MISL Expands into Omaha

Team will Play in League’s Upcoming 2010-11 Season

Omaha, Neb. (Thursday, August 19, 2010) – The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) has added its second expansion team of the offseason, and the word around the rumor mill is that a third franchise is on the way. The MISL formally announced this week that the league has expanded into Omaha, Nebraska, with the announcement coming just over a month after the Missouri Comets formally came on board for the 2010-11 season.

“This is truly an exciting time for the MISL with the addition of a new team in Omaha,” MISL Commissioner David Grimaldi stated. “The Midwest is proving to be a strong area for MISL expansion and fits our long-term business model very well as we regionalize our league during the next few years of growth. Our new Omaha ownership group consists of passionately committed partners who will make the great city of Omaha very proud of its newest hometown professional sports team. Omaha can now enjoy the beginning of a new intense rivalry with the recently announced Comets just down the road in Independence, Missouri. Additional close rivalries are projected in the near future.”

The soon-to-be-named expansion franchise will play its home slate of games at the Omaha Civic Auditorium Arena, which is located in the heart of downtown Omaha. Two other sports teams which call the venue home include the Omaha Beef of the Indoor Football League and the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.

“All of the MISL ownership groups are happy to see the league expand into Missouri and now Omaha," said Ed Hale, Chairman of the MISL and owner of the Baltimore Blast. “We expect to add at least one more team before the start of the 2010-11 season, which will set the stage for this season and next season, when we could have as many as three or four more teams join the MISL. The future is the brightest for our great sport as it has been in 10 years.”

No formal announcement has been made regarding where the third expansion franchise may be placed, but it would bring the total number of teams in the MISL up to eight clubs. In addition to Omaha and the Missouri Comets, the league is slated to return the Baltimore Blast, La RaZa de Monterrey, Milwaukee Wave, Philadelphia KiXX and Rockford Rampage for its upcoming season of play.

Last year, the league kicked off the regular season in November and concluded in March. The MISL Playoffs are set up so the top three sides reach the postseason, with the second and third ranked seeds playing a home-and-home series (with Golden Goal Match if needed) to advance to the MISL Finals against the team that ended the regular season atop the league standings. 2009-10 ended with La RaZa defeating the Blast in the semis before knocking off Milwaukee to win the MISL Championship.

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