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Blast From The Past: Scheer And Figueroa Return For 2009-10 Season

November 17, 2009 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

Stockton, CA - Nov. 17, 2009 - The defending Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) champion California Cougars have reached contract agreements with midfielder/defender Craig Scheer and forward Vicente Figueroa, it was announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

The Cougars officially started their fifth season of professional indoor soccer in Stockton on November 8 with a 9-8 edging of the "Stars of Mexico" at Stockton Arena. Isaias Bardales led all scorers with four goals in the California win. Figueroa suited for the "Stars," and scored one goal. Both Figueroa and Scheer will be available for California's season opening match in San Diego on Friday night at Del Mar Arena.

Figueroa, 32, most recently played for the amateur Off The Wall Soccer in Santa Clara soccer club that faced the Cougars in last seasons United States Open Cup Tournament. He was a member of the inaugural Cougars team that debuted at Stockton Arena in 2005. He was rewarded with the Major Indoor Soccer League's Rookie of the Year award after scoring 26 goals and four assists for 30 points during the 2005-06 season.

Figueroa was limited to 23 games during 2006-07 season because of various injuries. He scored 18 two-point goals and five three-point goals in those 23 games for the Cougars. He appeared for the Cougars during their September 2007 friendly versus the "Stars of Mexico," but left the game with a severe knee injury. Figueroa tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and his right lateral meniscus in the second half of that match in Stockton. He missed all of the 2007-08 regular season because of the injury.

Scheer, 33, spent the 2008-09 season with the National Indoor Soccer League's Baltimore Blast. He played in 11 of their 18 regular season games, recorded a block, and did not score a goal for the NISL champion Blast.

Like Figueroa, Scheer was also a member of California's original indoor team to play in Stockton in 2005. Scheer had five goals and five assists for 10 points in the 2005-06 season. He had 11 blocks, scored eight two-point goals and six assists for 22 points over 20 games with the Cougars in the 2006-07 season.

Scheer split the 2007-08 campaign between California and New Jersey. He netted nine total goals and six assists for 27 points for California before being traded on March 3, 2008 to the Ironmen. He started twice, appeared in four games, recorded three blocks and had one assist for the expansion Ironmen in 2008.

Scheer is entering his ninth year as a professional in indoor soccer. His collegiate career began at Lewis and Clark Community College and continued at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He was a three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American.

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