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

8/28/17 Ambush get a (Hewer)ton of help – The St. Louis Ambush, still smarting from last year’s 1-19 season and four years of losing, hired Hewerton Moreira as their new coach. Hewerton is a respected veteran forward, who had a successful coaching debut last year leading the Cedar Rapids Rampage to a 12-8 record.  Hewerton will be able to cement his coaching bona fides if he can turn the Ambush around and the league needs one of its legacy teams to right their ship.


8/29/17 Canez stays west, Baez gone in a Flash – The depleted Soles de Sonora announced they re-signed Enrique Canez, but lost Victor Baez who went back to the Monterrey Flash.  The Soles have lost Baez, Diego Reynoso, Raymundo Contreras, Hiram Ruiz, Damien Garcia, and Mauricio Salles and have yet to add any new players. Meanwhile, Franck Tayou, Erick Rosas, and Gustavo Rosales remain at large as free agents.


8/31/17 Blast-off – The Baltimore Blast announced they were leaving their home of 37 years for a new, smaller arena in the county. The Blast signed a three-year lease to play at SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University.


8/31/17 Gatica goin’Fernando Gatica, not sure how he figured into the Harrisburg Heat’s plans for this season, requested and was granted his release to pursue other opportunities. Gatica had eight goals and three assists in 17 games last year.


9/1/17 We’re going to ooooooovertime – Unresolved team situations in Kansas City, Rochester, and possibly Chicago have extending into the unofficial schedule zone. The earliest the MASL can produce a schedule is September 1 because other leagues generally have priority for dates, but now the issues in a couple cities have bled into September.  Updates from Kansas City have been sparse, but Rochester has been seemingly on the verge for weeks.


Signings

2017-08-31 Blast Adriano Dos Santos Signed
2017-08-31 Blast Lucas Roque Signed
2017-08-31 Blast Andrew Hoxie Signed
2017-08-31 Blast Tony Donatelli Signed
2017-08-31 Blast Juan Pereira Signed
2017-08-31 Blast Vinicius Dantas Signed
2017-08-31 Blast Jonatas Melo Signed
2017-08-31 Heat Fernando Gatica Released
2017-08-30 Tropics Tosan Popo Signed
2017-08-30 Tropics Lucas Coutinho Signed
2017-08-28 Soles Diego Hernandez Signed
2017-08-28 Stars Alex Megson Signed
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