With only five games left in the regular season, the El Paso Coyotes are seeking to win every one in hopes of keeping their playoff chances alive in the Major Arena Soccer League.
The Coyotes are 8-9 and in third place, two 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 and in first place, has already clinched a place in the playoffs, leaving the Coyotes and Soles battling it out for the final playoff spot in the Southwest Division. There are only two home games left for the Coyotes in the regular season.
El Paso is coming off a hard-fought victory against the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas on Saturday, Feb. 3, winning 14-12 in the final minutes. Midfielders Hugo Puentes and Christian Gutierrez continue to be key forces for the Coyotes. Both are still among the top five scorers in the league with 24 and 23 total goals, respectively.
Ontario is also in a playoff battle, holding on to second place in the Pacific Division by only one game ahead of the Tacoma Stars. The Fury, 9-8, will visit undefeated Monterrey on Thursday, before stopping in El Paso.
The Coyotes will take on the Ontario Fury at 7:35 p.m. Friday, February 9, at the El Paso County Coliseum (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.