Milwaukee Wave Information

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Milwaukee Wave
MKE Wave logo.png
Founded1984
Stadium UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
Capacity9,500
OwnerMike Zimmerman
Head CoachGiuliano Olivero [1]
League Major Arena Soccer League
2018–191st, South Central Division
Playoffs: Champions
Current season

The Milwaukee Wave is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1984, they have been the oldest continuously operating professional soccer team in the United States [2] and are the current champions of the Major Arena Soccer League. [3]

The team plays their games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena. The team colors are black, neon yellow and white. [4]

History

The team was founded on August 3, 1984, as a member of the American Indoor Soccer Association and has played in every season and incarnation of that league (see MISL). Milwaukee also hosted the 2003 and 2006 MISL II All-Star Games.[ citation needed]

Keith Tozer was the team's coach for 21 years before leaving to become United States national futsal team head coach. While with the Wave, he was the all-time winningest coach in North American indoor soccer, with six league championships and more than 700 wins. [5]

The Wave played in the first season of the Xtreme Soccer League in the 2008 – 2009 season, but moved to the new Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2009–2010 season.[ citation needed]

After the 2013–2014 season, the team announced that it was leaving the MISL along with five other teams and join the MASL. [6]

In 2014 the ownership group ROC Ventures, headed by Mike Zimmerman, became a partner in the team's ownership. [7]

Just before the 2014–15 season began, the Wave replaced their traditional green artificial turf with a black turf to match the team's colors and marketing strategy. Reception by fans and the press was mixed but generally positive. [8]

Players

Chad Vandegriffe playing for Milwaukee Wave c. 2017
As of 7 June 2019 [9]

Active roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 United States FW Chad Vandegriffe
4 Honduras MF Carlos Contreras
6 Brazil DF Guilherme Veiga
7 Netherlands FW Hans Denissen
8 Brazil MF Luan Olivera
9 Canada FW Robert Renaud
12 United States DF Stuart Grable
14 England MF Alex Bradley
18 Mexico MF Isaac Pereyra
23 Canada DF Daniel Chamale
No. Position Player
24 United States FW Max Ferdinand
25 United States MF Andrew Wiedabach
26 Canada MF Ian Bennett
28 Mexico MF Angel Curiel
30 Canada GK Josh Lemos
31 South Korea GK Matt Eisold
75 Brazil DF Jonathan Santos
77 Brazil MF Marcio Leite
82 Brazil GK Rafael Dias
99 Brazil FW Andre Hayne

Inactive roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States Matthew Yang
No. Position Player
2 China DF Tenzin Rampa

2019-20 Transfers

Transfers in

Entry date Position No. Player From club Ref.

Transfers out

Exit date Position No. Player To club Ref.
21 May 2019 DF 16 United States Drew Ruggles Florida Tropics [10]
23 May 2019 MF 10 Brazil Ricardo Sobreira Florida Tropics [11]

Wave Hall of Fame inductees

Name Inducted Years played
Peter Knezic 2009 1984–1990
Art Kramer 2009 1987–1991
Steve Morris 2009 1992–2002
Victor Nogueira 2009 1992–2003
Todd Dusosky 2009 1996–2007
Michael King 2009 1993–2008
Tony Pierce 2010 1985–1991, 1992–1993
Pat White 2011 1995–2005
Lee Rogers 2011 1986–1992
Greg Howes 2011 2000–2008, 2011–2012
George Pastor 2012 1986–1991
Michael Richardson 2012 1994–1995, 1996–2000
Jimmy Banks 2013 1987–1993
Ricky Mobley 2013 1993–2000

Retired numbers

Other notable former players

Year-by-year

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. Attend.
1984–85 AISA 6th AISA, 13–27 Did not qualify 2,114
1985–86 AISA 6th AISA, 11–29 Did not qualify 1,802
1986–87 AISA 4th North, 12–30 Did not qualify 2,316
1987–88 AISA 3rd AISA, 11–13 3rd place, 6–6 3,066
1988–89 AISA 2nd AISA, 24–16 Lost Semifinal 6,442
1989–90 AISA 2nd National, 21–19 Lost Semifinal 7,147
1990–91 NPSL II 2nd National, 23–17 Lost First Round 6,526
1991–92 NPSL II 4th National, 18–22 Did not qualify 7,629
1992–93 NPSL II 5th National, 17–23 Did not qualify 7,759
1993–94 NPSL II 4th National, 20–20 Lost First Round 7,326
1994–95 NPSL II 3rd National, 23–17 Lost First Round 7,108
1995–96 NPSL II 2nd National, 30–10 Lost Division Semifinal 7,363
1996–97 NPSL II 2nd Midwest, 26–14 Lost Conference Quarterfinal 7,975
1997–98 NPSL II 1st Central, 28–12 Won Championship 7,903
1998–99 NPSL II 2nd Central, 25–15 Lost Conference Semifinal 8,453
1999–2000 NPSL II 1st North, 31–13 Won Championship 8,002
2000–01 NPSL II 1st National, 24–16 Won Championship 8,310
2001–02 MISL II 1st MISL, 34–10 Lost Championship 6,665
2002–03 MISL II 1st Western, 28–8 Lost Championship 7,096
2003–04 MISL II 1st Central, 27–9 Lost Championship 6,012
2004–05 MISL II 1st MISL, 24–15 Won Championship 3,675
2005–06 MISL II 3rd MISL, 17–13 Lost Semifinal 4,352
2006–07 MISL II 4th MISL, 16–14 Lost Semifinal 4,618
2007–08 MISL II 2nd MISL, 22–8 Lost Semifinal 4,367
2008–09 XSL 3rd XSL, 10–10 No Playoffs 4,247
2009–10 MISL III 1st MISL, 14–6 Lost Championship 3,934
2010–11 MISL III 2nd MISL, 15–5 Won Championship 4,531
2011–12 MISL III 1st Central, 18–6 Won Championship 3,955
2012–13 MISL III 2nd MISL, 21–5 Lost Semifinals 5,068
2013–14 MISL III 2nd MISL, 16–4 Lost Semifinals 4,906
2014–15 MASL 2nd Central, 13–7 Lost Division Finals 2,961
2015–16 MASL 3rd Central, 13–7 Lost Division Finals 3,104 [1]
2016–17 MASL 2nd Central, 13–7 Lost Conference Final 3,793
2017–18 MASL 1st Central, 17–5 Lost Conference Final 4,101
2018–19 MASL 1st South Central, 21-3 Won Championship 4,023
Total 696–455
Win % = .605
4,372

Head coaches

Years Name
1984–1985, 1985–1986 Dave Johnson
1985–1987 Mike Custer
1987–1990 John Dolinsky
1990–1992 Johan Aarino
1992–2014 Keith Tozer*
2014–present Guilliano Oliviero
  • Keith Tozer missed parts of the 1997–98 & 1999–00 season coaching the US Futsal team. Both times, Art Kramer filled in.

Owners

Arenas

Reserves

The Milwaukee Wave United is the official reserve team for the Milwaukee Wave. The Wave United is involved in local premier leagues around the area of Milwaukee, and call the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena their home as well. While playing their home games at the "Panther" they take the field against the Major division clubs of Wisconsin. The Wave United's uniform colors are Black and Red with White trim. The Wave United has been[ when?] coached by Wave assistant coach Mark Litton. [12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Home – Major Arena Soccer League". www.maslsoccer.com.
  2. ^ "Cincinnati Kings to Battle MISL's Milwaukee Wave". Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  3. ^ "Teams". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Wave shows off new logo". WISN.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Coach Keith Tozer Announces New Soccer Academy". Urban Milwaukee. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  6. ^ Graham, Glenn. "Baltimore Blast joining with other teams to form new indoor soccer league". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ https://onmilwaukee.com/sports/articles/wavenewownership.html
  8. ^ Viquez, Marc (December 22, 2014). "Black is the New Black in Milwaukee". Stadium Journey. Chicago, IL. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Stats – Major Arena Soccer League". www.maslsoccer.com.
  10. ^ https://www.maslsoccer.com/news/tropics-add-ruggles-to-lineup
  11. ^ https://www.maslsoccer.com/news/tropics-add-more-brazilian-flair
  12. ^ http://www.milwaukeewave.com/Content/files/2013-2014MediaGuide.pdf

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