Wichita B-52s

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Wichita B-52s
Wichita B52s PASL logo.jpg
Founded 2013
Stadium Hartman Arena
Wichita, Kansas
Ground Capacity 5,000
Owner/President Joseph Pindell[1]
Head Coach Jeff Kraft[2]
League Major Arena Soccer League
Website Club home page

The Wichita B-52s is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Wichita, Kansas. Founded in July 2013, the team made its debut in the Professional Arena Soccer League with the 2013–14 season under head coach Larry Inlow. The team plays its home games at Hartman Arena.[3]

History[edit]

In June 2013, the Wichita Wings of the MISL folded but a successor corporation named FC Wichita LLC announced their intention to join the PASL for the 2013–14 season.[4] The name and home arena for the Wichita, Kansas, based team were not immediately announced.[5][6] On July 10, the team announced that it secured a lease at Hartman Arena but now planned to delay joining the PASL until the 2014–15 season.[7][8]

On July 23, the PASL announced that a different ownership group had secured a Hartman Arena lease and the franchise to play in Wichita for the 2013–14 season.[9][10] On August 22, team owner Joseph Pindell announced that it will play as the "Wichita B-52s" to honor the city's aviation heritage.[1][2] (More than 700 Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft were built in Wichita.) The team's blue and orange official colors reflect the colors of the original Wichita Wings.[11][12] Indoor soccer veteran Jeff Kraft serves as head coach.[8][2][3]

Year-by-year[edit]

League Champions Runners-Up Division Champions* Playoff Berth
Year League Reg. Season GF GA Pct Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2013–14 PASL 7-9 91 113 .438 4th, Central Did Not Qualify 1,650
2014–15 MASL 0-0 00 000 .000 , 0,000

2013-2014 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 United States GK Jason Dewey
3 United States Alex Moseley
7 United States Chris Lemons
8 Brazil Nathan Modesto
9 Cuba Heviel Cordoves
11 Cuba Maikel Chang
12 United States Casey Barton
14 United States Brent Hobson
15 United States Tico Rodriguez
16 United States Kevin Ten Eyck
18 United States Daniel Sack
19 United States Anthony Scognamillo
20 United States Brady Bryant
21 United States GK Nic Martinez
22 United States Travis Pittman
23 United States Kevin Jackson
81 United States Blake Ordell
82 United States Colin Lawter
92 United States Larry Martinez
99 United States Matt Clare


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bates, Jenn (August 22, 2013). "New professional soccer team coming to Wichita". Wichita, KS: KWCH-TV. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Wichita's New Soccer Team To Be Called The B-52s". Wichita, KS: KAKE-TV. August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lutz, Jeffrey (November 1, 2013). "Wichita’s new soccer team deep with local ties". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Local Business Owner Unveils Plans to Keep Professional Soccer in Wichita". Our Sports Central. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lutz, Jeffrey (June 3, 2013). "New pro soccer team could come in Professional Arena Soccer League". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cerullo, Jared (June 3, 2013). "Professional Indoor Soccer To Continue In Wichita". Wichita, KS: KAKE. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "FC Wichita - July 10 at 9:53pm". Facebook. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Chadwick, Joanna (August 22, 2013). "Indoor soccer team will be called the B-52s". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "PASL Secures Deal to Keep Wichita Indoor Soccer at Hartman Arena This Winter". Our Sports Central. July 23, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Schnabel, Mark (July 24, 2013). "New indoor soccer team coming to Wichita". The Newton Kansan (Newton, KS: GateHouse Media). Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "New soccer team takes off in Wichita". KSNW. August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Wichita B-52s Take Off for PASL". Our Sports Central. August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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