Hardcore local soccer fans can catch the Rockford Rampage in a preseason game against the Major Indoor Soccer Leagues Detroit Ignition this Saturday, Oct. 13. The good news is admission to the game is free. The bad news is the game will be played in Fort Wayne, Ind.
OK, so you still want to go. Fort Wayne is about 245 miles from Rockford. The game starts at noon. That means youll have to be on the road by about 7 a.m. Thats why youre hardcore.
Oscar Albuquerque, Rockford Rampage president, said: Fort Wayne is a great soccer market and would make a fine addition to the American Indoor Soccer League (AISL). This game will be a great exhibition for the fans.
The AISL has teams in Cincinnati, Rockford, Springfield, Mo., Tulsa, Okla., and Waukegan. The league will be starting its fifth anniversary season in November.
This pre-season exhibition game will bring in the two finalists in their respective leagues championship games. The Ignition finished in first place in the MISL with an 18-12 record. They ended up losing in the championship game to the Philadelphia KiXX 13-8 last April.
The Rockford Rampage, formerly known as the Thunder, lost to the Massachusetts Twisters 11-5 in the AISL championship game.
The game will be played at The Plex Sports Center at 1807 E. California Road. For more information, call The Plex at (260) 496-9999.
Frequent readers of my columns know Im not a soccer fan. I wouldnt get up at 7 a.m. to watch soccer if it were being played in my own back yard. Thats just me. I hope everyone who goes has a very safe trip. Let us know who wins!
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
.from the Oct. 10, 2007, issue