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smlwld stans 7/20: three’s a crowd

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In the last edition of smlwld stans, we took an exclusive look at all the clubs we’re stanning in the NISA Independent Cup. We’ll certainly review those selections this time around, but there are many other leagues to stan as well!

NISA Independent Cup

Well… it was a bit of a mixed bag for the clubs we decided to stan in NISA last time out.

To be fair, only one of them has seen the field since then, Georgia Revolution of the Southeast Region. However, they are third out of four after two matches, only above… the other Georgia club involved, Savannah Clovers.

The Revs have looked like a consistent scoring threat throughout, but aren’t as solid defensively. They conceded three to Chattanooga and another pair to Soda City, a club they should be beating the majority of the time.

Nothing has been particularly bad from the McDonough, GA side, but they just haven’t shined enough yet to really make Georgia proud. This is no easy tournament!

They do get their most favorable matchup of the bunch this Saturday, though, as they face Savannah Clovers, a team that’s already out of contention for the final. The Revs need to pull out a victory on their end and hope Chattanooga put away Soda City by enough goals to give them the goal differential advantage.

Meanwhile, in the Central Plains region, Louisiana Krewe looks to carry the smallworld banner into its opening match against Gaffa FC this Friday. A win in the first leg of the tie would do them a world of good, and they’ll feel good about their chances of doing so as the home side.

Two days later, the two sides will meet again, and the stage will be set for the final, pitting the winner against the victor between Mansfield Revolution and Lone Star Republic.

Then, next Tuesday, Maryland Bobcats host the Mid-Atlantic Region, facing off against New Amsterdam FC, Baltimore Christos, and New York Cosmos in a 5-day span. Every match counts, as the round robin standings are as far as the competition goes!

In the same timeframe, we’ll see Cleveland SC take on the Great Lakes Division. They kick things off against FC Buffalo on the 29th, then play on the last day of the month against Detroit City.

USL League One

The second tier of USL is officially back under way as of last Saturday, and that means smallworld now must choose someone to stan.

There are two obvious choices here. The first is the national treasure that is Forward Madison, who fits smallworld’s love of weird and quirky quite well. The second, though, is just as enticing, the Georgia representatives at Tormenta FC.

Georgia roots run deep at smallworld, and given our prior connection with the club, we have to side with Bolt the Ibis, the best mascot in the league, and officially stan Tormenta. That does not mean, however, that we won’t be following the Mingos closely as well.

The unfortunate part of our decision to stan Tormenta is that their opening match was cancelled. They were supposed to host Richmond Kickers on Saturday, but after a pair of positive COVID-19 tests, the club did the right thing and postponed that home game.

As a result, the new home opener for the club is this Saturday the 25th, as a southeastern rivalry is rekindled with the Chattanooga Red Wolves. smallworld will definitely be following that match!

Both sides came agonizingly close to a playoff spot last year, so it’s not hard to imagine both sides will be in the hunt for that position again in 2020.

UPSL

That’s right, we decided we couldn’t help but include the legendary Leg A-Z Soccer International in this series!

If you’ve been listening to our podcast, smallworld soccer report, you’ll know how wonderful I think this name is. If not, however, you probably know from first glance anyway.

They’re in the Florida Central East region within Division 1 of UPSL, and they’re still unbeaten as of now. They sit third behind OFC Barca and FK Orlando, with 12 and 9 points respectively, and have 7 points themselves with a game in hand on the top two.

They also bring a two-game winning streak into their next match, which happens to be against one of those top two, FK Orlando. It should be a really exciting matchup, and hopefully Leg A-Z will find a way to win and climb up a spot in the table!

In the opposite corner of the country, however, the team smlwld stans is not faring very similarly. Alaska’s MatSu United rolled out a very sharp logo and name revamp, and we’ve been excited for their return to play ever since then.

The excitement hasn’t been realized on the pitch as of yet, though, as MatSu are winless from two games and have leaked 16 goals in those two matches.

They’ll be hopeful that the tides can turn with a pair of games against a more favorable opponent, Fairbanks SC. Fairbanks have just one point from two matches, so this feels like a much more evenly matched contest than the previous two for both sides.

Well, that’s all the stanning there is to do for this week. Stay tuned two Mondays from now for a new smlwld stans post, and there will be much more content to come between now and then.

Support local soccer and stay weird!

Blessings,

Danny

By danny kotula

danny kotula is an aspiring sports writer and play-by-play commentator. unfortunately, he is not good at either one. his interests include watching soccer and listening to obscure music genres, and those aren’t even his most boring ones. he was born in Tacoma, Washington but has called South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, California, Georgia, and Costa Rica home over the course of his life. he generally knows where to put a comma, which is by far his most redeeming quality. he is writing this in third person as if he were famous enough for someone to write him a biography, but don’t be fooled. he’s not famous.

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