New Season, New Teams To Play

by Austin David

With the release of the 2019-20 MASL schedule, the Orlando SeaWolves will host a bevy of familiar foes from last season. The difference from last year is the addition of three new teams to the schedule that the SeaWolves have yet to face in their history. So, as we approach the season, let's learn about the new teams that will visit the Silver Spurs Arena this season.

San Diego Sockers

The Sockers, in their former iteration, were one of the most successful indoor teams in their heydey, at one point winning 10 championships in 11 seasons. The current iteration of the team has existed since 2009 and currently holds the record for the longest winning streak in United States professional soccer history at 48 games. The team won four championships in their first four years of existence and in the last three seasons of MASL play, they have reached the conference finals each year. Formerly the team Landon Donovan played for last year, the Sockers host a bevy of talent that plays for their respective national teams and are always one of the top teams in the league. The SeaWolves host the Sockers on Thursday, February 6.

Turlock Express

Founded back in 2011, the Express found some early success in their first few seasons of existence, but over the last five seasons, they have failed to qualify for the postseason. Last year, they finished with a 3-19 record, beating the Ontario Fury twice and the El Paso Coyotes. Their top goalscorer is a new member of the SeaWolves Family, forward Omar Tapia, who scored 13 goals and notched three assists after he was traded midseason from El Paso. He finished the season with 23 goals and 12 assists between the two teams. This trek to the southeast will be a first for Turlock in their history as they will play the SeaWolves and the Tropics in their away trip. The SeaWolves will host the Express on March 21st, the second to last game of the season. 

Rochester Lancers

The Lancers re-join the MASL ranks after last playing at the top level in 2015. Their roots stem from the NASL side of the same name that played back in the 1970's before going dormant for 21 years and resurfacing as an indoor team. The team played at the top flight of indoor for five seasons before once again taking a hiatus, but returning to action as an MASL2 side last season, where they finished third in the league. This year, they will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lancers winning the 1970 North American Soccer League championship. The SeaWolves host the New York team in the last game of the season on March 22.