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Arizona Thunder
Founded1998
Dissolved2000
GroundArizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Capacity15,505
LeagueWorld Indoor Soccer League

The Arizona Thunder was a professional indoor soccer team based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1997, the team was a member of the Premier Soccer Alliance. In 1998, the alliance, with some additional teams, reconstituted itself as the World Indoor Soccer League (WISL). The Thunder continued to play in the WISL from 1998 to 2000.[1] The team played in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Many of the players grew up and played youth soccer in AZ including Randy Soderman, Rick Soderman, Jason Vanacour, Milo Iniguez, Mark Kerlin, Derick Brownell, Kenneth Wright (Thea), Sasha Hunter, Dave Cameron, along with many implants like Milos Tomic, Chris Scotti, and the Dunn Brothers. Some games were televised on COX 9 In 1999 and in 2000. During the Thunder's three years in the WISL they averaged attendance of 4,261 fans per game.

Year-by-year

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
1998 PSA 3rd WISL, 3–4 Failed to Qualify 3,539
1999 WISL 6th WISL, 7–15 Failed to Qualify 4,183
2000 WISL 6th WISL, 8–16 Failed to Qualify 4,521

Owner

John Ogden (Phoenix Power Soccer Club, Inc) 1998–2000

Notable players

References

  1. ^ "Revamped Knights start new season, seek redemption". The Sacramento Bee. Sacramento, CA: The McClatchy Company. August 18, 2001. p. C7. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
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