Well, this division can’t stop throwing itself curveballs.
First off, still no updates whatsoever on the playoff format or what the heck happened with the protested Soda City/SC Heat match. We’re still assuming it’s a Heat victory for now, which goes against the UPSL website.
Either way, a lot of on-field drama is making this one of the tightest tables I’ve seen anywhere in soccer in recent memory. Let’s have a look at the power rankings after yet another tumultuous week.
- SC Heat, +0 from last week (W 3-0 over Charleston). Charleston aren’t the mighty force they were last year, but no matter the opposition, Heat just keep on winning.
- Queen City FC, +1 from last week (W 3-1 over San Lee). It’s finally clicking in Charlotte for the Dragons (can we call them that? we’re gonna call them that). They grabbed another nice three-goal win against good opposition in San Lee, and that kind of momentum plus a six-game unbeaten run means a top-two spot is fully deserved. We’ll see how far they can push this streak, but they’ve clearly got the quality to win the league if SC Heat happen to falter.
- Combine Rush, +2 from last week (W 2-0 over Lobos). We genuinely have no idea where to rank anyone here. This is utter mayhem. Rush get the win over Lobos, but it could have been so much more convincing against the league’s worst team at home. That said, a win’s a win, especially here in the Carolinas this season. It’s gonna get wacky, and sometimes you just take the three points and move forward.
- Moros FC, +4 from last week (W 4-3 over Charlotte). So, um, I guess Moros decided they were good at soccer again? It’s been nothing if not consistent from Moros this year, but they’ve obviously got a lot of talent and can beat anyone on the right day. This weekend was a good one for the Moroccans, as they took down a solid Charlotte United team. This week, that’s enough for a big jump forward.
- Myrtle Beach FC, -3 from last week (L 0-1 to Soda City). Losing to Soda City is a serious blemish this year. Soda were struggling mightily, and Myrtle Beach had all the momentum and home-field advantage to boot. It didn’t come together for the South Carolina squad, and their in-state rivals grabbed a much-needed victory. Just like that, Myrtle Beach’s momentum is stonewalled and they have to start building it back up again.
- Charlotte United, -2 from last week (L 3-4 to Moros). This hasn’t been the best of times for Charlotte. They were one of my top two just a few weeks ago after a great mid-season run of form, but they’ve dropped off recently and dropped two straight. They need to get back on track quickly if they want to avoid a landslide down a competitive table.
- San Lee FC, -1 from last week (L 1-3 to Queen City). Queen City is not a bad loss, but it’s a matter of too many losses in general for the boys in orange right now. They can definitely improve their situation quickly in a volatile table like this, but they need to do it now. Time is running out on what’s been a hectic season for everyone.
- Charleston United, -1 from last week (L 0-3 to SC Heat). That’s not exactly ideal. Charleston have a great 3-0 win over Moros on their record, but outside of that win, they’ve struggled all season long. This isn’t the division they bulldozed last year, and they’re being given proof of that week after week after week.
- Soda City FC, +0 from last week (W 1-0 over Myrtle Beach). The clean sheet and the three points are very welcome in Columbia. They need a lot more where that came from to make something positive out of their season, but it’s a step in the right direction against a good Myrtle Beach team.
- Lobos FC, +0 from last week (L 0-2 to Combine Rush). Well, at least we’ll always have this consistency at the bottom of the table. Lobos aren’t leaving this last position anytime soon. They’ve been outclassed all season, to be totally honest. 2-0 is one of their better days.
On the back of all that, here’s a look at the current table, still crediting a win to SC Heat in the protested match.
- SC Heat – 16 pts, +14 GD. Form: WWWDW
- Combine Rush – 13 pts, +5 GD. Form: LLWWW
- Queen City FC – 10 pts, +1 GD. Form: DDDWW
- Myrtle Beach FC – 9 pts, +3 GD. Form: LWWWL
- Charlotte United – 9 pts, +2 GD. Form: WWWLL
- Moros FC – 8 pts, -1 GD. Form: DWDLW
- Charleston United – 8 pts, -2 GD. Form: DLWLL
- San Lee FC – 7 pts, +1 GD. Form: WDLWL
- Soda City FC – 4 pts, -3 GD. Form: DLLLW
- Lobos FC – 0 pts, -20 GD. Form: LLLLL
Now, a look at how much crazier still the Mid-Atlantic could be this time next week.
next week’s fixtures
2) Queen City v 3) Combine Rush [midweek]
3) Combine Rush v 5) Myrtle Beach
7) San Lee v 3) Combine Rush
6) Charlotte v 1) SC Heat
9) Soda City v 10) Lobos
2) Queen City v 5) Myrtle Beach
Combine Rush, Queen City, and Myrtle Beach will all finish up their respective regular seasons this weekend, and that means these two or three matches over the weekend for them will hold special significance. If any of them come away from the weekend perfect, they’ll likely lock up second place in the regular season (especially Combine Rush).
Meanwhile, Soda City have a chance to keep their momentum going in what should be a second straight win for them at home. What a weekend is in front of us!
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