It took us getting to the halfway mark in the season, but the Mid-South has officially become crazy as the other two UPSL divisions we’re covering this season.
The league leaders lost inexplicably, second and third place had an epic battle, and the team we thought would never win under any circumstances ever scored three and held a clean sheet.
Yep, that kind of weekend. Let’s see its effect on the power rankings!
- Bowling Green FC, +2 from last week (W 3-2 over AFC). Don’t let the scoreline fool you; that was a complete performance for the Golden Lions aside from a shaky first ten minutes. BGFC are the real deal, and it took a quality win like this for me to finally feel confident saying that. Pumas and Music City are still two very real challenges, so there’s a lot left to decide here. After Sunday’s home win, though, Bowling Green are in the driver’s seat.
- Pumas Premier, +0 from last week (no match). Every week, I get more and more disappointed that the Pumas/BGFC tilt I was set to watch before I left Nashville got canceled for weather. That rescheduled date is probably going to decide the title and who represents the Mid-South in the national playoffs, although both these teams still have to beat Music City to really solidify that.
- Music City SC, -2 from last week (L 1-3 to We United). The Nashville side started so well, but they’ve been knocked from their perch. All credit to We United for taking the three points back to the southwest corner of the state, but Music City will know they should have done much better than the performance they put together this weekend. In a season where four or more teams are good enough to win, that’s the kind of mistake that could really cost them. At this point, splitting with Pumas and BGFC probably won’t be enough to win the title. Realistically, they need to win out.
- AFC 615, +0 from last week (L 2-3 to Bowling Green). I had a feeling AFC would struggle at the Pit against the Golden Lions, and aside from a bright start and a decent finish with a consolation goal, they looked second best in southern Kentucky. That’s two losses from two in pivotal top-four matchups this season for the defending champs, and it’s looking less and less likely that they can repeat as Mid-South winners.
- We United FC, +0 from last week (W 3-1 over Music City). Whoa. We United just made a statement to the entire division against a Music City side that we thought was untouchable in the Mid-South. The Memphis side have made big strides from last year’s bottom-two finish and now have a pretty nice resume. In four matches, they’ve played three of the top four clubs and managed a point per game. If they can get a result against Pumas and deliver in the easier half of their schedule, they’ll put a lot of pressure on AFC to stay in the top four.
- Saints FC, +0 from last week (no match). Saints had a week off, but We United proved that they’re not a bad loss at all this year. Saints still have a lot of quality and can give anyone in the league a tough match, but we doubt they’ll sneak into the top half.
- United Revolution, +1 from last week (W 3-0 over Heroes). Well, wouldn’t you know it. United Revolution have earned their first-ever win in UPSL play and a clean sheet to boot! It’s good to see the boys from Rossville, TN get off the mark, even if this is more likely an anomaly than a sign of future success.
- 615 Heroes, -1 from last week (L 0-3 to Revolution). It doesn’t get any worse than this. United are atrocious, and Heroes had already been struggling for a while before this loss. Their first team is also struggling, so it makes sense that the second team would be this far down, but it’s still not what Heroes would have been hoping for. That was by far their best chance of the season to get a win, so now they’ll have to claw and climb their way to one against a better team if a win is in the cards this year.
- Bowling Green FC – 12 pts, +14 GD. Form: -WWWW
- Music City SC – 12 pts, +12 GD. Form: WWWWL
- Pumas Premier – 6 pts, +6 GD. Form: —WW
- We United FC – 6 pts, +2 GD. Form: -LLWW
- AFC 615 – 6 pts, +0 GD. Form: LWWLL
- Saints FC – 3 pts, -4 GD. Form: –LWL
- United Revolution – 3 pts, -17 GD. Form: -LLLW
- 615 Heroes – 0 pts, -13 GD. Form: LLLLL
next week’s fixtures
6) Saints v 1) Bowling Green
4) AFC v 7) Revolution
5) We United v 8) Heroes
2) Pumas v 3) Music City
Keep in mind that according to some league sources, there’s a Regional Cup to be played between the top four teams in this Expeditions Division and the Georgia Division. It’ll take place in July and it puts a little extra weight on a top-half finish for Expeditions teams.
Right now, we think those top four in the power rankings are secure for one of those Regional Cup spots, but We United will have something to say about that.
In the meantime, keep supporting local soccer and see you all next week!