The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced the divisional and conference alignments for the 2018-19 season. Utica City FC will be in the Eastern Conference’s Eastern Division.
Just as in previous seasons, the 17 teams vying for the 2019 Ron Newman Cup will be split into four divisions and two conferences.
Joining Utica in the Eastern Conference’s Eastern Division are the Baltimore Blast, Harrisburg Heat and Mississauga.
The South Central Division teams are the Florida Tropics, Kansas City Comets, Milwaukee Wave, Orlando SeaWolves and St. Louis Ambush.
In the Western Conference’s Pacific Division are the Ontario Fury, San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars and Turlock Express.
In the Southwest Division are the Dallas Sidekicks, El Paso Coyotes, Monterrey Flash and RGV Barracudas.
“The formation of rivals takes many forms. Some are geographic, and some are born from historic clashes,” said 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.”
There a few changes from the last season. The Utica club, formerly the Syracuse Silver Knights, will begin play this season. The Eastern Division also includes the first Canadian team in the MASL, playing in Mississauga’s Paramount Fine Foods Centre. The Harrisburg Heat have a new coach. Three-time champion, Baltimore Blast, is also in the division.
The Milwaukee Wave, Kansas City Comets and St Louis Ambush will be joined in the newly renamed South Central Division by the Florida Tropics and Orlando SeaWolves.
In the Western Conference, the Dallas Sidekicks will make their return to the MASL as they re-join 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 2018-19 schedule is set to be released this fall with the regular season kicking off the weekend of Dec. 1. Follow the MASL and Utica City FC on social media and check MASLSoccer.com or UticaCityFC.com.