“Why I am Thankful for the San Diego Sockers”

November 23, 2017

After getting this opportunity to write for East Village Times, I thought I was all set. Wasn’t I surprised when the San Diego Sockers sent me a direct message on Twitter asking if I wanted a media pass to cover their games. Naturally, I took them up on the offer and I’ve gotten a new appreciation for the team, and indoor soccer in general. Here are a few things I’m…

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Sockers stay undefeated, cruise past Ontario 8-0

November 20, 2017

San Diego, California The San Diego Sockers (4-0) came into Sunday’s game at Valley View Casino Center against the Ontario Fury (2-2) with the expectations of a close game and plenty of action. However, thanks to stalwart defense, an explosive offense led by Matt Clare’s hat trick, and goalkeeper Chris Toth’s first career shutout, the Sockers gave the 3,401 fans in attendance a treat by drubbing the Fury 8-0. They…

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Should the Padres be Entertaining the Idea of Bringing Back Jake Peavy?

November 20, 2017

It’s happening. After a year off from baseball, Jake Peavy has announced that he is making a comeback. He last pitched in 2016 with the San Francisco Giants, throwing 118.2 innings and recording a 5.54 ERA to go along with a 1.43 WHIP, 7.74 K/9, and a 2.73 BB/9. Those aren’t very pretty numbers, but with a year off from baseball and letting his arm rest, Peavy should be motivated…

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Sockers Stay Perfect, Cruise to 8-3 Win Over Tacoma

November 12, 2017

San Diego, California The San Diego Sockers (3-0) remain perfect this season after an impressive 8-3 win over the Tacoma Stars (1-2) in front of 3,196 fans at Valley View Casino Center. Captain Kraig Chiles led the charge with four goals, and goalkeeper Boris Pardo earned his paycheck by making 12 saves and anchoring the Sockers’ efforts on defense. The Stars began the game in attack mode and caught the…

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Sockers Hire Two New Coaches to Staff

November 11, 2017

  The San Diego Sockers added some more coaching experience to their squad on Thursday. The team signed former Socker Rene Ortiz and goalkeeper coach Victor Melendez to a coaching staff that is led by head coach Phil Salvagio and also includes Ray Talia and Zolian Toth. Ortiz initially signed with the Sockers in 1987 as a 17-year-old. He started off by playing for the Sockers Reserves, where he won…

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PNO (Positive, Negative Outlook): Yangervis Solarte

November 8, 2017

Ever since he was acquired in the 2014 trade for Chase Headley, Yangervis Solarte has been nothing short of consistent. After coming into training camp in 2015 as a super-utility infielder, Solarte has taken hold of a starting job in the infield thanks to his consistent bat and positive leadership ability. However, Solarte comes into the 2018 season with some question marks. His normal spots in the infield are taken…

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Late Heroics Lift Sockers Over Silver Knights 6-5

November 5, 2017

The San Diego Sockers (2-0) came back home for the first time this season and gave the rambunctious 3,318 fans quite the show. Matt Clare’s clutch goal with 41 seconds remaining and some steadfast defense gave San Diego a 6-5 victory over the visiting Syracuse Silver Knights (1-1). Syracuse took an early lead in the first quarter as Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored in the first 49 seconds to give the Silver…

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The San Diego Sockers: What to Look For This Season

November 5, 2017

While SoccerCity is still in question, many San Diegans have forgotten about their 14-time championship team in the Major Arena Soccer League, the San Diego Sockers. Last season, the Sockers went 14-6 while beating the Ontario Fury to advance to the Western Conference Final. However, they lost both games against the Sonora Suns, and now hope to make it back the Ron Newman Cup final. Here are some things to…

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PNO (Positives, Negatives, Outlook): Brad Hand

November 1, 2017

In April of 2016, the San Diego Padres claimed Brad Hand from the Miami Marlins. The Marlins had been using Hand mainly as a swingman in 2015 where he pitched to a 5.30 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP with a 6.46 K/9 and a 3.09 BB/9. With the Padres, Hand was immediately converted to a strict bullpen role and, with the help of a new found prowess for his slider,…

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