There will be an international twist to next month’s Shindigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne. For the first time in event history, a professional team will compete against college teams.
Chivas of Guadalajara will play the University of Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and Indiana University at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hefner Soccer Complex on the IPFW campus.
The Chivas vs. Indiana University game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.
The Chivas club will be represented by international soccer legend Salvador “Chava” Reyes Monteon, who played for Chivas of Guadalajara and totaled 122 goals and seven championships over his 10-year career with the team from 1956 to 1966.
Reyes won his first championship in 1957, and from then on, Chivas of Guadalajara became unstoppable, winning six more titles with him. He was the last member from the club to win Campeon de Goleo (goal-scoring champion) until Omar Bravo won it with 11 goals in 2007 – a 45-year gap. Reyes also represented his country by playing on the Mexican national team and participating in three FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1966, scoring 10 international goals.
Reyes has worked with Chivas USA as a mentor helping developing the club. He was at the San Bernandino Soccer Complex in 2003 when the Project Sangre Nueva was in development for Chivas USA. He helped scout the best players for the event and the club.
Reyes now represents Chivas of Guadalajara and will be available for photographs and autographs during the event.
The soccer festival began in 2000 and has evolved into a full-fledged community-supported soccer festival. Corporations, foundations and personal donations are the backbone of the festival. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; area youth for the hands-on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from major universities; the local business community for the added commerce; area universities for the added exposure; and the average Fort Wayne resident who knows little about the game but enjoys having fun in a family-oriented atmosphere.
The festival is a true community soccer festival with youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21-and-older crowd, beer tents, all located at the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW.
The event is recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for preseason collegiate soccer.
Schedules and advance tickets are now available online at nationalsoccerfestival.com, at the IPFW box office, at Fort Wayne-area Walgreens and Connolly’s Do it Best Hardware locations.
For more information, call Terry Stefankiewicz, president of Shindigz National Soccer Festival, at 750-3967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.