The MISL clubs will play a 20-game schedule.
League Unveils 2010-11 Schedule
The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced that the Chicago Riot has come on board as the third expansion team for the league in its upcoming season of play. The Riot will join the fellow expansion Omaha Vipers and Missouri Comets, bringing the total number on the MISL roster to five clubs when added to the returning Baltimore Blast and Milwaukee Wave.
"The Chicago market is very important to the MISL and having Peter Wilt in charge of our newest team is a fantastic bonus,” MISL Commissioner David Grimaldi stated. “Peter is very well known and respected in the Chicago area and will certainly make our newest MISL team, the Chicago Riot, a great success.”
Wilt most recently spent the 2009-10 MISL season in Milwaukee with the Wave where he served as the team’s CEO and President. Well known within the soccer community in the Midwest, Wilt was a key leader of the Chicago Power when the team played in the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) in the 1990s. He was then the first man to perform the roles of President and General Manager for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer (MLS), being named the MLS Executive of the Year in 1998 and remaining with the Fire until 2005. After leading a group to bring MLS to Milwaukee, he then stepped into the position of CEO for the Chicago Red Stars of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and continues to serve as an Alternate Governor for the club. Among the honors he has earned throughout his professional career include his being named to the Illinois Hall of Fame and the Chicago Fire’s Ring of Fire.
The Riot steps in as the fifth team in the MISL after three clubs that participated last season chose to pull from competition. La RaZa de Monterrey, which won the 2009-10 MISL Championship, is noting the massive damage caused by Hurricane Alex as the reason for the team being unable to compete this season. Both the Philadelphia KiXX and Rockford Rampage will also not play in 2010-11, as team owners have decided to shut down operations prior to league action commencing.
"The entire management group and I appreciate Monterrey, Philadelphia and Rockford's years of service to the MISL and the game of professional indoor soccer," Grimaldi said of the three franchises.
The MISL will swing back into competition on Friday, November 12th, when the Comets host Milwaukee. The following week, the Riot will play its inaugural contest in Baltimore, while Omaha will also be playing its first-ever match at Missouri. The MISL’s regular season will conclude on Sunday, March 13th, with a pair of games on slate for that day. The league will then begin the postseason with the second and third ranked clubs playing a home-and-home series to see which team plays the number one seed for the MISL Championship.
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