Arena Football League team Los Angeles Kiss — named for the ’70s proto-glam-metal band famous for its members’ Kabuki-like makeup, KISS — is scheduled to stage open tryouts on Saturday, January 11, in advance of the team’s 2014 league debut. After announcing formation of the team in August of last year, owners Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Doc McGhee and Brett Bouchy quickly assembled its first roster, but decided to offer fans and non-professionals the opportunity to “add more skilled players to the team,” according to the Kiss’ website.
The Los Angeles Kiss is the third team from Southern California to join the AFL. On August 15, 2013, two days before performing at the halftime show of ArenaBowl XXVI, KISS announced its purchase of the expansion team, and enlisted band manager McGhee and league veteran Bouchy to help shepherd it through its inaugural year. On January 3, the team announced on the LAKissFootball.com website that open tryouts would be held one week later.
The LA Kiss has already assembled an impressive team culled from AFL veterans, including quarterback Jason Raterink, formerly of the Iowa Barnstormers. Additionally, the band recruited 2013 AFL Coach of the Year Bob McMillen to be the franchise’s first head coach.
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