Los Angeles Kiss
|Los Angeles Kiss|
Play in Honda Center
in Anaheim, California
Black, Flame, Gold, White
|General manager||Bob McMillen|
|Head coach||Bob McMillen|
|League championships (0)
|Conference championships (0)
|Division championships (0)
The Los Angeles Kiss (stylized as LA KISS) are a professional arena football team based in Los Angeles, California. They are currently members of the West Division of the National Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). The Kiss joined the AFL as an expansion team after Los Angeles' previous franchise (Los Angeles Avengers) did not return as a part of Arena Football 1. The team's ownership is a group of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band Kiss, as well as their manager Doc McGhee. The team plays its home games at the Honda Center in nearby Anaheim, which they share with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. The team is featured in the AMC series 4th and Loud.
Southern California's prior AFL history
The Kiss is the third AFL team to represent Los Angeles, the fourth to represent Southern California, and the second to play at the Honda Center. Los Angeles' first AFL team was the Los Angeles Cobras, which called the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena home for the team's only season of 1988, in which they finished 5–6–1, making the playoffs but losing to the Chicago Bruisers in the first round. Eight years later, the Anaheim Piranhas moved from Las Vegas, beginning play for the 1996 season at the Honda Center (known as the Arrowhead Pond at the time). Their first season saw them finish 9–5 and make the playoffs (losing to the Tampa Bay Storm in the first round), but their second season saw them finish 2–12 and fold after year's end, most likely because of their owner, C. David Baker, being named the AFL's commissioner and wanting to focus on that.
Los Angeles' longest-running foray in arena football was the Los Angeles Avengers, which called the Staples Center home during their nine-year run from 2000 until the league's suspension of operations in 2008. During that time, the team made five playoff appearances and won one division title (in 2005), though only winning one of those playoff games.
On August 15, 2013, it was announced that Kiss (who performed at halftime of ArenaBowl XXVI) had purchased a share of an AFL expansion team set to begin play in 2014. Kiss lead members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, their manager Doc McGhee, and league veteran Brett Bouchy jointly own the team. Both Simmons and Stanley are known fans of the AFL.
On September 10, 2013, Kiss began assembling their first roster, trading their first pick in the dispersal draft of Chicago Rush and Utah Blaze players, to the Iowa Barnstormers in exchange for quarterback J. J. Raterink. With their 2nd and 3rd picks, they drafted wide receiver Chase Deadder and linebacker Antwan Marsh. On September 17, 2013, they named Bob McMillen, the 2013 AFL Coach of the Year, the franchise's first head coach. On September 18, the Kiss hired former Los Angeles Dodgers business executive Schuyler Hoversten as its inaugural president.
The games are themed to echo a Kiss music concert: games open with an electric guitar rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner; there is "loud pyrotechnics and music" throughout the game; "the Kiss logo is plastered everywhere: on the arena football field, on the end zone and on the flame-emblazoned jerseys in the stands. ... [There is a] Kiss Girls dance-squad in black leather. ... The team's artificial turf field is also colored in a unique silver color scheme.
-J. J. Raterink A journeyman quarterback in the AFL, Raterink was a fan favorite during his time with the KISS, partly due to his likability on the reality TV series 4th and Loud which aired on the AMC cable network for one season following the team.
Los Angeles Kiss roster
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Other League Exempt
Rookies in italics
The following players have been named to All-Arena Teams while a member of the KISS:
|Los Angeles Kiss staff|
|Front Office||Head Coach
|Season||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|Los Angeles Kiss|
|Total||7||29||(includes only regular season)|
|0||0||(includes only the postseason)|
|7||29||(includes both regular season and postseason)|
- "Arena Football League, KISS Bring Pro Football Back to Los Angeles". Arena Football League. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- "Iowa Barnstormers trade key offensive piece as part of Arena League shuffle". www.desmoinesregister.com. www.desmoinesregister.com. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "LA Kiss hires Bob McMillen as coach of AFL team". www.sacbee.com. The Sacramento Bee. September 17, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "KISS Hire Former Dodgers Executive as Inaugural President". Arena Football League. September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "TCA: Kiss Originals Shout It Out Loud — AMC’s ‘4th And Loud’ Is Arena Rock That Will "Pummel You"". Deadline Hollywood. July 11, 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- BREAKING: LA KISS is proud to announce and welcome Matthew Sauk as Director of Player Personnel! #LAKISS, LA KISS Facebook, October 6, 2014