Chivas game draws thousands to the Sun Bowl
POSTED: Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 9:23pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:40am
EL PASO (KTSM) — Despite the threat of bad weather, 15,171 thousand headed to the Sun Bowl, which holds 51,500, for a chance to watch world class soccer.
The Chivas played against Brazilian squad Cruzeiro.
In the end, Cruzeiro came out on top winning 2-0.
Despite the loss, fans there were excited, especially knowing that the game could make or break Major League Soccer here in the Sun City.
“This is awesome, we have got to be supportive,” said Abraham Gomez.
It was a sea of Chivas jerseys in the stadium as fans, young and old, turned out to support their team.
“This is the first time my son has ever been to a Chivas game,” said Jaine Lopez. “We are really excited to see them because they are from Guadalajara."
And they weren't alone, fans said they were ecstatic to watch a professional soccer match in El Paso.
“I think this is exciting. There is really nothing else to do in El Paso and this is great,” said Aida Salcedo.
This exhibition means much more than just watching your team win or lose.
Mountainstar Sports Group -- the owners of the El Paso Chihuahuas -- were hoping for a big turnout Sunday.
That's because officials with Major League Soccer were watching to see if there is enough soccer enthusiasm in El Paso to possibly give the Sun City its own franchise.
“Hopefully we have a great turn out to show El Paso that we can support it,” said Robert Cornali.
“Aside from football, soccer is a huge sport here in the Borderland, especially and in the U.S. as well," said Melissa Lopez.
So with all soccer eyes on the game, people get to enjoy a chance to watch professional players, and for fans, hopefully Sunday means more soccer here in El Paso in the future.
“If you want something big, this is it” said Gomez.