Milwaukee Wave

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Milwaukee Wave
Milwaukee Wave
Founded 1984
Stadium UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
Ground Capacity 9,500
Owner Mike Zimmerman
League Major Arena Soccer League
2015–16 3rd, Central Division
Playoffs: Division final
Current season

The Milwaukee Wave is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1984, they have been the oldest continuously operating professional soccer team in the United States[1] and currently play in the Major Arena Soccer League.[2]

The team plays their games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena. The team colors are blue, black, and white.[citation needed]


The team was founded on August 3, 1984, as a member of the American Indoor Soccer Association and has played in every season and incarnation of that league (see MISL). Milwaukee also hosted the 2003 and 2006 MISL II All-Star Games.[citation needed]

Keith Tozer has coached them for 22 seasons. He has been assisted by Mark Litton and Guiliano Oliverio.[citation needed]

The Wave played in the first season of the Xtreme Soccer League in the 2008 - 2009 season, but moved to the new Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2009-2010 season.[citation needed]

On April 3, 2013, Sue Black was announced as the new owner of the Wave, replacing Milwaukee-area business man Jim Lindenberg, who had owned the team since 2009.[3]

After the 2013-2014 season, the team announced that it was leaving the MISL along with five other teams and join the MASL.[4]

Just before the 2014–15 season began, the Wave replaced their traditional green artificial turf with a black turf to match the team's colors and marketing strategy. Reception by fans and the press was mixed but generally positive.[5]


Current 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[6]
0 United States GK Matt Eisold
1 Netherlands GK Marcel Feenstra
2 Tibet FW Tenzin Rampa
3 United States DF Philip Suprise
4 United States DF Corey Adamson
6 United States MF Ian Kalis
7 United States GK Jeff Richey
8 Montenegro FW Bato Radoncic
9 United States DF Mike Lookingland
10 Brazil MF Luan Sales Oliveira
12 Brazil MF Pablo Da Silva
15 United States DF Tony Walls
18 Trinidad and Tobago FW Stefan St. Louis
20 Argentina MF Marcelo Fontana *
23 Mexico DF Victor Quiroz
24 United States FW Amilcar Herrera
25 United States FW Andrew Wiedabach
26 Canada MF Ian Bennett
28 South Africa MF Jonathan Greenfield *
29 United States MF JC Banks
30 United States DF Alex Tozer
33 United States FW Connor Brehm
77 Brazil MF Marcio Leite
99 United States FW James Weber
  • Denotes team captain

Wave Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Name Inducted Years Played
Peter Knezic 2009 1984-1990
Art Kramer 2009 1987-1991
Steve Morris 2009 1992-2002
Victor Nogueira 2009 1992-2003
Todd Dusosky 2009 1996-2007
Michael King 2009 1993-2008
Louise Au 2010 Fan
Tony Pierce 2010 1985-1991, 1992-1993
Pat White 2011 1995-2005
Lee Rogers 2011 1986-1992
Greg Howes 2011 2000-2008, 2011-
Tom Krueger 2011 Fan
George Pastor 2012 1986-1991
Michael Richardson 2012 1994-1995, 1996-2000
Candy McGuire 2012 Fan
The Sayles Family 2012 Fans, also including Larry Sayles, Team Trainer, 1984-Pres.
Jimmy Banks 2013 1987-1993
Ricky Mobley 2013 1993-2000
Dawn Urban 2013 Fan

Retired numbers[edit]

Other notable former players[edit]


Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance Average
1984-85 AISA 6th AISA, 13-27 Failed to qualify 2,114
1985-86 AISA 6th AISA, 11-29 Failed to qualify 1,802
1986-87 AISA 4th North, 12-30 Failed to qualify 2,316
1987-88 AISA 3rd AISA, 11-13 3rd place, 6-6 3,066
1988-89 AISA 2nd AISA, 24-16 Lost Semifinal 6,442
1989-90 AISA 2nd National, 21-19 Lost Semifinal 7,147
1990-91 NPSL II 2nd National, 23-17 Lost First Round 6,526
1991-92 NPSL II 4th National, 18-22 Failed to qualify 7,629
1992-93 N NPSL II 5th National, 17-23 Failed to qualify 7,759
1993–94 NPSL II 4th National, 20-20 Lost First Round 7,326
1994-95 NPSL II 3rd National, 23-17 Lost First Round 7,108
1995-96 NPSL II 2nd National, 30-10 Lost Division Semifinal 7,363
1996-97 NPSL II 2nd Midwest, 26-14 Lost Conference Quarterfinal 7,975
1997–98 NPSL II 1st Central, 28-12 Won Championship 7,903
1998–99 NPSL II 2nd Central, 25-15 Lost Conference Semifinal 8,453
1999–2000 NPSL II 1st North, 31-13 Won Championship 8,002
2000–01 NPSL II 1st National, 24-16 Won Championship 8,310
2001-02 MISL II 1st MISL, 34-10 Lost Championship 6,665
2002-03 MISL II 1st Western, 28-9 Lost Championship 7,096
2003-04 MISL II 1st Central, 26-9 Lost Championship 6,012
2004-05 MISL II 1st MISL, 24-15 Won Championship 3,675
2005-06 MISL II 3rd MISL, 17-13 Lost Semifinal 4,352
2006-07 MISL II 4th MISL, 16-14 Lost Semifinal 4,618
2007–08 MISL II 2nd MISL, 22-8 Lost Semifinal 4,367
2008–09 XSL 3rd XSL, 10-10 No Playoffs 4,247
2009-10 MISL III 1st MISL, 14-6 Lost Championship 3,934
2010-11 MISL III 2nd MISL, 15-5 Won Championship 4,531
2011–12 MISL III 1st Central, 18-6 Won Championship 3,955
2012-13 MISL III 2nd MISL, 21-5 Lost Semifinals 5,068
2013-14 MISL III 2nd MISL, 16-4 Lost Semifinals 4,906
2014-15 MASL 2nd Central, 13-7 Lost Division Finals 2,961
Total 618-427
Win % = .591

Head coaches[edit]

Years Name
1984–1985, 1985–1986 Dave Johnson
1985–1986 Mike Custer
1986–1987 Mike Custer
1986–1990 John Dolinsky
1990–1992 Johan Aarino
1992-2014 Keith Tozer*
2014–present Guilliano Oliviero
  • Keith Tozer missed parts of the 1997-98 & 1999-00 season coaching the US Futsal team. Both times, Art Kramer filled in.




The Milwaukee Wave United is the official reserve team for the Milwaukee Wave. The Wave United is involved in local premier leagues around the area of Milwaukee, and call the Panther Arena their home as well. While playing their home games at the "Panther" they take the field against the Major division clubs of Wisconsin. The Wave United's uniform colors are Black and Red with White trim. The Wave United has been[when?] coached by Wave assistant coach Mark Litton.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cincinnati Kings to Battle MISL's Milwaukee Wave". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Teams". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Boehler, Dave; Walker, Don (2013-04-03). Sue Black becomes new owner of Wave. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 April 2013. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Graham, Glenn (2014-04-14). Baltimore Blast joining with other teams to form new indoor soccer league. Baltimore Sun, 14 April 2014. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Viquez, Marc (December 22, 2014). "Black is the New Black in Milwaukee". Stadium Journey. Chicago, IL. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Milwaukee Wave". Retrieved 2015-03-22. 

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