Wichita Wings

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This article is about the original team. For the defunct MISL III team, see Wichita Wings (2011).
Wichita Wings
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Founded 1979-2001
Stadium Kansas Coliseum
Ground Capacity 9,681

The Wichita Wings were a professional indoor soccer franchise based in Wichita, Kansas. The Wings were admitted to the Major Indoor Soccer League as an expansion team on August 21, 1979.[1] They played in the Kansas Coliseum, a venue that featured a 200-by-85-foot field and seating for 9,681 fans.

When the MISL (which had since been renamed the Major Soccer League) folded in 1992, the Wings moved to the National Professional Soccer League. At the time the Wings folded, after the 2000-2001 season, they were the oldest professional soccer franchise in the United States. Despite having some of the best records in US indoor soccer, the Wings never won a league championship or reached the league finals.

A new team named after the Wichita Wings began play in the 2011-12 season and shut down after the 2012–2013 season. They were in turn replaced by a new team called the Wichita B-52s who play in the Major Arena Soccer League.

The team hosted the NPSL All-Star Game in 1996 and 1999.

Ownership and staff[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Head Coaches:[1]
Roy Turner 1979-86
Charlie Cooke 1986-88 (27 games into 1987-88 season)
Terry Nichol 1988-91 (33 games into 1990-91 season)
Roy Turner 1991-94
Kim Roentved 1994-98
Kevin Kewley 1998–2001

Coaching staff[edit]

Wings MISL or NPSL Yearly Award Winners
1980-81 Jørgen Kristensen MISL Pass Master (most assists)
1983-84 Kim Røntved Defender of the Year
1984-85 Kim Røntved Defender of the Year
1987-88 Erik Rasmussen Most Valuable Player
1987-88 Erik Rasmussen Scoring Champion
1987-88 Nenad Zigante Newcomer of the Year
1988-89 Hernan "Chico" Borja MISL Pass Master (most assists)
1996-97 Jason Dunn NPSL Rookie of the Year
1999-2000 James Dunn NPSL Defender of the Year
2000-2001 James Dunn NPSL Defender of the Year
Wings MISL All-Time Regular Season Career Leaders
Category Player Rank Record
Points Hernan "Chico" Borja #8 612
Goals Andy Chapman #8 307
Assists Hernan "Chico" Borja #4 (tied) 338
Assists Jørgen Kristensen #10 271
Games Played Kim Røntved #1 494
Games Played Andy Chapman #5 444
Goalkeeper Games Played Mike Dowler #2 387
Goalkeeper Games Played Cris Vaccaro #3 374
Goalkeeper Games Played Scott Manning #3 353
Goalkeeper Games Played Keith Van Eron #8 249
Goalkeeper Wins Mike Dowler #1 197
Goalkeeper Wins Cris Vaccaro #2 196
Goalkeeper Wins Scott Manning #4 171
Goalkeeper Wins Keith Van Eron #8 139
Goals Against Average (Min. 9,500 minutes played) David Brcic #5 4.21
Goals Against Average (Min. 9,500 minutes played) Keith Van Eron #10 4.3979
Year Division Record Playoffs Average Home Attendance[2]
Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)
1979-80 Central 16-16 Semifinals: Houston defeated Wichita in 2 games 5-4(OT), 4-3 3,851
1980-81 Western 23-17 Semifinals: St. Louis defeated Wichita 8-7(SO) 5,825
1981-82 Western 27-21 Semifinals: St. Louis defeated Wichita in 3 games 10-5, 6-7(OT), 4-1 7,301
1982-83 Western 27-21 Semifinals: San Diego defeated Wichita in 3 games 8-5, 5-2, 4-3 8,341
1983-84 Western 25-23 Semifinals: St. Louis defeated Wichita in 3 games 4-3, 7-6, 5-4(OT) 9,034
1984-85 Western 21-26 Wildcard: Minnesota defeated Wichita in 3 games 2-1, 3-8, 3-2(OT) 8,710
1985-86 Western 27-21 Quarterfinals: Tacoma defeated Wichita in 4 games 5-6, 5-4, 5-4(OT), 3-2 8,447
1986-87 Western 27-25 Division Semifinals: Tacoma defeated Wichita in 5 games 9-7, 9-1, 3-10, 2-6, 4-2 8,069
1987-88 Western 23-23 Did not qualify 9,003
1988-89 N/A 23-25 Semifinals: Baltimore defeated Wichita in 6 games 5-4(OT), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 11-1 8,635
1989-90 Eastern 26-26 Division Semifinals: Kansas City defeated Wichita in 4 games 5-4, 4-3, 3-4, 5-4 7,445
1990-91 Eastern 21-31 Division Semifinals: Kansas City defeated Wichita in 2 games 6-0, 9-8 6,309
1991-92 N/A 18-22 Did not qualify 8,206
National Professional Soccer League (NPSL)
1992-93 National 27-13 Quarterfinals: St. Louis defeated Wichita in 2 games 17-15(OT), 18-16(OT) 5,516
1993-94 National 22-18 First Round: Detroit defeated Wichita in 2 games 15-14, 19-16 6,672
1994-95 National 17-23 Did not qualify 5,817
1995-96 National 20-20 Division Semifinals: Kansas City defeated Wichita in 2 games 10-9, 11-9 5,075
1996-97 Midwest 24-16 Conference Quarterfinals: Kansas City defeated Wichita in 3 games 13-11, 13-14, 22-5 5,210
1997-98 Midwest 22-18 Conference Finals: St. Louis defeated Wichita in 4 games 17-9, 10-8, 21-14, 19-11 5,426
1998-99 Midwest 18-22 Conference Quarterfinals: Kansas City defeated Wichita in 3 games 18-10, 14-16(2 OT), 21-10 3,602
1999–2000 Midwest 21-23 Conference Semifinals: Milwaukee defeated Wichita in 2 games 21-8, 9-6 3,573
2000-01 National 18-21 Conference Semifonals: Toronto defeated Wichita in 3 games 3,633
Wichita Wings folded after the 2001 season and the NPSL reformed as the Major Indoor Soccer League (II)

Arenas[edit]

The Kansas Coliseum (Britt Brown Arena)

During home games in the mid-late 1980s, the Wings used the "Gonna Fly Now" theme from the movie "Rocky" to celebrate Wings' goals. For some time this music was also used for player introductions.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sidekicks Opponents: Wichita Wings at KicksFan.com
  2. ^ MISL: Wichita Wings at OurSportsCentral.com