After a rough start to the season with a loss to the defending champion Boston Whitecaps, the Rumble already face a must-win game in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Spinners.
New York host their home opener this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest at Union City High School in Union City, New Jersey.
The home opener will also serve as MVP Night to recognize Chris Mazur as the 2013 MLU Eastern Conference MVP. Mazur’s inspiration, his mother, will have the honors of performing the coin toss prior to the game. Prior to and after the game, fans will be able to get autographs and have their pictures taken with Mazur.
Coming off a loss, the Rumble will be sure to come out flying against a Spinners team who is ranked last in the MLU Power Rankings. Philadelphia is also the only team that the Rumble had a winning record against in 2013, going 2-1 against them.
Fresh off a loss from the D.C. Current, the Spinners will also come out fired up, looking to pass the Rumble in the standings with a win. While last in the Eastern Conference last year at only 2-8, they have also retooled, adding valuable players in Jake Rainwater and David Brandolph.
New York will look to regroup and fix their Week 1 shortcomings. Despite strong performances from Mike Hennessy and Dan Heijman, the Rumble were plagued by drops and unforced turnovers in the game. If the Rumble are to come away with a win versus the Spinners, they will need to tighten up their offense, and play better as a team as a whole.
“We didn’t play great team disc last week,” said Chris Mazur. “We need to stay focused on us and improve on the little things as a unit.”
While the Rumble defense looked strong at times against Boston, they were limited by the O-line’s inability to score points.
“The offense needs to help out the defense by punching in a few easy scores to keep them on the field,” said Mazur.
Both the Spinners and Rumble sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 0-1 records and play each other next week in Philadelphia.
If you’re traveling to the game from New York City, the Rumble will provide a free fan bus for fans traveling to and from the stadium. The bus will be leaving from the corner of 37th and 9th and will run from 6-7 p.m. and from 9-10 p.m. after the game.
Fans driving to the game can park in the free parking garage at the corner of 23rd St. and Kerrigan Ave., located one block from the stadium.
Season tickets, mini plans and single game tickets are on sale now at the Rumble TicketLeap page.