El Paso sports fans ready to welcome soccer

El Paso News

The El Paso Chihuahuas played against its parent club, the San Diego Padres, on Monday at Southwest University Park in Downtown El Paso.

When asked, many fans said they would support the as-yet-unnamed United Soccer League soccer team.which is scheduled to start playing at the Downtown ballpark in 2019.

“I think there will absolutely be some crossover. I think one of the cool things, however, is that we’re going to attract new fans who have a particular interest in soccer,” said Alan Ledford, president of MountainStar Sports Group.

“There’s a lot of El Paso fans who are fans of the soccer team from Juarez,” said John Lorett, a Chihuahuas fan.

His fiancé, Kayla VanAuken, isn’t a soccer fan but thinks another team will be good for the community.

“I love baseball to be honest,” she said.

Meanwhile, Alberto Rivera brought his son to Monday’s exhibition game. He said he would, “come to both games. Everything I support: sports-oriented, family-oriented, we’re in.”

Irma Martinez was celebrating her father’s birthday at the ballpark and said her dad is excited about the new soccer team.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said, “nd my father is an avid sportsman. He’s already told us. “

The Chihuahuas season starts next week, but the first home game is scheduled on April 10.


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