Sockers Defeat Tropics Thanks to Last-Minute Goal by Brandon Escoto

February 18, 2018

Lakeland, Florida The San Diego Sockers (16-9) played yet another tight match with the Florida Tropics (9-9), this time sweating out a one-goal win thanks to late heroics by Brandon Escoto and last minute save by goalkeeper Chris Toth. The Sockers, with their win today, closed the two-game road trip and have all but eliminated the Tropics from playoff contention. Toth was immediately put to the test in the first…


Sockers edge past Tropics thanks to clutch offense and goalkeeping

February 17, 2018

LAKELAND, Florida The San Diego Sockers (15-3) dashed the playoff hopes of the Florida Tropics (9-8) with a close 4-2 victory. Captain Kraig Chiles scored two goals, which means he has now scored in all 15 games he has played while Boris Pardo improved to 8-0-1 thanks to his strong performance tonight. He leads the MASL with a 3.66 Goals Allowed Average (GAA). Chiles extended his streak early in the…


Sockers Clinch Pacific Division with Convincing Win Over Tacoma

February 10, 2018

TACOMA, WASHINGTON The San Diego Sockers (13-3) clinched their second consecutive MASL Pacific Division title by beating the Tacoma Stars (8-10) with a score of 10-3 on the strength of a hat trick by Kraig Chiles and two-goal games by Brandon Escoto, Erick Tovar, and Brian Farber. San Diego showcased amazing defense in the first period and shut down Tacoma every time they came down the field. However, Tacoma’s man-to-man…


Sockers Sign Midfielder Jamie Lovegrove to Bolster Offense

February 1, 2018

Looking to make a move to bolster their offensive firepower, the San Diego Sockers signed 28-year-old midfielder Jamie Lovegrove before the MASL 20-player playoff roster deadline of February 1. Lovegrove joins a potent Sockers offense led by Kraig Chiles and Erick Tovar as San Diego pushes for a spot in the playoffs. Hailing from Crawley, England, Lovegrove last played for the Dallas Sidekicks in the 2016-2017 season, where he accumulated…


Sockers Hunker Down, Beat Express 4-1

January 27, 2018

TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA The San Diego Sockers (12-2) had a bigger test than expected against a defensive-minded Turlock Express (2-15), as goalkeeper Boris Pardo was tested mightily but only gave up one goal with nine saves. The Sockers scored three fourth period goals to pull away and win 4-1. The Sockers would get on the board in the first two minutes of the game thanks to Erick Tovar, who took a…


Sockers Stay Undefeated, Steamroll Express 10-1

January 8, 2018

San Diego California After playing in Turlock on Friday, the San Diego Sockers (9-0) returned home to finish up the two-game series with the Turlock Express (2-10). Goalkeeper Chris Toth had a fine game by allowing the one goal, and four different Sockers scored two goals en route to a 10-1 victory. Before the game, the team observed a moment of silence for Abel “Shadow” Sebele, a midfielder who played…


Sockers edge out Stars 4-3 thanks to clutch goals, defense

December 1, 2017

The San Diego Sockers (5-0) stayed undefeated Friday night as they defeated the Tacoma Stars (2-3) 4-3. Boris Pardo and the defense held down the fort when it mattered, and Kraig Chiles scored two goals and an assist to continue his hot start to the season. The game’s first quarter saw a defensive chess match as both teams took shot at each other, but nobody could find the back of…


“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…


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…


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…


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…