Albuquerque Sol FC

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Albuquerque Sol FC
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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-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2014 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mountain Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mountain First Round Did not qualify

Club Culture[edit]

Supporters[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.

Rivalries[edit]

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] Starting in 2015, Albuquerque will also compete with FC Tucson and Las Vegas Mobsters for the Copa Frontera, a supporter-created trophy for clubs in the PDL Mountain Division with active supporter cultures.

Current roster[edit]

As of May 29, 2015[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
France GK Lucas Champenois
United States GK James Bannon-Schneebeck
Spain DF Nestor Aguilar
United States DF Travis Campbell
United States DF Fabian Carbajal
Brazil DF Yuri Dominciano
United States DF Jacob Gandarilla
United States DF Deven Mason
United States DF Enda O'Neill
United States DF Giovanni Rollie
Spain DF Carlos Sendin
United States DF James Urbany
United States MF Ben Barkoff
England MF Sam Gleadle
United States MF Patrick Khouri
Germany MF Tamino Kroeger
United States MF Isaiah Madrid
Costa Rica MF Adrian Mora-Delgado
United States MF Nico Muniz
United States MF Patrick Pacheco
Brazil MF Ronaldo Teixiera
England MF Andy Wilkinson
United States MF Bryan Windsor
No. Position Player
England FW Matt Ball
Mexico FW Manuel Campos
United States FW Luke Lawrence
United States FW Wayde Scibilia
United States FW Ricardo Zacarias

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]

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