Friday, November 2, 2012

LD Update: MISL season kicks off; NASL Minnesota gets new owners

The spotlight of MISL opening weekend was stolen away a bit by the NASL's announcement Friday that the Board of Governors ratified a deal that allowed the league-owned Minnesota Stars to be acquired by a new local ownership group.

Though the league and team statement about the vote and sale of the team made no mentions of who comprises the ownership group, Inside Minnesota Soccer unveiled UnitedHealth Care executive William McGuire as one of the likely principals in the group.

The news began to take a turn for the better for the Stars earlier in the week when it was unveiled the team had received a stay of execution with the postponement of a vote on continued league ownership of the team. The news came out on the heels of news that Loudoun County, Virginia would be home to the next NASL expansion team.

Meanwhile, in one of two opening night MISL contests, the expansion Chicago Soul won in their debut, picking up a 13-8 victory on the road against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

MISL News: The league announced that every game will be streamed live online for the upcoming season at The Chicago Soul signed former Missouri Comet Bato Radoncic to a three-year contract, five veteran players, as well as eight other players... The Comets, meanwhile, signed former MLS player Will John... The Rochester Lancers added outdoor defender Danny Earls on loan from the Rhinos... The Baltimore Blast signed five players, including Italian National Futsal Team goalkeeper William Vanzela, who was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2011 Futsal World Cup while leading Italy to the title... The Wichita Wings finished building its roster by signing Michael Mesle. 

The series of MISL Team Previews:  Baltimore... Chicago... Milwuakee... Missouri... Rochester... Syracuse... Wichita

USL News: The expansion USL Pro side Phoenix added two more players to the roster, signing defender Devin Grousis of the Charlotte Eagles and former Brazilian youth international midfielder Diego Faria... The Richmond Kickers announced trials for early February and late March... The PDL SC United FC Bantoms named Gary Winchester as head coach... Longtime USL player Eduardo Sebrango announced his retirement (again) after coming back to play the inaugural MLS campaign with longtime club Montreal Impact.