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World Cup legend Missael Espinoza to play for local PASL teams

January 23, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - California Cougars News Release

Stockton, CA - Jan. 23, 2008 - Missael Espinoza, a member of Mexico's 1994 World Cup national team, will play for both the Stockton Pumas and the Estadio Azteca All-Stars of the Premiere Arena Soccer League (PASL) this Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Espinoza will play part of the game wearing Pumas colors and another part in the All-Stars uniform at Estadio Azteca in Sacramento.

The 8:00 p.m. PASL match is preceded by a special youth soccer clinic hosted by both Espinoza and California Cougars head coach Bernie Lilavois. The youth soccer clinic will take place at Estadio Azteca in Sacramento on January 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enrollment for the clinic is $35 per child, $250 for a team of 10 youth players and $300 for teams containing 11 to 13 youth players.

Admission to the PASL game featuring both Lilavois and Espinoza is $5.00 for anyone over five years of age, there is no charge for children under five to attend.

Lilavois is the head coach of the Pumas and is also a forward on the Stockton roster. The Pumas are the Cougars official minor league affiliate team. Like their parent club, the Pumas also play home games at Stockton Arena.

The Cougars play in the Major Indoor Soccer League and currently hold the sixth playoff spot with a 7-8 record. The Cougars play the expansion Orlando Sharks on Sunday, January 27 at 6:15 p.m.

The match will be preceded by a press conference, at 5:15, to officially announce the partnership between the Cougars and Espinoza that has brought "Leyendas de los Clasicos" to Stockton Arena. The event will feature "Chivas de Guadalajara" (Chivas) vs. "Club Deportivo América" (Club América) in a friendly beginning at 7:15 on February 9, 2008. The rosters will consist of a collection of Mexico's soccer legends. Tickets to this special event range from $15.00 to $35.00.

Interested media members should contact Greg Young, Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the Cougars, for proper media credentials. Cougars' co-owner Jim Rachels, Lilavois, Espinoza and former Chivas de Guadalajara goalkeeper Martín Zúñiga are scheduled to attend the conference.

Espinoza will act as the Cougars honorary captain for Sunday's game at 6:15. He will start the game with the ceremonial first kick, and will be joined by former Chivas de Guadalajara goalkeeper Martin Zúñiga for autograph sessions at various times during the game. The match marks the third time the 42 year old Espinoza has been a part of a Cougars event. He played in the two highly successful Stars of Mexico exhibition matches at Stockton Arena last year.

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