December 17, 2014 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire with 6 comments
Vancouver’s Furious George has partnered with the AUDL’s Vancouver Riptide for the upcoming semi-pro season, continuing the AUDL West’s talent acquisition after most of Revolver joined the Bay Area AUDL teams last year, leaving the MLU.
Some Vancouver stalwarts like Morgan Hibbert (who notably left Furious George last summer to play for Toronto GOAT) will continue to play for the MLU’s Nighthawks, but it looks likely that much of the Furious team will play for the Riptide. With new teams sprouting this season in Los Angeles and San Diego, plus Titcomb ownership in Seattle, the AUDL may get the better talent across the board in the West.
What will happen out East is much more hazy. Last year, the MLU had generally the stronger talent in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, the three cities in which both leagues have a team. However, some high profile AUDL signings in New York (Matt Bode, Justin Allen, Noah Saul, et. al.) and DC (Tyler Degirolamo, Alex Thorne) balanced the playing field somewhat. Things seem to hang in the balance as local clubs make decisions about where to play. Last year, New York PoNY players almost exclusively played in the MLU and Washington DC Truck Stop largely comprised the Current (with some exceptions).
Philadelphia will remain a Spinners town; New York and D.C. may be more split between the two leagues.