Welcome to Kick-ins, a summary of the week’s news.
9/14/17 Stars broaden orbit – The Tacoma Stars put together a team last year almost exclusively comprised of players with local ties, but it ended with a disappointing 10-10 record and no playoffs. As a reaction, the Stars inked a trio of former Kansas City Comets in an attempt to steer the team back to the postseason. Ramone Palmer, Alain Matingou, and Robert Palmer will give the Stars a major lift and will be a damaging loss for the Comets. Ramone Palmer’s 31 points last year would have led the Stars, whose leading scorer, Alex Megson, had 28 points.
9/19/17 MAS-aligned – The MASL unveiled its divisional alignment and the Dallas Sidekicks, Chicago Mustangs, and Atletico Baja were noticeably absent. T&B has since learned that all three teams were granted inactive status as long as they meet certain conditions and remain current on their league dues. The Sidekicks website came back online and the team released a statement that they plan to reorganize and return to play next year. The Mustangs have remained silent, but the league announced that they will play this year in the new second division MASL2. Baja’s website is down and they haven’t posted on Facebook since April, but it is expected that they will be relocated.
9/21/17 Saved by the enemy – The Kansas City Comets lived to fight another day, thanks in part to the team they fight with the most, the Milwaukee Wave. In a letter to season ticket holders, the Comets revealed that original team owner Brian Budzinski will get some help from an unlikely source. “Recently, a new ownership structure was formed with Brian remaining as one of the owners of the team along with a group from Milwaukee called Sports and Entertainment Business Solutions (SEB), which operates the Milwaukee Wave along with several other similar-level professional sports teams. As part of the four-year agreement, SEB will help the Comets grow our business in an ever-competitive sports market by supporting our tickets sales, sponsorship sales and game day operations,” part of the letter read. The Comets have scheduled a Wednesday press conference to announce their new Head Coach.
9/21/17 Vorberg departs – After 14 years with the Milwaukee Wave and almost 20 years in arena soccer, Nick Vorberg announced he is leaving the team. Vorberg has been an assistant coach the last few years, and played his last game during the 2015/16 season, compiling a career record of 167-116 according to Stats Crew.
9/23/17 MASL2 and USNAST’s big day – The USNAST ended their 12-game barnstorming tour with a solid 8-5 win over Mexico at the Denver Coliseum. It was also a big day for the new MASL2 when the Colorado Blizzard were announced as the league’s first team. The Blizzard had spent the last several seasons in the Premier Arena Soccer League.