Milwaukee Wave

Milwaukee Wave
Milwaukee Wave
Milwaukee Wave
Founded 1984
Stadium U.S. Cellular Arena
(Capacity: 9,500)
Head Coach United States Keith Tozer
League MISL
Home colors
Away colors

The Milwaukee Wave is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Founded in 1984 they are the oldest continuously operating professional soccer team in North America[1]and a member of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

The team plays their games at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The team colors are blue and white. Their head coach is Keith Tozer.



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.

Keith Tozer has coached them for 16 seasons. He is assisted by Mark Litton and Guiliano Oliverio.

The Wave played in the first season of the XSL in the 2008 - 2009 season, but moved to the new Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2009-2010 season.


Current roster

As of November 13, 2011Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Nick Vorberg
1 Netherlands GK Marcel Feenstra
2 Tibet FW Tenzin Rampa
3 United States MF Travis Mackenzie
4 United States DF Josh Rife
6 United States FW Tom Oatley
7 Guyana DF JP Rodrigues
8 Brazil DF Fabinho Ribeiro
9 United States FW Greg Howes
10 Brazil MF Jonathan Santos
12 Brazil FW Pablo
14 United States MF Nick Perera
No. Position Player
23 Canada FW Marco Terminesi
77 Brazil MF Marcio Leite
24 United States DF Matt Stewart
20 United States DF Evan McNeley
21 Canada FW Giuliano Oliviero
22 United States DF Joe Hammes
26 Canada MF Ian Bennett
79 Brazil MF Hewerton
28 South Africa MF Jonathan Greenfield

Wave Hall of Fame Inductees

Name Inducted Years Played
Peter Knezic 2009 1984-1990
Art Kramer 2009
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
Pat White 2011
Lee Rogers 2011
Greg Howes 2011 2000-2008, 2011-
Tom Krueger 2011 Fan

Retired numbers

Other notable former players


Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance Average
1984-85 AISA FirstWavelogo.gif 6th AISA, 13-27 Failed to qualify 2,114
1985-86 AISA FirstWavelogo.gif 6th AISA, 11-29 Failed to qualify 1,802
1986-87 AISA FirstWavelogo.gif 4th North, 12-30 Failed to qualify 2,316
1987-88 AISA FirstWavelogo.gif 3rd AISA, 11-13 3rd place, 6-6 3,066
1988-89 AISA FirstWavelogo.gif 2nd AISA, 24-16 Lost Semifinal 6,442
1989-90 AISA FirstWavelogo.gif 2nd National, 21-19 Lost Semifinal 7,147
1990-91 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 2nd National, 23-17 Lost First Round 6,526
1991-92 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 4th National, 18-22 Failed to qualify 7,629
1992-93 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 5th National, 17-23 Failed to qualify 7,759
1993-94 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 4th National, 20-20 Lost First Round 7,326
1994-95 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 3rd National, 23-17 Lost First Round 7,108
1995-96 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 2nd National, 30-10 Lost Division Semifinal 7,363
1996-97 NPSL II 2ndwavelogo.gif 2nd Midwest, 26-14 Lost Conference Quarterfinal 7,975
1997-98 NPSL II Wave97.gif 1st Central, 28-12 Won Championship 7,903
1998-99 NPSL II Wave97.gif 2nd Central, 25-15 Lost Conference Semifinal 8,453
1999-00 NPSL II Wave97.gif 1st North, 31-13 Won Championship 8,002
2000-01 NPSL II Wave97.gif 1st National, 24-16 Won Championship 8,310
2001-02 MISL II CrashingMWave.gif 1st MISL, 34-10 Lost Championship 6,665
2002-03 MISL II CrashingMWave.gif 1st Western, 28-9 Lost Championship 7,096
2003-04 MISL II CrashingMWave.gif 1st Central, 26-9 Lost Championship 6,012
2004-05 MISL II CrashingMWave.gif 1st MISL, 24-15 Won Championship 3,675
2005-06 MISL II CrashingMWave.gif 3rd MISL, 17-13 Lost Semifinal 4,352
2006-07 MISL II CrashingMWave.gif 4th MISL, 16-14 Lost Semifinal 4,618
2007-08 MISL II Milwaukee wave crest.jpg 2nd MISL, 22-8 Lost Semifinal 4,367
2008-09 XSL Milwaukee wave crest.jpg 3rd XSL, 10-10 No Playoffs 4,247
2009-10 MISL III Milwaukee wave crest.jpg 1st MISL, 14-6 Lost Championship 3,934
2010-11 MISL III Milwaukee wave crest.jpg 2nd MISL, 15-5 Won Championship 4,531
Total 563-412
Win % = .577
Win % = ?

Head coaches

Years Name
1984–1985, 1985–1986 Dave Johnson
1985–1986 Mike Custer
1986–1987 Mike Custer
1986–1990 John Dolinsky
1990–1992 Johan Aarino
1992-current Keith Tozer*
  • (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 U.S. Cellular their home as well. While playing their home games at the "Cell" 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 is coached by Wave assistant coach Mark Litton.

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