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February 27, 2020 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - San Diego Sockers News Release

The San Diego Sockers (13-6) enter the final stretch of the 2019-2020 MASL regular season with a marquee matchup, taking on the defending Ron Newman Cup champion Milwaukee Wave on Saturday night at Pechanga Arena San Diego.

The Wave and Sockers were the top clubs in the Eastern and Western Conference in the 2018-19 regular season, with the Sockers falling to the Monterrey Flash in the Western Conference Final, only to see Milwaukee prevail in the Ron Newman Cup Final 5-2 over the Flash.

San Diego is coming off a disappointing three-match road trip, going 1-2 in Ontario, Mesquite and Dallas.

After seeing nine of their past ten matches away from home (going 5-5), the Sockers will finish with four of five on home turf. The Wave (12-4) have won three straight matches, and are making their only road trip out-of-conference for the season.

Milwaukee will move on to face Ontario on Sunday afternoon. The Sockers hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Ontario to maintain second place in the Western Conference.

Milwaukee is one game behind Utica in the battle for second place in the East.

Farber Comes Up Clutch

Veteran Sockers midfielder Brian Farber has a habit of coming up big in late-game situations, and proved the point once again on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, scoring two goals in the final eight minutes to secure a 6-4 victory over the Sidekicks. Ten of Farber's fifteen goals this season have come in the fourth quarter.

Leo the Lion

Forward Leonardo de Oliveira is on a season-best four- match goal scoring streak, and has a seven-match points streak overall, recording (5-4=9) points during the surge.

On the season, de Oliveira has (12-8=20) points in fifteen appearances.

Welcome, New Guy

The Sockers announced the acquisition of midfielder Gerardo Jurado from the Cal Turlock Express on Thursday, February 20, the day of the MASL Trade Deadline. Jurado, a 23-year-old rookie born in Tijuana, Mexico, has (9-1=10) points in 12 matches with the Express this season.

Special Teams Contrast

On the season, the Sockers are 15th in the 17-team MASL in power play conversion (9-for-37, 24.3%), while Milwaukee ranks second at 57.5% (23-for-40). The Wave's 23 power play goals tie Monterrey for the best in the league. San Diego is 12th in penalty kill (17-for-33 killed, 51.5%) while Milwaukee is 3rd with a 68.4% kill rate, and 2nd with only six power play goals allowed.

Sockers To Honor Their Teacher Of The Year Saturday

As part of the team's first annual Community Appreciation Awards, the Sockers will honor Parkview Elementary School's Cynthia Donaldson as the Sockers Teacher of the Year. Donaldson, who teaches first grade, showcases what it means to be a great teacher. She will be honored during a short ceremony between the third and fourth quarters.

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