Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lower Division Power Rankings - August 7

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San Antonio's slip up at home in the NASL's return to action led to the the only movement among the top eight clubs that remain solidly entrenched within their grouping.

Everything below though is entirely up for grabs. Pittsburgh, for instance, made a huge move up the list with two stunning wins against quality opposition on the road and Wilmington made a move out of the deep bottom with a pair of wins while clubs like Dayton, VSI Tampa Bay and Rochester fell even further.

This Week (Last Week) Club (League) :: W-L-D :: Notes [through August 4]

1 (1) Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) :: 13-1-9 :: Picked up a 1-0 win in Charlotte Friday to extend the unbeaten streak to 22 games, but saw the streak come to an end in Charleston Saturday 5-2 in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.

2 (2) Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) :: 7-3-3 :: Spring champions Atlanta pick up where they left off, edging host Minnesota in a 1-0 contest.

3 (4) Carolina RailHawks (NASL) :: 6-2-5 :: Posted a narrow 1-0 victory over visiting FC Edmonton on a storm-affected evening.

4 (5) Orlando City (USL Pro) :: 13-3-6 :: Dropped a 1-0 decision at home Saturday against playoff bubble contender Pittsburgh but rebounded with a 3-0 road win against nearby VSI Tampa Bay.

5 (6) Charleston Battery (USL Pro) :: 11-6-6 :: The Battery suffered a surprising 2-1 loss in Wilmington Friday but made headlines Saturday by handing the Richmond Kickers their first loss of the season, 5-2.

6 (7) Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) :: 6-4-3 :: Posted a 7-4 victory at San Antonio in a wild affair in which they were originally down by three.

7 (3) San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) :: 6-5-2 :: Saw a three-goal advantage erased at home in a 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

8 (8) Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) :: 13-8-2 :: The City Islanders posted a 3-1 victory in Phoenix on Wednesday and picked up a fourth point on the road with a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles, though they gave up a two-goal lead.

9 (14) Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro) :: 9-6-7 :: Posted an impressive trip to Florida, surprising fellow playoff bubble contender Tampa Bay 2-1 Friday and stunning regular season title contender Orlando City Saturday 1-0.

10 (13) New York Cosmos (NASL) :: 1-0-0 :: In their debut they posted a 2-1 home victory over the Spring season's worst club Fort Lauderdale.

11 (11) LA Blues (USL Pro) :: 9-8-7 :: Rallied from two down Saturday to earn a 2-2 draw against visiting Harrisburg.

12 (9) Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) :: 9-7-7 :: The Dutch Lions eliminated the Rhinos from playoff contention with a 3-1 road win but fell at home the following night, 1-0, to Wilmington.

13 (12) Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) :: 8-4-10 :: Dropped a 1-0 decision at home against the unbeaten Richmond Kickers Friday.

14 (18) Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) :: 8-11-4 :: Kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a surprising 2-1 home win against nearby rival Charleston Friday and a 1-0 victory in Dayton Sunday.

15 (10) VSI Tampa Bay (USL Pro) :: 9-9-4 :: Lost Friday evening 2-1 to Pittsburgh and was blanked handily at home again Sunday to nearby rival Orlando City.

16 (17) Minnesota United (NASL) :: 4-7-2 :: Fell at home to the Spring champion Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0.

17 (16) FC Edmonton (NASL) :: 3-5-5 :: Lost a close 1-0 contest in Carolina on a storm-affected evening.

18 (15) Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) :: 4-9-10 :: The Rhinos were knocked out of playoff contention 3-1 at home by Dayton Friday, marking the first time in franchise history Rochester will not be in the postseason.

19 (19) Phoenix FC (USL Pro) :: 5-12-7 :: Fell at home 3-1 to Harrisburg Wednesday.

20 (20) Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) :: 2-9-2 :: New coach and added MLS players on loan not enough on the road in Cosmos debut as they fall 2-1.

21 (21) Antigua Barracuda (USL Pro) :: 0-23-0 :: Idle

Note: NASL league records are combined Spring/Fall totals. The LD Power Rankings are based on past results are not a projection of the future.

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