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Northeast Times | December 1, 2021

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New Player: Defender Joseph Cervantes beloved by fans

New Player: Defender Joseph Cervantes beloved by fans


FORT WORTH _ No one can fool a soccer supporter.

Passionate fans such as Panther City Hellfire just don’t serenade anyone.

A player has to earn it.

Joseph Cervantes has earned it.

So cue Frankie Valli’s tune, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” but Hellfire substitutes in the following lyrics:

“Joseph Cervantes!

You are the love of my life.

Joseph Cervantes!

I just can’t sleep at night.

Joseph Cervantes!

I want skinny legs too.”

As he tears across the field with magnetic closing speed, the Vaqueros stalwart defender has endeared himself to the VFC faithful.

His dedication to the club both on and off the field propelled him to the ultimate level of respect from the Vaqueros family.

“There have been many changes in the personnel on the team from last season but one of the mainstays is Joseph Cervantes,” new coach Nick Stavrou said. “I can tell why he is a fan favorite, he’s a gamer, a fierce competitor who leaves it all on the field.

“His combination of speed and anticipation means he is able to cause havoc in the defensive end stopping the opponent’s offensive opportunities before they even start. He’s a great leader to have back there.”

Cervantes led the Vaqueros players in community appearances in the past year, whether it was free soccer clinics, health fairs or passing out toiletries to the Fort Worth homeless community with Operation Rubber Duck.

For him being one of the Boys in Blue means both games and community service.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of Fort Worth Vaqueros,” Cervantes said. “I have a deep passion for the entire organization from the players to the owners. We are truly a family. Our commitment to and involvement with the community speaks for itself and is matched with so much support.”

The tattoo down his “skinny leg” bears the word, “Believe.”

It’s easy to believe in Cervantes after watching him on the field or in the community.

“Joseph represents all that is good in sports and on the earth,” Vaqueros general manager Tobias Xavier Lopez said. “Its easy for the organization to believe in him to represent the colors on the field or in the community.”