February 2015 UFL Power Rankings

The Perfect Pass presents the first edition of the 2015 United Football League Power Rankings.  This monthly feature will showcase who’s hot and who’s not in the Philippines’ top football league.

#10 Philippine Army
0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)

An opening day trashing from KAYA followed by big margin losses against Green Archers and Global means that the solitary Armed forces team in the first division is in the bottom of the standings.  Sweeping changes are necessary in the next transfer windows to avoid the relegation.

#9 Team Socceroo

0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)

Socceroo started it season well by only allowing a solitary goal from powerhouse Loyola but their succeeding games were poor and was highlighted by an 8-0 trashing against defending champions Global.  The Paranaque based team has a allowed thirteen goals so far and it looks like the team is in for a tough year.  Though they have the same goal difference as Army (-12), Socceroo has scored one goal this this season to put them slightly ahead at number nine.

#8 Pachanga-Diliman
0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)

With the loss of some of its foreign players and with their young players still playing for the UAAP, the Diliman based squad are still winless after a month Division 1.  The schedule wasnt kind for them  as they went up against tough squads in Loyola, Stallion, and Global.  Their saving grace is that they have a better goal difference than the two bottom teams.

#7 Manila Jeepney
0 Points (0 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Losses)

After almost drawing against Ceres and pushing Loyola to its limit, it’s a bit unfair for this division one newcomer to still be winless in the league so far.  Because of their impressive first two games, KAYA FC took no chances and demolished the Manila squad 4-0.  Jeepney stepped up in its final game against United to snatch an equalizer late in the game to earn their first point this month.

#6 Ceres-La Salle
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)

Ceres only played one game this month against the upstarts in Manila Jeepney.  Leading 2-0 after the half, the Bacolod squad relaxed in the second half causing Jeepney to get one goal back and almost equalized in the game.  Not a good start for the one of the title favorites whose offseason moves have made a buzz in the local football scene.  The recent playoff loss for the AFC Cup Group spot means that Ceres will have its complete focus on domestic competitions.

#5 Green Archers United
5 points (1 Wins, 2 Draws, 1 Loss)

United’s opening draw against Global was the highlight of opening day of the 2015 League. But celebrations where shortlived as they bowed against Kaya FC in their succeeding game.  The Archers did convincingly win against Army but their final game for the month was a disappointment as they both shared a point with Manila Jeepney.

#4 Loyola
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)

The Meralco backed squad started the season well with three wins which was highlighted by a come-from-behind victory against Manila Jeepney.  The arrival of Taj Minniecon and Anthony Putrus-Schnell has worked wonders for the squad even with Phil Younghusband missing the first 3 games due to injury.  Their streak was however stalled as Stallions gave them their first loss in the League.

#3 Stallion
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)

Stallion opened the season with a wins against Pachanga and Socceroo but a last minute loss against Global dampened the winning streak of the former league champions.  The Gilligans-backed squad however made amends and ended the month on a high note when they beat Loyola coming from a 1-0 first half deficit.  In what was the most entertaining match in the League so far, Stallion showed its true worth with its quality defense and teamwork which led to a convincing win against the Meralco squad.

#2 Global
13 points (4 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 Losses)

Because of their AFC Cup commitments, Global has played more games than most teams which makes them top the current league table.  They started their campaign with an entertaining draw against Green Archers but have recovered after playing the bottom teams in their next fixtures.  The defending champions made a statement after winning against Stallion at the death and finishing off their February campaign with a drubbing of Army.

#1 KAYA
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)

Though they are not on top of the standings, having a winning average of 3 plus goals and not conceding any meant that Kaya is our top team in this month’s ranking.  Of the two teams with a perfect record, Kaya was better as its defense was on point as they are the only team in the league that has zero goals allowed in February.  The LBC backed squad has lived to expectations as the dark horse of the tournament and their current performance makes them number one for this months power rankings.

 

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