The Milwaukee Wave are bent, but not broken, or perhaps broken, but not bent. Either way, they are a little more human without Josh Lemos and Ian Bennett, but might still be the best team around.
Still at .500 but surging are the Kansas City Comets, who are the first team to beat the Wave this year, and the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas.
The Comets will try to keep things rolling against the St. Louis Ambush. St. Louis is 2-1 against Kansas City so far this year, but has the worst goal differential in the Eastern Conference and all four of their wins have been by one goal. A close game might favor the Ambush, so Kansas City needs to be sharp early.
The struggling Tacoma Stars will have their hands full when they host the San Diego Sockers Friday in maybe their last, best shot to stay in the race to win the Pacific Division. It seems like only days ago that the Stars were on top of the division, but a loss Friday will bury them four games behind the Sockers. After a quick turnaround the Stars will travel to Ontario to face the Fury.
Our pick for game of the week is Sunday’s Barracudas home game against the Monterrey Flash. The last time these two teams met Monterrey came away with a 6-5 overtime win. Can the Barracudas take the next step?
Milwaukee suffered their first defeat of the season, a one-goal home loss to the suddenly-red-hot Comets. The Wave used a second half surge to run away from St. Louis the next night, 7-1. Star goalkeeper Lemos and perennial MVP candidate Bennett missed both games.
The Sockers continue to make it look harder than it should be but they also extended their winning streak to six games.
The FC-ans pulled out a miracle in Mississauga with two goals in the last 39 seconds to stun the MetroStars 5-4. Utica then tidily defeated Harrisburg 6-4 before a third straight sellout crowd at the Adirondack Bank Center.
The Blast carried Harrisburg for almost three quarters before dispatching them 9-4.
Frank Tayou made his biggest impact with nine goals in two wins.
Tacoma lost a heartbreaker to Monterrey before ending their three game losing streak at the expense of Ontario.
The Barracudas have been in every game this year and have gotten better every week.
The Comets followed up two blowout wins by handing Milwaukee their first lost of the season.
Ontario is 2-5 when they don’t play Turlock. Chris Toth had a nightmarish weekend giving up 11 goals over a four quarter stretch.
The Ambush put a scare into Milwaukee, but couldn’t puncture the Wave’s defense even with Lemos on the sidelines.
Orlando woke up and routed Florida, sending them to their third straight loss.
The Tropics had an 8-1 lead against the SeaWolves, but Florida gave up five of the last six goals in their last win back on December 29 and haven’t won again since.
The MetroStars have shown some grit recently against Baltimore and Utica, but the losses are starting to mount up.
The Sidekicks couldn’t get it in gear against Monterrey.
The Heat stayed winless on their six game road trip, which ends Saturday, but then they still have four more games in a row against division leading Utica and Baltimore.
The Coyotes are showing some signs of life on the field, almost losing to Turlock, but rallying from a 7-3 deficit for their second win of the season. Sunday they put a scare into San Diego, before falling 7-4.
Turlock had a 7-3 lead on the road, but couldn’t close the deal and have now lost 10 in a row going back to last season.