Another week of tasty matchups in the Peach State is done and dusted!
The home of the reigning UPSL champions proved once again that it’s chock full of talented teams. Without any further ado, let’s see how week three of action played out!
- Atletico Atlanta, +0 from last week (W 3-0 over Potros FC). They would have needed to mess up significantly to lose the top spot, and they’ve done the opposite. They delivered against a sneakily good Potros side and looked dominant the whole way through. After a shaky draw to start the season, Atletico are back to being the favorites they’ll feel they always should have been.
- LSA Limeño, +1 from last week (W 2-1 over Seas Jamaica). Seas Jamaica may be trending down, but don’t undervalue the quality of this win for this Gainesville-based group. That was a hard-fought away win against a team their toughest test so far, and they can now properly feel they’ve got a shot at the title. 5-1 over Stone Mountain was no fluke after all!
- FC Matata, -1 from last week (D 3-3 with Kalonji). Clearly goalscoring is not an issue for one of the OGs from the original Caribbean Division. They couldn’t quite manage a victory against Kalonji in their opponents’ first match of the season, but that was a good opponent they played. They could use some work on the back line, but their attack made Kalonji look silly, and there’s a lot to like about this still-undefeated Matata team.
- Kalonji Pro-Profile, +1 from last week (D 3-3 with Matata). Well, we’ve finally seen Kalonji in action. They took a hiatus from the league for a couple of years and were forced into an early hiatus this season after having two straight matches postponed. It was an impressive display against one of the most proven teams in the league, as they put three past Matata and sent a message to the league that they’re ready to take all challengers. They’ll have to prove they’re worthy of a top three spot in a league this competitive, but the signs are promising so far.
- Seas Jamaica United, -1 from last week (L 1-2 to LSA). To be fair to them, Seas Jamaica have endured the toughest schedule to date, facing top-ranked Atletico, second-ranked LSA, and a surging Forest Rovers. At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t matter who you have to face; the bottom line is that Seas have no wins to their name after five matches. They’ve scored in every game, but never managed more than one goal per match. That needs to change quickly in a division full of goalscorers.
- Atlanta Elephants, +0 from last week (W 2-1 over Rovers). This is a nice win, especially on the defensive end. Elephants were leaky in the back leading into this weekend, giving up seven goals in two matches. They turned things around against the newbies from ADASL, conceding just one and pulling out the narrow victory. They’ve certainly not faced the best competition in the league yet, but they’ve shown an ability to get results against beatable opponents, and that tendency will serve them well down the stretch.
- Forest Rovers, +2 from last week (W 2-1 over ATLetic). We don’t know too much about ATLetic right now, but they’re nowhere near bottom-feeders. Forest Rovers earned a second straight quality result after holding Seas Jamaica last week. They’re on the rise and could really play their way into playoff security over the next few weeks if they keep on like this.
- Potros FC, -1 from last week (L 0-3 to Atletico). It’s not like we expected any other result from Potros against the league leaders. That being said, they didn’t ever look competitive against Atletico, and the teams around them are looking rather attractive recently. Their win over Forest Rovers is looking stronger and stronger by the day, but they’ve now lost two straight and will need to turn it around quickly before they lose ground in the race for sixth place.
- Club ATLetic, -1 from last week (L 1-2 to Forest Rovers). Losing to Forest Rovers by a single goal isn’t too shabby right now. Their opponents just outplayed them and have started the season well. That said, nobody else in the league is going to be any easier to beat, and that’s the only result ATLetic has on its resume so far. They’ll want to beef up their record in the coming weeks to prove they’re a contender.
- Rovers FC, +0 from last week (L 1-2 to Elephants). Scoring is starting to become a concern for Rovers. They bagged two against last-placed Stone Mountain, but they’ve scored just once since then. That goal came against an Elephants side that had conceded 3.5 goals a match coming in, so the attacking exploits are less than impressive right now. They need some kind of positive result to stem the tide, because the schedule isn’t getting any easier from here.
- FC Stone Mountain, +0 from last week (no match). On the bright side, Stone Mountain didn’t lose this week. They’ll be hoping the rest week works wonders for them and puts them in better shape to face the rest of the league in their eight remaining fixtures, because the first two were poor showings.
With that, let’s take a gander at the table three weeks in.
- Atletico Atlanta – 7 pts, +5 GD. Form: –DWW.
- LSA Limeño – 6 pts, +5 GD. Form: —WW.
- Atlanta Elephants – 6 pts, -2 GD. Form: –LWW.
- FC Matata – 4 pts, +4 GD. Form: —WD.
- Forest Rovers FC – 4 pts, 0 GD. Form: –LDW.
- Rovers FC – 3 pts, -1 GD. Form: –WLL.
- Potros FC – 3 pts, -3 GD. Form: –WLL.
- Seas Jamaica United – 2 pts, -1 GD. Form: –DDL.
- Kalonji Pro-Profile – 1 pt, 0 GD. Form: —-D.
- Club ATLetic – 0 pts, -1 GD. Form: —-L.
- FC Stone Mountain – 0 pts, -6 GD. Form: —LL.
Here’s a preview of yet another excellent weekend of matches on tap for the Georgia Division. All times are Eastern.
next week’s fixtures
- 8) Potros v 4) Kalonji – Sat, Apr 3, 1:30 PM
- 10) Rovers v 7) Forest Rovers – Sat, Apr 3, 4 PM
- 2) LSA v 1) Atletico – Sat, Apr 3, 4 PM
- 9) ATLetic v 11) Stone Mountain – Sat, Apr 3, 7 PM
- 3) Matata v 5) Seas Jamaica – Sun, Apr 4, 6 PM
Wow. That LSA-Atletico match should be a belter, especially given that LSA is one of the few teams in the league who actually benefit from a more tangible home field advantage. They’re based an hour and a half north of Atlanta and play out of Allen Creek Park, whereas all but one of the rest of the teams play at either Silverbacks Park or South Gwinnett Park, two shared venues that don’t carry much weight when you’re the “home” team.
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