The MISL kicks off weekend action with tonight’s match-up between Philadelphia (0-2) @ Monterrey (0-1). Philly has had trouble scoring goals this season averaging just 4 points scored in their first two games. Monterrey opened with a home loss but did manage 12 points. Until Philly can find some consistency scoring goals look for them to continue to struggle. They also have a home match this Saturday so the quick turnaround could have them thinking of the home game vs. Detroit instead of focusing on the task at hand. Look for Monterrey to book their first win. Prediction: Monterrey 12, Philadelphia 10.
On Saturday, Detroit (1-0) visits Philadelphia (0-2). This will be the first home game after having three on the road to open for the defending MISL Champion Philadelphia Kixx. Look for them to put up a great effort but they will still fall to Detroit who is led by Ricardinho, who has two goals and two assists on the young season so far. Prediction: in overtime Detroit 17, Philadelphia 16.
Orlando (0-1) visits Baltimore (3-0). This will be a drubbing of epic proportions. Orlando makes its first trip on the road after getting drilled by the Blast in Orlando last Saturday 17-6. Look for this to be over by halftime. The Blast has balanced scoring and the young legs have really paid off so far. If they can stay injury-free they will be tough to handle this season. Machel Millwood has nine points, Robbie Aristodemo has six points and Michael Todd also has six points to lead the scoring for the Blast. Sagu leads the league with a 5.35 goals against average. Look for everyone to get involved early and often. Prediction: Blast 20 Orlando 8.
Milwaukee (1-1) at Chicago (2-0). This could be one of the best rivalries for the MISL if Chicago ever got more than 4,000 fans to show up! This one should be good. Chicago is hot like the Blast. They are led by a balanced attack of MISL point leader Mark Ughy with 10 points, Chile Farias has five points and Stephen Armstrong has five points. Milwaukee will be led by Greg Howes with six points and Nick Vorberg, who has a 6.54 GAA. Look for a tight contest. Prediction: Milwaukee 8 Chicago 7.
Monterrey (0-1) at California (0-1). The good news is someone will get their first win if Monterrey losses on Thursday at home to Philadelphia. Look for California to get their first victory behind former Blast keeper Sanaldo and standout Enrique Tovar who had six points in the Cougars first game vs. Chicago. Prediction: Cougars 13, Monterrey 10.
Sunday, New Jersey visits Detroit. The Ironmen catch the homestanding Ignition returning from their Saturday night contest at Philadelphia. Look for a rested New Jersey team headed by Tony Meola (5.66 GAA) in goal. Prediction: New Jersey 9, Detroit 8.
I’ll have a recap of Saturday’s Blast action on Sunday.