(GAME DATE — Sep. 26, 2020) — The Arizona Cowboys were already guaranteed a playoff spot a week ago, but now they can claim their first division title as they have cemented their seat atop the Metro League West division for the 2020 season.
Currently 89-70, they are now 4 games ahead of the Nevada Speeders with just 3 games left to play — the Speeders are firmly in the wild card, but are now mathematically unable to unseat Arizona.
The Cowboys, who were formed in 2012 as an expansion team, had their first taste of the postseason as a wild card team last year. They knocked off the division champion Seattle Salts 3-2 in the best-of-five Elimination Round, before falling to St. Pete’s in the best-of-seven MLCS, 4-1. The Admirals went on to claim their first Bull Cup championship ever.
The Cowboys hope to repeat their MLCS appearance, and seem likely to draw division rivals Nevada in the Elimination Round. They have gone an even 3-3 against the Speeders in September, and are 10-10 on the season, suggesting it will be a closely fought series.
The second wild card remains open, with the California Tidals going into the final 3 games currently occupying it, but with the Washington Freedom just a game behind. To close the season, the Tidals will play a 3-game set against the ML East division champs, St. Pete’s, and should they beat out the Freedom, will ultimately play the Admirals again in the MLCS. The Freedom will face Miami Storm, just recently mathematically eliminated, for their final 3 games.
The season ends September 29, with the first round of the playoffs starting October 1.