Milwaukee Wave

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Stadium UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
Ground Capacity 9,500
Owner Mike Zimmerman
Head Coach Giuliano Olivero [1]
League Major Arena Soccer League
2017–18 1st, Central Division
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[2] and currently play in the Major Arena Soccer League.[3]

The team plays their games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena. The team colors are black, neon yellow and white.[4]


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 was the team's coach for 21 years before leaving to become United States national futsal team head coach. While with the Wave, he was the all-time winningest coach in North American indoor soccer, with six league championships and more than 700 wins.[5]

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.[6]

After the 2013–2014 season, the team announced that it was leaving the MISL along with five other teams and join the MASL.[7]

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.[8]


As of January 16, 2018.[9]

Active roster

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

No. Position Player
2 Tibet DF Tenzin Rampa
3 United States FW Chad Vandegriffe
6 Brazil DF Guilherme Viega
7 Netherlands FW Hans Denissen
10 Brazil MF Ricardo Sobreira
12 United States DF Stuart Grable
14 Brazil MF Daniel Mattos
16 United States DF Drew Ruggles
18 Mexico MF Isaac Pereyra
20 Argentina MF Marcelo Fontana
No. Position Player
22 Canada DF Daniel Chamale
24 United States FW Max Ferdinand
25 United States MF Andrew Wiedabach
26 Canada MF Ian Bennett
28 Mexico MF Angel Curiel
30 Canada GK Josh Lemos
75 Brazil DF Jonathan Santos
77 Brazil MF Marcio Leite
82 Brazil GK Rafael Dias
99 Brazil FW Andre Hayne
- Brazil MF Luan Olivera

Inactive roster

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

No. Position Player
4 United States MF Sean Totsch
8 United States MF Kyle Lance
9 Canada FW Robert Renaud
No. Position Player
15 Costa Rica DF Edder Nelson
18 Mexico FW Isaac Pereyra
31 South Korea GK Matt Eisold

Wave Hall of Fame Inductees

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, 2011–2012
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–present
Jimmy Banks 2013 1987–1993
Ricky Mobley 2013 1993–2000
Dawn Urban 2013 Fan

Retired numbers

Other notable former players


Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. Attend.
1984–85 AISA 6th AISA, 13–27 Did not qualify 2,114
1985–86 AISA 6th AISA, 11–29 Did not qualify 1,802
1986–87 AISA 4th North, 12–30 Did not 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 Did not qualify 7,629
1992–93 NPSL II 5th National, 17–23 Did not 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
2015–16 MASL 3rd Central, 13–7 Lost Division Finals 3,104 [1]
2016–17 MASL 2nd Central, 13–7 Lost Conference Final 3,793
2017–18 MASL 1st Central, 17–6 Lost Conference Final 4,101
Total 673–453
Win % = .597

Head coaches

Years Name
1984–1985, 1985–1986 Dave Johnson
1985–1987 Mike Custer
1987–1990 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 UW-Milwaukee 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.[10]

See also


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  2. "Cincinnati Kings to Battle MISL's Milwaukee Wave". Retrieved 2013-01-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Teams". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 20 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Milwaukee Wave shows off new logo". Retrieved 12 October 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Coach Keith Tozer Announces New Soccer Academy". Urban Milwaukee. Retrieved 12 October 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Boehler, Dave; Walker, Don. "Sue Black becomes new owner of Wave". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 12 October 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Graham, Glenn. "Baltimore Blast joining with other teams to form new indoor soccer league". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 12 October 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Viquez, Marc (December 22, 2014). "Black is the New Black in Milwaukee". Stadium Journey. Chicago, IL. Retrieved December 23, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Stats – Major Arena Soccer League".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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