Over the last few months, my articles on the Syracuse Silver Knights had been few and far between. Most of the time, it was to say goodbye and good luck to former players that will suit up for new teams this season. I was wondering what direction the Knights were going to go in. Was it a rebuild? In the course of two weeks, I can safely say that a rebuild is NOT what the Knights have in mind for Season 7.
Let’s just start with one of the newest acquisitions for the Knights, Nick Perera. I’ve followed Nick since his days in Milwaukee. He is a seasoned veteran who has had great success in every place he has played: Milwaukee, San Diego, and most recently Ontario. Last year, he was very efficient offensively, scoring 17 goals, and assisting on 16 others. I think he will transition seamlessly into his new team, and I see him being at the top of the scoring leaderboard for the Knights this season. Hats off to Head Coach Ryan Hall, and GM Tommy Tanner for making this move. The Knights certainly needed it.
As the roster continued to form, Knights fans were wondering, “Where is Slavisa Ubiparapovic?” At the teams intrasquad scrimmage last Saturday, he was nowhere to be found. The team would have a completely different look if one of the “founding fathers” of the Knights were wearing another team’s jersey this season. But, it was announced today, that Slavisa has in fact, returned to the Salt City for his 7th season in the Orange and Black. He joins Kenardo Forbes and Darren Toby as the only players to be with Syracuse since Day 1. What role will he play with the Knights this season? Will he be more of an offensive minded player, or will he play more defense? Regardless, he’s one of the best free kick takers in the league, and he will be called upon to continue that role.
I wrote an article a few weeks ago with my predictions for the MASL season. Now, since the season hasn’t officially started for any of the Eastern Conference teams, I feel like I am able to change my predictions for this season. So, here goes:
Baltimore will win the division. This hasn’t changed whatsoever. With the addition of Nick Perera, the re-signing of Slavisa Ubiparapovic, and more acquisitions possible, I feel Syracuse has enough firepower to overtake both Florida and Harrisburg for that second playoff spot in quite possibly the toughest division top to bottom in the league.
What say you MASL Nation?