Welcome to Kick-ins, a summary of the week’s news.

8/11/17 The General reports for duty – The Monterrey Flash continued to unveil a weekly signing, this time bringing back Armando “General” Teran.  Teran is a long-time fixture in Monterrey arena soccer, going back to his debut with the Monterrey La Raza in 1999.   He was a part of the 2014/15 Flash Newman Cup champion team and last played for Saltillo Rancho Seco, where he served as a player/coach in 2015/16.  Teran will be 37 on August 27.


8/14/17 They’re coming to America – The Harrisburg Heat and Head Coach Denison Cabral continue to add players from diverse sources to try to keep improving a team that went from one win to 10 last year.  First they announced the signing of Russian futsal player Azat Bikbulatov.  At first blush, we haven’t verified this, but he might be the only Russian player in the MASL. Next they signed Chicago Mustangs veteran Douglas Dos Santos, who saw extensive work as a sixth attacker last year in Chicago’s roller coaster season. Not resting there, the Heat announced the signing of another global import, Brazilian Sandro Costa.  The 30-year old indoor rookie has had a journeyman outdoor career in Brazil.


8/15/17 All I need is this ash tray and this paddle game – Soles de Sonora may not need Diego Reynoso, Hiram Ruiz, Raymundo Contreras, Damien Garcia, or Mauricio Salles, but they finally signed someone for the 2017/18 season. This week the Soles re-signed Daniel Lopez and Cristian Segura.  Lopez was the team’s third leading scorer in the regular season and Segura was tied for the team lead in playoff scoring, but Sonora has big holes to fill if they want to make a third straight Newman Cup finals appearance and take another shot at winning the trophy.


8/18/17 Josh Schaub Law Blog – The MASL announced that Commissioner Joshua Schaub’s contract has been extended with options that could keep him in place for the next three years.  The hiring of Schaub before the 2016/17 season ended a turbulent time in the MASL where a small group of team owners were making decisions that threatened to splinter the league. Schaub has improved league standards and has held teams accountable when they fail to meet those standards. The young lawyer-cum-commissioner, who has yet to articulate a marketing vision for the league, is now facing his biggest test with the fate of the storied Kansas City Comets hanging in the balance, as well as last minute uncertainty about whether the Rochester Lancers and Chicago Mustangs will play this year, and whether the transfer of Atletico Baja to Obregon, Sonora can be completed in time for the upcoming season.


8/20/17 Shall we Lance?Front Row Soccer’s Michael Lewis deserves the arena soccer equivalent of a Pulitzer for his wire-to-wire coverage of the possible return of the Rochester Lancers. Lewis has delivered over a half dozen articles detailing the Lancers struggle to put together the pieces to return to the turf this season.  The culmination of those efforts might be known (or not) this week and either way Sam Fantauzzo’s Kick This! radio show will be a must listen on Saturday at 11:00am EDT.


Coming Up USA! USA! – The US National Arena Soccer Team gets back to work this week with two games against Mexico. The first one is this Thursday August 24 at Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri, and the rematch is Saturday August 26 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.


Signings

2017-08-19 Stars Derek Johnson Signed
2017-08-17 Tropics Ty Hall Signed
2017-08-16 Soles Cristian Segura Signed
2017-08-16 Heat Sandro Costa Signed
2017-08-15 Soles Daniel Lopez Signed
2017-08-15 Heat Douglas Dos Santos Signed
2017-08-14 Stars Troy Peterson Signed
2017-08-14 Heat Azat Bikbulatov Signed
2017-08-12 Flash Armando Teran Signed
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