A pair of 1-0 decisions on Friday night highlighted this final weekend of the Mid-South regular season, and we now have our champion in place.
That champion is newcomer Bowling Green FC, and they were able to (essentially) clinch the regular-season title in front of their home fans at the Pit on Friday evening.
Let’s see who else made moves and what the power rankings look like with just two makeup games left to be decided.
- Bowling Green FC, +0 from last week (W 1-0 over Music City). Okay, so it’s not REALLY official yet. Technically, We United has enough possible points left to draw themselves level with the Golden Lions. But in that scenario, BGFC would have to somehow lose to Heroes, and that would be a statistical anomaly to say the least. The title is theirs, and it’s fully deserved for the southern Kentucky club.
- We United, +2 from last week (W 1-0 over Pumas and W 2-1 over United). Well, well, well. After a sixth and seventh straight victory, the boys who put luchador masks on for goal celebrations have second place in their sights. They’ve beaten the best of the best on their mid-season tear, and it’s got them in the best of form heading into the most important part of the season. Their last match is against the bottom team in the league, and if they take all three points this upcoming week, they’ll lock up second place.
- Pumas Premier, +0 from last week (L 0-1 to We United AND W 2-0 over Heroes). Pumas lost a tough battle in Memphis, but they do have third place locked up now after the Heroes forfeit win away from home. They’ll most likely have a match against We United waiting for them in the playoffs, so an all-important rematch is coming soon.
- Music City SC, -2 from last week (L 0-1 to Bowling Green). What a difference a goal makes. Music City were right in the title hunt if they could have grabbed an away win against the Golden Lions, but they lost a narrow decision instead and now stare fourth place in the face. They’re all finished for the regular season, and they’re most likely to play Bowling Green in a rematch of this most recent fixture in round one of the playoffs.
- AFC 615, +0 from last week (W 12-0 over Saints). It’s been a season to forget for the most part, but this is a great endcap against their in-city rivals. They’ll have the summer off to rebuild, and Desmond Armstrong’s side will surely be ready to give it a better run this fall.
- Saints FC, +0 from last week (L 0-12 to AFC). We believe a matchup with United is still to be completed for Saints, and if so, that’s a chance to finish their season on a high. Either way, they’re out of the playoff picture but have earned the respect of the division in year one. They’ve got growing to do, but this writer thinks they’ll do the growing that’s necessary and be a strong competitor sooner rather than later.
- United Revolution, +0 from last week (L 1-2 to We United). This was a valiant effort from United, who have shown on multiple occasions that they aren’t as abysmal as last year’s Revs. They figure to keep growing in seasons to come and make the bottom half of this division more competitive.
- 615 Heroes, +0 from last week (L 0-2 to Pumas). At some point after the match was slated to start, AFC announced that they’d forfeited the match. That resulted in a 2-0 loss for them, and we’re interested to see if they do the same for their last two matches against Bowling Green and We United.
- Bowling Green FC – 24 pts, +24 GD. Form: WWLWW
- Pumas Premier – 21 pts, +25 GD. Form: WWLLW
- Music City FC – 21 pts, +24 GD. Form: LWWWL
- We United – 21 pts, +15 GD. Form: WWWWW
- AFC 615 – 15 pts, +15 GD. Form: WLLWW
- Saints FC – 6 pts, -33 GD. Form: LWLLL
- United Revolution – 3 pts, -50 GD. Form: LLLLL
- 615 Heroes – 0 pts, -20 GD. Form: LLLLL
Only a few matches are left to make up, and unless they surprise us, the power rankings are what the final table will show.
8) Heroes v 1) Bowling Green
7) United v 6) Saints
8) Heroes v 2) We United
As long as Bowling Green and We United win, they’ll occupy first and second respectively. Then, they’ll progress to the division semifinals that decide who represents the Expeditions Division in the national playoffs.
That’s all for my spring coverage of the mid-south, but be on the lookout for a guest writer to cover the playoffs…
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