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October 3, 1990 | JOHN GEIS
The Sockers moved to shore up their defense Tuesday by signing Soviet national Alex Golovnia, a veteran of 12 outdoor seasons, including seven with Dynamo Moscow of the Soviet first division. Golovnia has sparse indoor experience but has displayed solid skills in training camp and was rewarded with an eight-month contract.
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July 6, 1996 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bernie "The Bolt" Lilavois had been pointing to Friday's Splash game for more than a week. He said he wanted to make a statement. Apparently, so did San Diego. Despite Lilavois' best efforts and two goals apiece by Sam George and Paul Agyeman, the Splash watched its two-game winning streak end in a 6-5 loss in front of 5,987 at the Pond. "As long as we're making the chances, we'll be fine," Splash Coach Ian Fulton said. "If we didn't have chances, then I'd be upset.
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October 2, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Midfielder Cha Cha Namdar, who played on four of the Sockers' indoor championship teams, was released Thursday after five seasons in San Diego. Namdar said that he will try to join another Major Indoor Soccer League team and that the timing of his release surprised and disappointed him. "I wish they would have let me know in the summer," said Namdar, who was re-signed to a one-year nonguaranteed contract during the summer. "I don't understand why they signed me."
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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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February 8, 1992 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the fourth time in what is now an eight-game winning streak, the Sockers on Friday were forced to go to a sixth-attacker in order to tie the game and send it into overtime. What ensued was a similar story line to the first three overtime games: Sockers counterattack. Sockers score. Sockers win. This time it was 6-5 over the Cleveland Crunch, who were making their first appearance at the Sports Arena since losing Game 6 of last season's Championship Series.
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March 23, 1987 | JONATHAN FEGIN, Special to The Times
The Sockers' troubles may have hit a new low. They have become slump-breakers for a team they once routinely defeated. The Dallas Sidekicks beat the Sockers, 4-2, Sunday for their first victory over the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champions in 10 attempts. "We're struggling and people know it," Socker Coach Ron Newman said. "We're playing the youngest team in the league, with 19-year olds, so everyone's getting their revenge on us."
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August 16, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Cacho, a defender known for consistency and hard work, said Tuesday he has signed a one-year contract to play a second season with the Sockers, who now have signed nine players from last year's championship team. The first thing he says when asked about returning is apologize. "I'm sorry for my English," said Cacho, a native of Argentina. "My wife tells me all the time: 'Cacho, go to the school or some place where they teach a little English.' I usually tell her: 'Yes, yes, yes, I go.'
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June 9, 1989 | Dave Distel
Comatose. No, the Sockers are not dead. Yet. But it is getting to be a little hard to find a pulse. Maybe they should be checked into the Johns Hopkins Medical Center for a day of observation before Saturday's Game 7 of the Major Indoor Soccer League's championship series. It has come to that. Game 7. It has come to that because it came to this Thursday night: Baltimore 7, San Diego 0. No, that is not a misprint. That is exactly the second time they have been shut out in their history, the first in the playoffs.
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March 30, 1987 | MAL ELLIOTT
Jean Willrich of the Sockers pounded a 30-foot shot into the goal early in the fourth period Sunday. It was a special goal. It was the only one the Sockers scored as the Wichita Wings took a rousing 5-1 victory to narrow San Diego's lead in the season series to 3-2. The loss left the Sockers a half-game behind second-place Kansas City in the Major Indoor Soccer League's Western Division. Wichita's Seamus McDonagh became only the second keeper in the MISL to win 20 games this season.
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October 19, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Sockers open the 1990-91 Major Soccer League season tonight in Kansas City, they will be seeking their fourth consecutive championship and ninth in 10 years. Reminders of why the Sockers have dominated this little subculture arrived Wednesday with two prodigal sons. Midfielder Paul Dougherty and forward Keder played previously in San Diego, having been recruited by Coach Ron Newman from their native countries, Dougherty from England, Keder from Yugoslavia.
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October 9, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Splash survived a halftime showdown against the Sockers under the stands at the Sports Arena, but didn't fare as well in the final outcome on the field. The Splash lost a 4-3 decision to San Diego Sunday in front of 3,078, forcing a decisive Game 3 Tuesday at The Pond of Anaheim. "I feel confident we can take care of them at The Pond," Splash defender John O'Brien said. "If they only score four goals at our place, no way they're going to beat us."
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October 7, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a big play at the time, and it played out to be the game's big play, the one with 16 seconds left in the first half of the Splash's 6-5 Continental Indoor Soccer League playoff victory over San Diego. Goalkeeper Ruben Fernandez, coming out of the goal mouth to force San Diego's John Olu Molomo to his right, created enough of a nuisance that Molomo fell to the ground and couldn't even fire off a shot. No shot, no goal.
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September 29, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raffaele Ruotolo, who won three indoor championships while with the San Diego Sockers, said what is becoming apparent to the rest of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. "We still have a game to go," the Splash midfielder said, "but if we fight the way we have been the last seven games, I don't see why we can't win it [all]."
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September 3, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been a long time since the Splash celebrated the way it did Saturday night after climbing back into the Continental Indoor Soccer League's Southern Division title hunt. A week after the Splash appeared to be in no position to make a run--it was .500 and playing horribly--the Splash scored a team-record four power-play goals and beat division leader San Diego, 6-3, in front of an announced crowd of 7,276 at The Pond. The Sockers (13-7) lost for the third time in four games.
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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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June 25, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defender Sean Bowers was in a church getting married. Defender Shane Hickson was on the bench with a twisted ankle. Forward Rod Castro was at home sick. The Splash was down three starters in its season opener Saturday against Southern Division rival San Diego. It didn't matter.
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April 24, 1986 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
Before the Sockers and the Tacoma Stars continue their playoff series, maybe it would be appropriate to define misconduct. There are three types of misconduct penalties in the Major Indoor Soccer League, all of which came into play in the Sockers'10-4 victory Wednesday night as they opened their Western Division playoff series. First, there's the not-so-bad type called "ungentlemanly conduct."
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August 14, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armando Valdivia missed the game. Dale Ervine missed the second half. Neither was missed at all. The Splash turned in what might have been a division-clinching performance Saturday night at the San Diego Sports Arena in front of 8,480, beating San Diego, 12-8. It was their fourth victory in a row and sixth in seven games, and also makes them 2-0 on a seven-game trip. The victory gives the Splash (15-5) a two-game lead over the Sockers (14-8)--but they are three games ahead in the loss column.
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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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