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Wave Ready for Busy Weekend at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

February 6, 2020 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Milwaukee Wave News Release

The Milwaukee Wave return to action after a two week hiatus to confront their Midwest regional rival in the Kansas City Comets.

The Comets enter the weekend having won their last game at home against the Rochester Lancers, but has a tough matchup at home against the Harrisburg Heat (9-4) on February 6, before traveling to Milwaukee.

The Wave are hoping to continue their own two game winning streak, which started with a 7-6 home overtime win against Kansas City on January 20th, and was swiftly followed by an absolute 15-3 thrashing of the Rochester Lancers.

This will be the last home game for the Wave against the Comets in the regular season this year, with the Wave holding a 2-1 record against Kansas City this season. The Wave will have one last showdown with Kansas City in Independence, Missouri at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Friday February 21st.

The Wave currently sit at 8-3 in the Eastern Division standings in a two-way tie for second place with Utica City FC and two games behind the division leading Florida Tropics. Kansas City meanwhile is 6-6, fighting for their playoff lives in every single game.

Coach Giuliano Oliviero said that several injured players are still on the mend, but provided reassuring status updates on several players. "Mario (Alvarez) is entering week 3 of a six week comeback plan and (Daniel) Chamale has been sidelined with a bad back, but he very close to a comeback too" Coach Oliviero said.

Perhaps the biggest piece of news is that Andre Hayne, one of the Wave's most popular and versatile weapons from last year's championship squad has finally gotten his visa issues sorted out and will play his first game of the season this Saturday. Coach Oliviero expressed gratitude for the break and allowing for more in-depth practice and preparation, but said that while the team has worked hard, "I think that they are excited to stop kicking each other and kick someone else."

Rafa Diaz was another player who prior to the break was injured with a concussion. However, the Wave's starting goalkeeper was a full participant in practice this Thursday and showed little to no lingering effects from the injury. Rafa was quick to give praise to the Wave training staff, "it was scary, but they looked out for me and didn't rush me back. I did some mental and physical training/rehab and was able to start practicing again last week."

It will be a Super Promotion Saturday at UW Milwaukee Panther Arena, with Mascot Game & Brad Beach's Birthday Party with a post-game movie (Secret Life of Pets 2) for all fans to enjoy! Plus you can bid in an auction on the Wave's special 7-time champions' jersey that will be worn by the team during the Saturday game. The first kick starts at 6:07 pm.

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