The boys in five shades of blue have one last test before the USAU regular season concludes next week. The Pro Championships is the final leg of the Triple Crown tour, and will bring together ten of the country’s best teams in Middletown, NY this Labor Day weekend. Last season, Machine rode a hot Sunday performance to a second place finish at the three day tournament. 

Tournament Details:


Machine’s pool features several familiar faces, with former Machine’s Goose Helton, Brett Matzuka, and Bob Liu on Ring of Fire, as well as Ben Spielman and Joshua Stevens-Stein on PoNY. Machine will also see Johnny Bravo and Patrol, two teams they have previously encountered earlier this season.

ESPN and Ultiworld will be on site to film games. Machine is not scheduled to be recorded, but could end up being filmed dependent on bracket play outcomes. 

For live updates over the weekend:

Machine will be sending a roster of 20-23 active players. Kurt Gibson and Kyle Rutledge will be missing the tournament due to pre-existing conflicts, and Kevin Kelly will be out with a shoulder injury. Pawel Janas and Alex Evangelides will be missing Saturday and some of Sunday’s play. Sam Kanner will be missing Sunday. On the flipside, Machine Coach Andy Neilsen will be returning after a two tournament hiatus in which he was preoccupied coaching the US Boys U20 team to a World Championship gold medal!

Check back after the tournament for a recap, highlight video, and much more.

ICYMI - Highlights from our previous tournament, the 2018 Elite-Select Challenge