Week 15 could have been termed the MASL Super Bowl break. There were just seven games and four of the top five teams were idle.
Syracuse, Ontario, Tacoma, and Kansas City did what they had to to keep their playoff hopes on track, but El Paso’s loss in Tacoma has them teetering.
The only changes to the Power Rankings saw the Rampage drop to 10th and Ontario and Tacoma moved up in their stead. The three teams have been trapped in the MASL’s mid-six (#6-10) for the last three weeks. Cedar Rapids and Ontario have languished there longer, while Tacoma was a more recent addition after spending time in the bottom five.
If last week’s schedule was on the sleepy side, however, this week is going to be bananas:
- Friday 2/9 Harrisburg Heat at Florida Tropics – a key game for Florida
- Friday 2/9 St. Louis Ambush at Kansas City Comets – a must win for the Comets
- Friday 2/9 Ontario Fury at El Paso Coyotes – Both teams need to win and Ontario has lacked consistency all year
- Friday 2/9 San Diego Sockers at Tacoma Stars – A big Pacific battle and a storied rivalry that dates back to 1983.
- Saturday 2/10 Baltimore Blast at Milwaukee Wave – A storied rivalry that dates back to 1992, and the first of three meetings between the teams this month that will likely decide home field advantage for the Conference Final.
- Saturday 2/10 Cedar Rapids Rampage at St. Louis Ambush – Cedar Rapids needs a win and the Ambush will be amped up by the parade of arena soccer legends scheduled to attend Alumni Night
- Saturday 2/10 Turlock Express at Soles de Sonora – Sonora will spar with the Express before the main event Sunday in San Diego
- Sunday 2/11 Harrisburg Heat at Syracuse Silver Knights – Harrisburg gets their second shot at playing spoiler this weekend.
- Sunday 2/11 Rio Grande Valley Barracudas at Monterrey Flash – The Flash look to go 16-0.
- Sunday 2/11 Soles de Sonora at San Diego Sockers – The Sockers host their own Alumni Night as they try to avenge their loss to Sonora and end what could be a nine game Soles winning streak.
|The Blast improved to 9-0 at home and 8-2 in one-goal games with an overtime win over Syracuse.|
|Syracuse made their 4-0 lead hold up in a 6-4 win over Cedar Rapids, but dropped their fourth straight one-goal game to Baltimore (dating back to last year).|
|The Stars kept pace with a relatively easy 10-7 home win over El Paso.|
|The Fury took advantage of some favorable scheduling with blowout wins over Turlock and Rio Grande Valley. Tunisian rookie Ouday Belhadj made a splash with six goals and an assist.|
|Cedar Rapids couldn’t ascend to the next level, falling 6-4 in Syracuse and dropping back below .500.|
|The Coyotes didn’t impress in Tacoma, but salvaged the weekend with a wild 14-12 win over the Barracudas.|
|idle (The Heat was off)|
|The Comets kept their glimmer of playoff hope alive with a 7-6 win over St. Louis. Three of their five wins are against St. Louis.|
|The Ambush dropped another close one, their fourth one-goal loss of the season.
|The Barracudas allowed another 27 goals this weekend putting their GAA on the verge of 10.00.|
|Turlock was 7-3 at home last year, but just 1-7 this year.|