It could easily be said that this year's Milwaukee Wave is having the best year in its 28th season of indoor soccer. Their current record is 16-2 for an .887 winning percentage, which is significantly higher than their current record high percentage of .773 (done with a 34-10 record in a much longer 2001-02 season).
The Wave finish their home schedule this afternoon against the Missouri Comets (Side note about the schedule; Dookie-filled is the best way to describe it. Even as late as last season, the final home game was in mid-March. But because the MISL merged with the outdoor USL prior to this season, the schedule was compressed so that the indoor players finish their season and get a break before they begin their outdoor season in April. Good for the players, not as good for the teams, as 12 home games were compressed into a three-month season. Making it worse for the Wave is how the schedule was front loaded; after today's home finale, the team plays the last five games over the next two weeks on the road.)
With a win today, the Wave will finish with an 11-1 home record, which is second best to the same 2001-02 season when they went 22-0 at home. In order to achieve the best winning percentage in team history, they will need to go 3-3 in these last couple of weeks. If they achieve this mark, it will make them the prohibitive favorites to successfully defend their league championship from last season.
With all of the success that the Wave has had on the field, it is not translating to increased attendance. Going into today's game, the average is 3772 per game, lowest since the 2004-05 Championship season. Again, much of this has to do with the compressed schedule. Historically, the Wave's attendance begins to rise on their traditional New Year's Eve game and increases steadily. This year, seven home games were played before New Year's, and even then, there was a three-plus week gap in between January home games.
Whatever the case, the hand has been dealt, the cards need to be played. If you get a chance, get to today's game, or the playoff game (date to be announced) and hopefully the MISL Championship Game, which will likely also be in Milwaukee. And the first one to say "Hi" to me at today's game will win a chance to shake my hand.