Apr 13, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
MISL News Release
Monday, March 17, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – The following is a statement from the Major Indoor Soccer League:
“Since acquiring the MISL in 2011, we have been committed to raising the overall standards within the league and bringing increased stability to what had previously been a turbulent period for the indoor professional game. While we have on many counts made progress towards these goals during the past three years, we have also come to the conclusion that in order to realize our fundamental strategic objective of a vibrant and sustainable model for indoor professional soccer at the highest level, it will be necessary for us to do more than continue to make minor adjustments to the existing framework.
“Accordingly, the MISL is undertaking a process of comprehensively reviewing all aspects of the property including its membership, competitive product, and economic model. Fundamental to the resulting reforms that will be implemented is ensuring that our most important partners, the team owners, not only share our vision, but are also capable of meeting the operational, economic, and legal standards of participating in a high-level indoor professional soccer league. As a result, several teams that possess a different philosophy on how to structure and operate an indoor professional soccer league will not be returning to the MISL.
“The MISL refuses to compromise or otherwise relax its standards as a shortcut to increasing its number of teams in the immediate-term, and to the contrary believes that this is the proper time for the ownership standards to be increased in order to best position this league for long-term success. If that means it becomes necessary for us to not have a 2014-15 season schedule in order to ensure that we can fully complete a process of rebuilding a strong and committed membership of ambitious team owners, then that is a route we are prepared to pursue.
“We will be spending the next few months working to determine the future of the league with those who possess the capability, desire, and assets to be a part of building a league that is truly special and is worthy of the illustrious history of the MISL name. Several prominent organizations with arena sports interests have committed to be part of this process and we are excited about where this will lead us. We look forward to sharing with our fans the result of these efforts in mid-2014 and appreciate the passionate following the sport continues to have throughout North America.”
Mar 16, 2014
PASL regular season. Ron Newman Cup. U.S. Open. The Chicago Mustangs have won every team trophy in the 2013-14 Professional Arena Soccer League season. A tightly-played opening half eventually opened up and the Mustangs defeated Hidalgo La Fiera 14-5 Sunday before a crowd of 3,969 at the Sears Centre Arena.
A pair of goals by La Fiera had Hidalgo back in the game midway through the second quarter, but the final 3+ minutes were taken over by the Mustangs. Vaca assisted on goals scored by Martinez and Adrian Ortiz, which made the score 5-2 at the halftime break.
Luis Ortega scored what would be the game-winner at 1:17 of the third quarter when he caught La Fiera goalie Juan Gamboa off his line to score from over midfield. Chicago was on its way to nine-goal half as David Aranda, Moya and Vaca added to the total before Hidalgo could slow the bleeding at 10:04 of the quarter. Chicago led 10-4 at the third intermission.
Four-straight goals in the fourth (Ortiz, Vaca, Ortega and Martinez) made it 14-4 with 6:55 remaining. La Fiera scored once more, but it was too little as Chicago celebrated their Ron Newman Cup and U.S. Open victory.
Making several big saves, Jesus Flores earned the victory in net for Chicago. Flores finished with 13 saves and completed the season playing every minute of all 18 league games. After the game Flores was named winner of the Aaron Susi/Ron Newman Cup MVP.
|Chicago easily defeated Cleveland on Saturday|
WHO: Chicago Mustangs vs Hidalgo La Fiera FC
WHEN: Sunday at 4:30 PM
Two trophies will be awarded sometime this evening at Sears Centre Arena in a winner-takes-all matchup between the top two PASL teams: Chicago Mustangs and Hidalgo La Fiera. Chicago advanced to this spot by defeating Eastern Division opponent Cleveland Freeze 10-3 in their Ron Newman Cup semifinal. Hidalgo fought for a hard-earned 5-4 victory against Las Vegas Legends. The La Fiera win also served as a U.S. Open semifinal and set up the double final this afternoon.
Chicago will be looking to complete the PASL Triple Crown, winning the regular season title, Ron Newman Cup and U.S. Open trophy all in the same season. San Diego Sockers were the last to accomplish the feat after a perfect 16-0 record in 2011-12. The Sockers also were Triple Crown winners in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
The Mustangs rolled through the season, going 16-0 in league play and scoring a league-high 202 goals. Three games in the U.S. Open provided additional challenges to their perfect season, but Chicago advanced with little difficulty.
Hidalgo had a slightly more difficult path to the finals, finishing with a 14-2 regular season record in the tough Central Division. Dropping their opening game of the season against arch-rival Monterrey Flash, La Fiera would win nine in-a-row before stumbling again in Monterrey. Revenge would be sweet for the border-club, who defeated the Flash in mid-January 7-1 and ending their season in the division playoff final on March 1.
U.S. Open victories over Dallas Sidekicks, Austin FC and Las Vegas have Hidalgo La Fiera in position to make their claim to the two trophies. It will all be decided tonight. Two teams. Two trophies. One game.
Fans can purchase tickets online or at the Sears Centre Arena box office. The game will stream live online via America ONE Sports (English) or the Chicago Mustangs YouTube channel (Spanish).
For in-game updates follow the Chicago Mustangs on Twitter: @MustangsSoccer
Ron Newman Cup Event Page: http://goo.gl/wxRHDe
Mar 13, 2014
Hidalgo La Fiera boasts an offense that led the PASL in goal differential (+120) and was second in the league in goals scored. Coach Bollella kept last year’s team intact and brought in Farias Ughy to complete a roster that is battle tested and ready to take their place as the team to challenge for this year’s Ron Newman Cup title.
The Las Vegas Legends fell in last year’s semifinals and decided to retool the team during the offseason. Coach Cohen added players to the team that would compliment Vegas superstar Enrique Tovar, who had a league record 40 assists, and provide enough scoring power to reach the next level. Las Vegas proved this year that the new formula works by defeating league power, San Diego Flash, twice in a row to reach this year’s semifinal.
Hidalgo and Las Vegas are two teams with the same goal in mind: reach the finals and hoist the Ron Newman Cup. Both La Fiera and the Legends had a tough road leading up to this moment. Hidalgo defeated rival Monterrey Flash by the score of 9-8 and the Legends defeated the Sockers 11-7. These were two incredibly tough games that took a lot out of these two teams, but, with the cup in sight, these teams will have to dig deep and survive two more games in order to be crowned champions.
Event page: https://plus.google.com/events/cse24fp0qgv62ihq6p644kkmoqk