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Lilavois to be head coach of U.S. National Arena team

May 16, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - California Cougars News Release

Stockton, CA - The Stockton Cougars, of the Professional Arena Soccer League (Pro-PASL), are pleased to announce that head coach Bernie Lilavois has been named the head coach of the first United States national arena soccer team. The team, sanctioned by Federation International Futbol Rapido Association (FIFRA), will participate in the first international arena soccer tournament in Montreal, Canada from June 28 to July 1, 2008. Lilavois will hold open tryouts for the team on May 18 at the Las Vegas Indoor Soccer Center in Las Vegas, NV.

"It's an honor and I'm excited to take on this responsibility as the first U.S. national indoor coach," said coach Lilavois. "We have a lot of work to do between now and the tournament in Montreal this summer. The goal is to show the world this version of indoor soccer and that we're the best at it."

The tryouts will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday May 18. All parties interested should contact coach Lilavois directly at (209) 373-1550 or via email: [email protected]

The tryouts are open to all players interested in making the national team.

Stockton Cougars players Ryan Hall, Evan McNeley and Brian Farber have all been invited to tryout for the national team. They will be joined by several players from the Stockton Pumas roster.

"It's a big weekend for indoor soccer," added coach Lilavois. "The PASL owners meeting will take place that same weekend and we have our first international tryouts."

A mandatory team owners meeting for the new Pro-PASL will take place that same weekend at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Future tryout dates will be determined based on need and participation in the Las Vegas tryout.

The U.S. team will be joined by three other countries in the international tournament. Brazil, Canada and Mexico will also send teams

The Cougars are in their fourth year of existence and their first as a member of the Pro-PASL.

Coach Lilavois is entering his fourth year as a member of the Cougars. The upcoming season will be his second full season as head coach of the Cougars. He started his coaching career in the 2006-07 season. He led the Cougars to their best season yet as their player/coach last season. As a player, he eclipsed the 900 points plateau on March 22nd at Stockton Arena. He has more than 15 years of professional indoor soccer experience.

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