It was a week where the San Diego Sockers didn’t win and the Turlock Express did. Never mind that the Sockers didn’t play. There isn’t a winless MASL team now from here to Timbuktu.
With the league’s Super Bowl break over, the action heats up again, albeit with a still-modest 10 games in Week 11. Thursday, the Sockers and Ontario Fury lock horns. The Fury desperately need a win to get their season back on track and wipe off the stink of losing in Turlock. Friday is our game of the week with Utica City FC trying to become the first team to beat the Baltimore Blast at SECU Arena.
The Kansas City Comets will try to stay on a roll Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Ambush. Kansas City has won six of their last seven, but are only 1-3 against St. Louis this year.
Sunday features two traditional rivalries that have lost steam in recent years, but the Blast host the Harrisburg Heat and the Dallas Sidekicks go to Monterrey to take on the Flash.
The Wave and Blast engaged in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel with the Milwaukee defense stifling the short-handed Blast offense, 4-2.
The Blast fell to an unfathomable 2-4 on the road by losing 4-2.
Rio Grande Valley made short work of El Paso, taking only 11 minutes to build a 7-1 lead.
The Comets got a very generous gift at the end of their 4-4 tie against Florida. Leo Gibson’s shootout goal with 2.5 seconds left gave Kansas City their sixth win in seven games.
St. Louis fell to 0-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, but are only one win away from tying the modern Ambush record for wins in a season.
Tacoma escaped El Paso with a narrow win in Sanaldo’s debut.
Orlando finally shook off a pesky St. Louis team, 8-7, in a game that was tied seven times. Thiago Freitas had four goals and Gordy Gurson added a hat trick of his own.
The Fury threatened to do it twice this year, but this time they actually went and did it. They lost to Turlock, despite rallying from a 7-2 deficit to force overtime.
Any momentum from their win over St. Louis on January 16 was immediately wiped out by back-to-back losses this weekend that has put them deep into last place.
The Coyotes are 1-3 on their five-game homestand.
Weeeee are the champions, my friend. Well maybe not, but Turlock finally won a game and all they had to do was blow a 7-2 lead in five minutes to do it. Who knew?