Milwaukee Wave

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 currently play in 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]

Milwaukee Wave
MKE Wave logo
StadiumUW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
OwnerMike Zimmerman
Head CoachGiuliano Olivero [1]
LeagueMajor Arena Soccer League
2017–181st, Central Division


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.

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.

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]


Chad Vandegriffe jumping by Kyle Sykes
Chad Vandegriffe playing for Milwaukee Wave c. 2017
As of 13 March 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
10 Brazil MF Ricardo Sobreira
12 United States DF Stuart Grable
14 England MF Alex Bradley
16 United States DF Drew Ruggles
18 Mexico MF Isaac Pereyra
No. Position Player
23 Canada DF Daniel Chamale
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 Tibet DF Tenzin Rampa

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 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, 28–9 Lost Championship 7,096
2003–04 MISL II 1st Central, 26–9 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, 17–6 Lost Conference Final 4,101
Total 673–453
Win % = .597

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.


  • United States Luis Antonio Ramos - Tony (1984)
  • United States Ron Creten, Wayne Lueders, Dr. Christiansen (1985–87)
  • United States Michael H. Bazelon (1987–??)
  • United States Charles Krause (2002–09)
  • United States James Lindenberg (2009–2013)
  • United States Sue Black (2013–2014)
  • United States Mike Zimmerman (2014–present)



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 coached by Wave assistant coach Mark Litton.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Home – Major Arena Soccer League".
  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". 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. ^
  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".
  10. ^

External links

2009–10 Major Indoor Soccer League season

The 2009–10 Major Indoor Soccer League is the sophomore season for the league, and first under the revived MISL banner. 32 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer. The members of the MISL's second season teams are the Baltimore Blast, the Milwaukee Wave, the Monterrey La Raza, the Philadelphia KiXX, and the Rockford Rampage.

The season kicked off on November 13, 2009, with the NISL champion, Baltimore Blast, welcoming the Rockford Rampage. The regular season concluded on March 21, 2010, with the Rockford Rampage hosting Monterrey La Raza.

This year also marks the first season since the KiXX founding that they will play at a new arena, the Liacouras Center, on the campus of Temple University.Shortly before the season began, the league was re-branded as the Major Indoor Soccer League.

The season for each team has expanded to twenty games, so each team this year will play ten home and ten away games. However, due to arena conflicts with Temple University, the Kixx will play eight home games and twelve road games.

On March 9, 2010, with an 11-6 win over the Rockford Rampage, the Milwaukee Wave clinched the first playoff spot. This continues the Wave's tradition of making the playoffs every season in a league named MISL. This also marks the fifteenth season since the 1993–1994 NPSL for the Wave to qualify for the playoffs.

2010–11 Major Indoor Soccer League season

The 2010–11 Major Indoor Soccer League season is the third season for the league, and second under the MISL banner. Also 33 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer.

Three new teams, the Omaha Vipers, the Missouri Comets, and the Chicago Riot joined the league prior to the season's beginning.

2011–12 Major Indoor Soccer League season

The 2011–12 Major Indoor Soccer League season was the third under the MISL banner and fourth season overall. Also 34 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer. The season would end with the Milwaukee Wave winning their sixth title in franchise history and second MISL title in a row.

In May 2011, the United Soccer Leagues announced it had entered into an agreement with the MISL to operate the indoor league. In September, the Chicago Kick announced that they were unable to secure an arena in time to begin play for 2011–12, but planned to join the MISL in 2012–13.

Besides the aborted team in Chicago, other franchises were added in Syracuse, Norfolk, Rochester and Wichita. Of the four, the reborn Rochester Lancers were the most successful, finishing second in league attendance and qualifying for the league playoffs.

2012–13 Major Indoor Soccer League season

The 2012–13 Major Indoor Soccer League season is the second under the United Soccer Leagues banner, fourth under the MISL name, and the fifth season overall. It is also the 35 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer. The season started on November 2, 2012 and ended on March 3, 2013.

2013–14 Major Indoor Soccer League season

The 2013–14 Major Indoor Soccer League season is the third under the United Soccer Leagues banner, fifth under the MISL name, and the sixth season overall. The season began on November 15 and concluded on March 2. Each team played a 20-game schedule. This was the final season for this third incarnation of the MISL. 6 of the 7 teams joined the Professional Arena Soccer League, later renamed Major Arena Soccer League.

2016–17 Major Arena Soccer League season

The 2016–17 Major Arena Soccer League season was the ninth season for the league and the third since six teams from the former Major Indoor Soccer League defected to what was formerly called the Professional Arena Soccer League. The regular season started on October 29, 2016, and ended on March 5, 2017. Each team played a 20-game schedule. The defending champions were the Baltimore Blast. The Blast repeated in 2016–17, defeating the Sonora Suns in the Ron Newman Cup, 2–1.

2017–18 Major Arena Soccer League season

The 2017–18 Major Arena Soccer League season is the tenth season for the league. The regular season started on October 28, 2017, and ended on March 4, 2018. Each team played a 22-game schedule. The Baltimore Blast won their third straight Ron Newman Cup Championship by defeating the Monterrey Flash 4–3 on March 25.

Chad Ashton

Chad Ashton (born October 26, 1967 in Denver, Colorado) is a retired American soccer midfielder who spent one season in Major League Soccer, four in the American Professional Soccer League, six in the National Professional Soccer League and one in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He coached for ten years at the collegiate level and is currently an assistant coach with D.C. United.

Dave Kasper

Dave Kasper is a retired American soccer player and the general manager for D.C. United.

Greg Howes

Greg Howes (born March 26, 1977 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American soccer player, most recently coach for Las Vegas Legends in the Professional Arena Soccer League.

Jimmy Banks

James Banks (born September 2, 1964 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a retired defender. After a standout career at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Banks spent six seasons playing indoor soccer with the Milwaukee Wave. He also earned 35 caps with the national team between 1986 and 1991, including two games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Since retiring from playing professionally, Banks has entered the coaching ranks with both youth clubs and the Milwaukee School of Engineering men's team. His current key roles as a coach is to better students through his favorite phrases of "Wack!", "We need those!", and "Let it rip!".

Favorite Restaurant:

Bank’s recently discovered the restaurant chain “Pizza Ranch”. Banks commonly takes the MSOE men’s team to the restaurant chain for post game meals.

Johnny Torres

Johnny Torres (born April 24, 1976 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian-American soccer midfielder and coach who is currently the head coach of his alma mater, Creighton University. Torres has played in Major League Soccer, USL-1, and currently also plays for the Omaha Vipers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He has also earned caps with the U.S. Futsal team.

Major Indoor Soccer League (2001–08)

The Major Indoor Soccer League was the top professional indoor soccer league in the United States. The league was a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA. The MISL had replaced the NPSL which folded in 2001. According to, the league ceased operations as of May 31, 2008. "We are considering structural changes that will bring us greater efficiencies, while also allowing long term growth and expansion of the League", said John Hantz, former Chairman of the MISL, and Owner/Operator of the Detroit Ignition. All the teams from MISL went to the new indoor leagues: NISL, PASL and the XSL. The NISL and XSL used the same playing rules as the MISL.

Milwaukee Wave United

The Milwaukee Wave United was an American professional soccer team, which last played in the A-League, the American second division.

The Wave United was formed and joined the A-League after the Milwaukee Rampage folded in 2002. The team announced that it would withdraw from the A-League on November 9, 2004 and play an exhibition schedule starting in 2005.

The Wave United were affiliated with the Milwaukee Wave, an indoor team.

Nick Perera

Nicolas Perera (born 5 June 1986) is a Spanish-born, American professional footballer who plays with and is the head coach for the Tacoma Stars of the MASL as well as the United States national beach soccer team.

Sasho Cirovski

Sasho Cirovski (born 1962) is a Macedonian-Canadian soccer coach of the University of Maryland. Born in Macedonia and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Cirovski led his University of Maryland team to the NCAA championship in 2005, 2008, and 2018.

Steve Morris (soccer)

Steve Morris (born 2 June 1967) is a retired Scottish association football player and coach. Morris spent most of his career with the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League, but he also played in the USISL A-League and the first Major Indoor Soccer League.

Victor Nogueira

Victor Nogueira (born July 17, 1959 in Mozambique) is a retired American soccer goalkeeper. Nogueira spent six seasons in the North American Soccer League, but gained his greatest recognition in over twenty seasons in three indoor leagues, the Major Indoor Soccer League, National Professional Soccer League and the second Major Indoor Soccer League. He was also a member of the U.S. futsal team which took second place at the 1992 FIFA Futsal World Championship, and he is the father of FC Kansas City and United States forward Casey Loyd. He was elected to the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.

Xtreme Soccer League

The Xtreme Soccer League (XSL) was an indoor soccer league that began play in December 2008. Four teams from the former Major Indoor Soccer League participated in the first XSL season: the Chicago Storm, Detroit Ignition, Milwaukee Wave, and New Jersey Ironmen. Other former MISL teams joined the National Indoor Soccer League or Professional Arena Soccer League.

The XSL officially launched on September 16, 2008, with a press conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brian Loftin was the XSL's commissioner. Each team played a 20-game schedule beginning in December and ending in late March. There were no playoffs.On December 3, 2008, the XSL announced that Brine would supply the Triumph X 600 as the official match ball.

Citing economic trouble, the XSL folded in July 2009. Although the league officially called it a one-year hiatus, the league never resumed play.

Affiliated Leagues
Sports teams based in Wisconsin

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