We’re past the halfway point already, and this season’s title race is really heating up.
Meanwhile, at the bottom end of the table, one team got their first win of the season in emphatic fashion.
Let’s have a look at how all the action went down this weekend in Georgia.
- LSA Limeño, +0 from last week (W 2-0 over Forest Rovers). In Limeño’s position, it’s just about taking care of business right now. Matches against Matata and Elephants down the stretch loom large, but outside of those two, it should be a matter of beating teams they’re better than. We’ll see if they can stay consistent enough to ride potential challenges mounted by Matata and Kalonji.
- FC Matata, +0 from last week (W 3-2 over Atletico). What a spirited comeback for a vital three points that was for Matata. You could tell how much it meant to them when they got the final goal to complete the second-half turnaround, and they’ll feel they can go on and push for the title now. LSA will be their biggest remaining hurdle; they’ve already faced Kalonji, Elephants, Atletico, and Seas Jamaica.
- Kalonji Pro-Profile, +0 from last week (W 3-2 over Forest Rovers). Kalonji are starting the long process of catching up with the rest of the league in games played, and it’ll be interesting to see where they land once they are on level terms. They’ve only failed to win one match, and that was a 3-3 draw with high-flying Matata. Still a lot of difficult teams yet to face, though.
- Atletico Atlanta, +0 from last week (L 2-3 to Matata). Atletico simply aren’t title contenders anymore. If they keep playing lax like they did in the second half against Matata, it’s safe to say they won’t even have a real shot at winning the playoffs and representing the state on a national stage. They have to pick up their level quickly if they want to stay relevant in the race for the top three, even. They’ve already lost two of those chances against LSA and Matata.
- Atlanta Elephants,
- Club ATLetic, +2 from last week (D 1-1 with Elephants). ATLetic got a crucial point in the battle for top six against a fellow fringe playoff team. They’ll need to start picking up more wins, but this weekend’s performance proved they’re capable of hanging with top opposition.
- Potros FC, -1 from last week (W 2-0 over Rovers). Potros impressed me in their 2-0 shutout of Rovers, and that’s the kind of match the second-year team out of the ADASL needs to win to stay in the playoff hunt. That said, I think ATLetic proved more in their draw this week, a result Potros hasn’t managed all season. Wins are important, but extra points against competitive teams could be what this playoff race comes down to.
- Seas Jamaica United, +1 from last week (W 8-1 over Stone Mountain). Oh boy, that was a rout from start to finish. Three penalty kicks were included in the demolition derby for Seas, their first win of the season. They needed that desperately to build their confidence and give them some outside chance at finding the playoffs after all. Their goal differential never took a substantial hit during that poor vein of form, and that could be their saving grace when the end of the season comes along. Until then, they need to keep grabbing wins in this easier side of their schedule.
- Rovers FC, -2 from last week (L 0-2 to Potros). Potros earned the victory on the day, but it just proves that this Rovers squad still needs work to be at a playoffs level, impressive though this club have been. They’re still in with a shout at this stage, but would need some special results against teams they have no business beating.
- Forest Rovers FC, +0 from last week (L 0-2 to LSA AND L 2-3 to Kalonji). These two losses are respectable ones against strong opponents, but they’ve dropped too many points against equal opposition lately and will start to feel the weight of being in a relegation place weighing on them in the second half of the season. A win would go a long way.
- FC Stone Mountain, +0 from last week (L 1-8 to Seas Jamaica). Just when it felt like the Granites were making some progress, they’ve been blasted back to earth in the worst possible way. That was probably their best chance at points coming in against a wounded Seas Jamaica side. It’s now slipped away, and Stone Mountain will likely continue their struggles all the way to a relegation place.
- LSA Limeño – 12 pts, +11 GD. Form: -WWWW
- FC Matata – 10 pts, +6 GD. Form: -WLWW
- Atlanta Elephants – 10 pts, 0 GD. Form: LWWWD
- Potros FC – 9 pts, -2 GD. Form: LLLWW
- Atletico Atlanta – 8 pts, 0 GD. Form: WWLDL
- Kalonji Pro-Profile – 7 pts, +3 GD. Form: –DWW
- Rovers FC – 6 pts, -2 GD. Form: WLLWL
- Club ATLetic – 5 pts, +4 GD. Form: -LWDD
- Seas Jamaica United – 5 pts, +3 GD. Form: DLLLW
- Forest Rovers FC – 4 pts, -4 GD. Form: DWLLL
- FC Stone Mountain – 0 pts, -19 GD. Form: LLLLL
next week’s fixtures
9) Rovers v 2) Matata
7) Potros v 8) Seas Jamaica
3) Kalonji v 5) Elephants
1)LSA v 6) ATLetic
10) Forest Rovers v 11) Stone Mountain
See you all next weekend with more UPSL action from Atlanta! Until then, stay weird and support local soccer!