If you bet your bottom dollar that the Sonora Soles would be back after spending the 2018-19 season on hiatus you can smile once again.
The MASL and Soles owner Rogelio Cota announced on Tuesday that the team would return to Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, Sonora for the 2019-20 season. Cota will shed the extravagant MASL Deputy Commissioner title that he held with the league last season.
The Soles played three seasons and made two championship appearance in the Ron Newman Cup playoffs, losing both times to the Baltimore Blast.
Starting in 2015-16, Sonora went 59-13 in the regular season under Head Coach Luis Jaime Borrego, but most of the 2017-18 team is gone including Borrego, who is now Head Coach of the Monterrey Flash.
Leading scorer Franck Tayou, who won the MASL MVP award all three years in Sonora, his brother Uzi, and Daniel Lopez signed with the Ontario Fury this offseason. Christian Segura is with the San Diego Sockers. Other players like Anibal Echeverria, Gustavo Rosales, and Enrique Canez, played elsewhere in the league last year, but are once again free agents.
The league previously announced the expansion Mesquite Outlaws, but over three months later the team has yet to hold a press conference or announce anything besides a bouncy house sponsor. Their lack of engagement on social media is disappointingly reminiscent of last year’s Mississauga MetroStars launch. There are rumors that they agreed to terms with a high profile coach, but the lack of perceptible movement is concerning.
While the additions of Sonora and Mesquite give the league as many as 19 teams, the fates of the El Paso Coyotes and Rio Grande Valley Barracudas will be determined when the league announces its 2019-20 alignment as early as this Friday.