The Milwaukee Wave Returns!
Wave fans old and new can expect a great 2022-23 indoor soccer season, as their squad features returning stalwarts as well as some impressive new faces.
“I’m excited, to say the very least,” said Wave coach Giuliano Oliviero. “We’re coming out of the gate healthy and with a great combination of veterans and new blood -- Wave fans can expect great things this season!”
A featured newcomer is goalkeeper Will Banahene, bringing from the Harrisburg Heat a well-earned reputation as one of the top shot-stoppers in the MASL.
Fans will be glad to once again see Wave stalwart and MASL League MVP Ian Bennett return to lead the offense, coming off a season where he scored 50 goals in 24 regular season games. Also returning is Marcio Leite, veteran of 15 seasons, four championships, and able to play any and all positions on the field.
Shoring up the Wave defense is Stuart Grable, a reliable mainstay equipped with relentless energy and speed. Andrew Wiedabach will be back after being out due to injury last year three games into the season -- all Wave victories in which he had notable impact. Mario Alvarez was on fire last season, and there’s every reason to expect a continuation of that streak in the new campaign. Mario’s flexibility allowed him to switch to defense when needed, where he helped dictate the tempo of the game as the team’s “quarterback” down the stretch as the Wave battled for a playoff berth.
A breakout rookie last season, Javi Steinwasher returns with experience under his belt and high expectations. Meanwhile, a familiar face -- and new dad -- Luan Oliveira is back to hold down the midfield. A new addition to the Wave, though a seasoned MASL veteran, Ben Ramin brings experience to the Wave defense.
Derek Huffman -- aka “Huff the Stuff” -- returns to the Wave for his third season after being sidelined much of the last campaign due to injury and suspension, and fan-favorite chest-thumper Andre Hayne is back to shore up the forward line. All the way from the UK, Alex Bradley -- who rebounded from last season’s knee injury to help power the Wave to the playoffs -- is back to shut down opponents regardless of size and speed. And, the Wave’s “calming presence” Daniel Mattos is back to work his magic on the attacking part of the field.
The Milwaukee Wave begin their season Saturday, December 10th at home against the St. Louis Ambush. Visit milwaukeewave.com for more information. Let’s Go Wave!