Major League Ultimate at Club Nationals MLU September 29, 2015 Around Ultimate, MLU, Player SpotlightPhoto by Burt Granofsky – Ultiphotos.comWhile the MLU season may have ended in August, many of the MLU’s players, coaches and staff are preparing for their next ultimate challenge: Club Nationals. 48 teams, comprised of some of the top ultimate players in the nation will compete in one weekend of tournaments across three divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. Representatives of Major League Ultimate are featured on 14 of those 48 rosters, spread across each division, with some of those teams facing each other as soon as Pool Play commences this Thursday.In the Men’s division, the Whitecaps, Spinners, Stags and DC Current all see substantial representation on Boston Ironside, Philadelphia Patrol, Rhino and Truck Stop respectively. Each club team is in a different Pool, so they will not play each other until crossover games begin on Friday. However, be on the lookout for a few familiar matchups as Joe Anderson on Johnny Bravo takes on the Boston Ironside in Pool D. You can watch the two Men’s Semifinal games on October 3rd at 3:30 pm and 9:30 pm Eastern, and the Men’s Finals on October 4th at 4:00 pm Eastern on ESPN3.Meanwhile, Kate Kingery, Fiona McKibben and Charlie Mercer, coaches for the Seattle Rainmakers, will look to take reign over the Women’s Division as part of the #3 seed Seattle Riot. Although the team took third place in Club Nationals last year, Riot did have the glory of winning first place in the World Ultimate Club Championships in Italy. Look for these three coaches, along with the rest of Riot, to make waves in the Women’s Division. You can watch one of the Women’s Semifinals games on October 3rd at 6:30 pm Eastern, and the Women’s Finals on October 4th at 1:30pm on ESPN3.And finally, the Mixed Division will be well represented with 24 MLU players and staff across seven of the teams. I caught up with Evan Klein, 2015 Western Conference Rookie of the Year on the Seattle Rainmakers, and got some insight into Seattle MIXTape and the rest of the Mixed Division this year.What kind of experience do you have with Club Nationals?Evan Klein: This year will mark my third trip to Club Nationals, all in the Mixed Division. I attended previously in 2012 with the Mental Toss Flycoons, and of course last year on Seattle Mixed.What teams and players are you most looking forward to playing against?EK: I look forward to playing against 2 teams, the first is Drag’n Thrust. We are 1-1 against them the past two years. While we got the better of them in a close semi-finals game at the US Open, the sting of the finals beat-down from last year still lingers. It would be great to beat them on the biggest stage.The other team is Love Tractor. They are a relatively untested team this year out of Colorado with only 1 loss, and one of their best players, Scott Forrester, is my former college co-captain and good friend. It’d be fun to take it to them too!What expectations do you have for yourself and for your team?EK: I primarily play defense for Seattle Mixtape, as I do for the Rainmakers. Every point I play, I want to shut down whoever I am guarding and keep them out of the goal. If I can take one of the other teams’ best offensive guys out of the game, it should give us a good shot at getting breaks. I also expect to throw a lot of hucks to Khalif El-Salaam…and catch a few more from Henry Phan!For the team, I think our expectation is to play our fast-paced style and to dictate the speed of every game. And of course we want to win it all! Last season, to be honest, we were just pretty happy to be at Nationals. This year, we have another season playing together and have been tested on some of the biggest stages in the sport (Nationals, US Open, Regionals). I think we have the roster to compete with any team in the country, so there’s no reason to set our sights lower this year.-Dave PannepackerComplete list of MLU Players/Coaches/Staff competing at Club Nationals.Men’sDenver Johnny Bravo Joe Anderson Washington DC Truck Stop Keven MoldenhauerDelrico JohnsonDavid CranstonPeter PrialTom DoiSeth WigginsJonathan NeeleyNate CastineTyler MonroeEric MinerJohn AganBrian MarshallNick SpivaJeff WodatchErik SalmiCalvin OungMarkham ShofnerAlan Kolick Boston Ironside Jacob TaylorTeddy Browar-JarusJake SmartJosh MarketteMisha SidorskyTyler ChanChristian FosterAlex SimmonsMiles Montgomery ButlerTannor JohnsonMisha HerscuJack HatchettBen KatzSam Richardson Portland RhinoTyler CableTopher DavisEli FriedmanBen McGinnRiley MeinershagenMatt MeliusBrian PennerEli BlackmanCody BjorklundTimmy PerstonGrant ColeAdam FaginDan Suppnick Seattle SockeyeMark Burton Philadelphia Patrol Ben ScharadinGabe ColtonCharlie McCutcheonLeon ChouNick HirannetPatrick DivineyMatt EsserHimalaya MehtaMatt GlazerBilly SicklesDave BaerMichael PannaMatt PaparoneTrey KatzenbachJake RainwaterPatrick LindseyNick MathisonIan McClellanMarshall Ward GOATDavid Hochhalter Women’sSeattle Riot Kate KingeryFiona McKibbenCharlie Mercer MixedBoston Wild CardAdrian BanerjiThomas EdmondsMatthew HeathAlyson HeathVincenzo VitielloCody McInnis Boston Slow WhiteShaun DohertyRyan RichardsonMike MillerJeff Smith Seattle MixtapeDominic CavaleroKhalif El-SalaamBrad HouserEvan KleinHenry PhanCam Bailey San Francisco Polar BearsSam Adamson New York Metro North Seth CanettiAndrew BoscoSean Murray Philadelphia AMP Nick PurificoMatt Zumbrum Seattle Birdfruit Andrew LynchPeter OstergaardSamuel PickelBen Beehner You can catch the semifinalists of the Mixed Division on October 3rd at 1:00 pm Eastern, and the Finals on October 4th at 11:00 am Eastern on ESPN3.