Anyone out there like goals?
We found a few in Georgia this weekend.
One team in particular didn’t find any, and we’ll get to the significance of that, but first off, let’s have a look at the week’s rankings after four matchdays.
- LSA Limeño, +1 from last week (W 4-0 over Atletico). Excuse me? Did LSA really just do that to a team that had never lost a UPSL Georgia match, ever? Yeah, they did. They did it emphatically, and it was no fluke. I remember watching these two teams play last year in a home match for Atletico (then Ginga) and thinking LSA was hard done by the result in a 4-2 loss. They’ve proven they have the talent to be the best in the league, but today, they put it all together in a performance that has us rethinking everything we know about the Georgia division. They’ve still got to play the likes of Matata, Kalonji, and others, but as of now, this is their title to lose. What a weekend for the boys in blue!
- FC Matata, +1 from last week (W 5-4 over Seas Jamaica). That’s now 12 goals in three matches for the Caribbean OGs of the league. Matata have one of the most potent and consistent attacks in the nation, and they needed every goal they got in a thriller against Seas Jamaica. They’ve now got three of the hardest fixtures out of the way and taken seven points from those three matches. If they can continue to deliver against lesser opposition, they’ll be right up there with LSA and the rest of the pack in terms of fighting for a regular season crown.
- Atletico Atlanta, -2 from last week (L 0-4 to LSA). Oh, Atletico, what a roller coaster of a club you are. The team who developed a knack for winning games despite going down a man in last year’s playoffs finally put themselves in a scenario they couldn’t play their way out of with sheer quality. Head coach Joao Garcia isn’t used to results like this against anyone, and neither are the squad members of late. Atletico really need to rediscover their identity and their swagger, because if they play like that against other title contenders, they’ll be well out of the title race before they know it. Just like that, Atletico’s strong resume looks rather weak; they couldn’t beat Seas Jamaica, and their only two wins are against bottom-half teams.
- Kalonji Pro-Profile, +0 from last week (W 4-2 over Potros). Kalonji are the real deal. They have a self-proving draw with Matata to their credit, and now we’ve seen them take care of an opponent they expected to beat. They’ve still got plenty to prove against other top sides in the league, but these guys have reason to feel very optimistic at the moment, especially given Atletico’s struggles this week.
- Atlanta Elephants, +1 from last week (no match). Elephants got to sit back and watch fellow top-six hopeful Seas Jamaica their season-long implosion. They have a good track record to build on after this week of rest, but they can’t rest on their laurels in such a competitive division. Big matches await, and they’ve already lost 4-0 in their first such test to Matata.
- Seas Jamaica All-Stars, -1 from last week (L 4-5 to Matata). It feels like Seas should be farther back than this, since they’re in second to last place in the table right now. As it stands, though, nobody’s stepping up among the five bottom clubs, so Seas hang onto a playoff position by a thread. This season is not good. They can’t seem to get a result against a quality opponent. Two draws are all they lay claim to from their opening four, and that’s just not good enough form to stay relevant. The schedule should get easier down the stretch, but they’ve got to raise their level in between now and then.
- Rovers FC, +3 from last week (W 2-1 over Forest Rovers). Rovers have two wins from four in their opening campaign! They have yet to face their most fearful opponents, but it’s still a great start for the newbies. It’s a nice vein of form for them; technically, they’re fourth in the table, but that’s not exactly telling the full story. The schedule in front of them will almost surely drop them a few pegs.
- Potros FC, +0 from last week (L 2-4 to Kalonji). This performance was below average from Potros, but they can’t get too down on themselves. Kalonji showed up and earned that result, so they’ll just have to move on and hope for a better outing next time. Their three straight losses are all against top teams, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fare when they face off against more comparable opponents in the bottom half. With Seas Jamaica floundering and Atlanta looking less than consistent, there could be an open door for the sixth spot that the second-year Kennesaw club could slide into.
- Forest Rovers FC, -2 from last week (L 1-2 to Rovers). That’s a tough blow for a team who was really on the rise. The battle of the Rovers goes to FC in its first edition, and that could be a nail in the coffin to Forest’s top-six aspirations. They’ve now lost to both Potros and Rovers on the season, and that’s not a good recipe for success.
- Club ATLetic, +0 from last week (W 5-0 over Stone Mountain). It’s not like Stone Mountain are difficult competition, but ATLetic managed the best goal difference against them all year long to date. They disappointed last week against Forest Rovers, but they’ve got momentum on their side now as they head towards the rest of the season.
- FC Stone Mountain, +0 from last week (L 0-5 to ATLetic). If ever there was an opportunity for the Granites to pick up points, it was probably that one. These guys are going down next year.
Here’s where that leaves us in the official standings.
- LSA Limeño – 9 pts, +9 GD. Form: –WWW
- FC Matata – 7 pts, +5 GD. Form: –WDW
- Atletico Atlanta – 7 pts, +1 GD. Form: -DWWL
- Rovers FC – 6 pts, 0 GD. Form: -WLLW
- Atlanta Elephants – 6 pts, -2 GD. Form: –LWW
- Kalonji Pro-Profile – 4 pts, +2 GD. Form: —DW
- Forest Rovers FC – 4 pts, -1 GD. Form: -LDWL
- Club ATLetic – 3 pts, +4 GD. Form: —LW
- Potros FC – 3 pts, -5 GD. Form: -WLLL
- Seas Jamaica All-Stars – 2 pts, -2 GD. Form: -DDLL
- FC Stone Mountain – 0 pts, -11 GD. Form: –LLL
Let’s have a look at yet another exciting lineup of matches for this weekend (most of which smallworld will be on site for!):
next week’s matches
3) Atletico v 10) ATLetic
5) Elephants v 6) Seas Jamaica
9) Forest Rovers v 1) LSA
11) Stone Mountain v 8) Potros
4) Kalonji v 7) Rovers FC
What a big battle that’ll be between Elephants and Seas Jamaica. The latter are in dire need of a victory, but Elephants could really cement their top-six place with a victory. A lot is riding on that one for both teams.
Well, until next week, stay weird and support local soccer!