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June 12, 1989
The Sockers, who won their seventh indoor soccer championship Saturday night in Baltimore, will be treated to a celebration tonight at 6:30 at the San Diego Sports Arena. The players will be brought in by limousine, introduced and presented with championship medallions. Speeches will be given by players and Socker Coach Ron Newman. The Sockers defeated the Baltimore Blast, 6-5, in Game 7 to win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship. The San Diego Nomads set a Western Soccer League record by winning their seventh consecutive game in a 2-1 victory over the California Kickers.
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May 27, 1992
Socker Coach Ron Newman has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame and will be inducted during ceremonies at the hall June 13 in Oneonta, N.Y. The hall was established in 1950 and has inducted 194 members. Newman's citation was only a matter of time: His Socker teams have won 10 indoor championships in the past 11 seasons. He has an all-time winning percentage of .616 (633-390-27) and is the only professional coach in North America to achieve the 500-victory plateau.
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SPORTS
May 6, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The ball took a few crazy bounces off and between Socker defender Kevin Crow and goalie Victor Nogueira. The Ping-Pong action prevented a Dallas player from cashing in on what appeared to be a certain goal. Nogueira grabbed it; Crow turned and made the sign of the cross on his chest. That was Wednesday night. A minute remained in what was to become a 7-4 Socker victory in the first game of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs. This conclusion might be drawn: somebody, somewhere, is somehow looking out for the Sockers.
SPORTS
March 17, 1990 | DON PATTERSON
We haven't seen this look on Ron Newman's face for a long, long time. The coach of the Sockers walked off the field and into the locker room Friday night wearing the expression of a guy who has just completed his income tax form and discovered Uncle Sam owes him some change. His team had just stomped on the Kansas City Comets, 7-1, before 7,367 at the San Diego Sports Arena. The Sockers (18-21) have now won three in a row for the first time since November 18th.
SPORTS
June 2, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Branko Segota was home with his sore hamstring Monday and Tuesday night watching the Sockers on television. His teammates made sure he didn't switch channels. "I lost a few pounds from nervousness," Segota said. "Everything seemed to be going so well and then . . . " And then? Well, the Sockers blew two-goal leads late in the fourth quarters of the first two Major Indoor Soccer League championship games. The Baltimore Blast burgled the first game, 4-3, in overtime after scoring the tying goal with seven seconds remaining.
SPORTS
April 16, 1989 | RANDY COVITZ
The Sockers clinched second place in the Major Indoor Soccer League and gained the home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Comets Saturday night. Playing without Steve Zungul and Branko Segota--the two leading scorers in MISL history-- the Sockers (26-21) embarrassed the Comets and eliminated them from the playoffs in front of 10,172 at Kemper Arena. The Sockers, who close the regular season against Tacoma tonight at 6:05 at the Sports Arena, will face the third-place Dallas Sidekicks in the first round of the playoffs.
SPORTS
May 7, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
It happened quicker than you could say "Branko Segota looked pretty healthy tonight, didn't he?" The 9,289 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena Saturday were shouting up a storm, relishing what appeared to be a two-games-to-none lead in this best-of-seven Major Indoor Soccer League playoff series. Then things quickly changed. And now, when the Sockers hop the plane for Dallas Thursday, they will be tied in this series, 1-1, thanks to a late Sidekick rally that gave them a 5-4 victory.
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May 18, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The Sockers left overcast skies in Dallas and were greeted by the same in San Diego Wednesday morning. Perfect. It fit the mood, which wasn't necessarily down in the dumps or even solemn. Just businesslike. Sure, there were a few smiles. While waiting to get off the plane, some players enjoyed looking at an incriminating newspaper picture of defender George Fernandez grabbing Sidekick forward Tatu during the Sockers' 4-1 loss Tuesday night. Front-page stuff, full color. But in general, this was a serious group.
SPORTS
May 20, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
There were whispers that the time had finally come for the Sockers. Questions swirled as fans filtered into the Sports Arena Thursday night for Game 6 of the semifinals of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs. Branko Segota hadn't looked his old self, and team captain Brian Quinn seemed to have lost confidence. The Sockers didn't have much fight, much desire. Surely, it was thought, this group didn't have the tricks left to do what two previous Socker teams had done, come back from a 3-2 deficit to win a playoff series.
SPORTS
May 21, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
It figures. Who else? Somewhere it must be written that Branko Segota is the pilot of the Sockers. This team flies when his right foot says it's time. That happened Saturday night at the San Diego Sports Arena. There were 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Game 7 of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinal series with the Dallas Sidekicks. Nerves were fraying. The game was scoreless. The Sockers were on the power play. Socker defender Kevin Crow, situated just outside the red line, passed right to Segota.
SPORTS
March 3, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Sockers appear to have a healthier psyche on the road than at home, although that wasn't enough Friday at the St. Louis Arena. Minus offensive leaders Branko Segota and Brian Quinn, the Sockers were edged by the Storm, 4-3, before 7,308. Still, Socker Coach Ron Newman liked what he saw. "We played great," he said. "I'm very happy. If we can just keep doing this, we'll be all right."
SPORTS
June 12, 1989
The Sockers, who won their seventh indoor soccer championship Saturday night in Baltimore, will be treated to a celebration tonight at 6:30 at the San Diego Sports Arena. The players will be brought in by limousine, introduced and presented with championship medallions. Speeches will be given by players and Socker Coach Ron Newman. The Sockers defeated the Baltimore Blast, 6-5, in Game 7 to win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship. The San Diego Nomads set a Western Soccer League record by winning their seventh consecutive game in a 2-1 victory over the California Kickers.
SPORTS
June 11, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
These are the rare moments that turn grown men into children. Moments of extreme emotion. Moments of tears. Moments of laughter. The Sockers were the laughers. Fresh off their seventh indoor championship, won Saturday night with 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Blast in Game 7 of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series in Baltimore Arena, the maturity level of each player dropped drastically. This was fourth-grade stuff. And it was fun. These were kids at an amusement park, yelling, dancing and shouting on the arena carpet as many of the 11,220 spectators watched, wearing frowns and crossed arms.
SPORTS
June 9, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Walking out of the Sockers' locker room at halftime Thursday night, Steve Zungul was kidded by a fan who wanted to know who packed his suitcase. It seems Zungul's jersey was accidentally left in San Diego by an equipment manager. He wore makeshift No. 5 instead of the usual No. 21. Appropriately, the Sockers used a makeshift offense in the game, having left their goals in San Diego. A 7-0 rout by the Baltimore Blast in front of 6,990 in Game 6 at the Baltimore Arena has extended this Major Indoor Soccer League championship series to the limit.
SPORTS
June 4, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Ice packs wrapped around battered legs outnumbered the whoops and hollers in the Sockers' locker room Friday night. The mood was somewhere between cautious and business-like. You would think a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Blast in Game 3 of the Major Indoor Soccer League championships would call for some levity, some celebration. The Sockers had taken a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series with a performance that seemed, for the first time in the playoffs, neat and efficient.
SPORTS
June 2, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Branko Segota was home with his sore hamstring Monday and Tuesday night watching the Sockers on television. His teammates made sure he didn't switch channels. "I lost a few pounds from nervousness," Segota said. "Everything seemed to be going so well and then . . . " And then? Well, the Sockers blew two-goal leads late in the fourth quarters of the first two Major Indoor Soccer League championship games. The Baltimore Blast burgled the first game, 4-3, in overtime after scoring the tying goal with seven seconds remaining.
SPORTS
May 12, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Dig back through a month and a half of Socker games and you can find what turned out to be the dress rehearsal for Saturday's semifinal playoff loss to Dallas. Different team. Same score. Same result. At the San Diego Sports Arena March 22, the Sockers were sailing along with a 4-2 lead when Wichita scored three goals in 1:38 to steal the victory, 5-4. How familiar. The agony was longer Saturday, but the aftereffects may be of more consequence. Dallas scored three goals within 4:46 of the fourth quarter and won, 5-4, tying the series at one game each.
SPORTS
May 30, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Paul Dougherty sat in a silent Sockers' locker room Monday night. It was just minutes after the Baltimore Blast's come-from-way-behind 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series at Baltimore Arena. Having scored a goal and assisted on another, Dougherty, a midfielder, could have been the happy hero. Instead, he had reason to show no emotion, stating matter-of-factly that this type of finish is typical in a MISL game. "Indoor soccer is so unpredictable," he said.
SPORTS
May 30, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Paul Dougherty sat in a silent Sockers' locker room Monday night. It was just minutes after the Baltimore Blast's come-from-way-behind 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series at Baltimore Arena. Having scored a goal and assisted on another, Dougherty, a midfielder, could have been the happy hero. Instead, he had reason to show no emotion, stating matter-of-factly that this type of finish is typical in a MISL game. "Indoor soccer is so unpredictable," he said.
SPORTS
May 21, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
It figures. Who else? Somewhere it must be written that Branko Segota is the pilot of the Sockers. This team flies when his right foot says it's time. That happened Saturday night at the San Diego Sports Arena. There were 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Game 7 of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinal series with the Dallas Sidekicks. Nerves were fraying. The game was scoreless. The Sockers were on the power play. Socker defender Kevin Crow, situated just outside the red line, passed right to Segota.
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