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Colorado Lightning Signs First Two Players

October 10, 2008 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Colorado Lightning News Release

(Loveland, CO) - Colorado Lightning coaches and staff have been waiting for the day to come when players would be signed in order to begin preparing for the approaching season. The PASL-Pro Arena Soccer team's first two players, William Cooksey and Mark Cromie, are both phenomenal soccer players with great passion for the game.

William (Billy) Cooksey who in also know as "Billdozer," is a 24 year old from Northglenn, Colorado. He attended Horizon High School where he lettered in Varsity 2 years and his team won the State Championship in 2000. Cooksey also played Colorado Youth Soccer for the Broomfield Blast, Colorado Explosion, Extreme and Thunder. Cooksey is a college graduate from Colorado State University with a Health and Exercise Science Bachelor degree. During his college years he was a part of the 2003 Club National All Tournament Soccer Team. He also played for the Semi Professional Colorado Grimson Football Club and the Northern Colorado Cutthroats Indoor Semi Professional team. Cooksey was the Cutthroats team captain and was awarded MVP, most valuable player. Cooksey now resides in Fort Collins, CO and was signed with the Colorado Lightning team as a midfielder and forward. In his free time he enjoys reading, fishing, camping and going to concerts.

Mark Cromie, a 25 year old from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was signed with the Colorado Lightning to play midfielder and defender. Cromie attended Wallace High School in Northern Ireland where he played for the Lisburn Youth Football Club and Northern Ireland U-15 - U-19. Cromie also played with an England Professional Soccer team, the Stoke City Football Club, for three years with youth and reserve teams. In 2002, Cromie was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference freshman of the year and an all-RMAC first-team selection for the Cougars coached by Gary Evans. In 2005, he was an NSCAA/adidas first team all- Midwest Region Selection and a second team all-Midwest Region selection as a 2006 junior. Currently, Cromie is a senior at Metro State College of Denver where he is planning to get a degree in Marketing. Cromie enjoys watching movies, coaching soccer, and spending time with his family and friends. Cromie is also engaged and will be married this December.

In the next couple of weeks, they will be out in the community visiting youth soccer clubs and schools, holding clinics and demonstrations for the aspiring children. "We look forward to coming together as a team, focusing on a good season and getting involved with the Northern Colorado Community." Head Coach Rafael Amaya states. "It should be a good year. We have great potential." The Colorado Lightning home opener is Sunday, November 2nd at 7 pm at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

Season tickets are on-sale now by phone at 970-619-0217. Single game tickets priced at $10, $16, $20, and $25 plus additional fees, are now available. Tickets for all Budweiser Events Center events are available at, 1-877-544-TIXX, Budweiser Events Center Box Office, Fort Fun in Fort Collins, the Colorado Eagles Office in Windsor, and Woody's Newsstand & Café in Greeley. Join the free Budweiser Events Center CyberClub and receive advance notice and special offers to future events at The top-tier of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) has four divisions: Western US, Eastern US, Canada, and Mexico. The Western Division includes the following teams: Stockton Cougars, CA., Wenatchee Fire, WA., Denver Dynamite, and Colorado Lightning. The Lightning play 16 regular season games in total, eight at home at the Budweiser Events Center. Team in the PASL he PASL will play six vs. six, including goalkeepers, on an indoor field 85 feet wide by 200 feet long during four 15 minute quarters (sudden death, if needed).

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