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For immediate release 

March 1st, 2019 


(TURLOCK, CA., March 1st, 2019)— Friday night at the Pechanga Arena, The Turlock Express joined The San Diego Sockers on the field for a league scheduled match that resulted in a 13-2 loss against their Pacific Division Rivals. 

The Express started off the opening quarter very slow against the Sockers which lead to a quick 2 goal advantage for the Southern California team in the first seconds of play. 

The first goal came in at 12 seconds by Landon Donovan after receiving a ball from Brandon Escoto. This goal was his first ever in his MASL career. 

Luis “Pee Wee” Ortega a few seconds later came in with a killer shot that placed the Sockers second goal of the night behind the net. While the Express remained off the board they began to switch up their defensive strategy but not soon enough as Landon Donovan returned for another goal in  minute 7. 

Trailing by 3 in the first, the Express were able to recover possession and capitalize off a power play with Arturo Pulido putting them up on the boards. A goal from each team was then later seen in the second quarter. 

Omar Tapia scored the only additional goal to be seen in favor of the Express for the remainder of the night. 

The second half of the match,  the Sockers completely shut down the Express scoring a total of 9 unanswered goals. The stars for tonight’s match were Landon Donovan with two goals and 2 assists while Kraig Chiles had 2 goals and one assist.  Goalkeeper Bordis Pardo also outshined tonight by only allowing 2 goals against him. 

The Express will now return for some home action on March 8th as they host the Tacoma Stars at Turlock Indoor. Tickets are on sale online at

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