Turf and Boards Power Rankings history has been made. There is a new Top 4 team for the first time as Utica City slips into the 4 slot, vacated by a San Diego Sockers team that dropped to 6. Also moving up into new territory is the Tacoma Stars at 5.
The St. Louis Ambush reached a new high at 11, while the Kansas City Comets and Mississauga MetroStars continued their descent.
The Sockers will have their feet full with games at the Dallas Sidekicks and Monterrey Flash. Losing in Dallas would be particularly troublesome.
The Ambush have the unenviable task of playing against Kansas City a third straight time, and then they hit the road for Milwaukee. The Wave are hosting their traditional New Year’s Eve game and a large crowd is in the offing.
The El Paso Coyotes will be the last team to host their home opener when they welcome Dallas Saturday. Sunday, the Baltimore Blast visit Utica for the second time this year.
The Wave are the only team that still looks invincible after four weeks. Even the refs can’t stop Milwaukee as when Alex Bradley clearly elbowed his way to the back-breaking fifth goal in the Wave’s 7-2 win in Florida.
Monterrey had three weeks off and almost lost on the road to Genoni Martinez and the Barracudas, but Brayan Aguilar’s sweet OT goal kept them undefeated.
Tacoma was coming off a tough home loss and taking to the road for a back-to-back against two formidable opponents. Oh and they just handed the coaching reigns to their untested leading scorer. So, naturally, they won both games.
The Sockers offense has been janky, and Danny Waltman’s derring-do didn’t help, as the Sockers fell out of first place and saw their 16-game home winning streak go up in smoke.
Ontario’s weekend was almost a total disaster, but the one-goal win in Turlock softened the blow of losing at home to Tacoma.
Rio Grande Valley looked strong for the third straight game, but fell in overtime to Monterrey.
The Tropics were no match for the Wave.
The SeaWolves finally found their offense thanks to Mississauga’s porous defense. The addition of Thiago Freitas will only help.
Should we be asking how good are the Ambush or how bad are the Comets? While Clayton Matheus, Corey Adamson, and Antonio Manfut have gotten off to slow starts, and Hewerton has been injury-limited to two games, Zach Reget and Justin Stinson have been early revelations.
The Comets need a win Saturday to avoid a three-game sweep by St. Louis, which would put them in a deep hole in the playoff race.
When teams play the MetroStars the goal looks as big as the Canadian border. Mississauga has allowed double-digit goals three times in four games.
Turlock gave a respectable performance at home, but dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to the Ontario Fury.