Strykers Broadcasters to Call Game 2 of MASL Final Series

by Gunnar Berndt

Savage vs. Comets to air on CBS Sports Golazo Network, Canela

Ontario, Calif. — The Empire Strykers today announced that their home broadcasting duo of Christian “Filly” Filimon and Jonathan “The Doctor” Reimer has been chosen to travel to Mexico and call Game 2 of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) final series between home side Chihuahua Savage and the visiting Kansas City Comets. Scheduled to kick off at 7:05 p.m. PT on Tuesday, March 30, the match will stream exclusively in English on CBS Sports Golazo Network, with Canela providing the Spanish-language broadcast.

Ever since its inaugural MASL broadcast back in mid-March, which also featured Filimon and Reimer on the call as Empire took on long-time rival San Diego, the Golazo Network has aired several playoff games, continuing to expose its vast audience across the United States to the highest level of professional indoor soccer in the world. Broadcasts can be accessed with a Paramount+ subscription or watched for free on or on connected TVs and mobile devices via the CBS Sports app or Pluto TV.

Tuesday’s clash at Arena Corner Sport in Chihuahua promises to be intriguing, as the Comets look to win their first championship of the modern MASL era and in the process prevent the Savage from defending its title. The Mexicans hold the edge in this season’s Ron Newman Cup final series. Head Coach Genoni Martinez’s men scored consecutive goals in the final quarter of Game 1 at Kansas City for a 4-3 come-from-behind victory.

Filimon and Reimer will be making their third professional trip south of the border. After calling back-to-back games at Chihuahua in early 2022, the long-time friends called the Strykers’ historic first-ever win in Mexico on February 2, 2023 — a shootout victory over the Monterrey Flash — as well as another meeting with the Savage two days later.

“When it comes to indoor soccer experiences, I can’t think of anything more exciting than to travel down there and be in the booth for a game of this magnitude,” said Filimon, who hails from New York and has been the play-by-play voice of the Strykers since 2021. “I want to thank the MASL front office for this opportunity and vow to be the best possible ambassador of our sport by sharing my authentic passion with diehard fans, complete newbies, and everyone in between.”

The sentiment was echoed by Reimer, who has served as Empire’s color analyst alongside his broadcast partner since day one. The pair also co-hosts the Empire Strykers’ official podcast, Stryking Fury, with Christian Filimon’s wife, Amanda “The Panda” Filimon.

“I am beyond grateful to the MASL for the chance to be involved in the game that will crown the 2023-24 champion,” offered Southern California native Reimer. “The location is the cherry on top. I have nothing but fond memories from our first trip to Mexico last year, and it’s a privilege to be part of such a momentous occasion in a country that lives and breathes soccer. Just like the Savage and the Comets, I will strive to be on top of my game.”