Oh what could have been. The Monterrey Flash, Utica City FC, Kansas City Comets, and Tacoma Stars are still where they want to be, but they all recently failed to capitalize on chances to be so much better off.
Utica had a chance to extend their division lead over the Baltimore Blast to 3.5 games on February 24, but lost 6-2 and now sit tied with the Blast for first place in the Eastern Division.
The Comets could have buried the Orlando SeaWolves on March 8, but a 6-4 loss has them holding on to a 1 game lead for the final playoff spot in the South Central Division.
This week we saw the Flash lose 10-7 to the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas and now are clinging to a 1 game lead in the Southwest Division instead of a 3 game lead.
In the Pacific Division the Stars could have won the season series with the Ontario Fury while establishing a 3 game lead with four games left, but dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 game decided by shootouts.
Week 17 brings us two pivotal games. Saturday the Comets and St. Louis Ambush do battle for the final time this season. The Ambush have already clinched the season series, but are 2 games back in the loss column to Kansas City. A loss would officially eliminate St. Louis.
Sunday, the Flash and Barracudas are back at it, this time in Monterrey. Rio Grande Valley, who is 3-3 on the road, ends their season on a six-game road swing after completing their home schedule with a 10-2 record.
The Sockers have won 15 in a row and have allowed six goals or fewer in their last 28 regular season games.
Milwaukee let St. Louis feel what it was like to have a lead in one of their games and then rallied to defeat the Ambush for the 24th straight time.
If the New York Friars Club had beaten Baltimore on February 24 they would have had a cushy 3.5 game lead in the division, instead their grasp on first place has completely deteriorated in the span of three games.
Here come the Blast!
Like Utica, the Flash are in a fight to the finish for a division title.
It was a good weekend.
The Ambush need two wins and some outside help to steal the MASL’s most elusive playoff spot.
The Comets are winning just enough to stay ahead in the playoff race, but the Ambush and SeaWolves aren’t exerting much pressure either.
Who turned out the lights? Two steps forward one step back.
Bad news: The SeaWolves are 0-4 on the back end of a two-game weekend. Worse news: Orlando finishes the season with three two-game weekends.
Like Utica, Monterrey, and Kansas City, the Stars squandered a chance to lock down their playoff position by losing at home to Ontario.
Their 6th win in their last 17 wins kept their fleeting playoff hopes alive.
Winter is over but it’s too early to turn off the Heat. Back-to-back blowout losses have followed a 6-3 surge.
After beating Orlando and St. Louis twice this season, Florida evened the playing field a little by defeating Kansas City for the first time.
Of course the 0-7 road team beat the 8-1 home team, 9-3. Who didn’t see that coming?
When the league’s two worst teams meet, what’s better than 10 minutes of overtime and shootouts? Omar Tapia has finally delivered Turlock to the promised land known as #16.
And then there was one. El Paso is now the only winless road team after coming out on the wrong end of Turlock’s first road victory.