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S.D. Pros: Legion say ‘Hit the road, Jacks’

2023 LOCAL PROS / LEGION M.L.R. Rugby, SOCKERS M.A.S.L. Indoor Soccer, SEALS N.L.L. Indoor Lacrosse (goes Outdoors), GULLS A.H.L. Hockey


From staff and wire reports

MISSION VALLEY –  The San Diego Legion defeated the New England Free Jacks ,29-12, for their second straight win to start the 2023 season Major League Rugby, played before a second-straight MLR league-record crowd of 11,423 at today at Snapdragon Stadium.

Nate Augspurger scored a pair of trys for San Diego,.

With another large crowd, Legion officials are hopeful that the stadium will be chosen to host games when the 2023 World Cup comes to the United States, The extra-wide playing grass surface also makes the facility a prime choice.

Next weekend, the Legion travels for a game at the Houston SaberCats. Both Because of bonus points, San Diego and Houston are tied with 10 points, while Seattle has 8. clubs, plus the Seattle Seawolves, are all 2-0 in the Western Conference standings.

San Diego registered four trys:

  • Sama Malolo 12’ WATCH
  • Nate Augspurger 27’ WATCH

    Josh Henderson ‘50

    Nate Augspurger 84’


    San Diego Sockers

    MONTERREY, Mexico – The San Diego Sockers entered the weekend at their lowest point, and emerged once again as the best team in the Major Arena Soccer League.Ismael Rojo scored a hat trick, Kraig Chiles had two goals with an assist, and Boris Pardo made 18 saves as the Sockers beat the Monterrey Flash 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Arena Monterrey. Leonardo de Oliveira added a goal and assist and Brandon Escoto contributed two assists on the power play for a Sockers side that moved six points clear of the field for the league’s best record.

    The Sockers’ Ismael Rojo

    San Diego (14-2, 41 points) became the first team in the MASL this season to sweep all six points in a two-match Mexico road trip. Six points ahead of second-place Chihuahua with a match in hand, the Sockers are the first MASL club to cross the 40-point threshold this season, and have a chance at home next weekend to entrench themselves as the statistical favorites to win back-to-back MASL Supporters Shields.

    In doing so, the Sockers displayed the depth that is the foundation of head coach/owner Phil Salvagio’s championship architecture. San Diego played the weekend without seven possible starters due to suspensions, travel restrictions and work conflicts. Despite it all, the Sockers found wins in two inhospitable locales thanks to contributions up and down the lineup.

    Chiles led the way with five goals and two assists on the weekend, a likely MASL Player of the Week performance. But it wasn’t all the work of the captain. Rookie Irvin Mojica scored twice on Friday in Chihuahua, and on Sunday the story was Ismael Rojo, breaking out for the first time in a Sockers uniform.

    San Diego Seals

    MISDION VALLEY – This is the week! The San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League moved this Satirday’s “indoor”” lacrosse game to the great outdoors with a home game at Snapdragon Stadium.

    Just like the National Hockey League when they build a rink in an outdoor venue, the Seals will play a “box lacrosse” game under the sun and on the grass.

    Here is the Sealsx’ press release:

    The National Lacrosse League announced today that the San Diego Seals will be hosting the first-ever regular season outdoor NLL game on Saturday, March 4 against the Las Vegas Desert Dogs. Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego’s newest state-of-the-art facility, will play host to this historic event. Face-off is set for 1:30 p.m. PT.

    Snapdragon Stadium will be reduced to 10,100 seats for fans to get up close and personal to this exciting event. Tickets are one sale now, and can be secured here. For more ticketing information, be sure to contact the Seals at 619-375-3755 or email tickets@sealslax.com.

    Fans unable to attend the game can watch locally on FOX 5 San Diego and everywhere streaming on ESPN+. Same-day coverage will be provided by ESPNU at 8:00 p.m. PT.

    San Diego Gulls

    ONTARIO, Calif.  The San Diego Gulls earned an impressive 2-1 overtime win over their rival Ontario Reign at Toyota Arena.

    Rocco Grimaldi tallied two points – including the game-winner – as San Diego snapped a four-game winless streak. Drew Helleson also found the back of the net for San Diego, who helped Olle Eriksson Ek grab a win after a 21-save performance. READ MORE


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