by Jeff Husted

40 Players Agreed To New Contracts During Live Period

The offseason continues for the members of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) as the Live Period closed out Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. ET. From May 15-May 30 all players whose contracts had expired or whose contracts would expire prior to the 2019-2020 season were allowed to speak with any team about their playing careers.

Going into the Live Period there were over 250 players who were eligible for this Live Period and several teams hit the ground running as they looked to set their rosters. The St Louis Ambush actually started the day before, signing hometown player Mike Scharf on May 14.

The Florida Tropics were the most active team, announcing 11 player signings in that time. Nine of those players wore someone else’s jersey last season. Notable players on that list include Gordy Gurson (Orlando), Drew Ruggles (Milwaukee) and Joey Tavernese (Utica City FC). The Tropics did re-sign two players from last year, Anthony Arico and Antonio Manfut.

Utica City FC got a taste of success in their first season and are hungry for more. After securing the services of captain Bo Jelovac, the team added five new players, including offensive stars Diego Zuñiga and Moises Gonzalez from RGV and Ricardo Diegues from Florida. Defensively the team signed promising young players James Togbah from Kansas City and goalkeeper Matt Perrella from Harrisburg.

The Baltimore Blast and Orlando SeaWolves worked to keep several of their players home, each of them re-signing four players from last year’s roster. The SeaWolves were also the hardest hit team in the period, losing four players to other rosters.

Teams now move into phase two of their offseason planning. There are still over 140 players from last year’s MASL rosters that are eligible for Free Agency.

Although the Tacoma Stars were quiet during the Live Period, but they were not resting on their laurels, announcing today the signing of Douglas Lima.

Fans can keep track of all the player movement throughout the offseason on the MASL’s Free Agent Tracker