ST. CHARLES, MO – The Cedar Rapids Rampage were the surprise team of the 2016/17 MASL season, improving from 5-15 to 12-8 and just missing out on the playoffs in the hyper-competitive Central Division. On June 16, the Rampage gave their fans a tantalizing look at what’s to come in 2017/18 at the MASL International Challenge at Family Arena.
Newly signed forward Taylor Bond was the game’s First Star with four goals and two assists (including this wicked stepover move on Marcio Leite) leading Team USA to a 13-9 win over the World Team. Bond is fresh off a 40-goal campaign with the Chicago Mustangs.
The game carried a heavy Cedar Rapids influence. Gordy Gurson, Joshio Sandoval, and Bond played for Team USA, along with Rampage United goalkeeper Piotr Sliwa and former Rampage Alex Megson.
The World Team featured Hewerton Moreira, and also included former Rampage players Jonatan Santos and Angel Curiel, who hit the turf for the first time since signing with the Milwaukee Wave.
The Rampage players combined for seven goals and seven assists. Gurson had two goals and Sandoval added an assist for Team USA and Hewerton led the World Team with a goal and four assists. Hewerton’s playmaking rallied the World from an 8-3 deficit to a 9-8 lead before Team USA came back and pulled away.
Rampage General Manager and co-owner Chris Kokalis, was in St. Charles representing the Rampage at the MASL meetings, where the league is preparing for the 2017/18 season, which begins in November.
“It was an honor for the Rampage and the city of Cedar Rapids to have such a strong presence on the international league stage,” said Kokalis, “and I want to thank Shelly Clark, the other St. Louis Ambush owners, and their staff for hosting such a great few days there.”