by Pete Richmire

Chihuahua, Chih.- This Friday, December 15th, Chihuahua Savage will host Monterrey Flash at Arena Corner Sport at 8:00 PM in what will be the first matchup between Mexican teams in the current Major Arena Soccer League season. Both teams enter this game with a perfect record, having not suffered any defeats at the start of the season. The Chihuahua team has secured two consecutive victories, while the Monterrey side has won two games in regular time and one in overtime. In their last two matches, Monterrey Flash convincingly defeated the Dallas Sidekicks 22-5 and earned an extra point with a golden goal from "Tony" Medina after drawing 4-4 against the Milwaukee Wave in Wisconsin. On the other hand, Chihuahua Savage has achieved two home victories, decisively defeating the Empire Strykers from Ontario, California, 8-1, and more recently, the Texas Outlaws 12-4. Both Mexican teams are positioned at the top of their respective conferences, with Chihuahua Savage leading the West with 6 points (2-0), boasting 20 goals scored and only 5 goals conceded, establishing themselves as the best defensive team in the tournament. Meanwhile, Monterrey Flash occupies the second position in the East with 8 points (2-1-0) and 36 goals scored, making them the highest-scoring team in the league. Monterrey Flash arrives at the "Green Monster" in Chihuahua with familiar faces on their roster, as players who were once idols and integral parts of the Savage team, contributing to winning the Ron Newman Cup 2022-2023, such as Berna Valdovinos, Edgar "Torrez" González, Erick "John" Ponce, Uriel Zuart, and José Antonio "Tony" Medina, now defend the regal jersey. Additionally, they are all under the guidance of Luis Jaime Borrego, who was once the coach of Chihuahua Savage. Both institutions have set a precedent in the Major Arena Soccer League, each having won a championship. Chihuahua Savage is the reigning champion, while Monterrey Flash is the first MASL champion, defeating the Baltimore Blast in the 2014-2015 season. In the three regular-season matchups between these two squads at Arena Corner Sport, Savage has won two of them, while Flash is one of the few teams to have secured 2 points at this venue, winning the first encounter with a golden goal after a 7-7 draw.