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Following their first win of the season last week at home, the New York Rumble are looking to carry their momentum on the road as they face off against the Current once again in D.C. this Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.
New York will take to the road this weekend in hopes of a repeat victory against the D.C. Current after their 16-13 win last week in New York.
Heading into Week 5, the Rumble will look to maintain their patience and consistency on offense while adjusting their defensive strategy to secure a second victory against the Current. In last week’s matchup, the Rumble’s offensive line refused to commit a single turnover throughout the entire first half, only amounting three total throughout the game. On the defensive end, New York will be determined to improve their focus after going 4-for-15 on turnover conversions last week.
Rookies Josue Alloro and Chris Kocher will certainly be two players to keep an eye on. Both players offered a strong showing against the Current in last week’s matchup, with Kocher earning three goals and two assists and Alorro adding four assists. In order to win, the Rumble will need to contain D.C. defensive cutter Delrico Johnson after his strong performance last week.
The Rumble will be close to full strength in Week 5 despite the absence of a few players across the roster. New York’s defense will miss both Matt Weintraub and Simon Johansen once again this week due to injury and illness, respectively, but will see the return of handler Andrew Hollingworth and cutter Jacob Price. The Rumble’s offense may take a hit this weekend without the presence of handler Mike Hennessy, while hopes are high for a big game from Chris Mazur, whose game status is listed as probable after a light ankle injury late in last week’s game.
New York will look to ride their momentum into another victory against the Current to bring their record to an even 2-2. A second-consecutive victory against D.C. would bring the Rumble above the Current in the MLU Eastern Conference standings, while a loss would allow D.C. to return to their number one spot. Rumble fans can cheer on their team from home this Saturday by catching the game’s broadcast on MLU Live at 6:00 p.m.