By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia has a new sports team. Major League Lacrosse announced on President’s Day that the Philadelphia Barrage are back.
This professional lacrosse team previously played in the city from 2004-07. In their final season in 2008, they were a road team.
This new team will be operated by Mark Burdett. Spencer Ford will be the team’s new head coach.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the Barrage back to Philadelphia,” Mark Burdett, president of the Philadelphia Barrage said. “The history of success for this franchise paired with the development of the market over the last decade makes this a perfect match. Participation rates for youth lacrosse in Philadelphia are now among the highest in the country, developing players that go on to the highest levels of NCAA and even MLL play.
“We’re excited to return to Philadelphia, and to actively work with community leaders, businesses, and local non-profit organizations to bring a positive impact to the entire Philadelphia community.”
When the Barrage previously played in the MLL, they made the playoffs in four of the five years. In addition, they won the MLL Championship three times.
Ford is a former MLL player, who was part of the league in its inaugural season in 2001. His career ended in 2009 due to injury.
He comes to the Barrage after serving as the Atlanta Blaze general manager. He also served as the Chesapeake Bayhawks general manager.
“I could not be more excited to reintroduce the Barrage to the fans in Philadelphia,” said Ford. “Fans will see the best talent lacrosse has to offer in the men wearing the Barrage blue and orange. The tradition of success built in ’04 to ’08 is not lost on me. We look forward to bringing the trophy home to Philadelphia at the end of the season.”
Their home opener will be on June 6th. However, the press release did not acknowledge, where the franchise will play their games.
“We are proud to bring the Barrage back to Philadelphia,” said Major League Lacrosse Commissioner, Alexander Brown. “Rooting ourselves in Philadelphia allows MLL to tap into one of the largest youth lacrosse markets in the country and offer these young fans the opportunity to see the highest level of play all summer long.”