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Sockers v. Dutch Lions Preview

SOCKERS FACE HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS ON THIRSTY THURSDAY
 
MIDLAND, TX—Sockers FC (0-1-1, 1 point) returns home for Premier Development League action tonight at Grande Communications Stadium. 
 
The Sockers, currently in a three-way tie for fourth in the Premier Development League Mid-South division, host the Houston Dutch Lions (0-1-1, 1 point).
 
The Dutch Lions are entering their second season, after playing last summer as the Texas Dutch Lions and finishing 5-9-2 and fourth in the Mid-South division.  The Sockers have never lost to the Dutch Lions in West Texas, having tied Houston (2-2 on June 2, 2012) and beaten them to close the year (2-0 on July 14, 2012).  The Sockers are 1-1-2 all-time against the Dutch Lions.
 
The Sockers are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Laredo Heat on May 17 in South Texas.  The physical, defensive match was scoreless through 60 minutes, until Heat forward Daniel Garza beat Sockers goalkeeper Robin Allard from seven yards away.  In stoppage time, Laredo clinched the win with a goal from forward Alejandro de la Garza.
 
The Dutch Lions opened the PDL season with a 1-1 tie at home against the Heat, then lost to the Austin Aztex, 1-0, in the state capital.  The Aztex (2-0-0, 6 points) currently lead the Mid-South division.
 
Sockers goalkeeper Robin Allard is currently tied for fourth in the nation with 12 saves through two matches.
Against Houston, Sockers fans will enjoy Thirsty Thursday with half-price fountain soda and draft beer throughout the game. 
On Saturday, the Sockers host Oklahoma City FC, and the first 1,000 kids will receive a free replica jersey to commemorate the first year of the Sockers FC brand.
 
LAST HOME GAME: Sockers Start Hot, Withstand Late El Paso Rally for 2-2 Tie
 
MIDLAND, TX—Sockers FC, formerly the West Texas Sockers, opened the 2013 Premier Development League Season on Saturday night at Grande Communications Stadium with a 2-2 tie against the El Paso Patriots.
 
With a new nickname, new kits, and a new core of impact players, the Sockers (0-0-1, 1 point) began a new chapter in the franchise’s history with an exciting first half of play.  After a 2012 season in which goal scoring was a constant struggle, the team needed just 12 minutes to find the net for the first time in 2013.  Second-year veteran, and team captain, Andres Maldenado scored on a low line drive from six yards out after a crossing pass from midfielder Vitalis Atemafac. 
 
After controlling the pace of play for much of the first half, the Sockers expanded their lead to 2-0 in the 39th minute when Jose Anchondo set up Len Smith III from 11 yards. 
 
As impressive as the Sockers looked for the first 45 minutes, the Patriots (0-0-1, 1 point) made significant adjustments in the second half.  Just ten minutes following the resumption of play, forward Naoyas Aizawa’s unassisted goal cut the Sockers’ lead to 2-1. 
After Sockers goalkeeper Robin Allard denied several other Patriot scoring opportunities, forward George Lara—a former Socker—tied the match on a breakaway in the 73rd minute. 
 
The Sockers are now 4-2-3 all-time at home versus the Patriots and have never lost to them at home to open the season.  Dating to last season, this match marked just the second time in the past five home games that the Sockers have scored multiple goals.
Continuing the strong rivalry between the two clubs, the match was very physical on both sides, yet fouls were 15-3 against the Sockers.  Zero fouls were called against El Paso in the second half.  In the first half, Sockers midfielder Andrew Power and Patriots midfielder Francisco De Anda were issued yellow cards within one minute of each other for “careless fouls.” 
Making his PDL debut for the Sockers, goalkeeper Robin Allard made seven saves.
 
Against Houston, Sockers fans will enjoy Thirsty Thursday with half-price fountain soda and draft beer throughout the game. 

On Saturday, the Sockers host Oklahoma City FC, and the first 1,000 kids will receive a free replica jersey to commemorate the first year of the Sockers FC brand. 



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