by Media Relations




Wednesday; August 15, 2018

By: RGV Barracudas FC Media Relations & MASL Media Relations


KANSAS CITY, MO – The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced today the divisional and conference alignments for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Just as in previous seasons, the 17 teams vying for the 2019 Ron Newman Cup will be split into four divisions and two conferences.

Eastern Conference

South Central Division

Eastern Division

Florida Tropics

Baltimore Blast

Kansas City Comets

Harrisburg Heat

Milwaukee Wave

Mississauga (Canada)

Orlando SeaWolves

Utica City FC

St. Louis Ambush

Western Conference

Southwest Division

Pacific Division

Dallas Sidekicks

Ontario Fury

El Paso Coyotes

San Diego Sockers

Monterrey Flash

Tacoma Stars

RGV Barracudas

Turlock Express

 “The formation of rivals takes many forms. Some are geographic, and some are born from historic clashes,” said MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub. “We believe the divisional line up put together provides our fans with the ability to see rivalries renewed and new ones formed. In addition, it provides flexibility to leverage the best dates possible for fans to access their favorite teams.”

The MASL landscape sees a few changes from the last season. The Eastern Division will be a battle throughout. After moving up the road, Utica City FC is loading up to make a divisional run, while their neighbors to the north are set to become the first Canadian team in the MASL, playing in Mississauga’s Paramount Fine Foods Centre. The Harrisburg Heat have a new coach and a new approach to their season, meanwhile everyone will still be gunning for the three-time champion, Baltimore Blast.

The fierce rivalries between the Milwaukee Wave, Kansas City Comets and St Louis Ambush will once again be something for MASL fans to enjoy. This year, in the newly renamed South Central Division, they will be joined by a new rivalry as the MASL’s two Florida-based teams, the Florida Tropics and Orlando SeaWolves jump into the mix.

In the Western Conference, the Dallas Sidekicks will make their return to the MASL as they re-join their fellow Texas neighbors and last season’s Ron Newman Cup Finalists, the Monterrey Flash, in the Southwest Division. The Pacific division is the only one to remain unchanged from last season.

The full 2018-2019 schedule is set to be release this fall with the regular season kicking off the weekend of December 1st.  Be sure to follow the MASL on social media and check for all the latest on the upcoming season.

Oscar Ruvalcaba Jr. the team General Manager indicated “I am very pleased to see Dallas comeback to the league. I think it will be a fun rivalry having two Texas teams in our division plus Monterrey who won the Western Conference last season. It will be a difficult challenge in our division.”

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