State of the Race: MLR Eastern Conference – Round 4

https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1498356640294211590 In Control 1. Rugby New York Next Four: v. NE, v. SD, @ NOLA, v. TOR 2. Rugby ATL Next Four: v. HOU, v. AUS, @ DC, v. NE 3. New England Free Jacks Next Four: @ NY, v. TOR, @ AUS, @ ATL In The Hunt 4. Toronto Arrows Next Four: BYE, v. … Continue reading State of the Race: MLR Eastern Conference – Round 4

Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 4

Three weeks in and some sides are finding their form. After an 8-4 start, we went 3-3 last week, dropping us to 11-7 on the year. Its called regression to the mean. As is 'I'm regressing because picking games is a mean proposition.' Anyway. Bye(s): Utah Warriors, NOLA Gold, Rugby ATL Old Glory DC v. … Continue reading Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 4

How a 15 Team MLR Could Look

Major League Rugby is growing, both in the short and long terms. The league appears destined for a 30+ side system in the long term. It could reach the halfway point next year. The Saint Louis Knights and a Chicago team are in discussions for a 2023 entry. If both teams are admitted, how will … Continue reading How a 15 Team MLR Could Look

Power Rankings: MLR Round 3

1. Austin Gilgronis (Last Week: 1) They've done well against lesser teams at home. Going on the road against Seattle will be their biggest test to date. 2. Rugby New York (2) They've only played two games, yet they feel worth the hype. 3. Seattle Seawolves (3) The Seawall is back, but can it hold … Continue reading Power Rankings: MLR Round 3

State of the Race: MLR Eastern Conference – Round 3

https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1495805058449289218 In Control 1. New England Free Jacks Next Four: @LA, @NY, vTOR, @AUS 2. Rugby New York Next Four: vDAL, @NE, @SD, vNOLA 3. Rugby ATL Next Four: BYE, vHOU, vAUS, @DC In The Hunt 4. Toronto Arrows Next Four: @DC, BYE, @NE, @UTAH 5. NOLA Gold Next Four: BYE, @SEA, @DAL, vNY 6. … Continue reading State of the Race: MLR Eastern Conference – Round 3

3 Things: MLR Round 3

Dallas Deserves Better The Houston turnaround is worth recognizing, but Dallas deserves more credit. The Jackals' first home match showed the massive growth they've made in just three weeks. Having to go through the Austin buzz saw for their first game could've killed their confidence. It didn't. Losing to San Diego despite so many opportunities … Continue reading 3 Things: MLR Round 3

Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 3

Welcome to the transitory phase of the MLR season. As I've repeated several times, it takes four games to really get your team flowing. For some teams, a pair of preseason matches and two regular season rounds fulfills that need. For others, (like New York,) there was no preseason and one regular match. From there, … Continue reading Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 3

Power Rankings: MLR Round 2

1. Austin Gilgronis (Last Week: 1) They started with the easiest two weeks in the league, but they've still dominated professional competition more than expected. 2. Rugby New York (2) Sam Windsor learns what winning in Houston feels like. 3. Seattle Seawolves (4) Despite a significant amount of time down to 13, the defense held … Continue reading Power Rankings: MLR Round 2

State of the Race: MLR’s Eastern Conference – Round 2

https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1493239860257251339 In Control 1. New England Free Jack Next Four: @DC, @LA, @NY, vTOR 2. Rugby New York Next Four: @ATL, @DAL, vNE, vSD 3. Rugby ATL Next Four: vNY, BYE, vHOU, vAUS In The Hunt 4. NOLA Gold Next Four: @TOR, BYE, vSEA, vDAL 5. Toronto Arrows Next Four: vTOR, vDC, BYE, vNE 6. … Continue reading State of the Race: MLR’s Eastern Conference – Round 2

Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 2

A weird week in the MLR schedule-wise calls for a rare Thursday Spoiler Alert. We started the year 4-2. In the crapshoot that is the early rounds, I'll take it. Seawolves v. Warriors Both of these teams are genuine playoff contenders, but only one is playing like one. Both sides look like what they are. … Continue reading Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 2