The single-division Mid-South Conference is underway… kind of.
There were supposed to be four matches to partake in this weekend, but only one actually took place due to a serious spat of inclement weather. We will take the opportunity to rank the teams, though, even though most of them haven’t taken the field yet.
- AFC 615, +0 from last week. The defending champions figure to top the table this year once again. They were supposed to get a good test against local rivals Music City SC, but we’ll have to wait for that fixture. Former USMNT senior team player and Black soccer pioneer Desmond Armstrong leads this team into battle, and the team’s performance this year should make him proud if nothing crazy happens. Then again, this is the UPSL.
- Bowling Green FC, +0 from last week. This team is capable of shaking things up in the pecking order this year. With the absence of last year’s second-placed team, Arkansas Wolves, the southern Kentucky club could be the one to challenge AFC. They have the only win of the season thus far against AFC’s reserve team, 615 Heroes, and they scored four.
- Music City SC, +0 from last week. I don’t know how to feel about Music City. There’s an aura of outside professionalism they’re going for, but last year, it didn’t translate on the field. They showed signs of talent but no real consistency, and I worry that the same will go for this year. With such a topsy-turvy division, though, that might be enough to keep them in the hunt for a National Playoffs spot.
- Pumas Premier, +0 from last week. Little is known about Pumas, but from what I can gather on socials, they’re pretty serious about getting the best local talent in Paducah, KY. It’s a smaller town, but the surrounding area definitely lacks the presence of an amateur club to house the best adult players. If Pumas play their cards right, they’ll certainly have the talent level to compete at the top of the Mid-South.
- 615 Heroes, +0 from last week. AFC will be the class of the division, and as such, even their second team should be competitive in the league this year. There’s a lot of talent in Nashville to draw from, so I really don’t think there will be an enormous dropoff between the first and second teams. Heroes did lose 4-2 this weekend, but that was an away match versus a Bowling Green team I’m high on. It should be fascinating to watch what they’re capable of.
- We United FC, +0 from last week. The Memphis-based side don’t have a whole lot of success to build on from last year, but their presence as a team in the first place is already more to draw on than half the league can boast. They showed flashes in the pan of something serious in select games, but much like Music City, they’ve got to develop more consistency, especially on the back line. That said, I doubt they’ll get run off the pitch by anyone this year.
- Saints FC, +0 from last week. It’s genuinely comical how little we know about this team. They have no social media pages, no home field, and the only reason we know where they’re located is the UPSL graphic that places them alongside Music City and the 615 teams in Nashville. In our experience, that lack of exposure is not a great sign for translating to the on-field product. But maybe they’ll be good? We have no reason to believe they won’t, at the very least.
- USC Revolution, +0 from last week. Revolution have changed their name from United SC last year, which was a good move for a variety of reasons. Any departure or disassociation from last year’s nightmare of a season is a good one for Revolution, as they picked up more losses than goals scored and didn’t earn a single point all season. I can’t say I expect a major turnaround this season, but I imagine they’ll at least take a step forward and keep a lot more matches competitive.
Let’s have a look at a rather bland league table for now:
- Bowling Green FC – 3 pts, +2 GD. Form: —-W
- AFC 615 – 0 pts, 0 GD. Form: —–
- Music City SC – 0 pts, 0 GD. Form: —–
- Pumas Premier – 0 pts, 0 GD. Form: —–
- We United – 0 pts, 0 GD. Form: —–
- Saints FC – 0 pts, 0 GD. Form: —–
- USC Revolution – 0 pts, 0 GD. Form: —–
- 615 Heroes – 0 pts, -2 GD. Form: —-L
And here’s a look at the fixtures on tap for next weekend, when we’ll really get a taste of what the league will look like (all times Eastern).
next week’s fixtures
- 6) We United v 2) Bowling Green – 4/3, 5 PM
- 9) USC Revolution v 4) Pumas Premier – 4/3, 7 PM
- 3) Music City v 8) Saints FC – 4/3, 7 PM
- 1) 615 Heroes v 5) AFC 615 – 4/3, 7 PM
One of the more mysterious conferences in the UPSL still has a lot to unveil, and we’ll be here to watch it as it does so.
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out our power rankings for other UPSL divisions on Monday morning!
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