Club America, Famed Mexican Soccer Team, Plays Glendale Despite SB 1070

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Club America is returning a year later after canceling a 2010 game because of SB 1070                         
Last year one of Mexico's most revered soccer teams cancelled its game in Glendale in opposition to Arizona's immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.

Now that the most controversial elements of the law are tangled up in federal court, Club America's management has decided to come to Arizona and play at the University of Phoenix Stadium against Monarcas Morelia on July 10.

This year, failed Arizona politician Stuart Starky and his partner Adrian Quintero are promoting the game. Together, they convinced Club America to play in Glendale.

Quintero said that holding the event during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game weekend, which begins July 10, is intended as a message to the anti-immigrant crowd.

"The idea is that [Hispanics] can support the local economy," he says. "The Arpaios and Pearces of the world have always put us in the shadows, but we have left our mark in the economy [of Arizona]."

The promoter of last year's match-up said that Club America's management did not want to put its players in a state it believed might harass them because of an anti-immigrant law.

"Club America just didn't want to risk [its] players," Manny Arias, a game promoter, told New Times.

Quintero said that Club America's management was still wary of coming to the Grand Canyon State, but he and Starky lobbied heavily to convince the team that everything would be okay.

"[Club America] didn't want to come, but we showed them stats [demonstrating] that Arizona has a high Latino population that would appreciate the game," Quintero says.

A University of Phoenix Stadium spokesman did not want to disclose the loss of revenue because of last year's cancellation, but he acknowledged that money was lost because of the law.

"We were disappointed they did not play," says Scott Norton, a flack for the stadium. "We are excited [however] that [Club America] is returning to the market, and Arizona for that matter."

Long-time soccer fan Starky owns the Phoenix Monsoon, a minor league soccer team. He hopes the team will one day qualify for Major League Soccer, the United States' professional soccer league.

He is also a local elementary school teacher who has established business relationships with some of Mexico's soccer managers, thus enabling him to bring prominent teams such as Club America to play in the Valley.

But even with Starky's intention of sending a message to the anti-immigrant crowd, the Phoenix-based human-rights group Puente disagrees with the game being held in Arizona.

After the passage of SB 1070, many groups and politicians, including U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva, called for an Arizona boycott. Grijalva has since reversed his position.

Yet Puente remains true to the boycott. In protest of the game, Puente plans a demonstration outside the UOP Stadium.

"They are massaging the message," says Puente's leader Sal Reza of the game's promoters.

Reza says the only real way to send a message is to boycott the state. Anything less is just "business as usual."

Because of SB 1070, many entertainment events have skipped Arizona. Musical acts have also refused to play the state. 

And Sound Strike, a collective of artists led by Rage Against the Machine front man Zack de la Rocha, continues its boycott of Arizona.

Reza, however, wants to make it clear that Puente's planned demonstration is not a shot at the promoters, much less the Mexican soccer teams.

"This is aimed at the economic lifeline of the most racist state [in the country]," he insists.

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Illegal Alien
Illegal Alien

Thousands of Mexcans wait for these kind of games, I love soccer games and specially when good teams come to play at Arizona.It will be so sad to see when those thousands of Mexicans fill up the stadium to watch that game, they don't care about boycotts, they just want to have a good time and forget about the racist wave in this State.Same thing with the concerts like our best Ranchero singer Vicente "Chente" Fernandez or some other regional music artists-singers.

Well, I'll do my part and keep boycotting this kind of events, even if I would love to the soccer game, anyway, I hate America and Morelia teams

Arriba el Cruz Azul güeyes !!! 

Ah ! Bobby.. I read some of your comments in the past and I agree with the guys who said you are a dumbass, nothing but the truth

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Bobby
Bobby

I wan't to correct what i said about Mexico not having soccer teams that are civil. That's not true. It's that asshole illegal alien and probably some legal mexican soccer fans in this country that are uncivil. SCREW THEM.

Bobby
Bobby

"Arpaio's and Pearce's of the world have always put us in the shadows".

Hahahahah,,,,, yeah amigo, we saw you in the "shadows", Year after year, marching in America's beautiful cities while dissing the citiizens who built those cities, telling them to go back to Europe,etc.  There you were, hundreds of thousands of you, marching around, standing next to our monuments. We saw you. Funny, there was no Arpaio, Pearce, or anyone around to stop you criminals. 

Mistalee
Mistalee

 Starkey talks like a man with a paper asshole.  Reza is right. Picket this event.

Bobby
Bobby

Sorry you feel that way amigo. I'm a soccer fan myself. I routed for Mexico in the last World Cup because it looked like they were hot. On the other hand, since your'e an illegal alien, your ass needs to be deported. Adios.

Masha
Masha

Look Bobby, on every blog people are saying that you are delusional paranoid schizophrenic. People call you idiot. Please get professional psychiatric help.

El_Extranjero
El_Extranjero

An illegal alien is as much a criminal as you're a criminal when you jaywalk or drive a few miles over the speed limit.  Get it Bobby?  Being here illegally is not a criminal act, rather a civil matter.  That's probably too much for you to process anyways. 

To you other point; "no Arpaio or anyone around to stop you criminals."  Well as opposed to your limited knowledge of everything legal, people have the right to petition goverment.  Have the right to peacefully assemble.  But again, that's too much for you to process, since you probably believe that these rights only apply to you. 

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

Thank you Mistalee!

It's good to see that this group hasn't lost its resolve.  From the looks of it, it looks like a whole lot of people have lost the resolve to see this through.  What a shame, but that's what usually happens.

Keep up the great work you're doing PUENTE!!

Bobby
Bobby

I"ll think about it, when you agree ti get analyzed as to why you are so anti-white. 

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

Hey El_Extranjero,

If Bobby ever had an intelligent thought, it's more than likely he farted it out. 

He's a DUMBASS to say the least. 

Bobby
Bobby

B.S. People in a nation illegaly have no rights to petition anything. The only right they have is a safe return to where they broke in from, and maybe a bottle of water and a burrito.  That's even too much to ask of the U.S. taxpayer.

Bobby
Bobby

Now lets get to soccer. We saw you, at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 98, throwing bottles filled with urine, spitting at and berating the American team, after the game, because you LOST. Then just a few days ago, we saw you again, at the Rose Bowl in California, this time you beat the American Team but still managed to cuss at them, put down the Anthem, and act like assholes. This isn't the typical soccer rivalry. These people had NO CLASS. Who ever heard of booing and cussing at the team that lost? IDIOTA'S..

windtalker
windtalker

There is nothing civil about this law of hate, SB1070  that targets people of a certain ethnicity.

Bobby
Bobby

Hey, look. The Rose Bowl incident, and the incident at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1998, were witnessed by thosands of American fans. As I said, I'm just reporting the truth about soccer games the U.S. plays against Mexico. In short, they shouldn't. Many of theThe Mexican fans in this country are violent assholes with not class. There's nothing wrong with them essentially routing for Mexico, that's understandable, but as fans they are absolute anti-Americans assholes and have proven it over and over. Personally, I'd Jail every one of their asses until they learn to act civil towards the American teams. In short, my message concerning Mexican soccer when played in this country against the U.S. teams is SCREW THEM. That message is not only for you Enemy of Evil Bastards, but also for Uriel Garcia, the writer of this stupid article. You want civility concerning SB1070 but you don't even have soccer teams that are civil. Screw them.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

The only truth you report, is, well, no truth at all.  Everything you post is teabagger jibberish.  Repeat it long enough and it is still teabagger jibberish.

Bobby
Bobby

Sorry to report the truth. These people can't behave, pure and simple, if that bothers you, too bad, that's on you.

Bobby
Bobby

You know a lot about evil, it seems. Why is that? Haven't you ever heard of the saying "it takes one to know one."

Bobby
Bobby

Immigration law superceeds those considerations, BECAUSE, if it were enacted, actually carried out, the problems you mention wouldn't exist. They only have those rights while under detention, after it's determined they are here illegally, That isn't whats being done. The administration isn't doing its sworn duty under U.S. immigration law, which is crystal clear. Title 8 section 1324,1325.etc 

windtalker
windtalker

WRONG AGAIN

The Constitution grants to "the people" or "persons"—not just to citizens—the rights to due process and equal protection of the law, to freedom of speech and assembly, and to freedom from arbitrary detention or cruel and unusual punishments.

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/200...

Mistalee
Mistalee

 Presumably, you can point to the language in the Bill of Rights that conditions the first amendment on immigration and citizenship status.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

You're an idiot!  The posibilities of how I can answer "what do you think I'm doing?" are too many to count.  Unfortunately, every thing you say boils down to one unmistakable fact, and that is that you are a dumbass. 

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e a genius. What do you think I'm doing?

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