The Saturday Night Massacre hit like a tornado. While Turf and Boards (not to be confused with Merlin) was 7-0 on Friday and Sunday, we were 0-3 on Saturday as the Florida Tropics beat the Orlando SeaWolves, the Dallas Sidekicks upset the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas and the Harrisburg Heat dumped the St. Louis Ambush. Florida and Harrisburg came into Saturday a combined 0-16 on the road.

The losses were devastating to St. Louis and Orlando, who both fell two games back of the Kansas City Comets for the final playoff spot in the South Central Division.

Orlando’s season is virtually on the line Friday when they visit the Comets. A loss would put the SeaWolves three games back and give the Comets a big 2-0 lead in the season series. On Saturday the SeaWolves play at the Milwaukee Wave while Kansas City travels to face the Baltimore Blast on Sunday, so a weekend sweep looks unlikely for either team, making Friday’s game even more important, and easily the most consequential game on the MASL’s Week 15 schedule.

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15-1
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#TheSockersAreAwesome, Kraig Chiles is back, and Landon Donovan got into the scoring act in San Diego’s 13-2 Pacific Division coronation win against a defenseless Turlock Express.

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15-3
LW: 2

Josh Lemos came back and allowed only four goals in two road wins to improve to 10-0 on the season.

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12-5
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idle

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11-3
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The resurgent Flash and red-hot Franck Tayou routed a tired Dallas Sidekicks team, who had just lost Jamie Lovegrove.

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11-6
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Maybe too close for comfort, but the Blast improved to 5-0 against Mississauga.

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10-5
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The Barracudas have started to string together subpar outings, losing two of their last three.


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9-7
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It wasn’t impressive, but the Comets took care of business while St. Louis and Orlando went a combine 0-4 last weekend.

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9-11
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The Even Stevens moved more than one game (+ or -) from .500 for the first time this year thanks to losing to a Harrisburg team that had been 0-8 on the road.

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8-9
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After subsisting on Coyote for over a month the Sidekicks are now enjoying a more well-rounded diet.

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6-8
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For the second time this year the SeaWolves squandered their excellent positioning in the division race and their entire season could hinge on Friday’s game against Kansas City.

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8-9
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The Stars may have found rock bottom and reacted well. Trailing 4-0 at home to moribund El Paso, Tacoma fired off 10 straight goals en route to an 11-6 win.

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6-10
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First Harrisburg couldn’t beat anybody, then they couldn’t win on the road. Now after their first (and almost second) road win the Heat is back on. Call maintenance if you have any more trouble.

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8-10
LW: 11

idle

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5-12
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Speaking of first road wins, the Tropics played spoiler to their cross state rivals, but lost Andre Braithwaite for two games for an on-field incident with fellow lightning rod Derek Huffman.

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3-14
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The MetroStars gave the Blast a tussle, but lost another home heartbreaker.

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3-13
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Spotted a four-goal lead by Tacoma, the Coyotes still got blown out on the road.

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2-15
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The Express did their best Washington Generals impression, getting dominated by the Sockers’ Harlem Globetrotters 13-2.