Mexican Soccer Match's Low-Fan Turnout Due To Juvenile World Cup, Puente Claims Credit Anyway

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Uriel Garcia
Club America played a stellar game Sunday regardless of low-fan turnout.
A Mexican soccer match between Club America and Morelia at the University of Phoenix Stadium  on Sunday was hoping to draw 50,000 attendees, but fell way short of that mark. 

Actual attendance numbers were not announced, but a safe guess is less than 10,000.

The fans' favorite was America, which has a large following and is one of Mexico's oldest soccer teams. 

The team was founded in 1916, and was able to beat Morelia in a friendly 3-1game. Not that Morelia's a pushover. It came in second place in Mexico's first division championship last year.

Puente, a Phoenix-based human-rights group, had encouraged a boycott of the game, and promised a demonstration outside the stadium. But the group was a no-show.

Still, Puente's leader Sal Reza took credit for poor attendance at the event, claiming Puente's  boycott was a success.

"Getting the word out about the boycott helped a lot," Reza told New Times. "People are starting to listen."

Puente has carried on a campaign of boycotting Arizona because of its opposition to Arizona's immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.

​Adrian Quintero, one of the local promoters of the match, said the game's date was purposely chosen to compete with events leading up to the July 12 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Chase Field.

Promoters wanted to demonstrate that Latinos could hold a large sporting event as well, but attendance was nowhere near the 40,000-audience that the All-Star Game is expected to draw.
Sunday's game came a year after America had cancelled a similar match-up, because of its opposition to SB 1070. But Quintero, along with his partner Stuart Starky, convinced the Mexican team to visit the Valley regardless. 

Quintero said he seriously doubts Puente's boycott had anything to do with the low turnout.

The promoter contends there was only one factor that affected attendance Sunday -- Mexico's under-17 national team won the World Cup against Uruguay.

The America-Morelia match was taking place at the same time that local soccer fans were watching the under-17 World Cup game on TV. 

The Mexican juvenile team was able to win its second World Cup, 2-0.

"The only factor was that Mexico's sub-17 won the World Cup," Quintero says. "People stayed home to watch it."

Regardless of the turnout, Quintero and Starky say they will keep trying to bring international soccer teams to the Valley in the future. Hopefully with more success next time around.

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Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

I went to the Chivas de Guadalajara/NY Red Bulls game back in July '08 and attendance was at or below 10,000 as well. Granted, Chivas maybe doesn't have the following of America, but it has a pretty big fan base. And sure, it wasn't a Primera Division matchup like this one. But maybe (just maybe) the factor is not political or due to the Juvenile World Cup, but instead the fact that no one wants to see a friendly with a bunch of B-teamers in Arizona in July.  Reza can claim victory and the Promoters can claim competition, but it's just that these events don't sell well. Get a regular season Primera Division game, or a Mexico/USMNT game in Glendale, and you'll see turnout like you wouldn't believe, no matter what Sal Reza does.

Uriel Garcia
Uriel Garcia

I didn't say he was wrong I said he claims credit for it.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Uriel, Sal Reza says the low turnout was due to the boycott, Quintero blames the Juvenile world cup.

Both of them have an obvious axe to grind. Either one could be right. Both could be right. Neither could be right.

So why do you state as fact in your headline that the low turnout was due to the Juvenile World Cup and Reza is wrong?

Gus
Gus

Maybe nobody could afford it? Maybe nobody gives a fuck?

Fuck Mexico.

DownwithHate
DownwithHate

I will never go even if I like the teams because of the current culture of "hate" in this state.  Please promote the games in another state.

No
No

Of all place, why do it in Arizona, where they hate all latinos?

Bobby
Bobby

Quintero is right. The low turnout has to do with the barbaric behavior of Mexican-American and Mexican illegal alien soccer fans. 1998, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 2011, Rose Bowl game, Mexic' vs. U.S.A.etc.

FrancisDrake
FrancisDrake

Mistalee, Reza didn't even protest the game as promised, then he takes credit for the low turnout. I'm a Reza fan, but even Reza can spout BS sometimes.

Bobby
Bobby

That's why my position makes the most sense. People don't want to get hurt watching soccer just because one team has America in its name. You know it's true, if your so up on this stuff like you seem to be.

Uriel Garcia
Uriel Garcia

I didn't say he was wrong I said he claims credit for it.

Guest
Guest

shut the fuck up if u wanna say fuck to something say it to yourself fuck you

Mistalee
Mistalee

Oh no, my friend; Fuck YOU!

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, but don't do it in California. Every time Mexicans see a soccer game where Mexico plays the U.S. all the hate comes out of the Mexican fans for the U.S. L.A. Memorial Coliseum 1998, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 2011, etc.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Same question I had, I guess somebody got fired for this dumb idea.

Bobby
Bobby

They could do it in California, where the Latinos hate the American teams.L.A. Memorial Colisem 1998, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 2011,etc.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Do you think the fact that the game was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium had anything to do with the low fan turn out?  as in fans BOYCOTT of the game do to where it was held, I do, and I guarantee you if the game had been outside of Arizona it would have been full, so before you start blaming illegals and bad behavior get your head out of your ass.  On second thought, keep your head in your ass, maybe you will asphyxiate and voluntarily remove yourself from the human gene pool, in the process will be doing the entire world a favor and allowing mankind to become more intelligent by removing your idiot genes from future generations.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Quintero is right. The low turnout has to do with the barbaric behaviorof Mexican-American and Mexican illegal alien soccer fans."

Quintero said the low turnout was due to competition from the Juvenile World Cup. So if your first statement is true, your second is false. If your second statement is true, your first statement is false.

Think before you say these things. 

DownwithHate
DownwithHate

 You don't make any sense.  So the low turnout had to do with barbaric behavior?  If that was the case then the stadium should have been full.

Bobby
Bobby

Reza, Grijalva, and other Mexican Nationalists at heart, are the very definition of B.S.

Bobby
Bobby

No fuck you.

Bobby
Bobby

Bigot. Racist.

Bobby
Bobby

No fuck you!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Shut the fuck up asshole,you have no idea of what you are talking about, by the way, soccer games in California of any team of any country always sell out, Californians are the biggest soccer fans in the entire United States.  IMBECILE.

Bobby
Bobby

What do you think of the Mexican fans that threw urine filled bottles, spit at, and yelled vile names at the U.S. team that beat their asses in the 1998 game vs. the U.S. when they lost. "War Veteran" what do you think of the Mexican fans that l blew their little horns, tossed beach balls and drowned out the U.S. anthem at the recent Mexico, vs. USA game in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California?

Bobby
Bobby

1998 Mexico vs. U.S.A., Rose Bowl, 2011, Mexico, v.s U.S.A., for examples of real racism. 

Bobby
Bobby

I'm talking about all the people that don't want to be subjected to it. They finally wised up.

Bobby
Bobby

Grijalva just recently interfered with another area on the border by teaming up with the so -called environmentalists, who are also Open borders(they admitted as much)by not allowing fencing in an area he and the "environmentalists" claim is the home of some wild animal,etc. Of course we know that Grijalva is fanatically  dedicated to environmental issues, and his stance had nothing to do with the fence.

Twenty to one that my friends poodle beats my four year old shepherd in a quarter mile race.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Which in this case stands for "Bobby's Superiors."

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Bigot. Racist, Imbecile.

Score:  Lizzie 2, Bobby 3, you win.

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

Yeah yours, I feel bad for the Lady, having a son like you.

Bobby
Bobby

You one of those people fixated on mommies?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

And the IMBECILE strikes again, your mommy must be very proud.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Now you're just recycling old material.

Bobby
Bobby

Fuck you. Is that faster for you?.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Sadly, it took Bobby all day to come up with this.

If you think what he posted was lame, you should read the rough drafts. 

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

Have you ever thought that it maybe you? maybe its YOU the one they dont like, and frankly I would not blame them, shit nobody likes you here either but we put up your uneductated narrow minded ass anyway.  

Bobby
Bobby

I've never seen it and I've gone to a lot of soccer games. Here in California, the Mexican fans have an extra reservoir of HATE, saved up only for the U.S. Team. Of course it's a reflection of what they think of this country in general. That's why, besides the asshole behavior towards the American team, they repeatedly diss the national antherm in different ways. FUCK THEM.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, but other foreign fans and teams don't repeatedly demonstrate the hate towards the U.S. team and anthem that Mexican fans do---ASSHOLE.

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

What part of this sentence did you not understand:" I was at the Gold Cup game in Pasadena last month, and I saw nothing more than pure sportmanship from the Mexican team and it's FANS"

Bobby
Bobby

Oh, yeah right. It's always the Americans with you.I'm not talking about the Mexican players. I'm talking about the Mexican fans, right here in California, that have pulled this vile crap over and over again. Screw them. I'd deport every fricking one of their vile asses.

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

Isolated events, it doesnt mean Mexicans are against the US, they however might be against Arizona for sure.  I have been to docens of soccer games, all over the US, and I have never seen any incidents like that. I was at the Gold Cup game in Pasadena last month, and I saw nothing more than pure sportmanship from the Mexican team and it's fans, even though our boys were loosing and started roughing up the Mexican players, Mexico's team played a superb, clean, proffesional game and deserved the win, we lost 4-2 and Mexico won the Cup, also it is worth mentioning that Mexico won the "Fair Play Award" for playing the entire cup without a single player carded, now that is superb sportmanship and proffesional FUTBOL.

Bobby
Bobby

By the way, nitwitt, I didn't say ALL Mexican soccer fans engage in bad behavior. Too many of them do.

Mistalee
Mistalee

But this game was supposed to draw the Mexican crowd, the ones you say all engage in the bad behaviour. Are you saying they all stayed home to avoid their own bad behavior? Really, think before you say these things. 

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