Eleven games dot the schedule for Week 12, or as the Discovery Channel calls it, Landon Week.
After an initial media frenzy, the arrival of Landon Donovan feels like it’s lacking in intended buzz, but let’s see what this new kid can do. Fans will get their first look on Friday when the San Diego Sockers host the Tacoma Stars. The Sockers then visit Tacoma (sans Landon) on Sunday. A pair of wins would just about clinch the Sockers third straight Pacific Division title.
The Dallas Sidekicks can have a big impact on the Southwest Division race this week. They host the Monterrey Flash on Thursday and then visit the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas on Saturday before the Flash and Barracudas meet head-to-head on Monday in Monterrey in this week’s most consequential game.
The Sockers flexed their defensive muscles in Ontario and their offensive muscles in Turlock, improving to 7-0 on the road while running their overall winning streak to 10.
The Wave doubled up the Tropics, 8-4, behind Ian Bennett’s fourth hat trick of the season.
The Utitarians splashed an ice cold bucket of water on the Blast’s 18-game home winning streak and still had enough left to rough up Mississauga on Sunday.
The Flash are not dominating, but they are keeping a step ahead of Rio Grande Valley with Monday’s big rematch looming.
The Barracudas winning streak hit seven as Diego Zuniga showed off his flair at El Paso’s expense.
Rock bottom for the Blast is still pretty good. After falling to 7-5, the Blast took it out on Harrisburg and started a new home winning streak.
Outside of their season series with Kansas City, the Ambush are 4-7 and the Comets are 6-2, but head-to-head the Ambush keep getting the better of the Comets.
The Comets get seven points from Leo Gibson and still can’t beat St. Louis.
Holding a team to four goals will win you a lot of games in the MASL unless you’re playing San Diego.
The Heat got a painful reminder not to get too high or too low. After taking out both division leaders two weeks ago, the Heat were humbled once again in Baltimore.
Florida couldn’t repeat their last strong performance against Milwaukee even with Marcio Leite, Robert Renaud, and Guilherme Veiga on the sidelines.
Dallas hasn’t beaten anyone besides El Paso since December 2, but they were in each of their last two losses until the end of the game.
Oh you MetroStars. What are we going to do with you?
Will Turlock eventually Pass the Old El Paso or will Hugo Puentes and Jorge Rios lift the Coyotes out of the MASL’s wasteland?
Turlock, like Harrisburg, were put firmly in their place this week after getting briefly out of line.