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August 12, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
The Sockers have called a news conference for this afternoon, presumably to announce that forward Juli Veee has been signed to a three-year contract. Veee, the Sockers' all-time leading scorer, was sold to the Las Vegas Americans before the 1984-85 season. He officially became a free agent last week when the now-defunct Las Vegas team failed to pay him. Saturday night, Veee said he would not come to San Diego until he knew "something was happening" with the Sockers.
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April 18, 1992 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Newman must be going soft. The Socker coach decided to prepare for Game 5 of the MSL semifinal series against Baltimore by giving his players a day off Friday. Today's game (4:05 p.m.) could be the series' last. The Sockers lead, 3-1, and have won the past two on the Blast's home turf. Winning a third in a row would be fine with Socker forward Thompson Usiyan, a seven-year MSL veteran who has never played in a championship series. "All my career I've been a big goal scorer," Usiyan said.
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August 13, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
The Sockers did themselves a big favor by officially signing Juli Veee to a three-year contract Monday. Whether they did the Major Indoor Soccer League any favors is another question. Kenny Cooper, coach of the Baltimore Blast, said it might have helped the league if Veee had signed with a team other than the four-time indoor champion Sockers. "It might have balanced things out a little bit," Cooper said. "There are a lot of personalities on that team in San Diego.
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November 29, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The lights dimmed. The crowd of 5,792 Tuesday night at the San Diego Sports Arena began to make noise in anticipation of player and coach introductions. The announcer called for Ron Newman, the Sockers' coach. The spotlight marked the spot where he was supposed to run out and wave to everybody. And . . . And he wasn't there. It took two more announcements before he made it.
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February 6, 1988 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Juli Veee's comments are once again as colorful as his paintings, his frame of mind as spirited as his play on the soccer field. "He's like a phoenix that has risen from the ashes," Socker midfielder Brian Quinn said. "The rumor is he was at the Lawrence Welk Village, and he was rejuvenated. It's visions of 'Cocoon.' He looks so sharp and into the game. And more so than the past two years, he seems to be enjoying it. He's fun again." Trace Veee's resurgence back to the incident .
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December 3, 1985 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Two moves, many years apart, have elicited similar feelings from Sockers' midfielder Juli Veee. As a young man growing up in Hungary, Veee became accustomed to living in the same apartment after 17 years. After leaving the neighborhood, he returned for a visit a few months later. "When I went back, it just didn't feel right," he said. "I had wonderful, beautiful memories, but I came back and wondered what happened. It was not the same as I imagined it to be."
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December 7, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN
The Sockers are waiting to hear from the Baltimore Blast concerning a possible trade that would send Drago to San Diego for veteran midfielder Juli Veee, who was suspended for 30 days on Nov. 26 for slapping Johan Aarnio, assistant coach. "They're still thinking about it," Ron Cady, Socker president, said Sunday. "The interest has strictly come from Kenny Cooper (Blast coach) and the Blast."
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December 6, 1987 | JERRY BEMBRY
After the Sockers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Baltimore Blast Saturday, most of the locker room talk focused on rumors of a trade that would send Juli Veee to Baltimore for Drago. Socker President Ron Cady and Coach Ron Newman met with Blast Coach Ken Cooper to discuss a possible trade involving Veee, who was suspended for 30 days on Nov. 26 for slapping assistant coach Johan Aarnio. "We just sat and talked.
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November 23, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN
As the Sockers left the bench and came off the field following Sunday's game, Socker midfielder Juli Veee connected with an open-handed slap that hit assistant coach Johan Aarnio. Aarnio staggered back, and then attempted to hit Veee with a left-handed punch that missed. Veee held Aarnio off. The incident was captured on tape. "It was an unfortunate accident," said Veee, who would not say what precipitated his action. "Mistaken identity. I thought someone would hit one of our players. I reacted."
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February 4, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN
A proposed three-team trade that would bring former Socker star Juli Veee back to San Diego is being held up primarily by the Sockers. The proposed trade would send the Sockers' Kaz Deyna or Brian Quinn to Pittsburgh. Then Pittsburgh would send Stan Terlecki to Las Vegas and Las Vegas would send Veee to the Sockers. Pittsburgh, which wants to trade Terlecki, favors the deal, a source close to the Major Indoor Soccer League club said Sunday.
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September 2, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Kaz Deyna, who played on five Socker championship teams from 1981-87, died early Friday morning when his car veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 15 and struck a parked truck. According to the California Highway Patrol report, Deyna, 41, sustained massive head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene a 1:25 a.m.
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April 3, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
As Juli Veee stood in the tunnel at the Sports Arena Sunday talking about the great tradition of the Sockers, his former teammates were taking another small step toward a brighter future. Veee's No. 22 was retired at halftime. The Lazers (19-24) were retired, 7-3, two quarters later by a Socker team that is now only two games behind first-place Baltimore. What does Veee think?
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November 5, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Juli Veee, perhaps the greatest indoor soccer player ever, sat in his large two-bedroom house cluttered with paintings last week and talked about the sport he raised to an art form. For the many fans who have seen him since he began playing outdoors with the Sockers 10 years ago, Veee has created with his feet. Indoors, especially, Veee produced masterpieces.
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May 25, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
For a guy who is 38 and may be finishing his final Major Indoor Soccer League season, Juli Veee still has some pretty good moves left. Tuesday morning, after the Sockers finished a short workout in Mission Valley, Veee slipped away from a couple of reporters by running the length of the field, lifting the net in one of the goals and sliding underneath it and out into the parking lot. His blue van was parked right behind the goal, and Veee was in it quickly and gone.
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April 18, 1988 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
If you thought Sunday's game between the Sockers and Wichita Wings was little more than just the 309th and final game of the Major Indoor Soccer League regular season, consider: --Socker midfielder Juli Veee and Wing midfielder Dave Hoggan were ejected in the first quarter after a bench-clearing incident in the Sockers' 7-3 victory in front of a Fan Appreciation night crowd of 9,623 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena.
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April 17, 1988 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The magic of Branko Segota, Brian Quinn and Hugo Perez. Diving blocks by Fernando Clavijo and Kevin Crow. Acrobatic saves by Zoltan Toth and Jim Gorsek. The teamwork and artistry of the Sockers. Enjoy it while it lasts. The team that has set an MISL regular-season record with 41 victories this season probably will take on a much different look next season. The reason: the new two-year agreement reached by the MISL Players Assn. and the owners Friday night.
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February 6, 1988 | MARC APPLEMAN
Sockers Branko Segota, Juli Veee, Zoltan Toth and Fernando Clavijo and former Socker Steve Zungul were named to the Major Indoor Soccer League 10-player team of the decade, which was announced Friday. The team includes Zungul and Stan Stamenkovic of the Baltimore Blast at forward; Segota, Veee and Kai Haaskivi of the Cleveland Force at midfield; Clavijo, Kim Roentved of the Kansas City Comets and Mike Stankovic of the Wichita Wings as defenders, and Toth and Slobo Ilijevski of the St.
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November 5, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Juli Veee, perhaps the greatest indoor soccer player ever, sat in his large two-bedroom house cluttered with paintings last week and talked about the sport he raised to an art form. For the many fans who have seen him since he began playing outdoors with the Sockers 10 years ago, Veee has created with his feet. Indoors, especially, Veee produced masterpieces.
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February 22, 1988 | CHUCK MURR
Something just had to give Sunday night, when two struggling Major Indoor Soccer League heavyweights met in front of 9,160 fans. Yet neither side would give in easily, and the Sockers had to go to overtime to earn a 6-5 victory over the reeling Cleveland Force. 'That's the way things seem to go when you're in a losing streak," said Force Coach Timo Liekoski, whose team has lost eight of its last 11 games and fallen out of the Eastern Division lead.
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February 6, 1988 | MARC APPLEMAN
Sockers Branko Segota, Juli Veee, Zoltan Toth and Fernando Clavijo and former Socker Steve Zungul were named to the Major Indoor Soccer League 10-player team of the decade, which was announced Friday. The team includes Zungul and Stan Stamenkovic of the Baltimore Blast at forward; Segota, Veee and Kai Haaskivi of the Cleveland Force at midfield; Clavijo, Kim Roentved of the Kansas City Comets and Mike Stankovic of the Wichita Wings as defenders, and Toth and Slobo Ilijevski of the St.
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