The status quo was the order of the day in the MASL’s Week 9. The biggest noisemaker was the Harrisburg Heat who resoundingly ended their six-game losing streak by beating both Utica City FC and the Baltimore Blast.
With both Utica and Baltimore losing, the effect on the Eastern Division race was minimal and the Heat still trail the final playoff spot by four games, but the wins had to be gratifying for the Healeys and the Harrisburg fan base, who have endured a lot of losing since the Heat’s return in 2012.
Two other teams whose fans were used to losing, have both doubled last year’s win totals in just half a season. The St. Louis Ambush (6-7) and Rio Grande Valley Barracudas (6-3) have enjoyed sharp U-turns from last year’s 3-19 records.
Week 10 sees only seven games on an abbreviated Super Bowl weekend. Playoff-wise the bottom four South Central teams will get a workout with three divisional games: the Florida Tropics visit St. Louis on Friday, and the Tropics go to the Kansas City Comets, while the Orlando SeaWolves swim to St. Louis, Saturday.
The game of the week will see the Blast visit the Milwaukee Wave on Saturday afternoon in a battle of two of the Eastern Conference’s best.
The gang is mostly all back together after a series of injuries, but Milwaukee still needed a fourth quarter home comeback to take down expansion Mississauga.
Utica City Limits broke a mini-slump that extended over parts of four games, by rallying from a 5-3 deficit to rout Orlando 10-6.
The Blast were the second victims of the Heat’s perfect weekend.
The Flash pulled out a squeaker over Ontario thanks to Miguel Vaca’s overtime goal.
The winning streak is now at five as the Barracudas doubled their 2017-18 win total.
Ontario nearly pulled off a coup in Monterrey, but the overtime loss was the sixth defeat in their last 10 games.
Mississauga made it interesting, but the Comets moved over .500 with their fifth win in six games.
The Ambush have been consistently inconsistent, with no win or loss streaks longer than two games. Their last six games have seen each of their three wins followed by losses.
Orlando was on top of the world after they beat Milwaukee to reach .500 last week, but two disappointing losses have sent them tumbling.
The Tropics got a much-needed win against St. Louis but may have lost Guilherme Dos Santos for an extended period.
The Heat were on as Nelson Santana, Matt Perrella, and Ricardo Carvalho led a twin-killing of the Eastern Division’s top two teams.
The Sidekicks played Rio Grande Valley tough, but lost a crucial game, falling two games off the playoff pace with the toughest part of the schedule still ahead of them.
Our 11-13 prediction for Mississauga is in serious trouble isn’t it? The MetroStars have lost five in a row and have the second worst defense in the MASL.
The Coyotes beat the Express by one goal for the second time, their third win in their last six games. Hugo Puentes is at least keeping them relevant.
Turlock increased their almost-win total to four.