The MISL plans to announce another expansion club in the near future as well.
Team Set to Return to League for 2011-12 Season
The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced that it will be returning a franchise to the City of Wichita, Kansas, next season, returning to a community that formerly operated the Wichita Wings from 1979-2001. The team will play its home contests at the Hartman Arena in Park City, now bringing the league roster up to six clubs.
“Returning the MISL and professional indoor soccer to Wichita has been a goal of mine since I joined the MISL in 2002,” MISL Commissioner David Grimaldi stated. “Wichita has a rich history, having maintained its status as one of the most successful professional indoor soccer teams on and off the field. Even today, it has a strong following and tremendous support from the local community. We are fortunate to have Wichita, Mr. "Wink" Hartman and the great Wichita fans re-joining the MISL. This is a great day for the MISL.”
The Wichita team will be owned and operated by Willis “Wink” Hartman, who is the President of Hartman Oil in addition to having founded a stable of other businesses in the Wichita region. Among the companies in which he has played a prominent role include the Hartman Arena, Chester’s Chop House and the Wichita Wings indoor football franchise.
The MISL, which wraps up the 2010-11 regular season this weekend, has played with five clubs this past season. Along with the longstanding Baltimore Blast and Milwaukee Wave, expansion franchises that debuted in the league this year consisted of the Chicago Riot, Missouri Comets and Omaha Vipers. With Wichita set to join as the sixth team for next season, Grimaldi says that league expansion has still not been completed for the upcoming year of play.
"It has to be noted that in spite of the tough economic times we are all facing, the MISL provides fans with the ‘best-value buy’ in sports entertainment,” Grimaldi said. “Our game has been in existence since 1978 and is entertaining, fast-paced, high-scoring, fiercely competitive and affordable for the entire family. This is a true win-win situation for the city and fans of Wichita and the MISL. We are also working on an upcoming announcement regarding another great market that will be joining the MISL."
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