USL Rankings – 5 May 2015

Scratching the Pitch has been busy working other stories that will hopefully break after the weekend. The weekly limit on word count has been reached, but the computers have been crunching the numbers in the background. As a result you get an abbreviated version of the weekly USL rankings.

Eastern Conference

  1. Rochester Rhinos – last week: 1, USL standings: 1
  2. Charleston Battery – last week: 2, USL standings: 3
  3. Richmond Kickers – last week: 3, USL standings: 2
  4. Louisville City FC – last week: 4, USL standings: 4
  5. Pittsburgh Riverhounds – last week: 5, USL standings: 5
  6. Saint Louis FC – last week: 6, USL standings: 8
  7. Harrisburg City Islanders – last week: 9, USL standings: 7
  8. New York Red Bulls II – last week: 8, USL standings: 6
  9. Charlotte Independence – last week: 11, USL standings: 9
  10. Wilmington Hammerheads FC – last week: 7, USL standings: 10
  11. Toronto FC II – last week: 10, USL standings: 11
  12. FC Montreal – last week: 12, USL standings: 12

Western Conference

  1. Orange County Blues FC – last week: 1, USL standings: 2
  2. Seattle Sounders FC 2 – last week: 4, USL standings: 1
  3. OKC Energy FC – last week: 3, USL standings: 9
  4. Arizona United SC – last week: 2, USL standings: 8
  5. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – last week: 8, USL standings: 7
  6. Sacramento Republic FC – last week: 5, USL standings: 3
  7. Austin Aztex – last week: 7, USL standings 5
  8. Portland Timbers 2 – last week: 6, USL standings: 6
  9. LA Galaxy II – last week: 9, USL standings: 4
  10. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – last week: 10, USL standings: 10
  11. Real Monarchs SLC – last week: 12, USL standings: 11
  12. Tulsa Roughnecks FC – last week 11, USL standings 12

Explaining the Rankings

This isn’t the hip, advanced statistical analysis of TSR and PDO (look for that in future posts), but an algorithm has been applied to arrive at the rankings presented here. The four components of the algorithm are:

  • Match Results – Wins, losses, and draws aren’t the only thing, but they are a great place to start.
  • Strength of Opponent – As the cliché goes, you have to beat the best to be the best.
  • Match Location – It is usually more difficult to win on the road, and clubs get credit for that here.
  • Goal Differential – Beating the best is one thing. Beating them into a pulp is even better.

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