Sol FC Match Saturday to Raise Money for ALS Association
Albuquerque, NM: Saturday’s Premier Developmental League rivalry match against FC Tucson kicks off at 7:05pm MDT from the University of New Mexico Soccer Stadium. The rivalry game, otherwise known as the “Southwestern Showdown,” has a trophy on the line, “The Golden Rattler.”
The two Mountain Division rivals face each other four times during the regular season and the cumulative score of the four matches is what determines the winner of the coveted Rattler Trophy.
Saturday is also a special night for all of the soccer community in New Mexico as the Sol, for the 4th year in a row, will honor the legacy of Pat Grange. Pat passed away at age 28 from ALS. (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Sol FC retired the #4 (Pat’s number for the UNM soccer program) in their first season (2014) so that nobody will ever wear the #4 jersey for the Sol.
This Saturday night, as is done each year, a moment of silence will be conducted during the course of play in the fourth minute of the match. For an entire minute, during the action, fans will stand, remain silent and hold up a “#4” in the air as the match continues to play on. It’s a beautiful moment that will now be captured on Live Broadcast TV.
“Soccer isn’t just a game, it’s a culture, a lifestyle, a movement that has the ability to unite people” Says Ron Patel, President of ABQ Sol FC. “ALS Night is always my favorite night of the year, where we get to honor Pat and bring the entire community together. It’s going to be special!”’
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online (http://tickets.abqsolfc.com/) or at the door.