.

17 (18) Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) :: 3-8-7 :: In danger of missing the playoffs for the first time ever, the Rhinos did not help themselves much, falling 3-1 in Dayton Thursday and rallying from two down at home for a 2-2 draw against Charlotte Saturday.

18 (17) Phoenix FC (USL Pro) :: 3-10-6 :: Avoided an embarrassing moment, posting a narrow 1-0 win over pointless Antigua Saturday.

19 (19) Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) :: 2-8-2 :: Could not even muster a goal against state rival Tampa Bay in a 4-0 road loss.

20 (20) Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro) :: 0-17-0 :: Lost 6-0 in Los Angeles and came close to getting their first point in Phoenix, falling 1-0.

Note: The LD Power Rankings are based on past results are not a projection of the future.

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