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The San Diego Sockers: A Legacy Renewed

By Jo-Ryan Salazar On July - 26 - 2010

I want to go ahead and take time off my usual Los Angeles Galaxy spiels and play-by-plays to reminisce and salute the glories of another in Southern California. It has been more than three months after the fact, but like a phoenix from ashes, the tradition and history of San Diego's most prolific football team rose to lay its claim as the best in America.

No, I am not talking about the San Diego Chargers. Heck; they haven't won a Super Bowl yet. I'm talking about the San Diego Sockers of the Professional Arena Soccer League, also known as PASL-Pro.

Phil Salvagio's Sockers—who call the Del Mar Arena home—completed a unique double in the indoor game earlier this year. They won their 11th league championship by beating La Raza de Guadalajara (which is unrelated in any way to Chivas) 9-8, and they won the US Open Cup Arena Soccer Championship with a 11-7 victory over the Louisville Lightning.

San Diego's win against La Raza was their first since 1992, ending an 18-year drought. It brought full circle its past and its present, setting the stage for what will be a bright future.

The history of the Sockers began in B-more, otherwise known ...

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