The American Indoor Soccer League (AISL) 2007 Championship will be up for grabs this Saturday night, March 31. Our home team, the Rockford Thunder, led by AISL leading scorer Bato Radoncic, will have an uphill battle as they have to travel all the way to the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield, Mass.
The Thunder will be looking for an upset against the team really playing at home, the Massachusetts Twisters.
The two teams finished with an equal number of wins during the regular seasonboth teams earned eight victories. The Twisters finished with five losses, while the Thunder only had four. I thought that would earn the Thunder a chance to play at home, but no. According to AISL Media Relations Director Rich Paschette, the Twisters won home field advantage because of the way the league awards points for wins in regulation versus wins in overtime. The Thunder beat the Twisters in Springfield earlier in the season. However, the victory was an overtime win and, instead of earning 2 points, the Thunder only received 1. That difference cost them homefield advantage in the championship game.
Both teams will be making their first appearance in the title game. The Twisters have been in the league 10 seasons. This is the inaugural season for the Thunder.
Local fans can log on to AISL.org on Saturday night for updated scores during the game. The kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. local time.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue