Cougars Sign Goalkeeper Jesus Molina
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Cougars, of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro), have agreed to contract terms with United States National Arena Soccer Team (USNAST) goalkeeper Jesus Molina. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
The Cougars open their fourth season of professional arena soccer at Stockton Arena on October 25 against the Colorado Lightning at 7:15 p.m. Season, individual and group tickets are available by contacting the Cougars office at (209) 373-1550 or online by visiting www.stocktoncougars.net.
"I'm very happy to be part of the Cougars organization," said Molina. "I'm happy for the chance to help this team find success in Stockton."
Molina, 31, was the only goalkeeper chosen to the United States national team that participated in Circuito Mundial 2008. Sanctioned by Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA), Circuito Mundial 2008 was the first ever international arena soccer tournament; it took place between June 28 and July 1, 2008 in Montreal, Canada. Circuito Mundial 2008 featured teams from Mexico, Canada and the United States. Molina helped lead the young team to a third place finish.
"It was such a great experience," said Molina about the USNAST. "We were able to put together a very strong team in just a few days"
One of the most accomplished goalkeepers in Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier) history, Molina was named the PASL National Finals most valuable player in 1999 while playing with Santa Rosa. Molina most recently spent his time on the Cougars' development roster with the Stockton Pumas. He was also on the roster for both "Stars of Mexico" teams that played at Stockton Arena in February and September 2007.
"We're very happy to have Jesus as a member of the Cougars this season," said Cougars Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Bernie Lilavois. "He's been part of our organization for more than a year now with the Pumas and was my goalkeeper with the U.S. team. He's the first of two signings we will make at goalkeeper."
Molina spent his collegiate career at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1998 and 1999. While remaining in Sonoma County, he led the 2005 Sonoma Sol to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Amateur Cup championships.
Born and raised in Mexico, Molina played with Mexico's Club Deportivo Toluca (First Division), Athletico Celaya (Division 1A) and Acambaro (Third Division) between 1994 and 1996.
Molina joins Pedro Lupercio, Majell Aterado, Brian Farber and Lilavois on the current Cougars roster.
PASL-Pro is a newly formed arena soccer league that is made up of eight U.S. teams and four Canadian teams. The league has partnered with the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League (CMISL) and Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido (LMFR) in order to create a true North American arena soccer league. PASL-Pro is the direct result of 10 successful seasons of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier). PASL-Premier is the nation's top amateur arena soccer league. PASL-Pro and PASL-Premier are members of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA). More information about the PASL-Pro can be obtained at www.arenaleague.com.
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