Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, March 11, 2013

UFL Power Rankings as of March 11

UFL Power Rankings as of March 11

The action in the UFL is heating up as teams begin to separate themselves from the pack. The leaders are rolling, some teams are stumbling and well, some are praying for deliverance.

We tallied the individual rankings from Ryan Fenix, Mikhail De Guzman, Bob Guerrero, Rick Olivares, and Cedelf Tupas, all regular UFL watchers and here’s the consensus (for the first time in three weeks the rankings reflect the actual standings).
Global Still undefeated. They were nearly stopped by Pachanga (at least for the first 45 minutes) before they made some adjustments in their attack. The result was four goals in the second half. No one has yet figured out how to stop this relentless club.

StallionTheir 7-2 shellacking of Air Force was the worst beating ever inflicted on the proud military team. Their offense is top notch with arguably the best striker in the UFL in Rufo Sanchez. But their problem in recent weeks has been their defense in the second half. So far all the five goals they have conceded in five matches have all come in the second half. Stallion (5-0-0) has scored 10 goals but conceded five in the final 45 minutes of play. Not so bad but when goal difference plays a factor in the final standings then this might be costly.

LoyolaSuddenly looking vulnerable with their rash of injuries (James Younghusband, Freddy Gonzalez, and Chad Gould). They were outplayed for the first time this season by nemesis Kaya. Although they drew first blood on a brilliant Phil Younghusband goal, they conceded another late goal for a draw. With a 4-1-0 record, they drop back to third in the standings.

NomadsMinus James Woldring and Friso Klok, Nomads (3-2-1) looked vulnerable to a PSG side that resembled their game during the recently concluded PFF Smart National Club Championships. PSG exposed their thin midfield. With no support for Fidelis Nnabuife who has trouble ditching speedier players, they played to a scoreless draw with PSG.

KayaImpressive in their 1-1 draw with Loyola. They have an opportunity to go up in the standings and the power rankings when they play struggling Army this Tuesday. The match against the Sparks saw Kaya (1-2-2) get terrific games from Anton Ugarte and Sean Illif who were impact players. Was that match their turnaround? We’ll find out.

PachangaSuddenly there are all sorts of questions surrounding this club. They looked impressive early in the season but have begun to crumble. Now at 2-0-3, Pachanga can stop opponents. But their inability to score has given their defense nightmares. They have scored three goals but have allowed seven to find the back of the net.

Green Archers UnitedFell flat with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Army after the resounding win against Air Force the previous week. What has picked it up for GAU (1-1-3)? It’s the return of striker Jon Melliza who was unavailable until FEU’s UAAP campaign was over. Melliza’s scored two goals in two matches and has given this club a deep threat. The problem remains their finishing in the final third as Tating Pasilan and Chieffy Caligdong have misfired.

PSG Suddenly rediscovered its game against Nomads but they couldn’t score in spite of dominating possession and shots on goal. Still in need of another midfielder who can hold the ball and a danger man up front. PSG (0-1-4) is by no means out of the woods just yet.

Army This team (0-1-4) has played calm football in their last two outings – one a blowout loss to Global and the other a draw with GAU. The result of the latter pulled them out of the cellar.

Air ForceHow the mighty have fallen. From first to last and in danger of getting relegated (0-0-4). They have taken it on the chin in almost all their matches. Opponents have racked up high tally rates where previously they faced stingy defense from the airmen. The 7-2 beating at the hands of Stallion drops them to an all-time low.

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