Veteran Eddie Velez Signs Multi-Year Extension

The 14-time champion San Diego Sockers announced that the team has re-signed solid defender Eddie Velez to a contract for the 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League season. Per league and team policies, details of the agreement were not released.

Velez, who is entering his ninth season with the Sockers, began his career in 2006-07 with the California Cougars in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He has scored 105 goals and tallied 97 assists in his 153-game career with the Cougars, Revolucion Tijuana, and Sockers. Last season, “El Vaquero” had 7 points on three goals and four assists in 14 games played. His best season was in 2010-11 when he notched 30 goals and 22 assists with Tijuana.

Sockers General Manager Sean Bowers stated, “With his experience and leadership, it was important to bring Eddie back for the upcoming season. He is a smart and skillful player who can contribute in many ways to help us reach our goal of winning a championship.”

Year  League              Team                                         GP           G             A            PTS

2006-07   MISL        California Cougars                  21            3               2              5

2007-08   MISL        California Cougars                  12            4               4              8

2010-11   PASL       Revolucion Tijuana                  14            30            22            52

2011-12   PASL       San Diego Sockers                  14            14            10            24

2012-13   PASL       San Diego Sockers                  16            17            16            33            

2013-14   PASL       San Diego Sockers                  14             5             11            16

2014-15   MASL      San Diego Sockers                  19            16            19            35            

2015-16   MASL      San Diego Sockers                  19             9              7             16            

2016-17   MASL      San Diego Sockers                  10             4              2               6              

2017-18   MASL      San Diego Sockers                  14             3              4               7

          Totals                                                                  153        105            97        202

In the past three weeks, the Sockers have signed four free agents and extended the contracts of Velez, Cesar Cerda and Luis “Pee Wee” Ortega in preparation for the 2018-19 MASL campaign.

The Sockers return to MASL play in December 2018 with a 24-game regular season schedule and 12 home games at Valley View Casino Center. Supporter Season Memberships for the 2018-19 campaign are now on sale at