Rockford Rampage

The Rockford Rampage was an American indoor soccer team based in Rockford, Illinois, United States. Founded in 2005, the team originally played in the American Indoor Soccer League until 2008 then moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League from 2008 to 2010. They were revived to play in the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2012–13 season but folded after the season ended.

Rockford Rampage
Rockford Rampage
Full nameRampage Futbol LLC
Founded2005
GroundVictory Sports Complex
Capacity1,500
PresidentSaul Robles
Head CoachJeff Kraft
LeagueProfessional Arena Soccer League

The team played its home games at Victory Sports Complex. The team colors are black and green. Their head coach was Jeff Kraft, assisted by Armando Sanchez.

HistoryEdit

The Rampage were originally owned by Pro Soccer International, a group managed by Michael O'Flaherty and Oscar Albuquerque, a former member of the former National Professional Soccer League's Illinois Thunder and the 1980 Canadian Olympic qualifying team.

On October 7 and 8, 2006, try-outs were held for the, then, Rockford Thunder at the ISC. 24 players arrived from various soccer backgrounds. Some had played locally with the Rockford Raptors, but other players had played in various leagues including: Segunda división mexicana, Tercera división mexicana, Primera División Uruguaya, 2 Liga Polska, USL First Division, and Premier Development League (PDL).

On March 10, 2007, after defeating the Cincinnati Excite 5-4 with a late goal by Ante Cop, the Thunder secured a position in the AISL finals to face the Massachusetts Twisters.

On March 31, 2007, the Thunder traveled to West Springfield, Massachusetts for the AISL Championship. The Twisters claimed the championship winning 11-5.

On August 7, 2007, the AISL announced that the Thunder had changed their name to the Rampage. This is most likely due to the Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch moving to Rockford.

The Rampage finished the 2007/08 AISL regular season with a 12-1 record. They defeated the Massachusetts Twisters 18-5 in the AISL championship game at home on March 15, 2008.[1][2]

On September 9, 2008, the Rampage announced they were joining the new National Indoor Soccer League for its inaugural season in 2008-09. They finished with a 10-8 regular season record, qualified for the playoffs, defeated Monterrey in the playoff semifinals, but lost to Baltimore 13-10 in the NISL championship game.

On July 7, 2009, it was announced that the Rockford Rampage acquired the Chicago Magic youth soccer club and its nationally recognized Development Academy and structured them as a non-profit organization.[3]

On August 21, 2012, the Rampage joined the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2012-2013 season.[1][4] The team folded after the season.

PlayersEdit

As of January 13, 2013

Current rosterEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BRA Cristiano De Oliveira
2 MF   MEX Armando Sanchez
3 MF   JAM Rohan Mckensie
4 DF   USA Eric Lukin
5 DF   POL Peter Kolasinski
6 MF   MEX Victor Sanchez
7 FW   MDA Dorin Oprea
8 FW   SRB Bojan Jovicic
9 MF   MEX Gilberto Alfaro
10 MF   BIH Semir Mesanovic
11 DF   BIH Adnan Ejupovic
12 MF   PAN Almicar Herrera
10 MF   MNE Marko Marojevic
13 DF   USA Fred DeGand
14 DF   USA Eric Lukin
15 MF   USA Joel Del Peiro Dos Santos
16 MF   MEX Alex Pavon
17 MF   MEX Hector Herrera
18 MF    Pawel Otachel
19 GK   USA Ante Cop
20 DF    Bojan Delibasic
66 DF   SRB Branko Savić
21 MF   ROU Radu Giurgiu
25 DF   BIH Alen Ejupovic

StaffEdit

  •   Saul Robles - President/Majority Owner
  •   Oscar Albuquerque - Minority Owner
  •   Jeff Kraft - Head Coach
  •   Armando Sanchez - Assistant Coach

Year-by-yearEdit

Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. attendance
2005–06 AISL   4th AISL, 0-2 (0 Points) Did not qualify Not Recorded
2006–07 AISL   2nd AISL, 8-4 (23 Points) Lost Championship, 0-1 Not Recorded
2007–08 AISL   1st AISL, 12-1 (31 Points) Won Championship, 1-0 545
2008–09 NISL   2nd NISL, 10-8 Lost Championship, 2-2 1,242
2009–10 MISL III   5th MISL, 7-13 did not qualify 1,112
2012–13 PASL   4th PASL Central, 7-9 did not qualify 244
Total 44-37
Win % = .543
3-3
Win % = .500
894

Two seasons not recorded.

Head coachesEdit

Name Years
Jeff Kraft 2005–2012

ArenasEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Leber, Scott (November 20, 2012). "Rampage Return". WTVO-TV. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. ^ DeDoncker, Mike (March 16, 2008). "Rockford runs away with title". Rockford Register Star. Rockford, IL. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.nislnet.com/news/index.html?article_id=114
  4. ^ "Rockford Rampage Added to PASL Lineup". Professional Arena Soccer League. August 21, 2012. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2012.

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