The 2016 MLU Season keeps rolling into Week 2, with a full 7 of the 8 teams playing this coming weekend.
Whether you come out and join the crowd or watch comfortably from you home online, this weekend will be full of ultimate action!
Bell Stadium, Orange, N.J. – 4pm ET – TICKETS – WATCH LIVE
Both the Whitecaps and Rumble are coming off Opening Weekend losses to the Philadelphia Spinners. The Whitecaps, who defeated D.C. on Saturday, lost to Philly in a very close game that came down to the wire. Lead my strong efforts by Piers MacNaughton, Christian Foster and Tyler Chan, Boston will be looking to get off the offense together right off the bat, as they have fallen behind early in both games so far this season.
New York, who lost to the Spinners on a cold and wet Saturday, will look to consistently show the high energy offense and defense that shined through at times in their opener. Behind strong play by Jibran Mieser, Marques Brownlee and rookie Sean Mott, New York will look to capture their first win of the season at move forward with a .500 record.
Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, B.C. – 6pm PT – TICKETS – WATCH LIVE
The Portland Stags, fresh off their victory against the Rainmakers last weekend, will travel to Vancouver to take on the Nighthawks. With all the significant pieces of their 2015 roster almost entirely intact, the Stags have seemingly not missed a beat in 2016, easily dispatching the Western Conference Champion Rainmakers, 22-16. Veterans Cody Bjorklund, Raphy Hayes and Topher Davis played dominant ultimate and look to take their usual dominance on the road against the young Nighthawks.
The Nighthawks made the long trip to San Francisco last weekend, losing to the Dogfish in Coach Pat Gatien’s debut with the team. Coach Gatien was clearly playing catch up, testing a roster that sports 20 rookies and a is still looking to build chemistry on the field. Rookies Victor Cheng and Graeme Barber look like they could make a difference on offense and defense respectably, while Taylor Nadon brought a veteran presence to the roster. The young Nighthawks face a tough task in the veteran Stags, but will continue to come together as a team and develop their identity.
Cardinal Stadium, Washington, D.C. – 7pm ET – TICKETS – WATCH LIVE
After victories against Boston and New York in opening weekend, the Spinners are looking for an early sweep of their Eastern Conference rivals this weekend as the head south to take on the Washington D.C. Current. Coach Darryl Stanley started his professional coaching career with style, tallying two wins while showing his team’s impressive depth of both veterans and new players. The team got strong veteran performances from Himalaya Mehta, Michael Panna and Billy Sickles, and impressive debuts from new players Isaiah Bryant, Greg Martin and Vince Reydams. With a hearty mix of veteran and rookie talent, the Spinners look to established themselves early as a power in the East.
Standing in the way of the Spinners is a rebuilt Washington D.C. Current team that came extremely close to upsetting the reigning champs on Saturday. With veterans in new positions and rookies looking to stay up, the Current under Coach Will Smolinski will look to “Defend the Dojo” and keep Philly from extending their lead in the East. The biggest statement made by the current this season may be the emergence of rookie Antoine Davis II, who exploded in his debut with 4 goals score and 3 blocks. Along with Davis, look for veterans Lloyd Blake and Delrico Johnson to factor heavily in Smolinski’s plans to knock off the Spinners.
Rainer Beach High School, Seattle, Wash. – 1pm PT – TICKETS – WATCH LIVE
The Stags had to wait months to avenge their Western Conference Championship loss, opening the 2016 season with a big victory over the Rainmakers, 22-16. Seattle will not have to wait nearly as long for another crack at the Stags, as they host them in their own home opener this Sunday. After facing the Nighthawks on Saturday, the Stags will come to Seattle looking for big games from veterans Timmy Perston, Peter Woodside and Ben McGinn to maintain a least a share of first place in the West.
Hoping to prevent starting in a 0-2, the Rainmakers open their home schedule looking to show that last season was no fluke and that they can hang with anyone in the conference. Expect big plays from 2015 Rookie of the Year Evan Klein as well as Khalif El-Salaam and Gavin McKibben. The Rainmakers were able to get some momentum built in the 4th quarter of last weekend’s matchup with Portland, and will look to build on that into their first win of the season.