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October 8, 1993 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salsa Coach Rildo Menezes, whose decision to pull his star player late in Saturday's American Professional Soccer League championship game infuriated the team's owner, resigned under pressure Thursday. Menezes, a member of Brazil's World Cup teams of 1962, '66 and '70, said he resigned "to spend more time with my wife and daughter," but a Salsa source said he would have been fired had he not stepped down.
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October 8, 1993 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salsa Coach Rildo Menezes, whose decision to pull his star player late in Saturday's American Professional Soccer League championship game infuriated the team's owner, resigned under pressure Thursday. Menezes, a member of Brazil's World Cup teams of 1962, '66 and '70, said he resigned "to spend more time with my wife and daughter," but a Salsa source said he would have been fired had he not stepped down.
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July 30, 1993 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is Rildo, a one-word household name in Brazil. He is here because one day in 1976, his telephone rang, and Pele was on the other end. "Pele was playing for the New York Cosmos, and he called and asked if I was interested in coming to the United States," said Rildo Menezes, Salsa coach. "I say, 'Of course.' " So off he went, joining the North American Soccer League's Cosmos in 1977. And other than vacations, he has never returned to Brazil--where he still is treated like royalty.
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July 30, 1993 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is Rildo, a one-word household name in Brazil. He is here because one day in 1976, his telephone rang, and Pele was on the other end. "Pele was playing for the New York Cosmos, and he called and asked if I was interested in coming to the United States," said Rildo Menezes, Salsa coach. "I say, 'Of course.' " So off he went, joining the North American Soccer League's Cosmos in 1977. And other than vacations, he has never returned to Brazil--where he still is treated like royalty.
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August 7, 1993 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Salsa moved into second place in the American Professional Soccer League with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact in front of 7,129 Friday night at Claude Robillard Stadium. The goal came 12 minutes into the second half when Paulinho easily kicked the ball into an open net from about two feet out. It was his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
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June 6, 1993
The Colorado Foxes defeated the Salsa, 2-1--the visitor's first defeat in American Professional Soccer League play--Saturday in front of 2,100 at Englewood Stadium in Englewood, Colo. Wearing a cast on his right arm, Paulinho, the Salsa's star forward from Brazil, played for the first time since dislocating his elbow three weeks ago. He did not score. Dale Ervine gave the Salsa (4-1) a 1-0 lead 25 minutes into the game by scoring an unassisted goal.
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May 10, 1993
The Salsa, playing on the road for the first time, beat the Vancouver 86ers in a constant rain in front of 3,753 in an American Professional Soccer League contest in Vancouver. The winning goal was scored by Paul Wright with about seven minutes remaining. His goal came off an assist by Paulinho. It was Paulinho who had tied the score earlier in the second half. He scored on a penalty kick after being fouled by Vancouver's Paul MacDonald with 23 minutes left in the second half.
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August 9, 1993
The Salsa, playing for the first time on artificial turf, lost to Toronto, 2-1, in an American Professional Soccer League game Sunday at Lamport Stadium in Toronto. The Salsa struggled on the faster turf surface, and was not able to pass with the finesse the team is used to, said Coach Rildo Menezes. The teams were tied, 1-1, at the half and Toronto got the game-winner 10 minutes into the second half. Amadeo Gasparini headed the ball in the right corner past goalie Ian Feuer.
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January 6, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY
Salsa General Manager Rick Davis, who was named coach of the American Professional Soccer League team Wednesday, promised an attacking, more entertaining style of soccer. The Salsa ended a three-month search by selecting Davis, a former U.S. national team captain and standout with the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Davis replaces Rildo Menezes, who resigned under pressure after last season.
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July 31, 1992 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 27, 1993 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was all coming back to them, all of the Salsa mistakes that occurred during the past two games. Grab a lead, blow a lead. Kick it all goodby. Yes, they frittered away another two-goal lead Saturday night but, this time, a free kick by Paulinho with less than a minute to play against Tampa Bay saved the Salsa, 3-2. "Paulinho's great," Salsa goalkeeper Ian Feuer said. "He's amazing on those free kicks."
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January 5, 1994 | CRAIG STANKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rick Davis, Salsa general manager, is expected to be named coach of the American Professional Soccer League team this morning, a source familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Davis, a key figure in efforts to build U.S. interest in the sport since the 1970s, would neither confirm nor deny that he would be presented as the Salsa's second coach in a news conference today at the club's training facility at Cal State Fullerton.
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