2012–13 Rockford Rampage season

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Rockford Rampage
Rampage logo.png
2012–13 PASL season
Owner Saul Robles
Head Coach Jeff Kraft
Arena Victory Sports Complex
Loves Park, Illinois
PASL 4th, Central
US Open Cup Wild Card Round
Highest home attendance 485
(November 24, 2012)
vs Chicago Mustangs
Lowest home attendance 200
(multiple games)
Average home league attendance 286 (over 8 home games)[1]

The 2012–13 Rockford Rampage season was the first and only season of the new Rockford Rampage indoor soccer club. The Rampage, a Central Division team in the Professional Arena Soccer League, played their home games in the Victory Sports Complex in Loves Park, Illinois. The team was led by owner Saul Robles, head coach Jeff Kraft, and assistant coach Armando Sanchez.[2]

Season summary[edit]

The team had mixed results in the regular season. The Rampage started the season with a four-game win streak but stumbled as the team's best players were signed by the Chicago Soul of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Ultimately, the team finished 7–9 and failed to qualify for the postseason.

The Rampage participated in the 2012–13 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer. They lost to the Chicago Mustangs in the Wild Card round, abruptly ending their run in the tournament.

History[edit]

The previous indoor soccer franchise, founded in 2005 as the Rockford Thunder, was initially a member of the American Indoor Soccer League. They played home games at the Victory Sports Complex in Loves Park, Illinois. In August 2007, the team changed its name to "Rockford Rampage" to accommodate a women's fastpitch softball team, the Texas Thunder, which relocated to Rockford. The Rampage won the 2007–08 AISL Championship but the league folded soon after the season.

In 2008, the Rampage became a founding member of the National Indoor Soccer League and relocated to the Rockford MetroCentre in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The team continued in that league (renamed "Major Indoor Soccer League" in 2009) until going on hiatus in October 2010.[3][4] Current Rampage head coach Jeff Kraft also led these previous incarnations of the team. The new Rockford Rampage joined the Professional Arena Soccer League in August 2012.[5]

Off-field moves[edit]

In November 2012, the Rampage signed a marketing agreement that made Radioactive Energy Drink the team's "presenting sponsor" for this season. The beverage's logo was featured on the front of the team's uniform jerseys.[6]

Roster moves[edit]

The team held an open tryout at the Victory Sports Complex on Saturday, September 22, 2012.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

On November 13, 2012, Rampage goalkeeper Ante Cop was named PASL Player of the Week for helping lead the team to a 3-0 start and for excellent defensive goalkeeping.[8][9]

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Regular season[edit]

Game Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location[10] Attendance
Final Score Record
1 Saturday November 3 7:35pm at Ohio Vortex W 6–1 1–0 Gameday Sports Center[11] 311[12]
2 Friday November 9 7:35pm at Illinois Piasa W 10–7 2–0 The Sports Academy 178[13]
3 Saturday November 10 7:00pm at Cincinnati Kings W 4–1 3–0 GameTime Training Center 210[14]
4 Saturday November 24 7:05pm Chicago Mustangs W 7–6[15][16] 4–0 Victory Sports Complex[4] 485[17]
5 Saturday December 8 4:30pm at Chicago Mustangs L 7–8 (OT)[18] 4–1 Grand Sports Arena 459[19]
6 Sunday December 9 3:35pm at Illinois Piasa L 2–5[18] 4–2 The Sports Academy 188[20]
7 Sunday December 16 6:00pm at Rio Grande Valley Flash L 1–7[21] 4–3 State Farm Arena 1,357[22]
8 Saturday December 22 8:05pm Texas Strikers W 16–5 5–3 Victory Sports Complex 266[23]
9 Saturday December 29 7:05pm Rio Grande Valley Flash L 2–3[24] 5–4 Victory Sports Complex[25] 322[26]
10 Saturday January 5 7:05pm Dallas Sidekicks L 4–11[27] 5–5 Victory Sports Complex 283[28]
11 Saturday January 12 7:05pm Illinois Piasa W 8–1[29] 6–5 Victory Sports Complex 200[30]
12 Saturday January 19 7:05pm Chicago Mustangs L 5–8 6–6 Victory Sports Complex 338[31]
13 Saturday January 26 7:05pm Detroit Waza L 10–14 6–7 Victory Sports Complex 200[32]
14 Saturday February 2 7:05pm Harrisburg Heat W 5–3[33] 7–7 Victory Sports Complex 200[34]
15 Saturday February 9 7:00pm at Dallas Sidekicks L 5–14[35] 7–8 Allen Event Center[36] 5,499[37]
16 Sunday February 10 3:05pm at Texas Strikers L 8–9 7–9 Ford Arena 409[38]

† Game also counts for US Open Cup, as listed in chart below.

2012–13 US Open Cup for Arena Soccer[edit]

Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance
Final Score Team Record
Wild Card December 8 4:30pm at Chicago Mustangs L 7–8[18] 0–1 Grand Sports Arena 459[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League Attendance". Professional Arena Soccer League. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "PASL Adds Rockford, IL". United States Indoor Sports Association. August 21, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sleger, Gareth (October 18, 2010). "Rockford pro indoor soccer team to miss 2010-11 season". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL). Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Leber, Scott (November 20, 2012). "Rampage Return". Rockford, IL: WTVO-TV. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Leber, Scott (August 21, 2012). "Rampage Coming Back". Rockford, IL: WTVO-TV. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ RRStar Staff (November 6, 2012). "Rockford Rampage signs with Radioactive Energy Drink". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL). Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff (September 17, 2012). "Rockford Rampage tryouts this Saturday". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL). Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "PASL Weekly". Our Sports Central. November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ante Cop PASL Player of the Week". Our Sports Central. November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rockford Rampage Schedule". Our Sports Central. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff Reports (October 30, 2012). "Rockford Rampage announces first games of season". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL). Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Box Score: Gameday Sports Center - Sat, Nov 03, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Box Score: PASL Head Office - Fri, Nov 09, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Box Score: Game Time - Sat, Nov 10, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 10, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ Fleischer, Peter (November 24, 2012). "Rampage Win Home Opener". Rockford, IL: WTVO-TV. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ Tropp, Emily (November 24, 2012). "Late goal gives Rampage victory". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL). Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Nov 24, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "Rampage Loses vs Mustangs 8-7". Our Sports Central. December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Box Score: Grand Sports Arena - Sat, Dec 08, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sun, Dec 09, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 9, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Flash Win Second Straight". Our Sports Central. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Box Score: State Farm Arena - Sun, Dec 16, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Dec 22, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 22, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Rampage Loses at Home vs Flash 3-2". Our Sports Central. January 1, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Flash earn first Road Win". Our Sports Central. December 30, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Dec 29, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 29, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Dallas Sidekicks Roll to 8-0 with 11-4 Win over Rockford". Our Sports Central. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Jan 05, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Rampage Get Back On Track, Defeat Piasa 8-1". Our Sports Central. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Jan 12, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Jan 19, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Jan 26, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  33. ^ Bullock, Michael (February 3, 2013). "Harrisburg Heat fall for second straight night, drop 5-3 decision at Rockford". The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA: Advance Publications). Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Feb 02, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  35. ^ Barron, J. David (February 9, 2013). "Sidekicks clinch Central title: Team honors living legend Tatu". Allen American-Star (Allen, TX: Star Local News). Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Dallas Sidekicks to Play for Division Title, Retire Tatu's Jersey Saturday Night". Our Sports Central. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Box Score: Allen Event Center - Sat, Feb 09, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Box Score: Ford Arena - Sun, Feb 10, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • rockfordrampage.com Rockford Rampage official website