Milwaukee Wave looking for bounce back season this year

NOW: Milwaukee Wave looking for bounce back season this year

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Wave are in uncharted waters, coming off their first losing season since 1993, they are looking to right the ship.

"It was kind of sad, it was kind of rough because honestly, I don't really want to be in a rebuilding year. Cause Wave, we don't rebuild, we just get it done," said Milwaukee Wave forward Ian Bennett.

The pandemic took the Wave off course for two years. First, they sat out a season while seven other teams played then last year those seven had a huge advantage with returning players and chemistry. This is the first time since the pandemic where the Wave feel caught up.

"This year we had plenty of time to prepare," said Milwaukee Wave head coach Giuliano Oliviero. "We were able to scout some players, bring some great young talent in and mix with our experience, our veterans and so far we're really happy with what we're seeing."

"We had a full year to get over that stuff, we had a good offseason to rebuild and get players in. So now we're getting that Wave culture back, that Wave soccer. I think we're going to have a really good season this year," said Bennett.

The strengths of the team won't be a surprise to Wave fans, they are all about defense allowing just 3 and a half goals a game, first in their division.

"Milwaukee Wave have always strived to be the best defensive team in the league and we've done that in our first two games so that part has been great," said Oliviero.

"A lot of young talent. A lot of really really good talent here and we have a nice mix of veteran all-stars and rookies," said Bennett.

We'll see if that mix can lead to smooth sailing and an eighth championship for the Milwaukee Wave.

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