Sockers Well Represented In International Friendly

Fourteen San Diego Sockers players will take part in an international arena soccer friendly match between the United States and Mexico on Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank in Ontario, CA. San Diego's Landon Donovan, Kraig Chiles, and Ontario's Jermaine Jones and Franck Tayou headline the U.S. roster. Mexico features Sockers leading scorer Brandon Escoto and defender Cesar Cerda.

Other Sockers playing for the Team USA include Taylor Bond, Brian Farber, and Travis Pittman.  San Diego's Christian Gutierrez and Manuel Rojo from the first team join Escoto and Cerda on Mexico's squad. El Tri also features MASL2 Champion Sockers2 members Rene Flores, Uziel Gonzalez, Kevin Pizeno, Ismael Rojo and Raul Sarabia.

US Men's National Team and Major League Soccer veterans Donovan and Jones are the centerpieces of the game which showcases players from six Major Arena Soccer League clubs. 

“To get these two US Men's National Team legends to participate in this game is great for the growth of arena soccer,” said USNAST General Manager Bernie Lilavois. “And, to have them representing the United States again against their rivals from Mexico will be a special event for fans of both teams to see.” 

San Diego will also be represented behind the bench as the United States team will be coached by head coach Phil Salvagio, while Sockers assistant coach Rene Ortiz will lead Mexico.

The teams are preparing for the third edition of the World Mini Football (WMF) World Cup in Perth, Australia on October 1-11, 2019. In 2017, Mexico lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in the Final in Tunisia. The U.S. was knocked out of the tournament in the Round of 16 by Mexico 4-3 in overtime.

Tickets for the game, starting at only $10, are on sale now at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office, through, or by calling 909-457-0252.

PLAYER                              POS                MASL TEAM

Taylor Bond                    Mid                S.D. Sockers

Kraig Chiles                    Fwd                S.D. Sockers

Landon Donovan           Mid                S.D. Sockers

Brian Farber                    Mid                S.D. Sockers

Gordy Gurson                 Mid                Florida Tropics

DeBrao Hollimon           Def                 Ontario Fury

Jermaine Jones            Fwd               Ontario Fury

Nick Perera                    Fwd               Tacoma Stars

Travis Pittman               Def                 S.D. Sockers

Israel Sesay                     Def                Ontario Fury

Justin Stinson                Mid                 Ontario Fury

Franck Tayou                 Fwd                Ontario Fury

Uzi Tayou                        Def                 Ontario Fury

Danny Waltman             GK                 Tacoma Stars



Phil Salvagio                 Head Coach  S.D. Sockers

Chiky Luna                     Ast Coach      S.D. Sockers

Bernie Lilavois              GM                   Ontario Fury



PLAYER                             POS             MASL TEAM

Cesar Cerda                    Def              S.D. Sockers

Brandon Escoto             Mid              S.D. Sockers

Rene Flores                     Mid             S.D. Sockers2

Carlos Gonzalez            Fwd             Ontario Fury

Manuel Gonzalez           Def              Ontario Fury

Uziel Gonzalez               Mid              S.D. Sockers2

Christian Gutierrez        Def              S.D. Sockers

Kevin Pizeno                  Fwd             S.D. Sockers2

Ismael Rojo                    Def               S.D. Sockers2

Manuel Rojo                   Def              S.D. Sockers

Raul Sarabia                   GK               S.D. Sockers2

Robert Tornel                 Mid              Ontario Fury


Rene Ortiz                   Head Coach    S.D. Sockers

Victor Meléndez        Ast Coach        S.D. Sockers

Luis Borrego               Ast Coach       Monterrey F