CINCINNATI, OH - The Waza Flo head into the holiday break losing their first three games of the season after a shut-out loss to the Swerve. After tough back-to-back losses to the Inferno and Blizzard in Colorado, the Waza Flo injuries continued to take their toll on the team in Cincinnati in the form of a 9-0 loss.

After a Richardo Israel goal put the Swerve on the board in the opening frame, Kalu Abass and Kidus Tadele joined in on the scoring to give the home team a 3-0 advantage early. After a Waza Flo timeout, Israel added a brace to give the hosts a 4-0 lead heading into the half.

While the Flo held Cincinnati off the scoreboard in the third, the Swerve secured the victory with goals from Ben Rascona, Eddie Zavala, Rashawn Lamar, and Israel (his fourth in the match). With the loss of key players, a number of Waza Flo rookies got their first action of the season including homegrown talents Tyler Ison and Jorgen Larsen.

The Swerve now sit at 2-1 in the M2 Eastern Division and the Waza Flo fall to 0-3. Cincinnati hosts the 0-1 Muskegon Risers on Dec 30 while the Flo wait until 2018 for their next match against the same Risers on Jan 6.

Follow the Waza Flo on social media to stay up-to-date and head over to wazaflo.com to secure your tickets for the Home Opener on Jan 13 against the Chicago Mustangs.


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!”.