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June 2, 1990 | DON PATTERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In many ways, Rod Castro's development has been much the same as that of his team. Castro, a first-year forward on the Sockers, came to the MISL from the American Indoor Soccer Assn. with confidence in his ability but only a rough idea of what it would take to put it to use. Sixty-four games later, after stumbling over an assortment of hurdles, he knows what he's doing. Coach Ron Newman said at the beginning of the season this might be his best Socker team.
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October 3, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON
As expected, the Splash will begin its quest for the Continental Indoor Soccer League championship with a home game on Friday, but the status of forward Rod Castro remained unclear. Castro was injured early in the first quarter of Sunday's victory over Dallas when he became entangled with defender Rusty Troy. He returned to the field for another shift, but lasted only a few seconds.
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August 7, 1995
Arash Noamouz assisted on Houston's final two goals in regulation, then scored in overtime to give the Hotshots a 7-6 victory over the Splash in a Continental Indoor Soccer League game Sunday in front of 6,521 in Houston. The Splash (7-7) broke a 4-4 tie when Rod Castro and Bernie Lilavois scored early in the fourth quarter. Castro finished with three goals and Raffaele Ruotolo had two. Houston's Beto Dos Santos scored with about a minute left in regulation to tie it, 6-6.
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August 24, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been a week since Dale Ervine lashed out at Splash Coach George Fernandez, accusing him of being a poor communicator who let his ego and jealousy get in the way of rational thinking. Ervine, the Splash's all-time scoring leader, made his comments the day he was traded to Arizona for Paul Agyeman. He departed, he said, never knowing why he had fallen into disfavor. Fernandez has kept quiet about the accusations.
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October 11, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The Sockers Tuesday announced the signing of midfielders Ben Collins, a five-year Major Indoor Soccer League veteran, and Rod Castro, a rookie free agent. The team has now filled 15 of 18 spots and is expected to round out its roster by signing defender Donald Cogsville, a first-round draft choice from the University of North Carolina, midfielder Jacques Ladouceur, a former Socker who sat out last season, and ex-Lazer forward Jim Gabarra, who plays for the U.S. national team.
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June 27, 1994
Houston scored the final three goals and beat the Splash, 7-5, in a Continental Indoor Soccer League game in front of 4,989 Sunday at the Summit in Houston. It was the first loss of the season for Anaheim (6-1) and the first home victory for Houston (2-4). The Splash led, 4-1, at the half but Houston scored three goals in the third quarter to tie the score, 4-4. Anaheim went up, 5-4, on a goal by Rod Castro 5 minutes 59 seconds into the fourth quarter.
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September 15, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They don't call Rod Castro "The Rocket" for nothing, but a new nickname might be more apropos. Like Heimlich. As in Heimlich Maneuver. Castro's game-winning goal in overtime prevented the Splash from choking away a three-goal lead and the first round of the Continental Indoor Soccer League series. The Splash scored a 5-4 victory over Sacramento in front of 5,773 at The Pond after a fourth-quarter meltdown in which it watched a three-goal lead go poof.
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October 3, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON
As expected, the Splash will begin its quest for the Continental Indoor Soccer League championship with a home game on Friday, but the status of forward Rod Castro remained unclear. Castro was injured early in the first quarter of Sunday's victory over Dallas when he became entangled with defender Rusty Troy. He returned to the field for another shift, but lasted only a few seconds.
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May 19, 1991 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If not to opposing defenses, Socker forward Rod Castro at least presents a problem to alliteration. Is it confident Rod Castro or cocky Rod Castro? Does he have reason to be either? After all, no one has ever compared the second-year Major Soccer League player to Branko Segota, arguably among the five best ever to play indoor soccer. No one, that is, except Castro. "I might not be a Branko Segota," Castro said. "Not yet. But I think I can and will be. I feel confident about that.
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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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August 7, 1995
Arash Noamouz assisted on Houston's final two goals in regulation, then scored in overtime to give the Hotshots a 7-6 victory over the Splash in a Continental Indoor Soccer League game Sunday in front of 6,521 in Houston. The Splash (7-7) broke a 4-4 tie when Rod Castro and Bernie Lilavois scored early in the fourth quarter. Castro finished with three goals and Raffaele Ruotolo had two. Houston's Beto Dos Santos scored with about a minute left in regulation to tie it, 6-6.
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September 15, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They don't call Rod Castro "The Rocket" for nothing, but a new nickname might be more apropos. Like Heimlich. As in Heimlich Maneuver. Castro's game-winning goal in overtime prevented the Splash from choking away a three-goal lead and the first round of the Continental Indoor Soccer League series. The Splash scored a 5-4 victory over Sacramento in front of 5,773 at The Pond after a fourth-quarter meltdown in which it watched a three-goal lead go poof.
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July 25, 1994
The reigning power in the Continental Indoor Soccer League's Western Division, the San Diego Sockers, showed they still could pack a wallop when challenged by an upstart. The Sockers, who have won 10 of 12 indoor championships, scored a 9-6 victory over the Splash on Sunday to retain their hold on first place. The Splash and Sockers will play again at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday at The Pond of Anaheim.
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July 16, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash Coach George Fernandez called it a must-win weekend, with his team needing to win at least one of its two games against the two best Eastern teams in the Continental Indoor Soccer League on consecutive nights. Given that the Splash left early this morning for Dallas and a game with the first-place Sidekicks, Friday's game against second-place Monterrey was crucial.
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June 27, 1994
Houston scored the final three goals and beat the Splash, 7-5, in a Continental Indoor Soccer League game in front of 4,989 Sunday at the Summit in Houston. It was the first loss of the season for Anaheim (6-1) and the first home victory for Houston (2-4). The Splash led, 4-1, at the half but Houston scored three goals in the third quarter to tie the score, 4-4. Anaheim went up, 5-4, on a goal by Rod Castro 5 minutes 59 seconds into the fourth quarter.
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June 23, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Splash is unbeaten. It has the Continental Indoor Soccer League's most potent offense and its most stingy defense. It has won almost as many games in the season's first two weeks as the franchise won all last season. There were plenty of smiles in the Splash locker room following its 10-3 victory Wednesday over Detroit (0-4) in front of 3,235 at The Pond of Anaheim.
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August 24, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been a week since Dale Ervine lashed out at Splash Coach George Fernandez, accusing him of being a poor communicator who let his ego and jealousy get in the way of rational thinking. Ervine, the Splash's all-time scoring leader, made his comments the day he was traded to Arizona for Paul Agyeman. He departed, he said, never knowing why he had fallen into disfavor. Fernandez has kept quiet about the accusations.
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December 14, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Rod Castro's older brother made all his mistakes for him. If that sounds strange, you need only to know that Diego Castro, four years older than Rod, skipped college to play professional soccer. He says now that he has lost his love for the game. Rod Castro, a rookie midfielder on the Sockers, went to college and then played two years in the American Indoor Soccer Assn. He is 24. His nine goals rank him second on the team behind Branko Segota (11).
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April 11, 1992 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After making an argument in Game 1 of the semifinals to limit the playoffs to the MSL's top three teams, fourth-place Baltimore came out aggressively in Game 2 and swiped a 7-6 victory from the Sockers. Only 5,621 showed up at the Sports Arena. The Blast got what they came for--a split of the seven-game series' first two games here. The series shifts to Baltimore for the next three games. Still, Coach Kenny Cooper denied his team has any advantage.
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May 19, 1991 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If not to opposing defenses, Socker forward Rod Castro at least presents a problem to alliteration. Is it confident Rod Castro or cocky Rod Castro? Does he have reason to be either? After all, no one has ever compared the second-year Major Soccer League player to Branko Segota, arguably among the five best ever to play indoor soccer. No one, that is, except Castro. "I might not be a Branko Segota," Castro said. "Not yet. But I think I can and will be. I feel confident about that.
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