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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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May 3, 1997 | MARTIN HENDERSON
The freeway rivalry between the Splash and 10-time indoor champion San Diego, which are scheduled to meet five times this season--including the season opener in San Diego on June 14--could end. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that former Socker owner Ron Hahn said it was a "low likelihood" the team would play its games in San Diego this season. Hahn and the Arena Group 2000 tried to sell the team to a consortium headed by Victor Cocchia, but the deal defaulted.
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SPORTS
September 18, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The San Diego Sockers of the Major Soccer League said they want to sign Diego Maradona, who was banned from soccer until July of 1992 after testing positive for cocaine last spring. The Sockers began pursuing Maradona, the star of the 1986 World Cup and the most celebrated player since Pele, about three weeks ago.
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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 7, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Waad Hirmez, a midfielder who helped lead the San Diego Sockers to the Major Indoor Soccer League championship in June, has agreed to a contract to play with the Lazers next season, the Lazers said Wednesday. Goalkeeper Jim Gorsek, the Sockers' career leader in victories, is also close to signing a one-year deal with the Lazers, his agent, Scott Simpson, said. Gorsek said he couldn't comment on the deal because he is still under a guaranteed contract with the Sockers.
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April 26, 1988
The San Diego Sockers, the most successful indoor soccer franchise in the brief history of the sport, will file for court bankruptcy protection, the team announced Monday. If granted, Chapter 11 protection will allow the Major Indoor Soccer League club to continue with the playoffs and remain intact until mid-summer while $1 million is sought from new investors.
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June 8, 1988 | Associated Press
The San Diego Sockers completed the first championship series sweep in Major Indoor Soccer League history by scoring three goals late in the fourth quarter Tuesday night to defeat the Cleveland Force, 7-4. It was the fourth time the Sockers have won the MISL crown and the sixth time they have been indoor soccer league champions. San Diego won the first two games of the best-of-seven series at home and the last two on Cleveland's home field.
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September 18, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The San Diego Sockers of the Major Soccer League said they want to sign Diego Maradona, who was banned from soccer until July of 1992 after testing positive for cocaine last spring. The Sockers began pursuing Maradona, the star of the 1986 World Cup and the most celebrated player since Pele, about three weeks ago.
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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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November 4, 1988 | PETE THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Some things die hard and the Major Indoor Soccer League apparently is one of them. It will stagger into its 11th season today with just seven teams and one division. Citing money losses, the league got approval from the players' union for two salary cap cuts in the last 9 months, and in the process lost four teams, among them the Cleveland Force.
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August 6, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Fernando Clavijo, one of the San Diego Sockers' most popular players and best defensemen for the past four seasons, on Friday agreed to a two-year contract to play with the Lazers. No terms were announced. Clavijo's contract had expired after he reportedly earned $80,000 with the Sockers last season. Clavijo is the third Socker to commit to the Lazers in the past month. Earlier, goalkeeper Jim Gorsek and midfielder Waad Hirmez agreed to terms with Los Angeles.
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August 5, 1988 | Associated Press
The Major Indoor Soccer League's board of directors granted new franchises for San Diego and Tacoma, Wash., Thursday, essentially approving new ownership groups for teams that had been in those cities. The San Diego franchise was acquired out of bankruptcy court on July 29 by managing general partner Ron Fowler after the team filed for protection under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws on April 25.
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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.
SPORTS
August 6, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Fernando Clavijo, one of the San Diego Sockers' most popular players and best defensemen for the past four seasons, on Friday agreed to a two-year contract to play with the Lazers. No terms were announced. Clavijo's contract had expired after he reportedly earned $80,000 with the Sockers last season. Clavijo is the third Socker to commit to the Lazers in the past month. Earlier, goalkeeper Jim Gorsek and midfielder Waad Hirmez agreed to terms with Los Angeles.
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July 7, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Waad Hirmez, a midfielder who helped lead the San Diego Sockers to the Major Indoor Soccer League championship in June, has agreed to a contract to play with the Lazers next season, the Lazers said Wednesday. Goalkeeper Jim Gorsek, the Sockers' career leader in victories, is also close to signing a one-year deal with the Lazers, his agent, Scott Simpson, said. Gorsek said he couldn't comment on the deal because he is still under a guaranteed contract with the Sockers.
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