The Alianza de Futbol Hispano is devoted to developing Hispanic amateur soccer in the US and it does so by differing from the conventional pay-to-play model
Like many young players across the country, Rodolfo Ramrezs dream is to make it as a professional soccer player. Eventually, I see myself playing in Europe, says the 15-year-old Mexican American from De Pere, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay. But I want to start in Mexico, just like Osvaldo.
Ramirez is talking about his older brother, a member of Chiapas FC in Liga MX, who moved to Mexico from De Pere after showcasing his talents last year at a tryout event hosted by Alianza de Futbol Hispano, an organization which focuses on the development of Hispanic amateur soccer.
Never give up: there will be many people who will tell you theyre crazy, but you must ignore them, said the 19-year-old Osvaldo, shortly after getting picked up by Chiapas. You can achieve your goals, with hard work, discipline and the support of your family. All you need is an opportunity, like I had with Alianza.
Officially founded in 2004, Alianza de Futbol has become the biggest amateur program for Hispanics in the US, and offers what are probably the largest scouting events in the nation. Alianza organizes sponsored tournaments, tryouts and clinics for thousands of young Hispanic soccer players across 12 different cities. In addition, players who wish to follow a collegiate career have a chance to receive academic and financial aid thanks to the non-profit group Alianza U, whose aim is to mentor and guide those who aspire to play soccer in college. Other events include Alianza Femenil, for female players, and the Coca Cola Cup a national tournament for girls and boys teams under the age of 15.
Inspired by his brothers journey, Rodolfo Ramrez decided to attend one of Alianzas events this year, hoping to get noticed. He and his family traveled all the way from Wisconsin to Florida, with the hope the hard work would pay off. Rodolfo did so well he was selected to take part in Sueo Alianza, a national showcase taking place this week in Miami. This year, more than 9,500 athletes registered to take part, and 54 of the best were chosen to attend the organizations biggest event, where 30 scouts and coaches from MLS, Liga MX, USL, national youth teams and US colleges get a chance to analyze potential talent.
Im very thankful to his organization, said Ramirez. They have done so much for me, my brother and really, my whole family. I owe them so much.