By Mario Conde
In the mist of the recovery of the huge earthquake the hit last week here in Calexico, good news for Calexico happened Saturday as Calexico native, Issac Acuña Acuña, made his professional soccer debut at Mexico’s first division soccer league.
Twenty-year old Issac Acuña made his professional soccer debut this Saturday in the victory of his team, Club America, 3-1 against Jaguares of Chiapas. Acuña entered the games at minute thirty-five of the second half of the game. The Calexico athlete was part of the former Calexico Police Athletic League where he played basketball and soccer for five years.
Acuña later joined Club America’s affiliate in Mexicali after graduating from Aurora High School in 2007. Talent scouts from the main team invited him to join their third division team, America Cuapa. After a year with the third division team he was elevated to the second division team called, Socio Aguila. Issac was featured on the Calexico Chronicle on January 2009.
Club America is one of the most important and historic teams in Mexico with 10 championships in their storied history.
“We are very proud of him and we are certainly proud that he is a talent from the Calexico PAL.” Carmen Estrada, Athletic director of CPAL. Estrada shared how Acuña was very dedicated with the program and said that he was one of the best athletes when he was on PAL. “This is an example that we need more support for the youth of the Calexico. Issac is an example for the community.” She said.
Club America had a very irregular season this year compromising its chances to qualify to the post season this year. Club America officials gave an ultimatum to the player and the coach that if they didn’t win the Coach, Jesus Ramirez, would be fired from the team. The team is obligated to win the next four games if they want to make it to the playoffs. Club America’s coach made history in 2005 by having the under 17 Mexican National team win its first FIFA World Cup title in history.