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In 2013, the Boston Whitecaps went 10-0 en route to the first ever MLU Championship, defeating each of their Eastern Conference rivals along the way. Heading into 2014, it was clear that the Whitecaps were the team to beat. While Boston’s roster in 2014 included many of their important pieces from 2013, one player that they were sure to miss was Peter Prial, who had signed with the Washington D.C. Current in the offseason.
Prial’s 30 goals in 2013 lead the Eastern Conference, and his addition gave the already talented Current another potent weapon. With Prial’s move south, the first matchup between Boston and D.C. had no shortage of intrigue. In front of the hometown Current fans, both teams came out strong, with the score tied at the end of the 1st quarter, 6-6, and at halftime, 9-9. In the first half, Prial recorded two assists and a goal to help pace his team. As the teams came out for the 2nd half, Boston’s offense really pushed D.C’s defensive line, outscoring the Current 6-4 in the 3rd quarter.
Heading into the final quarter, D.C. knew that victory was still in reach. As fate would have it, it was Prial who would spur the Current on to the win. On the first point of the 4th quarter, Prial interrupted a pass between Boston rookies Matthew McDonnell and Jim Foster, regaining possession for D.C. and leading his new team on a comeback that would eventually result in his old franchise’s first ever loss. (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME)