Top Goalkeeper Of The Year Candidate Has Led The Team To A League-Best 14-1 Record
SAN DIEGO (Thursday, February 28, 2019) – The San Diego Sockers announced today that they have extended goalkeeper Boris Pardo‘s contract for five years. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Pardo, who is a leading candidate for the Major League Arena Soccer League‘s MVP and Goalkeeper Of The Year honors, is currently ranked #1 in the league with 14 wins and a goals–against average of 3.44. He is third with a .761 save percentage and also has two assists.
“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to continue to represent the San Diego Sockers for the upcoming future,” stated Pardo. “Being able to play for such a prestigious club and be alongside so many great soccer players is an environment that many around the league want to be a part of. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the entire Sockers front office, coaches, teammates, and fans for believing in and giving me the opportunity to help contribute to achieving our ultimate goal…the club’s 15th Championship.”
He joined the Sockers before the 2016–17 season and is in his first season as the team‘s number one goalkeeper after Chris Toth departed for rival Ontario in the off–season. The tandem was the best in the MASL last year.
“Boris has been the consummate professional on and off the field since arriving in San Diego,” said Sockers General Manager Sean Bowers. “He is playing at an MVP–caliber level which has helped us to achieve a 14–1 record. Boris has earned this extension as there is no doubt that this is his team now and his teammates have the utmost confidence in him.”
His 79–game (55 Wins – 23 Losses – 5.32 GAA) arena soccer career began in 2010 with the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Pardo played three years with the Comets before joining the Wichita B –52s in the 2014–15 season. He returned to the Comets the following year for a season prior to coming to San Diego.
The Sockers begin a three–game homestand on Friday, March 1, 7:35 p.m. against the Turlock Express with Landon Donovan playing in his second career MASL match. It will also be Honoring Heroes Night, as the team will honor and celebrate local military, police, fire, EMS personnel, and teachers for their work. Supporters will receive a free Sockers License Plate Frame, while supplies last. Tickets are available by calling the 866–799–4625 or by visiting AXS.com.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO SOCKERS: The San Diego Sockers are the winningest franchise in the history of indoor soccer, with fourteen professional championships. Helping elevate the sport of indoor soccer to previously unforeseen heights in the 1980s and 1990s, the Sockers won ten championships in eleven years under the leadership of head coach Ron Newman. Revived after a nine–year absence in 2009 by owners Dave Pike, Carl Savoia and Phil Salvagio, the Sockers won four straight championships to restore their place in indoor soccer history as an elite franchise. The San Diego Sockers hold the U.S. professional team sports record for longest winning streak, capturing 48 straight matches from 2010–13, including a perfect 24–0 season in 2011–12. The Sockers play their home matches at Pechanga Arena San Diego, formerly the SanDiego Sports Arena.
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