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

8/23/17 Brother can you spare a coach? – The St. Louis Ambush have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to announce “the new Head Coach and some player signings.” The Ambush announced on July 18 that co-owner Tony Glavin was stepping down from his role as coach following a disastrous 1-19 season.  Despite that troubling finish and pledges to improve the team this offseason, the Ambush have yet to sign any new players until this point, so Tuesday could be an important development in that effort.


8/24/17 Brazilianaires – The Florida Tropics continue to follow the Baltimore Blast blueprint by signing outdoor and futsal players from outside the MASL. The Tropics announced the signings of Guilherme dos Santos and Raphael Schlemper, who both played for Cascavel in Brazil’s National Futsal League.  Florida is still making room for arena veterans, signing Mauricio Salles and Ty Hall last week.


8/24/17 Jesus Flores builds a wall and the US pays for it –  The USNAST fell to 2-5 in its barnstorming tour after a 9-4 loss to Mexico Thursday at Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. Erick Tovar had a hat trick for Mexico and goalkeeper Jesus Flores made several astounding saves (that you can see in the highlights below).


8/26/17 Roch and rolling deadline – The Rochester Lancers saga finally came to an end this week. Just kidding!  According to Sam Fantauzzo on Kick This! Saturday, the Lancers now have until August 31 to get enough viable dates at Blue Cross Arena to go forward with a return to the MASL this season.


8/26/17 Bond to win some time – The USNAST righted their ship with an impressive 8-5 win over Mexico on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak, improving to 2-3 against Mexico, and 3-5 overall on their summer barnstorming tour.  Taylor Bond led the US with four goals in his first game in Cedar Rapids since signing with the Rampage.


8/26/17 Get your passes for the old El Paso –  The USNAST announced a new date on its barnstorming tour. The Americans are coming to Texas in September and the first confirmed date is US/Mexico at the El Paso County Coliseum on Sunday, September 17 at 6:00pm.  Other Texas dates are expected to be announced as the US makes its final roster adjustments for the WMF World Cup in Tunisia in October.


Signings

Date Team Player Transaction
2017-08-24 Tropics Raphael Schlemper Signed
2017-08-24 Tropics Guilherme Dos Santos Signed
2017-08-23 Stars Chase Hanson Signed
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