Apr 13, 2014

PASL and Former MISL Teams Enter into Historic Agreement

Press Release
Professional Arena Soccer League 
Director of Electronic Media
Sydney Nusinov
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PASL and Former MISL Teams Enter into Historic Agreement

4/12/14  -  The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) Management, in conjunction with management from the Baltimore Blast, San Diego Sockers, and Missouri Comets have created a new partnership for all of the current PASL teams, and former MISL teams, that will unify professional arena/indoor soccer. The announcement was made in a special halftime ceremony at today's NWSL FC Kansas City home opener.

The league and teams will be working hard the next couple weeks to get all of the lease agreements and final paperwork done for every team that will be part of the new partnership.  "Getting this done in a timely manner was extremely important for all of the teams that will be taking part," said PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken.  "We all received a lot of feedback from team owners that played in both leagues, but needed to have a small group with specific skills and experience to do the final negotiating for everyone, so we could get this done quickly.

"This is such a wonderful moment for the PASL, of course, but for arena soccer as a sport," Milliken continued. "To get from the level of acrimony that existed between various leagues when we started the Premier Arena Soccer League (the PASL's amateur developmental league) in 1998 to the camaraderie that exists between owners now is something that people said could not be done.

"We would like to thank Blast owner Ed Hale, Comets owner Brad Likens, and Sockers owner Phil Salvagio  for taking leadership and having the vision to make this happen," said Milliken. "The combined history and experience of these owners is going to really accelerate our growth and their contributions will be invaluable." 

The league will have around 20 teams in the US and Mexico and will be considered the top level of arena soccer in North America.  The timing of the agreement is significant because the PASL will be hosting the first ever WMF World Cup of Arena Soccer in February/March 2015.

"For the first time the US National Arena Soccer Team will have access to all of the best talent in the country and we will have a bigger pool of potential host cities to showcase our six-a-side boarded arena soccer to the rest of the world," states US National Arena Soccer Team head coach Phil Salvagio. .

Heading into its seventh season, the PASL has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth.  From eight teams in 2008-09, the league swelled to 20 teams this season, while attendance has increased 105% since 2011-12.  Average attendance is projected to jump another 50% or more in the upcoming season with the addition of the new teams.

While the new partnership has positioned itself as the future of arena soccer it now also has a rich pedigree in the sport's history.  The league's Dallas Sidekicks will be celebrating 30 years since their founding and the San Diego Sockers history can be traced back to the 1970s.

The Baltimore Blast franchise was founded in 1992, but Baltimore has had continuous arena soccer since 1980, winning seven championships.

The Missouri Comets, based in Independence, won the most recent MISL championship in March. The Comets name dates back to 1981 and the Kansas City area has enjoyed almost 30 seasons of arena soccer.

The leagues owners meeting is May 17th and 18th in Baltimore, and will be having a formal press conference on Monday May 19th, time and location TBD. The majority of the teams, division layout, and any other changes will be announced then.
About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League 
The PASL is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008.  The league, which concluded its sixth season with the Chicago Mustangs claiming the Newman Cup on March 16, is the largest and longest-running arena soccer organization in the US. The Tulsa Revolution, Ontario Fury, Wichita B-52s, Monterrey Flash, Saltillo Rancho Seco, Cleveland Freeze, and Bay Area Rosal were added for the 2013/14 season. The PASL-Premier just concluded its 16th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league and is the official developmental league of the PASL. Both the PASL and PASL-Premier are members of Confederacion Panamerica de Minifutbol (CPM). 


Mar 17, 2014

USL Issues Statement On MISL

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

Chicago Win PASL Triple Crown


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.
Bryan Moya opened scoring just :29 into the game and that set the tone for what was to come. Wilo Martinez, who was shut out in the semifinal against Cleveland, scored at 2:24 and Miguel Vaca closed the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

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.

Official gamesheet

Ron Newman Cup Preview: Mustangs Clash With La Fiera

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

Las Vegas & Hidalgo Set To Clash This Weekend

Two division champions will clash this weekend at the Sears Centre in Chicago, as the Central Division Champion Hidalgo La Fiera FC (14-2) will go up against the Pacific Division Champion Las Vegas Legends (13-3) in the first semifinal of the Ron Newman Cup, which will take place on March 15th.

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