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power rankings: UPSL georgia, week 5

Danny picked a good week to go back to Georgia.

This league has been a blast to watch all season and probably features the most depth of quality teams in the nation.

In particular, though, Week 5 brought us some intriguing results and some exciting action. Let’s break all of that down for you, starting with the power rankings, of course!

power rankings

  1. LSA Limeño, +0 from last week (no match). LSA was one of a host of teams at the top who didn’t see action this weekend, but they’ve dominated the matches they have played so far.
  2. FC Matata, +0 from last week (no match). Matata should stay step for step with Limeño, depending on how they perform against Atletico and what LSA can put together against Kalonji. Either way, they’re still towards the top for the moment.
  3. Kalonji Pro-Profile, +1 from last week (no match). Kalonji have played the fewest matches of anyone in the league, but they’ve proved their talent in those two games beyond doubt. They’ll look forward to the chance at taking points off the league’s top teams later on in the season as they catch up on matches.
  4. Atletico Atlanta, -1 from last week (D 1-1 with ATLetic). The Atletic derby, as it’s being dubbed, is off to an exciting start. From Atlanta’s perspective, this is a huge disappointment, and it’s the third such result for the previously-perfect side who ran the table last year. They’ve now dropped points in two straight and will need to get their focus back quickly before they play themselves out of the title equation.
  5. Atlanta Elephants, +0 from last week (W 3-1 over Seas Jamaica). Danny commentated this match in person, and it was a great one to call. Two legendary long-range goals gave Elephants the edge in the second half, and they deserved the three points on the day against a disappointing Seas Jamaica side. For Elephants, they’ll feel good about a playoff spot now, as Seas were one of the major competitors to keep them away from one.
  6. Potros FC, +2 from last week (W 3-2 over Stone Mountain). This one didn’t come easy against a surprisingly resilient Stone Mountain team, but the Cobb County club grabbed the all-important three points and are back in the top six mix. They’ll see Rovers, ATLetic, and Seas as their biggest obstacles to their first appearance in the playoffs in year two.
  7. Rovers FC, +0 from last week (no match). The win over Forest Rovers is a nice one, but they’ll have to view their matches against Potros and ATLetic as particularly crucial down the stretch. Seas Jamaica have opened up the sixth spot to someone who’s able to beat fellow bottom-sixers, and right now, it looks like that’ll come down to Potros, ATLetic, Rovers, and Seas if they can play their way back in. ATLetic look dangerous after a draw with Atletico, and Potros are even on points with Rovers after having already played them, so this race for sixth place will get interesting fast.
  8. Club ATLetic, +2 from last week (D 1-1 with Atletico). ATLetic got an important result this Friday to get themselves back in the mix for a playoff position. Now, they need to start getting three points against bottom-six opponents, something they couldn’t manage against Forest Rovers.
  9. Seas Jamaica United, -3 from last week (L 1-3 to Elephants). Another abysmal performance from Seas. The once-giants of the division are now one of the weakest squads in the league. I really think they’ll continue to drop points against weaker opposition if they keep playing like this; tough opponents isn’t an excuse for their poor play anymore.
  10. Forest Rovers FC, -1 from last week (no match). The ATLetic win is the only real plus on Forest Rovers’ resume at the moment, and they’ll need to do some resume building rather quickly as we get to the business end of the season. Other teams are performing well, so the boys in green need to raise their level before their playoff dreams slip away.
  11. FC Stone Mountain, +0 from last week (L 2-3 to Potros). Stone Mountain thought their dramatic 90th-minute equalizer would see them through to a positive result, but Potros had their own dramatic goal in stoppage time to crush the Granites. They should feel good about their performance, though, and with this game in their back pocket, they can feel good about their chances of getting something in the way of points this year. Whether or not they can avoid relegation, though, is another story.

actual table

  1. LSA Limeño – 9 pts, +9 GD. Form: –WWW
  2. Atlanta Elephants – 9 pts, 0 GD. Form: -LWWW
  3. Atletico Atlanta – 8 pts, +1 GD. Form: DWWLD
  4. FC Matata – 7 pts, +5 GD. Form: –WDW
  5. Rovers FC – 6 pts, 0 GD. Form: -WLLW
  6. Potros FC – 6 pts, -4 GD. Form: WLLLW
  7. Club ATLetic – 4 pts, +4 GD. Form: –LWD
  8. Kalonji Pro-Profile – 4 pts, +2 GD. Form: —DW
  9. Forest Rovers FC – 4 pts, -1 GD. Form: -LDWL
  10. Seas Jamaica United – 2 pts, -4 GD. Form: DDLLL
  11. FC Stone Mountain – 0 pts, -12 GD. Form: -LLLL

And here’s what’s ahead in another crucial week of fixtures across the league:

10) Forest Rovers v 1) LSA

6) Potros v 7) Rovers

3) Kalonji v 10) Forest Rovers

8) ATLetic v 5) Elephants

2) Matata v 4) Atletico

10) Seas Jamaica v 11) Stone Mountain

We could write pages on each of these matches individually, but watch for Potros v Rovers in particular as both sides compete hotly for a playoff spot. Of course, the Matata-Atletico match should be a belter as well and a chance for Matata to really prove themselves as title hopefuls. Then, Seas have what’s really their final chance to get a win in time to stay alive in the playoff race against a team who narrowly lost last week and could use a result.

All that to say, you’re gonna want to be on MyCujoo this weekend watching these matches.

Thanks for reading, 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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