The MSL's St. Louis Storm successfully defended its Zurich New Year's Indoor Soccer Tournament championship Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Czechoslovakia's Slavia Prague in the final game.
The Storm finished round-robin play with a 4-1 record, its only loss coming to the same Prague team it defeated in the title game.
The Storm was a bit surprised to find two former Major Soccer League players on opposing teams. Erik Rasmussen (in the MSL from 1984-89) now plays for Copenhagen Brondby IF, and Michael Collins (1981-91) is trying out with Grasshopper-Zurich. Collins played for the Sockers last season.
The tournament's championship game will be televised by the Univision cable network Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. (PST).
San Diego State, which upset USC earlier this season, will try to make it two for two against Pacific 10 teams tonight when the Aztecs play host to UCLA at 7:30 p.m. at Peterson Gym.
Tonight's nonconference game also features two All-American candidates in Kieishsha Garnes (averaging 20 points and 7.8 rebounds per game) and the Bruins' Rehema Stephens (19.8-point average). SDSU is 6-3, UCLA 5-3.