Charleston is still kicking, and Queen City cannot get anything but a draw for the life of them.
Those are just two of the storylines to follow from the past week, and they’re all visible through this week’s power rankings:
- SC Heat, +0 from last week (D 0-0 with Queen City). I mean, nobody can avoid drawing with Queen City recently. Heat are still undefeated and have by far the best and most consistent resume in this division. It’ll take some serious slipping up from here for them to lose the top spot.
- Charlotte United, +1 from last week (no match). Watching the rest of the league eat itself alive suits Charlotte just fine for now. Outside of a victory against Myrtle Beach, they don’t have much basis on which to prove their dominance. That said, beating Myrtle Beach looks like proof enough right now. They did lose to San Lee on the first matchday, but they’ve got a top two spot with a game in hand, and it’s deservedly theirs to lose.
- Myrtle Beach FC, +3 from last week (W 4-0 over Lobos). We don’t want to overhype Myrtle Beach after a win over a team that literally everybody is going to beat by multiple goals, but these guys just keep winning. Consider that their losses are to the top two teams in the standings and that they’ve already beaten fourth-placed Charleston, and placing them in the top three isn’t as shocking as you might think it is at first glance. I can’t say I anticipated writing this, but Myrtle Beach have shown they’re among the best teams in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Charleston United, +1 from last week (W 3-0 over Moros). Well, that’s the way you get back on track. The Charleston we’re used to seeing came back at one of the best possible times against Moros, and they’ll hope that’s the type of motivator that gets them back on track. The problem is that they can’t erase three straight matches with dropped points and still have some ground to make up on the top three. The good news is that they still have the chance to take points off the top two since they haven’t played either Heat or their fellow United yet. They’re right back in the title race with this Moros victory.
- San Lee FC, -1 from last week (no match). We’re so torn on this team. Their win over Charlotte on opening day looks fantastic, and a draw with Charleston is nice, too. A loss to Myrtle Beach isn’t horrible, but when you only take four points from nine against top-three opposition, you usually stay on the outside looking in. They’ll look to play their way back in the conversation when they play Heat later on in the season.
- Combine Rush, +1 from last week (W 2-1 over Soda City). That was the reset Rush needed. After two straight 1-0 losses to strong opposition, the Columbia-based club got back to winning ways against a Soda City side that simply cannot get a positive result.
- Moros FC, -5 from last week (L 0-3 to Charleston). Oh dear. This week was not kind to Moros. That was the Moroccan club’s chance to establish themselves as title contenders alongside SC Heat, and they really dropped the ball. Their only win is against an abysmal Soda City team that they only beat 2-1, and they failed to polish off wins against Combine and Queen City. Their record just went from pretty solid to highly suspect with that 3-0 draw against a dangerous but beatable Charleston team. Moros’ inconsistency is their downfall right now.
- Queen City FC, +0 from last week (D 0-0 with SC Heat). Bruh. Why is it that Queen City genuinely cannot win a match? They’ve now drawn four straight games after losing their first of the season, and it feels so unfair to have them in eighth. They’ve looked competitive against top-class clubs all season, and this week they managed a feat no one else before them has: a point against SC Heat. And yet, they’re well outside the playoff picture because they just haven’t been able to pick up three points yet. The schedule should get a little lighter down the stretch, so we’ll see if they can turn their fortunes around in time to be a threat.
- Soda City FC, +0 from last week (L 1-2 to Combine Rush). This season is going from bad to worse to Lobos for the reigning division champions. Unless their protest works against SC Heat in a match that they lost 2-1 last week but are hoping to convert to a 3-0 win as a forfeit, they’re winless after five matches. They’re never being blown out, but just can’t do enough to grab results this season. They’re on one solitary point after five matches, and that just doesn’t cut it in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Lobos FC, +0 from last week (L 0-4 to Myrtle Beach). They only lost by four this time, which is under their average. Meanwhile, they scored no goals, which is exactly on their average. It’s bad.
And now for a look at the table, which mirrors the positioning of our power rankings exactly this week.
- SC Heat – 13 pts, +11 GD. Form: WWWWD
- Charlotte United – 9 pts, +5 GD. Form: -LWWW
- Myrtle Beach FC – 9 pts, +4 GD. Form: LLWWW
- Charleston United – 8 pts, +2 GD. Form: WDDLW
- San Lee FC – 7 pts, +3 GD. Form: -WDLW
- Combine Rush – 7 pts, +2 GD. Form: WDLLW
- Moros FC – 5 pts, -2 GD. Form: -DWDL
- Queen City FC – 4 pts, -3 GD. Form: LDDDD
- Soda City FC – 1 pt, -4 GD. Form: LDLLL
- Lobos FC – 0 pts, -18 GD. Form: -LLLL
next week’s fixtures
3) Myrtle Beach v 6) Combine Rush
2) Charlotte United v 8) Queen City
9) Soda City v 5) San Lee
10) Lobos v 4) Charleston
1 ) SC Heat v 7) Moros
The first-ever Charlotte derby awaits us! We have three very real upset possibilities for the top three seeds, and Soda City could certainly beat San Lee at home if the Sanford club isn’t careful.
As always, we’ll be here to recap all that happens over this next week!
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