Albuquerque Sol F.C. became a minor league soccer team in December 5, 2013 and is bringing the Premier Development League or PDL for short to Albuquerque, NM giving local soccer fans and players a chance to get involved.
The United Soccer League has been operating for more than twenty years. This is the largest organization of elite soccer leagues with the PDL being an important step for top professionals playing worldwide. Ron Patel and Larry Espinoza founded Albuquerque Sol F.C. to give local soccer talent a target to strive for to get to the next level. But its not only local talent applying for the team, Espinoza shared that they had applicants from around the world but the majority of the team is local talent.
Albuquerque Sol F.C is the top tier of soccer in New Mexico and is operating to professional standards in hopes of becoming a Major League Soccer team in the future. The team plans to pull in the “curious fan,” this fan is someone that may not quite understand soccer but has always been interested. Bringing the PDL to Albuquerque is bringing not just a soccer game but also an experience. An experience the Albuquerque Sol F.C. is hoping curious fans will enjoy. At each game a kiosk will be available that will allow fans to take photos and directly share them through social media.
An issue that became important to Albuquerque Sol F.C. was not just the formation of a team but also wanting to give back, through a non-profit. Albuquerque Sol Foundation is a health and wellness foundation using soccer as a platform. The team puts on events such as Cocktails and Cleats that accepts soccer donations for children who are less fortunate, silent auctions to raise money, with speakers like Diego Sanchez. While there is not currently a website for the foundation the Albuquerque Sol F.C. main site will house a link in the future with access to the non-profit.