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power rankings: UPSL mid-atlantic division, week 2

We’re two weeks into an exciting UPSL season in the Carolinas!

There’s a lot of talent at the top of this league, and this week proved that the talent might run deeper than originally expected.

Here’s where our power rankings stand for this second week of the season.

the rankings

  1. SC Heat, +1 from last week (W 7-0 over Lobos). Um, okay then. These guys left absolutely nothing to chance in the most lopsided result in the entirety of the UPSL this season. They’re perfect after two matches, and now can boast stellar statistics on both sides of the ball. They’ve picked up nine goals from those two matches, but they also have two clean sheets. They’re looking like a truly fearsome opponent right now, and perennial powerhouses are leaving the door open for the time being.
  2. San Lee FC, +4 from last week (D 2-2 with Charleston). It’s a weird division, man. A week one win puts you in sixth, and then a draw skyrockets you to the top two. This draw is against a Charleston team who just beat defending champs Soda City, and now that Charlotte United has picked up a win, that opening day triumph for San Lee looks a lot stronger. All of a sudden, they’re right in the running for challenging the title favorites.
  3. Charleston United, -2 from last week (D 2-2 with San Lee). United drop two spots mostly by virtue of the two teams ahead of them doing really well. There’s not too much need for concern in the Charleston camp, though they certainly would have liked to take all three points against their opponents from Sanford. They’ve played two of the toughest opponents they’ll see all season and have come away unbeaten, so that’s a plus any way you slice it.
  4. Combine Rush, -2 from last week (D 2-2 with Moros). Another casualty of two great performances passing them up, Combine Rush came back brilliantly from 2-0 down to share the spoils with one of the division’s most talented squads. They’ll want to fix some errors in possession and keep from being in that situation too often down the road, but they could do worse for themselves after two matches.
  5. Moros FC, +3 from last week (D 2-2 with Rush). We probably underestimated Moros last week, and thanks to live Twitter coverage from Zack Leischner, we can tell you that Moros looked the better side for the most part in that draw. They’ll need to do a better job of finishing out matches like that down the road, but it’s not a bad start to their season.
  6. Soda City FC, -3 from last week. (D 0-0 with Queen City). This one looks pretty ugly for Soda City. After an understandable loss to title hopefuls in Charleston United, this scoreless showing against a struggling new team is less excusable. They need to score goals more consistently and deliver results against these types of teams if they’re going anywhere near their Mid-Atlantic title position from last year.
  7. Charlotte United, +2 from last week (W 1-0 over Myrtle Beach). This win is a big step for the newbies from smallworld’s soon-to-be home base this summer. United didn’t perform against San Lee last week, but then again, they only conceded one against a team that’s just held Charleston. Meanwhile, they took care of business this week to obtain an imperative three points. We’ll see how they respond to the win over the coming weeks.
  8. Queen City FC, +2 from last week (D 0-0 with Soda City). It’s never ideal to go scoreless in your first two matches as a club, but they also showed solid defending in their draw against the defending champions, and that shows a sign of promise that was not present after last week’s 3-0 loss to Combine Rush.
  9. Myrtle Beach FC, -1 from last week (L 0-1 to Charlotte). Myrtle Beach can and will feel hard done by their opening two losses. It seems like they’ve been competitive in both, but SC Heat have proven to be hard to beat and Charlotte was able to eke out a 1-0 win at home to keep Myrtle Beach without any points. They should change that sooner rather than later, but they need to buckle down and get that first positive result under their belt as quickly as possible.
  10. Lobos FC, -6 from last week (L 0-7 to SC Heat). Well, it’s only up from here. That was a low point for Lobos, and they’ll take almost nothing positive away from the home loss against Heat. They’ve got some soul searching to do now, as they’ll have to shake off that opener quickly and pick themselves up for future matches.

This is where we stand in the table after two weekends of play.

actual table

  1. SC Heat – 6 pts, +9 GD. Form: —WW.
  2. Combine Rush – 4 pts, +3 GD. Form: —WD.
  3. Charleston United – 4 pts, +1 GD. Form: —WD.
  4. San Lee FC – 4 pts, +1 GD. Form: —WD.
  5. Charlotte United – 3 pts, 0 GD. Form: —LW.
  6. Moros FC – 1 pt, 0 GD. Form: —-D.
  7. Soda City FC – 1 pt, -1 GD. Form: —LD.
  8. Queen City FC – 1 pt, -3 GD. Form: —LD.
  9. Myrtle Beach FC – 0 pts, -3 GD. Form: —LL.
  10. Lobos FC – 0 pts, -7 GD. Form: —-L.

With all that in mind, here are the matches on the schedule for the coming weekend.

next week’s fixtures

  • 9) Myrtle Beach v 2) San Lee – Sat, Apr 3, 2 PM
  • 4) Combine Rush v 1) SC Heat – Sat, Apr 3, 2 PM
  • 3) Charleston United v 8) Queen City – Sat, Apr 3, 2:30 PM
  • 7) Charlotte United v 10) Lobos – Sat, Apr 3, 4 PM
  • 5) Soda City v 6) Moros – Sat, Apr 3, 6 PM

Combine Rush and SC Heat should be a great battle of undefeated sides, but I’ve especially got my sights on Soda City v Moros. Both those teams have the quality to win the league, but they’re both down on momentum and could really use the three points on offer.

Thanks for reading, and make sure to keep up with the Mid-Atlantic every Monday morning right here at smallworld.

Stay weird and support local soccer!

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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