The San Diego Sockers–presented by Kaiser Permanente San Diego–conclude a four-match road trip by traveling south of the border to take on the Chihuahua Savage at Corner Sport Arena in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, MX on Friday evening. The match is set for a 6:05 PT kickoff, and will be streamed live in Spanish on Twitch channel @masl_soccer2, and in English on Twitch channel @sandiegosockers.
The Sockers (11-1, 32 points), owners of the best record in MASL history all-time at 160-32-5, have won the first two MASL Supporters Shields, awarded to the club with the league’s best regular season record. Their 11-1 record is the best through ten matches in the West, but trails 15-0 Monterrey in the East. San Diego is 56-3-1 over the last 2 1/2 regular seasons (60 matches).
The Sockers and Savage are meeting for the second of three times this season, and the only time in Chihuahua. On January 14, the Savage came to San Diego and ended the Sockers’ 25-match home winning streak, controlling a 5-1 result from start to finish. Chihuahua won that night in the debut of head coach Genoni Martinez and goalkeeper Diego Reynoso. The two teams will conclude their season series on Sunday, March 3 in San Diego. In the all-time series, the Sockers are 6-1 in the regular season (3-0 in Mexico) and 2-3 in the playoffs.
San Diego is 3-0 so far on a grueling four-match road trip which took them from Tacoma to Texas to Chihuahua, Mexico over three weekends. The Sockers opened the trip coming from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Tacoma on Sunday by an 8-7 score in overtime. A wild fourth quarter featured twelve penalty cards shown to both teams, including three red cards. Despite being short-handed, the Sockers pulled their keeper to get back to even strength and scored twice in the final three minutes to tie the score 7-7. San Diego killed a penalty early in overtime before Tavoy Morgan’s goal at 2:24 of the extra period gave the Sockers the improbable win.
Last Thursday, San Diego gutted out one of their most impressive wins of the season, shutting down the high-scoring Texas Outlaws on their home floor in a 6-5 victory. Filling in for the suspended Boris Pardo in net, goalkeeper Xavier Snaer-Williams made a career-high 19 saves, while the defense in front of him blocked 17 shots. On Saturday, the offense took charge in a 10-3 win over the Dallas Sidekicks. Charlie Gonzalez led the way with a…