San Diego Sockers Game Notes vs. Dallas
Dallas Sidekicks (11-2) vs. San Diego Sockers (11-1)
DATE: Friday, February 1st, 2013
PLACE: Valley View Casino Center
TIME: 7:35pm (PDT)
BROADCAST: SDSockers.com (audio)
AmericaOne (PPV video)
(for up-to-date PASL standings please visit PASLsoccer.com)
SUPER SOCCER SHOWDOWN: DAL-SD ROUND TWO
The San Diego Sockers take on the Dallas Sidekicks for the second consecutive game, concluding a home-and-home series between two of the top sides in the Professional Arena Soccer League. On Sunday, the Sidekicks ended the Sockers' 48-game winning streak on Shaun David's golden goal less than three minutes into overtime, scoring a 6-5 victory that also snapped San Diego's 35-game league and 20-game road winning streak.
THE STREAK IS OVER, LONG LIVE THE STREAK
It took 48 games, 25 months and extra time to finally end the longest winning streak in the history of U.S. professional team sports. The Sockers' 48-game winning streak stretched from December 29th, 2010 to January 27th, 2013 and was bracketed by overtime road losses, 9-8 to the California Cougars on December 27th 2010 and 6-5 to the Dallas Sidekicks on January 27th, 2013. Along the way, the Sockers broke the previous team mark of 40 straight wins, set by the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football. The record streak included all "trophy games", defined as PASL regular and postseason, U.S. Open Cup elimination contests and the 2012 FIFRA Club Championships in Monterrey.
LONGEST U.S. PRO SPORTS TEAM WIN STREAKS
San Diego Sockers (PASL, 2010-2013): 48
Sioux Falls Storm (UIF, 2005-2008): 40
L.A. Lakers (NBA, 1971-72): 33
Washington Kastles (WTT, 2011-present): 32*
Norfolk Admirals (AHL, 2012): 29
Salt Lake City Trappers (MILB, 1987): 29
LAST GAME: AT SIDEKICKS 6, SOCKERS 5 (OT)
The Sockers never led but rallied from deficits of 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 in a thrilling contest at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. Kraig Chiles scored twice including the game-tying goal with 6.7 seconds remaining in regulation time. Raymundo Reza added two goals while Jamie Lovegrove scored four goals to lead Dallas.
41-0: SOCKERS UNDEFEATED AT HOME
Since returning to the professional ranks in the PASL, the San Diego Sockers have yet to lose at home. The Sockers carried over from the Del Mar Arena a 24-0 home mark in PASL play, 4-0 in PASL playoff action, 5-0 in U.S. Open Cup contests and 2-0 in exhibition friendlies for a 35-0 total home record from 2009-12. Since returning to the Valley View Casino Center, the Sockers have continued with six wins for a 41-0 total home record. In PASL action all-time the Sockers are 30-0 at home.
FARBER HONORED AS STAR OF MONTH
Sockers midfielder Brian Farber was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for January after driving his time to one dramatic finish after another. Farber tied with Kraig Chiles for the team lead in January points (7 goals, 3 assists, 10 points), and while he finished one goal behind Chiles for the month, Farber seemed to score when it mattered most. Included in the month's run was a late breakaway to seal an 11-7 win over Turlock, the game-winning header at Las Vegas with 2.2 seconds on the clock, a bicycle kick and back-to-back short-handed goals in a twelve second span in Harrisburg and the long run and assist on Chiles' dramatic equalizer in Dallas with 6.7 seconds left.
CHILES CLOSING IN ON GOALS RECORD
San Diego Sockers forward Kraig Chiles, who leads the PASL in goals (43) and points (54), is three goals away from matching his own league record for goals in a regular season (46). Chiles is also fourteen points away from matching Bernie Lilavois' 2008-09 league record for points in a regular season (68).
REZA'S GOAL STREAK CONTINUES
Rookie midfielder Raymundo Reza is making major strides as the regular season continues. Reza scored his first multi-goal game of his career against the Sidekicks on Sunday, netting consecutive goals in the third quarter to draw the Sockers level at 4-4. Reza has now scored a goal in his last five starts and is sixth on the team in goals (8) and seventh in points (13 in 11 games).
DOMINANT DEFENSE A SOCKERS STANDARD
The Sockers lead the league in scoring with 142 goals in twelve games, but the team's defense is an often-overlooked element of their dominant success. San Diego has gone 34 straight games without allowing ten goals in a game. In fact, the Sockers have only allowed ten goals in a game three times in 3 1/2 seasons of PASL action, and San Diego has never allowed eleven or more goals in a game. Interestingly enough, the Sockers are 3-0 when allowing ten goals in a game all-time. On the season San Diego averages 4.17 goals allowed per game, and their 50 goals allowed is second only to Dallas (47) in the league.
CHAMPIONSHIP ROADS DEFINED FOR SOCKERS
PASL commissioner Kevin Milliken announced on January 25th that San Diego will indeed be the host city for the 2013 PASL Ron Newman Cup Championships, to be held on March 10th and 11th at the Valley View Casino Center. The winners of first round divisional playoffs from the Pacific, Southwestern, Central and Eastern Divisions will square off in winner-take-all semi-final and championship games. In addition, Detroit's 9-6 win over the Chicago Mustangs on Sunday locked in the Waza Flo FC as the Eastern representatives for the U.S. Open Cup Championship, which is currently scheduled to be held in the Motor City on Saturday, March 2nd. The Sockers won the Western side of the U.S. Open bracket with their 6-5 victory over Las Vegas on January 18th.
SWIFT, TOTH TO BOTH SEE ACTION THIS WEEKEND
Whether it's Riley Swift or Chris Toth in goal, the Sockers know they have one of the best goalies in the PASL starting for them on any given night. Swift, a two-time PASL playoff MVP, is 5-1 on the season with a 4.57 GAA. Chris Toth is 5-0 alternating starts with Swift, and possesses a 3.60 GAA. The Sockers' eleventh goalie win was recorded by Eduardo Velez, who was on field as a sixth attacker against Las Vegas for the game-winning tally. Toth, who has never lost in 14 PASL starts with the Sockers, will start Saturday in Anaheim while Swift gets the call Friday against Dallas.
SUSI SIZZLES WITH HOME COOKING
Whether it's the San Diego sunshine, the surf or the big field at Valley View Casino Center, Aaron Susi loves playing in America's Finest City and it shows. The Sockers captain is having arguably his best season at age 38, with 16 goals and 19 assists (35 points), numbers that already eclipse his totals from last season. Aaron's personal PASL best for points in a season is 41, set with the Stockton Cougars in 2008-09. In his five home games this year, Susi has ten goals and eleven assists (21 points), including a four-point game and three five-point games.
SOCKERS POWER PLAY LOOKING FOR RECHARGE
The Sockers still lead the PASL in power play conversion (58.8%) but have failed to tally a power play goal in three straight games, their longest stretch of the season. Since starting the year 10 for 11 on the man advantage (91%) the team is 10 for their next 23 (43%, league average is 34.8%). Kraig Chiles (six) and Chiky Luna (four) lead the Sockers in power play goals. The Sockers are also strong on penalty kill, having killed off 19 of 25 man advantages against (76%, 4th in PASL) while scoring four short-handed goals.
SOCKERS GAMES BROADCAST ON AMERICAONE, ESPN RADIO 1700 AND SDSOCKERS.COM IN 2012-13
Fans will be able to follow the San Diego Sockers through every game of the 2012-13 season on multiple media platforms. The Sockers agreed to carry a select schedule of 8-11 games on ESPN Radio 1700-AM in San Diego for the second consecutive season. In addition, an audio broadcast of every game will be streamed online at sdsockers.com. Finally, the PASL contracted with AmericaOne Sports as the official provider of online video streaming in 2012-13. Fans will be able to purchase broadcasts by pay-per-view at $8 per game or $90 for a season pass that covers all PASL broadcasts league-wide. Craig Elsten will call the Sockers action across all platforms for the fourth consecutive season, joined by Tim Strombel as a sideline reporter for home games.
Defender Brian O'Connor (quad) is not expected to play in Friday or Saturday's game. Mike Mercurali will step into the starting lineup in O'Connor's place. Defender John Krause has left the team to pursue a lucrative non-soccer job opportunity on the East Coast and is not expected to play again this year.
OPPONENT'S PROFILE: DALLAS SIDEKICKS (11-2)
Featuring seven players with past MISL experience, the Sidekicks have kicked in the front door in their opening season of PASL action and settled right into playoff contention. In addition to breaking the Sockers' record streak, the Sidekicks lead the Central Division by a full game over Chicago and sport the best defense in the PASL, with 47 goals allowed in thirteen games (3.61 goals allowed per game). Goalkeeper Sagu, who formerly starred with the MISL Baltimore Blast, is 10-1 with a 3.32 goals against average and 80.5% save percentage. 22-year-old British striker Jamie Lovegrove leads the Sidekicks with 20 goals and 25 points in 13 games, including a four-goal performance against the Sockers that earned him PASL Player of the Week honors. Veteran Patrick Shamu scored a pair of goals in Dallas' 4-2 win over Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena on Thursday night.
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