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power rankings: UPSL mid-south, week 4

Okay, Pumas, you’ve officially proven yourselves.

They’ve shown they can win against lower-tier opposition and that their fans turn out in droves, but this week they proved something much more important: they can win this division.

Their 4-3 home win over defending champs AFC 615 is a statement and the highlight of the week, but there’s much more to see from this weekend of action. Here’s the full picture with our power rankings.

the rankings

  1. Music City SC, +0 from last week (W 6-0 over Heroes). This wasn’t a surprise, but the Nashville-based side took care of business once again by their most emphatic margin yet. They’ve got real competition around them, but they look the part of a Mid-South champion as of right now.
  2. Pumas Premier, +2 from last week (W 4-3 over AFC). What a result this is. After a deadlocked halftime score of 2-2, the team from rural Kentucky pulled ahead by scoring two unanswered in the second period, only conceding a third in garbage time. They’re for real, and this result proved that to me. I’m still eagerly awaiting their matchup with Bowling Green that’s being rescheduled and their date with destiny against Music City that’s still on the calendar.
  3. Bowling Green FC, -1 from last week (W 10-0 over USC). Only against Revolution can you win by double digits and drop a spot in the power rankings! BGFC proved they can handle lesser opposition on Sunday night, but Pumas made the bigger statement by beating AFC 615. Bowling Green will be licking their chops at the opportunity to make up the Pumas match, though, and will have their confidence soaring after another hat-trick on the season from leading scorer Fahrudin Dervisevic.
  4. AFC 615, -1 from last week (L 3-4 to Pumas). Losing for the second time this season and only being halfway through isn’t what AFC would have envisioned, but at the same time, their two losses were no easy fixtures (Music City and Pumas). They’ll nevertheless be on the outside looking in unless the top three slip up. Their last chance to face one of those top three comes against Bowling Green later on in the season, and they’ll feel desperate to grab those three points.
  5. We United FC, +1 from last week (W 3-0 over Saints). What a momentum boost for the boys from Memphis. We United struggled through a difficult schedule in their first few matchdays, but they’ve capitalized on a more opportunistic fixture against new club Saints FC. They did it away from home, as well, so bonus points for that. I don’t see them in the top four this season, but they’re solidly in fifth place for me after the performance they put together over another fifth-place candidate.
  6. Saints FC, -1 from last week (L 0-3 to We United). That loss will be a tough one to swallow for Saints after feeling they were competitive against some of the league’s best opposition. They should still feel good about avoiding the bottom two, but a top five finish looks much more unlikely after the significant loss to We United.
  7. 615 Heroes, +0 from last week (L 0-6 to Music City). USC has some competition in the worst-team-in-the-league category. Heroes desperately need someone to live up to the team’s name, as they’ve struggled to find goals and keep their opponents out at the same time. A lot of work still needs to be done on this team, as is to be expected for a newly-minted reserve team.
  8. USC Revolution, +0 from last week (L 0-10 to Bowling Green). Ouch.

actual table

  1. Music City SC – 12 pts, +14 GD. Form: -WWWW
  2. Bowling Green FC – 9 pts, +13 GD. Form: –WWW
  3. Pumas Premier – 6 pts, +6 GD. Form: —WW
  4. AFC 615 – 6 pts, +1 GD. Form: -LWWL
  5. We United FC – 3 pts, 0 GD. Form: –LLW
  6. Saints FC – 3 pts, -4 GD. Form: –LWL
  7. 615 Heroes – 0 pts, -10 GD. Form: -LLLL
  8. USC Revolution – 0 pts, -20 GD. Form: –LLL

next week’s fixtures

8) USC v 7) Heroes

1)Music City v 5) We United

3) Pumas v 6) Saints

2) Bowling Green v 4) AFC 615

We could have mayhem at the top if AFC can beat Bowling Green away from home!

That’s all for this week. 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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