After Week 1’s Turlock fireworks, Week 2’s seven games went exactly as expected.
Week 3 opens mere minutes after this Ranking will be published when the Mesquite Outlaws host the Monterrey Flash in a game that could shake up the MASL’s world order if Mesquite can pull off an upset. Later tonight the Dallas Sidekicks will visit the Sonora Soles.
The Kansas City Comets moved up a few places, while the Tacoma Stars fell behind the idle, aforementioned, Turlock Cal Express.
The Ontario Fury are the only team who have yet to see action, and that won’t change until December 13, when they play the first of five games in 16 days.
Key games this week include today’s Mesquite/Monterrey game and tomorrow’s Florida Tropics and Orlando SeaWolves rematch. The Tropics barely came out of their first meeting with a win, but have continued bulking up their roster with the signing of veteran Lucio Gonzaga.
On Friday, Turlock will have a good test when the Tacoma Stars come to town. An Express loss wouldn’t mean a whole lot, but another win would make a big statement.
Saturday the Tropics and Milwaukee Wave will meet in an intriguing early season match-up and then Sunday the Ambush will try to take advantage of a tired Wave team in a rematch of last Friday’s game. Sunday also brings us Harrisburg at Utica City FC, which will present a good test for the Heat.
Last Week: 1
The Wave, playing without Josh Lemos, Robert Renaud, Angel Curiel, and Andre Hayne, took three quarters to get on a roll, but beat St. Louis going away, 7-2.
The Flash are averaging 12 goals a game so far in the post-Franck Tayou era, but the level of competition has been questionable.
San Diego looked more like themselves, winning at Tacoma 7-3 without Leonardo De Oliveira, Cesar Romero, Raymundo Contreras, and Erick Tovar. De Oliveira just returned to practice and should provide a huge lift to the Sockers offense.
Utica City Faux Cashmere hazed the returning Rochester Lancers to the tune of a 9-1 public flogging. In only three games Cristhian Segura has matched his 2018-19 goal total (6).
It wasn’t a dominant effort, but the expansion Outlaws won their first competitive game, 7-5 over the Dallas Sidekicks. A half dozen former Sidekicks got “revenge” in Round One of their four game season series.
Utica passed the paddle to Harrisburg and the Heat took it to Rochester 12-3. Four players had multi-goal games led by Dominic Francis’s hat trick.
The Stars offensive trio of Nick Perera, Micheal Ramos and…uhhh, accounted for two of Tacoma’s three goals in a home opening loss to San Diego.
The Comets got their first win under player/coach Leo Gibson, building a 5-1 lead and then holding off a furious late Ambush rally in one of Kansas City’s best defensive efforts in recent memory.
The Ambush have only scored six goals in two games, but managed to still remain in both games into the fourth quarter. In another blow, Andre Braithwaite, acquired in the Zach Reget trade, likely will sit out the season.
Dallas lost and then LOST to open their season. A 7-5 loss to Mesquite was followed by an embarrassing 14-1 loss in Monterrey. If Las Vegas had a line on MASL games, the Sidekicks today would likely be underdogs in 21 of their final 22 games (the exception being their 12/22 home game against the Comets, and possibly their two home games against Tacoma).
Rochester lost as expected, but the combined 21-4 margin at home was concerning. Still the Lancers are taking a long view and expected to struggle this year as their team of mostly local rookies gets their feet wet.