SaberCats clinch playoff spot with Rush loss

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SaberCats clinch playoff spot with Rush loss

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The SaberCats announced today that they have clinched a berth in the Arena Football League playoffs thanks to their 55-31 win over the New Orleans VooDoo (8-8) last night and the loss by the Chicago Rush (9-7) this afternoon.
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We are happy to be in, but our goal here is to not just to make the playoffs, but to have an opportunity to win the big prize, said SaberCats Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. We still have a lot of work ahead of us and that starts with the preparation this week for the Iowa Barnstormers.This marks the first time that San Jose has clinched a playoff spot since the 2008 season, when the SaberCats reached the ArenaBowl, where they eventually lost to the Philadelphia Soul. Seeding has still yet to be determined, though San Jose currently holds tiebreakers over the Utah Blaze (11-5) and Arizona Rattlers (12-4) if necessary. If the postseason were to begin today, the SaberCats would open on the road against the first-seeded Central Division Champion San Antonio Talons (13-3).The SaberCats wrap up their 2012 regular season next Saturday as they host the Iowa Barnstormers (6-10) at 7:30 p.m. PT at HP Pavilion. The last time these two teams met was on April 28 in Des Moines, when San Jose dominated Iowa 76-33. San Jose is then scheduled with a bye in Week 20, before the postseason begins the following weekend.Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services.

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

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AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

AFL media services 

SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

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SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services