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PASL Postseason Kicks Off Friday Night at Stockton Arena

March 10, 2009 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

The Stockton Cougars, of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro), begin their first ever visit to postseason competition on Saturday night at 7:30PM during the semi-finals of the PASL-Pro Championship Tournament at Stockton Arena. Tickets are available by calling (209) 373-1550, by visiting the Stockton Arena box office or at www.stocktontickets.com.

The six-team tournament features the top seeded (1) 1790 Cincinnati, the host (2) Stockton Cougars, the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League Champion (3) Edmonton Drillers, Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido (LMFR) Central Division winner (4) Tigres Dorados MRCI Oaxaca, the PASL-Pro Wild Card winner (5) Denver Dynamite, and LMFR Baja Division winner (6) La Cabana de Baja California.

The tournament begins Friday, March 13 with the Drillers (9-3) taking on La Cabana (2-1-2) at 5:00PM. An award ceremony, featuring the announcement of the league's most valuable player, coach of the year and first/second team awards follows at 7:20PM. Friday's festivities conclude with Oaxaca (5-1-0) against Denver (9-7) at 8:00PM.

1790 Cincinnati (13-3) is the top seeded team and will face either Edmonton or La Cabana on Saturday at 5:00PM. Stockton (12-4) will face the winner of Friday's late matchup between Denver and Oaxaca.

After winning LMFR's Central Division, MRCI Oaxaca was the third team to qualify for the tournament. The Cougars were the first team to reserve a spot, while 1790 Cincinnati was the second. Stockton won the PASL-Pro Western Division and Cincinnati won the East.

Edmonton squeaked passed Calgary 7-6 in overtime on March 8 to take the number three seed in the PASL-Pro championship tournament and the CMISL Championship title. The Drillers defeated Calgary four times this season in league play, but never by more than one goal.

La Cabana earned the nod as the sixth seed after finishing atop LMFR's Baja Division. They defeated Cuernavaca de Baja California 5-2 in the division title match on March 7.

Denver was in full control of their destiny going in to the final weekend of PASL-Pro play. Their 9-5 road win against Colorado on March 8 clinched their spot as the PASL-Pro wildcard team.

The Championship match is at 1:00PM on Sunday, March 15.

All games will be broadcast via online streaming audio at www.stocktoncougars.net. Saturday's semi-final match involving the Cougars will air on 1420 AM KSTN with the pregame show starting around 7:15PM.

About the Stockton Cougars

Announced on February 28, 2004, the Cougars made their competitive debut as a member of the now defunct Major Indoor Soccer League in November, 2005, with the beginning of their first 30-game regular season. The Cougars announced their move to the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) prior to the 2008-09 season. They began competitive play as an inaugural member of the PASL-Pro on October 25, 2008 at Stockton Arena against the Colorado Lightning. Located in Stockton, California, the Stockton Cougars play their home games at the state-of-the-art Stockton Area, an integral piece to the city's developing waterfront district. Stockton Arena opened to the public in December, 2005. For additional information about the Cougars, contact Greg Young, Director of Media Relations, at (209) 373-1550 or visit the Stockton Cougars' official website: www.stocktoncougars.net.

About the PASL-Pro

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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