October 17, 2013 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Bay Area Rosal
Livermore, CA. Rosal joins the PASL, the largest arena soccer organization in the U.S., playing games since 2008, and will play home games at the Cabernet Sports Arena in Livermore. The level of soccer expects to be outstanding with a mix of domestic and international players, former college All-Americans, players who have competed for their national teams, and even World Cup participants.
Rosal joins a rich pro sports tradition in Northern California, looking to duplicate the success of the A's, Giants, 49'ers, Raiders, Sharks, and Warriors, but their game experience will be much more attainable for the average fan. In the spirit of promoting a less expensive family sports entertainment alternative, tickets are only $12 and children always get in free. The Cabernet Sports Arena is conveniently located at 6474 Patterson Pass Road in Livermore, and offers plenty of free parking as well as food, beverages, and beer at the games.
Rosal will play 16 regular season games, starting November 2 in its home opener against the Las Vegas Legends and ending February 16 against the Mexico Torros before the PASL playoffs start.
The team is bolstered by Arena soccer legend and scoring record holder Luis Orellana, former goalkeeping icon Mario Astorga as coach, and U.S. soccer wonder-kid, Olympian, and MLS star Zak Ibsen.
With an estimated 20 million people playing soccer in the United States, steady growth by the MLS league, and the World Cup in 2014 expected to reach new levels of American interest in the "beautiful game," Rosal is poised to become a big winner in NorCal pro sports.
The brainchild of owner Chris Rockenbaugh and namesake of his auto recycling business, a soccer team named Rosal has been playing since 2001. In 2006 joined the California Premier Soccer Association, reaching three championship games and winning one, and then on to the PASL-Premier, a developmental organization to the top PASL league.
"It's been a long climb from amateur, to semi-pro, to professional," says Rockenbaugh, "but we're very excited to compete at the highest level."
Rosal joins fellow newcomers Tulsa Revolution, Ontario Fury, Wichita B-52s, Monterrey Flash, Saltillo Rancho Seco, and Cleveland Freeze. It will enjoy regional rivalries in Northern California against the Sacramento Surge and Turlock Express.