Aztecs Seek Return To Familiar Ground

Glenn Parsons
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Pasedena Star-News

After picking up the one and only loss of their young history, the Los Angeles Aztecs will attempt to retain their more familiar winning ways when they host the Club Universidad of Mexico City today at 3 in the East L.A. Stadium.

With victories against two of the top professional soccer teams in Mexico, Monterrey and Atlante, in the first two games of the club's short history, the Aztecs suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Club America, one of the richest pro teams in the world, before 14,200 fans last Sunday.

Today's contest will round out the all-international preseason for the Aztecs, who open North American Soccer League action by hosting the Seattle Sounders May 5.

While the Aztecs have recorded a 2-1 record thus far, Universidad finished Mexican pro soccer league play last Sunday with a 12-9-13 record and fourth place.

Although Montebello's Jerry Kazarian has scored two of the Aztec's four goals this season, midfieldman Tony Douglas has emerged as one of the more potent Los Angeles scorers after
picking up his team's only goal last Sunday.

His score with only six minutes remaining ignited an Aztec offensive surge which featured seven hard shots, including another Douglas effort which bounded off the cross bar, in the closing minutes of play.

"Douglas has a tremendous shot," commented Aztec coach Alex Perolli, "and it gets better every game. Douglas is capable of scoring anywhere from as far away as 35 yards out."

This week's preliminary contest, set for 12:30 p.m., will feature soccer clubs from Cal State Los Angeles and Santa Monica City College.