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PASL-Pro Weekly - Week 13

February 10, 2011 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) News Release

Sockers, Kings Clinch Western, Eastern Divisions

2/10/11 - Any hint of suspense in the Eastern and Western Division races was swept away in Tacoma when the Sockers came to town and dominated the Stars for 120 minutes in a 13-4 and 5-0 twin killing.

The wins propelled the Sockers (11-2) to their second straight Western Division title. Across the country an 11-2 win by the Cincinnati Kings (12-2) over Illinois, combined with a Detroit loss to Louisville clinched a third straight Eastern Division crown for the Kings.

Cincinnati's win also advanced them to the Semifinals of the US Open against Louisville. San Diego's win Saturday assured them a spot in the Final. The Sockers, the defending tournament champions, will host this year's US Open Final on March 19.

Player of the Week

Riley Swift, San Diego Sockers

A week after Craig Salvati's historic shutout Riley Swift became the first PASL-Pro goalkeeper to capture a shutout on the road, blanking Tacoma 5-0. Tacoma's best scoring chance came in the second quarter when they were awarded a penalty kick shootout, but Swift stymied Greg Howes' attempt to preserve a 1-0 lead. Besides Saturday's whitewash, Swift also got the win Friday allowing just four goals. Swift and the Sockers went 2-0 in Tacoma where the Stars had been 5-0 on the season.

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Ze Roberto or Zero Berto?

The Sockers unsung defender was Riley Swift's secret weapon in securing Saturday's shutout with several goal line blocks and clearances. San Diego's defensive ace has also gone scoreless this season, but he does have eight assists.

Horne O' Plenty

The Louisville Lightning re-entered the wilcard race with their third straight win and David Horne scored four points in their 14-7 win in Ohio Saturday. Horne, the Lightning General Manager, has only played seven games this year as he has spent more time focusing on his front office duties. His off-field stats are more impressive as the Lightning set a franchise attendance mark with 1,587 at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex on Friday.

North American Championship in Cincinnati

Four of the six teams have already qualified, including Cincinnati, San Diego, La Raza de Guadalajara, and Sidekicks Estado de Mexico. Those four teams all qualified last year as well. The CMISL winner will join them and it will likely be either Edmonton (2009) or Calgary (2010) who have also qualified in the past. The 6th seed, however, will go to a newcomer. Tacoma, Tijuana, Detroit, Louisville, Illinois, and Kitsap are still mathematically viable candidates to take the last spot. The games will take place March 10-12 at Cincinnat Gardens and a weekend pass for all five games is only $25.

About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League

The PASL-Pro is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008. Now in its third season, the PASL-Pro consists of US teams, the CMISL (Canada), and the LMFR (Mexico). The Tacoma Stars, Revolucion Tijuana, Wenatchee Fire, Kitsap Pumas, Springfield Demize, and Illinois Piasa have been added for the 2010-11 season. The PASL-Premier is in its 13th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league. The PASL-Pro and PASL-Premier are members of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA).

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