Major Indoor Soccer League (2013-2014)
Born: July 24, 2013 – MISL expansion franchise
Folded: Spring 2014
Arena: Santander Arena (7,200)
MISL Championships: None
The Pennsylvania Roar were yet another creation of minor league flim-flam artist Andrew Haines. The serial entrepreneur has left a trail of failed zero-budget teams and unpaid legal judgments throughout the Eastern U.S. in recent years.
Haines and his partner Glen Goldstein hoped to operate a pair of indoor franchises at Reading’s Santander Arena. The Roar, formed in July 2013, r began play in November 2013. The duo also announced plans for an indoor football team, known as the Pennsylvania Steam, that would begin play in the spring of 2014.
Unlike the doomed Steam, the Roar actually managed to stage a season in Reading. And it was historically awful. The Roar were outscored 375-109 on the season and finished with a record of 1-19. Crowds were an embarrassment for the team’s 10 home dates at Santander Arena (see the archived stream of the team’s 2013 home opener below). To the surprise of no one, the Roar quietly closed their doors sometime in April/May of 2014.
Pennsylvania Roar Video
The Roar debut in Reading at an empty Santander Arena on November 15th, 2013.