It’s a fresh new league to cover in power rankings!
The NPSL kicked off last month in a new-look Southeast Division, and it figures to be some of the more exciting action in lower-league soccer this summer.
The Piedmont Cup, contested between the top three Georgia clubs, is a fan-created competition within the competition to keep an eye on, but all six clubs are fighting for the top four spots more than anything; those top four clubs will reach the division playoffs, which leads to the East Conference playoffs and then the National Finals.
With that as our backdrop, we pick up our coverage halfway into the 2021 regular season. As you’ll see, a club we’re big fans of is on top of the proceedings, but there’s plenty of competition from the rest of the table. Here’s what our power rankings look like after week 5 of the season:
- Georgia Revolution FC, +0 from last week (W 3-0 over Metro). The Revs grabbed a solid 3-0 win away from home against Metro Louisville in a matchup of two clubs we at smallworld respect on and off the pitch. The McDonough-based club look unstoppable right now, as they’ve now beat everyone in the division once. It’s yet to be seen if anybody can beat them, but until someone does, they’re outright leaders here.
- Georgia Storm FC, +0 from last week (W 2-1 over LSA). The Storm have an intriguing setup in Carrollton, and their only stumble so far was an opening-day 1-0 loss to Revolution. The Revs always felt like the better side in that match, but Storm have impressed so far in their maiden NPSL voyage. They’re making both the Southeast title and the Piedmont Cup race interesting.
- Appalachian FC, +0 from last week (D 1-1 with North Alabama). The sasquatch-branded boys from Boone have an affinity for draws. They’ve collected three in their first four matches of existence, only losing one thus far (you guessed it–to the Revs). Their fan engagement is the strongest in the division, and the resulting atmosphere at The Mack is fantastic. If they can convert some of these draws into wins in the second half of the season, they’ll be well on their way to challenging the top two.
- Metro Louisville FC, +0 from last week (L 0-3 to Revs). Derrick Davis’ PASL champions (arena soccer) are having an up-and-down start to their first NPSL campaign, but a win over North Alabama will have a directly positive impact on their playoff ambitions in year one. They’re level on points with NASC and have a favorable matchup with LSA coming up. They definitely need to take advantage of that opportunity.
- North Alabama SC, +0 from last week (D 1-1 with Appalachian). North Alabama are very much in the playoff conversation, but they’ve only got one point from their matches against the two closest rivals they have in that pursuit, Appalachian and Metro. The Huntsville representatives need to earn more points against those two when they face them for the second time in order to feel good about their top four chances.
- LSA Athletico Lanier, +0 from last week (L 1-2 to Storm). Things are improving for Athletico, whose second team is about to start its UPSL Georgia playoff campaign. The first team is struggling, but they’re trending in the right direction after a draw against Appalachian two weeks ago and a close result against a strong Storm team. The next step is a three-point weekend, which could feasibly come as soon as this Saturday when they travel to Huntsville and face North Alabama.
Now, let’s see what the table shows. Revolution and LSA have played five matches, while the middle four have played four each.
- Georgia Revolution – 15 pts, +12 GD. Form: WWWWW
- Georgia Storm – 9 pts, +4 GD. Form: -LWWW
- North Alabama – 4 pts, -2 GD. Form: -WLLD
- Metro Louisville – 4 pts, -3 GD. Form: -DWLL
- Appalachian FC – 3 pts, -1 GD. Form: -DLDD
- LSA Athletico Lanier – 1 pt, -10 GD. Form: LLLDL
Now, here’s a look at what’s in front of us for the coming weekend.
next week’s fixtures
3) Appalachian v 4) Metro
prediction: Appalachian 2 – 1 Metro
1)Revolution v 2) Storm
prediction: Revs 3 – 1 Storm
5) North Alabama v 6) LSA
prediction: NASC 2 – 2 LSA
We’ll definitely have our eye on the Georgia derby between Revs and Storm; the reverse fixture was a tight one and had everything from a red card to a dramatic match-winner!
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading and be sure to share with supporters of the division and its clubs!
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