Will doubleheaders trip up the unbeatens? Crunch, RGV set to find out in Week 11
TAMPA, Fla. – The two teams still undefeated in Major Arena Soccer League 2 play this season will have plenty of chances to fall from their perch as both the Cleveland Crunch and RGV Barracudas will play in back-to-back doubleheaders against the Chicago Mustangs and San Diego Sockers 2 respectively.
RGV will be home for games against San Diego, while Cleveland will travel to Chicago to take on one of their biggest rivals. The four teams will match up Saturday and Sunday to highlight Week 11 in M2.
The Crunch are 7-0 with a goal differential of plus 41 while the Barracudas are 6-0 with a goal differential of plus 31. Saturday’s start in RGV is at 7 p.m. central while Sunday’s kickoff is at 4 p.m. CST. Ticket and broadcast information can be found HERE.
The Barracuda’s high flying offense is led by Marcelo Natale and Ivan Martinez. The 5-1 Sockers are led in scoring by Rene Flores who has eight goals in four games, and 12 points overall.
Game times in Chicago are 8 p.m CST on Saturday and 3 p.m. CST on Sunday. Ticket and broadcast information can be found HERE.
This will be the third and fourth meetings of the year between the two, with the Crunch having taken the previous pair, both in Cleveland.
Mike Dezeric’s 19 points leads the Crunch attack (in just five games) while goaltender Mario Muso – the reigning league MVP – leads all M2 goaltenders in wins, goals against average and saves percentage. Chicago’s Angel Rodriguez leads the Mustangs offense with 13 points.
Action in Week 11 will actually kick off Friday night in Turlock when the Express hosts the Ontario Fury 2 in a 7 p.m. PST start. Ticket and broadcasting information can be found HERE.
Armando Fernandez leads the Turlock offense while Ontario’s Mo Gueye leads the Fury attack.
Two other games on Saturday will potentially be important for the postseason as teams jockey for one of six playoff spots, starting with the Muskegon Risers hosting the Cincinnati-based BC Swerve. Ticket and broadcast information can be found HERE.
Muskegon is looking to get back to the .500 mark, currently at 4-5, good for second place in the Eastern Division. The Swerve is 1-4, and is led by Andrej Novakovic while veteran Riser forward Miguel Flores continues to shine, entering the weekend showdown with 22 points this season, including 19 goals. Muskegon has beaten the Swerve twice this season, but one was by one goal and the other a two-goal decision.
Colorado (1-7) will be at the Soccer Haus in Colorado Springs to entertain the Amarillo Bombers (3-5) Saturday at 7 p.m. MST. Ticket and broadcast information can be found HERE.
Francisco Rivas continues to impress for the Inferno, as he has 15 goals on the season. Not to be outdone, Vitor Patriani, another long-time M2 star, also enters the game with 15 goals in 2021-22.