Philadelphia KiXX

The Philadelphia KiXX were a professional indoor soccer team based in Philadelphia, USA. Founded in 1995 as an NPSL expansion franchise, they played in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Philadelphia KiXX
Founded1995
Dissolved2010
GroundLiacouras Center
Capacity10,206
PresidentJeffrey Rotwitt
LeagueMISL

The team colors were teal, red and black.[1] After the closing of the Spectrum following the 2008–09 season, the Philadelphia KiXX moved to the Liacouras Center, on the campus of Temple University, for 2009–10.

The team went on hiatus after the conclusion of the 2009–10 season.

History

The team's original owner was Ed Tepper, also president of Tepper Properties Inc, had been one of the co-founders of the original MISL. In 2001, the KiXX along with five other NPSL franchises founded the new Major Indoor Soccer League. They were originally sponsored by Oki Data Americas. The KiXX won the first MISL championship (2001–02 season) over the Milwaukee Wave 2 games to 1 (4 to 11, 11 to 4, 8 to 6) in the best of three game championship series. The KiXX also won the 2006–07 MISL championship defeating the Detroit Ignition 13 to 8 in a one-game championship. After the MISL folded in 2008, the KiXX announced that they had joined the National Indoor Soccer League for its inaugural season in 2008–09. The NISL took on the MISL moniker for its second season.

Peter Pappas retirement and legacy

On March 2, 2010, KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas retired after playing his final match against the Baltimore Blast at the Liacouras Center. In honor of his years of dedication and spotless record the KiXX decided to retire the #22 jersey. Pappas spent 13 seasons with the KiXX. During that time he played in 416 matches, recording 5,399 saves and 230 wins. He was named Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ four times and an All-League selection eight times.[2]

Don D'Ambra retirement

Fellow long-term KiXX member Don D'Ambra also retired in 2010. He served as head coach of the KiXX from 2002–10 and played 575 games, scoring 483 goals. In April 2010, D'Ambra was named the head coach of the Saint Joseph's Hawks men's soccer team, which he continues to coach today.[3]

Roster

As of March 17, 2010

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 DF Kevin Coleman
4 DF Joe Di Buono
5 MF Sandre Naumoski
7 MF Ptah Meyers
8 MF Semir Mesanovic
9 FW Jeremy Ortiz
11 FW Don D'Ambra
12 FW Anthony Maher
13 DF Clay Roberts
14 MF Tijani Ayegbusi
15 FW Adauto Neto
No. Position Player
16 MF Angel Rivillo
17 DF Pat Morris
23 MF Ricardinho
25 GK Sanaldo
29 GK Nick Hovaker
30 MF Gary Brooks
33 DF Will Kletzien
35 DF Rey Martinez
44 FW Shawn Boney
57 DF Ryan Heins

Year-by-year

Year League Logo Reg. season Playoffs Avg. attendance
1996–97 NPSL II 3rd East, 17–23 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Blast 8–15; 8–18 7,894
1997–98 NPSL II 1st East, 26–14 Won Conference Semifinals over Crunch 10–4; 29–27
Lost Conference Finals to Wave 9–7; 5–19; 3–12; 10–16
8,637
1998–99 NPSL II 1st East, 23–17 Won Conference Semifinals over Wave 9–11; 13–11; 14–5
Lost Conference Finals to Crunch 0–15; 15–30
8,974
1999-00 NPSL II 2nd East, 24–20 Lost Conference Semifinals to Blast 11–15; 12–25 8,081
2000–01 NPSL II 4th American, 22–18 Won Conference Semifinals over Heat 21–19; 19–14
Won Conference Finals over Blast 19–23; 12–8; 16–15
Lost Championship to Wave 12–16; 8–9; 8–10
5,224
2001–02 MISL II 2nd MISL, 30–14 Won Semifinals over Comets 18–13
Won Championship over Wave 4–11; 11–4; 8–6
5,328
2002–03 MISL II 1st Eastern, 24–12 Lost Semifinals to Blast 6–8 4,294
2003–04 MISL II 2nd Eastern, 20–16 Lost Quarterfinals to Comets 5–8 5,226
2004–05 MISL II 3rd MISL, 22–17 Lost Semifinals to Force 3–6; 6–10 5,361
2005–06 MISL II 5th MISL, 10–20 Did not qualify 6,990
2006–07 MISL II 3rd MISL, 17–13 Won Semifinals over Storm 8–11; 10–6; 2–0
Won Championship over Ignition 13–8
6,551
2007–08 MISL II 7th MISL, 12–18 Did not qualify 6,118
2008–09 NISL 4th NISL, 10–8 Did not qualify 6,444
2009–10 MISL III 4th MISL, 8–12 Did not qualify 4,725
Total 265–222
Win % = .544
15–20
Win % = .429
6,080

Head coaches

Name Years
Dave MacWilliams 1996–1999
Omid Namazi 1999–2002
Don D'Ambra 2002–2010

Arenas

  1. Between 1996–2009 the team has also played select games at the Wachovia Center, Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey.[5]

References

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