This is not an opinion poll. An algorithm is used to determine where each team will be racked and stacked. Certain factors are used to scale the points earned for wins and draws. Results on the road are weighed more heavily than those at home. Strength of schedule is taken into consideration. A lot of emphasis is placed upon the most recent result.
The previous week’s ranking, the position in the USL PRO table, and the strength of schedule are presented for each team. These numbers are conveniently located just below the team’s rank and accumulated Reckless Rankings points.
Prev Week: 6 | USL PRO Pos: 2 | SoS Ave: 1.442
It would be an understatement to say that the City Islanders had an impressive week. They had a monstrous week, earning six points on the road at Charleston and Charlotte. They took the Eagles behind the woodshed with a 4-0 whipping that included a first-half brace by Aaron Wheeler. It was the perfect way to rebound from last week’s loss at Richmond. When the City Islanders are firing on all cylinders, they are as good as any team in this league.
Week Ahead: at home tonight against Wilmington and at home on Saturday against Colorado Rapids reserves
Prev Week: 1 | USL PRO Pos: 1| SoS Ave: 1.388
Orlando had a break in their USL PRO schedule. It allowed Harrisburg to make up a lot of ground in the league table and surpass OCSC by the slimmest of margins in this week’s Reckless Rankings. Everyone seems to proclaim that Orlando is heads and shoulders above everyone else in the league, and it’s certainly hard to argue with that. A close look at the stats, though, reveal that HCI are as stingy on defense and nearly as potent on offense as the Lions.
Week Ahead: At home on Friday against Phoenix and at home on Sunday against Antigua
Prev Week: 3 | USL PRO Pos: 3 | SoS Ave: 1.439
The Kickers turned in a solid defensive performance against the Phoenix FC Wolves. Nate Robinson’s goal was all that Richmond needed to secure the victory and remain undefeated. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when this team hits the road.
Week Ahead: at home on Saturday against Wilmington
Prev Week: 2 | USL PRO Pos: 5 | SoS Ave: 1.495
Now that the Blues are more than halfway through their league schedule, we have a pretty good idea about who they are. Los Angeles is very good at home, and solid on the road. The recent road trip included draws at Rochester and Dayton. Not bad for a west coast team playing east of the Mississippi.
Week Ahead: the Blues aren’t scheduled to play in USL PRO this week
Prev Week: 4 | USL PRO Pos: 4 | SoS Ave: 1.484
The Battery suffered a tough 2-1 loss at home against Harrisburg, which was the exact opposite of the result when Charleston made the trip to Pennsylvania earlier in the season. I’m sure that USL PRO followers are wondering when Jose Cuevas is going to start making some noise for the Battery.
Week Ahead: at home tonight against Charlotte and at home on Saturday against Houston Dynamo reserves
Prev Week: 5 | USL PRO Pos: 6 | SoS Ave: 1.358
Tampa Bay was up 4-1 at home against the Portland Timbers reserves, but couldn’t hold onto the three points. Portland charged back in the second half to level the score and earn a draw. Andriy Budnyy scored two goals before the first 15 minutes of the match had expired. As the season wears on, it appears that VSI Tampa Bay is going to be making a serious bid for a playoff spot in their first year in the league.
Week Ahead: at home on Friday against Antigua and at home on Sunday against Phoenix
Prev Week: 8 | USL PRO Pos: 9 | SoS Ave: 1.448
The Riverhounds are on something of a roll in league play. The team’s success coincides with the individual performances of Jose Angulo, who keeps scoring goals, and Matt Dallman, who keeps assisting on them. It helps that Jhonny Arteaga seems to have found his stride.
Week Ahead: at home on Friday against Toronto FC reserves
Prev Week: 7 | USL PRO Pos: 7 | SoS Ave: 1.419
Dayton had a chance to climb a spot higher in the league standings against a Los Angeles side that should have been tired from travel and playing two nights prior. Instead, the Dutch Lions seemed to come out flat, and could only manage a 0-0 draw. Still, Dayton is on a four-game unbeaten streak in the league and looks to make the playoffs for the first time in team history.
Week Ahead: at home on Saturday against Columbus Crew reserves
Prev Week: 9 | USL PRO Pos: 8 | SoS Ave: 1.451
The Eagles were flying high for the first seven games of the USL PRO schedule. The recent loss to Harrisburg is now the teams second consecutive defeat, and Charlotte has yielded 4 goals to the opposition in both defeats. What has happened to the defense that was so stout at the onset of the season?
This Week: at Charleston tonight
Prev Week: 11 | USL PRO Pos: 10| SoS Ave: 1.507
Wilmington eked out a win at home against the Wolves last week. The Hammerheads are going to have to string together more positive results if they want to avoid being labeled as the best of the worst in USL PRO.
Week Ahead: tonight at Harrisburg and and Saturday at Richmond
Prev Week: 10 | USL PRO Pos: 11 | SoS Ave: 1.514
Phoenix dropped two decisions on the road. The team is simply unable to live up to the expectations that may have been generated by some of the successes early in the season. At this point, it’s fair to assess that Phoenix will probably be watching the playoffs rather than competing in them.
Week Ahead: at Orlando on Friday and at Tampa Bay on Sunday
Prev Week: 11 | USL PRO Pos: 12 | SoS Ave: 1.607
Well, if the fans in Rochester expected a quick turnaround after the return of Pat Ercoli to the helm, they are disappointed. I don’t know what else to say about this team right now.
Week Ahead: at home on Friday against Montreal Impact reserves
Prev Week: 13 | USL PRO Pos: 13| SoS Ave: 1.587
The Barracuda had the week off. Many of the staff at Reckless Challenge are convinced that Antigua is going to get into the win column soon.
Week Ahead: at Tampa Bay on Friday and at Orlando on Sunday