NISL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Jose Luiz Birche, Monterrey La RaZa
The 5-8, 171-pound defender from Monterrey recorded 14 points last weekend to lead his team to two victories over the Rockford Rampage. La RaZa defeated the Rampage, 15-8, last Friday night and Birche led the way with nine points (one three-point goal and three two-point goals). Two days later, Birche recorded five more points (one three-point goal and two assists) in Monterrey’s 13-12 victory over Rockford. Birche, who has played in seven of La RaZa’s nine games this season, ranks second on the team and seventh in the NISL with 23 points.
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 formed a working relationship with the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and will become a member of 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.
This weekend’s NISL schedule:
Friday, January 23 –Monterrey at Baltimore
Friday, January 23 – Rockford at Massachusetts
Sunday, January 25 – Monterrey at Philadelphia
Sunday, January 25 – Springfield at Rockford