MISL Standings

Norfolk defeats Syracuse

With Norfolk defeating Syracuse on Tuesday night, the Lancers magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now down to three as the Lancers have a half-game lead over the Silver Knights and they own the tiebreaker in the event that the two teams finish the season with the same record.

Syracuse will have their final three games will be at home as they host Milwaukee, Wichita, and Baltimore. Rochester travels to Wichita and Milwaukee this weekend before hosting Wichita twice to finish the regular season campaign.

In theory, the Lancers could clinch a playoff spot before Wichita comes to town if they win both games on the road this weekend and Milwaukee defeats Syracuse on February 22nd.

News & Notes:

MISL attendance continues to be solid in 2011-12. 

Abby Wambach was on Studio 90 talking about her climb on the All-Time Goal Scoring list. 

- With WPS taking the 2012 season off, the WNY Flash will be playing in the WPSL Elite league with the Boston Breakers, the Chicago Red Stars, FC Indiana, and up to four other teams. 

- USNWTers Hope Solo and Sydney LeRoux have signed up to play for the W-League's Seattle Sounders Women in 2012. 

Alex Morgan 2 New Zealand 1  

Jeff Kassouf talks about what the players who were left out in the cold by WPS taking the year off are looking at doing in 2012. 

- The Rhinos have signed Scottish F Tam McManus.

- Landon Donovan was named the Everton Player of the Month for Januaryhe'd consider signing with them long term, and his loan to Everton is up on Sunday.

- It looks like Brian Ching will end up back with Houston after all. 

FIFA & Fox putting pressure on MLS to move to the international calendar? 

Brian Quarstad with Part 1 on integrating the MLS Reserve League with lower level leagues in the US Soccer pyramid.  

- Don Garber hopes for a huge crowd in the Montreal Impact's first MLS home match. 

- US Soccer has announced three more USMNT friendlies.

- Former Rhinos MF Alfonso Motagalvan has signed with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

- You know you have a problem when your employer locks you up in a hotel......

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