Rockford Rampage

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Rockford Rampage
Rockford Rampage
Full name Rampage Futbol LLC
Founded 2005
Stadium Victory Sports Complex
Ground Capacity 1,500
President Saul Robles
Head Coach Jeff Kraft
League Professional Arena Soccer League

The Rockford Rampage was an American indoor soccer team based in Rockford, Illinois, USA. Founded in 2005, the team originally played in the American Indoor Soccer League until 2008 then moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League from 2008 to 2010. They were revived to play in the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2012–13 season but folded after the season ended.

The team played its home games at Victory Sports Complex. The team colors are black and green. Their head coach was Jeff Kraft, assisted by Armando Sanchez.

History[edit]

The Rampage were originally owned by Pro Soccer International, a group managed by Michael O'Flaherty and Oscar Albuquerque, a former member of the former National Professional Soccer League's Illinois Thunder and the 1980 Canadian Olympic qualifying team.

On October 7 and 8, 2006, try-outs were held for the, then, Rockford Thunder at the ISC. 24 players arrived from various soccer backgrounds. Some had played locally with the Rockford Raptors, but other players had played in various leagues including: Segunda división mexicana, Tercera división mexicana, Primera División Uruguaya, 2 Liga Polska, USL First Division, and Premier Development League (PDL).

On March 10, 2007, after defeating the Cincinnati Excite 5-4 with a late goal by Ante Cop, the Thunder secured a position in the AISL finals to face the Massachusetts Twisters.

On March 31, 2007, the Thunder traveled to West Springfield, Massachusetts for the AISL Championship. The Twisters claimed the championship winning 11-5.

On August 7, 2007, the AISL announced that the Thunder had changed their name to the Rampage. This is most likely due to the Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch moving to Rockford.

The Rampage finished the 2007/08 AISL regular season with a 12-1 record. They defeated the Massachusetts Twisters 18-5 in the AISL championship game at home on March 15, 2008.[1][2]

On September 9, 2008, the Rampage announced they were joining the new Major Indoor Soccer League for its inaugural season in 2008/09. They finished with a 10-8 regular season record, qualified for the playoffs, defeated Monterrey in the playoff semifinals, but lost to Baltimore 13-10 in the NISL championship game.

On July 7, 2009, it was announced that the Rockford Rampage acquired the Chicago Magic youth soccer club and its nationally recognized Development Academy and structured them as a non-profit organization.[3]

On August 21, 2012, the Rampage joined the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2012-2013 season.[1][4] The team folded after the season.

Players[edit]

As of January 13, 2010

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Cristiano De Oliveira
2 Mexico MF Armando Sanchez
3 Jamaica MF Rohan Mckensie
4 United States DF Eric Lukin
5 Poland DF Peter Kolasinski
6 Mexico MF Victor Sanchez
7 Moldova FW Dorin Oprea
8 Serbia FW Bojan Jovicic
9 Mexico MF Gilberto Alfaro
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Semir Mesanovic
No. Position Player
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Adnan Ejupovic
12 Panama MF Almicar Herrera
13 United States DF Fred DeGand
14 United States DF Eric Lukin
15 United States MF Joel Del Toro
16 Mexico MF Alex Pavon
17 Mexico MF Hector Herrera
18 MF Pawel Otachel
19 United States GK Ante Cop
20 DF Bojan Delibasic
66 Serbia DF Branko Savić

Staff[edit]

  • United States Saul Robles - President/Majority Owner
  • Canada Oscar Albuquerque - Minority Owner
  • United States Jeff Kraft - Head Coach
  • United States Armando Sanchez - Assistant Coach

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. attendance
2005/06 AISL Rockfordthundersoccerlogo.jpg 4th AISL, 0-2 (0 Points) Did not qualify Not Recorded
2006/07 AISL Rockfordthundersoccerlogo.jpg 2nd AISL, 8-4 (23 Points) Lost Championship, 0-1 Not Recorded
2007/08 AISL Rampage logo.png 1st AISL, 12-1 (31 Points) Won Championship, 1-0 545
2008-09 NISL Rampage logo.png 2nd NISL, 10-8 Lost Championship, 2-2 1,242
2009-10 MISL III Rampage logo.png 5th MISL, 7-13 did not qualify 1,112
2012-13 PASL Rampage logo.png 4th PASL Central, 7-9 did not qualify 244
Total 44-37
Win % = .543
3-3
Win % = .500
894

Two seasons not recorded.

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years
Jeff Kraft 2005–present

Arenas[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leber, Scott (November 20, 2012). "Rampage Return". WTVO-TV. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ DeDoncker, Mike (March 16, 2008). "Rockford runs away with title". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL). Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.nislnet.com/news/index.html?article_id=114
  4. ^ "Rockford Rampage Added to PASL Lineup". Professional Arena Soccer League. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 

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