Soccer News: The Anaheim Bolts Announce Their First Player Signing, Famed Indoor Soccer Veteran, Paul Wright
Coach Bernie Lilavois, Paul Wright and General Manager Alex Monnar
Indoor Soccer Veteran and Champion Paul Wright Signs with the Anaheim Bolts. Leaves PASL Championship team, the San Diego Sockers, To Help Build New Team
The Anaheim Bolts Professional Indoor Soccer Club have signed perhaps the most talented and experienced player in arena soccer. If one was to start a professional indoor team, one would need experienced management and a veteran player who could help build a powerful team, and hopefully one that would inspire fans to buy tickets to games.
Bernie Lilavois, Anaheim Bolts' Managing Partner and Head Coach has accomplished these two important steps by signing Paul Wright as his first major indoor soccer player and by bringing on board soccer veteran Alex Monnar as his General Manager.
“Paul is a very talented, skilled, and more importantly, experienced indoor player,” said Lilavois. “We are thrilled to welcome Wright to the Anaheim Bolts. His resume on the field speaks for itself, but it will be his leadership that will help drive this club to the top.”
“I am excited to join the Anaheim Bolts, as well as looking forward to being a part of a new, winning franchise,” said Wright. “Anaheim is a special place, I have a lot of fond memories of this area and I am anxious to help build this team into a championship caliber club. I have six championships in my career and am looking forward to lucky number seven.”
A former MLS player (Kansas City Wizards), Wright was born in 1969 in London, England and began his career with the San Diego Nomads and has led the Professional Arena Soccer League in scoring.
Wright will be entering his 23rd season as a professional indoor soccer player. He is a decorated indoor veteran who has accumulated over 380 goals in his career as a forward and is a master trainer, having launched his own speed and agility training company, Speed to Burn. Wright has spent the last two seasons playing for the San Diego Sockers, and helping train their younger players.
Owner and Coach of the Sockers, Phil Salvagio attended the press conference announcing Wright joining the Bolts and said, “As a coach, I am upset that Paul is leaving the Sockers, as a member of the PASL League, I am pleased to see this new franchise take off and indoor soccer continue to grow. As a long time and close friend of Paul’s, I am thrilled for him to have this opportunity and am happy for him.”
Wright believes that those players he helped train at the San Diego Sockers are ready to step up and will enjoy the additional playing time his leaving will offer. “This is a great time for the young guys on the Sockers to get their due. They will do great,” said Wright about his former teammates, many of whom still train with him on a regular basis.
Phil Salvagio and Bernie Lilavois show off their Championship rings
According to Wright, his departure from the Sockers was amicable and it is clear that everyone appreciates and supports this opportunity. Wright said “I am ready for another challenge and look forward to playing for 3 or 4 more years. I want to finish out my career with a big success.” A new team emerging in Orange Country is great for the PASL and the fans as it creates an instant rivalry. As Wright said, “A lot of good can come out of this rivalry.”
General Manager Monnar said, "Competition in soccer is important and the Anaheim Bolts look forward to creating a strong rivalry with San Diego. Wright is an exceptionally talented soccer player and a great leader. I am thrilled he has joined us at the Bolts." Monnar was instrumental in convincing Paul Wright to come out of retirement years ago and to start playing again. Wright said, “I was hestitant to come out and only wanted to start playing again if I could play soccer at a very high level. Alex showed me it was possible. Now we are going to build a great team together."
The question everyone is asking is whether or not the Anaheim Bolts will be able to go up against the two time PASL Championship Sockers and compete successfully. Signing a strong player such as Paul Wright is a definite sign that the Anaheim Bolts are determined to succeed and want to put a quality soccer product out. And it is clear that regardless of which PASL team wins, the fans clearly will win with great soccer growing stronger every day in Southern California.
The Bolts are entering their inaugural season of professional indoor soccer which will begin this coming October of 2011. For more information regarding the Anaheim Bolts please call the Bolts Front Office at (714) 937-2055
Alex Monnar, Paul Wright and Coach Bernie Lilavois in front of the Anaheim Stadium
Af few weeks ago, the Anaheim Bolts had an inaugural press conference. Below is a video of the event.
Anaheim Bolts Interview From First Press Conference