Playoff Power Rankings

 

  1. San Diego Sockers: 16-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 13-3 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Louisville Lightning: 11-5 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Turlock Express: 10-6 (last week – 4th)
  5. Revolucion Tijuana: 10-6  (last week – 5th)
  6. Kansas Magic: 8-8 (last week – 6th)
  7. Illinois Piasa: 6-10 (last week – 8th)

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) The Waza held off the Lightning to keep the first place spot in the Eastern Division and clinch the Division title. They also managed to take a win in their last bout of the 2011-2012 season against the Kings. But, because of their ability to take first place allows them to play the fourth place seed in the East. That team happens to be the Piasa, whom the Waza have beaten three out of three times this season. It won’t be long until we see the Waza in San Diego. Next Game: March 3rd vs. Illinois Piasa
  2. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 2nd) The Lightning failed to take a win against the Waza last Friday night or the rest of the PASL season. Thus, they also failed to take the first place spot in the Eastern Division. Now that they finished second, they will be playing the third place Magic in the first round of the playoffs. The Lightning have done pretty well against the Magic this season with three out of three wins. If all goes right, the Lightning won’t only be in their first playoff appearance of their existence, but also on their way to San Diego for the first time. Go Lightning! Next Game: March 2nd vs. Kansas Magic
  3. Kansas Magic – (last week – 3rd) For their first season in the PASL, the Magic took the East by storm and even managed to get a spot in the playoffs. Even though their record was only 8-8, they will have a good chance to take a trip to San Diego with only one win away. They haven’t been able to beat the Lightning yet this year, but there’s always a chance.  Next Game: March 2nd at Louisville Lightning
  4. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 5th) With a loss by the Cincinnati Kings, the Piasa get into the playoffs even though the Kings have the same record and better goal differential. The reason that the Piasa are in the playoffs rather than the Kings is because the Piasa beat the Kings two out of three times this season. However, they will have their work cut out from them when they play the Waza next Saturday night. They haven’t beaten the Detroit side yet this season, but there’s always time for change. Next Game: March 3rd at Detroit Waza

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) The Sockers have a bye this week following their perfect season. As the other six teams that made the PASL playoffs, the Sockers will take a chance to relax and think about how they will take their third PASL championship in a row. Next Game: TBA
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The Turlock Express finished second in the Western Division this year, so thus they will be playing the Revolucion in the first round of the playoffs on March 3rd. The Express and the Revolucion split their season series 2-2, so the first round playoff game will be pretty exciting. Next Game: March 3rd vs. Revolucion Tijuana
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) The Revolucion finished the season on a two-game winning streak. The game they last lost was against the team that they will playing in the first round of the playoffs. As previously mentioned, the game is highly anticipated because of their split season series between the two clubs. Good luck to both sides! Next Game: March 3rd at Turlock Express

Overall Rankings Week 15

  1. San Diego Sockers: 14-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 11-3 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Louisville Lightning: 11-4 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Turlock Express: 10-5 (last week – 4th)
  5. Revolucion Tijuana: 8-6  (last week – 5th)
  6. Kansas Magic: 7-7 (last week – 8th)
  7. Anaheim Bolts: 6-7 (last week – 9th)
  8. Cincinnati Kings: 6-9 (last week – 6th)
  9. Illinois Piasa: 6-10 (last week – 7th)
  10. Tacoma Stars: 3-9 (last week – 10th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 3-11 (last week – 11th)
  12. Arizona Storm: 1-15 (last week – 12th)

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) The Waza are two games away from completing their season, but they have still not clinched the Eastern Division. With a win on Friday night against the Louisville Lightning, they will be able to do so, but it won’t be any sort of cake-walk. The Lightning are on a five game win streak, but not only that, they also have not lost at home yet all season. The first two meetings with the Lightning went the Waza’s way, so they will hope to pull out just one more against the fierce Louisville side. Next Game: February 24th at Louisville Lightning, February 25th at Cincinnati Kings
  2. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 2nd) The Lightning have had a  guaranteed a spot in the playoffs for a few weeks now, but that isn’t all they are trying to accomplish this season. Not only will this be their first playoff appearance in the PASL, but they also have the potential to take the Eastern Division title. The Lightning have one game remaining against the top team, Detroit Waza. To take the title, they will need to pull out a win against the Waza, and the Waza will also need to lose their final game against the Kings. There is a small chance that it will happen, but a chance is all they need. Next Game: February 24th vs. Detroit Waza
  3. Kansas Magic – (last week – 5th) With their win over Detroit a couple weekends ago, the Magic have clinched a spot in the 2011-2012 PASL playoffs. The Magic still have two games left this upcoming weekend, but they are against the last place Ohio Vortex. And, the games don’t really have any meaning for either team. Either way, congrats to the Magic for making the playoffs in their debut season! Next Games: February 24th at Ohio Vortex, February 25th at Ohio Vortex
  4. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 3rd) The Kings have one more game left against the Waza at home. To get into the playoffs, the Kings will need to win or lose by less than 18 goals. So, technically, they have not clinched a spot in the playoffs, but as long as things don’t get out of hand, they should be fine. Next Game: February 25th vs. Detroit Waza
  5. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 4th) The Piasa are finished with their season, but they have the slightest chance to make the playoffs still. If the Kings lose by 18 or more goals, then they will make the playoffs. I can tell you that the Piasa will be cheering on the Waza this Saturday…BIG TIME!!
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 6th) The Vortex have two games left, but have no chance of making the playoffs. Even though the games don’t mean anything, they will want to win these next two games for their own sanity. Next Game: February 24th vs. Kansas Magic, February 25th vs. Kansas Magic

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) The Sockers have two games left to complete their perfect season. One is against the second place team in the Western Division (Turlock), and the other is against the fifth place team (Tacoma). The Sockers have only played the Express once this season and only one by two goals, but against Tacoma, they have had no problems. So, the Friday game will likely be a close game for the defending champs, and the Saturday game should be an easy win. Next Game: February 24th at Turlock Express, February 25th vs. Tacoma Stars
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The Express have now finally clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Revolucion last weekend. Not that it really matters at this point for the Express, but they are the only team with a legitimate opportunity to take down the Sockers and prevent their perfect season. They have their final game of the season and against the Sockers on Friday. Come on Express, do what no one else could this season and give the Sockers their first loss! Next Game: February 24th vs. San Diego Sockers
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) The Revolucion have clinched a spot in the 2011-2012 playoffs. They still have one more game to complete against the Tacoma Stars. They are 1-0 against the Stars this season and won the game 13-10. The game won’t matter for the Revolucion, but another win could never hurt. Next Game: February 24th vs. Tacoma Stars
  4. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 4th) The Bolts have two games left in their season and have not yet clinched a spot in the playoffs. If they win at least one of the games they have against the Stars on Sunday, February 26th, then they will secure the fourth seed in the Western Division. If they happen to lose both games, it will depend on the results of the other games the Stars have this weekend. Next Game: February 26th vs. Tacoma Stars, February 26th vs. Tacoma Stars
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 5th) The Stars have four games left, all this weekend! That is a lot of soccer to play! They play against the Revolucion, Sockers, and the Bolts twice. To make the playoffs, they will virtually have to win every single game they play this weekend because they are currently 2.5 games behind the Bolts who are in fourth place as of now. Good luck to the Stars! Next Game: February 24th at Revolucion Tijuana, February 25th at San Diego Sockers, February 26th at Anaheim Bolts, February 26th at Anaheim Bolts
  6. Arizona Storm – (last week – 6th) The Storm have already completed their season with one win and 15 losses. Better luck next year Arizona!

Overall Rankings After Week 14

 

  1. San Diego Sockers: 14-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 11-3 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Louisville Lightning: 11-4 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Turlock Express: 9-5 (last week – 4th)
  5. Revolucion Tijuana: 8-5  (last week – 5th)
  6. Kansas Magic: 7-7 (last week – 8th)
  7. Anaheim Bolts: 6-7 (last week – 9th)
  8. Cincinnati Kings: 6-9 (last week – 6th)
  9. Illinois Piasa: 6-10 (last week – 7th)
  10. Tacoma Stars: 3-9 (last week – 10th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 3-11 (last week – 11th)
  12. Arizona Storm: 1-15 (last week – 12th)

 

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) The Waza’s fate are in their own hands at this point. They have been in first place in the Eastern Division all season, but the Lightning have been creeping back into the title position. The situation is this, if the Waza manage to squeeze out at least one win in their last two, then they have the title clinched. But, if the Lightning happen to beat the Waza, then the Waza will have to win against the Kings to take home the glory. However, there is a problem, the Kings are one of the two teams that have beaten the Waza, and the Lightning are still undefeated at home this season. It will be a close one, all the way up to the end. Next Game: February 24th at Louisville Lightning, February 25th at Cincinnati Kings
  2. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 2nd) Similar the Waza, the fate of the Lightning is in the hands of the Detroit team. True, the Lightning must have a win against the Waza to have a chance to take the Eastern Division, but the Kings will still have to beat the Waza for the Lightning to take first place. But, looking forward to the last weekend of February, the Lightning have their focus on one thing, beating the Waza at home. Good luck to the Lightning! Next Game: February 24th vs. Detroit Waza
  3. Kansas Magic – (last week – 5th) The Magic have been bouncing all around the playoff picture, but have not secured any position yet until this last weekend. No, they technically have not clinched a playoff spot, but they are one step closer. They took two wins at home versus the Piasa and the Waza last weekend, and have two more games remaining against the worst team in the Eastern Division, the Vortex. If all goes according to plan, they should take home two more wins on the road and secure that spot in the PASL playoffs. Next Games: February 24th at Ohio Vortex, February 25th at Ohio Vortex
  4. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 3rd) One game remaining, and nothing is official yet for the Kings. Historically, the Kings have been a playoff bound team, but they will need to win this last game against the Waza to even be considered for the Eastern Division playoffs. The Magic have all but secured a bid, and the Piasa are also a bubble team with six wins and ten losses. If the Kings fail to win, then it will come down to goal differential between the two bubble teams. Next Game: February 25th vs. Detroit Waza
  5. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 4th) The Piasa’s season is now complete. They finished their season on a bad note as they had not one, but two losses to the Magic and Waza. The only way they can make the playoffs is if the Kings lose to the Waza by a margin of 18 points. Tough luck Illinois, good luck next season!
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 6th) There isn’t much to say about this, but the Vortex have been out of the playoff picture for a while. At the same time, if they had played as well the entire season as they have been for the past four games, things may have turned out differently for the club this season. They are 2-2 in their last four with two games left to play against the Magic. Good luck to the Vortex, finish out the year strong! Next Game: February 24th vs. Kansas Magic, February 25th vs. Kansas Magic

 

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) As the season winds down, it looks as if the Sockers will complete their perfect season. I don’t necessarily want to jinx the club, but after winning their last two games by a margin greater than 10, it’s hard to imagine otherwise. In their last two games, the Sockers will face the second (Turlock) and fifth (Tacoma) place teams in the Western Division. Good luck to the Sockers in completing the perfect season! Next Game: February 24th at Turlock Express, February 25th vs. Tacoma Stars
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The Express have won their last two with two more games to play against the Revolucion and the Sockers. Unless they royally mess up the next two games, they should be facing a shot in the playoffs. Next Game: February 17th vs. Revolucion Tijuana
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) The Revolucion are in a similar position as the Express are. The Express are 9-5 with two games left and the Revolucion are 8-5 with three games left. They shouldn’t be super difficult games as they are against bottom half teams, except for the game between the Express and Revolucion. If all goes the way it is expected to go, the Express and Revolucion will be seeing each other again in the first round of the playoffs. Next Game: February 17th at Turlock Express
  4. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 4th) The Bolts have three games remaining, luckily they are all at home. They will have a tough game against the Revolucion this Sunday, and two games the following Sunday versus the Tacoma Stars. As long as the Bolts win one of their last three, they should secure the last playoff spot in the West. Next Game: February 19th vs. Revolucion Tijuana
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 5th) The Stars have four games remaining, all on the road. They will need to win all four of these games to even have a chance at a playoff spot. Good luck! Next Game: February 24th at Revolucion Tijuana, February 25th at San Diego
  6. Arizona Storm – (last week – 6th) The Storm finished their season last weekend versus Tijuana and San Diego. They finish in the PASL with the worst record at 1-15.

Overall Rankings After Week 13

 

  1. San Diego Sockers: 13-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 10-2 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Louisville Lightning: 10-4 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Turlock Express: 9-5 (last week – 4th)
  5. Revolucion Tijuana: 7-5  (last week – 5th)
  6. Cincinnati Kings: 6-8 (last week – 7th)
  7. Illinois Piasa: 6-8 (last week – 8th)
  8. Kansas Magic: 5-7 (last week – 6th)
  9. Anaheim Bolts: 4-7 (last week – 9th)
  10. Tacoma Stars: 3-7 (last week – 10th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 2-10 (last week – 11th)
  12. Arizona Storm: 1-13 (last week – 12th)

 

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) Detroit was one of the three teams that clinched a playoff berth this past weekend. They did so at home versus the Ohio Vortex in a game that went 11-6 in favor of the Waza. The Waza still have four games left in the PASL season that are all away from Detroit. They have yet to clinch the Eastern Division, but if they take two out of their four next games, they should have no problem with that. Next Game: February 11th at Illinois Piasa, February 12th at Kansas Magic
  2. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 2nd) Along with Detroit, the Lightning also clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Division. They have two games left at home against the Ohio Vortex and the Detroit Waza, and have the slightest of chances to take the Eastern Division. But, I’m sure that’s not what is on their minds. They just want to finish off the season strong going into the playoffs. Next Game: February 10th vs. Ohio Vortex
  3. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 5th) The Kings are in a three way fight for two more spots in the playoffs. The Kings, Piasa, and Magic are all five games behind the Waza, who have been in first place sine the first weekend. They have two games left in the season, both at home versus the Vortex and the Waza. Next Game: February 11th vs. Ohio Vortex
  4. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 4th) The only thing that the Piasa need to worry about are themselves at this point in the season. There are two games remaining in their schedule and both are must wins against the Magic and the Waza. If they don’t win one or both of these games, it could be the end of their playoff hopes. Next Games: February 10th at Kansas Magic, February 11th vs. Detroit Waza
  5. Kansas Magic – (last week – 3rd) The Magic are the last team that are fighting for a spot in the Eastern Division playoffs. They have four games left, but are still five games behind the first place Waza. Their two upcoming games will be tough ones against the Waza and Piasa, but the lst two should be easier against the Vortex. Good luck to the Magic! Next Games: February 10th vs. Illinois Piasa, February 12th vs. Detroit Waza
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 6th) As has been the case for most of the season, the Ohio Vortex have lost their chance to enjoy a bid for the PASL playoffs. They have four games left in the season, and will just be glad for the nightmare to be over. Next Game: February 10th at Louisville Lightning, February 11th at Cincinnati Kings

 

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) The Sockers are the only team in the PASL that have been successful in securing a Division in this 2011-2012 season. The Sockers have three games remaining, two at home, and one away. They don’t need to win any of these games, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they took all three in the hopes of going undefeated in the 2011-2012 PASL season. Next Game: February 11th vs. Arizona Storm
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) Turlock has been deceivingly strong in the Western Division all year long. They still have not clinched a playoff berth, but they are about a game away from doing so. They have two games left, and will have to win at least one against either Revolucion Tijuana or the Sockers. Next Game: February 17th vs. Revolucion Tijuana
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) Revolucion is another one of the teams that has been playing pretty well all year, but has yet clinched a spot in the playoffs. They have four games remaining against all the other Western Division opponents, except for the Sockers. They will need some of the matches to result in wins in order to make the playoffs. Next Game: February 10th vs. Arizona Storm
  4. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 4th) The Bolts are sitting in a position to make it into the playoffs this year, yet their record is only 4-7. They still have five games left over three more weekends of the season. So, if they want to beat out the Stars and Storm, they have some work to do yet. Next Game: February 11th at Tacoma Stars, February 12th at Tacoma Stars
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 5th) The six games that the Stars have left will be anything but easy. There are four against the Bolts, one against Tijuana, and one more against the Sockers. They will need at least a few of these to be wins, especially against the Bolts, if they want to make the playoffs this year.  Next Game: February 11th vs. Anaheim Bolts, February 12th Anaheim Bolts
  6. Arizona Storm – (last week – 6th) Much like the Ohio Vortex, the Storm have been out of the playoffs for some time now. Their two remaining games are virtually conciliation games, but are still very important for the confidence of the players. Good luck Arizona, for their sanity. Next Game: February 10th at Revolucion Tijuana, February 11th at San Diego Sockers

Overall Rankings After Week 12

 

  1. San Diego Sockers: 13-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 9-2 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Louisville Lightning: 9-4 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Turlock Express: 7-5 (last week – 4th)
  5. Revolucion Tijuana: 7-5  (last week – 5th)
  6. Kansas Magic: 5-5 (last week – 6th)
  7. Cincinnati Kings: 5-8 (last week – 8th)
  8. Illinois Piasa: 6-8 (last week – 7th)
  9. Anaheim Bolts: 4-7 (last week – 9th)
  10. Tacoma Stars: 3-7 (last week – 10th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 2-9 (last week – 11th)
  12. Arizona Storm: 1-11 (last week – 12th)

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) The Waza have been great all year, with only one loss on their season going into last weekend. That is, until they were shocked by the Cincinnati Kings in Detroit on January 28th. The Kings come out of nowhere to show that they are not done fighting for a playoff spot. The Waza fell by a score of 7-6, but as defeating as the loss was, in the long-run it shouldn’t affect the Waza’s playoff hopes. Next Game: February 4th vs. Ohio Vortex
  2. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 2nd) The Lightning held the Magic to only six goals this past Sunday in their victory in Kansas City. Six goals seems like a lot, but in the PASL, that is a very mediocre effort. The Magic have been giving the Lightning a lot of trouble this year, seeing as both of the games were decided by two goals or less. The Lightning took both of the match-ups, but they have been very close games. They will play each other once again this Friday night, but in Louisville this time, where the Lightning are undefeated this season. Next Game: February 3rd vs. Kansas Magic
  3. Kansas Magic – (last week – 3rd) The Magic had another close match against the Lightning for the second time this season. The first match-up ended in a 8-6 loss, and this one a 7-6 loss. The Magic couldn’t be too displeased with their performances as those are only two of their five losses this season. For a first year team in the PASL, the Magic couldn’t ask for more, they are on par to make the playoffs, sitting in third behind the Lightning. Kansas will play the Lightning one more time this Friday in Louisville. Next Games: February 3rd at Louisville Lightning, February 4th at Cincinnati Kings
  4. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 5th) Last Saturday, Cincinnati shocked the rest of the Eastern Division when they took down the Detroit Waza in Detroit. Despite the very close 7-6 game, the Kings came out on top in a game that couldn’t be described in any other way than, “instant-classic.” The Kings become only the second team to take down the Waza this season. They hope that this current momentum will help them drive towards the playoffs. Next Game: February 4th vs. Kansas Magic
  5. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 4th) The Piasa took an easy win over the Vortex this past weekend in a 12-3 game. The Piasa are in fine form, but fall in the power rankings, simply because the Kings took down the Waza. The Piasa technically are ranked higher than the Kings because of their wins, but with a stunning victory like the one that was displayed last weekend in Detroit, the Kings deserve a bump up. The Piasa will get a chance to rest their tired legs this weekend with a bye. But, they will be right back on the pitch next weekend for their final two games of the season against the Magic and Waza. Next Games: February 10th at Kansas Magic, February 11th vs. Detroit Waza
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 6th) The Vortex have been suffering losses all year, so this weekend, I’m sure it felt good to take one on the road against the Magic. The Vortex took a 9-6 win in an embarrassing game for the Magic. The Vortex don’t really have a shot for the playoffs, but there’s always time to play for pride. Good luck to the Vortex in their February 4th game in Detroit. Next Game: February 4th at Detroit Waza

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) The Sockers had two games this past weekend, and as the case has been all year, the Sockers made it look easy. The first was a 10-5 win over the Bolts, and the second was  13-2 victory over Revolucion Tijuana. The unstoppable Sockers will take the weekend off, and get a much needed rest before they play the Arizona Storm at home on the 11th. Next Game: February 11th vs. Arizona Storm
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The 7-5 Express had the weekend off last week, so I’m sure they are excited to get back into the action. The Express will play the Arizona Storm twice this weekend, and will likely get two more wins if they play their cards right. Next Game: February 4th at Arizona Storm, February 5th at Arizona Storm
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) For a team that is playoff bound, the Revolucion did not show it last weekend. The Revolucion took on the San Diego Sockers in San Diego on Saturday, but they might as well have stayed home. The game ended in a 13-2 loss for the Revolucion, their most defeating loss of the season. The Sockers are the top team in the league, but there is no reason that they couldn’t score more than two goals. The Revolucion have the weekend off to think about their follies. Next Game: February 10th vs. Arizona Storm
  4. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 4th) The Bolts had two games this past weekend and took both a win and a loss. The Bolts first fell to the Sockers (shocker!) and then won against the Arizona Storm (double shocker!). The Bolts have a chance to make the playoffs this year, but they need to finish strong in their last five games. They will play the Tacoma Stars four out of five of these games. The Bolts haven’t played the Stars yet this year, so there is no telling what will happen in the next couple weeks. Next Game: February 11th at Tacoma Stars, February 12th at Tacoma Stars
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 5th) This will be the Stars second weekend off in a row. With six games left and four against the Bolts, the Stars are in dire need for some wins if they have any chance of making the playoffs. Good luck to the Stars! Next Game: February 11th vs. Anaheim Bolts, February 12th Anaheim Bolts
  6. Arizona Storm – (last week – 6th) With one win on the season out of twelve games, there hasn’t been much hope for Arizona for a while. Like the Vortex in the Eastern Division, all there is left to do for the Storm is to play for pride. The Storm need to show the PASL that they deserve to be in this league. They will have two matches against the Express at home this weekend. Seems like a good place to start! Next Game: February 4th vs. Turlock Express, February 5th vs. Turlock Express

Louisville Lightning players are gaining more exposure to world-class soccer

The Louisville Lightning is gaining more and more exposure to world-class soccer. JT Murray has recently been picked up by the LA Galaxy and Tee Shipalane recently signed a contract for the Carolina Rail Hawks. It’s not just where the Lightning players are going, but who they are playing with. Murray will be seeing a whole new world of soccer in the MLS, but he is not the only one in the spotlight.

The Louisville Lightning’s USL Pro Affiliate Team, the Orlando City Lions, recently just made a big signing for the club. John Rooney, the brother of Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney, was recently signed to the Florida club in hopes to take home another U.S. Championship this upcoming season in the USL. The move was just made this Wednesday, January 26th, after being waived by the MLS New York Red Bulls in November.

Despite being in the shadow of his brother, John Rooney is trying to make a name for himself in the soccer world as well. Before coming to the MLS, John spent some time in England playing for multiple clubs. Rooney started his young career at Everton FC in their youth academy. He was six years old when he began, and stayed for six years until he swiftly moved to Macclesfield Town. Rooney stayed at the Cheshire club until he was able to sign a professional contract with the club.

As his contract was running out, he was offered a few trials at different England clubs including, Derby County and Huddersfield Town. Shortly after, he was also give trial opportunities in the MLS for a couple different teams including, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. However, neither club had the rights to sign the 20-year old Rooney. So, it was up to the MLS draft to decide which club he would play for. On January 13, 2011, the New York Red Bulls selected Rooney in the second round. Rooney appeared in five matches last year for the Red Bulls and netted one goal in the U.S. Open Cup game against FC New York.

John Rooney will be joining Charlie Campbell, the former University of Louisville Cardinal soccer player and Louisville Lightning star. Campbell signed a contract with Orlando City last May, and made 13 appearances in the 2011 USL season. Campbell did not record any goals in his first season with the club, but he was an important component of the squad and a big reason the team won the U.S. Championship. Rooney will be playing alongside Campbell this upcoming season, and hopefully they will combine to create a dangerous threat in the midfield. Good luck to both Charlie and his new teammate John Rooney!

 

by: Patrick Scott

Overall Rankings After Week 11

  1. San Diego Sockers: 11-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 9-1 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Louisville Lightning: 8-4 (last week – 4th)
  4. Turlock Express: 7-5 (last week – 3rd)
  5. Revolucion Tijuana: 6-4  (last week – 6th)
  6. Kansas Magic: 5-3 (last week – 5th)
  7. Illinois Piasa: 5-8 (last week – 10th)
  8. Cincinnati Kings: 4-8 (last week – 9th)
  9. Anaheim Bolts: 3-6 (last week – 7th)
  10. Tacoma Stars: 3-7 (last week – 8th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 1-8 (last week – 11th)
  12. Arizona Storm: 1-9 (last week – 12th)

 

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) Last weekend, the Detroit Waza played in a game that shouldn’t have even been close. The Detroit Waza traveled down to Ohio for a game the Vortex. The Vortex have only won one game so far this year, but were only one goal from adding a second. There was a sigh of relief for the Waza as the game ended 13-12. It was nearly embarrassing, but the number one team in the Eastern Division prevailed. They will be playing the Kings at home this Saturday for a rematch of a game earlier this year when the Waza won 8-6 in Detroit. Next Game: January 28th vs. Cincinnati Kings
  2. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 2nd) The Louisville Lightning added two more wins to their record this weekend when they faced off against the Piasa at home and the Vortex on the road. These two wins secures they’re second place spot in the East, giving them a legitimate chance of making the playoffs for the first time in their short PASL history. The Lightning will be taking on the Magic this weekend on the road for their second of three matches against the Kansas team this season. The first time, the Lightning pulled out an 8-6 victory, hopefully they can do it again. Next Game: January 29th at Kansas Magic
  3. Kansas Magic – (last week – 3rd) This past weekend, the Magic got their first win since December 10th, and boy was it needed. If there is any chance of the Magic making the playoffs this year, they need to step it up ASAP. The Magic will be awaiting two opponents this weekend for two highly anticipated home games. The first will be against the last place Vortex, and the second will be against the high-flying Lightning. Both games are guaranteed to be tough games, so we’ll see if the Magic are up for the challenge. Next Game: January 28th vs. Ohio Vortex, January 29th vs. Louisville Lightning
  4. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 4th) The Piasa had two games this past weekend, in which they split. The first was against the Lightning on the road, whom the Piasa failed to beat on the road the last time as well. The second the Kings at home. They won the game in a very unfamiliar fashion to the way that they have won previous games this year. The game was low scoring, with only ten goals in the match (six for the Piasa, four for the Kings). The Piasa will play the Vortex this weekend at home. In the previous two matches against the Vortex, the Piasa picked up two easy wins. We’ll see if they can do it again on Friday. Next Game: January 27th vs. Ohio Vortex
  5. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 5th) The Kings have the second worst record in the Eastern Division, which is weird, because they are also one of the top scoring teams in the PASL. After last weekend, the Kings have 86 goals for and 83 goals against. They are sixth in the entire PASL in goals for, and fifth in goals against. With statistics like this, it is surprising that the Kings only have four wins on the season to their eight losses. At this point in the season, it is unlikely that the Kings will be making the playoffs, but they can still play for pride. The Kings will be playing the Waza in Detroit this Saturday night. Next Game: January 28th at Detroit Waza
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 6th) The Vortex’s playoffs chances went out the window before the holiday break, but similar to the Kings, they can still play for pride. The Vortex need to play their last seven games in a fashion that proves that they deserve to play the in PASL-Professional division. They will have an opportunity to prove their worth this weekend with two games on the road against the Piasa and the Magic. Next Game: January 27th at Illinois Piasa, January 28th at Kansas Magic

 

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) After eleven games in the 2011-2012 PASL-Professional season, the Sockers have still yet to lose a game. If they keep it up, they have a quality chance to go undefeated in the season, enough said…However, they will have two tough games this weekend against Anaheim on the road and the Revolucion at home. Good luck to the Sockers in their efforts to keep the streak going. Next Game: January 27th at Anaheim Bolts, January 28th vs. Revolucion Tijuana
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The Express had two disappointing losses this past weekend in two hard-fought games against the Revolucion and Sockers. Before this past weekend, the Express were second in the Western Division and looking strong, but they have a record just over 0.500, and are barely hoping on making the playoffs. The next two games are must wins for the Express, especially because they are against the worst team in the PASL, the Arizona Storm. Good luck to the Express! Next Game: February 4th at Arizona Storm, February 5th at Arizona Storm
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) The Revolucion have won their past three games and are looking in very good form. In these past three victories, their goal differential has been +28 with 57 goals for and 29 goals against. The Revolucion will play the Storm this Friday for a chance to add a few more points to their tally. If they can keep up their good form, they may even have a chance to take down the Sockers on Saturday night on the road. Next Game: January 27th vs. Arizona Storm, January 28th at San Diego Sockers
  4. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 4th) The Bolts are desperate for a win, having not recorded a W in their past four. This weekend will be a challenge for them, seeing as they have to play the Sockers or the fourth time this season. On the bright side, they will get to play the Storm on Saturday, so hopefully a win will be able to heal their troubled minds. Next Game: January 27th vs. San Diego Sockers, January 28th vs. Arizona Storm
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 5th) This will be the Stars second weekend off in a row after taking two losses to the Sockers in Tacoma. After those big defeats, the two week hiatus probably feels good, and much needed. The next two games the Stars have will be against the Anaheim Bolts in a double-header weekend on February 11th and 12th. Next Game: February 11th vs. Anaheim Bolts, February 12th Anaheim Bolts
  6. Arizona Storm – (last week – 6th) The Storm have still only had one win this season, but that win came against the Revolucion who they are playing this upcoming Friday. If they are lucky, maybe they can record another win in this 16 game season. Their other game this weekend will be against the Anaheim Bolts, who much like every other team in the Western Division have yet to lose to the Storm. Good luck Arizona, we’re all pulling for you to pull out another one! Next Game: January 27th at Revolucion Tijuana, January 28th at Anaheim Bolts

Overall Rankings After Week 9

 

  1. San Diego Sockers: 7-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 6-1 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Turlock Express: 7-3 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Kansas Magic: 4-1 (last week – 4th)
  5. Louisville Lightning: 5-3 (last week – 5th)
  6. Revolucion Tijuana: 4-4  (last week – 7th)
  7. Anaheim Bolts: 3-5 (last week – 6th)
  8. Tacoma Stars: 3-5 (last week – 8th)
  9. Cincinnati Kings: 3-5 (last week – 9th)
  10. Illinois Piasa: 3-7 (last week – 10th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 1-5 (last week – 11th)
  12. Phoenix Monsoon: 1-8 (last week – 12th)

 

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) The Detroit Waza stay on top in the East after a 12-3 victory versus the Illinois Piasa. This win came after a few weeks off for the Waza, but it seems as if they haven’t lost a step. They will have two games this upcoming weekend against the Kansas Magic on Saturday and the Louisville Lightning on Sunday. They will both be tough games, but the Waza look to stay on top of their division. Next Game: January 14th vs. Kansas Magic, January 15th vs. Louisville Lightning
  2. Kansas Magic – (last week – 2nd) The Magic have been off the field since December 10th, when they took away a win from the Illinois Piasa in Illinois. They will have two games this weekend on Friday and Saturday against the Kings and the Waza, both on the road. They will need to come out big this weekend because both of these teams are no “push-overs.” Next Game: January 13th at Cincinnati Kings, January 14th at Detroit Waza
  3. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 3rd) The Lightning have been on a tear lately. The Lightning are now currently 3-0 at home with another home game coming up this Friday. The Lightning will be taking on the last place Ohio Vortex at MVSC and then the Waza in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. The Lightning will not be taking the Friday night game lightly, as they are in dire need of wins to make the playoffs. Next Game: January 13th vs. Ohio Vortex, January 15th at Detroit Waza
  4. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 4th) The last game the Kings played was a home game against the Lightning in which they won 9-3. This was the first win against the Lightning all season, so they will most likely be using it as motivation to keep the streak going. They will put their new found skills to the test twice this weekend against the Magic on Friday and the Piasa on Saturday. Next Game: January 13th vs. Kansas Magic, January 14th at Illinois Piasa
  5. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 5th) The Piasa have now lost their last two games on the road, and will have a chance to make up for it at home against the Cincinnati Kings. It won’t be easy, but the Piasa have the size and scoring power to get things done. Next Game: January 14th vs. Cincinnati Kings
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 6th) The last place Vortex will be taking a short road trip down to Louisville to take on the Lightning this Friday night. The Vortex are sitting on a 1-5 record, and will need some magic and prayers to make them a playoff-bound team. It will have to start with a big win against the undefeated at home, Louisville Lightning. Next Game: January 13th at Louisville Lightning

 

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) The Sockers are still undefeated at 7-0 after two wins last weekend against the Anaheim Bolts and the Phoenix Monsoon. They will have two more games this weekend versus the Tacoma Stars, both on the road. The Sockers shouldn’t have too much trouble, seeing as the Stars are the second to last place team in the west. Either way, it will be interesting to see if the Sockers finish the weekend at 9-0. Next Game: January 14th at Tacoma Stars, January 15th at Tacoma Stars
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The Express are currently on a three-game win streak, but will not get a chance to extend the streak until next weekend. This will be their second weekend off, so hopefully the legs don’t go cold. They will be needing some wins next weekend versus the Revolucion and the Sockers. Next Game: January 20th at Revolucion Tijuana, January 21st at San Diego Sockers
  3. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 4th) Last weekend the Revolucion stole a win away from the Anaheim Bolts in a 14-13 win in Anaheim. They will have the opportunity to take another win away from the Bolts this weekend, except this time it will be the Revolucion who are at home. These two teams are very closely matched, exhibited by last weekend’s game, so we’ll see how it goes. Next Game: January 14th vs. Anaheim Bolts
  4. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 3rd) The Bolts had two losses last weekend. One was against the Revolucion in a close loss, and the other was against the Sockers in a routing. The Bolts will get another chance against the Revolucion this Saturday, and the Sockers a couple weeks from now. Next Game: January 14th at Revolucion Tijuana
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 5th) The Stars have two extremely tough games ahead of them this weekend. They will be facing the San Diego Sockers, who are still undefeated at 7-0. It will be a feat if the beat the Sockers, seeing as the last time they played, they lost 8-3. Good luck to the Stars this weekend. Next Game: January 14th at San Diego Sockers, January 15th at San Diego Sockers
  6. Phoenix Monsoon – (last week – 6th) The Monsoon have only one win on the season and a record of 1-8. Luckily, they will have the weekend off to think about the status of their team. They will need it because the next game they have is against the San Diego Sockers at home. Next Game: January 22nd vs. San Diego Sockers

Week 8 Power Rankings

Hello all! I hope everyone had as much fun this holiday season as I did. I know I’ve been slacking the past couple weeks, but I feel like it was a much needed vacation. Even though I had a blast the past couple weeks, I am happy to finally be back at work and off vacation hours (sigh…). Anyway, after week 8, there are a few minor changes to the PASL Power Rankings, I hope you all enjoy.

by: Patrick Scott

Overall Rankings After Week 8

  1. San Diego Sockers: 5-0  (last week – 1st)
  2. Detroit Waza: 5-1 (last week – 2nd)
  3. Turlock Express: 7-3 (last week – 3rd)
  4. Kansas Magic: 4-1 (last week – 4th)
  5. Louisville Lightning: 4-3 (last week – 5th)
  6. Anaheim Bolts: 3-3 (last week – 8th)
  7. Revolucion Tijuana: 3-4  (last week – 6th)
  8. Tacoma Stars: 3-5 (last week – 7th)
  9. Cincinnati Kings: 3-5 (last week – 9th)
  10. Illinois Piasa: 3-5 (last week – 11th)
  11. Ohio Vortex: 1-5 (last week – 10th)
  12. Phoenix Monsoon: 1-7 (last week – 12th)

 

Eastern Division

  1. Detroit Waza – (last week – 1st) The Waza are still sitting pretty at the top of the Eastern Division with a 5-1 record. Detroit had a close 8-6 win over the Kings of Cincinnati right before the holiday break, and they will hope to continue their fine form. If players like, Miki Djerisilo keep playing to their potential, they should not have a problem. Their next game is this upcoming weekend against the Illinois Piasa at home. Next Game: Jan. 8th vs. Illinois Piasa
  2. Kansas Magic – (last week – 2nd) For a new team in the PASL-Professional Division, the Magic are holding up surprisingly well in the Eastern Division. With a 4-1 record, the Magic have yet another bye week this week. Hopefully they won’t have cold feet when they get back into the action next weekend with two tough away games against the Kings and Waza. Next Game: Jan. 13th at Cincinnati Kings, Jan 14th at Detroit Waza
  3. Louisville Lightning – (last week – 3rd) The Lightning are still in the middle of the table in the East, despite the efforts to move up. The Lightning attempted a season sweep of the rivaled, Cincinnati Kings, on Dec. 30th. Sadly, they were not successful. With many players on vacation, coming back from vacation, or on injured reserve, the Lightning just didn’t have it in them to add a fourth win over the Kings. Louisville fell 9-3, accumulating to a 4-3 record going into 2012. The Lightning will hope to better their fortune this weekend against the Illinois Piasa at home this Saturday. Next Game: Jan. 7th vs. Illinois Piasa
  4. Cincinnati Kings – (last week – 4th) The Kings avoided the season sweep by the I-71 Derby rivals, Louisville Lightning last weekend. The Kings came out on top with a 9-3 victory, and I’m sure are quite pleased to avoid the bragging of the Lightning. The Kings have a bye week this weekend, but will be back on the pitch next Friday for a bout against the second place, Kansas Magic. Next Game: Jan. 13th vs. Kansas Magic
  5. Illinois Piasa – (last week – 6th) The Piasa added two wins to their record right before the break. They took on the Vortex in Ohio, and managed to take two more games away from the last place Vortex, on the road. With a 3-5 record, it will be a struggle to make the playoffs this year, but if they can take at least one game this weekend on the road, it would be a start. The Piasa take on the Lightning on Saturday, and the Waza on Sunday. Even though the task is difficult, it is necessary to keep their playoff hopes alive. Next Game: Jan. 7th at Louisville Lightning, Jan. 8th at Detroit Waza
  6. Ohio Vortex – (last week – 5th) The Vortex have quite a bit of work to do. They only have one win on their record, despite a couple close games. They are off this week, but will be ready to get back on the pitch after a long break. Next Game: Jan. 13th at Louisville Lightning

 

Western Division

  1. San Diego Sockers – (last week – 1st) The Sockers look as strong as they ever have, with a perfect record at 5-0. San Diego had a good 8-3 win over the Tacoma Stars before the break, and will strive to continue with their current form. They have two games this upcoming weekend, and will hope to extend their winning streak to seven. Next Game: Jan. 7th vs. Anaheim Bolts, Jan. 8th at Phoenix Monsoon
  2. Turlock Express – (last week – 2nd) The Express are trucking along in their first season in the PASL-Professional Division. They have the most wins in the league, but they still sit behind the Sockers in the West after registering a few losses at the beginning of December. They are back in winning form after adding three more wins before and during the holiday season. This week, they have a much needed rest, but will be back on the pitch to take on the Revolucion and the Sockers next weekend. Next Game: Jan. 20th at Revolucion Tijuana, Jan 21st at San Diego Sockers
  3. Anaheim Bolts – (last week – 5th) The Bolts made a move up the rankings after the holiday break. Not necessarily because of their good form, but because of the poor form of the teams, now currently below them. While a 3-3 record is not much too be proud of, it could be much worse. The Bolts take on the Revolucion this Friday and the Sockers on Saturday. Maybe they can add at least one win this weekend to keep their .500 record. Next Game: Jan. 6th vs. Revolucion Tijuana, Jan. 7th at San Diego Sockers
  4. Revolucion Tijuana – (last week – 3rd) The Revolucion are just below .500, at 3-4 coming into the new year. They will be fighting for a playoff spot the rest of the season. And hope to start off the new year with a big win over the Bolts of Anaheim, on the road. Next Game: Jan. 6th at Anaheim Bolts
  5. Tacoma Stars – (last week – 4th) The Stars of Tacoma ended 2011 with a couple losses that brought them to a losing record. This weekend is a bye weekend for the Stars, but they will have a formidable opponent to face next weekend in the Sockers. The Stars will hope to give the top dog, Sockers, their first loss of the season. Good luck! Next Game: Jan. 14th vs. San Diego Sockers, Jan. 15th vs. San Diego Sockers
  6. Phoenix Monsoon – (last week – 6th) The Monsoon are sitting at the bottom of the league right now with a 1-7 record in their first season in the PASL-Professional Division. They didn’t finish 2011 as they would have hoped, but it’s a new year. You never know, the Monsoon might show some people that they do deserve to be in the PASL-Pro. The Monsoon will host the Sockers this Sunday, and will be glad to have another win if they can. Next Game: Jan. 8th vs. San Diego Sockers

Lightning Benefits From Players’ MLS Experience

By Samantha Hill

Although the Louisville Lightning has only existed for three years, its players harbor outstanding soccer experience that allows them to excel in professional play. In fact, five members of the Lightning—Charlie Campbell, John Michael Hayden, J.T. Murray, Tee Shipalane, and Othaniel Yanez—have formerly been drafted to teams in Major League Soccer, or the MLS.

Representing the top tier of both American and Canadian soccer, the MLS consists of some of the most talented players throughout the world. Encompassing 19 teams—16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada—the MLS embodies the highest quality level of professional soccer. This league has attracted prestigious players not only from America, such as Landon Donovan, but also from other nations, such as David Beckham. Thus, the fact that five Louisville Lightning players have experience in the MLS exemplifies the exceptional quality of the team.

“Being able to play at the highest level possible domestically was a great experience,” Charlie Campbell shares. “The play is so much faster with guys knowing what they are going to do 4-5 plays before they get the ball. The runs off the ball and the skill level is drastically higher.”

With seasons running from March to November, the MLS requires an immense time commitment and a relentless work ethic. Demanding fitness, finesse, and full command of the game, this league molds men into extraordinary players equipped with unparalleled skill. Experience in this type of environment has enabled Campbell, Hayden, Murray, Shipalane, and Yanez to become a huge asset to the Lightning.

“Taking my experiences within MLS has helped me in numerous instances including my participation on the Louisville Lightning,” John Michael Hayden explains. “The skills I acquired in MLS have no doubt helped me play the indoor game.”

Traveling to various parts of the country, these five Lightning members each played with a different team; Charlie Campbell with FC Dallas, John Michael Hayden with the Houston Dynamo, J.T. Murray with Sporting Kansas, Tee Shipalane with DC United, and Othaniel Yanez with the Columbus Crew.

“Being able to surround yourself with players with the same goal as you and players who have succeeded at attaining that goal was an eye opening experience,” Campbell reveals. “Watching how the veterans conduct themselves on and off the field was a tremendous growth experience for me.”

The Louisville Lightning also helps breed players for the MLS; former player Tony Jouaux now works as a strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Fire. Several players with MLS potential, including University of Louisville stars John Jonke, Frank Jonke, and All-American Colin Rolfe, have begun training with the Lightning after completing their collegiate careers. Likely to acquire MLS experience, standout players such as these will serve as excellent additions to the team; moreover, they will benefit from the opportunity to display and hone their talent while immersed in the professional atmosphere of the Lightning.

“To achieve success at any level,” Hayden asserts, “I have found that individuals must work at being a professional daily and always hold themselves to a higher standard than most.” The Louisville Lightning emulates this approach, enabling the team to both benefit and benefit from MLS-worthy players.

Possessing players with such talent enhances the quality of the Louisville Lightning and allows members of the team to challenge one another, fostering growth and encouraging effort out on the field. MLS experience has shaped Campbell, Hayden, Murray, Shipalane, and Yanez into talented leaders both on and off the field, and their remarkable athleticism, versatility, and character illustrate their invaluable contribution to the Louisville Lightning.

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