Week 16 Preview
HAR V STL - 3/17/23
On March 17, 2023, the Harrisburg Heat and St. Louis Ambush will meet for their second MASL Eastern Conference game of the season at the Family Arena, just a week after their first encounter. The Heat emerged victorious in the first meeting with an overtime winner, but the Ambush will be eager to seek revenge and compete for a play-in opportunity.
Both teams have had a challenging season, with the Heat currently occupying the bottom spot in the Eastern Conference with a 5-13 record, while the Ambush are placed sixth with a 7-10 record.
The Heat will be banking on their offensive strength, led by their top scorer Malcom Harris, who tallied one goal and two assists in their previous match against the Ambush last week and has a total of 11 goals and eight assists this season. Additionally, Lesia Thetsane, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Ambush last Sunday, is also a forward to watch out for.
Meanwhile, the Ambush's formidable offensive duo of William Eskay and Roberto Kristo have been consistently performing well throughout the season, with a combined 30 goals and 12 assists under their belt.
EMP V CUU - 3/17/23
The Empire Strykers will face off against the Chihuahua Savage in Mexico in what promises to be a thrilling Western Conference clash on Friday. The Strykers, currently in third place with a 12-5 record, are eager to secure a top-three finish, while the Savage, with a record of 14-5 and sitting at second place, will be aiming to fight for the top spot.
The Savage have been formidable on their home turf this season, with just one loss so far. They'll be relying on top scorer Edgar González, who has netted an impressive 21 goals in 20 games, as well as the attacking prowess of Hugo Puentes and Enrique Cañez, who have a combined 38 goals and 22 assists to their name. With a goal differential of +50, the Savage have demonstrated their dominance on both ends of the field.
Meanwhile, the Strykers will look to their attacking duo of Franck Tayou and Gabriel Costa, who have a remarkable 50 goals between them this season.
With both teams boasting strong offensive records - the Strykers averaging 6.4 goals per game and the Savage averaging 7.5 - this game promises to be a high-scoring affair. The Strykers have won both of the previous matchups between the two sides, scoring a total of 17 goals, but the Savage will be determined to seek revenge in this upcoming clash.
MON V SD - 3/17/23
The San Diego Sockers will host the Monterrey Flash on March 17, 2023. San Diego comes into the game on an impressive four-win streak and currently sits atop the Western Conference standings, having lost only two games this season. The Sockers have boasted the best defense in the league, conceding only 77 goals so far this season.
Monterrey, on the other hand, is in fifth place in the Western Conference and will be looking to secure their play-in position for the playoffs. They also have a good chance of entering the playoffs directly with just two more wins. With a three-game winning streak under their belt, they will be confident in their abilities. The team will rely on their attacking trio of Erick Tovar, Daniel Villela, and Luis Genaro Castillo, who have a combined total of 45 goals and 17 assists this season, to break down San Diego's solid defense.
San Diego's offense will be led by Kraig Chiles, who has been in great form this season, scoring 18 goals and providing 10 assists in just 16 games played. With both teams on hot streaks and boasting impressive offensive and defensive records, this game has all the makings of a closely contested battle. It remains to be seen whether San Diego's formidable defense will be able to contain Monterrey's attacking trio or whether Monterrey's hot streak will be enough to break down San Diego's solid defense.
BAL V UTC - 3/17/23
Get ready for an electrifying match-up as the Baltimore Blast go head-to-head with Utica City FC on March 17, 2023. The Blast are on the cusp of claiming the top spot in the Eastern Conference, while Utica City FC is sitting in a spot to compete in the play-in games and currently sits in fifth place. These two teams have met four times this season, with each side claiming two victories apiece.
Utica City FC is known for their tough play and ability to perform well against strong teams. Their forward Gordy Gurson has been a standout player this season, scoring 19 goals and providing 18 assists. Their offense has been strong, with 114 goals scored this season, which is the third-highest in the Eastern Conference.
However, Baltimore's Lucas Roque has been in incredible form this season, scoring 29 goals and providing 15 assists. The Blast has been dominant on both offense and defense, boasting a goal differential of +33, which is the highest in the Eastern Conference.
With both teams evenly matched and fighting for important positions in the standings, this game is sure to be a closely contested battle. It remains to be seen whether Utica City FC's tough play and strong offense will be enough to overcome Baltimore's dominant play on both ends of the field. The outcome of this game could have significant implications on the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
FLA V KCC - 3/17/23
It's going to be a crucial game for both the Florida Tropics and the Kansas City Comets as they battle it out in a fierce matchup on March 17, 2023. The game could have a huge impact on the Eastern Conference's playoff situation.
The Tropics currently hold the third spot in the conference, with just one win away from securing second place and potentially the championship of the East. Meanwhile, the Comets are also determined to keep their playoff hopes alive and clinch a spot.
The Tropics come into the game with a +4 goal differential and will be eager to bounce back from their last defeat. Drew Ruggles, the veteran defender, has been outstanding both in defense and attack, scoring 16 goals and 6 assists this season.
The Comets, on the other hand, boast a solid defense led by goalkeeper Nicolau Neto, who has an impressive save percentage of .745. On the offensive end, Zach Reget has been a force to be reckoned with, scoring 24 goals this season and in contention for the MVP award.
With both teams having similar strengths, this match promises to be a close one. The Tropics will be looking to secure a win and improve their playoff position, while the Comets will be keen to keep their playoff dreams alive. It's sure to be a thrilling encounter that soccer fans won't want to miss.
MKE V DAL - 3/18/23
Mark your calendars for an exciting matchup between the Milwaukee Wave and the Dallas Sidekicks on March 18, 2023. This is going to be the first matchup for the two teams this season. The Wave, a strong contender for the league championship, currently holds the top position in the Eastern Conference. However, two consecutive losses have left them in need of a win to maintain their standing. Led by the legendary forward Ian Bennett, who has already scored 29 goals and provided 9 assists this season, the Wave's offense will look to dominate the field and secure a much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the Dallas Sidekicks find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference, still in search of their first win of the season. Their forward, Alberto Rodriguez, has already proven himself a formidable scorer, with 16 goals under his belt. Though the Sidekicks face a tough challenge in the Wave, anything is possible in soccer, and they will surely give it their all to secure their first victory of the season.
Will the Milwaukee Wave rebound from their recent losses and solidify their place at the top of the Eastern Conference? Or will the Dallas Sidekicks pull off an upset and secure their first win of the season? The anticipation is high for what promises to be an exciting and unforgettable match.
MES V TAC - 3/18/23
In the upcoming match between the Mesquite Outlaws clash with the Tacoma Stars, both sides are gearing up for a highly anticipated and fiercely competitive match. Both teams have previously faced each other this season, with Tacoma topping Mesquite by an 8-5 final.
Mesquite is currently only one win away from securing third place in the Western Conference. They are looking to secure a direct promotion into the playoffs if they can reach that position. The Outlaws' standout player, Sebastian Mendez, has been in excellent form this season, with 20 goals and 12 assists in just 17 games. Mendez will be looking to lead his team to victory and help them secure a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Tacoma Stars are in a loss streak and are in need of a win to get back on track. They are striving for two more wins to reach fifth place and secure a play-in position. This game is crucial for them as they look to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Both teams are coming into this game with something to prove and it's going to be an intense battle. Will Mesquite secure their playoff spot or will Tacoma keep their hopes alive? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, this game is not to be missed!
HAR V UTC - 3/19/23
On March 19, 2023, soccer fans will be treated to yet another exciting match between Utica City FC and the Harrisburg Heat. This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams this season, and both sides are eager to emerge victorious.
Utica City FC has been dominant in their previous five encounters with Harrisburg, winning most of them by narrow margins. One memorable encounter between these two teams took place on December 11, 2023, when they gave the audience a thrilling attacking performance. Both sides scored an incredible 14 goals, but Utica City FC emerged as the winners with a 9-5 victory. Harrisburg's goalkeeper, Chase Vosvick, was exceptional, making an impressive 15 saves.
With a play-in position and potential direct promotion into the playoffs at stake, Utica City FC is more determined than ever to secure a win this weekend.
To achieve this goal, Utica City FC will rely on the skills of their top two strikers, Bo Jelovac and Gordy Gurson. The team has demonstrated strong attacking prowess in their previous games, and they will be looking to maintain this form in their upcoming match.
On the other hand, Harrisburg Heat will be looking to turn their fortunes around in this match. The team's midfield duo of Malcolm Harris and Danny DiPrima will be instrumental in their attack strategy, as they seek to overcome Utica City FC's formidable defense.
FLA V STL - 3/19/23
This Sunday, the Florida Tropics and St. Louis Ambush will face off for the second time this season in an Eastern Conference matchup. In their previous encounter, St. Louis emerged victorious with a 7-5 scoreline, with William Eskay's hat-trick proving to be the difference-maker.
Both teams will be playing their second game of the week, so physical condition will be a key factor. However, with unfinished goals for the season, both sides will be eager to secure a victory. Florida will aim to secure a place in the top three and even push for the top spot, while St. Louis will be fighting for a play-in opportunity.
Florida's attacking performance has been impressive this season, with an average of 6.2 goals scored per game. Their top scorer, Ricardo Carvalho, and veteran defender, Drew Ruggles, will be the key attacking weapons for the Tropics. However, they will need to overcome the impressive performance of St. Louis' goalkeeper, Paulo Nascimento, who has a save percentage of .726, one of the best in the league.
On the other hand, St. Louis will be looking to Eskay to replicate his heroics from the previous matchup against Florida. If he can find the back of the net again, it could prove to be the game-changer for the Ambush.
Overall, this game promises to be an intriguing battle between two teams with different goals for the season. With both teams having played recently, physical condition will be crucial. However, it will ultimately come down to which side can perform better on the day, and potentially secure a crucial victory towards their season's objectives.
MON V CHI - 3/19/23
This weekend marks the fifth "Derby Mexicano" encounter of the season between Monterrey and Chihuahua. In their previous four matchups, Chihuahua had the upper hand, winning three of them. However, Monterrey won the first game of this season with an impressive 8-7 scoreline, with both sides contributing 76 shots in total.
Both teams are known for their strong offensive power and are among the most scoring teams in the league. Chihuahua, in particular, has scored the most goals in the entire league this season, with an average of 7.5 goals per game. Their opponents will no doubt be intimidated by their attacking prowess.
This game promises to be controversial and intense due to the derby atmosphere of the two sides, and it is expected to be one of the most-watched games of the week. Moreover, both teams are not satisfied with their current position in the Western Conference, especially with the fact that Monterrey is still in danger of missing out on the playoffs. They will undoubtedly bring their top performance to stay in the race for the playoffs.
With two high-scoring teams facing off, this game is sure to be a thrilling encounter for fans. It will be interesting to see which side can come out on top in this crucial match towards achieving their season's objectives.
KCC V BAL - 3/19/23
On Sunday, the Kansas City Comets will take on the Baltimore Blast in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup. With both teams fighting for a place in the top three for a direct advance in the playoffs, this game is set to be a must-watch for fans of indoor soccer.
The two teams have already faced each other twice this season, with Baltimore coming out on top in both encounters. In their first meeting, Baltimore won convincingly with a score of 9-2, thanks in large part to an impressive performance by their goalkeeper, William Vanzela, who made 31 saves.
Kansas City will be hoping to turn the tables in this game, and will once again look to their star scorer, Zach Regget, to provide them with the goals they need to secure a victory. However, they will need to find a way to break down Baltimore's impressive defense, which has the highest goal differential in the Eastern Conference.
Ultimately, this game could go either way, with both teams fighting hard to secure a crucial victory. Will Baltimore continue their winning streak against Kansas City, or will the Comets finally get their revenge and come out on top? Fans will have to tune in to find out.
DAL V MKE - 3/19/23
The Dallas Sidekicks will have a tough challenge ahead of them as they travel to Milwaukee to face the top team in the East, the Milwaukee Wave, in back-to-back matches. This is the second matchup between the two sides this season.
Milwaukee has been dominant this season, with an impressive offensive lineup that includes Ian Bennett, Andrew Hayne, and Derek Huffman. They will be looking to maintain their top spot in the East and will likely make adjustments to their lineup to handle the intense fixture. However, the Sidekicks may be able to cause some trouble for the Wave given the pressure of playing two games in a row.
For the Sidekicks, this will be a challenging weekend, facing one of the league's top teams in back-to-back games. However, they have shown the potential to cause upsets this season, and they will need to bring their best game to Milwaukee if they hope to come away with a victory. Players such as Alberto Rodriguez and Juan Gamboa will need to step up in their relative departments for Dallas.
Overall, this will be an exciting matchup between two teams with different goals for the season. Milwaukee will be aiming to maintain their dominance in the East, while the Sidekicks will be fighting for a valuable win in their push for the playoffs. With two games in two days, both teams will need to manage their physical condition well to perform at their best.
EMP V SD - 3/19/23
Prepare yourself for an exhilarating match-up featuring two of the strongest teams in the Western Conference, the San Diego Sockers and Empire Strykers. Throughout the season, the teams have faced each other four times, with the Sockers emerging victorious in three of those matches. However, the Strykers surprised the Sockers on February 8 by beating San Diego 10-4 at Toyota Arena.
The Strykers will be looking to repeat that performance and secure their spot in the playoffs, while the Sockers are aiming to clinch the top spot in the West and ultimately win the championship this season.
With five players in their squad who have scored double-digit goals this season, the Sockers have a powerful attacking force that can be hard to stop. However, the Strykers have their own weapon in the form of Franck Tayou, who scored four goals and four assists in their last matchup against the Sockers.
This game is going to be intense and a must-watch for any MASL fan. Both teams have a lot to play for and will be giving it their all on the field. Who will come out on top? Only time will tell.
MES V TAC - 3/19/23
Sunday's game between Mesquite and Tacoma Stars is going to be a critical matchup for both teams. This will be their third meeting this season, and during their first encounter, Tacoma’s star striker Nick Perera had two goals and two assists, which resulted in Tacoma winning by 8-5.
Mesquite will seize every opportunity that they can have in this back-to-back fixture as they strive for a direct qualification to the playoffs. Tacoma, on the other hand, is still fighting for a chance to qualify for the play-in. With both teams playing their second game of the week, there is a possibility of lineup changes, and players will have opportunities to prove themselves. Keep an eye on Mesquite's Jorge Deleon and Axel Chakounte, while Michael Ramos may be the X factor for the Tacoma Stars.
This game will have a significant impact on the play-in situation in the West, and whoever seizes the opportunity will have a clearer path to the playoffs.