First the St. Louis Ambush beat the Orlando SeaWolves and then the Harrisburg Heat were leading Utica City for most of their game. We were ready to chuck the Turf and Boards Official 2018/19 MASL Forecast in the trash and leave town. Things mostly shook out as expected after that. Utica rallied to beat Harrisburg and then knocked off the Baltimore Blast, but the only other big surprise was the Dallas Sidekicks win over the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. Certain teams look stronger or weaker than expected, but we’ve only seen one game in most cases. Despite that “one game” ethos, we gave the Ontario Fury and Florida Tropics significant bumps. The Milwaukee Wave assume the top spot after Baltimore’s loss in Utica.

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Wave arrowupgreen (1) The Wave put up a 10-spot on the Comets to kick off the season before a league-high crowd of 5,374. Ian Bennett found the net four times.
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download red-down-arrow-hi The Blast remained undefeated at home by stomping Mississauga 11-3 before a sellout crowd, but the offense went silent the next day in Utica.
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Flash desplaza Monterrey started their season with an easy 8-3 win over El Paso.
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Sockers desplaza idle
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team-logo_url-32595-city-fc-1528915660401003393-large desplaza The Cities almost shredded the rankings when they fell down two goals in Harrisburg, but they not only rallied for the win, but they upset Baltimore in their first game in Utica on Sunday.
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Stars arrowupgreen (1) Late signings, an explosive Nick Perera, and a dominant opening night win over Turlock have fans buzzing about the Stars.
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Fury arrowupgreen (1) Late signings, an explosive Adrien Perez, and a dominant opening night win over Turlock have fans buzzing about the Fury.
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Comets red-down-arrow-hi John Sosa, Brett Petricek and other defensive additions couldn’t contain the Wave attack in Milwaukee Saturday.
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Tropics arrowupgreen (1) Playing without Freddy Moojen and Ricardo Diegues didn’t hurt the Tropics in an easy 9-4 win over St. Louis.
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Barracudas red-down-arrow-hi The Barracudas are awaiting visas on key players, but their home opening loss to Dallas was still disappointing.
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team-logo_url-32594-seawolves-1524683611955943566-large red-down-arrow-hi The SeaWolves are a work in progress, but the offense has been stone cold in their preseason game against Brazil and their home opener against the Ambush. Orlando only managed one even strength goal against the Ambush’s back-up ‘keeper, who came into the game with a 1-16 career record.
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team-logo_url-32599-metrostars-1542990985818250367-large red-down-arrow-hi The MetroStars looked out of sorts as the Blast ran circles around them. They will look to rebound Saturday in their home opener against Florida.
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Ambush arrowupgreen (1) The Ambush blew a 3-1 lead in Orlando but didn’t comically implode like they did many times last year, and picked up a rare win. The back-end of their Florida road trip was less encouraging.
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team-logo_url-12762-sidekicks-1476316806404760434-large arrowupgreen (1) Like St. Louis, Dallas has had a nasty habit of blowing games late, so the early road win could be a confidence builder.
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team-logo_url-32593-heat-1542320109350127603-large red-down-arrow-hi Tom Mellor doubled last year’s goal total, and while the Heat blew a third quarter 6-4 lead, they were more competitive than expected. Still, their loss wasn’t as persuasive as the Ambush and Sidekicks wins.
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Coyotes desplaza Somehow El Paso shut out Franck Tayou and held Monterrey to eight goals, but they were never really in the game.
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Express desplaza We almost want to drop Turlock to a non-existent #18 after getting trounced by a combined 23-4 to open the season. Bloody embarrassing.