METROSTARS HOST HEAT SATURDAY IN MASL EASTERN DIVISION CLASH
The Mississauga MetroStars close out a mini two-game homestand at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Saturday afternoon when they face the Harrisburg Heat for the fourth time this season in a MASL Eastern Division clash.
Last Sunday, the MetroStars (3-14) led the Baltimore Blast through 45 minutes before suffering a lapse in the final quarter and losing 5-4 to the defending league champions. Forward Matthew Rios led the team in scoring with a goal and an assist while newcomer Raheem Rose netted a shorthanded tally in his MASL debut.
Harrisburg (6-10) meanwhile split its weekend doubleheader last week, earning an 8-5 decision over the Ambush in St Louis before losing to the Comets 7-6 the following night in Kansas City. Heat midfielder Dom Francis scored four goals across the two games to earn a selection as a substitute to the MASL Team of the Week for Week 14. Team scoring leader Ricardo Carvalho collected a goal and four assists in those two games.
The MetroStars hold a slight edge over the Heat in their head to head matchups so far this season. Mississauga has beaten Harrisburg twice at home, recording a 7-6 victory on December 30 and a 6-5 win on February 17. The Heat however earned a 9-5 win at the PA Farm Show Arena on February 24.
Meanwhile, MetroStars co-captain Dwayne De Rosario has been announced as one of the 2019 inductees to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. The four-time MLS Cup champion and MLS MVP joins a prestigious list of inductees that includes former NHL stars Denis Potvin and Paul Henderson as well as ex-Toronto Blue Jays executive Paul Beeston. The induction ceremony and awards gala will be held in Toronto on October 21.
De Rosario will be in uniform for the MetroStars when they face the Harrisburg Heat at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Saturday, March 9 with kickoff set for 3:05pm (ET). The game will be streamed live on MASL.tv at MASLsoccer.com.