This week was certifiably nutty.
I didn’t expect any of these results, to be completely honest, so we’ll see how the power rankings take shape. There’s a lot of parity in this league, and this weekend proved that.
With that as your teaser, let’s hop into some power rankings!
- LSA Limeño, +0 from last week (D 2-2 with ATLetic). It took some doing just to manage the draw at their temporary home of Bethesda Park, but league-leading Limeño kept it that way in a draw with an ATLetic team that’s quickly on the rise. Limeño should have lost this one, in all honestly. They came back from two goals down, though, and showed just enough spirit to earn what could be a crucial point down the stretch.
- Kalonji Pro-Profile, +1 from last week (W 5-3 over Elephants). The defense still looks leaky for Kalonji, but when you score as many as the black-yellows do, that’s a forgivable trait. Another firestorm of goals keeps Kalonji unbeaten this season, and they’re within striking distance of the top of the table with their games in hand. They’ve already faced Matata, but still have yet to play LSA and Atletico. Those two matches will determine a lot of the race for the regular-season title.
- FC Matata, -1 from last week (D 3-3 with Rovers). Take nothing away from a spirited performance from the young Rovers side that stayed with Matata step for step. That said, Matata dropped two points they shouldn’t have today. They may have underestimated a Rovers squad missing four of its key pieces, and the boys in red made them pay with a three-goal outing. Matata’s goalscoring will keep them in games down the stretch, but they’ll need to tighten up at the back when they face the likes of LSA later on. In the meantime, Rovers aren’t the only team that’ll give them a run for their money. The title race is too close to be giving up more points against less prestigious opponents.
- Atletico Atlanta, +0 from last week (no match). Atletico got a much-needed week off, and they were able to watch a couple of title hopefuls stumble a bit. They’ll get back into action this week with their eyes on a future date with Kalonji, but they just need to focus on getting three points from winnable matchdays over the next few weeks, something they’ve struggled to do of late.
- Atlanta Elephants, +0 from last week (L 3- 5 to Kalonji). No shame in losing to Kalonji, though conceding five is looking more and more like a rule than an exception for Elephants. They badly need to tune up their defensive efforts, but they’ll remain competitive for a playoff spot unless something drastic happens. In this division, though, it certainly could.
- Club ATLetic, +0 from last week (D 2-2 with LSA). It feels like ATLetic should climb three places after a bona fide draw with the league’s best team as of now. They also get a big boost from the news that this season’s division playoffs are expanded to 8 teams. With that in mind, ATLetic should surely have a spot there. They’ve got the talent to compete with anybody and they can clearly give the league’s best a hard time, but they’ve finished with too many draws so far to really seem competitive for a regular season title. That said, the last two playoff spots is theirs to lose at the moment.
- Seas Jamaica All Stars, +1 from last week (W 3-0 over Potros). This is more like it from the OGs. Seas are finding their attacking rhythm now and holding a strong defensive line as well, and as a result, they’re back where they should be in the table, fighting for a playoff spot and a chance to get back to the division final. They’ve got their work cut out for them after that abysmal start to the season, but their remaining schedule looks lighter than most and they’ve got momentum on their side.
- Rovers FC, +1 from last week (D 3-3 with Matata). A really nice outing for Rovers, who have put together a few of these high-quality performances now. It’s not quite enough at the moment to see them really fighting for a playoff spot, and consistency is mostly to blame for that. Which Rovers we see in the remaining portion of the season will have everything to do with whether they find themselves on the playoff fringes or in a relegation battle in the bottom two.
- Potros FC, -2 from last week (L 0-3 to Seas Jamaica). Sure, Seas Jamaica are peaking right now, and that’s not the worst loss to take. That said, going scoreless against that backline looks really poor. It’s also a tough week to lose in the bottom half when everyone around you shows a lot of quality. Potros are probably safe from relegation talks, but with a loss like that and in the volatile state of this division, it’s nowhere near a certainty.
- Forest Rovers FC, +0 from last week (W 5-0 over Stone Mountain). It was a big bounce-back win for Forest, as they grab three much-needed points and hop out of the bottom-two relegation zone. They’ll need to keep earning points, though, as ATLetic below them figure to start getting points by the bucketful as they start facing easier opponents.
- FC Stone Mountain, +0 from last week (L 0-5 to Forest Rovers). Three straight chances for Stone Mountain to earn a badly-needed win against teams next to them in the table have been stonewalled. The last two in particular will have dropped the players’ spirits, and they’ll need something truly magical to climb out of this hole they’re in and avoid relegation to Division 1.
Now, here’s a view of the league table.
- LSA Limeño – 13 pts, +11 GD. Form: WWWWD
- FC Matata – 11 pts, +6 GD. Form: WDWWD
- Kalonji Pro-Profile – 10 pts, +6 GD. Form: -DWWW
- Atlanta Elephants – 10 pts, -3 GD. Form: WWWDL
- Potros FC – 9 pts, -5 GD. Form: LLWWL
- Seas Jamaica All Stars – 8 pts, +6 GD. Form: LLLWW
- Atletico Atlanta – 8 pts, 0 GD. Form: WWLDL
- Forest Rovers – 7 pts, +1 GD. Form: WLLLW
- Rovers FC – 7 pts, -2 GD. Form: LLWLD
- Club ATLetic – 6 pts, +4 GD. Form: LWDDD
- FC Stone Mountain – 0 pts, -24 GD. Form: LLLLL
It’s only going to get crazier this coming week, so here’s what to expect this weekend:
next week’s fixtures
8) Rovers v 7) Seas Jamaica
6) ATLetic v 9) Potros
5) Elephants v 1) LSA
3) Matata v 10) Forest Rovers
4) Atletico v 11) Stone Mountain
Stay weird and support local soccer, y’all! It’ll be some fun soccer to support this week if you’re in the ATL.