Omaha, Amarillo start stretch run with eye on M2 post-season; Crunch look to be perfect
TAMPA, Fla. -- Games in California and Texas this weekend will start the battle for the final Major Arena Soccer League 2 playoff spot still up for grabs, while at the same time, the defending-champion Cleveland Crunch look to finish off a perfect regular season.
Both the Omaha Kings (5-2) and Amarillo Bombers (5-5) are still alive for the second seed in the Midwest division, with Omaha having to head west for a weekend doubleheader against the Ontario Fury 2 Saturday and San Diego Sockers 2 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sunday, the Bombers will look to keep their hopes alive by hosting the Turlock Express in a 2 p.m. (CDT) kickoff Sunday. Whoever wins out will take on the division's No. 1 seeded Wichita Wings on Wednesday., March 30 at Hartman Arena in the first-round of the M2 playoffs.
Turlock will start their double dip road trip with a Saturday night game in Albuquerque against the Runners at 5 p.m. MDT.
Cleveland has already been assured of a spot in the M2 Championship Weekend by virtue of having the best overall record in the league this year. They look to put the finishing touches on a 12-0 regular season when they host the Cincinnati-based BC Swerve Saturday night in North Olmsted. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
With Cleveland getting a bye, Muskegon will host the Chicago Mustangs Saturday, April 2 in a 7 p.m. EDT start to earn a berth to the M2 semi-finals.
In the West, San Diego and the idle RGV Barracudas are locked in as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, with the Sockers 2 hosting the Fury 2 in an opening round playoff matchup on Sunday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m. PDT.