The Maryland Bays (9-0), who are looking for their 10th straight win and 18th consecutive American Professional Soccer League victory, are westward bound today and tomorrow on what might be the most difficult road trip of the season.
The Bays, leading the Western Division, will take on the Colorado Foxes tonight, then travel to San Francisco to take on the second-place San Francisco Bay Blackhawks tomorrow.
With road games on consecutive days, Bays coach Gary Hindley said there isn't a lot of time to worry about much else.
"That's a lot more pressure on us than thinking about the streak," Hindley said.
The Bays are coming off Sunday's 2-1 win over Colorado. With that victory, they tied the APSL record for consecutive wins in a season.
"That wasn't the real Maryland Bays out there on Sunday," Hindley said. "Our energy level wasn't high. We didn't run enough, and we almost came up short because of it."
Even though the Bays have to be careful not to look past Colorado, Bays midfielder John Abe said he believes the more difficult game will be against the Blackhawks.
"Even if we didn't play a game the night before, it would be a tough game," Abe said. "I'm more concerned about the game. I'm not worried about the streak."
Both the Bays and Blackhawks will be without their national team members because of the U.S. national team's advancement in the Concacaf Gold Cup Tournament in Los Angeles this weekend.
The Bays will be without Jeff Agoos, Desmond Armstrong and Bruce Murray for both games.
The Blackhawks will be missing John Doyle, Eric Wynalda, Marcelo Balboa and Dominic Kinnear.
The Bays will return to Cedar Lane Park in Columbia on Sunday for a 7 p.m. game against the Salt Lake Sting. Sunday's game completes a string of five straight against Western Division opponents.
Opponent: Colorado Foxes
Site: Jefferson County Stadium, Lakewood, Colo., 9 p.m.
Radio: WCBM (680 AM), tape delay, 10 p.m.
Outlook: The Bays (9-0) are looking to set an APSL record for consecutive wins in a season tonight. Maryland is coming off Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Foxes at RFK Stadium. With his goal Sunday, Bays F Brian Haynes is tied for second in team scoring with midfielder Kevin Sloan (11 points). Forward Jean Harbor continues to lead the league in scoring with 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists).