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USL Championship Power Rankings – Week 2

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 03/18/19, 4:00PM EDT

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Four teams sit with two wins from two, but which one is on top of the pile?

The 2019 USL Championship Power Rankings are compiled each week by staff writers John Arlia and Nicholas Murray. Check back every Monday during the regular season to see who’s hot, and who’s not, as the biggest season in the league’s history progresses.

Select a logo to find where your team is ranked.

Atlanta United 2 Austin Bold FC Birmingham Legion FC Bethlehem Steel FC Charleston Battery Charlotte Independence Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC El Paso Locomotive FC Fresno FC
Hartford Athletic Indy Eleven LA Galaxy II Louisville City FC Las Vegas Lights FC Loudoun United FC Memphis 901 FC Nashville SC North Carolina FC
New Mexico United New York Red Bulls II Orange County SC OKC Energy FC Ottawa Fury FC Phoenix Rising FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Portland Timbers 2 Rio Grande Valley FC
Reno 1868 FC San Antonio FC Real Monarchs SLC Saint Louis FC Sacramento Republic FC Swope Park Rangers Tacoma Defiance Tampa Bay Rowdies Tulsa Roughnecks FC

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Summary

1 Saint Louis FC
(2-0-0)
Week 2: W, 1-0 @NSH
Week 3: TBR
8
Last Week: 9
Wins against Indy Eleven and Nashville SC are an impressive start to 2019.
2 OKC Energy FC
(2-0-0)
Week 2: W, 2-1 LV
Week 3: @SAC
1
Last Week: 3
Steve Cooke’s men are flying! Back-to-back wins to start a season is the best opening in Energy FC history.
3 North Carolina FC
(2-0-0)
Week 2: W, 1-0 @BST
Week 3: --
3
Last Week: 6
Marios Lomis’ goal was a shining piece of quality against Steel FC.
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(2-0-0)
Week 2: W, 2-0 PIT
Week 3: @STL
8
Last Week: 12
In two games, the Rowdies have allowed no goals against and only one shot on goal. Defense wins championships?
5 Sacramento Republic FC
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 1-0 @COS
Week 3: OKC

Last Week: 5
A solid road victory in Colorado Springs gets SRFC into the win column.
6 Nashville SC
(1-1-0)
Week 2: L, 0-1 STL
Week 3: @NY
4
Last Week: 2
One big chance aside, NSC’s offense sputtered against STLFC’s stifling defense.
7 Phoenix Rising FC
(0-0-2)
Week 2: T, 3-3 NM
Week 3: --
6
Last Week: 1
The attack looks in fine shape. The defense… it’s got some work to do.
8 Louisville City FC
(1-1-0)
Week 2: W, 1-0 @ATL
Week 3: HFD
1
Last Week: 7
The defending champion made its chance count, but it’s still not in high gear.
9 Reno 1868 FC
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 2-1 AUS
Week 3: @FRS
5
Last Week: 14
Can anyone stop Brian Brown?
10 Indy Eleven
(1-1-0)
Week 2: W, 3-2 @CLT
Week 3: --
1
Last Week: 11
The road win was nice, but another second-half slide still raises questions.
11 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
(1-1-0)
Week 2: L, 0-1 SAC
Week 3: SA
3
Last Week: 8
After firing on all cylinders in LA, the Switchbacks drew a blank on Saturday.
12 Charleston Battery
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 2-1 HFD
Week 3: --
5
Last Week: 17
A solid home victory against Hartford added to another decent start.
13 Fresno FC
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 2-0 @RGV
Week 3: RNO
10
Last Week: 23
Four points from two road games to start the season is a solid return for the Foxes.
14 New York Red Bulls II
(1-0-0)
Week 2: --
Week 3: NSH
1
Last Week: 15
Had an early bye week ahead of a big game with Nashville at home on Sunday.
15 Ottawa Fury FC
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 1-0 @BHM
Week 3: --
6
Last Week: 21
We hope Thomas Meilleur-Giguere’s teammates treated him to dinner after his game-saving block.
16 Real Monarchs SLC
(0-0-2)
Week 2: T, 0-0 ELP
Week 3: LA

Last Week: 16
U.S. U-20 goalkeeper David Ochoa is in tip-top form to start 2019.
17 New Mexico United
(0-0-2)
Week 2: T, 3-3 @PHX
Week 3: TUL, @OC
3
Last Week: 20
After two draws, New Mexico gets a chance to close out its first win on Wednesday.
18 Portland Timbers 2
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 3-1 @SA
Week 3: LV
7
Last Week: 25
T2’s midfield sliced and diced San Antonio on Saturday in a stellar road display.
19 Tulsa Roughnecks FC
(1-0-1)
Week 2: W, 5-3 @OC
Week 3: @NM, TAC
10
Last Week: 29
We have no idea where this trip is going, but we’re going to enjoy the ride.
20 Orange County SC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: L, 3-5 TUL
Week 3: NM
16
Last Week: 4
Saturday was only the third time OCSC had conceded at least five goals in club history.
21 Bethlehem Steel FC
(1-1-0)
Week 2: L, 0-1 NC
Week 3: MEM
3
Last Week: 18
GK Carlos Coronel’s fantastic penalty save wasn’t enough to keep out NCFC.
22 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
(0-1-0)
Week 2: L, 0-2 @TBR
Week 3: @SPR
9
Last Week: 13
The Hounds won’t be the last solid side to suffer defeat in Tampa Bay this season.
23 San Antonio FC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: L, 1-3 POR
Week 3: @COS
13
Last Week: 10
The good news is SAFC has created more chances than anyone else in 2019. Its defense, though…
24 Charlotte Independence
(0-1-0)
Week 2: L, 2-3 IND
Week 3: ATL
5
Last Week: 19
The comeback against Indy was valiant, but it wasn’t enough for a first point.
25 Las Vegas Lights FC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: L, 1-2 @OKC
Week 3: @POR
1
Last Week: 24
Lights FC has one point from two games, but the side showed fight against Energy FC.
26 Atlanta United 2
(1-1-0)
Week 2: L, 0-1 LOU
Week 3: @CLT
4
Last Week: 22
The hosts were denied at least a point by a stellar display by LouCity’s Ben Lundt.
27 Swope Park Rangers
(0-1-0)
Week 2: --
Week 3: PIT

Last Week: 27
The Rangers got the week off to recuperate ahead of hosting Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
28 El Paso Locomotive FC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: T, 0-0 @SLC
Week 3: RGV
4
Last Week: 32
Locomotive FC got everything but the goal against the 10-man Monarchs.
29 LA Galaxy II
(1-1-0)
Week 2: W, 3-0 @TAC
Week 3: @SLC
7
Last Week: 36
Welcome to LA, Augustine Williams.
30 Loudoun United FC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: T, 1-1 @MEM
Week 3: --
3
Last Week: 33
A first goal for 16-year-old Griffin Yow and a first point gets LUFC off the mark.
31 Memphis 901 FC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: T, 1-1 LDN
Week 3: @BST
3
Last Week: 34
The roof might have come off the top of AutoZone Park if the hosts had found a late winner.
32 Austin Bold FC
(0-1-1)
Week 2: L, 1-2 @RNO
Week 3: --
2
Last Week: 30
GK Diego Restrepo might be replaying Reno’s winner in his head for a while.
33 Birmingham Legion FC
(0-2-0)
Week 2: L, 0-1 OTT
Week 3: --
7
Last Week: 26
Legion FC was this-close to its first goal, and a first point in front of its fans.
34 Tacoma Defiance
(1-1-0)
Week 2: L, 0-3 LA
Week 3: @TUL
6
Last Week: 28
The good feeling from the opening victory disappeared fast thanks to Los Dos.
35 Rio Grande Valley FC
(0-2-0)
Week 2: L, 0-2 FRS
Week 3: @ELP
4
Last Week: 31
A missed penalty kick isn’t what a side looking for its first goal of 2019 needs.
36 Hartford Athletic
(0-2-0)
Week 2: L, 1-2 @CHS
Week 3: @LOU
1
Last Week: 35
The Athletic at least got their first goal, but the road ahead sees it visit Louisville, Indy and Tampa Bay. Not fun.

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