12/24/18 Thiago Goes to Orlando and Hundelt Dealt to Heat – The Harrisburg Heat dished off another player who was key to their 2016/17 resurgence, sending Thiago Freitas to the Orlando SeaWolves for Dylan Hundelt. Freitas was off to a slow start this year, but led the Heat in scoring in each of the last two seasons. The trade could help both teams as the SeaWolves were in need of offensive help and Pat Healey is trying to remake the Heat to fit his vision for the rebuilding franchise.
12/29/18 Sockers Back in a Flash – The San Diego Sockers had only scored 12 goals in three games and were coming off a home loss to the Tacoma Stars. Their early flagging fortunes were revived after they played their fifth game in 13 days. San Diego easily took down the Dallas Sidekicks Friday, 9-3, before beating the Monterrey Flash 7-6 in overtime Sunday. Monterrey forced overtime after trailing 4-1, but the Sockers were victorious in sudden death on Cesar Cerda’s long-range goal. San Diego lost both meetings in Monterrey last year including their Newman Cup semifinal game.
12/29/18 Waza’s World Cup Flo – The Detroit Waza Flo were always the underdogs who pulled rabbits out of their hat from time to time and Saturday continued that tradition when Marcelo Goncalves made his indoor debut with the M2 team. The 52-year old defender has 24 caps with the Brazilian National Team and played in the 1998 World Cup. Detroit also fielded their most representative roster since leaving the MASL in 2016, including Miki Djerisilo, Costea Decu, Aaron Byrd, and Nik Djokic, as they defeated the Chicago Mustangs 5-3. The Waza Flo play their games at the newly opened Detroit City Fieldhouse.
12/30/18 You Belong to the City – For the second time in three meetings, Utica City defeated the Baltimore Blast, this time by a score of 6-3 before the first City sellout crowd at the Adirondack Bank Center. Utica increased their Eastern Division lead to 1 1/2 games over the Blast.
12/31/18 Fortune-tella – The Milwaukee Wave used a second half eruption to rout the St. Louis Ambush, 11-5 before 6,239 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. We still think foul play was involved, but what was most amazing about the league season high crowd was the fact that Wave fan Adam Granatella predicted that exact number on his December 28th post on Facebook’s MASL Off the Wall group.