As the Major Arena Soccer League regular season starts to wind down, the El Paso Coyotes are looking to win their way into the playoffs, starting this Saturday against the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas.
The Coyotes are 7-8 and in third place, three games behind the Soles de Sonora, 10-6, in the Southwest Division. The top two teams from each division — Southwest, Pacific, Eastern and Central — qualify for the playoffs.
Monterrey, who is 15-0, has already clinched a playoff spot, while the 3-14 Barracudas are out of contention. That leaves the Coyotes and Soles battling it out for the final playoff pass from the Southwest Division.
El Paso has beaten Rio Grande Valley three times this season, including their last meeting on January 28, when the Coyotes came away with a 6-5 victory.
The Coyotes have been led by midfielders Hugo Puentes, who has 22 goals this season, and Christian Gutierrez with 21. Both are among the top five scorers in the league. Guiding the Barracudas is midfielder Moises Gonzalez, who leads the team with 15 goals and 10 assists.
Prior to Saturday’s home match, the Coyotes will have a chance to boost their record as they face the Tacoma Stars (7-9, third place in the Pacific Division) on Friday, February 2, in Washington. The game will be live streamed at MASLtv on YouTube at 8:35 p.m. MST.
The Coyotes and Barracudas start at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, February 3, at the El Paso County Coliseum, located at 4100 East Paisano. Tickets, which are buy one, get one free, cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, and are free for kids. They are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.