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January 6, 1989 | CHRIS ELLO
Waad Hirmez scored 10:09 into overtime Thursday night as the Lazers defeated the San Diego Sockers, 6-5, in a Major Indoor Soccer League game before a crowd of 4,136 at the Forum. The Lazers, who had lost 10 of 14 games, improved to 7-10 with their third victory over San Diego in 4 games this season. San Diego, which had a 5-game winning streak snapped, is 8-8.
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September 3, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
On Friday night in Warsaw, Euro 2012 co-host Poland and Mexico played to a 1-1 tie. It was not a dramatic soccer match and it produced no significant story, but it did stir dusty memories 5,982 miles away in Los Angeles. It was 38 years ago last month that the Poles and Mexicans enjoyed another friendly tilt, this one in Los Angeles at the Coliseum. The date was Aug. 5 1973, and the game was intended to help prepare the Polish team for the following year's World Cup in what was then West Germany.
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July 30, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raffaele Ruotolo was a skinny 18-year old when he joined the San Diego Sockers in 1984. George Fernandez was among 100 participants in an open tryout in 1987. Ralph Black was a free agent from Portland who was coveted by the Sockers' coach in 1988. Rod Castro was a star in a rival league, where he played alongside his brother until 1989. All share common threads. All played in San Diego.
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August 4, 1996 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time since Coach Ian Fulton tried, in the words of Raffaele Ruotolo earlier this week, "to fix something that wasn't broken," the Splash lost to the San Diego Sockers. The Splash, virtually absent in the first quarter, fell behind by three goals and ultimately lost its second consecutive Continental Indoor Soccer League game, 7-4, Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 5,136.
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October 11, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sean Bowers talked about it before the playoffs began, about the star system, and that the Splash is a team devoid of go-to guys. On Tuesday, that team of role players defeated the San Diego Sockers, 8-6, before an announced crowd of 5,925 at The Pond and advanced to the Continental Indoor Soccer League semifinals by winning the best-of-three series, 2-1. The Splash opens Thursday in Sacramento against the Knights, who beat San Jose in three games. Game 2 will be at The Pond at noon Saturday.
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June 4, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ron Fowler, who has owned the San Diego Sockers for four seasons, announced that Championship Indoor Soccer Ltd. will not operate the club after June 30.
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May 18, 1985 | Associated Press
Midfielder Branko Segota scored two goals and added one assist Friday night as the San Diego Sockers held off the Baltimore Blast, 5-4, in the opening game of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series.
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February 6, 1987
The Los Angeles Lazers, losers of six consecutive Major Indoor Soccer League games, will play the San Diego Sockers tonight at 7:30 at the San Diego Sports Arena. Although the Lazers (6-16) are in last place in the Western Division, they are 2-1 this year against the defending champion Sockers (14-11), who are in second place, four games behind Tacoma.
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September 16, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
The San Diego Sockers signed 31-year-old Alan Willey, a 5-foot 11-inch, 180-pound forward who played last season with the Minnesota Strikers. The Strikers folded after the MISL season. Socker President Ron Cady talked with Branko Segota and said the team and Segota have not yet come to terms. Cady said he will talk with Segota by phone again today.
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October 11, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sean Bowers talked about it before the playoffs began, about the star system, and that the Splash is a team devoid of go-to guys. On Tuesday, that team of role players defeated the San Diego Sockers, 8-6, before an announced crowd of 5,925 at The Pond and advanced to the Continental Indoor Soccer League semifinals by winning the best-of-three series, 2-1. The Splash opens Thursday in Sacramento against the Knights, who beat San Jose in three games. Game 2 will be at The Pond at noon Saturday.
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July 1, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The law of averages had been hanging over their heads like a safe, waiting to fall on the unsuspecting passerby below. Classic vaudevillian comedy. Not so funny when it happens to you. After winning two CISL games despite not playing well this season, the safe fell on the Splash at The Pond. The San Diego Sockers cut the rope, 7-3, Friday in front of an announced crowd of 7,512. That's not even the bad news. * The Splash lost Doug Neely for its next home game, July 8, for violent conduct.
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August 25, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON
Barring a collapse over the final five games of the season, the Splash will open the first round of the Continental Indoor Soccer League playoffs Sept. 10 at The Pond of Anaheim. The Splash (17-6) will be host to the first and, if necessary, third games of the quarterfinals, provided it finishes first or second in the Western Division. The Splash leads the San Diego Sockers by 1 1/2 games and holds the tie-breaker edge; it leads third-place Las Vegas by three games and Sacramento by 4 1/2.
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July 30, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raffaele Ruotolo was a skinny 18-year old when he joined the San Diego Sockers in 1984. George Fernandez was among 100 participants in an open tryout in 1987. Ralph Black was a free agent from Portland who was coveted by the Sockers' coach in 1988. Rod Castro was a star in a rival league, where he played alongside his brother until 1989. All share common threads. All played in San Diego.
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July 16, 1992
Sure, winning isn't everything--but it should mean something, right? Not for the San Diego Sockers. Not in the end, anyway. Playing superb indoor soccer wasn't enough to put San Diego's only world champion sports franchise on the field for another season. The Major Soccer League has folded, finally succumbing to years of financial woes. Unless the team demotes itself to a semipro league, that means the end of the 10-time champion Sockers--and a truly unique professional sports league.
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July 2, 1992 | DAVID NELSON
Three seismic events shook the city over the weekend: the two quakes Sunday morning and political satirist Mark Russell at a KPBS benefit the night before.
SPORTS
February 23, 1989
The San Diego Sockers, who have won three of their last four games, will play the Los Angeles Lazers in a Major Indoor Soccer League game at 7:30 tonight at the Forum. The third-place Lazers (15-15) trail second-place San Diego (16-13) by 1 1/2 games with 20 games left in the season. Tuesday, the Lazers reacquired their all-time leading scorer, Poli Garcia, in a deal that sent defender-midfielder Waad Hirmez to San Diego.
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September 12, 1991
The San Diego Sockers announced Wednesday that David Banks, the Major Soccer League's rookie of the year, signed a two-year contract with the team. Banks, last season's Rookie of the Year, signed a two-year deal that will pay him approximately $30,000 per season. He earned $16,000 last year. Banks became the team's first rookie to play in every regular-season game. He led MSL rookies in goals (11), points (21), blocks (39), game-winning goals (2) and hat tricks (1).
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June 4, 1991 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Fowler, Sockers owner for the past four seasons, on Monday announced he has been unable to secure majority investors for the club and that he is unable to continue absorbing losses that have been as much as $750,000 per season. If a majority owner does not step forward by June 30, Fowler said the team that 12 days ago was likened to a tugboat winning the America's Cup will sink in a sea of red ink.
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