After months of preparation and anticipation the season starts tomorrow! The weeks of hard work and early morning practices will finally bear fruit as the Current take the field for real.
Week 1: D.C. Current (0-0) at Philadelphia Spinners (0-0)
When: April 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Franklin Field | Philadelphia
Keys to the Game
The Current are expected to do big things this season, but getting off to a fast start will be key for the squad. D.C. returns all of their key players from last season’s playoff roster, and have added several other pieces who will make meaningful contributions in 2014.
Expectations for the Spinners are considerably lower heading into this year, as Philadelphia will be focused on washing the disappointing taste of last season out of their mouth. But Saturday will offer the Spinners the chance at a new beginning, along with the opportunity to prove that last year’s record was an aberration. Philadelphia can send an early message to the rest of the league by knocking off one of the heavyweights of the Eastern Conference.
How to Follow the Action
This Week 1 match-up between the D.C. Current and the Philadelphia Spinners will not be shown as part of the MLU YouTube live stream package. However, fans can stay current on all of the action by following @TheDCCurrent on Twitter for live updates from the game. Fans will be able to watch the contest in full when it’s posted to the MLU’s YouTube account on Tuesday (April 15).
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Players to Watch
Alan Kolick – The Current’s offense ran through Kolick last season, and he produced. Kolick finished second in the MLU with 34 assists last season. Kolick said he expects the offense to be slightly more diverse this season, but one of the league’s top throwers is sure to find his way onto the score sheet.
Peter Prial – D.C. made one of the biggest moves of the offseason by stealing Prial away from defending league champion Boston Whitecaps. Prial scored more goals than any other player in the MLU last season and will provide the Current with another dangerous downfield option.
Markham Shofner – At the beginning of last season Shofner wasn’t on D.C.’s starting offensive line, but by the end of the year he was one of the team’s most important cogs on offense. Shofner will look to improve on his numbers from last year when he finished third in the league with 33 assists.