Welcome to Kick-ins, a summary of the week’s news.
9/26/17 We got games – After a protracted wait, the MASL announced their 2017/18 schedule, featuring 11 home and 11 away games for each of the league’s 16 teams. The Milwaukee Wave will visit the Tacoma Stars on October 27 to get things under way, and the regular season will conclude with three games on March 4.
9/26/17 Mustangs Dally – With most of their roster lost to free agency, a lack of arena dates at the Sears Centre, and a crippling pay dispute with former Mustangs star Bofo Bautista, the Chicago Mustangs announced a move to MASL2, with games to be played at Grand Sports Arena.
9/27/17 Wave to Retire Tozer’s…Mustache? – The Milwaukee Wave announced they will honor former coach Keith Tozer with a banner raising during the team’s home opener on November 4. Tozer coached the Wave for 22 years, but had little connection to the team since his contract was not renewed in March 2014. Tozer amassed an incredible 528-282 record with the Wave including the playoffs where he won six championships.
9/29/17 It’s Getting Chile – Carlos “Chile” Farias, the most traveled player in indoor soccer history, is picking up stakes again at the age of 41 to play for the Monterrey Flash. Farias has played for approximately 20 indoor teams, including the Monterrey La Raza and the Flash, when they played in the LMFR. Some of those teams he played for more than once including the San Diego Sockers and Harrisburg Heat, where he played last season. While Farias often scores a lot of goals, but quickly wears out his welcome, he has enjoyed success under Flash coach Mariano Bollella, who has coached Farias in Monterrey, Chicago, Rio Grande Valley, and Beaumont, TX.
9/29/17 USNAST Packs for Tunisia – The US National Arena Soccer Team announced its final roster for the WMF World Cup in Tunisia October 6-15. The 15 players will assemble from around the country in Chicago on October 4 and fly overnight to Tunisia, with a layover in Paris. The first game for the US will be October 7 against Spain.
9/29/17 Sosa to Sockers? – We reported the San Diego Sockers could be signing former Kansas City Comets defender John Sosa. Sosa would be the exclamation point on the Sockers extensive free agency splurge this offseason. San Diego has already brought in Hiram Ruiz, Raymundo Contreras, Luis Peewee Ortega, and Andrew Lorei, after bringing in Max Touloute, Cesar Cerda, Brandon Escoto, Felipe Gonzalez, and Boris Pardo last year.
10/1/17 Mexico-Canada – After banging their heads over and over against the USNAST this summer, the Mexican National Futbol Rapido Team gets to play someone different before embarking on their trip to Tunisia. Team Canada will host Mexico at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario today at 4:00pm. It is the first major event for the new Canadian Arena Soccer Association, Canada’s new license holder in the Pan-American Minifootball Federation.