LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Salsa, which will begin play in the American Professional Soccer League in 1993, reached a three-year agreement with Cal State Fullerton to play home games in the new Titan Sports Complex, the team announced Thursday.
William De La Pena, a Montebello ophthalmologist who owns the team, also announced that Rick Davis, former U.S. National Team captain and New York Cosmos standout in the late 1970s and early '80s, would be the Salsa's general manager, and Rildo Menezes, former Brazilian National Team member, would be the team's coach.
The APSL currently has franchises in Tampa Bay, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver and San Francisco and plays from May to September. The Salsa will play a minimum of 20 games a season at Fullerton, including playoff games and international exhibitions, on Saturday nights.
Salsa officials said they were attracted to Fullerton by its 10,000-seat stadium's field--though also used for football, the sports complex can accommodate a larger, regulation-sized soccer field--and its location.