MASL Week Two Preview

by Jeff Husted

The second week of Major Soccer League action begins tonight with three games on the schedule, followed by three more games tomorrow and one on Sunday. Three teams will make their season debuts this weekend with Harrisburg opening their home schedule on Saturday. The Dallas Sidekicks have the busiest weekend as they play three games in three days.

Milwaukee Wave vs Kansas City Comets Nov 4 8:35 p.m. ET
The Kansas City Comets will look for their first win of the season against their long-time rivals, the Milwaukee Wave. While both rosters feature many new faces, this matchup always produces some of the league’s most exciting games. Milwaukee’s Ian Bennett and Marcio Leite will power their offense while Kansas City’s Brian Harris will try to keep them in check in his season debut.
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Dallas Sidekicks vs El Paso Coyotes Nov 4 9:35 p.m. ET
This will be the second meeting between these Southwest Division foes. Last week the Sidekicks were not so hosts as Cameron Brown and Jamie Lovegrove scored a combined 5 goals in their team’s 10-2 victory. Tonight, the Coyotes will hope for better results on their home floor.
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Tacoma Stars vs Turlock Express Nov 4 10:05 p.m. ET
Tacoma hits the road after an Opening Weekend victory at home against last season’s runners-up, Soles de Sonora. The Stars scored four times in the final period to finish off Sonora. Turlock faced the San Diego Sockers in their opener with Jose Barajas scored only goal of the night for the Express. Tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness night for the Express and they encourage fans to wear pink to the arena.
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Baltimore Blast vs Harrisburg Heat Nov 5 7:05 p.m. ET
The MASL opens up on the east coast on Saturday as Harrisburg opens their home schedule against the defending champion Baltimore Blast. The Heat’s head coach Denison Cabral only returns four players from last year’s roster, but added veterans Ricardo Carvalho, Stephen Bosso and several other top-quality players. Baltimore’s offseason saw the retirement of Pat Healey, long-time captain of the defending champs. Along with newly signed Nelson Santana, Adriano Dos Santos hopes to maintain the team’s reputation of being one of the league’s toughest defenses.
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Ontario Fury vs Soles de Sonora Nov 5 9:05 p.m. ET
The home schedule for Sonora begins with the Ontario Fury’s visit on Saturday night. The Fury had three players - Tiguinho, Tino Nunez and Mauricio Salles – score hat tricks in their 13-4 win last weekend. However, they will be missing Nick Perera while he is with the U.S. National Beach Soccer Team in Dubai. Sonora is excited to return home after being held to four goals in their loss last week. In 2015-2016 the team was able to score 140 goals at home and hopes to continue that trend this season.
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Dallas Sidekicks vs San Diego Sockers Nov 5 10:05 p.m. ET
Stop number two on Dallas’ weekend road trip takes them to San Diego on Saturday night. Last week the Sockers put on a show in front of their home crowd with a 12-1 victory over the Turlock Express. Kraig Chiles scored a hat trick and had two assists while Max Touloute scored two more goals in his Sockers debut.
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Dallas Sidekicks vs Atletico Baja Nov 6 8:05 p.m. ET
Atletico Baja is also looking for their first positive result in their second home game of the season. Against a Dallas Sidekicks team playing their third game in as many days will help. Cristian Gutierrez led the team with two goals on opening night. He will need some more help from Juan Carlos Castor and Uziel Gonzalez as he hopes to lead his team to a win.