The MLS off-season is a time for players to rest and recharge. If you follow Chris Seitz's Twitter, you'd know he's on a cruise right now while Andrew Wiedeman's Twitter was full of pictures from San Diego. For one FC Dallas player, however, the off-season has been spent cheering on his hometown club as they push for a historic promotion to the Primera Division in Mexico.
Ruben Luna is Dallas through and through, but he was born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico and remains closely connected to his family there. On a recent trip back to his hometown, Luna found himself immersed in the Liga de Ascenso playoffs as the Roadrunners of Correcaminos UAT push for their first trip to the Mexican top flight since 1986. Luna was in attendance as Correcaminos beat Altamira on a late goal to push on to the semifinals.
"I was only there until I was 2 so I didn't really have a chance[to attend games as a kid], but last week I was in Victoria and I went to watch their quarterfinal game," said Luna. "It was amazing how they advanced into the next round."
Luna would post this on his Facebook page after the game.
"Just got back from watching my hometown team CORRECAMINOS UAT win 1-0 and they're off to the semi final of the 1A division in the Mexican league. So sickkkkk"
Keep reading to hear from Luna on how the city has reacted to the success
The story has gotten better, however, as the Roadrunners defeated Toros Neza 1-0 this evening, overturning a 2-1 first leg deficit and booking their place in a 2-leg playoff final against La Piedad. According to Ruben, the whole state of Tamaulipas is in a frenzy tonight. Should Correcaminos get past La Piedad, the side from about 200 miles south of McAllen would book their first trip to the Primera Division in 25 years.
"It would mean everything to the city. I know many people will be proud, not just my family but everyone around. It'd be huge," said Luna. "I heard the stadium got sold out in a day and a half for today's semifinal. Family told me the people are celebrating everywhere in Cd. Victoria."
Luna mentioned that he is enjoying his off-season and has started working out this week with an eye of possibly going to train somewhere abroad for a few weeks if things work out. For now, however, his focus will be squarely on his hometown Roadrunners of Correcaminos as they look to bring top flight futbol back to Ciudad Victoria.
(The 2-leg championship of the Liga de Ascenso will be televised on GolTV with the first leg on Wednesday evening and the second on Sunday.)