The Major Arena Soccer League’s Live Period came and went in May, but the league quietly entered into full de facto free agency when a large number of 2017/18 contracts expired at midnight on August 31.
With player contracts expiring at different times, there are still a few players who are not signed for the 2018/19 season, but are still under team control deeper into the offseason. One such player is Max Touloute, who won’t become a free agent until November 1.
Twenty-one of our Top 40 MASL Free Agents remain unaccounted for, but more than a half dozen of those players have re-signed with their current teams, who have yet to announce the transactions.
With the market wide open and training camps not far off let’s take a look at who teams could be targeting in free agency.
Remaining Top 40 Players (last team)
2. John Sosa – D (San Diego Sockers)
5. Joey Tavernese – F (Syracuse Silver Knight)
6. Tony Donatelli – F (Baltimore Blast)
10. Erick Flores – M (Monterrey Flash)
11. Edgar Flores – F (Monterrey Flash)
13. Andrew Coughlin – GK (Syracuse Silver Knights)
14. Slavisa Ubiparipovic – F (Syracuse Silver Knights)
15. Omar Santillan – D/F (Monterrey Flash)
16. Lucas Roque – F (Baltimore Blast)
17. Brayan Aguilar – F (Monterrey Flash)
19. Anibal Echeverria – F (Sonora Soles)
20. Victor Baez – D (Monterrey Flash)
22. Max Touloute – F (San Diego Sockers)
23. Gustavo Rosales – M (Sonora Soles)
24. Pablo Da Silva – D (St. Louis Ambush)
25. Derek Huffman – D (Cedar Rapids Rampage)
27. Jake Schindler – D (Syracuse Silver Knights)
36. Daniel Mattos – M (Milwaukee Wave)
38. Moises Gonzalez – F (Rio Grande Valley Barracudas)
39. Lucio Gonzaga – D (Harrisburg Heat)
40. Ivan Campos – F (Turlock Express)
The Best of the Rest
Baltimore – Nelson Santana, Jonathan Greenfield, Jon Orlando
Dallas (from 2016/17) – VcMor Eligwe, Cody Ellis, TJ Nelson, Mike Jones
El Paso – Hugo Puentes, Omar Tapia, Ernesto Luna, Daniel Villella
Florida – none
Harrisburg – none
Kansas City – Adam James, Tanner Hunjak
Milwaukee – Tenzin Rampa
Monterrey – Wilo Martinez, Lourenco Andrade, Juan De Dios Ibarra
Ontario – none
Orlando (Cedar Rapids) – Charlie Bales, Bobby Hurwitz, Drew Russell, Mario Alvarez, Tony Walls, Mohamed Kenawy, Phibo Arriaga
Rio Grande Valley – Fernando Moreno
St. Louis – Cody Costakis, Stefan St. Louis, Nestor Hernandez
San Diego – Ze Roberto, Jamie Lovegrove
Sonora (inactive) – Victor Quiroz, Adrian Miller, Bogar Moreno, Manuel Aragon, Juan Gamboa
Tacoma – Raphael Cox, Evan McNeley, Dan Antoniuk
Turlock – Matt Germain, Arturo Pulido
Utica (Syracuse) – none
And while there is a lot of available, experienced MASL talent to work with, teams like Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Cedar Rapids have been successful recruiting players from outdoor soccer and futsal into the arena game, and other teams have harvested futbol rapido talent from Mexico. Ambush coach Hewerton Moreira went to Brazil on a scouting trip earlier this summer, while Fury president Bernie Lilavois brought back Ouday Belhadj from the WMF World Cup in Tunisia last year. Oftentimes, players will recommend former teammates, who end up getting signed.
For the first time, teams will have the opportunity to invite M2 players to camp like league MVP Thomas Hoang, who led the MASL’s development league with 33 goals and 43 points.
Then of course there are open tryouts. In every market there exists a certain level of local talent that isn’t likely to relocate to play. For instance, after Dallas went inactive last year, only four of their players, Juan Gamboa, Nestor Hernandez, Ricardinho, and Jamie Lovegrove, signed with other teams, and the latter two were late season additions.
So there is literally a whole world out there of discovered and undiscovered talent for MASL teams to draw from if teams are willing to leave no stone unturned.