With the 2016 MLU season rapidly approaching, teams have begun to fill their rosters, meaning it’s time once again for The Dotted Line, a periodic look at signings around the league.
The reigning champions made their first player re-signings of 2016, announcing the return of Shaun Doherty, Ben Katz, Tyler Chan, Mat Little, Victor Luo and Thomas Edmonds. A mix of veterans with several years of experience and young players with exciting potential, the Whitecaps have begun building a 2016 roster that puts them in a good place to compete for their third MLU title.
New York Rumble
Adding to the veterans re-signed last month, the Rumble announced the return of defensive playmaker Jibran Mieser, who’s impressive second season was cut short due to injury in 2015. Coach Murray and Nuñez also added four rookies to the roster for 2016, signing Andrew Manganelli, Andrew Auyeung, John Irvine and Charlie Cannon, focusing on developing a young core.
The Spinners continued to announce returning veterans in droves. Coach Stanley will welcome back the impressive core, anchored by Nick Hirannet, Matt Esser, Patrick Lindsey, David Baer, Matt Glazer and Trey Katzenbach. The Spinners also welcome back an talented and athletic crowd of young talent, headlined by 2015 Rookie of the Year Billy Sickles, Charlie McCutcheon, and Himalaya Mehta. After their first taste of the playoffs in 2015, the Spinners are bringing back a hungry core to compete in 2016.
Another team locking up veteran talent, the Stags announced the return of Riley Meinershagen, Steven Rice, Dan Suppnick, Raphy Hayes and John Siemer. The 2015 Stags rampaged their way through the Western Conference to a league leading 9-1 record, before losing their second consecutive conference final. With a strong returning core, the Stags should again be considered one of the teams to beat in the west.
While the Stags dominated the regular season in 2016, it was the Rainmakers who came out of the playoffs on top. The Rainmakers were the cinderella story of the MLU in 2015, and will look to repeat as Western Conference champions with a strong returning core highlighted by Eddie Feeley, Danny Trytiak, Khalif El-Salaam and Henry Phan.
Be sure to catch up with our January installment and stay tuned in to your favorite MLU teams for updates on player and coach signings as we approach the first pull of the 2016 MLU Season!