As the free agency period ended on Wednesday, the San Diego Sockers added one more offensive weapon to their squad as they picked up Christian Segura, a forward formerly of the Soles de Sonora.
They also made a move to resign stalwart defender Cesar Cerda to a multi-year deal.
Segura is a four-year veteran of the MASL and has spent three of those years with Sonora and one with the Las Vegas Legend, compiling 92 points (67 goals, 25 assists) in only 67 career games. He is a threatening presence in the offensive zone and will pair nicely with Kraig Chiles and recent signee Taylor Bond. His previous year saw him pick up 31 points by scoring 22 goals and netting nine assists.
Cerda was acquired as a free agent from Las Vegas and was one of the reasons San Diego was one of the top defensive teams in the league last year.
While he only had 13 points on six goals and seven assists, he was a fixture on a defense that allowed only 82 goals all season. General Manager Sean Bowers stated that “Keeping Cesar was an important part of our plan…having a solid and steady defender like Cerda will help to keep our backline unit as one of the best in the league.”
However, it is not guaranteed that Segura will be a starter coming into the season because the team carries multiple offensive weapons with them, as the aforementioned Chiles and Bond will be getting playing time, as well as Matt Clare. While they have lost Anthony Medina to retirement and Luan Oliviera to free agency, a team is only allowed to dress a maximum of 15 players.
It is going to be an interesting training camp to say the very least, but Bowers is not concerned, saying that, “Training camp will be very competitive with all of the tremendous talent we have and that is a good thing when challenging for a championship.” The team will have some decisions to make, but the sheer amount of talent is never a bad problem for a team to have.