Mexican family keeps soccer tradition alive
As the United States prepares for its birthday celebration one aspect that people recognize is the melting pot of nations and the cultures present.
Part of the culture of nations south of the United States is the love of soccer.
The Quezada family of Craig carried on the tradition of Mexican futbol to town and 10 years ago started the Mexico Soccer Club.
“We came up here as a family and wanted to continue to play soccer,” said Juan Quezada, one of five Quezadas involved with the club.
Prior to this year the club would travel to towns just to play whomever would give them a match. They also played in tournaments throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
“One of our best teams during those 10 years won three tournaments in a summer,” said Isidro Quezada Jr., whose father is the coach of the team but was on a trip to Mexico for the week.
“It used to be a lot more for fun, but now we take things a little more serious.”
The reason to take things more seriously is that the club joined an adult competitive league in Glenwood Springs this summer. According to Isidro it took a little bit to adjust to the league but “we’re on a roll now.” The MSC is 3-4-3 and is ranked seventh in the 17-team league.
This year the club had its biggest turnout with 18 members. There are 16 Mexican players but Isidro said there is no nationality prerequisite anyone can slide on shin guards and lace up the cleats for the MSC.
When asked if the MSC’s style is different than the American teams they play an unidentified voice in the group of players replied “we play Brazilian-style soccer.”
The comparison to the world’s best team was greeted with laughs as they agreed that if Mexico would have won the World Cup the response would have been “we play Mexican-style soccer.”
The club rotates games from Craig and Glenwood Springs every weekend and its next home game will be July14 at the Loudy-Simpson complex. Game times are not determined until the week of the game but they are normally either at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
“We are a pretty good all-around soccer club,” said Isidro. “If you want to see some high-paced, quality soccer you should come and watch.”
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