The Turf and Boards MASL Power Rankings are back for a second year. Contrary to last year when we started the year with the Monterrey Flash at #1, we are going to give deference to the defending Newman Cup champion Baltimore Blast. This is the first time they – or anyone beside Monterrey, who went wire-to-wire last year – have appeared in the top spot. Every team except San Diego will be in action this week.

1
17-5
(2017/18)
download The Blast didn’t start at #1 last year and they didn’t end the regular season at #1, but no team, maybe ever, has been as clutch as the Blast have been the last 10-15 years. The names and numbers aren’t sexy, but the banners speak for themselves.
2
17-5
Wave The Wave return with their full complement of players, plus Luan Oliveira and Alex Bradley. Their older players are still in their prime and their younger players are just hitting theirs.
3
20-2
Flash The Flash are loaded to the hilt, but might have to find a new identity with the additions of Franck Tayou, Enrique Canez, Monterrey’s version of Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.
4
19-3
Sockers The Sockers added some major talent, but the losses of Oliveira, John Sosa, and Chris Toth will have an impact.
5
13-9 (as Syracuse)
team-logo_url-32595-city-fc-1528915660401003393-large.png Utica scrambled late to replace Kenardo Forbes, but the additions of Mauricio Salles and Lucio Gonzaga, might not be enough to elevate the “FCs” out of the MASL’s second tier.
6
7-15
Comets It looks like the Comets are back. They’re not the elite team they were two years ago, but they should be on track to make a push for the playoffs.
7
11-11
Stars Tacoma made a few late moves to improve their stock heading into this weekend. Micheal Ramos and Adam West return after long sabbaticals.
8
3-19
Barracudas The Barracudas should be the most improved team this year coming off last year’s modest three win season. They will have to improve off the field, too, to keep the on-field product on track.
9
11-11 (as Cedar Rapids)
team-logo_url-32594-seawolves-1524683611955943566-large.png The SeaWolves roster has a lot of new faces and moving parts, but the pedigrees of their first-year MASL players is impressive.
10
Expansion
team-logo_url-32599-metrostars-1542990985818250367-large Mississauga is long on talent but short on professional indoor experience. They might not look like champions, but they won’t look like an expansion team either.
11
10-12
Fury Like a few other teams, the Fury bolstered their roster with some late signings, but everything will have to go right for them to make any serious noise this year.
12
10-12
Tropics Florida has the potential to be a pretty good team, but 14 games against Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Orlando, will make life hard for the Tropics.
13
6-16
team-logo_url-32593-heat-1542320109350127603-large The roster screams disaster, but the involvement of the Healeys makes you think the Heat have some tricks up their sleeve.
14
3-19
Ambush The Ambush are hoping against hope that their 4-38 (last two seasons combined) team will suddenly start winning close games, but even a .500 record seems like a climb up Mt. Everest.
15
Returning from hiatus
team-logo_url-12762-sidekicks-1476316806404760434-large Harrisburg and St. Louis did very little roster-wise to improve their flagging fortunes, but no one did less than Dallas, who tripled down on a team that was 14-26 its last two seasons.
16
11-11
Coyotes The Coyotes have been the least communicative team in the league and their roster is shrouded in some mystery, but there isn’t a lot of MASL experience past Omar Tapia and Alex Caceres, but Hugo Puentes returns after a 28-goal rookie campaign.
17
3-19
Express Turlock will win more games than the Washington Generals, but are mostly cannon fodder for the other three Pacific teams.