Kramer's Corner: End of match etiquette

A common situation happened near the conclusion of our recent game with Chicago that has resulted in some heated tempers with various players and teams over the years.

Here is what transpired. With the score 19-12 in our favor with less than a minute remaining in the game, Chicago coach Steve Morris called a timeout to set up a restart play from the top of the arc. Seconds after the failed restart opportunity, we were awarded a free kick from the attacking yellow line. We opted to play the ball back and attempted to run the time out. Chicago however, pressured the ball and gained possession and as time expired our co-captain Todd Dusosky committed a foul that resulted in a blue card infraction.

I was asked by a fan following the game my opinion regarding Chicago calling a time-out in that situation and continuing to pressure even though the game was out of balance.

I had no problem or issue with Morris calling timeout or with his team continuing to play hard until the final whistle. I believe that is the way it should be. I have seen players and teams who don't respond well to being scored on late in the game when they are trailing and feel like they are being disrespected. Our message to our players here with the Wave is that if the opponent continues to attack our goal, we will continue to attack their goal.

The Major Indoor Soccer League is unique in the fact that there is no timetable for when teams should shut down. In the National Basketball Association, the players will continue to play until the final 24-second shot clock, where a player will dribble the ball until time expires. The same is true in the National Football League with the 30-second play clock. In Major League Baseball, the game is over when the final out occurs. The final minute of our game is most similar to the National Hockey League, where the players continue to play until the final horn sounds.

Kramer's Corner: Missing the memo

Wave assistant coach Art Kramer checks in with his weekly blog, Kramer's Corner.

We had a very competitive two games this past weekend versus the California Cougars.

I had to laugh the next morning when I read an article that referred to our opponent as the "lowly Cougars" and stated that "apparently the Wave missed that memo, the one that said this game was supposed to be a cake-walk."

I guess whoever wrote that article was unaware that the Cougars had come within an eyelash of defeating the defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast on the road in their previous match.

We firmly believe that if we do not play to our potential, any team in the MISL can beat us on any given night. With only six teams, the parity in the league is at its highest level.

The Cougars are a talent-laden team, starting up front with veteran Aaron Susi and second year player Enrique Tovar. They are loaded at the second forward position with young stars Vincente Figeuroa, Brian Farber and Elvir Kafedzic. Their midfield is solid featuring Semir Mesanovic, Craig Scheer, Nelson Santana and Eduardo Velez. They have capable players in the back with veterans Antonio Sutton and Matt Caution combining with youngsters Ryan Hall, Marcos Chantel and lefty Adilson DeLima. They also have two fine prospects tending the goal in Dominek Jakubek and Matt McDougall.

The memo and message that we conveyed to our players prior to the weekend was that we would be in for a dog fight in the home and away series. We battled hard and were very good on specialty situations during the first game at home and won 16-14. The following night in California we received some solid play at the target position and won 23-18, with Todd Dusosky contributing 10 points. We felt very fortunate and were proud of our player's effort and resiliency.

We improved our winning steak to four games and are 6-2 over the past eight during this second 10 game stretch. We look forward to our …