Machine travels west this weekend, heading to Denver Colorado for the Pro-Elite Challenge (hosted under the name "Colorado Cup").
- USA Ultimate Tournament Page: http://play.usaultimate.org/events/TCT-Pro-Elite-Challenge/
The Pro-Elite Challenge features almost every top team in the country, split into pools of 4. Each team will play three pool play games on Saturday, with pool winners getting a bye to quarter finals on Sunday. Second and Third place finishers in each pool will head straight to pre-quarters on Saturday afternoon, and Fourth place pool finishers will move straight into a consolation bracket.
Select games will be recorded by Ultiworld, and published online after the tournament is over. It has yet to be determined whether any of Machine's games will be recorded.
Machine's pool features San Francisco's Revolver, Pittsburgh's Temper, and Vancouver's Furious George (all teams that beat Machine in 2014- Revolver at the Pro-Flight Finale, and Temper/ Furious in consolation play at USAU Nationals).
The return of George Hughes and Von Alanguilan from injury means Machine will have better numbers than at the Pro-Elite Challenge earlier this season, but they will be without starting handlers Tim Fergus and Bob Liu (both missing for non-injury related reasons). Making their Machine debuts will also be Travis Carpenter and Brett Matzuka. The extra numbers should come in handy as the team expects to battle strong competition, very hot weather, and the higher altitude.
To follow along during the course of the action on Saturday and Sunday, please follow Machine at: www.twitter.com/machineultimate