Despite heat, Fort Worth Charity Shield match a hit
Yes it was brutally hot but the Vaqueros and fans still came out strong in Friday’s Fort Worth Charity Shield match.
The inaugural charity match benefited Fort Worth’s Hispano Exito organization that provides backpacks and school supplies to local children.
All net proceeds from ticket sales, donations or actual backpacks received on Friday will benefit Hispano Exito. Fans were able to enter the match by donating a backpack, purchasing a ticket or for season seat holders by making a donation.
The Vaqueros expect to announce the final number of backpacks secured by late next week.
“Everything we do as an organization we hope benefits the community in some sense,” Tobias Xavier Lopez, Vaqueros director of business operations said. “But an event like the Charity Shield embodies our commitment to Fort Worth. We know that hundreds hopefully thousands of children will have backpacks for the school year next month because of our partnership with the fans, supporters, corporate donors and of course Hispano Exito.”
The exhibition match itself proved to be a stunning upset as FC Rahr chased the game but stole a 2-0 victory on a pair of Vaqueros miscues.
In a two-minute span to start the second half, Fort Worth gave up a penalty kick and a defensive slip up that allowed the two goals.
While the majority of the match was played on the Vaqueros offensive half of the field, a scrappy FC Rahr squad kept the Vaqueros off the board thanks in part to a pair of clear goals that struck the goal frame.
The injury riddled Vaqueros started without several starters and two subs. Fort Worth was left with a single sub by the end of the exhibition match that allowed for free substitutions.