With the Major Arena Soccer League set to launch MASL2 tomorrow with the inaugural match featuring the Chicago Mustangs at Cincinnati Swerve (8:05 pm EST), let’s get to know the two teams based here in the great state of Colorado, the Colorado Blizzard and Colorado Inferno.
Part I: A Blizzard comes to Denver
Coming off another successful Premier Arena Soccer League season (7-0-0), the Blizzard is making the transition from amateur to professional arena soccer as a charter member, in fact the first member, of the newly formed “M2”, as it’s being called.
In addition to the step up in leagues, there is another transition taking place for the Blizzard: relocating from Colorado Springs to the historic Denver Coliseum.
Owner and GM Gary Faircloth had this to say when asked about the team’s move to Denver and the new league, “I am confident with the team and the coaching staff and that the transition will be fine. We have a winning formula in place.”
It’s a big move for the Blizzard, not just in terms of what’s at stake, but also geographically speaking as the Springs are about an hour drive from Denver. The Inferno, meanwhile, are setting up shop in the Blizzard’s former arena in Colorado Springs. The big question for the Blizzard is: Will their fans follow?
“I hope some of the fans do follow us as we were there for eight years,” said Faircloth. “I wish the Inferno the best of luck and hope that the fans that do not want to commute to the Coliseum can follow them.”
The Blizzard is led by head coach John Wells. Wells played in several places throughout his professional career, including the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Wells founded the Blizzard in 2010. His career record with the Blizzard is a most impressive 41-7-7.
Recently the Blizzard lost goalkeeper Casey Gasson when he was signed by the Kansas City Comets (MASL) and Marcus Jordan, who signed with the Ontario Fury (MASL). Who will step up and fill the void for the Blizzard?
League: MASL2 – www.M2soccer.com
Previous League: PASL (2010-17)
Record: 7-0-0 (2016-17) – 41-7-7 (lifetime)
- PASL Rocky Mountain Division Champions 2010-11 and 2011-12
- PASL Regular Season Champions 2010-11 and 2011-12
Home Opener: Saturday, December 16 vs. Detroit Waza – 7:05pm
Home Arena: The Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver, CO – (720) 865-2475
For more information: Gary Faircloth, Owner/GM – (720) 274-4711 – Gary@COBlizz.com
Part II: An Inferno in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs indoor soccer fans, have no fear. You will not be without a team. Upstart Colorado Inferno will play at the SoccerHaus in Colorado Springs, the arena where the Blizzard used to play, looking to provide top-level indoor soccer action to fans.
Inferno midfielder Francisco Rivas is excited for the season and excited for his new club.
“We have been trying to get this team together for a few years and now that we did, I’m excited for the season to start.” said Rivas who played with the Denver Dynamite (PASL-Pro) in 2008 and has been with the Rocky Mountain Bighorns most recently.
Rivas stated that among his teammates are experienced goalkeeper Justin Dzuba who has played professionally with the Denver Dynamite and with the USNAST.
League: MASL2 – www.M2soccer.com
Previous League: None
Home Opener: Friday, December 15 vs. Detroit Waza – 7:30pm
Home Arena: SoccerHaus, 4845 List Dr., Colorado Springs, CO – (719) 761-7586