What the heck is this league, man?
We thought we had stuff figured out here. That was not the case.
What we do know is that this is one of the more exciting leagues that lower-league soccer will offer us in the entirety of 2021. There’s drama, fun clubs to follow, regional pride, and quite a bit of talent as well.
That’s the backdrop with which we view the results from Week 3, and where that puts each team in the power rankings.
- SC Heat, +0 from last week (W 1-0 over Combine Rush). SC Heat are not to be taken lightly. Their recent 7-0 win could have been written off due to the lack of competition, but this one is a quality victory that puts Heat at three wins from as many matches. Until someone takes it from them, the Mid-Atlantic crown is theirs. That said, they’ll have to protect it from the likes of Charleston, Moros, and San Lee, all of which would love to pry it away.
- Moros FC, +3 from last week (W 2-1 over Soda City). Soda City looks less and less like a quality win on a resume, but it’s still three points against a proven team for Moros, which was enough to see them make a major jump after a turbulent week elsewhere at the top. They looked good in the win from what we could tell, and if they keep putting together results, they’ll be in the hunt for a title to be sure.
- Charleston United, +0 from last week (D 1-1 with Queen City). Let’s be clear: this result was not a good one for Charleston. It was chippy, lacked technical ability, and showed us that there’s still some work to be done for United to truly take the next step and represent the Mid-Atlantic on a national scale. But they come away relatively unscathed after an underwhelming performance, and to a large degree, that’s what’s most important here.
- Combine Rush, +0 from last week (L 0-1 to Heat). There’s no shame in a loss to SC Heat this year, as they’ve dominated all obstacles early on this season. That draw against Moros last week could really be clutch as they come to the business end of the season, but they’ll have to get results against lower-quality opponents to stay relevant. Otherwise, the tight competition at the top will choke them out.
- San Lee FC, -3 from last week (L 0-1 to Myrtle Beach). That wasn’t in the plans for the boys from Sanford. It’s likely just a blip on the radar, but San Lee won’t be pleased by the fact that they came up short in a very winnable match. They could have really used those three points and will have to avoid future slip-ups to stay competitive at the top.
- Charlotte United, +1 from last week (W 4-0 over Lobos). The 4-0 win over Lobos wasn’t perfect, but it got the job done. They got beat badly by San Lee on the opening day, but since then, they’ve taken care of business against equal opponents. Now, the real test of facing the best in the league looms large for United. We’ll see if they can take some points off the title favorites and really shake the division up.
- Myrtle Beach FC, +2 from last week (W 1-0 over San Lee). This was a pleasant surprise from the beach boys. They’ve lost twice before today, but this one over San Lee is a real step in the right direction. We’ll see if it was just a flash in the pan or if they’re really going to be involved at the top of the table, but it’s good to see them get a positive result.
- Queen City FC, +0 from last week (D 1-1 with Charleston). That was a legit result for Queen City. They went out and played a scrappy dogfight of a contest and came away with a point, which is positive any way you spin it. They do need to figure out a fix to their goalscoring issues, though, as they’ve only put one in the back of the net in three matches.
- Soda City, -3 from last week (L 2-1 to Moros). Alright, it’s officially time to panic in Columbia. The defending division champs are now winless in three out of the gate, and there aren’t many more excuses to make. Moros looked beatable when they conceded two goals late on and squandered the three points against Combine Rush, and yet, Soda City weren’t able to get anything more than a solitary goal on the day. They need to undergo some serious soul searching as they come upon an easier portion of their schedule. Points are now at a premium.
- Lobos FC, +0 from last week (L 0-4 to Charlotte). Well, we know who the worst team in the league is. In a league of many question marks, Lobos’ struggles are a point of consistency that we need. They don’t look anywhere near challenging the other teams in the division, and I’d be shocked to see them climb above the floor in the division at any point this year.
- SC Heat – 9 pts, +10 GD. Form: –WWW
- Charlotte United – 6 pts, +4 GD. Form: –LWW
- Charleston United – 5 pts, +1 GD. Form: –WDD
- Combine Rush – 4 pts, +2 GD. Form: –WDL
- Moros FC – 4 pts, +1 GD. Form: —DW
- San Lee FC – 4 pts, 0 GD. Form: –WDL
- Myrtle Beach FC – 3 pts, -2 GD. Form: –LLW
- Queen City FC – 2 pts, -3 GD. Form: –LDD
- Soda City FC – 1 pt, -2 GD. Form: –LDL
- Lobos FC – 0 pts, -11 GD. Form: —LL
next week’s fixtures
2) Moros v 8) Queen City
4) Combine Rush v 6) Charlotte United
7) Myrtle Beach v 3) Charleston United
1 ) SC Heat v 9) Soda City
10) Lobos v 5) San Lee
It just gets harder for Soda City, and they’ll feel desperate for a result against a Heat side that smells blood. Should be a fun one to keep an eye on!
Until next week, stay weird and support local soccer!