Stars Sidelined – Due to a combination of injuries, visa issues, and just rest, Baltimore, San Diego, and Milwaukee won games last weekend without some of their biggest stars. The Blast topped the Mississauga MetroStars in overtime on Thursday without the services of Tony Donatelli and Vini Dantas, while four players made their Blast debuts in their stead.

The Sockers whipped up on the Turlock Express on Friday, despite the absence of Kraig Chiles and Leonardo De Oliveira. Four Sockers saw their first action of the season.

The Wave traveled up to Mississauga without Max Ferdinand and Jonathan Santos and came away with an easy 8-2 win Friday despite a late third quarter injury to goalkeeper Josh Lemos. The Wave were without Lemos and Ian Bennett on Sunday, but still beat Utica City 7-4.


Beer Buzz – Utica City made headlines by enlisting Robert Palmieri, Utica’s mayor, to ban Milwaukee’s Best beer at the Adirondack Bank Center by official decree. What followed was a fun week of tongue in cheek trash talking, memes, and videos. The result of the hype was a second straight Utica sellout.


Dome Sweet Dome – The Rochester Lancers resurfaced indoors in a new incarnation as an M2 team with a new home, the Rochester Dome Arena. The arena has a capacity of around 2,500 and the Lancers sold out both games in their opening weekend, while sweeping the Detroit Waza Flo and Cincinnati Swerve to open the season 2-0.


Stars Sidelined Part II: A Star is Burned – No one expected an easy game for the Tacoma Stars when they traveled to Rio Grande Valley to meet the Barracudas Sunday, but a win on Friday at the winless El Paso Coyotes should have been a piece of cake for these Stars. Instead their 9-7 loss to El Paso was compounded by an 8-4 loss to the Barracudas, restoring the San Diego Sockers to their familiar first place perch in the Pacific Division.