On Saturday, Rocket City United will travel down I-65 to take on a familiar foe in Pumas of Birmingham. The rivals have already had two derby matches in 2010, and RCU's coach Desmond Armstrong feels his team is ready to get the better of the Birmingham side in this third meeting.
Pumas won 1:0 during the US Open Cup Qualifying Group phase, and the teams appeared to share points after a 1:1 draw in RCU's NPSL season opener. However, the league has ruled that Pumas played four ineligible players during that match and have since awarded the RCU a victory on forfeit. The four players in question participated in the match while not having their International Transfer Clearance paperwork. At the same time, RCU had four players who did not participate in the match while awaiting their ITC paperwork to clear.
As a result, RCU now has 6 points from 2 matches, while Pumas have 3 points from 3 matches. Regardless of what the standings say, Saturdays match is sure to be a feisty affair to decide Alabama bragging rights.