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MISL Championship

We understand. You have a life. Between your job, school, taking care of the kids, and hanging out with friends and family, you don’t always get the chance to watch the other professional soccer leagues in the United States. That’s why we’re here. This section provides you with a quick recap of something exciting, intriguing or just off-the-wall going on in leagues like the MISL, USL (First and Second Divison), PDL, W-League and Super Y-League.

Admit it. When you first heard the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series between the Milwaukee Wave and Cleveland Force was going to be broadcast live on ESPN2, you were a little taken aback.

Saturday night might not be the best time slot, but with Tivo, DVR or the trusty 'ol VCR at your fingertips to allow you to watch during your lazy Sunday, there really wasn't any excuse to miss it.

And we're hoping you didn't because it appears the big wigs at ESPN knew exactly what they were doing broadcasting the MISL Championship for the first-time ever as the Wave and Force put on a edge-of-your-seat show and did everything in their power to have next year’s championship game back on ESPN.

Two games. Two overtimes. Two thrillers.

With the Force up 5-1 midway through the second quarter in the first leg, Greg Howes took control with four straight goals to pull the Wave even. After the lead bounced back and forth, Howes assisted Michael King for the tying goal (9-9) with 22 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Milwaukee then completed the remarkable come-from-behind 10-9 overtime victory with a game-winning goal from Johnny Torres.

In the second game, Milwaukee did it again.

Down 9-7 late in the final period, the Wave scored with just under five minutes to get within one and then pulled their keeper and inserted a sixth field player (yes, like hockey), getting the equalizer with under two minutes left to send the match into overtime.  

After neither team could score in the first overtime period, Todd Dusosky provided the Wave with the title in the second when he caught a Matt Schmidt deflection off the boards and knocked in the game-winner past a helpless Jim Larkin.

It just doesn't get much better than that.