Brew City News (2009)

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brewcitylogoBrew City News (30-Oct-2009 : Week 32)

  • MFLS Fantasy League:  unclean sheets  are the 2009 MFLS Fantasy League champions. unclean sheets (631/+23), who were third heading into the final week, leaped ahead of Dynamo Kyiv YCK (624/-8) who had held a seemingly insurmountable lead of 18 points over then second SDFC Macross, and a huge 24 over the unclean sheets. The champions and Dynamo are followed by FC Taureau-trois-graines (594/+8) up a spot, Mohawks FC (594/+12) up a spot, SDFC Macross (588/-23) — YES, THEY LOST 23 POINTS!!! — down three spots, Szylx (588/+14) up three spots, Lowbrow Wanderers SC (586/+10), FC Clockwork Orange (582/+4) down two spots, and ManaMana (573/+5) down a spot. We all know who had the lowest score of the week, and maybe of all time in MFLS, but the final week’s high score of 48 goes to — not surprisingly in the always iffy end of MLS season — an abandoned team.
  • MFLS Prediction League:  Hotspur  are the 2009 MFLS Prediction League champions, for an unprecedented second year in a row, giving them three out of the four biggest MFLS prizes the last two years. (To go with last year’s unprecedented fantasy-prediction double.) Hotspur (487/+18), who were never really troubled, are followed by Dynamo Salem (466/+20) up four big spots, Clockwork Orange (464/+14), Glorydaze (462/+20) up three spots, Dynamo Silver Spring (461/+9) down three spots, Zman Union (461/+18) up a spot, Alpine Dream (460/+12) down three spots, FC Opie (456/+25) up four big spots, Chisquito USA (450/+17) up a spot, and Rabid Wolverines (448/+20) up four big spots. Very rare to have that many big moves at the end of a prediction season. High score this week was 25 by the quartet of FC Opie, The Busdrivers (who finished #12 overall), Arla in USA (#42), and Rising Dough (#90).
  • Miklos Feher Cup:  Mohawks FC  are the 2009 BCFA Fantasy League champions, hoisting the Miklos Feher Cup for the first time. (They had not even won it in the old NPL.) Mohawks FC (594/+8) are followed by Clockwork Orange (582/+4), Cánicas A.C. (571/+15) up two spots, Geckos (570/+3), Phoenix TS (569/+1), Weirder Bremen (562/+22) up two spots, Darcian Greywacke (560/+6) down a spot, Glorydaze (550/+5) down a spot, Dynamo Silver Spring (537/+15) up a spot, and Dumpley Street Morons (532/+5).Brew City placed a record-shattering 15 teams in MFLS Top 100, for an even more amazing 37 ADPR. The honorees are #3 Mohawks FC, #8 Clockwork Orange, #11 Cánicas A.C., #12 Geckos, #13 Phoenix TS, #19 Weirder Bremen, #20 Darcian Greywacke, #24 Glorydaze, #28 Dynamo Silver Spring, #32 Dumpley Street Morons, #39 Alewive FC, #62 Top Shelf, #72 Arrows S.C., #85 Mike’s Ninja Turtles, and #92 Surreywood Rangers.”Congratulations to Brew City on a thoroughly dominating performance. BCFA finished with a 37 ADPR, a full 12 points higher than the previous record which they set in 2006. This is Brew City’s 4th consecutive ADPR title and 6th title in the 7 years I have been tracking the ADPR. Brew City finished with 15 teams in the top-100, 11 in the top-50 and 8 in the top-25. Their 37/31 ADPR/Membership ratio is the highest recorded for a division larger than 4 members (in 2006 Bobo Liga had a 6/4 ratio and in 2008 Spain Is Different had a 7/3 ratio). Prior to this season, other than those 2 mentioned small divisions, no division other than 2006 Brew City (25/24) had exceeded a ratio of 1.” — Alpine Dream, ADPR Commissioner
  • John Thomson Cup:  Clockwork Orange  are the BCFA Prediction League champions. Clockwork Orange added the John Thomson Cup to their 2008 NPL prediction title. Clockwork Orange (464/+12) are followed by Glorydaze (462/+20) up a spot, Dynamo Silver Spring (461/+9) down two spots, Top Shelf (444/+17) up a spot, Sehome Mariners (439/+5) down a spot, Alewive FC (428/+9) down a spot, Surreywood Rangers (426/+11) down a spot, Darcian Greywacke (411/+9), and Dudley Street Hooligans (407/+16).Brew City also broke prediction records this year, putting a all-time best 16 teams in the MFLS Top 100, for a record 33 PLPR. The honorees are #3 Clockwork Orange, #4 Glorydaze, #5 Dynamo Silver Spring, #13 Top Shelf, #19 Sehome Mariners, #21 Dumpley Street Morons, #27 Alewive FC, #31 Surreywood Rangers, #53 Darcian Greywacke, #61 Dudley Street Hooligans, #77 Shaolin, #78 Mohawks FC, #80 Weirder Bremen, #83 Duck Butter Bandits, #95 Arrows S.C., and #99 Mike’s Ninja Turtles.Brew City and La Armada “… exceeded the prior best for number of teams in the top 100 (Brew City had eight in 2008). In addition, the 33, 24, and 22 points put up by Brew City, USA vs WORLD, and La Armada, respectively, exceeds the old record for highest season ending PLPR point total that has stood since 2004(AAPL). AAPL finishes in a distant fourth, and The Nordecke Crew Fans is fifth with three rankings consisting only of fours and ones (14, 14, and 41). Seven other divisions fill out the table with 5 or 6 points.” —SDFC Macross, PLPR Commissioner
  • Cánicas A.C. (25 points/21st place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (19-Oct-2009 : Week 31)

  • MFLS Fantasy League: Dynamo Kyiv YCK (632/+16) look all but certain to take the title as second place SDFC Macross (614/+20) were only able to narrow the gap by four points. They are followed by unclean sheets (608/+15), Mohawks FC (586/+12), FC Taureau-trois-graines (586/+14), Clockwork Orange (578/+9), Lowbrow Wanderers SC (576/+10), Szylx (574/+21) up four big spots, Phoenix TS (568/+13) up two spots, and ManaMana (568/+12) up a spot. With the fantasy season limping to its normal regular season conclusion, this week’s high score of 33 was naturally scored by an abandoned team.
  • MFLS Prediction League: There was some whopping huge prediction scores this week, but none large enough to unduly concern leaders Hotspur (469/+18). The battle for runnerup is closer as there is a new #2: Dynamo Silver Spring (452/+26) up three spots. They are followed by Clockwork Orange (450/+18), Alpine Dream (448/+14) down two spots, Dynamo Salem (446/+19) down a spot, Zman Union (443/+18), Glorydaze (442/+23) up a spot, Sehome Mariners (434/+28) up a huge six spots, CrewDuty (434/+13) down a spot, Giggity (433/+15) down a spot, and Chisquito USA (433/+17). High score this week was 35 by Darcian Greywacke.
  • Miklos Feher Cup: Mohawks FC (586/+12) extended their narrow fantasy lead by three points over second place Clockwork Orange (578/+9). They are followed by Phoenix TS (568/+13) up a spot, Geckos (567/+7) down a spot, Cánicas A.C. (556/+25) up a spot, Darcian Greywacke (554/+11) down a spot, Glorydaze (545/+14) down a spot, Weirder Bremen (540/+9) down two spots, Dumpley Street Morons (527/+5), and Dynamo Silver Spring (522/+4) — who are in danger of being knocked from the top ten by #11 Alewive FC (514/+20).
  • John Thomson Cup: Dynamo Silver Spring (452/+26) assumed the prediction lead over former leader Clockwork Orange (450/+18). They are followed by Glorydaze (442/+23), Sehome Mariners (434/+28), Top Shelf (427/+26), Alewive FC (419/+26) up two spots, Surreywood Rangers (415/+16) down a spot, Dumpley Street Morons (413/+18) down a spot, Darcian Greywacke (402/+35) up only a spot despite their MFLS-leading score — such is the competition in Brew City! — and Dudley Street Hooligans (391/+11) down a spot.
  • Cánicas A.C. (25 points/21st place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (12-Oct-2009 : Week 30)

  • League Cup:  Phoenix TS  are the 2009 League Cup champions. Always a quality team, Phoenix TS had never before finished higher than fourth (in 2004) in the final league session. Congrats to Michael Thomas, well deserved!
    Brew City League Cup
    Phoenix TS
    Michael Thomas

    In the final week of the championship, some teams stepped up, and others stepped on their ying-yangs. Three matches were decided by one or two ‘goals’, while three more were not decided at all. (Being draws.)

    Phoenix TS (21 points / +67 ‘goal’ diff) were one of five teams to score 164 or 165 times. (The others being first level Clockwork Orange, second level Darcian Greywacke, and third level Duck Butter Bandits and Alewive FC.) At the bottom of the 1st Division, Mike’s Ninja Turtles (10/-44) barely finished above relegated In off the post (9/-102) and Aviators (6/-72), who went seriously off the boil.

    In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke (22/+57) and Dumpley Street Morons (21/+19) eased into promotion ahead of Weirder Bremen (16/+82). At the bottom Kingsbridge (10/-8) and Arrows S.C. (9/-10) narrowly avoided the drop, ahead of relegated Pioneer Detasselers (9/-18) and Surreywood Rangers (7/-69). The fall of Pioneer is especially shocking, as they have spent 21 seasons in the top flight.

    In the 3rd Division, JC Comets (19/+39) and Duck Butter Bandits (18/+37) swapped spots, but were still promoted. Dudley Street Hooligans (18/+28), who spent the summer in the conference, barely missed out. At the bottom, abandoned Murphdogs (4/-70) won the ‘race’ to replace Turboduck SC in the conference.

  • MFLS Fantasy League: Dynamo Kyiv YCK (616/+26) extended their lead by eight points. They are followed by SDFC Macross (594/+34) up one spot, unclean sheets (593/+17) down a spot, Mohawks FC (574/+14) down a spot, FC Taureau-trois-graines (572/+12) down two spots, Clockwork Orange (569/+22) up two spots, Lowbrow Wanderers SC (566/+22) up three spots, Geckos (560/+11) down a spot, The N Men Return (558/+8) down three spots, and ManaMana (556/+38) up a incredible EIGHT spots! It should some as no surprise, then, that ManaMana’s 38 points was this week’s high score.
  • MFLS Prediction League: Hotspur (451/+3) had an off week, but retain a very healthy lead over second place Alpine Dream (434/+6). Clockwork Orange, who were second, failed to take advantage of Hotspur’s slip, scoring 0 points, and are down a spot. They are followed by Dynamo Salem (427/+3), Dynamo Silver Spring (426/+14) up two spots, Zman Union (425/+3) down a spot, CrewDuty (421/+15) up three spots, Glorydaze (419/+6) down two spots, Giggity (418/+6) down two spots, and Chisquito USA (416/+6) down a spot. High score this week was 21, by Pepsi Pimps and Injuryprone.
  • Miklos Feher Cup: Mohawks FC (574/+14) stayed in first, in the fantasy league, ahead of Clockwork Orange (569/+22) up a spot, Geckos (560/+11) down a spot, Phoenix TS (555/+30) up a spot, Darcian Greywacke (543/+12) down a spot, Weirder Bremen (531/+19), Cánicas A.C. (531/+21) up a spot, Glorydaze (531/+33) up four big spots, Dumpley Street Morons (522/+16), and Dynamo Silver Spring (518/+11) down two spots. Though the final spots are in question, the teams in the final top ten are pretty much set, as rapidly rising Alewive FC are 24 points behind Dynamo Silver Spring.
  • John Thomson Cup: The predictions lead of Clockwork Orange (432/+0) is now under serious threat by Dynamo Silver Spring (426/+14). They are followed by Glorydaze (419/+6) down a spot, Sehome Mariners (406/+9), Top Shelf (401/+6), Surreywood Rangers (399/+17) up a spot, Dumpley Street Morons (395/+9) down a spot, Alewive FC (393/+14), Dudley Street Hooligans (380/+3), and Darcian Greywacke (367/+9).
  • Glorydaze (33 points/4th place), Phoenix TS (30/8), JC Comets (28/12) and Alewive FC (25/22) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (6-Oct-2009 : Week 29)

  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, Phoenix TS moved into the championship spot by edging Glorydaze 17:16, while former leaders Clockwork Orange fell 12:15 to Cánicas A.C. With one week left, Phoenix TS (18 points / +38 ‘goal’ diff), Cánicas A.C. (16/-2) and Clockwork Orange (15/+60) are the only teams with a title hope. That means 2009 will feature the first team outside the traditional Top Shelf-Aviators-Dynamo Silver Spring power axis to win the league since JC Comets in 2004. Aviators are bottom, need to win big, and hope two of the three teams ahead of them lose, to avoid relegation. In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke are promoted after another narrow result, 20:19 over Weirder Bremen. Darcian Greywacke (19/+56) are followed by Dumpley Street Morons (18/+15) and Weirder Bremen (15/+28). None of the teams are relegated for certain, though the bell is tolling for Surreywood Rangers. In the 3rd Division, Duck Butter Bandits (18/+42) lead JC Comets (16/+34), Dudley Street Hooligans (15/+27) and Real Hillsdale (15/+12). The Quackers play the Comets for the title this week. At the bottom, Juice10 and abandoned MurphDogs both lost, so either could yet replace Turboduck on the league bench.
  • MFLS Fantasy League: Dynamo Kyiv YCK (590/+10) held their lead over unclean sheets (576/+13). They are followed by FC Taureau-trois-graines (560/+20) up three spots, SDFC Macross (560/+5), Mohawks FC (560/+20) up three spots, The N Men Return (550/+3) down two spots, Geckos (549/+7) down two spots, Clockwork Orange (547/+12) up a spot, Alpine Dream (546/+17) up two spots, and Lowbrow Wanderers SC (544/+10). Considering some teams scored 9 or 10 points and only dropped a spot, it should come as no surprise that this week’s high score of 30 was by some abandoned team.
  • MFLS Prediction League: With three weeks to go, 2008 champion Hotspur (448/+10) have it on cruise control. They are followed by Clockwork Orange (432/+15), Alpine Dream (428/+13), Dynamo Salem (424/+15) up a spot, Zman Union (422/+11) down a spot, Glorydaze (413/+16) up a spot, Dynamo Silver Spring (412/+21) up four big spots, Giggity (412/+14) down a spot, Chisquito USA (410/+17), CrewDuty (406/+9) down three spots, and Rabid Wolverines (406/+15) up a spot. High score this week was a whopping 31, by Shall Rie Dance?.
  • Miklos Feher Cup: Mohawks FC (560/+20) moved up a spot, to the top of the fantasy table. They are followed by former leaders Geckos (549/+7), Clockwork Orange (547/+12), Darcian Greywacke (531/+20), Phoenix TS (525/+17), Weirder Bremen (512/+19) up two spots, Cánicas A.C. (510/+15), Dynamo Silver Spring (507/+11) down two spots, Dumpley Street Morons (506/+13) down a spot, and Glorydaze (498/+16).
  • John Thomson Cup: Clockwork Orange (432/+15) only lost a point off their lead at the top of the prediction table. They are followed by Glorydaze (413/+16), Dynamo Silver Spring (412/+21), Sehome Mariners (397/+16) up a spot, Top Shelf (395/+10) down a spot, Dumpley Street Morons (386/+10), Surreywood Rangers (382/+6), Alewive FC (379/+6), Dudley Street Hooligans (377/+8), and Darcian Greywacke (358/+14) up a spot.
  • No Brew City sides placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (28-Sep-2009 : Week 28)

  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, Cánicas A.C. threw away their best chance of winning the title, losing 9:30 to Phoenix TS, with the other four top five teams all winning. Clockwrk Orange (15 points/+63 ‘goals’) are now top, followed by Phoenix TS (15/+37), Cánicas A.C. (13/-5), Dynamo Silver Spring (12/+60) and Glorydaze (12/+8). In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke has been walking on thin ice the last few weeks, this week finally surrendering their undefeated record, falling 19:23 to Grass Pitch Please. If Darcian don’t right their ship, they could concievably fall out of the promotion spots, as they are followed by teams on 15, 15, 13 and 12 points. At the bottom, Surreywood Rangers are hanging on by the slimmest thread, needing to win both their final matches and hope for both Pioneer Detasselers and Arrows S.C. to drop points in both their last two matches. The 3rd Division standings were much scrambled, Duck Butter Bandits (15/+33) moving up two spots due to a 37:23 win over previously second place Alewive FC, while former leaders Real Hillsdale (15/+21) fell -4:17 to JC Comets (13/+32).
  • MFLS Fantasy League: Dynamo Kyiv YCK (580/+21) again swapped spots with unclean sheets (563/-1). They are followed by SDFC Macross (555/+34) up three spots, The N Men Return (547/+21), Geckos (542/+18), Mohawks FC (540/+23) up one spot, FC Taureau-trois-graines (540/+8) down three spots, BoulderKronickFC (537/+21), Clockwork Orange (535/+29) up one spot, and Lowbrow Wanderers SC (534/+39) up four spots. High score this week was 39 by Winners and Lowbrow Wanderers SC.
  • MFLS Prediction League: Hotspur (438/+12) extended their lead by three points. Clockwork Orange (417/+10), up one spot, are now second, followed by Alpine Dream (415/+13) up one spot, Zman Union (411/+3) down two spots, Dynamo Salem (409/+12), Giggity (398/+20) up a huge five spots, Glorydaze (397/+6) down a spot, CrewDuty (397/+7), Chisquito USA (393/+10) down a spot, and FC Opie (392/+17) up two spots. High score this week was 21, by cincinnati contomati.
  • Miklos Feher Cup: Geckos (542/+18 points) continue to lead the fantasy table. They are followed by Mohawks FC (540/+23), Clockwork Orange (535/+29), Darcian Greywacke (511/+19), Phoenix TS (508/+30) up two spots, Dynamo Silver Spring (496/+13), Cánicas A.C. (495/+9) down two spots, Dumpley Street Morons (493/+30) up two spots, Weirder Bremen (493/+26), and Glorydaze (482/+17) down a spot.
  • John Thomson Cup: Clockwork Orange (417/+10) maintain a near insurmountable lead in the prediction table. They are followed by Glorydaze (397/+6), Dynamo Silver Spring (391/+17), Top Shelf (385/+12), Sehome Mariners (381/+16) up two spots, Dumpley Street Morons (376/+9), Surreywood Rangers (376/+7) down a spot, Alewive FC (371/+10), Dudley Street Hooligans (369/+8) down a spot, and Mohawks FC (346/+10) up two spots.
  • Duck Butter Bandits (37 points/5th place), Phoenix TS (30/23) and Dumpley Street Morons (30/23) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (22-Sep-2009 : Week 27)

  • League Cup: In the 1st Divisiion Cánicas A.C. are back in first, courtesy of a 25:18 victory over Aviators. Cánicas (13 points / +16 ‘goal’ diff) now lead Clockwork Orange (12/+40) and Phoenix TS (12/+16), the previous leaders falling to third. But with three matches to go, no team is safe from relegation. In the 2nd Division, undefeated Darcian Greywacke won again, edging Pioneer Detasselers 23:20. Darcian (16/+59), obviously top, are followed by Shaolin Mystigods (13/+13) and three teams on 12 points. None has yet insured promotion. In the 3rd Division, leaders Real Hillsdale hammered Juice10 20:1. Real ( 15/+42) leads Alewive FC (12/+41) and Duck Butter Bandits (12/+19). MurphDogs, having gone four months without managerial attention, are bottom.
  • MFLS Fantasy League: After a week in second place, unclean sheets (564/+31) are back in first. The temporary leaders, Dynamo Kyiv YCK (559/+20 points) fell one spot. They are followed by FC Taureau-trois-graines (532/+18) up one spot, The N Men Return (526/+8) down one spot, Geckos (524/+13), SDFC Macross (521/+14) up one spot, Mohawks FC (517/+9) down one spot, BoulderKronickFC (516/+20), Alpine Dream (514/+31) up one spot, and Clockwork Orange (506/+19). The last team in the Top 25, Phoenix TS, is on 478 points. High score this week was FC Reaper’s 43. (It will come as no surprise they are an abandoned team, their last moves coming 10 weeks ago.)
  • MFLS Prediction League: Hotspur (426/+18) maintain their firm grip on the top spot. They are followed by Zman Union (408/+18), Clockwork Orange (407/+24) up two spots, Alpine Dream (402/+18) down one spot, Dynamo Salem (397/+13) down two spots, Glorydaze (391/+19) up one spot, CrewDuty (390/+22) up three spots, Chisquito USA (383/+17) up three spots, Rossmoor Rowdies (381/+9) down two spots, and Rabid Wolverines (379/+13) up one spot. High score this week was 27, notched by Iowa Seniors and FantasyGuruDave.
  • Miklos Feher Cup: The top seven fantasy teams are unchanged, though it did tighten up a bit: Geckos (524/+13 points), Mohawks FC (517/+9), Clockwork Orange (506/+19), Darcian Greywacke (492/+23), Cánicas A.C. (486/+25), Dynamo Silver Spring (483/+25), and Phoenix TS (457/+8). They are followed by Weirder Bremen (467/+32) up one spot, Glorydaze (465/+18) down one spot, and Dumpley Street Morons (463/+28).
  • John Thomson Cup: In Brew City’s prediction competition, Clockwork Orange (407/+24) lead Glorydaze (391/+19), Dynamo Silver Spring (374/+13), Top Shelf (373/+15), and Surreywood Rangers (369/+12). They are followed by Dumpley Street Morons (367/+22) up three spots, Sehome Mariners (365/+13) down a spot, Alewive FC (361/+12) down a spot, Dudley Street Hooligans (361/+12) down one spot, and Darcian Greywacke (341/+18) up two spots.
  • For the second week in a row, no Brew City teams placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (14-Sep-2009 : Week 26)

  • League Cup: Teams which put too much emphasis on LA Galaxy players paid the price, while those who bet on red hot Jeff Cunningham reaped the windfall of Dallas’s 6:3 victory in Carson. In the 1st Division, traditional powers Dynamo Silver Spring, Aviators and Top Shelf are all in the bottom half of the table. Top Shelf, especially, is in danger of relegation after getting clobbered by Clockwork Orange, 9:30. Phoenix TS (12 points/+22 ‘goal’ diff) are the new leaders, with previous top team Cánicas A.C. (10/+9) now second. In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke fell from the ranks of the perfect, drawing 5:5 to Shaolin Mystigods. Darcian (12/+53), who remain top, are closely followed by Geckos (12/+36) and Shaolin Mystigods (12/+9). Geckos match with the Monks, this week, will likely determine who goes up, and who stays in the mid-tier. In the 3rd Division, the leaders both won. Real Hillsdale (12/+23) barely ahead of Duck Butter Bandits (12/+21). At the bottom, abandoned MurphDogs (4/-29) managed to beat Juice10 13:10, to move ahead of Van der Sara FC (3/-47).
  • MFLS Fantasy League: Heading into the final six weeks of the MLS season, the top ten are Dynamo Kyiv YCK (539/+22 points), unclean sheets (533/+11), who were first, The N Men Return (518/+11), FC Taureau-trois-graines (514/+20), Geckos (511/+33), Mohawks FC (508/+2), SDFC Macross (507/+42), BoulderKronickFC (496/+9), Clockwork Orange (487/+30) and Alpine Dream (483/+6). By way of comparison, last year’s top team with six weeks to go, FC Chunkers, had 609 points. In 2007, with five weeks to go, RevSolutions had 693. In other words, scoring seems to have returned to its normal levels after the highs of the past few years.
  • MFLS Prediction League: With six weeks to go, last year’s fantasy/prediction double winning Hotspur (408/+16) are still top, and on pace to beat their 2008 score of 451 points. Hotspur are followed by Zman Union (390/+16), Alpine Dream (384/+14), Dynamo Salem (384/+19), Clockwork Orange (383/+19), Giggity (373/+15), Glorydaze (372/+22), Rossmoor Rowdies (372/+16), Hurling Cuervo (371/+14) and CrewDuty (368/+18). High score this week was the Sandy FC’ 30. (Despite predicting picking LA 3:1, when the Galaxy ended up losing 3:6 to Dallas.)
  • Miklos Feher Cup: With six weeks to go, Geckos (511/+33 points) moved top of the Brew City fantasy competition, followed by former leaders Mohawks FC (508/+2), Clockwork Orange (487/+30), Darcian Greywacke (469/+5), Cánicas A.C. (461/+5), Dynamo Silver Spring (458/+3), Phoenix TS (457/+8), Glorydaze (447/+5), Dumpley Street Morons (435/+10) and Weirder Bremen (435/+9).
  • John Thomson Cup: With six weeks left to go, Clockwork Orange (383/+19) lead the Brew City prediction competition. They are followed by Glorydaze (372/+22), Dynamo Silver Spring (361/+10), Top Shelf (358/+28), Surreywood Rangers (357/+15), Sehome Mariners (352/+11), Alewive FC (349/+14), Dudley Street Hooligans (349/+13), Dumpley Street Morons (345/+14) and Aviators (328/+16). Of 31 teams in Brew City, 26 have submitted predictions during the season, with 21 of those being regulars.
  • No Brew City teams placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (7-Sep-2009 : Week 25)

  • League Cup: Only three MLS matches on the week, put a premium on having conserved MFLS trades earlier in the season. In the 1st Division, a top-of-table clash between Cánicas A.C. and Dynamo Silver Spring ended 5:3 in favor of Cánicas A.C. Clockwork Orange won the blowout of the week, 27:0 over (none went) In off the post. In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke stay top, hammering Surreywood Rangers 17:-3. Darcian are the only team not to have dropped a point in the final league session. In the 3rd Division, Duck Butter Bandits fell from the ranks of the perfect, with a league worst score, losing -6:12 to Sehome Mariners. Real Hillsdale are now top, having struggled to a 3:-2 defeat of Van der Sara FC.
  • Geckos (27 points / 4th place) And Clockwork Orange (27/4) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25. They both join Mohawks with a BCFA-leading four appearances on the list this year.

Brew City News (31-Aug-2009 : Week 24)

  • League Cup: The third week of League Cup play featured a wide range of scores (35 down to -6), but overall most teams under-performed. In the 1st Division, Cánicas (7 points/+10 ‘goal’ diff) remain top despite drawing Mohawks 26:26. Dynamo Silver Spring (6/+44) are second with a vastly superior ‘goal’ difference. In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke (9/+36) rode their league leading ‘goal’ tally to a 35:6 shellacking of Kingsbridge. Darcian are followed by four teams on six points. In the 3rd Division, Duck Butter Bandits (9/+19) moved top thanx to a tense 8:5 victory over rudderless MurphDogs. They are also followed by four teams on six points. At the bottom, JC Comets (1/-12) and MurphDogs (1/-18) lead the charge into the sump.
  • Darcian Greywacke (35 points / 3rd place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (24-Aug-2009 : Week 23)

  • League Cup: No report this week. Scores posted.
  • No Brew City teams placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (17-Aug-2009 : Week 22)

  • League Cup: No report this week. Scores posted. Interesting note: The top five teams from in the 1st Division summer session, all lost their championship opening nmatches.
  • Alewive FC (41 points / 3rd place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (10-Aug-2009 : Week 21)

  • League Cup: On a one-week break before resuming the championship.
  • Clockwork Orange (58 points / 1st place), Darcian Greywacke (46/7) and Phoenix TS (38/12) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (3-Aug-2009 : Week 20)

  • League Cup:  Top Shelf  are Summer Champions.Several high-scoring MLS blowouts opened up the Summer title race. There was much more variation in the scores, ranging from 51 all the way down to -12. (50% of the teams scored under 10 ‘goals’, while six had -7 or fewer.)In the 1st Division, Top Shelf defeated Aviators 21:4 to seize the Summer Championship, while narrowly avoiding the ignominy of doing so with a negative ‘goal’ difference. At the bottom of the table, In off the post (12/-37) avoided the drop, while Geckos (9/-18) join Darcian Greywacke (9/-67) in the fall. In the 2nd Division, Cánicas (25/+116) ran away from the pack. Mike’s Ninja Turtles (18/+51) bested Weirder Bremen (18/+25) and Grass Pitch Please (18/+24) for the other promotion spot. Kingsbridge (6/-37) edged Duck Butter Bandits (6/-67) and JC Comets (6/-86) to stay safe. In the 3rd Division, Arrows S.C. (22/+62) and Dumpley Street Morons (19/+55) won to maintain their promotion spots. At the bottom, Turboduck SC (3/-104) was thrashed yet again, -10:7 by Dumpley Street Morons, to fall into the Conference. The ‘duck will be replaced by Dudley Street Hooligans, who were forced to sit out the Summer session.
  • Clockwork Orange (51 points / 1st place), Geckos (45/5) and Phoenix TS (38/12) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (28-Jul-2009 : Week 19)

  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, the top three sides all lost, and the bottom three all won, tightening up the race at both ends of the table. Should Top Shelf (18 points / -14 ‘goal’ diff) hold onto their lead, they could become the first team ever to win a title with fewer ‘goals’ scored than conceded. Top Shelf are followed by Mohawks (16/+48), Aviators (15/+54) and Dynamo Silver Spring (15/+35). In the 2nd Division, Cánicas A.C. sealed promotion with a 21:11 victory over Grass Pitch Please. Cánicas (22/+96) are followed by Weirder Bremen (18/+40) and three teams on 15 points. In the 3rd Division, Arrows S.C. sealed promotion with a 13:13 draw to Dumpley Street Morons. Arrows (19/+58) are followed by Dumpley Street Morons (16/+38) and three teams on 15 points. At the bottom, Juice10’s 16:1 defeat of MurphDogs, combined with Turboduck SC’s 5:18 loss to Sehome Mariners, seems to have condemned the ‘duck to non-league purgatory, as they now trail Juice10 by three points and 42 ‘goals’ with only one match to go.
  • Mohawks (44 points / 3rd place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (20-Jul-2009 : Week 18)

  • FA Cup Final:  Weirder Bremen  won their first FA Cup in emphatic fashion, defeating Cánicas A.C. 38:17.
    FA Cup 2009-Present
    Weirder Bremen
    Fred Turk
  • League Cup: The 1st Division has a distinctly old school feel, as Top Shelf (18 points / +15 ‘goal’ diff) were joined at the top by Aviators (15/+56), who mangled Mohawks 27:2. Mohawks (13/+19) fell from second to fourth, behind Glorydaze (13/+34). In the 2nd Division, Cánicas A.C. overcame their FA Cup final disappointment to defeat Pioneer Detasselers 17:9. In an extremely tight race, Cánicas (19/+86) are still top, followed by Shaolin Mystigods (15/+32), Weirder Bremen (15/+31), Grass Pitch Please (15/+21) and Mike’s Ninja Turtles (12/+25). With so many teams so tight at the top, it follows that there is a wide gap in quality to the bottom half of the table. Likewise in the 3rd Division. Arrows S.C. (18/+58) are top, folllowed by Real Hillsdale (15/+59), Dumpley Street Morons (15/+38) and Van der Sara FC (15/+27).
  • Glorydaze (39 points / 13th place) and Weirder Bremen (38/15) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (14-Jul-2009 : Week 17)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: unlcean sheets returned to the Final Pour for the second year in a row, after their 2008 championship. (Won after four extratime periods and a replay.) This year they met Plattsburgh United, who they defeated in last year’s quarterfinals, by a narrow 8:7 (4:4 and 4:3). Pundits were not expecting as many goals this year, due to Gold Cup callups. The score was 2:2 after 90 minutes, both sides scoring through Davis and Montero. But unclean sheets did it again, winning in the first extratime, least goals given up by keepers, with Pickens’s 0 to Keller’s 1.  unclean sheets  are back-to-back champions*. Congratulations Matt Bogan!
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    unclean sheets
    Matt Bogan

    *unclean sheets feat matches that of Aviators who won in 2005 and 2006.

  • FA Cup: Alewive FC edged Cánicas A.C. 18:17 in the second leg of their semifinal, but Cánicas advanced anyway, on 24:33 aggregate. The second leg of the other semifinal was even closer, Weirder Bremen drawing In off the post, 16s, but advancing 31:20.
  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, Top Shelf defeated Geckos 17:8. The little lizards have fallen off a cliff the last six weeks. Top Shelf top the division on 15 points, despite having only +11 ‘goal’ difference. Mohawks (13/+44) are second, followed by Aviators (12/+31). In the 2nd Division, Cánicas A.C. (16/+78) remain undefeated, drawing 17:17 with Surreywood Rangers. Grass Pitch Please (15/+23) are a close second. In the 3rd Division, Real Hillsdale knocked Van der Sara FC from the ranks of the unbeaten in emphatic fashion, 29:6. Arrows S.C. (15/+55) took advantage, moving top on a 18:9 victory over Appleton Aarhus. TAFC (15/+40) are now second , followed by Real Hillsdale (12/+45) and Dumpley Street Morons (12/+25). The race is equally tight to drop out of the league, with Appleton Aarhus (3/-41) and Turboduck SC (3/-53) keeping their heads slightly above the water of Juice10 (3/-55).
  • Mohawks (31 points / 17th place), Shaolin (29/23) and Real Hillsdale (29/23) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (8-Jul-2009)

  • Juan Carlos Assorio: The Red Bulls, and their horrible season, to the tune of “Mrs. Robinson”.

Brew City News (7-Jul-2009 : Week 16)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: SDFC Macross and Plattsburgh United played their second leg to another 1:1 draw. Away goals are the first tie break, least goals given up by keepers, the second. SDFC had Onstad, while Plattsburgh had Keller, who did not play. Third extratime is total team assists, with Plattsburgh having the 1:0 advantage (McBride). Plattsburgh advance 3:2. In the other semifinal, unclean sheets drew Top Shelf 0:0 to advance on 2:1 aggregate. The Last Call final will be tough, with easy goals against Red Bull having the week off, along with DC and Salt Lake, plus many valuable MLS players away at the Gold Cup.
  • FA Cup: In the first leg of the first semifinal, Alewive FC lost 6:16 to Cánicas A.C. In the other semifinal, Weirder Bremen defeated In off the post 15:4.
  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, every team changed places. Top Shelf (12 points/+2 ‘goal’ diff) are followed by Mohawks (10/+38), Clockwork Orange (9/+32), Aviators (9/+30) and Dynamo Silver Spring (9/+20). Week 17’s Dynamo Silver-Mohawks and Clockwork Orange-Aviators matches will go along way towards determining who remains in the Summer Championship hunt. In the 2nd Division, Cánicas A.C. defeated Mikes Ninja Turtle 16:8 to maintain their perfect summer record. Grass Pitch Please move from fourth into the other promotion spot on a 16:6 defeat of Duck Butter Bandits. In the 3rd Division, Van der Sara FC defeated Sehome Mariners 17:7 to maintain the summer session’s other perfect 15-point record. Arrows S.C. kept pace, three back, defeating Alewive FC 12:6. Juice10 are now the only team without a summer point, having lost all five matches, including this week’s 5:13 loss to Juice10, who previously were without a point.
  • Geckos (23 points / 4th place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (30-Jun-2009 : Week 15)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: In the first leg of the first semifinal, scholarship entrant SDFC Macross managed a 1:1 draw with #5 seed Plattsburgh United. In the other semifinal, #10 seed unclean sheets edged #3 Top Shelf 2:1.
  • FA Cup: Despite only scoring seven ‘goals’ in the second leg, Alewive FC still managed to defeat Darcian Greywacke 7:4, winning both legs to advance 22:16. Alewive will meet Cánicas A.C., who hammered Dynamo Silver Spring for the second straight week, 35:-9, to advance on an unprecedented 67:-2 aggregate. The first contestant in the other semifinal will be Weirder Bremen, who won their second leg by a nearly identical score to the first, 19:9 over Dudley Street Hooligans, to advance 38:16. Weirder will meet In off the post, who overcame a seemingly insurmountable 20-‘goal’ deficit, advancing 32:28 over Top Shelf, after the 2002 champions massively choked -4:20 in the second leg.
  • League Cup: This reporter never thought he would live to see the day a Dynamo Silver Spring-Top Shelf matchup would result in a -9:-4 scoreline. The End Times are nigh. In the remainder of the 1st Division, Mohawks (10 points / +41 ‘goal’ diff) continue to lead, despite drawing 21:21 with Glorydaze, who drop to fourth. Charging back from the Spring session precipice, Aviators (9/+32) are now second. Game of the week was in the 2nd Division, where Mike’s Ninja Turtles edged Surreywood Rangers 41:39. Despite the valiant effort, poor Surreywood (0/-30) are without a point. Cánicas A.C. (12/+70) are top. In the 3rd Division, Van der Sara FC (12/+53) move top on a 19:9 victory over Turboduck SC. Arrows S.C. (9/+40) drop to second after losing 8:12 to MurphDogs.
  • Mike’s Ninja Turtles (41 points / 10th place) and Surreywood Rangers (39/19) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25. Surreywood leads Brew City with three appearances on the 2009 list.

Brew City News (23-Jun-2009 : Week 14)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: Unseeded scholarship entrants SDFC Macross advance to the semifinal after drawing 3:3 with #4 seed Phoenix TS. SDFC advance on 6:5 aggregate. SDFC’s task gets no easier, as their round-of-four opponent will be #5 seed Plattsburgh United, who drew #8 seed cincinnati contomati 2:2, to advance on 5:4 aggregate. #10 seed unclean sheets took a overshelming four-goal lead into their second leg against #29 seed Portland Red Tide. sheets delivered another devastating broadside, defeating Portland 5:0 to advance on a whopping 11:2 aggregate. In the all-Brew City quarterfinal, #3 seed Top Shelf trailed 3:4 heading into the second leg against #14 seed Dynamo Silver Spring, but the 2002 Mug Champion Top Shelf won 4:2 to advance on 7:6 aggregate. Thus the semifinals match #5 v. unseeded and #10 v. #3, or AAPL v. ‘USA vs World’ and The Nordecke Crew Fans v. Brew City FA.
  • FA Cup: In the first leg of the semfinal round, Alewive FC edged Darcian Greywacke 15:12 and Weirder Bremen defeated Dudley Street Hooligans 19:7. The other two semifinals may already be settled, as Dynamo Silver Spring were slammed 7:32 by Cánicas A.C. and In off the post should have put more between the posts, losing to 2004 champion Top Shelf, 12:32.
  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, there was much scrambling of places: 1st became 2nd, 2nd became 3rd, 3rd became 1st, 4th stayed in place, 5th became 9th, 6th became 8th, 7th became 5th, 8th became 6th, 9th became 7th, and 10th stayed glued to the bottom. Mohawks (9 points / +41 ‘goal’ diff) are now top. In the 2nd Division, Shaolin Mystigods notched their second one-‘goal’ win in three matches, defeating Duck Butter Bandits 21:20. Cánicas A.C. (9/+54) and Weirder Bremen (9/+27) are in the promotion spots. In the 3rd Division, the top three teams all won, maintaining perfect records: Arrows S.C. (9/+44), Van der Sara FC (9/+43) and Sehome Mariners (9/+16). Alewive FC actually moved up a spot, from 6th to 5th, despite losing 15:22 to Sehome. At the bottom, the competition to fall out of the league is dead even, with Juice10 (0/-38) ahead of Appleton Aarhus (0/-38) only on goals scored, 27 to 20.
  • Mohawks (43 points / 2nd place), Clockwork Orange (34/16), Top Shelf (32/18) and Cánicas A.C. (32/18) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25. It was the first time this season Brew City put four teams on the leaderboard. (Three teams had made on three previous occasions.)

Brew City News (16-Jun-2009 : Week 13)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: In the first leg of the first quarterfinal, Phoenix TS dropped the home decision, 2:3 to SDFC Macross. Likewise, cincinnati contomati 2:3 to Plattsburgh United. unclean sheets played Spain to Portland Red Tide’s New Zealand, 6:2. And, in the all-Brew City match, Top Shelf lost 3:4 to Dynamo Silver Spring.
  • FA Cup: Of the eight first knockout round ties, only one ended up being much of a contest: In off the post overcame a 22-point first leg deficit, winning 41:16 to advance on 41:38 aggregate. The next closest tie, was Alewive FC’s 16 point margin, winning both legs to advance on 40:24 aggregate over Geckos. Real Hillsdale made it respectable, drawing 29:29 with Darcian Greywacke, who advance 53:25. Dynamo Silver Spring advance 60:37 over Kingsbridge. Cánicas A.C. lost the second leg 37:41 to Arrows S.C., but advanced on 68:47 aggregate. Weirder Bremen destroyed Appleton Aarhus, advancing on 50:7 aggregate. Dudley Street Hooligans advance 54:26 over Pioneer Detasselers. Finally, Top Shelf drew 19:19 with Phoenix TS to advance on 47:24 aggregate.
  • League Cup: After two rounds, each of the three divisions is the same, with three teams each on a perfect six points, followed by four teams on three points and, at the bottom, three teams on zero points. In the 1st Division, Glorydaze (6 points / +31 ‘goal’ diff) slipped by Dynamo Silver Spring (6/+23). Mohawks (6/+10) are third. In the 2nd Division, Cánicas A.C. (6/+39) are followed by Mike’s Ninja Turtles (6/+29) and Weirder Bremen (6/+15). In the 3rd Division, Arrows S.C. (6/+35) are followed by Van der Sara FC (6/+22) and Sehome Mariners (6/+9). None of the nine division leaders play each other in week 14, so there is a chance all of them could be on a perfect nine points after the next round of matches. And only two (Cánicas and Weirder) play in week 15, so there is the possibility of eight teams heading into week 16 on twelve perfect points.
  • Duck Butter Bandits (42 points / 13th place), Arrows S.C. (41/18) and In off the post (41/18) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (8-Jun-2009 : Week 12)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: Phoenix TS shut out Headhunter FC 1:0, advancing on away goals, three to zero, after their series finished level 4:4. Phoenix will meet SDFC Macross, the only remaining unseeded squad, in the quarterfinal, after SDFC upset #1 seed Hotspur, winning both legs to advance on 6:3 aggregate. Needing to overcome a two-goal deficit, Pioneer Detasselers elected to trot a defensive 5-3-2 formation. They somehow managed to score two goals, but still gave up three, losing to Plattsburgh United on 4:7 aggregate. Plattsburgh will meet cincinnati contomati in the next round, after cincinnati blanked Avengers 4:0 to advance on 6:2 aggregate. In the bottom half of the bracket, unclean sheets lost the second leg 1:3 to Newport FC, but managed to advance on away goals, five to three, after the sides finished level at 6:6. sheets will meet Portland Red Tide in the third quarterfinal, after Portland ran away from Kingsbridge, 8:3. The final quarterfinal will be an all-Brew City affair. Top Shelf will meet Dynamo Silver Spring after Top Shelf overcame a one-goal first leg deficit to defeat El fútbol es así on 6:5 aggregate, while Dynamo squeeked by Causmos, also 6:5. Thus, the quarterfinals will see the 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 14 and 29 seeds, plus an unseeded team. Representative divisions are Brew City FA (3), AAPL (2), USA vs World (1), La Armada Invencible (1) and The Nordecke Crew Fans (1).
  • FA Cup: In the first leg of the first knockout round, blowouts were the rule, rather than the exception: A total of 155 ‘goals’ separated the winners from the losers, in only eight matches, for an average thumping of over 19 ‘goals’. The lone exception was Alewive FC’s narrow 11:7 defeat of table-topping Geckos. The ass-kickings were Darcian Greywacke 24:-4 Real Hillsdale, Kingsbridge 6:22 Dynamo Silver Spring, Arrows S.C. 6:31 Cánicas A.C., Weirder Bremen 12:-9 Appleton Aarhus, Dudley Street Hooligans 18:2 Pioneer Detasselers, In off the post 0:22 Turboduck SC, and Top Shelf 28:5 Phoenix TS.
  • League Cup: After a week’s hiatus, the Summer Championship kicked off. In the 1st Division, Dynamo Silver Spring picked up where they left off, defeating Geckos 22:7 to stay top. However, Dynamo are closely followed by a resurgent Aviators, who defeated In off the post 15:0. In the 2nd Division, Cánicas A.C. lead after inflicting the Blowout of the Week on Duck Butter Bandits, 31:1. In the 3rd Division, Turboduck SC are top, having defeated Juice10 22:-2. Despite scoring only three ‘goals’, MurphDogs won, as their opponents, Appleton Aarhus, notched an eye-wateringly bad -9.

Brew City News (2-Jun-2009 : Week 11)

  • FA Cup: Group play concluded after six rounds. In previous years, when Brew City only had 24 teams, there were six groups, from which the top two teams advanced, plus the four best third place teams. Now that there are 31 teams in the league, and 28 in the FA Cup, there are seven groups, leaving only two spaces for third place teams to advance. In Group A, Appleton Aarhus (12 points / +63) and Dynamo Silver Spring (12/+28) advanced. Clockwork Orange (9/-27) finished third. In Group B, Arrows S.C. (9/-43) moved from last to second on a 15:7 victory over Mike’s Ninja Turtles, who were thus knocked out. Also advancing from Group B are champions Dudley Street Hooligans (13/+31). Mohawks (7/+34) failed to qualify after drawing 11:11 with Enfilade. Group C featured the Blowout of the Week — surprisingly notched by Alewive FC, third high scorer of the week, who hammered the week’s low scorer, Pioneer Detasselers, 27:-3. Advancing from Group C are Pioneer Detasselers (12/-18), Alewive FC (9/+13) and Top Shelf (9/+7), the final third place qualifier. Surreywood Rangers (6/-2) were eliminated after being second last week. Advancing from Group D are Real Hillsdale (12/+21), Phoenix TS (12/-2) and Cánicas A.C. (9/+33). The Group E standings were unchanged, Geckos (12/+76) and Turboduck SC (12/+13) advancing. In Group F, Weirder Bremen (13/+31) and In off the post (10/+42) advance. In Group G, all four teams finished on nine points! Darcian Greywacke (9/+26) and Kingsbridge (9/-2) advancing at the expense of Sehome Mariners (9/-8) and Dumpley Street Morons (9/-16).
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: The knockout rounds kicked off, with the bottom half of the bracket outscoring the top half 25:22. High scorers of the week were both bottom half teams, unclean sheets 5:3 over Newport FC and Portland Red Tide 5:2 over Kingsbridge. No team was shut out, with a low score of two by seven teams, including Avengers 2:2 draw with cincinnati contomati. Dynamo Silver Spring were the only team to play a 3-5-2, and it paid off with a 3:2 victory over Causmos. Second leg is next week.
  • League Cup: The league cup was on break this week, with the Summer Championship kicking off next week (week 12).
  • Cánicas A.C. (36 points / 16th place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (26-May-2009 : Week 10)

  • League Cup:  Dynamo Silver Spring  are the Spring Champions. Aviators staged a miraculous last-day survival, defeating Dynamo Silver Spring 32:19, while Weirder Bremen drew Mohawks 32:32 and Mike’s Ninja Turtles lost 12:27 to Clockwork Orange. Mikes and Weirder are relegated. In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke (21 points / +67 ‘goal’ diff) and Geckos (18/+66) are promoted. Kingsbridge (15/+51) fell from second to third losing by the narrowest of margins, 26:27 to Duck Butter Bandits. The rest of the division was extremely tight: Duck Butter Bandits (13/-16), Grass Pitch Please (13/-41), Shaolin Mystigods (12/-13), Cánicas A.C. (12/-17), JC Comets (12/-20) and Murphdogs (12/-25). Murphdogs and Alewive FC salvaged some pride, winning on their way down. In the 3rd Division, Pioneer Detasselers (18/+42) and Surreywood Rangers (18/+34) swapped spots, but are both promoted. Juice10 (18/-5) made a run, but fell short on ‘goal’ difference. Dudley Street Hooligans finished bottom, losing 23:27 to Dumpley Street Morons. As a result, Enfilade drop out of the league for a season, being replaced by Appleton Aarhus.
  • FA Cup: In Group A, Juice10 were eliminated after losing 16:27 to Clockwork Orange. In Group B, Dudley Street Hooligans are through, having defeated Mike’s Ninja Turtles 23:12. In Group C, Pioneer Detasselers are through after winning a close 28:24 decision over Top Shelf. In Group D, Phoenix TS are through, having tortured Van der Sara FC 35:14. In Group E, nothing has been decided, although Glorydaze are on life support at the bottom. Both Group G games were decided by a single ‘goal’: Darcian Greywacke losing 33:34 to Sehome Mariners and Dumpley Street Morons edging Kingsbridge 27:26. In Group F, In off the post and Weirder Bremen both advance to the knockout rounds.
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: There were goals aplenty in the final group round, Kingsbridge leading the way, defeating Hotspur 5:2. Guevara provided the bulk of the goals for most teams. The top two teams from each group advance: cincinnati contomati (A1), Kingsbridge (A2), Top Shelf (B1), Causmos (B2), Pioneer Detasselers (C1), unclean sheets (C2), SDFC Macross (D1), El fútbol es así (D2), Headhunter FC (E1), Plattsburgh United (E2), Avengers (F1) and Dynamo Silver Spring (F2). The top four third place teams also advance: Hotspur (A3) on 9 points, Phoenix TS (D3) on 8 points, Newport FC (E3) on 7 points and Portland Red Tide (F3) on 6 points. Missing out were GameCocks on 5 points and Real New Britski on 4 points. Special mention should also go to Alewive FC, who despite being joint top scorer with 15 goals, failed to advance, finishing bottom of Group F, the Group of Death. As far as divisions go, Brew City FA sends five teams to the knockout rounds, USA vs World and the AAPL three each, La Armada Invencible dos, and Casbah, The Nordecke Crew Fans and Wizards MFLS one apiece.
  • Geckos (43 points / 7th place), Arrows S.C. (38/23) and Real Hillsdale (38/23) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25. It was Geckos first honor since 2007, but that is topped by Real Hillsdale, who achieved their first honor since 2003, when they were 3rd Division champion.

Brew City News (19-May-2009 : Week 9)

  • FA Cup: In Group A, Dynamo Silver Spring move top by edging Juice10 11:9. In Group B, Dudley Street Hooligans assume the reins, winning a defensive battle against Arrows S.C., 7:4. The leaders of Group C and D got hammered, Pioneer Detasselers -7:7 Surreywood Rangers and Phoenix TS -2:19 Real Hillsdale, yet because both Pioneer and Phoenix had six point leads over second place, they remain first. In Group E, Turboduck SC remain top, defeating formerly second place Murphdogs 19:16. In Group F, the top two teams drew each other, In off the post 7:7 Weirder Bremen. In Group G, despite getting off the schneid, 31:13, and being the week’s high scorer, Sehome Mariners are stil bottom. Kingsbridge remain top. With two group games to go, no team has been eliminated from advancing.
  • League Cup: Dynamo Silver Spring have locked in the Spring Championship, shutting down Glorydaze, 11:-7. Dynamo can complete a perfect season by defeating desperate multi-titlist Aviators. The three teams still in the relegation hunt are Mike’s Ninja Turtles (6 points / -29 ‘goals’), Weirder Bremen (6/-41) and Aviators (6/-87). In the 2nd Division, Darcian Greywacke (18/+49) moved from third to first on a 24:15 defeat of Geckos. The other teams with hopes of promotion are Kingsbridge (15/+52) and Geckos (15/+46). At the bottom, Alewive FC (3/-66) are relegated. Any of Cánicas A.C. (12/+3), Shaolin Mystigods (12/+1), JC Comets (12/-6), Duck Butter Bandits (10/-17) or MurphDogs (9/-39) could yet join them in the drop. In the 3rd Division, the top seven teams all have a chance of promotion. Surreywood Rangers (18/+56) continue to lead that race. Meanwhile, the bottom three, fighting to avoid taking Appleton Aarhus’s place off the chart, are Sehome Mariners (9/+4), Arrows S.C. (9/-17) and Dudley Street Hooligans (6/-34).
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: In Group A, cincinnati contomati (#8 seed) have advanced. In group B, Top Shelf (#3) and Causmos (#18) have advanced. In Group C, Pioneer Detasselers (unseeded) and unclean sheets (#10) have advanced. In Group D, SDFC Macross (scholarship) have advanced. In Group E, the standings remain unchanged, despite the top two teams both losing, Headhunter FC 1:4 to Newport FC (the only team to start Eddie Lewis) and Plattsburgh United 0:1 to Aviators. Headhunter FC (#24) have advanced. In Group F, the Group of Death, Dynamo Silver Spring move top on a 1:0 defeat of Avengers, despite Dynamo playing a 5-3-2. Alewive FC — who were leading two weeks ago — are now bottom. No Group F team has advanced, and none has been eliminated. The currents standings are Dynamo Silver Spring (9 points / -2 goal diff), Avengers (7/+3), Portland Red Tide (7/-1) and Alewive FC (5/0). In next week’s final round of games, Dynamo Silver Spring host Portland Red Tide, while Alewive FC are home to Avengers.
  • Sehome Mariners (31 points / 17th place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (12-May-2009 : Week 8)

  • FA Cup: Halfway through the group stage, four teams still have perfect records: Group C-leading Pioneer Detasselers (9 points / +22 ‘goal’ diff), Group D-leading Phoenix TS (9/+26), Group G-leading Kingsbridge (9/+14) and Group G bottom feeders Sehome Mariners (0/-34). Perfection takes many forms. The other group leaders are Appleton Aarhus (A), Mohawks (B), Turboduck SC (E) and In off the post (F).
  • League Cup: Eight matches were decided by three or fewer ‘goals’. Blowout of the Week was this week’s high scorer, Turboduck SC defeating the week’s low scorer, Juice10, 36:1. In the 1st Division, Dynamo Silver Spring (21 points / +66 ‘goal diff) are Spring Champions in all but name, as they lead second place In off the post (15/+18) by six points with only two matches to play. Aviators won for the second straight week, but are still among the the three teams competing to beat the the drop, along with Weirder Bremen and Mike’s Ninja Turtles. In the 2nd Division, there are three teams on 15 points: Kingsbridge (15/+59), Geckos (15/+55) and Darcian Greywacke (15/+40). Geckos play Darcian this upcoming week. Alewive FC are still glued to the bottom spot, despite outscoring five other teams in the division. In the 3rd Division, Surreywood Rangers (18/+80) are on the cusp of promotion. They are followed by Pioneer Detasselers (15/+44), Juice10 (12/-23) and Van der Sara FC (12/-23).
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: In Group A, cincinnati contomati sealed advancement to the knockout stage with two matches to play, as they are on 10 points, and can finish no worse than third. (The top two teams in each group, plus the four best third place teams, advance.) In Group B, Top Shelf (6 points / +2 goal diff) continue to edge Causmos (6/+1). In Group C, Pioneer Detasselers (9/+4) extended their lead over second place unclean sheets (5/-1) by blowing them out 4:1. In Group D, SDFC Macross (9/+2) moved top, exchanging places with now second Phoenix TS (6/+2). In Group E, Headhunter FC (10/+3) also exchanged places with Plattsburgh United (7/+3). The two best matches of the week were in Group F, where the top two teams both lost, former #1 Alewive FC 4:5 to former #4 Dynamo Silver Spring, and Portand Red Tide 3:6 to Avengers, who are now top.
  • JC Comets (36 points / 21st place), Turboduck SC (36/21) and Dynamo Silver Spring (36/21) all placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (5-May-2009 : Week 7)

  • FA Cup: Appleton Aarhus continue to lead Group A, despite losing 13:17 to Dynamo Silver Spring. Likewise Turboduck SC in Group E, who are top despite being hammered -2:17 by Geckos. The new group leaders are Phoenix TS (D), who defeated Van der Sara FC 15:2, and Kingsbridge (G) who defeated Sehome Mariners 20:14. Group F has the greatest disparity, as two teams are on six points, while the other two are on zero: In off the post in first, followed by Weirder Bremen. Due to a schedule quirk, IOTP and Weirder do not meet until week 9.
  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, there was much shuffling, but the top and bottom spots remain the same: Dynamo Silver Spring (18 points / +64 ‘goal’ diff) are still perfect, having eased by In off the post 17:9, while Aviators are still bottom, but no longer pointless, having edged Phoenix TS 19:15. In the 2nd Division, there was some odd symmetry, as Cánicas A.C. lost -6:16 to MurphDogs, Grass Pitch Please drew -1:-1 with Duck Butter Bandits, and Darcian Greywacke defeated JC Comets 9:-9. Geckos (15/+58) lead the middle tier over Kingsbridge (12/+58). Proving there is no justice in the world, Alewive FC are bottom, despite outscoring the three teams above them … combined. In the 3rd Division, if you thought the Real Hillsdale’s -2:-6 snoozefest with Cánicas A.C. in FA Cup Group D was drudgery, then the Stupor Bowl was Arrows S.C. losing -8:-2 to Turboduck SC. The top four places are unchanged: Surreywood Rangers (15/+78), followed by Pioneer Detasselers (12/+42), Juice10 (12/+12) and Arrows S.C. (9/0).
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: The scores were very low this week, with many 1:0, 1:1 and 2:1 results, most of the goals coming from Pappa and Donovan. There are no more perfect teams, on nine points. cincinnati contomati (7 points / +3 goal diff) lead Group A. Top Shelf (5/+2) and Causmos (5/+1) lead Group B. Pioneer Detasselers (6/+1) lead Group C. Phoenix TS (6/+3) and SDFC Macross (6/+1) lead Group D. Plattsburgh United (7/+4) and Headhunter FC (7/+2) lead Group E. The biggest surprise remains Group F, where Alewive FC (5/+2) continue to maintain sole posession of the top spot, despite their second straight draw, 1:1 with Avengers.
  • After going 3+ seasons without a MFLS Weekly Top 25 appearance, Surreywood Rangers (28 points / 7th place) have now done it twice in five weeks.

Brew City News (28-Apr-2009 : Week 6)

  • League Cup: Halfway through the season, the contenders have begun separating from the pretenders. In the 1st Division, Dynamo Silver Spring are the only remaining perfect team, leading on 15 points and +56 ‘goal’ difference. In off the post (12/+23) and Glorydaze (9/+28) follow. At the bottom, Aviators (0/-80) are the league’s only team without a point. The lower divisions had a number of 30+ ‘goal’ blowouts. In the 2nd Division, Kingsbridge mowed Grass Pitch Please 41:3, while Darcian Greywacke whacked MurphDogs 38:-3. Geckos (12/+44) are top, followed by five teams on nine points. In the 3rd Division, Surreywood Rangers moved from fourth to first — despite the top two teams winning — by spanking Van der Sara FC 42:-3. Surreywood Rangers (12/+57) are followed by Pioneer Detasselers (12/+47) and Juice10 (12/+33).
  • FA Cup: The FA Cup kicked off. Many of the League Cup winners lost their FA Cup matches, while many of the League Cup losers consoled themselves with FA Cup wins. Match of the week was Pioneer Detasselers winning away, 58:42 over Surreywood Rangers, in Group C. Early group leaders are Appleton Aarhus (A), Mohawks (B), Pioneer Detasselers (C), Cánicas A.C. (D), Turboduck SC (E), In off the post (F), and Darcian Greywacke (G).
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: Match of the week was Pioneer Detasselers 5:3 away win over GameCocks, in Group C. Houston Dynamo and SDFC Macross were the only teams blanked on the week. cincinnati contomati (A) and Phoenix TS (D) are the only teams on a perfect six points after two rounds of play. Other group leaders are Top Shelf (B), Stonebury United (C), Plattsburgh United (E) and, shockingly, Alewive FC (F). Indeed, Mug boffins are unsure if in 10 years of Mug pours, Alewive FC have ever before led a group. Especially after two weeks.
  • Pioneer Detasselers (58 points / 2nd place) and Mohawks FC (53/5) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (22-Apr-2009 : Week 5)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: Group play kicked off, with the teams who scored mostly scoring two goals, either through McBride or Cooper. Only Phoenix TS with three, and Alewive FC with four, scored more. Early group leaders are cincinnati contomati (A), Real New Britski (B), Stonebury United (C), Phoenix TS (D), Newport FC (E) and Alewive FC (F).
  • FA Cup: The FA Cup prepares to kick off in week 6, as the final 28 teams were settled. (The bottom three teams in the MFLS division table failing to qualify.) The bottom five teams were #27 Darcian Greywacke (32 points), #28 Weirder Bremen (31), #29 Aviators (26), #30 Duck Butter Bandits (10) and #31 JC Comets (-4). The seven groups were then finalized. The highlight is likely Group C, which has a combined 42 years of BCFA experience, with founding members Alewive FC (1999), Pioneer Detasselers (1999) and Top Shelf (1999) joined by ‘new boys’ Surreywood Rangers (2001).
  • League Cup: Only four weeks into the season, there was much shuffling of the standings. In the 1st Division, Dynamo Silver Spring moved top on a 26:6 shellacking of Weirder Bremen. Dynamo are the only team in the league with a perfect 12 points. At the opposite end of the spectrum are Aviators, who have zero points. Despite improving their ‘offense’, Aviators lost 6:16 to Clockwork Orange, who moved from ninth to sixth. In the 2nd Division, Geckos leaped from fifth to first on a 23:-2 hiding of Kingsbridge. Cánicas A.C. dropped to second after losing 13:19 to last place Alewive FC. In the 3rd Division, there are five teams on nine points: Juice10 (9 points / +26 ‘goals’), Pioneer Detasselers (9/+17), Arrows S.C. (9/+13), Surreywood Rangers (9/+12) and Real Hillsdale (9/+9). This naturally means there are not a whole lot of points in the bottom half of the division, and indeed Dudley Street Hooligans have zero, leading the charge to replace Appleton Aarhus on the Summer sideline.

Brew City News (15-Apr-2009)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: In third playin round, fourth extratime, last gasp quiz question tiebreak … Kingsbridge was the first to correctly answer JEF United Chiba, thus advancing over Elastic Norsemen.

Brew City News (14-Apr-2009 : Week 4)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: The final playin round was conducted. Headhunter FC, SDFC Macross, ManaMana, Newport FC (high scorer of the week, with 4), Portland Red Tide and Pioneer Detasselers were the out-right winners. Real New Britski drew Mohawks 1:1, but advance on the first tie-break, as Mohawks keeper (Busch, 3) gave up more goals than Britski’s (Frei, 1). The final match is going to yet another fourth tie-break quiz question, after Elastic Norsemen drew Kingsbridge 2:2. The first extra period is least goals given up by keepers (both had Busch), the second extra period is total team PKs (neither had Alvarez), and the third is total team assists (Norseman had 1 from Mapp, while Kingsbridge had 1 from Soumare).
    Elastic Norsemen and Kingsbridge
    What team have been in Japan's top flight the longest?
    
  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, the leaders remain Top Shelf (9 points / +29 ‘goal’ diff) and Dynamo Silver Spring (9/+17), while In off the post (6/-4) move into show from sixth on a 15:10 victory over Glorydaze. Aviators lost again, and are without a point. In the 2nd Division, the top three shuffled spots. Cánicas A.C. (9/+32) are currently top, followed by Kingsbridge (6/+30) and Shaolin Mystigods (6/+21). Three other teams are also on six points. In the 3rd Division, Pioneer Detasselers (9/+23) move top, while previous leaders Surreywood Rangers (6/+6) fell to fourth after being humiliated -5:15 by Turboduck SC.

Brew City News (8-Apr-2009)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: In second playin round, fourth extratime, last gasp quiz question tiebreaks … Real New Britski was the first to correctly answer Fiorentina and Ujpest, thus advancing over Weirder Bremen. Also, Cánicas A.C. advanced over The Irons by being first to correctly explain how Brooklyn Beckham got his name.

Brew City News (7-Apr-2009 : Week 3)

  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: The second of three playin rounds was conducted. Despite the enormous amount of goals on offer — both Casey and Findley with hat tricks, 22 overall — a shocking 13 of 16 Mug teams had cleansheets. The outright winners were Shaolin Mystigods (who had Casey), SDFC Macross and Pioneer Detasselers. Of the five matches which ended 0:0, all ten teams had Busch as keeper, causing a second extratime. As the second tiebreak is PKs, and none of the teams managed to score, a third extratime (total team assists) was necessary in all five matches. Ah, I think we might be getting somewhere … Newport FC defeated Partizan Bellevue 1:0, Dudley Street Hooligans defeated Spanish Girls 2:0, and Kingsbridge defeated Hometown Soccer Club 3:0. Yes, the other two matches went to a fourth extratime. What is that tie break? A last gasp quiz question!
    Cánicas A.C. and The Irons
    How did David Beckham's oldest son, Brooklyn, get his name?
    
    Weirder Bremen and Real New Britski
    Two purple teams played in the 1962 Cup Winners Cup semifinal. Name them.
    
  • League Cup: In the 1st Division, Top Shelf continue to lead, having defeated Mike’s Ninja Turtles 12:9. At the bottom, Aviators posted negative points for the second week in a row, getting hammered -4:24 by Mohawks. BCFA boffins believe Aviators double negative is unprecented. In the 2nd Division, the top three teams all lost, while this week’s high scorer, Shaolin Mystigods, defeated Alewive FC 35:9. Shaolin top. In the 3rd Division, Surreywood Rangers move from third to first, while three of this year’s newcomers are bottom: Dumpley Street Morons, Turboduck SC and Dudley Street Hooligans, on a combined 3 points and -48 ‘goal’ difference.
  • Shaolin Mystigods (35 points / 16th place) and Surreywood Rangers (34/21) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (2-Apr-2009 : Week 2)

  • Nationwide Super Cup: Top Shelf went into the second leg with a 14-point deficit, having lost 26:12 to Clockwork Orange. Top Shelf tripled their score in the second leg, but the 36:30 win was not enough to overcome Clockwork’s excellent predictions, making  Clockwork Orange  the first champion of the combined Brew City-Nationwide Premier League fantasy-prediction competition. Congratulations Jason Benfield!
    Nationwide Super Cup
    Clockwork Orange
    Jason Benfield
  • League Cup: The Spring Championship kicked off. Top Shelf are in their customary place atop the 1st Division, having defeated In off the post 18:6. In the 2nd Division, Geckos set out their marker, defeating JC Comets 18:4. In the 3rd Division, Real Hillsdale are top, having defeated Turboduck SC 18:7.
  • Mug’O’Suds Invitational: The Mug began pouring with the first playin round. Game of the week was The Irons triple-extratime victory over Lowbrow Wanderers SC. Normal time ended 2:2. First extratime saw the teams still level on least goals given up by keeper, as each had Pickens with 1. Second extratime was also inconclusive, with both teams scoring a PK via Schelotto. The Irons finally emerged victorius after the third extratime, as they had two assists (Alonso) to none for Lowbrow. Other winners were Spanish Girls, Shaolin Mystigods, Dudley Street Hooligans, Cánicas A.C., Pioneer Detasselers, Newport FC and SDFC Macross, the week’s high scorer with 5.

Brew City News (23-Mar-2009 : Week 1)

  • Dudley Street Hooligans (40 points / 6th place) placed in the MFLS Weekly Top 25.

Brew City News (9-Mar-2009)

  • ★★ A double blue star indicates a Brew City FA original founding team which is still in the division as of 2008. (Brew City was founded in 1999.)
  •  A blue star indicates a Brew City FA which has been in the division for five or more years.
  • Finalized 2009 team lineup:
    	IN: Alewive FC ★★
    	IN: Appleton Aarhus ★ 2009
    	IN: Arrows S.C. ★ 2009
    	IN: Aviators 
    	IN: Cánicas A.C.
    	IN: Clockwork Orange (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Darcian Greywacke 
    	IN: Duck Butter Bandits (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Dynamo Silver Spring ★ 2009
    	IN: Dudley Street Hooligans (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Geckos 
    	IN: Grass Pitch Please
    	IN: In off the post
    	IN: JC Comets ★★
    	IN: Dumpley Street Morons (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Juice10
    	IN: Kingsbridge (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Mike's Ninja Turtles
    	IN: Mohawks (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: MurphDogs ★★
    	IN: Glorydaze (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Phoenix TS 
    	IN: Pioneer Detasselers ★★
    	IN: Real Hillsdale 
    	IN: Sehome Mariners ★ 2009
    	IN: Shaolin Mystigods 
    	IN: Surreywood Rangers 
    	IN: Van der Sara FC (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Top Shelf ★★
    	IN: Turboduck SC (NPL merger 2009)
    	IN: Weirder Bremen 
    
    	OUT: Rogue Squadron (real life 2009; standby 2010)
    	OUT: Chicago 1871 (Excess inactivity)
    	OUT: West Bend Rivermen 1846 (Excess inactivity)
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