Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Way-Too-Early Premier Ultimate League Rankings for 2019

Rosters are not all yet final. Tryouts aren't over. The PUL pilot season schedule is not published. What better time to rank Premier Ultimate League teams!

1. MedellĂ­n Revolution
This dynamite club team finished 2nd at Club Worlds in 2018, and have demonstrated skills on offense and defense against the top US club teams over the last few years. Costs of travel from Colombia will be an issue; I would not be surprised if Revo picks up some elite U.S. club players from PUL-less cities. (paging Jesse Shofner…)

2. New York Gridlock
The newest team to form with an tremendous upside as they could potentially roster from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Plus, players will want to seek out to play for HC Eileen Murray who brings coaching experience from the AUDL.

3. Austin Torch
The ATX club team (Showdown) missed out on Nationals 2018, but players have experience playing and winning in last year's 2018 mini-season. Expectations will be high for already established fan base.

4. Atlanta Soul
The Soul appear to be organized and prepared for a 2019 season. If they bring back their athletes from 2018, the Soul have an excellent chance to be better in 2019 than in 2018. The club team (Ozone) in Atlanta finished tied for 9th at 2018 Nationals.

5. Raleigh Radiance
A solid core of players return to this year's roster which should give Raleigh a chance to shine. The North Carolina-based women's club team finished 14th at Club Nationals in 2018.

6. Indy Red
Indy is favored to poweRED from last year's experience. They are smartly recruiting from Indy and nearby Cincy to bolster their 2019 roster.

7. Nashville NightShade
NightShade will be an intriguing team to watch in 2019. If they're able to recruit beyond Nashville, they might be able to make some noise.

The PUL pilot season is planned ot be from April-June 2019.

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