2016–17 Major Arena Soccer League season

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Major Arena Soccer League
Season2016–17
ChampionsBaltimore Blast
Matches played170
Goals scored2,196 (12.92 per match)
Top goalscorerFranck Tayou
(57 goals)
Biggest home winSonora Suns 21–2 Dallas Sidekicks
(February 16, 2017)
Biggest away winAtletico Baja 3–15 Sonora Suns
(November 27, 2016)
Highest scoringSonora Suns 18–15 Turlock Express
(November 12, 2016)
Longest winning run10 Games:
Sonora Suns
(11/5/16–1/21/17)
Longest losing run20 Games:
El Paso Coyotes
(10/29/16–3/4/17 – full season)
Highest attendance9,722[1]
Baltimore Blast 5–2 Milwaukee Wave
(February 4, 2017)
Lowest attendance187[2]
Atletico Baja 9-4 Tacoma Stars
(December 4, 2016)
Average attendance2,746[3]

The 2016–17 Major Arena Soccer League season was the ninth season for the league and the third since six teams from the former Major Indoor Soccer League defected to what was formerly called the Professional Arena Soccer League. The regular season started on October 29, 2016, and ended on March 5, 2017.[4] Each team played a 20-game schedule. The defending champions were the Baltimore Blast. The Blast repeated in 2016–17, defeating the Sonora Suns in the Ron Newman Cup, 2–1.

Teams[edit]

Of the 20 teams that competed in the 2015–16 season, the Waza Flo, Las Vegas Legends, Brownsville Barracudas, Saltillo Rancho Seco, and Sacramento Surge did not return for the 2016–17 season. The Florida Tropics SC and El Paso Coyotes joined the MASL for this season, bringing the total number of teams in the league to 17.

In the offseason, the Baltimore Blast, Harrisburg Heat, St. Louis Ambush left the MASL, and joined the expansion Tropics to form the Indoor Professional League.[5] The Blast, Heat and Ambush re-joined the MASL in August 2016, with the Tropics being considered an expansion franchise for the MASL.[6] Additionally the Missouri Comets announced in September 2016 that they were renaming themselves the Kansas City Comets.[7]

Standings[edit]

Final as of March 6, 2017
  2016-17 League Championship
  2016-17 Playoff Team
(Bold) Division Winner

Eastern Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L Pct GF GA GB
Eastern Division
1 Baltimore Blast 20 14 6 .700 113 69
2 Harrisburg Heat 20 10 10 .500 116 124 4
3 Florida Tropics SC 20 8 12 .400 99 138 6
4 Syracuse Silver Knights 20 8 12 .400 137 127 6
Central Division
1 Kansas City Comets 20 15 5 .750 142 92
2 Milwaukee Wave 20 13 7 .650 135 103 2
3 Cedar Rapids Rampage 20 12 8 .600 126 126 3
4 Chicago Mustangs 20 11 9 .550 124 136 4
5 St. Louis Ambush 20 1 19 .050 83 150 14

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L Pct GF GA GB
Southwest Division
1 Sonora Suns 20 17 3 .850 230 120
2 Atletico Baja 20 10 10 .500 134 167 7
3 Dallas Sidekicks 20 7 13 .350 138 142 10
4 El Paso Coyotes 20 0 20 .000 114 223 17
Pacific Division
1 San Diego Sockers 20 14 6 .700 149 90
2 Ontario Fury 20 12 8 .600 148 132 2
3 Tacoma Stars 20 10 10 .500 114 120 4
4 Turlock Express 20 8 12 .400 132 172 6

2017 Ron Newman Cup[edit]

The Ron Newman Cup playoffs will begin after the regular season ends on March 5, 2017. The top two teams from each division will qualify for the post-season, with each round being a 2-game home and home series, with a 15-minute mini-game played immediately after Game 2 if the series is tied.[8]

Eastern Conference Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Division Final[edit]

Game 1
Baltimore Blast4–5Harrisburg Heat
Report
Attendance: 4,214
Referee: Kyle Trimble
Game 2
Harrisburg Heat4–7Baltimore Blast
Report
Attendance: 1,152
Referee: Shane Butler
Game 3
Harrisburg Heat1–4Baltimore Blast
Report
Attendance: 1,152
Referee: Shane Butler

Baltimore wins series 2–1


Central Division Final[edit]

Game 1
Kansas City Comets7–6Milwaukee Wave
Report
Attendance: 3,419
Referee: Brian Miller
Game 2
Milwaukee Wave7–5Kansas City Comets
Report
Attendance: 3,348
Referee: Rich Grady
Game 3
Milwaukee Wave3–2 (OT)Kansas City Comets
Report
Attendance: 3,348
Referee: Rich Grady

Milwaukee wins series 2–1


Eastern Conference Final[edit]

Game 1
Baltimore Blast8–7 (OT)Milwaukee Wave
Report
Attendance: 3,225
Referee: Eduardo Hernadez
Game 2
Milwaukee Wave8–4Baltimore Blast
Report
Attendance: 2,218
Referee: Brian Miller
Game 3
Milwaukee Wave1–2Baltimore Blast
Report
Attendance: 2,218
Referee: Brian Miller

Baltimore wins series 2–1

Western Conference Playoffs[edit]

Southwest Division Final[edit]

Game 1
Atletico Baja7–10Sonora Suns
Report
Attendance: 746
Referee: Angel Gutierrez
Game 2
Sonora Suns17–3Atletico Baja
Report
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Omar Ramos

Sonora wins series 2–0


Pacific Division Final[edit]

Game 1
San Diego Sockers9–4Ontario Fury
Report
Attendance: 6,242
Referee: Ramiro Cruz
Game 2
Ontario Fury8–4San Diego Sockers
Report
Attendance: 3,675
Referee: Kia Dehpanah
Game 3
Ontario Fury0–1San Diego Sockers
Report
Attendance: 3,675
Referee: Kia Dehpanah

San Diego wins series 2–1


Western Conference Final[edit]

Game 1
San Diego Sockers4–7Sonora Suns
Report
Attendance: 3,853
Referee: Ramiro Cruz
Game 2
Sonora Suns11–10San Diego Sockers
Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Kia Dehpanah

Sonora wins series 2–0

2017 Ron Newman Cup Finals[edit]

Game 1
Baltimore Blast2–4Sonora Suns
Report
Attendance: 6,701
Referee: Kyle Trimble
Game 2
Sonora Suns8–9 (OT)Baltimore Blast
Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Fernando Pena
Game 3
Sonora Suns0–1Baltimore Blast
Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Fernando Pena

Baltimore wins series 2–1

Statistics[edit]

Top Scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Games Goals Assists Points
1 Franck Tayou Sonora Suns 20 57 15 72
2 Ian Bennett Milwaukee Wave 20 53 11 64
3 Christian Gutierrez Atletico Baja 20 51 11 62
4 Taylor Bond Chicago Mustangs 20 40 14 54
t5 Kraig Chiles San Diego Sockers 20 39 12 51
t5 Leonardo de Oliveira Ontario Fury 19 31 20 51
7 Max Ferdinand Milwaukee Wave 18 18 30 48
8 Cameron Brown Dallas Sidekicks 19 29 16 45
t9 Kenardo Forbes Syracuse Silver Knights 20 21 21 42
t9 Enrique Canez Sonora Suns 20 32 10 42
t9 Tony Donatelli Baltimore Blast 20 19 23 42

Last updated on March 6, 2017.

Awards[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

Award Name[9] Team
League MVP Franck Tayou Sonora Suns
Goalkeeper of the Year Chris Toth San Diego Sockers
Defender of the Year Stephen Basso Harrisburg Heat
Rookie of the Year Stephen Paterson Kansas City Comets
Coach of the Year Denison Cabral Harrisburg Heat
Aaron Susi Trophy (Playoff MVP) Vini Dantas Baltimore Blast

All-League First Team[edit]

Name[10] Position Team
Max Ferdinand F Milwaukee Wave
Franck Tayou F Sonora Suns
Ian Bennett M Milwaukee Wave
John Sosa D Kansas City Comets
Stephen Basso D Harrisburg Heat
Chris Toth GK San Diego Sockers

All-League Second Team[edit]

Name[11] Position Team
Christian Gutierrez F Atletico Baja
Kraig Chiles F San Diego Sockers
Taylor Bond M Chicago Mustangs
Damian Garcia D Soles de Sonora
Chris Mattingly D St. Louis Ambush
William Vanzela GK Baltimore Blast

All-League Third Team[edit]

Name[12] Position Team
Victor Quiroz F San Diego Sockers
Kenardo Forbes M Syracuse Silver Knights
Vahid Assadpour M Kansas City Comets
Ernesto Luna D Atletico Baja
Stephen Paterson D Kansas City Comets
Leonardo de Oliviera GK Ontario Fury

All-Rookie Team[edit]

Name[13] Position Team
Lucas Teixeria F Florida Tropics SC
Elton de Oliveira D Baltimore Blast
Thiago Freitas M Harrisburg Heat
Manuel Rojo D Atletico Baja
Guerrero Pino M Kansas City Comets
Stephen Paterson GK Kansas City Comets

Attendances[14][edit]

Team Home average
Baltimore Blast 6,300
Soles de Sonora 4,900
Milwaukee Wave 3,794
Kansas City Comets 3,740
San Diego Sockers 3,688
Ontario Fury 3,024
Tacoma Stars 2,894
Florida Tropics 2,778
Chicago Mustangs 2,623
St. Louis Ambush 2,574
Dallas Sidekicks 2,300
Syracuse Silver Knights 2,300
El Paso Coyotes 2,205
Cedar Rapids Rampage 2,193
Harrisburg Heat 1,449
Turlock Express 556
Atletico Baja 319

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "MASL League Schedule". MASL. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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  6. ^ "MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE EXPANDS TO THE SUNSHINE STATE". MASL. Archived from the original on 2016-09-02. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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  11. ^ "MASL ANNOUNCES 2ND AND 3RD TEAM AWARDS". MASL Soccer. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  12. ^ "MASL ANNOUNCES 2ND AND 3RD TEAM AWARDS". MISL Soccer. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  13. ^ "MASL HONORS 2016-2017 AWARD WINNERS". MASL Soccer. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
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