Week 3 in the MASL , like the first two weeks, was largely upset-free and as a result this week’s rankings are again little changed.
There have been some near misses and blown leads. Turlock almost beat Syracuse. Syracuse almost beat San Diego. Syracuse almost beat Ontario. Ontario almost beat Harrisburg. Cedar Rapids almost beat Baltimore. In the end, nothing changed the status quo, but those almost teams are wishing they cashed in on those early season opportunities.
Overall last week, none of the top six teams lost and none of the bottom five teams won. The only change was in the tightly packed middle where Cedar Rapids dropped two spots and Ontario and Florida moved up a spot each. The Rampage have had to open against Milwaukee and Baltimore, two of the top teams in the league, and had to face Florida on less than 24 hours rest, all on the road. Despite losing the latter two games by a single goal, they still find themselves in a big 0-3 hole.
Elsewhere in the rankings there is a log jam. Milwaukee has possibly been the most impressive team, but they have nowhere to go until Monterrey loses a game. St. Louis has been equally disappointing, but they are as low as they can be ranked as long as Rio Grande Valley and Turlock keep losing.
This week could see a shake-up with Monterrey playing Sonora not once, but twice, and the Sockers hosting Ontario. Milwaukee and Kansas City, however, are idle.
|The Flash rolled over Rio Grande Valley, 9-2.|
|The Wave completed an early sweep of their Central Division rivals.|
|The Blast christened SECU Arena with an exciting 8-7 win over Cedar Rapids.|
|Chiles & Co. flattened Tacoma 8-3.|
|First game November 16|
|Harrisburg came back from a 4-2 deficit to beat Ontario 7-6. Hugo Silva’s goal was the turning point.|
|The Fury were the take-a-penny, leave-a-penny team, rallying to win in Syracuse and blowing a lead in Harrisburg.|
|Florida scored three pairs of back-to-back goals to beat Rampage, 6-5.|
|The Rampage have been good, but not good enough to avoid an 0-3 start. The wins need to start coming soon.|
|The Comets were no match for Milwaukee, but the roster is still sorting itself out.|
|Impressive first half in Turlock followed by three unimpressive halves. Stars settle for the road split.|
|Lost home opener in OT after failing to hold an early 4-1 lead against Ontario.|
|Totally overmatched in their home opener against the Wave.|
|They were able to keep it close for 20 minutes in Monterrey before the flood gates opened.|
|Few signs of progress in a disappointing blowout home loss against Tacoma.|