Albuquerque Sol FC

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Albuquerque Sol FC
Full name Albuquerque Sol Football Club
Founded 2013
Ground Ben Rios Field
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ground Capacity 1,500
President Ron Patel
General Manager Larry Espinoza
Coach Matt Gordon
League USL PDL
2014 3rd, Mountain Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

Albuquerque Sol FC is an American soccer club based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 2013, the team joined the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, in 2014.[1]

Inaugural Season[edit]

On May 3, 2014, Albuquerque Sol F.C. opened its season on the road against the Las Vegas Mobsters in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Sol lost its first ever game 1–0.[2] The following week, they traveled to Highlands Ranch, Colorado for a two-match series against the Real Colorado Foxes. The first match resulted in a scoreless draw, but the second match featured the Sol's first ever goal (a tally from Ricardo Perez in the 60th minute) and first ever win, a 2–1 victory over the Foxes on Saturday, May 10.[3][4] The Sol opened their home slate at Ben Rios Field on May 24, 2014 against the Midland/Odessa Sockers, a 1–2 loss before a crowd of 1,318.[5] The 2014 edition of the Sol were competitive, obtaining a result in nine of their fourteen matches, but they were only able to secure 15 points and finished outside the USL PDL Mountain Division playoffs.


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2014 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mountain Did not qualify Did not qualify

Club Culture[edit]


Albuquerque Sol FC's official supporters group is the Sol Mates. In addition to the Sol Mates, there is an unofficial supporters group, the Sandianistas, which formed shortly after the club's inception in late 2013. The supporters sit in the west end of Ben Rios Field for all home matches.


The Sol compete with FC Tucson in the Southwestern Showdown, an annual series for the right to hold the "Golden Rattler" trophy for the following year.[6]

Current roster[edit]

As of April 25, 2014[7]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
00 United States GK Victor Rodriguez
United States Ben Barkoff
2 United States DF Travis Campbell
3 United States DF Fabian Carbajal
United States Felipe Galvis Delgado
19 United States MF Sean Deller
United States Josh Dye
United States Elliott Farmer
United States Ricardo Velasco
United States Jacob Gandarilla
20 United States MF Seth Gordon
United States Jamie Hernandez
7 United States DF Aaron Kloer
11 United States FW Luke Lawrence
9 United States MF Zach Lawrence
United States Travis Campbell
17 United States FW Isaiah Madrid
United States Deven Mason
United States Josh Goss
8 United States MF Darren Mcafee
No. Position Player
United States Nick Miele
10 United States MF Nico Muniz
United States Nathaniel Pacheco
12 United States DF Nick Pena
13 United States DF Melchor Quezada
21 United States MF Lawrence Robledo
United States Kevin Schaffer
23 United States DF Jason Velasquez
United States Julio Velasquez
18 United States DF Kyle Wood
United States Ben Bramman
United States Lucas Champenois
United States Chris Gurule
United States Ricardo Perez
United States Ivan Ramirez
22 United States MF James Urbany
United States Bryan Windsor
United States Alex Bramman
Costa Rica Adrian Mora-Delgado
Spain Joaquin Serrano

Retired Numbers[edit]

At halftime of the Sol's home finale on July 12, 2014, the club retired its #4 jersey in commemoration of Grange's impact on local soccer as well as to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease which claimed Grange's life in 2012.

Head coaches[edit]

  • England Chris Cartlidge (2014)
  • England Matt Gordon (2015–present)

External links[edit]