San Diego Sockers (2009)

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San Diego Sockers
Sockers crest 2012.jpg
Full name San Diego Sockers
Founded 2009
Stadium Valley View Casino Center
Ground Capacity 12,920
Owner David Pike, Carl Savoia
General Manager John Kentera
Coach Phil Salvagio
League MASL
Current season

San Diego Sockers are an American professional indoor soccer franchise playing in the Western Division of the Major Arena Soccer League, representing the San Diego area since 2009. Their first arena was the Chevrolet Del Mar Arena at the Del Mar Fairgrounds adjacent to the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.[1] They switched to the Valley View Casino Center, the original home of the MISL Sockers, for the 2012–2013 season.[2][3][4]

The Sockers hold the record for the longest winning streak in United States professional soccer history.[5] The streak, which began on December 29, 2010, was snapped after 48 games by a 6–5 overtime road loss to the Dallas Sidekicks on January 27, 2013.[6][7]

History[edit]

The Sockers were founded in 2009 by David Pike, Carl Savoia and Phil Salvagio. This was the second attempt to revive the Sockers name. The first team played in the NASL, original MISL, and CISL. The first revival attempt to played in the WISL and second MISL. The Sockers have enjoyed a significant amount of success since they began play having won both the PASL-Pro championship and US Open Cup of Arena Soccer in their first three seasons.[8][9]

Colors and badge[edit]

At their inception the Sockers featured a color scheme primarily consisting of the royal blue and yellow colors often used by the previous Sockers teams and utilized a modified version of their immediate predecessor's logo. For the 2011 season the team modified their uniforms dropping the yellow in favor of a smaller amount of gold. Their logo also changed their to a new shield logo that corresponded to their new uniforms that utilized the 1978 founding date of the original Sockers franchise which the team claims ties to as well as stars representing the 14 titles won by the combined Sockers franchises.[citation needed]

Arena[edit]

  • Chevrolet Del Mar Arena (2009–2012)
  • Valley View Casino Center (2012–present)

Current squad[edit]

As of November 21, 2014.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Jesus Molina
2 United States DF Ryan Cariss
5 United States FW Anthony Medina
7 United States MF Brian Farber
8 Brazil DF Ze Roberto
9 United States MF Chiky Luna
11 Brazil DF Mardney Almedia Felix
13 Brazil DF Jonatan Santos
16 Mexico DF Eduardo Velez
17 United States MF Raymundo Reza
19 United States DF Dan Antoniuk
20 United States DF Even McNeley
No. Position Player
21 United States MF Christian Maderos
23 United States DF Mike Mercuriali
24 Argentina MF Matias Kruger
25 United States MF Johnny Topete
26 United States MF Arman Nadjafi
31 United States GK Chris Toth
32 United States MF Jeff Hughes
34 United States MF Edgar Aguilar
36 United States DF Eli Galbraith-Knapp
37 United States FW Kraig Chiles
77 Spain FW Nick Perera
87 United States MF Chad Hagerty
99 Brazil MF Gustavo Machado Quieroga

Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach: Phil Salvagio (2009–present)
  • Assistant Coach: Ray Taila (2009–present)
  • General Manager: John Kentara (2010–present)
  • Owners: David Pike and Carl Savoia (2009–present)

Honors[edit]

  • 2009–10, 2010–11 PASL-PRO Western Division Champions
  • 2011–12 PASL Western Division Champions
  • 2012–13 PASL Pacific Division Champions
  • 2009–10, 2010–11 PASL-PRO Champions
  • 2011–12, 2012–13 PASL Champions
  • 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12 U.S. Open Cup of Arena Soccer Champions
  • 2012 FIFRA Club Champions

Year-by-year[edit]

League Champions Runners-Up Division Champions* Playoff Berth
Season League Won Lost GF GA Playoff Avg. Attendance U.S. Open Cup Other
2009–10 PASL-Pro 13 3 146 91 Won Championship 1,705 2009–10 Champions
2010–11 PASL-Pro 14 2 136 79 Won Championship 2,608 2010–11 Champions
2011–12 PASL 16 0 165 78 Won Championship 2,197 2011–12 Champions FIFRA Club Champions
2012–13 PASL 15 1 188 71 Won Championship 3,744 2012–13 Runners-up
2013–14 PASL 13 3 141 83 Divisional Final 4,272 Round of 16
2014–15 MASL 1 0 5 4 3,816 N/A
Total 6 Seasons 71 9 776 402

Playoff record[edit]

Year Win Loss GF GA
2009–2010 2 0 15 13
2010–2011 2 0 17 9
2011–2012 2 0 19 13
2012–2013 4 0 39 26
2013–2014 1 1 14 15
Total 11 1 104 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hiro, Brian (June 11, 2012). "SOCCER: San Diego Sockers leaving Del Mar to return to old Sports Arena". North County Times (Escondido, CA). Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sockers Returning To Original Home
  3. ^ Leonard, Tod (November 2, 2012). "Sockers make return to historic home". North County Times (Escondido, CA). Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pinella, Bill (February 18, 2014). "Sockers aren't going anywhere soon". U-T San Diego (San Diego, CA: MLIM Holdings). Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Barron, J. David (January 27, 2013). "Sidekicks sock San Diego from unbeaten ranks: Dallas deals Sockers historic first loss". Allen American-Star (Allen, TX). Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sidekicks Snap San Diego's Record 48-Game Win Streak". Our Sports Central. January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Streak Is Over: Dallas beats San Diego 6–5 in OT to snap 48-game winning streak". Our Sports Central. January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Hiro, Brian (June 12, 2012). "SOCKERS: GM Kentera guides team back to old home". North County Times (Escondido, CA). Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Leonard, Tod (March 10, 2012). "Sockers seize third straight PASL championship". U-T San Diego (San Diego, CA). Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sockers 2014–2015 Roster". San Diego Sockers. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 

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