Turlock Express One Win from Playoffs


Turlock's only professional sports team is one game away from making a second consecutive playoff bid.

If the Turlock Express defeat the Sacramento Surge on Saturday, the second-year team will become two-for-two in reaching the Professional Arena Soccer League Playoffs.

The PASL brings teams together from as far away as Pennsylvania, Mexico, and, yes, Turlock. Last year, the Express were defeated by Revolucion Tijuana 5-4 in the divisional playoffs.

But this year the Express – and a growing group of fans – are hoping for bigger things.

“The people that are going are really starting to like it,” said Express Head Coach Arturo Pulido. “They're really getting introduced to something different.”

Arena soccer is played on a hockey rink-sized field, surrounded by walls. The ball remains in- play even if bounced off the wall.

The game has only six players per side, rather than 11 in traditional soccer. And substitutions can occur at any time – much like line changing in hockey.

Though the rules may seem different to fans of the “beautiful game,” it's a high-scoring style familiar to Turlock soccer fans. Arena soccer is the game of choice at Turlock Indoor Soccer, home to the Express.

About 400 fans pack Turlock Indoor Soccer for the average game. It's a far cry from the league best San Diego Sockers, who draw upwards of 4,000 fans to some games, but Pulido noted attendance is growing. Major sponsors, like the Turlock Poker Room, help Turlock retain its only pro sports team while a fan base builds.

“People are still learning about it,” Pulido said.

As fans learn, they find out that the quick-shooting Express have three of the top fifteen scorers in the league – Ivan Campos, number three overall, Adrian Guitierrez, at number seven, and Bronil Koochoie, at number 14. Campos is originally from Watsonville, while Guitierrez is from Livingston and Koochoie is from Turlock.

“The majority of the team is local talent,” Pulido explained.

And that talent gives back to area youth, through such events as the Turlock Express Soccer PRO-gram. The program brings children age 5 to 12 together with the soccer pros, to help learn how to become a better player.

“That's an experience for them,” Pulido said. “Most of the kids that are coming to this have seen them play.”

The next eight-week PRO-gram starts today, Pulido noted, with room still available for signups.

The Express (8-7) should have a leg up on Sacramento (1-13) this weekend. But Pulido expects a hard-fought contest as his team travels to the capitol.

“Hopefully we win,” Pulido said, “but every time we play Sacramento it's a good game.”

For more information, call 634-5181.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Forum Topics

Recent Forum Replies

  • Nick on Where to Get Apostille Services in Los Angeles? "Hello. Need to fly to Moldova but don't know how? This is not a problem . I recently flew there with a cool airline. I bought business class tickets at a very low price. I bought tickets here https://voyagu.com/destinations/business-class-flights-to-europe-moldova/ They have fast and safe service, which I really liked. I think I will always use it now."
  • paul on In what different materials do women’s activewear comes? "You may get a variety of fabrics for the best activewear for women online, including cotton, spandex, synthetic, bamboo fiber, and Gore-Tex. Each of these materials has distinctive properties that set them apart. Since polyester is incredibly light and comfortable to wear, we advise you to utilize it. Athletic clothing frequently uses polyester as a fabric. Shirts for activewear, sweatpants and jogging jackets usually contain polyester blends. Polyester often dries quickly, making it the perfect fabric for intense workouts."
  • PaulWatkins on How does a real estate agency work? "Hi Dans Andrew, I'm glad you have made the right decision because a real estate agency is a promising career. Real estate agency involves dealing with properties either for selling or purchasing. When a client comes to a real estate agency to sell a property, it is the estate agent's job to find a buyer. If the agent finds a buyer and closes the deal at a good price for both parties, the estate agent gets a 1% commission from both buyer and seller. This is how real estate agencies work, and estate agents earn."
  • dans on Where can we find the best kratom capsules? "Hi, sir, I don't know which state you live in because many states in the U.S. have prohibited the sale of the best kratom capsules, but you can still find them online. Many online pharmaceutical stores provide the best kratom capsules at affordable prices. You can look for such online stores on Google or even social media. The store will deliver the best kratom capsule to your home without charging the delivery charges."
  • dans on How to choose the right weight loss clinic? "A reputable weight loss clinic should preferably include counseling while being overseen by a doctor or other qualified medical expert. However, some weight-loss facilities allow clients to quickly obtain weight-loss medications and leave without providing a thorough medical history or seeking a physician's opinion. You should stay away from these types of locations because they're dangerous and probably won't result in long-term weight loss. Find a facility that focuses on the behavioral treatment or lifestyle counseling instead. They can provide you with the tools you need to make healthy decisions and advice on how to fit exercise into your daily schedule. Some of these tactics include keeping track of your meals and keeping a weekly workout log."
Skip to content