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Detroit Waza Flo
Waza flo logo.png
Full nameDetroit Waza Flo
Nickname(s)Waza FC
Founded2008; 11 years ago (2008)
StadiumDetroit City Fieldhouse
Detroit, Michigan
Capacity4,000
Co-OwnerDominic Scicluna
Co-OwnerMario Scicluna
LeagueMajor Arena Soccer League 2
2017–185th, Eastern Division
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website

The Waza Flo are an American professional arena soccer team and a member of the Major Arena Soccer League 2 (M2). The team's nickname, "Waza", is both a Japanese word that means "good technique" (技) and a Swahili word meaning "to think clearly".[1][2]

The team was founded in 2008 as Detroit Waza Flo, and were a charter member of PASL-pro, the league that was an offshoot of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) and would eventually be rechristened the MASL in 2014. The team had 3 homes during its 7 seasons in the Detroit area, the last 2 of which were at the Melvindale Ice Arena in suburban Melvindale, Michigan. In September 2015, the team announced it would play its home matches for the 2015-16 MASL season at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan. As part of the process, the team dropped the "Detroit" from its name and logo, becoming simply Waza Flo; should they receive a welcome reception in Flint, team ownership noted it would consider adding "Flint" to the team's name.[3] Starting in 2018, the team plays its home matches at the Detroit City Fieldhouse in Detroit, Michigan.

The Detroit Waza Flo also has a reserve team, Waza Flo2, that plays in MASL's official development league, the Premier Arena Soccer League, as well as a futsal team in the Major League Futsal.

Current roster[edit]

As of 2014-2015 season Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy GK Matteo Zani
United States DF Victor Otieno
United States MF Tino Scicluna
Serbia MF Michael Grba
Honduras FW Nelson Diaz
Serbia MF Miki Djerisilo
No. Position Player
Romania FW Costea Decu
Liberia FW Worteh Sampson
United States MF Tommy Stark
United States FW Zane Polack
United States GK Vito Lonigro
United States MF Mario Scicluna

Staff[edit]

  • Dominic Scicluna - Co-Owner/Captain
  • Mario Scicluna - Co-Owner

Kathy Coyne - General Manager Leif Larsen - Director of Operations

Year-by-year[edit]

League Champions Runners-Up Division Champions Playoff Berth
Year Win Loss League Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance U.S. Open Cup
2008–09 7 9 PASL-Pro 4th Eastern DNQ 3,324 Championship Game
2009–10 6 10 PASL-Pro 4th Eastern DNQ 146 Quarter-Finals
2010–11 8 8 PASL-Pro 3rd Eastern DNQ 301 Round of 16
2011–12 13 3 PASL 1st Eastern Lost Finals 454 Quarter-Finals
2012–13 14 2 PASL 1st Eastern Lost Finals 410 U.S. Open Cup Champions
2013–14 10 5 PASL 2nd Eastern Lost Divisional Playoff 565 Round of 16
2014–15 4 14 MASL 4th Eastern DNQ 612 N/A
2015–16 9 9 MASL 3rd Eastern Lost Divisional Playoff 968 N/A
2016–17 On Hiatus
2017–18 2 10 MASL 2 5th Eastern DNQ N/A N/A

Playoff record[edit]

Organization logo
Year Win Loss GF GA
2011-2012 2 1 23 23
2012-2013 3 1 27 22
2013-2014 0 1 6 7
2015-2016 0 1 3 5
Total 5 4 59 57

Awards and honors[edit]

Division titles

  • 2011-12 PASL Eastern Division
  • 2012-13 PASL Eastern Division

Championships

Arenas[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Camara, Juan (February 26, 2013). "Detroit Waza Flo looking for recognition". The News-Herald. Southgate, MI: Journal Register Company. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Schikora, Steven (November 12, 2013). "Waza Flo teams up with Hooligans for Heroes to help Wounded Warrior Project". The News-Herald. Southgate, MI: 21st Century Newspapers. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Woodyard, Eric (September 29, 2015). "Major Arena Soccer League team moves home games to Flint's Dort Federal Event Center". The Flint Journal. Flint, MI: Booth Newspapers. Retrieved October 29, 2015.

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