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NISL Player of the Week, February 2, 2009

NISL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Monday, February 2, 2009

Ivan Medina, Monterrey La RaZa
Ivan Medina scored four goals to lead his Monterrey La RaZa to a 39-14 win over the Massachusetts Twisters on Sunday at the Monterrey Arena.  Medina scored back-to-back goals in the first quarter, to give La RaZa 6-2 and 8-2 leads and added two more goals in the fourth quarter, to extend the lead to 35-7 and then 37-11.  A 5-6, 154-pound midfielder, Medina ranks second on La RaZa, and tied for fifth in the NISL with 31 points in 12 games (one three-point goal, 13 two-point goals and two assists).  

About the National Indoor Soccer League
The National Indoor Soccer League was launched in September of 2008 and consists of five founding members; the Baltimore Blast, La RaZa de Monterrey, Philadelphia KiXX, Rockford Rampage and the Massachusetts Twisters.  The NISL has a working relationship with the United Soccer Leagues (USL) recently received provisional membership in the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

The NISL kicked off its inaugural season on November 15th and will continue through March with the playoffs taking place the first two weeks of April.  The 2009 NISL Championship Series will consist of three of the five NISL clubs competing in two rounds, the Semifinal Round (first weekend of April) and the Championship Series Final (second week of April).  The first-place team will get an automatic bye to host the Championship Game and the second- and third-place teams will play a home-and-home series with the winner advancing to the Finals.

This weekend’s NISL schedule:
Saturday, February 7 – Massachusetts at Philadelphia

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