December 16, 2019
By Adam Ruffner
Welcome to the AUDL Reset! Every week, I'll be dropping off news, links, and more to keep you up to date with the latest from around the league.
- Boston franchise joins East Division
In the biggest news of the AUDL offseason, Boston will enter the league in 2020 as the 22nd franchise. As a member of the East Division, Boston figures to quickly join the ranks of the league's elite due to the area's long tradition of winning and deep talent pool to draw from.
- Major divisional realignment in 2020
With the addition of Boston, the four AUDL divisions will undergo realignment for the 2020 season. The 12-game schedule will remain the same, but the Midwest Division will be renamed the Central, with the South becoming the Atlantic.
As previously mentioned, Boston will join the East. The DC Breeze, Philadelphia Phoenix, and Pittsburgh Thunderbirds will join the Atlantic Division. And the Austin Sol and Dallas Roughnecks will join the West Division.
Not only will the realignment afford new and exciting matchup possibilities, there are already plans to preserve some of the traditional rivalries as a part of a broader cross divisional scheduling effort in 2020.
- Goal leader Quentin Bonnaud re-signs with Montreal
The 2019 AUDL goal leader Quentin Bonnaud is re-signing with the Montreal Royal for the 2020 season. Bonnaud has been the league's most prolific goal scorer since joining the Royal in 2017; his 174 goals over the past three seasons are the most of any player over that same stretch.
Bonnaud's 83 goals last season were the fifth most in a single season in AUDL history, and the most since Mischa Freystaetter's record-setting campaign in 2016. Even though he did not break Freystaetter's goal total of 95, Bonnaud set a new AUDL record with an average of 6.92 goals per game in 2019.
- Chicago reloading
The Chicago Wildfire announced recently that Charlie Furse, Ross Barker, and Jeremy Burril will take up captainship duties for the 2020 season. And as of last week, they announced the re-signings of key players Nate Goff, Drew Swanson, Jack Shanahan, and Seth Weaver.
The rookie trio of Shanahan, Swanson, and Weaver added immediate impact to a Chicago team that returned to the postseason for the first time since 2015. Shanahan and Swanson made the 2019 All-AUDL rookie teams, while Weaver was a key defender and handler for a Wildfire defense that finished third overall in defensive efficiency last season. Known for his coverage defense, Goff was deployed as an offensive weapon in 2019 in his limited playing opportunities, tallying 22 scores (assists plus goals) in four regular season appearances.
- Perfect pass
I've seldom seen such smooth rotation on a disc, let alone a hat.
- Andrew Walch Captains Sol
A day one veteran of the Austin Sol franchise, Andrew Walch has been named captain for the 2020 season. The team is coming off a tough 3-9 season, and has made the playoffs just once in their first four seasons. However, with the Sol's relocation into the West Division for the 2020 season, their new slate of matchups could provide new opportunity for making the playoffs.
- 2020 team tryouts
Over the next two months, every AUDL team will be holding tryouts for their 2020 rosters. Check out the constantly updating 2020 tryouts page to find the nearest location.