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power rankings: UPSL georgia, week 8

If you like goals, this is the division to be keeping tabs on. As the play-by-play commentator for many of the Georgia Division’s MyCujoo streams, it’s been a blast to watch these matches.

That said, it’s not just the top teams that are scoring at a high clip. Let’s see how the weekend’s matches affect the newest power rankings.

the rankings

  1. FC Matata, +2 from last week (W 6-5 over Forest Rovers). In what could be the most bizarre and high-scoring match in lower-league soccer all year long, Matata were just too good in the attack to lose. Their defense surely needs some work, but the key is that they won a game that was closer than they would have liked. If they keep grinding out results, they’re in great shape to secure the regular season title.
  2. LSA Limeño, -1 from last week (D 4-4 with Elephants). LSA really should have lost against a determined but tired Elephants team that conceded at the death to give up the win. Limeño are still title favorites alongside Matata and Kalonji and need to be considered as such. Getting outplayed by Elephants doesn’t help their case in a competitive battle at the top, though.
  3. Kalonji Pro-Profile, -1 from last week (no match). Kalonji are still a mystery, having only played four matches over the course of eight weeks. There’s still a lot left to learn about this team, but the potential is there for them to top the table. It’s all a matter of how they handle fixtures against LSA and Atletico and whether they jump bottom-half hurdles that other top teams have stumbled over.
  4. Atletico Atlanta, +0 from last week (W 6-2 over Stone Mountain). The Granites were never competitive in this one, but Atletico still proved to the league that they’re still defending national champions. There’s not much hope for anything higher than a top-four finish, but they can certainly gear up for the playoffs in hopes of making another national tournament appearance.
  5. Atlanta Elephants, +0 from last week (D 4-4 with LSA). Elephants cannot be kept out of the goal, and they very nearly found a way to get all three points against LSA Limeño. LSA got themselves a point at the death, but it was a complete performance from Elephants, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen that from them against great opponents. They’ve got more tough opposition on the schedule that remains for them, and if they keep getting points from those matches, they’ll be a dark horse to watch in the playoffs.
  6. Potros FC, +3 from last week (W 2-0 over ATLetic). No matter the circumstances, a 2-0 win in Dunwoody is a nice accomplishment. Potros are in the top three for now, and even when their games in hand run out, they should find themselves in the top six. It’s a new day for last year’s bottom finishers, and Cobb County’s lone representatives are pushing for an outside shot at the division semifinals or even finals with the way they’ve played at their best.
  7. Seas Jamaica All-Stars, +0 from last week (D 2-2 with Rovers). Seas cool off a bit after a hot couple of weeks, and they really needed to keep their momentum moving forward after their abysmal start to the season. They’ll almost surely make the playoffs, but with all respect to Rovers, they have to view failing to get three points as a letdown and the type of performance that’ll keep them away from a championship push in the playoffs.
  8. Rovers FC, +0 from last week (D 2-2 with Seas). Rovers keep on earning our respect, continuing to get solid results and keep every match competitive. Whether they can parlay that into a playoff spot in the top eight is yet to be seen, but they’ve played their way into the conversation at the very least.
  9. Club ATLetic, -3 from last week (L 0-2 to Potros). This was not a good week for ATLetic. The home loss to Potros isn’t good in its own right, but furthermore, half the team’s starters abandoned the team permanently to play with an unnamed NPSL team, per our sources. That doesn’t bode well for a team who sits in the relegation zone and was counting on a lighter upcoming schedule and games in hand to lift themselves out. It’s going to make the battle for ninth a lot more interesting and likely keep ATLetic out of the eight-team playoff, if not worse.
  10. Forest Rovers FC, +0 from last week (L 5-6 to Matata). This was a heartbreaker in a way, considering that Forest bagged five goals and it wasn’t enough for a result. On the flip side, though, they were fortunate to stay competitive with Matata and never seemed deserving of a win against one of the league’s best teams. They can clearly put goals up in big numbers, but like most teams in this division, they struggle to defend when it counts. They’ll need to fix those problems defensively ASAP, as their Premier Division status hangs in the balance.
  11. FC Stone Mountain, +0 from last week (L 2-6 to Atletico). It’s unfortunate, but the reality is that Stone Mountain are likely to be relegated and equally likely to finish with no points at all. They’ve got a tough three matches in front of them to try and earn something to remember the season by, and if this weekend was any indication, they just aren’t at the level of quality to do that this season.

actual table

  1. LSA Limeño – 14 pts, +11 GD. Form: WWWDD
  2. FC Matata – 14 pts, +7 GD. Form: DWWDW
  3. Potros FC – 12 pts, -3 GD. Form: LWWLW
  4. Atletico Atlanta – 11 pts, +4 GD. Form: WLDLW
  5. Atlanta Elephants – 11 pts, -3 GD. Form: WWDLD
  6. Kalonji Pro-Profile – 10 pts, +6 GD. Form: -DWWW
  7. Seas Jamaica All-Stars – 9 pts, +6 GD. Form: LLWWD
  8. Rovers FC – 8 pts, -2 GD. Form: LWLDD
  9. Forest Rovers FC – 7 pts, 0 GD. Form: LLLWL
  10. Club ATLetic – 6 pts, +2 GD. Form: WDDDL
  11. FC Stone Mountain – 0 pts, -28 GD. Form: LLLLL

The big matches keep coming thick and fast! Here’s what’s on tap for Mother’s Day weekend:

next week’s fixtures

3) Kalonji v 8) Rovers [midweek]

8) Rovers v 2) LSA

6) Potros v 1) Matata

4) Atletico v 3) Kalonji

11) Stone Mountain v 5) Elephants

7) Seas Jamaica v 9) ATLetic

Lots of tasty matchups there with plenty at stake on both sides of the table. Make sure you’re there in person or tuning in on MyCujoo!

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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