Atlanta (0-1-4, 1 pt.) are coming off a stinging 6:1 defeat at home against Pumas last Saturday. Perhaps the absence of their coach, Ricardo Montoya, who has been in South Africa coaching a US team in the FIFA Football for Hope Festival for much of the season.
Things are getting interesting in the NPSL Southeast Region table. Due to some early season game postponements, the current NPSL table is a little deceiving. Four of the five teams remain mathematically in the hunt, but Chattanooga is squarely in the driver's seat. CFC (4-2-0, 14 pts.) sits on top, but RCU (2-3-1, 9 pts.) trails by 5 points with 2 games left to play for each team. Pumas FC (2-1-2, 7 pts.) and FC Tulsa (1-1-2, 4 pts.) are still not eliminated and have extra matches in which to make up the difference.
If CFC drops points to Pumas FC in Birmingham on Saturday night, RCU will know that a win over Atlanta on Sunday night will go a long way in keeping them in the hunt for the Final Four and will set up what could be a winner-take-all match between CFC and RCU in Chattanooga on July 17th. However, a CFC win on Saturday night in Birmingham will clinch the Southeast Region title for the Blues and the spot in the NPSL Final Four.