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Strikers set for home opener Saturday

BEAUMONT, TX, November 15, 2013 – The Texas Strikers, a second year Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) team, announced the signings of four veteran players in anticipation of Saturday's home opener at Ford Park.

 

The team signed RJ Luevano, Dalitso Muluzi, Mario Carrillo, and Abraham Mosher.

 

Luevano was a rising star with the Dallas Sidekicks last year.  The forward had 15 points in 12 games, but his season was cut short when his two year old son, Luca, experienced a swelling of the brain and suffered a stroke. Though Luca's recovery is ongoing, he was able to kick out the opening ball at the Sidekicks home opener this month.  Luevano, 28, will be an offensive threat, that opposing defenses will have to account for. 

 
Muluzi, 33, is a PASL veteran having played for the California Cougars, Texas Outaws  (North Richland Hills), Real Phoenix, and one game last year with the Strikers. Muluzi is a native of Malawi and attended college at the University of Alabama.

Carrillo, 35, has played several years in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier), including stints with the Duncanville Revolution and Vitesse Dallas winning a premier league championship. He also played for the Highlands Ranch Heat and Denver Dynamite in Colorado.

 

Mosher, a goalkeeper, has been a fixture with the Chico Bigfoot in the Premier Arena Soccer League, but has made appearances for the Anaheim Bolts, the Sacramento Surge of the PASL and the US National Arena Soccer Team.


The Strikers were sometimes overwhelmed during their 3-13 first season, but their young team now has a full season of arena soccer under their belts and the additional players will solidify their core.

 

"We took a lot of hits last year," said Head Coach and General Manager Chris "Topper" Cogan, "but we learned from it and we got better because of it.  The PASL is a very high level of soccer and there are teams who have been playing together indoors for years and years. We want to take the next step and show that we can compete in this league."

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