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V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014
Cinema 5 Distributing

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Sept. 18, 2014

From APD undercover to democratic litigation, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Lobos in a pre-season game against the Air Force Academy
Lobos in a pre-season game against the Air Force Academy

sports

Lobo Men's Soccer Back to the College Cup?

Looking to improve on last year's impressive season

It’s a new year, Lobos men’s soccer. Time to shine!
V.23 No.33 |

news

The Daily Word in hazing, harrassment and hitchhiking

The Daily Word

The UNM women's soccer team is suspected of some weird hazing rituals.

Albuquerque voters will have the opportunity to "Legalize It".

Six New Mexican hospitals had personal patient information stolen in a huge data breach affecting 4 million patients.

A woman in Northern New Mexico snitched on an alleged coke dealer.

Ice bucket challenge fails.

Read about the EU's "right to be forgotten" law and how it affects journalism.

More violence in Ferguson, MO last night, now involving guns.

Uganda criminalized the transmission of HIV. Just like many States.

Skateboarder Jay Adams died.

A robot is hitchhiking across Canada.

V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
L to R: Sol FC GM Larry Espinoza, Carlos Bracamontes, Carlos Valderrama and Sol FC president Ron Patel
Michael Sanchez
L to R: Sol FC GM Larry Espinoza, Carlos Bracamontes, Carlos Valderrama and Sol FC president Ron Patel

sports

International Legends Cup Is Coming to Albuquerque

… If they can find somewhere to play

Sol FC’s all set to bring World Cup players to Albuquerque in the International Legends Cup—just as soon as they nail down a venue.
V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

sports

Summer Alternatives

Sports to enjoy right now

With slim pickings in the sports department, late summer is a good time to check out the games that get crowded out at other times of year.
V.23 No.28 |

news

The Daily Word in ride-sharing rules, AR-15s and Steely Dan

The Daily Word

In Alibi-centric news: We clarified our critical and satirical intentions in response to an anti-Ted Nugent missive. Perhaps more importantly, we published loads of excellent new content. If you're saving the print ish for weekend reading, scope highlights like

• "Why the US Can, Should and Someday Will Be a Soccer Powerhouse (Maybe)"

• a review of Paul Haggis' Third Person

• "Congratulations!: This is your Steely Dan concert"

• a Drinkable Feast celebrating Hunter S. Thompson's birthday

• "Fine Lines and Flesh: A brief history of tattooing in the Duke City"

In other local media news, KRQE News 13 faces backlash from viewers for their description of undocumented immigrants as "illegal immigrants" who carry disease. KUNM reports on the City's new public records fee schedule.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has directed its staff to revamp the rules that impact ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. And there was much rejoicing ...

North Valley residents express concern over a proposed waste transfer station.

Have you ever wondered whether sellers of New Mexico properties must disclose natural deaths, homicides or suicides that occurred on premises? The answer is no.

New Mexico lands on another list that's nothing to brag about, being among the top five states with the highest percentage of uninsured residents.

A public relations survey sez Albuquerque is the sixth-most attractive city to border state millennials, owing to its "ethnic, affordable and youthful" vibe.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports that APD is all set to purchase 350 AR-15 rifles from a local vendor.

People born on July 10 include Nikola Tesla, Marcel Proust, Tura Satana, Ronnie James Dio, Zoogz Rift and Sofía Vergara.

V.23 No.28 | 7/10/2014

Sports

Why the US Can, Should and Someday Will Be a Soccer Powerhouse (Maybe)

Hosho McCreesh and M. Scott Meier daydream about a day when US Soccer comes into its own. And also about Muhammad Ali.
V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014

Book Review

Friendship, Death and Sports

Papers in the Wind

This humorous novel of soccer, love and loss follows a group of buddies who try to remain tight in the wake of their close friend’s death.
V.23 No.25 |
Sol FC

sports

Albuquerque's Newest Team: The Sol FC

After Team USA's incredible win last Monday night, the country seems primed to love soccer again—right on time.

And since local is the best reflection of the national, this is an apt time to mention that Albuquerque is developing their own semi-professional soccer team, the Sol FC.

In an exclusive interview with the Alibi, Sol FC General Manager Larry Espinoza shared his vision for the future of the team in Albuquerque, reveled in a bit of local pride and reflected on the beginning of this year's World Cup and this new venture in the 505.

The Sol opened their inaugural season on May 3 in Las Vegas, playing against the Mobsters of the USL Premier Developmental League (PDL). Before that, though, there was a lot of work before the season began—and before the team was even formed. Espinoza says that he and Ron Patel, president of the team, have put in the work, but they haven't been alone. The team runs with the help of an extensive network of volunteers: everyone from high school students to a social media guru, running both the official Twitter account as well as their Instagram.

Albuquerque Sol FC may be merely a fourth-tier team this year, but Espinoza says the attendance in our fair city is smashing the competition. “The average [attendance] for PDL is 200. Our first home game, we had more than our five opponents’ previous games combined.” Not surprising, given the documentation of fans' desire for a local, professional soccer team.

However, the transition up the ranks of the PDL obviously will not—and cannot—happen overnight. Espinoza says the plan is to continue to move up the ranks: “Probably not next year, but maybe the year after, really make a push to go USL Pro.” That, however, will involve getting a 5,000-seat stadium into the picture. So the team and its affiliates plan to go before the New Mexico State Legislature. “We'll do our homework. We'll go before the legislature again this February. We believe we'll get the money. There's a lot of things that have to be included to build an MLS team. We believe we can build that.”

The biggest signs that this team is already a success, though, can't be counted, unlike attendance figures. Nor can those successes be summarized as succinctly as Espinoza's repeated afirmations. The true success of the team shines when you get to see a game in person, where you'll hear the PA guy 'sponsoring' yellow cards with bail bonds companies and hear about a highlighted charity at each game. The intensely personal feel of both the physical and mental spacemakes this a truly Albuquerque team.

That local spotlight will grab an even bigger stage at the last home game of the season on Saturday July 12. Espinoza claims, “If you played soccer in Albuquerque, you know the name Pat Grange.” Grange was a local soccer legend, whose tragic diagnosis with ALS led to his untimely death at 29 years of age. ESPN showcased his story recently. The game on Saturday, July 12 will be dedicated to Pat Grange and the Albuquerque Sol FC will retire his jersey. Espinoza says he's in talks to make sure Grange's parents are guests of honor. And the charity the Sol will be partnering with for their last home game? The ALS Association.

As a great way to celebrate the legacy of soccer in the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, the Sol FC's last home game stands head and shoulders above any other options. And, while you're at the game, think about what this team could mean for the future as well.

The Sol have five home games remaining, all of which are played on the Ben Rios field at St. Pius high school. Tickets can be obtained at the gate for $10 on game day. Children's tickets are only $5, and they can both be bought ahead of time online, but you will pay a handling fee.

V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014

news

The Daily Word in vodka, vaginas and X-rays.

The Daily Word

Soccer fever may lead to other illnesses.

A German vagina sculpture trapped an ugly American.

The new X-ray gun can see what you’re hiding.

Introducing the $250 hangover cure.

Vodka erases bad smells as well as bad memories.

Jurassic Dog Park.

Stress causes heart attacks by over-producing white blood cells.

Times Square weirdos face a costume crackdown.

Are the French rude? Mais non!

There was a fatal hit-and-run at Carlisle and Indian School.

I’m guilty, I killed her.

There was a fatal crash on 2nd Street.

What’s happening in Albuquerque today?

Mushy sparks flew when I saw you.

Happy birthday, Bryan Brown.

V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
courtesy of Lobo TV

sports

Lobos Lose in Final Four to Notre Dame

Despite their loss to Notre Dame, the Lobos look to come back even stronger in their next season.
V.22 No.50 | 12/12/2013
Video still courtesy of New Mexico Athletics

sports

Lobos to Face Huskies in Elite Eight

The Lobos match up in Seattle against the University of Washington Huskies, where the current head coach is a man well-known in Albuquerque for his role as a former Lobos assistant coach.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

sports

Lobos Face George Mason in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament on Sunday

UNM plays in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in a home game on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5pm. Go Lobos!
V.22 No.43 | 10/24/2013

sports

Team USA Beats Panama at the Last Minute

And does Mexico a favor

For a long bit in the game, it didn't look as though the US—already securely qualified for the World Cup—would pull out the victory.
V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013

sports

Team USA Qualifies for 2014 World Cup

On Tuesday night, Team America beat Mexico in Columbus, Ohio 2-0 and, later in the evening, when Honduras refused to hold on and beat Panama, tying 2-2 on a goal in stoppage time, ensuring that Team USA secured a qualifying spot in the World Cup.

The Americans had lost their last game, against Costa Rica, on Friday night. They were whooped, 1-3, and they lost the mental edge of having the longest win streak in the world, at 12. Moreover, they lost Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler for the Mexico match due to those players picking up their second yellow cards of the qualification process. Michael Bradley also sat out against Mexico, having suffered a freak injury during warmups when he sprained his left ankle.

Due to those absences—particularly Altidore, whose performance for the team has been impressive, to say the least—and the long-standing disadvantage America has maintained while facing Mexico, there were some who doubted the team's chances despite the home field advantage. However, the Mexican team seems to be in complete disarray, suffering from the endless tailspin that inevitably follows a sudden departure from previously winning ways.

However, when it came time to get things done, the team stepped up as a whole with their depth tested, and the team answered the call. The previous stars were particularly adept, with Eddie Johnson scoring in the 49th minute, once again off a header. He was spelled by Mikkel Diskerud in the 76th minute. Reviled when his plan didn't seem to be taking right away, coach Jurgen Klinsmann now looks like a genius, particularly when it comes to substitutions. Diskerud played a smart ball of a throw in with a deft first touch, putting the ball right in front of the Mexico goal. Clint Dempsey had a brilliant look at the clincher but whiffed his attempt. Luckily, Landon Donovan was there, as he's been for Team USA ever since making his comeback. Donovan put his goal in at the 78th minute.

When Honduras tied Panama nearly an hour after the USA/Mexico game finished, the work of the night was complete. Team USA is now officially qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It's worth noting that, of the 207 nations in the world who compete in the qualification process, only 32 make it. Eight nations have won the World Cup; the United States is not amongst that number. With this qualification, though, the United States becomes only the 13th nation to qualify for the ultimate tournament 10 times.

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