MELVINDALE, MI- The Waza Flo found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard in their home opener Saturday night. After a string of bad luck on the road that resulted in four losses to start the season, the home turf yielded a similar result in front of a lively Melvindale Arena crowd.

Chicago was able to strike first off a rocket from Alexis Camarena five minutes into the match. After back and forth play, Ryan Ybarra gave the visitors a two goal advantage only to have the Flo get on the board seconds later via a goal by Tariq Akeel to end the first frame. Waza Flo rookie, Alex Morana, was the first scorer in the 2nd period that saw the Eastern Division rivals tied once again. With just over a minute left in the half, Patricio Barroche gave the Mustangs a 3-2 lead heading into halftime.

The game settled down in the second half with scoring chances few and far between for both teams until Camarena was able to restore Chicago's two goal advantage for the only goal of the 3rd. From there, the Mustangs were able to rely on their defense to keep the Flo at bay. Ybarra then added another tally off a counter attack that sealed Waza's fate. The teams traded goals late in the final quarter, Costea Decu for the Flo and Camarena for Chicago, that saw a 6-3 final score in favor of the Mustangs.

The Waza Flo visit Muskegon on Friday night before both teams are back in action again on Saturday, January 20th. Chicago travels to Muskegon to take on the Risers and the Waza Flo are back in Melvindale to host the Cincinnati Swerve. Next weekend's game is Club Soccer Night at the Melvindale Arena where all kids that wear their team's uniform receive a FREE ticket!

For more information and tickets, visit wazaflo.com.


As a member of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), the Waza Flo represent their state with pride.  The Waza Flo have won the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) Eastern Division Championship in 2012 and 2013, and were finalists in the League Championship each of those years. In 2017-18, Waza Flowill be part of Major Arena Soccer League 2 (MASL 2), and will play in the Eastern Division against teams from Cincinnati, Chicago, Muskegon, Denver, and Colorado Springs. In Japanese, the word “Waza” means“technique” and in Swahili, “Waza” means “to think clearly”. But in Melvindale, “Waza” means“Championships!”.