2008–09 National Indoor Soccer League season

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National Indoor Soccer League
Season 2008-09
Champions Baltimore Blast
Goals scored 554
Average goals/game 12.31
Top goalscorer Byron Alvarez (22)
Biggest home win 12/27/08 Massachusetts Twisters vs Rockford Rampage (0-43)
Biggest away win 2/14/09 Baltimore Blast @ Massachusetts Twisters (37-5)
Highest scoring Baltimore Blast (277 points)
Longest unbeaten run Baltimore Blast (6)
Longest losing run Massachusetts Twisters (14)
Highest attendance Baltimore Blast (9,028)
Lowest attendance Massachusetts Twisters (378)
Average attendance 4,163
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The 2008–09 National Indoor Soccer League is the inaugural season for the league and the 31st anniversary of professional Division 1 indoor soccer in the United States. The members of the NISL's first season are the Baltimore Blast, the Massachusetts Twisters, the Monterrey La Raza, the Philadelphia KiXX, and the Rockford Rampage. The Orlando Sharks were supposed to play, but due to scheduling conflicts with the Amway Arena the Twisters took the Sharks' spot for the season.

The league kicked off on November 15, 2008 with the Philadelphia KiXX defeating the Massachusetts Twisters 34-11 and the Baltimore Blast defeating the Rockford Rampage 14-4. The regular season concluded March 29, 2009.

Each team played eighteen games, nine home and nine away. La Raza also played, and won, the Copa América against PASL-Pro and PASL-Premier teams.

Final standings[edit]

Blue indicates bye into the NISL Championship
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Club GP W L Pct. GB PF PA PD
1 Baltimore Blast 18 14 4 .777 - 277 144 +133
2 Rockford Rampage 18 10 8 .556 4.0 248 168 +80
3 Monterrey La Raza 18 10 8 .556 4.0 275 218 +57
4 Philadelphia KiXX 18 10 8 .556 4.0 251 184 +67
5 Massachusetts Twisters 18 1 17 .056 13.0 127 464 -337

Playoffs[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Friday, 10:35PM EST, April 3, 2009 at Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Nuevo León

Seed Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
2 Rockford Rampage 4 7 0 2 13
3 Monterrey La Raza 6 4 0 6 16

Game 2[edit]

Sunday, 5:35PM EST, April 5, 2009 at Rockford MetroCentre in Rockford, Illinois

Seed Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
3 Monterrey La Raza 0 0 2 4 6
2 Rockford Rampage 3 0 2 4 9

Game 3[edit]

Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Rockford MetroCentre in Rockford, Illinois (Immediately followed game two)

Seed Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
3 Monterrey La Raza 0 X X X X
2 Rockford Rampage 2 X X X 2

Championship[edit]

Saturday, 7:35PM EST, April 11, 2009 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland

Seed Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
2 Rockford Rampage 4 4 0 2 10
1 Baltimore Blast 5 4 2 2 13

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Date Player Pos. Team
1 11/17/08 Hewerton Moreira F Philadelphia KiXX
2 12/1/08 Matthew Stewart M Rockford Rampage
3 12/8/08 Anthony Maher F Philadelphia KiXX
4 12/15/08 Robbie Aristodemo M Baltimore Blast
5 12/22/08 Machel Millwood F Baltimore Blast
6 12/29/08 Ivan Medina F Monterrey La Raza
7 1/5/09 Carlos Garcia F Baltimore Blast
8 1/12/09 Ptah Myers F Philadelphia KiXX
9 1/19/09 Jose Luiz Birche D Monterrey La Raza
10 1/26/09 Hewerton Moreira F Philadelphia KiXX
11 2/2/09 Ivan Medina F Monterrey La Raza
12 2/9/09 Ricardinho F Philadelphia KiXX
13 2/16/09 Adrian Bumbut F Baltimore Blast
14 2/23/09 Machel Millwood F Baltimore Blast
15 3/2/09 Ricardinho F Philadelphia KiXX
17 3/9/09 Jamar Beasley F Rockford Rampage
18 3/16/09 Byron Alvarez F Monterrey La Raza
19 3/23/09 Jamar Beasley M Rockford Rampage
20 3/30/09 Mark Ughy F Monterrey La Raza

Players of the Month[edit]

December
Players Pos. Team
Hewerton Moreira F Philadelphia KiXX
Phat Morris D Philadelphia KiXX
Sagu GK Baltimore Blast
January
Players Pos. Team
Bato Radoncic F Rockford Rampage
Genoni Martinez D Monterrey La RaZa
Peter Pappas GK Philadelphia KiXX
February
Players Pos. Team
Machel Millwood F Baltimore Blast
PJ Wakefield D Baltimore Blast
Pete Pappas GK Philadelphia KiXX

End of Year Awards[edit]

Person Pos. Team
MVP Byron Alvarez Monterrey La Raza
Defensive Player of the Year Pat Morris Philadelphia KiXX
Goalkeeper of the Year Sagu Baltimore Blast
Rookie of the Year Pat Healey Baltimore Blast
Coach of the Year Danny Kelly Baltimore Blast

All-Rookie Team[edit]

Person Pos. Team
Pat Healey F Baltimore Blast
Adrian Bumbut F Baltimore Blast
Joel Busti M Monterrey La Raza
Roberto Gallo D Rockford Rampage
Kevin Coleman D Philadelphia KiXX
Steve Reese GK Monterrey La Raza

All-NISL Team[edit]

Person Pos. Team
Byron Alvarez F Monterrey La Raza
Machel Millwood F Baltimore Blast
Ricardinho M Philadelphia KiXX
Pat Morris D Philadelphia KiXX
Genoni Martinez D Monterrey La Raza
Sagu GK Baltimore Blast

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