By Kim DeRaedt
Seeing double, double duty…double trouble?! Both of this weekend’s SPSL matchups will feature a Saturday and Sunday showdown between familiar foes on untried territory. If the results stay the same as the teams’ previous outcomes, Jack (Corpus Christi) will fall down the hill and Jill (Club America) will come tumbling after.
To Corpus Christi, it might not seem like a fall but rather a “small hop”. That’s because at 2-11-0, the Fuel are already about as low as a team can go. The squad’s -35 goal differential barely scrapes by the Lonestrikers -34 mark as the league’s worst. Speaking of scraping by, the Lonestrikers can hardly hold their head any higher above the water than the Fuel and would be at rock bottom if it wasn’t for their pair of narrow 2-1 escapes against Corpus Christi. But those victories were during the fall and winter months, and with spring upon us, the Fuel hope to uphold an “our nest, our points” policy. This time the Lonestrikers will have to put on their road warrior armor as they trek down to the southern coastal hotspot to battle the Fuel at 3 p.m. on Fairgrounds Field on both Saturday and Sunday.
Road warriors with an Energizer Bunny battery would better describe Club America and its 1/2 day bus ride as the wheels spin ’round and ’round before stopping in Tulsa, OK–Home of the Lobos. Club America didn’t much appreciate the tire tracks that Tulsa left on its turf on that November weekend in Houston when the Lobos rolled over the hometown team 4-0 and 2-0 respectively. Since then, Tulsa has been gunning it full-throttle, while Club America’s engine has been creeping in reverse. Club America’s already humongous hill will reach mountainous proportions as the squad must now face Tulsa in Tulsa. Stealing any points from the Lobos sends the SPSL into pandemonium, lets the lions loose, and release the bats harbored in Hades. What will happen when the match is lit to SPSL play this weekend?