There have been a few defensive lapses and some problems for coach Gary Hindley in keeping all his talented players happy.
But nothing has prevented the Maryland Bays (17-2, 142 points) from rolling to the American Professional Soccer League Western Conference title this season.
The Bays and talented forward Jean Harbor have broken several APSL records with two games still remaining in the regular season.
Maryland has established regular-season league marks for most wins (17), best home record (11-0) and most goals (49). Harbor has racked up an APSL record of 44 points (17 goals, 10 assists), needs one goal to break Chance Fry's record of 17 in a season and is two assists short of Chico Borja's league record of 12.
With all those credentials, it's little wonder that some of the Bays players might be thinking about a bit of a vacation this weekend in Florida when the team completes the regular season. Maryland will meet the American Conference champion Fort Lauderdale Strikers tonight at 7:35 and take on the Miami Freedom tomorrow night at 8:05.
Neither game will be broadcast by WCBM-AM.
Harbor, who is nursing a strained groin muscle, said: "I need a vacation in Florida. It would be good for me since we already have the championship wrapped up."
But Hindley said he foresees Harbor playing at least one of the two games in an attempt to break Fry's goal-scoring record.
Hindley said he doesn't want the Bays, who will be without U.S. National team players Bruce Murray and Desmond Armstrong for both games, to develop bad habits this weekend.
"We have to stay sharp for the playoffs," said Hindley. "We'll give some of the guys a break and give everybody a chance to play at least one of the two games. Our defense is playing well now after some breakdowns midway through the season. It's a matter of the players communicating more."
NOTES: The Bays will open the 4-team APSL playoffs Sept. 6 against the Albany Capitals in Albany, N.Y., at 7:35 p.m. Maryland will entertain Albany at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia on Sept. 14 at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of the best-of-3 series. Should the teams split the first 2 games, a 30-minute "mini-game" will be played after Game 2 at Cedar Lane Park.