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Cougars Announce Schedule For 2008-09 Season

September 5, 2008 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Cougars will host the Colorado Lightning in the inaugural Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) match on Saturday, October 25th at Stockton Arena. The historic match starts at 7:15 p.m. and will serve as the launch event of the new PASL-Pro.

The Cougars 2008-09 season schedule consists of 12 home dates and eight road dates. Stockton Arena will also be the site of the PASL Championship Tournament between March 13th and 15th, as well as two US Open Cup dates on December 20th and January 11th.

A new west coast rivalry begins when the Cougars host the San Diego Sockers on Sunday, November 9th at 6:15 p.m.

Stockton takes to the road for the first time in the new season with a match against the Wenatchee Fire on Saturday, November 15th. The match will mark Stockton's first visit to the new Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington. The Town Toyota Center is also the home of the North American Hockey League's Wenatchee Wild.

The home schedule picks up again with a league match against the Denver Dynamite on Saturday, November 22nd. The Cougars and Dynamite kick off the first of two regular season matches at 7:15 p.m.

Stockton hosts the Texas Outlaws on Friday, December 5 at 7:15 p.m. in the first of two consecutive home matches in December.

The next December home date is between the Cougars and Edmonton Drillers on Saturday, December 13th at 7:15 p.m. The Drillers are a third year member of the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League (CMISL). The match is the first of two interleague games on the new schedule for Stockton. The CMISL teams will play two home and two away games against PASL-Pro teams.

December's schedule wraps up with a December 27th match in Wenatchee against the Fire.

The Cougars ring in the new year on Saturday, January 3rd as they host Calgary at Stockton Arena with the opening kick at 7:15 p.m. The (Calgary) United are also a third year member of the CMISL. The match will mark the final interleague game on Stockton's schedule.

Stockton's third road trip takes them to St. Louis and Texas for back-to-back matches against two league opponents. The Cougars meet St. Louis on Saturday, January 23rd and Texas on Sunday, January 24th.

The January schedule ends with a home match against Wenatchee on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:15 p.m.

The Cougars play seven matches in February including a showcase match with the Baja Mexico All-Stars on Thursday, February 5th at Stockton Arena.

Four of Stockton's seven matches in February will be played away from Stockton Arena. The Cougars face 1790 Cincinnati for the first time on February 7th. The Cougars then travel to Detroit for their first meeting with Detroit Waza on Februrary 8th.

The Cougars also host Colorado for the second time on Thursday, February 12th at 7:15 p.m.

Back-to-back road matches take place on February 21 and 22 in Denver and Colorado respectively. The Cougars visit Denver on the 21st; it is their first trip to the Denver Sports Center. Their match in Colorado is at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland Colorado. The Budweiser Events Center is also the home of the Colorado Eagles (Central Hockey League) and Colorado Ice (Indoor Football League).

The regular season schedule ends with a home match with the Fire on Thursday, February 26th at 7:15 p.m.

The U.S. Open Cup dates take place on Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, January 11th at Stockton Arena.

Stockton Arena is the site of the PASL Championship Tournament between March 13th and 15th. The tournament will include the regular season division winners from the PASL-Pro, the CMISL and Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido (LMFR).

The Cougars are entering their fourth year of existence and their first as a member of the PASL-Pro. Indoor Soccer veteran Bernie Lilavois returns to the Cougars as both head coach and forward. Lilavois is currently preparing to host a United States National Arena Soccer Team national combine at the Fort Collins Indoor Soccer Club in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The combine will take place on September 6th and September 7th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Representatives from the Lightning and Dynamite will also be present to evaluate talent for their own teams. Major League Soccer star Rafael Amaya is the head coach of the new Colorado franchise. Mike Thompson leads the Dynamite as head coach in their inaugural season. He was formerly the head coach of Wenatchee while the team participated in the PASL-Premier. The Fire won two conference title in the team's first four years of existence. The Premier league serves as the official development league of the PASL-Pro.

Date H/A Opponent Time Venue

10/25 H Colorado 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

11/09 H San Diego 6:15 PM Stockton Arena

11/15 A Wenatchee 6:15 PM Town Toyota Center

11/22 H Denver 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

12/05 H Dallas 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

12/13 H Edmonton 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

12/20 H US Open Cup 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

12/27 A Wenatchee 7:15 PM Town Toyota Center

01/03 H Calgary 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

01/11 H US Open Cup 6:15 PM Stockton Arena

01/23 A St. Louis 7:15 PM The Game Arena

01/24 A Dallas 7:15 PM NYTEX Sports Centre

01/28 H Wenatchee 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

02/05 H Baja Mexico All-Stars 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

02/07 A Cincinnati 7:15 PM Game Time Training Center

02/08 A Detroit 6:15 PM Total Sports Complex

02/12 H Colorado 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

02/21 A Denver 7:15 PM Denver Sports Center

02/22 A Colorado 6:00 PM Budweiser Events Center

02/26 H Wenatchee 7:15 PM Stockton Arena

03/13 PASL Finals TBD Stockton Arena

03/14 PASL Finals TBD Stockton Arena

03/15 PASL Finals TBD Stockton Arena

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