Opening Pull: USAU Club Regular Season Ends

Plus, national champions are crowned in the UK.

Molly Brown's Manu Cardenas in the 2022 Pro Championships final. Photo: Brian Whittier
Molly Brown’s Manu Cardenas in the 2022 Pro Championships final. Photo: Brian Whittier

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Truck Stop, Drag’n Thrust, Molly Brown Victorious at Pro Champs

In a hot and humid weekend in Raleigh, the 2022 USAU Club regular season wrapped up with the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Pro Championships.

In Mixed, long-time division powerhouse #8 Minneapolis Drag’n Thrust mounted a furious second-half comeback to upend top-seeded #3 Ann Arbor Hybrid in the final. Minneapolis were able to turn an 8-2 halftime deficit into a stunning 12-11 universe point win.

On the Men’s side, #5 Washington DC Truck Stop continued their impressive summer, besting world champs #1 New York PoNY to capture a Pro Champs title to go along with the US Open crown, giving themselves a chance at an elusive Triple Crown.

In the Women’s division, #4 Denver Molly Brown were runaway winners, going 6-0 on the weekend and not giving up double digit goals until their 15-11 win over hosts #3 Raleigh Phoenix in the final.

Check out all of our coverage from the WRAL Soccer Park on Ultiworld.

Nationals Bid Distribution Set

With the regular season officially over, the Nationals bid allocation has been determined.

RegionMen'sMixedWomen's
Great Lakes211
Mid-Atlantic313
North Central131
Northeast222
Northwest233
South Central221
Southeast232
Southwest213

Consolation results from the Pro Championships ended up having an impact on the final distribution, with movement at the margins seemingly changing round by round. In the end, a Mixed bid moved from the Northeast to South Central, while in Men’s a bid swapped from the Northwest to Southwest thanks to the action in Raleigh. Things remained unchanged from last week in the Women’s division.

Clapham, SMOG, London Masters Claim UK National Titles

While the focus in North America was trained on Raleigh, across the pond club teams in all divisions were competing for national championships in the United Kingdom. Unsurprisingly, longtime Men’s champs and WUCC bronze medalists London Clapham kept their impressive title streak alive, while Durham SMOG added to their own burgeoning collection of UK Mixed golds. The real surprise came in Women’s, where London Masters emerged as first-time winners, topping Dublin Gravity in the final. Stay tuned to Ultiworld for more coverage from this event!

Ultiworld Field Pass Debuts at Pro Champs

As we continue to explore new ways to bring the ultimate community expanded video coverage of the sport, we debuted a new multi-view stream this weekend, showing up to three games simultaneously. Commentary, replays, and multiple camera angles kept these presentations at the level our viewers have come to expect. This stream was available for all Ultiworld Full and Plus subscribers.

Field Pass tweet

If you have any feedback on this new streaming concept, we’d love to hear it!

Coming Up

The USAU Club Series is upon us, as all but one Sectional tournament will take place this upcoming weekend. Seasons will end and other programs will advance to Regionals for the first time, as we begin our march to crown national champions in each of the three gender divisions.

  1. Steve Sullivan
    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email (steve@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

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