Sockers to Wrap Regular Season with Two Games This Week
Thirsty Thursday, Free Window Clings Highlight Season’s Final Matches
MIDLAND, TX—As the final week of the Premier Development League’s regular season winds down, the playoff picture in the Mid-South division is very clear. Fortunately, Sockers FC has a chance to play a prominent role in it.
Unfortunately, that role is as a potential spoiler for other teams trying to earn a berth in the postseason tournament.
This week, the Sockers (3-7-2, 11 points) host the Austin Aztex (Thursday, July 18) and Laredo Heat (Saturday, July 20). The Sockers are currently tied for fourth in the division with the Houston Dutch Lions (who visit Oklahoma City FC on Saturday night). Houston and the Sockers are assured of finishing fourth and fifth in the division, but the order is dependent upon the outcome of this week’s matches.
The Aztex (10-1-1, 31 points) have clinched the division title, having scored five times more goals than their opponents this season. In 12 matches, Austin has allowed a mere six (6!) goals. Goalkeeper Devin Cook leads the nation in wins (8) and is second in shutouts (6) and goals against average (0.500).
Each division sends two teams to the postseason, and the wildcard spot in the Mid-South will be decided between the Heat (7-2-3, 24 points) and Oklahoma City (7-4-2, 23 points). Saturday’s home match versus the Dutch Lions is Oklahoma City’s only remaining game, while the Heat face the El Paso Patriots on Thursday before travelling to Midland for Saturday’s tilt.
Laredo is the Sockers’ most bitter rival, so the team would greatly enjoy an opportunity to knock the Heat out of the postseason. Prior to this year, the Heat had won four consecutive division championships and appeared in three of the last seven PDL Championship matches. Forward Daniel Garza is among the top 20 in the nation in goals (7) and points (15).
The Sockers are 0-2-1 against the Heat this summer, with both losses coming in South Texas. Most recently, the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Grande Communications Stadium on July 5. In their only match against the Aztex, the Sockers fell, 2-1, in the game’s closing minutes in the state capital.
For both games, the gates open at 6:30 p.m., with kickoff at 7:30. On Thursday, beverages will be half-price during the game; on Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free window cling featuring the exciting new Sockers’ logo.
Tickets are on sale now at the Citibank Ballpark ticket office, over the phone (432.520.2255), or online at www.sockersfc.org.
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