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The Rockford Rampage are a charter member of the Major Indoor Soccer League based in Rockford, Illinoismarker. Prior to 2008, they were a member of the American Indoor Soccer League's Central Division.

History

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. The team currently makes its home in the Rockford MetroCentremarker.

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 .

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, Massachusettsmarker 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 NPF 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.

On September 9, 2008, the Rampage announced they were joining the new Major 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.

Current squad

Nationality given from place of birth

Year-by-year

Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. attendance
2005/2006 AISL 4th AISL, 0-2 (0 Points) Not Eligible
2006/2007 AISL 2nd AISL, 8-4 (23 Points) Lost Championship
2007/2008 AISL 1st AISL, 12-1 (31 Points) Won Championship 545
2008-2009 NISL 2nd NISL, 10-8 Lost Championship 1,242
2009-2010 MISL III TBD TBD TBD


References

  1. http://www.nislnet.com/news/index.html?article_id=114


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