Below are the rankings through June 4th, 2017 (last week’s ranking is in parentheses).
1 (Last Week- 1). Charleston Battery (1132)
In a pivotal match for Eastern Conference supremacy, Charleston split the points with Louisville on Saturday. The Battery have now scored in each of their 12 matches played this season, and have scored multiple goals in over half of those fixtures.
2 (2). Tampa Bay Rowdies (1123)
Despite striking first, the Rowdies needed an 83rd minute goal from Keith Savage to take a point from their bout with Charlotte on Sunday night. After starting the season winning their first three matches, Tampa Bay have now seen their winless streak reach a third match, their longest streak since April.
3 (3). Louisville City (1119)
After scoring only eight goals in their first eight matches, Louisville scored four goals in their match versus conference leaders, Charleston, on Saturday night. The Kentucky club faces a busy week 12, as they host Charlotte on Wednesday before an Eastern Conference finals rematch at the New York Red Bulls II on Sunday.
4 (4). Rochester Rhinos (1112)
Rochester’s unbeaten run stretched to a fifth straight match after beating FC Cincinnati, 1-0, on Saturday. The Rhinos have not lost since their 5-0 shutout defeat against Charleston nearly two months ago.
T5 (7). Saint Louis FC (1105)
Saint Louis earned their first win since April 12th (2-1 @ Pittsburgh), with a victory on Friday against Toronto FC II. Saint Louis’ Elo rating has not been lower than an 1098 (week 8), making them one of the most consistent clubs in the Eastern Conference.
T5 (5). Charlotte Independence (1105)
Dennis Castillo struck twice as Charlotte split the points with Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Independence make an Ohio River road trip this week, with matches at Louisville and at Cincinnati on tap.
7 (6). Ottawa Fury FC (1104)
Having scored ten goals in their last three matches, Ottawa’s offense has come alive in recent weeks. A fixture against a struggling City Islanders club sets up another chance for an onslaught of goals from Fury this week.
8 (10). Orlando City B (1101)
A road win in Pittsburgh has now seen the Baby Lions win three of their last five matches. Orlando City B have now scored multiple goals in five of their eleven matches this season.
9 (11). New York Red Bulls II (1098)
The Baby Bulls have put May’s struggles behind them as their win streak was extended this week with a win over Richmond. An Eastern Conference finals rematch with Louisville — that has been circled on our calendars all season — is on tap this weekend.
10 (9). FC Cincinnati (1094)
After seeing their winless streak end on Saturday, FC Cincinnati open a three match home stand, welcoming both Carolina clubs and Saint Louis FC to Nippert Stadium.
11 (7). Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1093)
The Riverhounds have seen their scoring production drop since the start of the season, with only three goals in their last five matches. A trip to Ontario to face the club that has given up the third most goals in the Eastern Conference this season allows an opportunity to reverse the recent scoring struggles.
T12 (12). Bethlehem Steel FC (1088)
Bethlehem closed out a three match home stretch taking four points from a possible nine. Steel prepare to spend the rest of June on the road, with trips to Saint Louis, NYRB II, and Harrisburg.
T12 (13). Harrisburg City Islanders (1088)
Coming off a bye week, Harrisburg take a trip north to Ottawa, hoping to end a seven match winless run.
14 (14). Richmond Kickers (1076)
Like the City Islanders, Richmond are also in the middle of a seven match winless streak. With their next three matches coming against clubs in the top five of our rankings, the struggles may continue for the Kickers.
15 (15). Toronto FC II (1063)
Despite taking more shots on the night than Saint Louis FC, Toronto FC II’s winless run reached an 11th consecutive match last Friday. TFC II have failed to score in nine of their matches this year. That’s 75% of their games played!
Week Twelve Matches
Wednesday, June 7th
#3 Louisville City (1119) v #5 Charlotte Independence (1105)
#8 Orlando City B (1101) v #4 Rochester Rhinos (1112)
Saturday, June 10th
#1 Charleston Batter (1132) v #14 Richmond Kickers (1076)
#10 FC Cincinnati (1094) v #5 Charlotte Independence (1105)
#7 Ottawa Fury FC (1104) v #12 Harrisburg City Islanders (1088)
#2 Tampa Bay Rowdies (1123) v #4 Rochester Rhinos (1112)
#15 Toronto FC II (1063) v #11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1093)
Sunday, June 11th
#9 New York Red Bulls II (1098) v #3 Louisville City (1119)
#5 Saint Louis FC (1105) v #12 Bethlehem Steel FC (1088)
After being as low as five clubs in Week 9, eight clubs now find themselves above the average rating this week, restoring some balance to a conference with a runaway lead pack. Saint Louis and Orlando City B both took advantage of wins see their rating go back above 1100. On the fringe, New York Red Bulls II sit ready to make the push back into the top half after a win this week.
Clubs ranked fifth through twelfth are only separated by 17 points, leaving a tight race for anyone looking for one of the last few playoff spots come October. With the summer months having begun, good results now will bear fruit when it comes to time to punch your ticket to the postseason.
With the first weekend of June complete, what are your thoughts on this week’s rankings? Can anyone catch the Battery at the top of the table? Which clubs will go on run throughout the summer? Let us know in the comments below!