Welcome to Kick-ins, a summary of the week’s news.
8/4/17 We’re still not sure if his nickname is Popper or Poopeer, but we’re definitely going to keep an eye on Carlos Hernandez this year. The Monterrey Flash signed the MASL newcomer, who led the LMFR in goals this year with Bufalos Reynosa.
8/5/17 The smart money was on JM Casabella or Deportivo Don Roge, but it was Diablos Macaaray who ran off with the LMFR championship, stunning Don Roge 7-6 in overtime. Diablos roster included Wilo Martinez, Peewee Ortega, Rodrigo Flores, and Edgar Quintin Vazquez and it was Flores who was the hero. Don Roge let a 6-4 lead slip away and Flores scored the tying goal and the game-winning goal 15 seconds into overtime.
8/5/17 The US National Arena Soccer Team announced more dates on their ever-expanding summer tour. With six games already on the slate, the USNAST announced they will host Mexico on August 24 at Family Arena in St. Charles, MO, and again on August 26 at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. There are also plans for three more games in September.
8/8/17 The Rochester Lancers deadline to join the MASL for this season passed without Rochester gaining re-entry into the league. Only Tuesday wasn’t actually a deadline according to a league source. The Lancers are still, in fact, trying to put the final stubborn pieces together to get back on the turf this year.
8/9/17 The Florida Tropics signed veteran Mauricio Salles, another blow to the battered Soles de Sonora roster. Salles is 39, but still totaled 18 goals and 10 assists in 17 games between Ontario and Sonora last year.
8/11/17 Hewerton Moreira shocked everyone by stepping down as coach of the Cedar Rapids Rampage. Hewerton coached Rampage United for the last two PLA outdoor seasons, and successfully guided the indoor side to a 12-8 record, a seven win improvement over the prior season. Additionally, Hewerton played two indoor seasons in Cedar Rapids and led the MASL in assists in 2015/16. Hewerton was a free agent at the end of last season and is looking for a new opportunity elsewhere in the MASL, but didn’t have anything else lined up when he informed Cedar Rapids of his decision.
8/11/17 Boise, Idaho was finally added to arena soccer’s historic lore when CenturyLink Arena hosted its first game, and what a debut! Brazil beat the USNAST 5-1 before a sellout crowd of 5,927, putting Boise in the mix for a future MASL team.
8/12/17 Arena soccer’s return to Salt Lake City after a 16 year absence wasn’t the dramatic success of the Boise game, but the fans at the Maverik Center were treated to a better game. The US rallied from 5-2 and 6-5 deficits to send the game to shootouts and the US and Brazil fans worked as hard as their counterparts on the field. At the end of the passionate fourth quarter, it was Brazil who took the shootout 2-1, resulting in a 7-6 win.