Albuquerque Sol FC https://www.abqsolfc.com New Mexico Mon, 01 Apr 2019 22:43:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.18 https://www.abqsolfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-Soccer-Ball-256x256-32x32.png Albuquerque Sol FC https://www.abqsolfc.com 32 32 Albuquerque Sol Announces New Corporate Partners https://www.abqsolfc.com/whats-going-on/albuquerque-sol-announces-new-corporate-partners/ https://www.abqsolfc.com/whats-going-on/albuquerque-sol-announces-new-corporate-partners/#comments Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:08:25 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=3020 The Albuquerque Sol announces two new corporate sponsors for the 2018 season, Baillios and Wyndam Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque Sol Announces New Corporate Partners

The soccer club continues to add new corporate partners that share its community values
ALBUQUERQUE- The Albuquerque Sol announced this week it has forged new corporate
relationships with two prominent Albuquerque area businesses. The team is proud to partner
with electronics, appliance, and mattress giant Baillio’s and business and leisure hotel
Wyndham Albuquerque.

“I’m so proud of the commitment from our fans, volunteers, and the local business
community,” Sol GM and Interim President Larry Espinoza said. “The Sol is continuing its rapid
rise in the Albuquerque community. We appreciate the support on the field and in the community
and we are always happy to add established business leaders to our supporter list.”
The Sol recently started its fifth season in the Premier Development League. The club is a rising
star in the Albuquerque area. This season the club is easily eclipsing previous year’s ticket sales
and corporate sponsors.

Baillio’s corporate vision and commitment to community development harmonize well with the
Sol’s value to unite and elevate the Albuquerque area. Baillio’s is a proud New Mexican
business renowned for its large selections, customer service, and low prices.
“The Albuquerque Sol is committed to fielding a quality team while at the same time supporting
our local community,” Owner Jeff Baillio said. “Baillio’s is proud to join them in their efforts.”

Wyndham Albuquerque boast numerous local amenities including its Altitude sports bar
complete with regional flavor and spirits. Wyndham also houses the ABQ Surf n’ Slide, the
state’s only indoor waterpark. Wyndham Albuquerque is also a leading location for business
conferences and social events.

“We are so excited to partner with an association that brings family, culture, and positivity to
our city,” Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel & Conference Center Director of Sales and Marketing
Clarissa Baca said. “The Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel & Conference Center is delighted to host
all of our out of state teams and looking forward to showing them just how hospitable
Albuquerque can be!”

You can find the full list of all of the Sol’s corporate partners on the team’s website.

The Sol compete in the Premier Development League, the fourth tier of American professional
soccer. The PDL is part of the United Soccer Leagues. The USL also operates the Division II USL,
the newly-announced Division III league, and Super Y League. The PDL has served as the proven
stepping-stone for aspiring professionals.

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New Season, New Kits & New Kit Partner https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/new-season-new-kits-new-kit-partner/ Sun, 13 May 2018 01:00:32 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2976 As the Sol kick off the 2018 season, a lot of folks have been asking what the new kits will look like. Well the wait is over and you can now

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As the Sol kick off the 2018 season, a lot of folks have been asking what the new kits will look like. Well the wait is over and you can now see, and order, the new 2018 kit. Join the Sol on Tuesday night May 15thblack jersey_MB red jersey_MB

Come and meet some of the 2018 Albuquerque Sol players and pick up your season tickets while enjoying drink specials and prize giveaways all night. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!

ORDER YOUR KIT NOW! 

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Executive Leadership Changes at Sol FC https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/executive-leadership-changes-sol-fc/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:04:19 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2960 Albuquerque Sol Announces Executive Leadership Changes; Ron Patel Stepping Down as President General Manager to Assume Duties As Club Hits Fifth Anniversary ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Albuquerque Sol FC announced that Ron

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Albuquerque Sol Announces Executive Leadership Changes; Ron Patel Stepping Down as President
General Manager to Assume Duties As Club Hits Fifth Anniversary

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Patel speaking about the growth of the Sol

ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Albuquerque Sol FC announced that Ron Patel is stepping down from his position as President effective immediately. Patel served in this position since 2014, co-founding the club with current General Manager Larry Espinoza. Patel has announced that he will refocus his efforts on a “Soon to be Announced” new project in New Mexico.

“I’m so proud of what our team has built both on and off the pitch,” said Patel. “The organization has never been more strong in the community and the fan base has been incredibly supportive of the club over the last four years. It feels like the club has hit its ‘Tipping Point.’” With Patel’s leadership, participation and engagement from the Sol’s fan base has seen dramatic increases, along with great memories from the players, staff and, most importantly, the fans.

“The time is right for me to move on,” Patel said, “I’m confident that the Sol is in great hands with the operating team assembled.” Patel says he has an opportunity to finally enjoy the games as a fan, rather than working them.

Over the last few years, with Patel’s leadership with the Albuquerque Sol has accomplished:

  • ●  Incremental attendance growth each year
  • ●  The largest game in Club history included 2,000+ spectators for its largest statewide televised game.
  • ●  Huge season ticket membership growth in 2017, and projecting to grow again even more in 2018 over 2017
  • ●  Community partnerships that have grown year over year
  • ●  UNITING and ELEVATING the community through the world’s beautiful game, Futbol! (Soccer)

    The team has also made an impact on economic development by creating jobs for workers at each sporting and community event. The club also conducted a feasibility study on a soccer stadium in Albuquerque, further growing the Sol’s mission of a soccer culture in the city.

    Larry Espinoza, General Manager of the Sol, will assume duties left behind by Patel, as the Interim President of the club.

    “Ron and I have been a great team these past four years,” said Espinoza. “I’m proud of what we have built and am excited to see what lies ahead for Ron. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be good for the community.”

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Patel and Espinoza, the Sol’s “1-2 Punch” since 2013!

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Sombra Cosmetics Backs the Sol Soccer Team https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/sombra-cosmetics-backs-sol-soccer-team/ https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/sombra-cosmetics-backs-sol-soccer-team/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:36:08 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2896 Albuquerque, NM – Sombra Cosmetics announced that it will sponsor the Albuquerque Sol Football Club in its upcoming season. As part of the agreement, Sombra will provide team members and

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Albuquerque, NM – Sombra Cosmetics announced that it will sponsor the Albuquerque Sol Football Club in its upcoming season. As part of the agreement, Sombra will provide team members and fans with free Sore No More Natural Pain Relieving Gel samples to reduce joint and muscle pain.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with an Albuquerque institution that stands for athletic prowess, physical health and friendly competition. Sore No More Natural Pain Relieving Gels will help team members and fans engage in physical and daily activities more easily,” explained Dan Sandweiss, Sombra’s COO. More information can be found at:http://SoreNoMoreUSA.com/WeLoveAlbuquerqueSoccer

Sombra makes it a point to promote a healthier city and state. Some of its other beneficiaries include UNM Lobo Athletics, New Mexico Senior Games, IRF World Senior Racquetball Championships, Jackson/Wink MMA Training Academy and Duke City Marathon.

Sombra Cosmetics, Inc., a New Mexico-based manufacturer of natural pain relief products for the professional and consumer markets, has been manufacturing in Albuquerque for 38 years. It distributes its own and private label products worldwide.

For more information, contact Dan Sandweiss, Dan@sombraUSA.com.

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Sol FC Double Down on Keeping Dollars Local https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/sol-fc-double-keeping-dollars-local/ Sun, 08 Apr 2018 23:13:18 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2873 Larry Espinoza, General Manager of Albuquerque Sol FC, loves soccer, but his team has always been committed to being more. “We’re a community building organization, under the guise of a soccer

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Larry Espinoza, General Manager of Albuquerque Sol FC, loves soccer, but his team has always been committed to being more. “We’re a community building organization, under the guise of a soccer team,” Espinoza often says.

This week, he unveiled the newest iteration of the Sol’s commitment to central New Mexico: HoldMyTicket, an ABQ based ticketing company, will be the Sol’s official ticketing partner for the 2018 season.

Individual game tickets are now available for sale online!

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“Even though there are other ticketing companies out of state that are more focused on soccer and sports franchises, we have chosen to partner with a local ticketing company as we truly value the power of keeping our dollars local,” said Espinoza.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with the Sol. Albuquerque Sol FC is truly committed to bringing the best soccer possible to New Mexico, and we are happy to be a part of that,” said Wes Eding, CEO of HoldMyTicket.

Martha Hargrove, President of KeepitQuerque, intimately understands the importance of partnerships like this. “When you spend your money locally, 48% of it stays in Albuquerque, compared to just 15% at a chain.  AND independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than their chain competitors.” Hargrove continued, “Growing Albuquerque’s economy starts with the ‘Buy Local’ effort and the multiplier effect starts with just one person and one dollar that is spent locally!  Every effort to work together and spend here in Albuquerque benefits all of us. Keep It Querque advocates on behalf of all local business owners to support our neighbors, create jobs, and keep more money in New Mexico.”

Although it is a huge victory for local business, this partnership with HoldMyTicket is not the first of its kind. The Sol recently eschewed out-of- state vendors, in favor of a local one.

“In the offseason, we switched ticketing for our B2B events to locally owned and operated ‘AddMi’ and we’ve been thrilled with their technology and the fact that we are supporting local business!” Said Espinoza.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with Albuquerque Sol FC. Albuquerque Sol offers a glitter of hope that maybe someday we will have a pro soccer team here in Albuquerque,” said Andy Lim , CEO of AddMi. “I truly believe that our community will tremendously benefit from the rise of soccer!”

The Sol kick off their 2018 season on May 5th at St Pius X High School in an friendly match against Colorado Rush. The PDL League campaign starts on the road May 12th, in Tucson, AZ against their arch rival, FC Tucson. The first home PDL league match will be Thursday, May 24th against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks U-23’s.

Tickets are now available for all home matches at HoldMyTicket.com.

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UnitedHealthcare Supports Albuquerque Sol FC https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/unitedhealthcare-partners-albuquerque-sol-fc/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:08:44 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2864 Sol FC and UnitedHealthcare to Host Free Community Soccer Camps Throughout New Mexico during 2018 Season (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) Albuquerque Sol FC and UnitedHealthcare will host free community soccer camps throughout

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Sol FC and UnitedHealthcare to Host Free Community Soccer Camps Throughout New Mexico during 2018 Season

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) Albuquerque Sol FC and UnitedHealthcare will host free community soccer camps throughout New Mexico from April to July 2018.

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The camps will take place in locations around New Mexico and more information will be released as it becomes available. Sol FC staff and players will run the exercises and drills at each community camp.

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Albuquerque Sol FC and bring the joy of soccer and physical fitness to our communities,” said Chuck Milligan, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Mexico.

People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. All attendees will receive their own free t-shirt if they attend the camp.

“UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to the health and well-being of all New Mexicans is clear. Their collaborative and innovative approach to improving lives aligns perfectly with the Sol’s commitment to Unite & Elevate,” said Ron Patel, President and Owner of Albuquerque Sol FC.

Albuquerque Sol FC is uniting and elevating New Mexico through the world’s most popular and beloved sport: Soccer. Visit www.www.abqsolfc.com for more information.

The PDL is the top developmental men’s league in North America and features 76 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.

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Season Ticket Memberships Are Still Available https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/season-ticket-memberships-still-available/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:29:51 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2840 If you are yet to have purchased your 2018 season tickets for Sol FC, great news… there’s still time! This year’s squad, led by new head coach Justin Sells, looks

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If you are yet to have purchased your 2018 season tickets for Sol FC, great news… there’s still time! This year’s squad, led by new head coach Justin Sells, looks to make 2018 the best season ever. Join our Season Ticket Membership program for as low as $7.99 per month!

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Join the excitement of Albuquerque Sol FC Soccer this summer!

Each season ticket membership includes:

  • Ticket to all home matches in the 2018 season
  • A 2018 Limited Edition Sol FC Scarf
  • Metal Sol FC membership card that gives you discounts & deals at Sol Partners around town

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Starting at Only $7.99/month

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$7.99/mo or $75 Annually

 

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(2 Adults & Up to 4 Kids!)

$15/mo or $169 Annually

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Rise & Shine Movie w/ Jay DeMerit & the Sol! https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/rise-shine-w-jay-demerit-sol/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:25:43 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2832 Join us for a fun night out watching a soccer movie about an American legend, Jay DeMerit! And, get to meet him too as he will be answering questions, live

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Join us for a fun night out watching a soccer movie about an American legend, Jay DeMerit! And, get to meet him too as he will be answering questions, live in front of the audience, after the movie airs.

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Rise & Shine is the 21st century’s quintessential American narrative, a rags-to-riches tale about a teenager from Wisconsin who, with a bit of luck and a lot perseverance, realized his dream of playing professional football in Europe. Tutulugdzija, a former team-mate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Lewis meticulously trace Jay DeMerit’s career from an undrafted college graduate to the captain of Watford and a regular in the national team set-up. Interviews with the protagonist, his family, his English “family”, childhood friends, team-mates, coaches, and fans, reveal that DeMerit’s breakthrough was never a question of if he could cut it at the top level but when he would be given the opportunity to prove himself. Success was never guaranteed, but when the opportunities finally arrived DeMerit unequivocally seized the moments

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U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union Partners w/ Sol FC https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/u-s-eagle-federal-credit-union-partners-w-sol-fc/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:28:33 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2828 U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union Partners w/ Sol FC State’s Oldest Credit Union Notes ‘Investing in The Community’ As Motivation For Supporting Local Sports Franchise Albuquerque, New Mexico: Albuquerque Sol

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U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union Partners w/ Sol FC

State’s Oldest Credit Union Notes ‘Investing in The Community’ As Motivation For Supporting Local Sports Franchise

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Albuquerque, New Mexico: Albuquerque Sol FC have announced a partnership agreement with U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union, for the 2018 season.

As part of the partnership, U.S. Eagle will partner with the Sol on numerous events throughout 2018 as well as being the marquee partner for the June 28th match against the Colorado Rapids U-23’s.

“U.S. Eagle is excited to partner with ABQ Sol, Albuquerque’s Premier Development League football club. ABQ Sol’s mission is to unite and elevate New Mexico and that message resonates with U.S. Eagle. We want to see our state grow and thrive, and sponsoring ABQ Sol is one way we invest in and support our community,” said Danielle Silva, Community Engagement Specialist for U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union. “ABQ Sol enriches our community by bringing people together over the game of soccer. They provide a unique experience for their fans, and we are fans of people in Albuquerque coming together to cheer on ABQ Sol! It was an easy decision to join the movement.”

As in past partnerships, Albuquerque Sol FC President Ron Patel has joined with an organization that sees the importance of a truly united New Mexico.

“Soccer is beautiful, without a doubt, but perhaps something more beautiful is the sight and sound of thousands of New Mexicans, from myriad backgrounds, cheering on their team,” said Patel, “U.S. Eagle has been, and will continue to be a foundational piece in building a better New Mexico for all. We are beyond proud to welcome them to the Sol Family.”

About Albuquerque Sol FC

Albuquerque Sol FC is uniting and elevating New Mexico through the world’s most popular and beloved sport: Soccer. Visit www.www.abqsolfc.com for more information.

About the PDL

The PDL is the top developmental men’s league in North America and features 76 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. IThe PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.

About U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union

U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union is the state’s oldest credit union. Founded in 1935, U.S. Eagle offers a full suite of financial products and services and has nine locations in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Farmington, and Santa Fe. With assets of more than $950 million and more than 80,000 members, U.S. Eagle is where everyone belongs. Please visit www.useagle.org.

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If I Had a Vote https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/if-i-had-a-vote/ https://www.abqsolfc.com/uncategorized/if-i-had-a-vote/#comments Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:28:57 +0000 http://www.abqsolfc.com/?p=2822 If I Had a Vote… By Ron Patel Before yesterday, if I had a vote in the US Soccer Presidential election, I would have had no idea who to vote

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If I Had a Vote…

By Ron Patel

Before yesterday, if I had a vote in the US Soccer Presidential election, I would have had no idea who to vote for. There are 8 different candidates running in the largest, most high profile election for the office of US Soccer President. I’ve only met one of the candidates before and that was Eric Wynalda. Eric had a great national radio show on Sirius XM FC for a while, which I loved listening to, and I met him at the national soccer coach’s convention 2 years ago. He seems like a great guy, but other than that, I knew hardly anything about any of the 8 candidates.

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When I met Wynalda in Philadelphia 2 years ago

I received an email at the beginning of the week asking me to come to Starr Brothers Brewing on Friday afternoon. Starr Brothers is an iconic soccer bar/brewery here in my great town, Albuquerque, NM and I was invited to attend a special event.

Eric Wynalda was going to be in town and he wanted to meet with local folks involved with soccer. I have to admit, my first reaction was almost to roll my eyes, “Here comes a campaigner looking for a vote!” I thought to myself. Boy was I wrong.. and shame on me!

After arriving and ordering a beer, I pondered a few things: 1. No other candidate had come to New Mexico during this campaign season. 2. It’s actually pretty great that someone was coming to spend some time with us in a state that most people overlook with anything. 3. What the heck was he doing in New Mexico? (Especially 8 days before the election, when he should be out garnering the votes with bigger influence on the election)

I mean, the election was happening in 8 days and he was spending an afternoon in New Mexico. Our state accounts for a mere 8 out of over 500 votes that count for this election. He arrived with his campaign manager and we began to chat about youth soccer. Next thing you know, we were deep in conversation about the game and the many different issues facing youth soccer and the game as a whole.

I expected some “Programming” of sorts or him making a big speech as to why the New Mexico vote should sway to him. None of this ever happened. He was there to interact with people like him, folks who loved the game and wanted to see it grow.

A group of about 8-10 of us shared stories about the game of soccer, our experiences with the youth game, amateur soccer and Eric & others traded stories of life in pro soccer. Eric’s phone kept buzzing while we were there but I didn’t think much of it whilst it was going on and continued to enjoy the evening.

Wynalda wearing the new ABQ Sol FC Scarf at Starr Brothers
Wynalda wearing the new ABQ Sol FC Scarf at Starr Brothers

The most touching story that Eric shared the entire night was of when he played in a game against Jamaica in the late 90’s in Southern California. He told us of a boy who had been battling cancer and was brought out to the game because, in his words, “Eric Wynalda was my favorite player!”

Eric walked down the tunnel to approach the field for warm ups that night. He knew the boy was there and Eric explained how nervous he was just walking down the tunnel knowing he was going to meet him. The boy had made a bracelet for him to wear during the game so of course, he wore it. Late in the game, a penalty was called and Wynalda stepped up to the spot to take the penalty kick. He moved the bracelet from his arm to his leg and he struck the penalty kick into the back of the net, winning the game 1-0. In his celebration, he found the young boy in the stands and pointed to him during the celebration of the goal and celebrated in unison with the boy.

Wynalda told us of the feelings he felt from that game and how he had stayed in touch with the boy over the years. Later, the boy would tell Eric that the rush of energy that he felt from the goal that night energized him and motivated him to carry on. That little boy fought cancer and beat it. Then, came the bombshell Eric was to drop on us….

The young boy was from California but now lived in New Mexico. Not only did he live in New Mexico, but he was on his way down to Starr Brothers to meet us all for a bite to eat! (The reason is phone kept on buzzing was because they were texting each other) Eric’s face lit up with joy when he told us that he was going to see the boy for the first time in ten years and almost on queue, the door flew open at the front of the brewery, and there he was.

Eric ran over to the door to greet his old friend and they embraced each other with a big hug. The now, 36 year old man, introduced Eric to his wife and their 6 month old son. Then, in perhaps the greatest part of it all, Eric’s campaign manager walked over to take a picture of the moment and Wynalda simply raised his hand to cover the camera, denying the attempt for the photo opportunity.

It was in this moment that I saw the true character of Eric Wynalda. A guy that was 8 days away from an election that he absolutely wants to win was gifted with a golden opportunity to add some sparkle to his campaign. He wanted nothing to do with it…

He had no interest in a Public Relations moment. He was in Albuquerque, New Mexico sitting around a table doing what he loves to do. Wynalda was with the people, trading stories about coaching, talking about growing the beautiful game from the grass roots level and spending time with an old friend. An old friend who had inspired him for decades and whose life may be owed to the spirit and soul of #11 on the US National Team 20 years ago.

I don’t participate in much politics, certainly not in soccer politics, but if I had a vote, I know who I would want leading soccer in this country: A selfless, passionate disciple of the beautiful game. Thank you Eric, as I saw your true colors last night and it was wonderful and refreshing. Thank you for inspiring me to write this. I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming election.

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