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USL League Two Power Rankings: June 26

By Staff, 06/26/24, 4:30PM EDT


Defending champions tumble, Des Moines soars back in

On The Move






1 Seacoast United Phantoms
Next match: @ AC Connecticut, 6 p.m. ET, 6/26

Last Week:
The Phantoms keep rolling on. It may be time soon to start entertaining the impossible – the 2010 Portland Timber U-23s are the only side to finish a season perfect in all matches. Are they on their way?
2 Asheville City SC
Next match: @ East Atlanta FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, 6/29

Last Week:
The club’s 0-0 draw with Dothan is well in the rearview, and now, the Blues are on the precipice of confirming their place in the playoffs.
3 Ocean City Nor’Easters
Next match: vs. West Chester United, 7:30 p.m. ET, 6/28

Last Week:
The Beach House is all the rage this summer, and for good reason. They’re the second team running toward perfection, and currently hold a ten-point gap at the top of the division with a game in hand on second place. The chasm between the Nor’Easters and everyone they’ve faced is vast. The top three teams in these rankings draw a clear line below them.
4 Western Mass Pioneers
Next match: vs. Albany Rush, 7 p.m. ET, 6/28
Last Week:
Alec Hughes is the most prolific goalscorer in the league this season, and even despite perfection from Seacoast, the Pioneers sit only two points behind with an extra match played. A brilliant season so far from them, and the three horse race for the Northeast playoff spots is on fire.
5 Long Island Rough Riders
Next match: vs Staten Island ASC, 8 pm ET 6/26
Last Week:
No games played since these Power Rankings last ran, but they’ll play twice at home this week to really solidify their place atop the Metro. They’re strengthened by a poor week from Hudson Valley Hammers, but FC Motown STA are coming up right behind them.
6 Ventura County Fusion
Next match: @ FC Tucson, 7 p.m. PT, 6/24
Last Week:
The first half of Ventura’s match against Redlands threatened to get out of hand. After 40 minutes, they trailed 2-0, and after 45, they still trailed 3-1. It took a Herculean effort to bring it back to 3-3, but dropped points are dropped points. A win against Capo got them back on track, and they’ll be looking for distance from AMSG.
7 Flint City Bucks
Next match: vs. Kalamazoo FC, 7 p.m. ET, 6/29
Last Week:
The Bucks are rolling! Now firmly on pace to grab the Great Lakes crown, Flint City haven’t been held under two goals in the month of June. Their penultimate home match is coming this weekend, against Kalamazoo FC.
8 Lionsbridge FC
Next match: vs. Christos FC, 7 p.m. ET, 7/3

Last Week:
The Bridge are officially struggling at home, as much as a 6-1-1 team can. They can’t quite get a clean sheet at home, and a goal with about 20 minutes to go from 1-6-1 Patuxent FA threw their latest result into doubt. They are getting the results, but the margins are extremely fine.
9 Des Moines Menace
Next match: vs. River Light FC, 7 p.m. CT, 6/29

Welcome back, Des Moines! They’ve also not scored fewer than two goals in any match in June. Peoria and River Light FC caused a turbulent May, but it’s the Menace’s time to set the record straight.
10 Brave SC
Next match: @ Brooke House FC, 7 p.m. ET, 6/26
Last Week:
Brave SC’s scorelines since consecutive 1-1 draws to start the season: 5-0, 3-1, 4-1, 3-0, 3-0. Utterly dominant. Not much more to say.
11 Little Rock Rangers
Next match @ Blue Goose SC, 7 pm CT, 6/29

Last Week:
No games played this past week, but another big performance against Blue Goose SC would give the Rangers great momentum heading toward the end of the season.
12 Vermont Green FC
Next match: vs Boston City FC, 7 p.m. ET, 6/26
Last Week:
Also no games played for the Green, but this starts an incredibly critical period for them. They have the extra cushion of a qualifying round in the playoffs this season – but not if they don’t outpace the third-place spot in the Metro division. Four points from the last nine available isn’t enough.
13 Ballard FC
Next match: @ Midlakes United, 7 p.m. PT, 6/28
Last Week:
Struggles from the other clubs in the Northwest have kept their lead safe, but a loss to United PDX is a nasty blip in the season. They’ve got five games to get right ahead of playoffs, where they hope to become the league’s first repeat champion since the 2003 Cape Cod Crusaders.
14 Corpus Christi FC
Next match: @ Houston FC, 7 p.m. CT, 6/29

Only one point from two matches against AHFC Royals, but not a single point dropped against the rest of the Lone Star division will work quite nicely for the Sharks.
15 Charlottesville Blues FC
Next match: vs Patuxent FA, 8 p.m. ET, 6/29

Four wins on the bounce for the Blues, who are in fine form behind Lionsbridge FC. The path to the playoffs behind Lionsbridge lies between Charlottesville and Virginia Beach United, who are in for a photo finish at the end of the summer.

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