10/3/18 It Was 40 Years Ago Today – Hard to believe it’s already been 40 years since the Cleveland Cavaliers waived Keith Starr. Noooo, the big news that day was the formation of the Major Indoor Soccer League, which began play on December 22, 1978.


9/25/18 Players Rule and Goalies Drool – The MASL announced a series of minor rule changes, but one rule had fans miffed and more than a little confused. As written, “Goalkeepers cannot cross the midfield line with the ball until the 4th quarter of the game.” For a sampling of the fan reaction, read the comments in the Facebook post below.

We reached out to Utica City FC General Manager Tommy Tanner, a member of the MASL’s Rules Committee. Tanner says the idea for the rule change originated with Baltimore Blast Head Coach Danny Kelly, who said, “The game wasn’t meant to be played 6v5.” Tanner agrees that goalkeepers like Josh Lemos and Chris Toth have slowed the game down by playing a de facto version of a sixth attacker offense. Several goalkeepers have scored with their feet the last couple years, led by Lemos who had three goals last year (plus 10 assists, some with his feet and some with his arm).

Tanner clarified that goalkeepers will not be able to cross midfield (with or without the ball) until the fourth quarter, except to sub off for a sixth attacker, whose movement will not be limited during the game.

In other changes, goalkeepers will be permitted to throw (but not kick) the ball over three lines in the air. Players will still be prohibited from kicking the ball over three lines. One major reason for the change is the Baltimore Blast’s small field where the yellow lines are less than 50 feet apart, which led to a lot of play stoppages in their first year at SECU Arena.

Goalkeepers will also be limited to four seconds with the ball, down from five seconds, sixth attackers will now have to serve their own penalties, and teams will be limited to two use-them-or-lose-them timeouts per game. Teams will still be allowed one timeout in overtime.


9/24/18 Holding Close to Tiny Lancers – The rolling soap opera As the Lancers Turn, might be reaching a satisfying conclusion. Sam Fantauzzo told Front Row Soccer’s Michael Lewis that there’s a 90 PERCENT CHANCE: That the Lancers will play in MASL 2 this winter. The Lancers have an arena, turf, boards, and all the accoutrements. All they need now is the M2’s approval to return to action as a division two team. The Lancers left the MASL after the 2014/15 season and have flirted with returning ever since.


9/19/18 Stay Tuned! MISL40 –

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Doug Verb to MISL Old Timers

After much deliberation and feedback, the MISL 40 Advisory Board has decided to postpone the Reunion to the Spring of ’19. This will give everyone the opportunity to inform ex-teammates and staffers and plan for the very best event possible. The goal is to have the details of a 3-day, 2-night weekend party to you in October.

We are developing an extensive e-mailing list, so please send yours and others who would be interested to MISL40Reunion@gmail.com. And look for a Facebook Page soon. Thank you for your patience and interest in this exciting happening.


9/12/18 A (Metro) Star is Born – Toronto’s reverse-engineered journey to the MASL is nearly complete thanks to a splashy Launch Party at Celebration Square. Unconventionally, the team played games, built a roster, and unveiled a logo, forgoing traditional steps like building a website and a social media presence, and picking a team name. Now they have a name to go with the logo and it’s the Mississauga MetroStars. The website is Coming Soon!

Mississauga is just southwest of Toronto and has a population of over 700,000 in its city limits. The team’s arena, the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre) is in Mississauga.

The biggest news is the signing of Dwayne De Rosario, one of the biggest names in Canadian soccer history. De Rosario, who played in two arena exhibitions with the Canadian Arena Soccer Team this spring, has 81 caps on Team Canada and is 14th in MLS history in games played (343) and 9th in goals (104). He played 76 games for Toronto FC.