Chava Reyes to Attend Shindigz National Soccer Festival Game

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Chivas of Guadalajara Legend Set to Represent Mexican Team in Fort Wayne.

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 18th. Schedules and advance tickets are now available online at http://www.nationalsoccerfestival.com , at the IPFW box office as well as at area Walgreen’s and Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware locations.

For the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, a professional team will compete against college teams. Chivas of Guadalajara will play the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Indiana University on Saturday, August 18th also at 7:00 p.m. The Chivas vs. Indiana University game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

Salvador “Chava” Reyes Monteón played for Chivas of Guadalajara assembling 122 goals and 7 championships over his ten-year career with the team from 1956 to 1966. Reyes won his first championship in 1957. 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 scorer champion) up until Omar Bravo won it in 2007 with 11 goals. It had been 45 years since a player from Guadalajara won the Campeon de Goleo. Reyes also represented his country by playing on the Mexican National team and participated in three FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1966 scoring ten 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 as the team travels to Fort Wayne to participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. He will be available for photographs and autographs throughout the event.

What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots 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; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of Northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.

Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the beautiful Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Shindigz National Soccer Festival is honored again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with a highly prestigious Mexican professional team, to Fort Wayne. Due to the great history of the event, Shindigz National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer.

For further information, please contact Terry Stefankiewicz, President of Shindigz National Soccer Festival at 260-750-3967 or terrystefankiewicz(at)gmail(dot)com

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