Friday, April 10, 2009

Socker Soccer Night, 5

And that's a wrap. The West Texas Sockers defeat the Arizona Sahuaros 1-0 in the first game played by the area's newest sports franchise. All in all, the Sockers looked good tonight, and I don't think anyone went home disappointed ... except the Sahuaros.

Nice touch ... the Sockers coming over to the sideline to applaud and celebrate with the fans ... it's a soccer thing, and I like it.

Stray thought ... I visited with some who have scrimmaged the Sockers, and they thought West Texas can do even better, which is great news for the franchise. They'll need it in two week, when they play their next home game against Juarez, April 24th at Grande. Not all soccer is created equal, and Mexican futbol is a wonderful thing ... just ask any local fans of Toluca, Cruz Azul, Pachuca or "THE" Chivas (the one in Guadalajara).

A gripe ... and it's a small one, really. The ball boys working the sidelines need to settle down, and stay focused on the game. More than once, I saw a ball boy coming dangerously close to the sideline, chasing a ball his buddy had kicked to him, at the same time that a player was on the other side, running full-tilt to keep a ball from going out-of-bounds.

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