The Perfect Pass presents the June 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 [ Last month: #10 ]
The last Armed Forces squad in the First Division has pulled out from all UFL competitions. There is still no official announcement on the matter but it is expected that only nine teams will continue to play in the first division this year. It is safe to say that Army is already relegated to the second division.
#9 Team Socceroo [ Last month: #9 ]
0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)
Team Socceroo had their worst month having three successive loses from big margins with no goals to show. The Paranaque-squad is currently at the bottom of the standings and will definitely need to improve their defense to get better results.
#8 Pachanga-Diliman [ Last month: #7 ]
1 Point (0 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Losses)
The Diliman-based squad did lose two games with big margins this month but their surprise draw with Global is the highlight of their season sofar. A few more surprise performances would be good for the squad.
#7 Loyola [ Last month: #5 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 2 Losses)
After getting another hammering from Ceres and an epic collapse against Kaya, the reigning UFL Cup winners simply had their worst month this season. It will be hard for the Meralco squad to get back on contention for the league title and must bounce back to finish at higher position.
#6 Stallion [ Last month: #2 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 2 Losses)
An end game loss to Global and a surprise defeat against Jeepney means that the former #2 team is our biggest drop this month. Stallion are now at the bottom of the now 4-team horse race to the title. The former UFL double winners would need to rekindle their first half form to have a crack on the title.
#5 Kaya [ Last month: #4 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)
The LBC-backed squad dropped one notch to #5 after splitting their June assignments. Their 0-2 loss to the Archers have put them in a setback for the title race but their come from behind win against Loyola could jumpstart their final push for the season.
#4 Global [ Last month: #3 ]
4 points (1 Win, 1 Draws, 0 Losses)
Their come from behind win against Stallion proved to be the highlight of the month but their injury time draw with Pachanga partly negated that win. Global’s points may be in jeopardy as the tagging of Hikaru Minigeshi as an ineligible player by Stallion Coach Ernie Nierras may be a serious issue for the squad.
#3 Manila Jeepney [ Last month: #8 ]
6 Points (2 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)
The Jeepney squad earned the highest rise for this month, highlighted by their win against title contenders Stallion FC. It was an impressive run from the beep-beep squad who narrowly lost to the streaking Green Archers where a win would have catapulted them to a #1 rank for this month.
#2 Ceres-La Salle [ Last month: #1 ]
6 points (2 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)
Ceres slid down to number two because of the Green Archers’ impressive performance but the Bacolod squad has some impressive wins this month as well. Winning two games with a five goal average and highlighted by the 6-1 trashing of Loyola, the bus men are now favorites to clinch the League title. With a 6-point gap from the nearest contender with one less game, the fate of the league leaders are now in their hands (or for football’s case, feet).
#1 Green Archers United [ Last month: #6 ]
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)
On target this July, the red-hot Green Archers are on fire scoring 14 goals this month. After a 9-5 shootout with Pachanga, the green and white squad beat contender Kaya 2-0 and ended their June campaign with a tight win against Jeepney. United has played much better with some players missing and are now gearing up for the tough July fixtures.
You can also view a summarized table for the league’s Big 5 Teams here: 2015 UFL First Division Big 5 League Table
By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)