Folks, Pumas are catching up to the rest of the league.
They’ve quietly been winning every week they’ve played, despite having games in hand on the rest of the league all season after multiple cancellations.
Meanwhile, they’ve been anything but quiet when it comes to their support, as yours truly has seen personally and as @nsc_ronan pointed out on Twitter.
Now that they’re making up the matches in the table, it’s clear to everybody what I’ve been suspecting for a while and Aaron Sexton has been trying to convince everyone of since day 1: this Pumas team could just be the best in the division.
Meanwhile, the same Ronan who reported on the Pumas away crowd at the Saints FC match gave live commentary of a big in-city derby as well, so there was important action across the board this week.
Here’s a look at how it all went down:
- Pumas Premier, +1 from last week (W 8-1 over Saints). Two eight-goal outings in four is a good formula for success. Pumas are bathing in it right now, scoring at will and beating everyone they’ve been able to face thus far. They’ve got some big fixtures ahead, but it’s theirs to lose at this point.
- Bowling Green FC, -1 from last week (no match). We’re not punishing BGFC for not getting to play their match, but Pumas have now beaten the same Music City team that gave us the Golden Lions’ respect AND smoked a Saints team that’s capable of keeping games close. Bowling Green has something to prove now.
- Music City SC, +0 from last week (W 1-0 over AFC). That’s a big win to get Music City back on track. They had to eke out yet another decision by just one goal, but for the second time against their fellow Nashvillians, they emerge from Siegel Soccer complex with three points. It’s enough to keep them dreaming about the top spot, but they need to be perfect from here on out. At their floor, they’ve established a top three spot and an invitation to the Divisional Cup against UPSL Georgia clubs this summer unless things really get disastrous.
- AFC 615, +0 from last week (L 1-2 to Music City). It’s been a tough season for AFC. They’re solidly the fourth-best team in the league this year, and that’s the ceiling at this point after a second loss to third-placed Music City on the season. We United are knocking at the door for fourth as well.
- We United FC, +0 from last week (W 3-0 over United). We United make a stronger case for the top four every time we see them. They’re not exactly title hopefuls, but they’re holding their own and are clearly above the bottom three in quality.
- Saints FC, +0 from last week (L 1-8 to Pumas). Saints took a step back again after a couple of interesting results to start the year off. They’re really struggling against strong competition as a general rule.
- United Revolution, +0 from last week (L 0-3 to We United). Memphis belongs to We United, and it’s not really close. United are making progress from last year, but there’s still a long way to go before they’re competitive here.
- 615 Heroes, +0 from last week (no match). They were spared a beatdown at the hands of Bowling Green only because the match was postponed. That just put off the inevitable until whenever it gets replayed, in all honesty.
- Bowling Green FC – 15 pts, +20 GD. Form: WWWWW
- Music City SC – 15 pts, +12 GD. Form: WWLLW
- Pumas Premier – 12 pts, +14 GD. Form: -WWWW
- We United – 12 pts, +9 GD. Form: LWWWW
- AFC 615 – 9 pts, +5 GD. Form: WLLWL
- Saints FC – 3 pts, -17 GD. Form: LWLLL
- United Revolution – 3 pts, -26 GD. Form: LLWLL
- 615 Heroes – 0 pts, -17 GD. Form: LLLLL
It’s getting crowded at the top, and these upcoming matches could separate a few clubs.
next week’s fixtures
2) Pumas v 1) Bowling Green
7) United v 3) Music City
8) Heroes v 6) Saints
5) We United v 4) AFC
Storylines across the board here. The granddaddy of them all kicks us off this Friday, as Pumas finally get to host Bowling Green in a top-two battle. Then, Music City travels to Memphis after losing to their last Memphis-based opponent. Heroes and Saints battle in Murfreesboro knowing they both have a welcome opportunity for three points, and We United have a chance to solidify their top four spot and keep AFC’s misery going.
All that said, week 8 will be one to keep an eye on in the Mid-South this weekend!
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