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The 2016 MLU Season has crossed the halfway mark, as we approach Week 6 with two very important matchups scheduled.
Whether you come out and join the crowd or watch comfortably from you home online, this weekend will be full of ultimate action!
Hormel Stadium – Medford, Mass. – 5pm ET – TICKETS – WATCH LIVE
For the second time this season, the two top teams in the Eastern Conference will meet this Saturday when the Philadelphia Spinners head north to face the reigning champions – The Boston Whitecaps. The Spinners are undefeated this season, while the Whitecap’s only loss came in Week 2 in Philadelphia.
The Spinners are off to their hottest start in franchise history, winning their first 5 games with a +40 point differential. With serious depth built from a mix of veterans and rookies, Coach Darryl Stanley’s team has continued to get better with each game. Opponents have lead the Spinners for a total of 161 seconds this season. While the Spinners have defeated each of their Eastern Conference rivals, their closest game was against the Whitecaps, winning by only two goals.
The Whitecaps, who had last weekend off, will look to win the home leg of their season series against the Spinners and protect their place as the only franchise in MLU history to go undefeated in the regular season (10-0 in 2013). While they trail the Spinners in the standings, Boston emerged from an early string of road games relatively unscathed, winning 2 of the 3 on the road, before returning to defeat D.C. in their home opener back in Week 4. Look for Boston to pull out all the stops to hand Philadelphia their first loss in the comfortable confines of Hormel Stadium
Yellowjacket Stadium – Berkeley, Calif. – 3pm PT – TICKETS – WATCH LIVE
For the first time in MLU history, a team from the Eastern Conference travels to the west coast. The Dogfish, having made it to the MLU Championship in 2013 are 0-1 in cross-divisional games, while this will be the first time that the Rumble play a team outside of their conference.
The Rumble look to capture their second victory of the season, while continuing the development of their young roster. With flashes of elite play, the Rumble have yet to be able to string together a complete game, outside of their victory over D.C. in Week 3. In order to win the day against the Dogfish, the Rumble will need strong performances from veterans Marques Brownlee, Scott Xu and Jibran Mieser, as well as rookies like Sean Mott and Mason Compton.
The Dogfish will come to the field hoping to not only capture their second victory of the season, but also become the first Western Conference team to defeat an east coast counterpart. Having lost twice to the powerhouse Portland Stags, the Dogfish will look to get their record back to .500 and continue to make their push towards the playoffs. Having never faced the Rumble before, the Dogfish will also need veterans and rookies alike to step up. Fans should look for Gabe Saunkeah, Daniel Naruo, James Yeager, Thomas Pineda and James Sheridan to have big games.