The MISL gets into full swing this weekend with three games. First, two expansion franchises the New Jersey Ironmen and the Orlando Sharks face off in Orlando followed on Saturday by a trip east for California as the Cougars take on the Chicago Storm. Finally on Saturday an old rivalry is renewed as for the first time this year the Wave and Blast face off at the First Mariner Arena at 7:35pm.
Chicago is a notoriously slow starting team and California with former Blast and Ignition keeper Sanaldo in the nets I believe they have a good shot at getting a road win.
In Baltimore I look for the experience of the Wave headed by Head Coach Keith Tozier, players Troy and Todd Dososky along with Greg Howes, to lead the Wave past the Blast by a 9-7 score.
Hopefully the MISL can get a little rub off of the MLS playoffs starting this upcoming week. The new TV deal with Fox Soccer Channel begins in 3 weeks and they need all the exposure they can get.
The Blast did manage to have three players named by the MISL for weekly awards: Sagu for Goalkeeper, Mike Lookingland for Defensive player of the Week and Michael Todd for offensive player of the week.
I’ll check in after this weekend’s action for more thoughts on the Blast and the MISL.
I look for head coach Omid Namazi and the New Jersey Ironmen to handle the Sharks. I think it will be a long year for the State of Florida’s expansion team.