Aztecs Look for 3rd Soccer Win

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Valley News

The Los Angeles Aztecs close out their international season at 3 p.m. today at East Los Angeles College Stadium against Universidad of Mexico City.

Los Angeles has compiled a 2-1 record against first-division Mexican teams this season, beating Monterrey, 2-1 and Atlante, 1-0.

Club America handed the Aztecs their first loss last week, 2-1.

Los Angeles opens North American Soccer League play May 5 against Seattle at ELAC Stadium.

Universidad finished Mexican professional soccer league play last Sunday, compiling an over-all 12-9-13 record for fourth in the standings.

Universidad's midfield is strengthened by Antonio DeLaTorre. At 23 years of age. DeLaTorre is one of the youngest members of the Mexican national team.

Mexican international Leonardo Cuellar sparks the offense from his left wing position.

Universidad met Club America twice this season, recording a victory and a tie against the team which handed Los Angeles its first setback ever.

Tony Douglas has emerged as one of the most potent Aztec scorers after netting a goal and hitting the goal post against America last week.

His score with only six minutes remaining against America ignited an Aztec offensive surge which featured seven hard shots at America goalie Amador Palacios.

"Douglas has a tremendous shot," says Aztec coach Alex Perolli. "And it gets better every game.

"Douglas is capable of scoring anywhere from as far as 35 yards out."

Los Angeles managing general partner Dr. Jack Gregory terms the international series "an outstanding success which gave us immediate credibility."

"The series did as much as we hoped for," continued Gregory. "It could've worked against us, but we proved we can play outstanding, professional soccer and gave coach Perolli the opportunity to mold a team prior to the opening of league play."

Today's 12:30 p.m. preliminary game features Cal State University, Los Angeles and Santa Monica City College, two of the outstanding university soccer teams in Southern California.

AZTEC NOTES — The Aztecs are carrying 21 players. The roster will be cut to 18 by the May 4 NASL deadline. The Miami Toros of the NASL will play three exhibition games in Mexico during the next seven days.

The Boston Minutemen organization has been joined by Gino Cappelletti, the 1964 AFL MVP and its leading scorer in 1963-1966.

Aztec forward Iris DeBrito is listed number 14 among the all-time NASL top scorers. He has scored 28 goals... The Aztecs will feature "Aztec Shirt Day" at its May 5 NASL opener against Seattle... Largest advance ticket sale of the early season has been directed to May 12 when Kyle Rote Jr., the "Superstars Champion" and the Dallas Tornado meets the Aztecs.

Club America Coach Antonio Rocco on the Aztecs: "They are a very good team, a surprising one. They played a hard game against us. The game was a beautiful game. All three scores were solid goals". . . Rocco on Universidad: "They don't have our technique. They are a very rugged, aggressive team"... Perolli is recovering from a leg injury incurred when he was hit
by a ball during an Aztec training session.