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Northeast Times | February 5, 2023

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One week to go before Vaqueros face El Salvador u-21s

One week to go before Vaqueros face El Salvador u-21s

The Vaqueros are a week away from their first international match against the El Salvador u-21 national team.
The international friendly is slated for 6 p.m., Saturday Oct. 18 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie. Tickets are available at
Vaqueros players Nestor Martinez and Jaime Benitez are both eligible to represent El Salvador in the future through their parents’ lineage.
The Salvadorians are expected to train locally on Thursday and Friday with a press conference on Friday. Further details will be provided next week from the match promoters.
Media looking to cover the event should contact Tobias Xavier Lopez via email at
The following quotes are provided to help media prior to the event:

Vaqueros player Jaime Benitez

On what soccer means to the Salvadorian people?

“I think soccer to Salvadorans, it’s more about the pride in game, being happy seeing someone from a small country succeeded in a sport loved around the world.”

On what he expects from the crowd during the El Salvador game?

“I expect the crowd to be a little crazy, always chanting just like our Panther City Hellfire* fans.”

* Panther City Hellfire is the name of the passionate, flag waving, drum thumping, constantly singing and chanting supporters group for the Vaqueros. Panther City is a Fort Worth nickname dating back to the late 1800s.

Vaqueros coach Mark Snell

“Training has been going very well as the boys are extremely motivated. We are excited to play our first international match against a very talented El Salvador team. It will be a great atmosphere with our supporters group, Panther City Hellfire and the local Bichos Unidos El Salvador supporters.”

Vaqueros owner Michael Hitchcock

“The Fort Worth Vaqueros are honored to be invited to play El Salvador in our clubs’ first international friendly. It’s a great opportunity for our players to play against some of the top young players in our hemisphere while Vaqueros fans will experience a fun international soccer atmosphere. It’s been great to see the excitement for the friendly from both the Vaqueros fans and local El Salvadoran community.