The Major Arena Soccer League announced the full slate of games for the 2019-20 season. Kicking off with five games in three countries on Nov. 22, each team will play 24 games — 12 home, 12 on the road — before March 23, 2020.
Opening weekend sees two sets of rivals face each other: the Baltimore Blast and Utica City FC will host each other in two games, and Monterrey Flash will welcome Soles de Sonora back to the league in a pair of games in Mexico.
MASL’s other returning team, the Rochester Lancers, will head north for a weekend against the MetroStars of Canada. The MetroStars will play in six different venues throughout the season. Meanwhile, the newly minted Cal Express will make its home debut against the Kansas City Comets on Nov. 22.
Defending champion the Milwaukee Wave will start its season on the road to face the St. Louis Ambush on Nov. 29. It will start its home campaign on Dec. 7 vs. the Florida Tropics. To honor its seventh championship, the Wave will kick off all its games at seven minutes past the hour.
This year’s schedule will see many teams go cross-conference to face teams they may not have seen in some time, if ever. Classic rivalries, like Baltimore Blast vs. San Diego Sockers, will be renewed and new ones will be kindled when the expansion Mesquite Outlaws take on the likes of the Kansas City Comets, the Ambush and its cross-town rivals, the Dallas Sidekicks.
The regular season wraps up on March 22 with seven matches to end the campaign. From there, the top four teams in each conference will advance to the Ron Newman Cup Playoffs. The top-seed in each conference will get to decide who it faces in the opening round of the playoffs.
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