February 21, 2024
Boris Pardo of the San Diego Sockers. Picture credit score: Display screen shot, sdsockers.com

The San Diego Sockers start the 2023-24 MASL common season towards the Tacoma Stars Sunday at Pechanga Area.

The Sockers are searching for their third consecutive MASL Supporters Protect, awarded to the membership with the league’s greatest common season document. Final season, the Sockers went 22-2.

San Diego is 45-2-1 over the past two common seasons. The membership carries a 10-match common season successful streak into this season.

The Sockers and Tacoma Stars come collectively for the primary of six conferences this season, together with two in a row because it begins. The 2 golf equipment meet once more on Dec. 9 in Tacoma, and as soon as extra in San Diego on Dec. 30.

The Sockers will go twice extra to Tacoma in January, and the 2 golf equipment will wrap up the common season towards each other on March 30 in San Diego, which additionally can be San Diego’s remaining common season house match at Pechanga. They’re because of transfer to Oceanside’s new FrontWave Area in 2024.

Having confronted off towards Tacoma because the days of the unique MISL, the Sockers have the all-time benefit with a document of 72-22. Within the MASL, San Diego is 29-4 towards Tacoma, and 4-0 in playoff sequence.

The Sockers went 2-0 towards the Stars in 2022-23, and have gained eight straight within the sequence.

San Diego will do battle in a six-team Western Division this season, with the highest 4 groups qualifying for the Ron Newman Cup playoffs.

The Sockers will play a Western-heavy schedule, going through Tacoma and Empire six occasions every, defending champion Chihuahua – they fell to the membership in Could’s Western Convention finals – thrice, the Texas Outlaws thrice and Dallas twice.

4 out-of-division matches will see the Sockers host St. Louis and Kansas Metropolis, whereas touring to Kansas Metropolis and Milwaukee.

The Sockers have boasted the league’s greatest protection for 2 seasons working, and is the one membership to permit fewer than 100 objectives in a 24-match season, which they’ve achieved in back-to-back campaigns.

Goalkeeper Boris Pardo has gained consecutive Goalkeeper of the Yr awards and is a three-time winner total.

Group captain Kraig Chiles begins the season eight factors away from 400 in his MASL profession, and 29 factors from 700 in his Sockers profession (together with thePASL).

Free agent acquisitions Drew Ruggles and Gabriel Costa bolster a roster that already is returning 9 double-digit scorers. A particular observe for Sunday: Socker Brian Farber additionally will seem within the remaining recreation of his profession.

The Stars are led as soon as once more by ahead Nick Perera, a San Diego native who gained his second MASL MVP award final season after main the league with 37 assists and 70 factors.

The 5:05 p.m. match can be streamed reside on Twitch on @masl_soccer.