The 2018 Albuquerque Sol training sessions will lack the inimitable intensity and precision of Coach Matt Gordon’s clipped instructions. Gordon has resigned as manager of the Albuquerque Sol.
“The Albuquerque Sol wants to express its gratitude and profound thanks for everything Matt has done for the club,” Sol GM Larry Espinoza said. “While we’re disappointed to be losing our manager, we know Matt’s work is one of the many reasons the club has grown on the field and in the community during its four-year existence.”
Gordon was the Sol assistant coach in the club’s first season in 2013 and has served as head coach each of the last three years. His commitment to professional and personal excellence will be missed. Both have seared itself on the club philosophy. Future editions of the Sol will carry forth the values and dedication he imbued in the club.
Gordon felt it was the right time to step away from the Sol as the club. He cited the Sol’s growth plans and the utility in a new voice and new ideas to propel the team forward. Gordon was part of the inaugural Sol staff and has helped develop the robust support structure and clearly defined roles and responsibilities the Sol rely on today.
“The success of local youth guys, in-town local players who have played with the Sol is a big part of what I hope I left behind,” Gordon said. “Helping develop a number of players who have played in high ranks of professional soccer is a proud moment for me. There is no doubt the Sol will go on and kick on, and before too long we’ll see pro soccer in town.”
Gordon hopes the Sol will continue to develop and promote local soccer prospects and usher them forward towards a professional career. His philosophy of playing through the lines of the field and varying attack angles was educational for players. Gordon listened too, and trusted his charges, challenging them to display the physical and mental sharpness professional soccer requires.
“Matt has helped laid the foundation for soccer in the Albuquerque community through his leadership with the Rio Rapids soccer club in addition to his work for the Sol,” Sol President Ron Patel said. “We wish Matt well personally and professionally and sincerely hope the Sol never have to play against a Matt Gordon coached club. At least until we’re in the pros.”
Gordon will continue his work as the Director of the Boys U15-U19 teams with the Rio Rapids Soccer Club in Albuquerque.