Tozer leaves Wave, team released from MISL
In a statement released on Friday, the Milwaukee Wave announced several major changes.
The United Soccer League Office and Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) officially released the Wave from the MISL, and the organization is now free to join a new league.
And, Head Coach Keith Tozer and the Wave have amicably parted ways.
The team and Tozer had agreed to a three-year contract extension in March.
"Keith has had a wonderful run as coach of the Wave for 21 years," Wave owner Sue Black said. "I personally and everyone in the organization wishes him every success in his future work."
The Wave organization also said it is committed to staying in Milwaukee.
"While we begin to restructure and explore all options, we would like to thank our fans, sponsors and community for their patience and support during this time of change," the team said in a statement. "We have several key components to our restructuring that will make it possible for the team to remain in Milwaukee and we are tackling them with a sense of urgency."
As a result of its release from the MISL, the team also announced that it is in active discussions and negotiations to join Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) along with Baltimore, Kansas City, Rochester and Syracuse. The PASL could potentially have 20-plus teams in the upcoming 2014-15 season and has been operating for over 16 years.
In the statement, the team said:
"Once we identify our new league and team strategy, we will conduct a search for personnel who will best fit within our structure and will work to achieve our goals for the franchise, city, county and state."
The organization also addressed its relationship with U.S. Cellular Arena.
"Another key factor to keeping professional soccer alive in Milwaukee is our partnership with the U.S. Cellular Arena. It is critical that we have a lease that represents a win-win for both parties."
Wave Summer Soccer Camps will continue as scheduled in partnership with our professional soccer players. The Wave players are gearing up for one of the best camp seasons in our franchise history.
I'd like to hear Tolzer's side of the story. Keith has been Mr. Soccer in Milwaukee for many years...was he pushed out or did the team decide to go on the cheap?
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