Inside Look: Copa Frontera [PDL Southwestern Cup Competition]

Inside Look: Copa Frontera [PDL Southwestern Cup Competition]

The Sandianistas (Albuquerque Sol Supporters), the Mob Squad (Las Vegas Mobsters Supporters), and the Cactus Pricks (FC Tucson Supporters), are proud to announce the creation of the “Copa Frontera”, a yearly cup competition between the Las Vegas Mobsters, Albuquerque Sol, and FC Tucson.  The winning team’s supporter group will get to keep the “Copa Frontera” for the entire year, until a new champion is crowned during next season.

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The cup in large part was formed thanks to the front offices of Albuquerque and Tucson.  After creating a front-office-made trophy in the “Southwestern Showdown,” the Albuquerque and Tucson supporters were disappointed to see Las Vegas excluded from the front-office-created competition. All three cities are within a seven-hour drive of each other and all three cities are viewed as the capitals of soccer in their respective states.  The cup was also created with the hope that during future seasons, the teams will create a fair and balanced schedule, where each team plays each other twice during the regular season, not just once or three times.

“We feel like this is a great way to promote the supporters culture in the southwest,” said The Cactus Pricks.  “The cup will once again cement the status that Vegas, Albuquerque, and Tucson are the three top cities in the southwest when it comes to soccer.”

“We are thrilled to be part of this competition from its inception,” said The Mob Squad.  “The Southwest is a soccer hotbed, both player and supporter-wise, and we can’t wait to see the Copa Frontera grow in prestige in the years to come.”

“Rivalries among supporters groups are a naturally occurring phenomenon in soccer and the Copa Frontera comes directly from that,” said the Sandianistas.  “Being able to compete against our closest geographic rivals in FC Tucson and our expansion club partners in the Las Vegas Mobsters for a supporters-driven trophy is special, and we look forward to our Sol bringing the Copa Frontera to us regularly in the years to come.”

The “Copa Frontera” will feature a max of three teams.  If a team moves to a different league (USL-Pro, NASL, Liga MX, etc.), the cup will be postponed until all three teams are in the same league.  If a team folds, the two remaining teams will only add a new team to the competition if they have an active supporter’s culture.

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The team that earns the most points over the six-match regular season period will be crowned champions of the “Copa Frontera”.  If two or all three of the teams are tied at the end of the regular season, the following tiebreakers will be enforced.

-First tiebreaker: Head to head record between the two teams.
-Second tiebreaker: Goal difference between the teams in “Copa Frontera” matches.
-Third tiebreaker: Total goals scored in the “Copa Frontera” matches.
-Fourth tiebreaker: Overall position in the Mountain Division.

The schedule for this year’s Copa Frontera is as follows:

Match #1: Friday, May 8th: Las Vegas Mobsters/FC Tucson (Henderson, NV)
Match #2: Saturday, May 30th: FC Tucson/Las Vegas Mobsters (Tucson, AZ)
Match #3: Monday, June 1st: Albuquerque Sol/Las Vegas Mobsters (Albuquerque, NM)
Match #4: Saturday, June 6th: Albuquerque Sol/FC Tucson (Albuquerque, NM)
Match #5: Saturday, June 13th: Las Vegas Mobsters/Albuquerque Sol (Henderson, NV)
Match #6: Saturday, July 4th: FC Tucson/Albuquerque Sol (Tucson, AZ)

For more information on the Copa Frontera, or to stay up to date with the Copa Frontera standings, please follow “@CopaFrontera” on Twitter. If you have any questions regarding the Copa Frontera, please send your email to copafrontera1@gmail.com
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About The Cactus Pricks

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The Cactus Pricks are an independent supporters group for FC Tucson and Major League Soccer Spring Training in Southern Arizona.  The group established its roots after the completion of the 2011 FC Tucson Desert Cup at Hi Corbett, and supported FC Tucson throughout its independent season in 2011.  Since then, the Cactus Pricks have provided the best and most unique supporters atmosphere in the state of Arizona. For more information on the Cactus Pricks, please check out the group’s website: cactuspricks.com, the group’s Facebook page: facebook.com/CactusPricks, or the group’s Twitter page: @CactusPricks.
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About The Sandianistas

The Sandianistas are an independent supporters group for Albuquerque Sol FC and the University of New Mexico men’s’ soccer program.  The group was established in December 2013 after the announcement of the formation of Albuquerque Sol FC in the USL PDL.  The name Sandianistas comes from the beautiful Sandia Mountains that overlook Albuquerque. Membership is free and open to all fans interested in singing, chanting, and having fun while supporting the Sol.  In its first year, the Sandianistas established traditions of pre-gaming over food and drinks, marching to home matches, and standing and singing with the Sol Mates in West End at the St. Pius venue.  For more information on the Sandianistas, email sandianistas@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @Sandianistas, and like on Facebook at facebook.com/SandianistasABQ.
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About The Mob Squad

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Established in 2013, the Mob Squad are a supporters group for the Las Vegas Mobsters of the Premier Development League (PDL).  The Mob Squad also supports UNLV Rebels Soccer as well as promoting awareness of the Beautiful Game in the Las Vegas Valley.  More information can be found at mobsquadlv.com, facebook.com/MobSquad and on Twitter at @MobSquadLV.

[Article written by: Copa Frontera organizers]

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