San Diego Seeks Revenge in Western Conference rematch

by Jonathan Greene

San Diego hosts playoff rival Monterrey this evening for a trip to the MASL Ron Newman Cup Final. The Western Conference Final rematch has one big difference from last season's 6-4 loss in Monterrey; the Sockers will be hosting the match instead of traveling south of the border. The entire regular season was played to earn home-field advantage for this contest. San Diego swept the season series 2-0, with a paif or one-goal wins; 7-6 (OT) on December 28 in Monterrey and 7-6 on April 13 in San Diego.

Monterry defeated RGV in the Southwest Division Finals with a pair of 5-4 victories, the second in overtime. The Flash attack is powered by defending MASL MVP Franck Tayou, who led the league with 50 goals scored. Tayou added four goals in two matches against San Diego. Monterrey adds offensive balance with clutch goal scorers Miguel Vaca (22-18, 40 points),  Edgar Gonzalez (24-11, 35 points) and Brayan Bguilar (15-13, 28 points) who leads the Flash with 3-1, 4 points in the playoffs. Goalkeeper Diego Reynoso can be a difference maker protecting the nets.

The Sockers enter the game with a healthy roster and momentum after their epic win on Saturday night. Kraig Chiles (4-1, 5 points) and Brandon Escoto (4-0, 4 points) led the team in scoring versus Monterrey during the regular season.