Terry Van der Beck had a goal and an assist as Team America scored two late goals to rally for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Sockers tonight at Jack Murphy Stadium.
The Sockers led, 1-0, at halftime on a penalty kick by Waad Hirmez at 17:21. Hermiz, who was fouled in the goal box by Jeff Durgan, angled his shot sharply to the right, away from goalkeeper Paul Hammond.
Team America tied at 77:24 on a 20-footer by Chico Borja, with Van der Beck assisting. Van der Beck scored at 84:33 on assists by Pedro DeBrito and Bruce Savage.
The Sockers, whose indoor team plays the final game of the MISL championship series Monday night against the Baltimore Blast, opened their NASL season tonight with a makeshift lineup of reserves and volunteers from the indoor team. San Diego's roster was further reduced when the mother of 17-year-old Rodrigo Castro did not arrive in time to sign his contract.
"It could have been worse," said Sockers Coach Ron Newman. "I really appreciated the guys volunteering for double duty."
The game was the third in four days for Team America (3-2), and is part of a two-week trip in which the team plays five times in 10 days.