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The Philadelphia KiXX is an indoor soccer team, founded in 1995 as an NPSL expansion franchise that plays its games at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The team's original owner was Ed Tepper, who had been one of the co-founders of the original MISL. Initially, the KiXX were one of the better drawing teams in the league, but their attendance fell at the turn of the century.
In 2001, the KiXX along with five other NPSL franchises founded the new Major Indoor Soccer League. The KiXX won the first MISL championship (2001-2002 season) over the Milwaukee Wave 2 games to 1 in the best of three game championship series. The KiXX also won the 2006-2007 MISL championship defeating the Detroit Ignition 13 to 8 in a one game championship.
The Philadelphia KiXX joined the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) as an expansion franchise for the 1996-97 season. Now entering their 11th campaign and fifth in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), the KiXX led the League in attendance three times and was crowned the MISL's first League Champion in 2002.
In its inaugural season, Philadelphia registered a 17-23 record and averaged 7,894 fans per game. A revamped club in 1997-98 finished 26-14 and won its first East Division title before advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
In 1998-99, the KiXX were hit hard by injuries and the team's only coach, Dave MacWilliams, stepped down. Defender Omid Namazi replaced MacWilliams in March and led the team to eight victories in the team's final 11 games. The club finished the season at 23-17 to capture its second consecutive Eastern Division crown. Philadelphia then ousted defending champion Milwaukee in the American Conference semifinals, but were eliminated by the eventual champion Cleveland Crunch in the American Conference finals. Three KiXX players were named All-Stars and the team averaged a league-best and franchise record of 8,973 fans per game.
The KiXX posted a 24-20 record in 1999-2000, thanks to a season-high five-game winning streak to end the year, but was interrupted with a two-game sweep to the Baltimore Blast in the conference semifinals. The club once again led the League in attendance with an average of 8,081 fans per game.
In 2000-01, the KiXX established franchise marks in several elite categories; longest winning streak, best start to a season (14-4), and largest single-game attendance (16,713). Philadelphia also posted its 100th win in club history and led the League in defense (11.2 ppg). Entering the playoffs as the fourth seed, the KiXX advanced to the NPSL Finals for the first time, but was swept, three-games-to-none, by the Milwaukee Wave.
Prior to the 2001-02 season, the club joined the newly-organized MISL. The KiXX posted a franchise record 30-14 regular-season mark and advanced to square-off versus the Wave in the League Finals for the second consecutive year. After a bitter 11-4 defeat in Game One, Philadelphia responded with two-consecutive victories, an 11-4 win at the First Union Spectrum (now known as the Wachovia Spectrum) and an 8-6 triumph at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, to take the best-of-three game series and claim their first League Championship.
A mere four games into their title-defending season in 2002-03, player/coach Namazi resigned. Philadelphia native Don D'Ambra stepped in on an interim basis before being officially named the franchise's third head coach on December 3. Despite the adjustment, Philadelphia posted 10 consecutive victories at home to open the season on its way to a League-best 16-2 home mark as well as a franchise-best 10-game winning streak to cruise into the playoffs with a 24-12 record.
The club concluded the 2003-04 season with a 20-16 record, placing the team second in the Eastern Division standings behind the Baltimore Blast and fourth overall entering the 2004 playoffs. The fourth seed meant hosting the fifth-seeded Kansas City Comets in a one-game semifinal match on April 10. Philadelphia, who lost six-of-their-last-eight, and the home crowd at the Wachovia Spectrum were stunned as the Comets earned an 8-5 decision. D'Ambra did his best to lead the KiXX, notching four-of-the-team's five goals.
With a myriad of injuries and five fresh faces to the roster, the KiXX posted a disappointing 10-20 record and failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time in franchise history. Morris, who was named to his fourth consecutive All-League (First) Team, led the team's scorers with 25 points. Fellow backliner Drew Kopp finished second with a career-best 23, while newcomer Josh Rife was named to the MISL's All-Rookie Team.
Philadelphia entered the 2004-05 campaign with seven new faces on the roster. Despite the high turnover, the KiXX posted a 22-17 record and clinched the third seed entering the playoffs. Namazi and the second-seeded Cleveland Force swept the club, two-games-to-none in the opening semifinal round before falling to the Milwaukee Wave in the MISL Finals. First-year forward John Barry Nusum made an immediate contribution and was named the MISL's Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team. Teammate and defender Chris Fehrle was also named to the All-Rookie squad. Several KiXX veterans also enjoyed post-season accolades, as D'Ambra, Morris and Pappas were each selected to the All-MISL First Team. Morris was also named the League's Defender of the Year, while Pappas earned his third Goalkeeper of the Year honor.
As the KiXX enter the 2006-07 campaign, the expectations remain high as the club strives to regain its winning form and continue the quest for a second MISL Championship.