The El Paso Coyotes will be facing one of their biggest challenges in the Major Arena Soccer League this week at the El Paso County Coliseum.
The Coyotes will take on the top-ranked Monterrey Flash, the only team still undefeated in the MASL, at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at the Coliseum (4100 E. Paisano.)
Monterrey rolls in with a 13-0 unblemished record and sits in first place in the Southwest Division. El Paso is 6-7 and in third, two games behind the Soles de Sonora, 8-6, in second.
The Coyotes once again will look to the strength of midfielder Hugo Puentes, who scored three goals in the Coyotes’ 13-4 victory over the Turlock Express on Friday, Jan. 19. Puentes has 20 goals this season, while midfielder Christian Gutierrez, who sank two goals in the win, has 19. Both are among the top 10 scorers in the league.
El Paso also is now under the leadership of new head coach Jesus Enriquez. The team’s former assistant coach took over for Jose Luis Treviño, who had to step down due to personal family matters. For the Flash, the forward trio of Edgar González with 15 goals, Edgar Flores with 14 and Erick Flores with 13, has been key.
Monterrey has beaten the Coyotes in three meetings this season. Thursday’s game is the final matchup of the regular season between the two.
The top two teams from each division — Southwest, Pacific, Eastern and Central — qualify for the playoffs.
Tickets, which are buy one, get one free, cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, and free for kids. They are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.