Dec. 23: Meet Local MLS Contingent At Rampage Game
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford area will be treated to an array of professional soccer talent this weekend, even beyond Sunday's highly anticipated Major Indoor Soccer League matchup between the Rockford Rampage (3-1) and Baltimore Blast (3-1).
Four local standouts from Major League Soccer -- past and present -- will be on hand at the MetroCentre to help kick off the festivities.
Before the Rampage-Blast game, which starts at 5:05 p.m., get to the MetroCentre a little early to meet former Tampa Bay Mutiny defender R.T. Moore (played for Boylan High School), FC Dallas forward Peri Marosevic (Guilford High School), D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff (Boylan High School) and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Brad Ring (Guilford High School).
They will be at the concourse level of the MetroCentre one hour before the game to meet fans, sign autographs, take photographs, share some soccer stories and a whole lot more. Their pre-game inclusion opens an exciting night of soccer that features the current top two MISL teams. Sunday's winner of the Rampage-Blast showdown garners sole possession of first place in the MISL standings.
About your local MLS players:
- R.T. Moore: Moore played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1998 and 1999 following a collegiate career at Maryland. He was selected in the third round of the 1998 MLS College Draft and played in 19 MLS games, including 12 starts in '99. Moore decided to retire from MLS with a unique switch from the soccer pitch -- to enroll in Southern Illinois' dental school.
- Peri Marosevic: Marosevic made his MLS debut earlier this year with FC Dallas, playing in four games. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas player. Before MLS, he scored 24 goals and assisted seven others in three seasons at Michigan. He was the Wolverines' first freshman to lead the program in goals (5) and points (12).
- Bryan Namoff: The 30-year-old defender has been a fixture for D.C. United's back line and midfield for most of this decade. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft and made an immediate impact with United -- seven assists in 15 games during his rookie season. Namoff was part of United's 2004 MLS Cup champion squad. In college, Namoff led Bradley to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000, posting career highs in goals (15), assists (10) and points (40) during his senior season with the Braves.
- Brad Ring: A hip injury delayed Ring's 2009 MLS debut with the San Jose Earthquakes. But the midfielder and 17th pick of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, who played collegiately at Indiana, resumed training with the Quakes in October and is hoping to make his debut next year. The 22-year-old Ring was a two-time All-American for the Hoosiers. Before Indiana, Ring helped Guilford finish second in the 2003 IHSA Class AA state tournament and third in the 2004 Class AA state tournament.
The Rockford Rampage are members of the Major Indoor Soccer League and play their home games at the MetroCentre. Rampage tickets for the 2009-2010 MISL season are on sale. Log on to www.RockfordRampage.com or call the Rampage at (779) 423-1082. Individual game tickets are available at www.MetroCentre.com or by calling (815) 968-5222.
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