Chaos-Redwoods Rivalry Renewed During Homecoming Weekends

By Jerome Taylor | Apr 17, 2024

With clever “Are we out of the woods yet?” posts after announcing their signings of Jules Heningburg, Sergio Perkovic, and Kevin Rogers, the Carolina Chaos played into their recruitment of former Redwoods more than any other team this offseason. 

Come July 27th, current California Redwoods players and their former teammates will move the furniture to dance with playoff seeding on the line during the Redwoods Homecoming Weekend at Torero Stadium.

Since the league's inception, these squads have been two of its more intertwined teams and that’s before Chaos scooped up ex-Woods in free agency this offseason. 

In 2019, Jarrod Neumann hit the viral “you should’ve slid again” two-pointer during a regular season game. But the Redwoods got the last laugh and bested Chaos in the semifinals. 

In 2020, Chaos made one of the first marquee trades in league history, trading Myles Jones to the Redwoods. 

And just last year, the Redwoods sent Chaos home in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

In 2024, in sunny San Diego, these two rivals will add another chapter to their early but storied rivalry.

This will be the second matchup between the squads during the regular season. The first will come during Carolina’s Homecoming Weekend on June 7th. When both teams touch down in San Diego in late July, however, they’ll likely be jockeying for playoff positioning in the Western Conference. 

In the second game of Redwoods Homecoming Weekend, the Maryland Whipsnakes will be on the docket. 

The ‘Whips and ‘Woods have some history as well, but mostly the kind Redwoods fans would like to forget. The Whipsnakes knocked the Redwoods out of the playoffs twice during their league-opening back-to-back championship run.

First, in the 2019 championship game, then in the following season, the ‘Woods fell to the Whipsnakes in the semifinals. And the ‘Whips added another playoff victory over the green and yellow in the 2021 quarterfinals. 

The mid-July showdowns between the Whipsnakes or Chaos won’t have any season-ending consequences, but thanks to some shared history, offseason acquisitions, and proximity to the playoffs, both games will definitely have some juice.