Some of you may have known that former Rampage player Kenan Malicevic had kept a the Rampage United outdoor franchise going as the Cedar Rapids Inferno, playing at Mount Mercy University’s new field turf stadium. Meanwhile, former players Bobby Hurwitz and former MASL All-Rookie goalkeeper Rainer Hauss have laid down roots. Hurwitz started a soccer training business in suburban Benton County, and Hauss splits time between coaching there and as an assistant at Cornell College. NOW there has been an interesting development. After the Inferno’s league has shut down for the season, Hurwitz and Hauss announced they are starting a new team to play later in the summer, Iowa Raptors FC. They have already announced that they will use Clark Field at Coe College for their “outdoor season”. So how does this relate to indoor? Well, for one take a look at the pic in this announcement: 🚨PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT🚨We are happy to announce Pat Kelly has joined the Raptors! We are excited to see him out on the field this summer!Player bios coming soon on our website! TUNE IN TOMORROW AT NOON FOR ANOTHER BIG PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT! #cedarrapids #marion #iowacity pic.twitter.com/2Wxui9ENGG— IowaRaptorsFC (@IARaptorsFC) April 13, 2020 So there are a few interesting clues that point to an indoor season coming up... 1) Obviously the word “outdoor” in the announcement is an eyebrow raiser. 2) All of the players announced to have signed so far have previous MASL experience: Pat Kelly, Pacheco, and Perez (another signing will be announced this afternoon). 3) There is a new arena being completed in Coralville, Mediacom Xtream Arena. Coralville is the next door neighbor to Iowa City on the Cedar Rapids side, which is where suburbs are booming. The arena is 20 minutes from CR, and a couple minutes from Iowa City (it’s actually very close to Carver Hawkeye Arena). It has already been named the new home of Iowa Hawkeyes Volleyball, BUT they have had a helluva time attracting a minor league hockey franchise. Cedar Rapids and Dubuque already have USHL teams, Des Moines has the AHL, and the Quad Cities the SPHL. Lots of options for hockey within two hours each way. 4) The co-owners of the Rampage, that own Mirage Properties and the Microtel Inn are back with this team. Travel accommodations and player housing will not be a problem. Their daughter has been named acting GM and Director of Community/Fan Relations. She held has held this position with the River Kings. 5) So, they also have a relationship with the River Kings, the indoor football team that bought the franchise from Kokalis. That franchise has bought new turf, and I believe the arena still has the goals. So a return to the US Cellular Center is not out of the question. 6) Finally, though they released this info about outdoor to little fanfare, there is supposed to be a major press conference and announcement coming this summer. So stay tuned!