Bay Area Rosal Fortify Region
The Professional Arena Soccer today announced it has granted an expansion team to the Bay Area Rosal for the 2013-14 season.
The team will play its home games at Cabernet Sports in Livermore, California.
The Rosal name comes from owner Chris Rockenbaugh, who has owned Rosal Auto Recyclers and Tow since 1998. Rosal is a full service recycler that sells quality used parts as well as recycling all metals out of each vehicle. Chris founded an indoor soccer team that played in Concord. The team moved from Concord to Hotshots in Livermore in 2001. In the fall of 2001 the team moved to Bladium Sports in Alameda and had remained there until now. Rosal established a winning tradition in the indoor world at Bladium. In 2006 Rosal joined the California Premier Soccer Association where they reached the championship game three times winning once in the finals. Rosal joined the PASL for two seasons in 2007-2009 and then sat out until the Winter season of 2012 where they captured the National Championship in San Diego in March of 2013. Rosal finished this PASL-Premier summer season as league runners-up.
"It's been a long climb from amateur, to semi-pro, to professional," said Rockenbaugh, "but we're very excited to compete at the highest level."
Arena soccer veteran Luis Orellana will serve as Director of Operations. Luis played professionally indoors for the Sacramento Knights. Additionally, Luis played for Club Victoria in Honduras, the Hawaii Tsunami in the USL, the SF Seals in the USL A League, and four seasons for the Chico Rooks in the USL D3 where he was National player of the year in 1998 and 1999. He holds the USL record for most goals in a season with 34. He is the all time leading scorer for the Chico Rooks with 86 goals. On the world stage he played for the Nicaraguan National team in the World Cup qualifiers for France 98. He is currently the Director Of Sports at Cabernet Sports.
Former goalkeeper Mario Astorga, who was Orellana's roomate with the Knights, will continue in his role as Rosal Head Coach. In 1993 Mario won the United States Open Cup championship with CD Mexico and was sent to the Mexican first division to play for UAT Correcaminos. During that same year Astorga signed with the CISL Knights and became a permanent back up behind what many consider one of the greatest indoor keepers of all time, Mike Dowler.
The Rosal will enjoy regional rivalries with the Turlock Express and Sacramento Surge.
"We welcome Chris and Rosal to the PASL," said PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken. "There has been some great competition in the PASL-Premier in that region that has carried over into the PASL."