Pumas open 2008 summer schedual in Turlock
Stockton, CA - The Stockton Pumas, of the Premier Arena Soccer League, begin their 2008 summer league schedule against ISA Sacramento at Turlock Indoor Soccer on May 31st at 1:15 p.m. The Pumas are the official development team of the Stockton Cougars.
The Cougars are a first year member of the new Professional Arena Soccer League, and will debut in October 2008. The Pumas are the defending summer national champions having won the title in 2007 at the national championship tournament in Tacoma, WA.
The Pumas roster will consist of local upcoming amateur talent hand selected by head coach Bernie Lilavois. Lilavois will serve as player coach, the same role he holds with the Cougars. The Pumas will also be made of members of the existing Cougars roster.
Pumas' players such as Majell Aterado, Pedro Lupercio, Garth Archibald and Matt McDougall all made solid contributions to the Cougars 2007-08 roster.
McDougall played for the Pumas during the 2007 summer season. His leadership and stellar play earned him the championship tournament most valuable player award during Stockton's championship run in 2007.
Aterado's instant impact on the Cougars' roster immediately helped the team develop a strong and fast midfield attack in the second half of the '07-'08 year.
Members of the 2007-08 Cougars will also participate in select games for the Pumas. Pumas games offer the perfect chance to see some of California's existing arena soccer talent as well as newcomers who are sure to make an impact in the sport.
The 2008 summer schedule, participating Premier division teams, players, standings and statistics will be available online at the PASL's official site: www.arenaleague.com. More information regarding the new Professional division is also availabe at www.arenaleague.com.
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